New Delhi, October 20, 2018: Fresh milk was in huge demand at the dispersal of the Gent family’s organic herd of 475 Friesian and crossbred cattle at Exeter Livestock Centre on Monday (15 October).
Cattle were noted to be in excellent condition and attracted a large crowd of buyers from across the south-west and up to Here ford shire, Shropshire and across to Wales and Ireland.
The Mosshayne herd of the Gents, Westclyst, Exeter, was founded by Derek Gent in 1972 and went organic in 1999 according to fwi.co.uk.
Prices peaked at 2,200gns for a Friesian second calver by ABS Theory having calved in August. She sold to Longden Farms, Shropshire, who bought 46 lots on the day, also paying 2,150gns for another second calver.
The pick of the Swedish Red second calvers sold at 1,950gns, 1,900gns, 1,850gns twice, 1,800gn twice and 1,750gns.
Fleckvieh-cross second calvers hit 1,900gns twice, 1,850gns and 1,750gns, while Brown Swiss third calvers hit 1,900gns and 1,680gns.