Main buyer at the Warrenscross Holstein dispersal staged at Copse Drove Dairy, Wiltshire, was PHG Turner, who bought the top five highest priced lots along with several others for his Oxstallfarm herd from Bradford-on-Avon.

The 11,000litre herd which was being sold off following the sad death of Godrey Maundrell, in 2018, was topped at 3200gns by the newly calved Warrenscross Silver Opal VG85. A fourth generation of VG cows, she is by Seagull-Bay Silver and sold seven weeks calved and giving 45litres per day.

The herd which boasts registrations dating back 103years, saw Warrenscross Sigma Rosebud, a February-calved heifer giving 36litres, sell next at 3100gns. She is by Wiltor Sigma.

Also heading to the Oxstallfarm herd at 2600gns and 2550gns were Warrenscross Super Jean GP82 and Warrenscross Shir Helen 9 VG86. The former, a fresh second calver is by Seagull-Bay Supersire, while the latter, an in-calf heifer by Wiltor Shiraz sold due to Kenmore Triple Crown.

A total of 47 animals fetched 2000gns or more, 10 of which were served heifers.

Late summer/autumn calving heifers were a good trade and averaged in excess of £1900 having sold to 2250gns for a Silver Helix daughter.

Winter calving heifers peaked at 1900gns and maiden heifers aged four to 22 months sold to 1100gns twice with 12 attracting four-figure prices. Heifer calves at foot sold up to 720gns

Earlier in the day the New Holland T6 160 tractor made £40,000, the De Laval 24/24 parlour sold for £33,500 and the 14,000litre bulk tank realised £19,000.

Auctioneers: Norton and Brooksbank.

Averages: 156 cows and calved heifers, £1744.95; 26 autumn calving heifers, £1908.17; 16 in-calf heifers, £1276.50; 83 maiden heifers, £843.80. Overall, 28 lots (inc 40 A lots @ £436.28), £1467.19.

Auctioneers: Norton and Brooksbank.