August 13th 2020:
A large crowd gathered at Whitland market where auctioneers JJ Morris were selling the GARNE herd of Brown Swiss for Clive & Pam Davies. One of the oldest herds remaining in the UK and formed from some Elite embryos from the USA and upgrading from the already existing Holstein/Friesian herd at Treffgarne Farm, Lampeter Velfrey. Clive Davies recently stepped down as the UK Brown Swiss Society President and the demand for Brown Swiss on the day was strong.
Top price on the day was £3,000 for lot 12, fresh heifer Garne Wizard Jewel VG86 going back to the Bridge View herd in America. Winning bidders were Stuart Williams & family and their Willhome Brown Swiss herd. Top price in-calf heifer was also a Jewel, lot 32 Garne Emory Jewel goes to new breeder Frazer Wyatt, Pencnwc farm, Llanboidy.
Milkers averaged an impressive £1644, and as always the youngsters were in demand with heifer calves selling to a top of £780 for Garne Dorian Nicky (her dam Allstar Vas Nicole EX90 sold for £2,000) with heifer calves averaging £666 throughout while bulling heifers averaged £900 and in-calf heifers averaging £1143. We wish Clive & Pam and family all the best for the future and thank them for their enthusiasm for the Brown Swiss cow.
Garne Wizard Jewel VG86 – £3,000 to Willhome Brown Swiss
Lot 12 Garne Wizard Jewel VG86 £3,000 – PG, SGA & SGT Williams
Lot 4 Garne Norwin Jewel VG87 £2,400 – PG, SGA & SGT Williams
Lot 9 Garne Hacker Fern VG85 £2,300 – PG, SGA & SGT Williams
Animals went to all corners of the UK, to Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland. The Garne herd lives on!