A commercially calved heifer broke records in Somerset last week.

The new market record price was achieved with a commercially calved heifer at £3,000, from AT and VJ Pratt of Honiton.

With milk prices rising, the dairy trade has also increased and the weekly dairy market now regularly tops at over £2,500.

Many farmers commented on how long it would take to reach the £3,000 barrier.

So far this is the only commercial heifer to reach this milestone.

Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt presented the vendor, Martin Pratt and his son, Edward, with a certificate of recognition to acknowledge this achievement.

Auctioneer Derek Biss said: “This was a superb heifer with a number of bidders keen to obtain her. The bidding was fierce throughout the day and we were delighted for Mr Pratt to reach this milestone.”

John Gardener purchased the record-breaking heifer on behalf of a client.

Sedgemoor holds its weekly market every Saturday and typically has between 40 to 80 entries each week, making it the largest weekly dairy market in the country.