Kivells of Holsworthy saw another busy market last week despite many farmers at home trying to complete silaging. Over 1300 head of stock under the hammer with the highlight being in the dairy section were a strong entry of 84 saw the ‘trade of the year at Holsworthy’ according to auctioneer Mark Bromell. Overall top was achieved by Terry Cox of Dorset and Messrs Rowe and Son of Launceston at £2000 with Messrs AF and SG Loud close up at £1980.
In the prime and OTM cattle a solid entry of 46 saw plenty of trade with a full complement of buyers keen to purchase resulting in a top call of £1365 for the best of a run of steers from Messrs Heard of Lutson with Chris Dymond, Yarnscombe not far back at £1180.
A good entry of 145 store cattle saw a proper trade with the top three prices awarded to Chris Dymond of Yarnscombe for Limousins at £1195, £1150 and £1145. Best heifers came in from Messrs Irish of Holwell at £995.
In the sheep pens trade was strong for the prime lamb pens with Messrs Prout topping at £95 for two pens, Messrs Daw at £93.20 and Messrs Hookway at £90. Plenty of lambs between £87 – £90. Plenty of lambs between £87 – £90 with premium at 210p/kg for Roger Passmore of Bideford. 288 Cull ewes saw another storming trade with Rob Northcott at £115, Graham Lewis at £106.50 and Ian Harris at £97. Plenty of ewes up and over the £90 bracket with an average of £79.21.
A superb entry of 148 calves saw Mark Northcott in pole position at £475 with David Medland at £450 with a whole host of vendors over £400. Best heifers hit £405 with plenty of beef heifers between £300 – £370.
141 TB restricted cattle saw buyers by the dozen travelling from Worcester to Lands End to attend. Overall top of the day was £1120 for Messrs Poole of Thornbury with Messrs Arnold of Vellaford at £1045 and another 11 consignments averaging just shy of £1000. Jenny and Andrew Guy of Putford saw their best heifers fly to £1058 with their best younger steers at £1002.