Archive for January, 2012

Last week Gisburn hosted its annual ‘X Factor’ competition for the best pen of five prime hoggs any weight, any breed. Taking the championship was a pen of five trimmed Texel prime hoggs from Procters Farms, Slaidburn, Clitheroe presented by shepherd, Robin Towler. Weighing 46kgs, they sold to the pre-sale show judge, Hayley Baines at £114 per head or 248p/kg. Procters Farms also picked up the second prize rosette with another pen of five Texel hoggs, weighing 42kgs and selling for £110 or 262p/kg. Brian Breaks, picked up the third prize rosette with his Beltex hoggs weighing 37kgs, later selling at £96 or 260p/Kg to Andrew Atkinson, Harrogate. Robert Lambert, Wigglesworth sold his five 40kgs Beltex lambs at £100 or 250p/kg to S. Swales on behalf of Knavesmire Butchers, York.

Auctioneers: Richard Turner and Son


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Scottish Charolais breeder, Murray Lyle has completed an export deal for a consignment of semen from Lamerpark Champion to the Mexican Charolais Society through UK Sire Services.

Champion TI +33, SRI +32 who is by Weybread Archie and out of the homebred Lamerpark Ripple, boasts a series of championships to his name including overall Scottish National Charolais Show champion and Royal Highland Show junior interbreed champion. Bred by Dr D G White, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, Champion was purchased privately by Mr Lyle, Dunblane, Perthshire, to join his 50 cow Loganbar herd.

The shipment was negotiated after a delegation from the Mexican Charolais Society attended the Stirling bull sales in autumn last year before visiting various Charolais herds from across the United Kingdom.

Mr Lyle comments: “We are really pleased to secure this deal. The delegation selected Champion for his frame and the growth that his genetics will offer to Mexican pedigree and commercial producers to enhance their already high performance Charolais. They were also very impressed with his muscling and easy fleshing qualities.”

 The Mexican Charolais Society first imported British Charolais genetics in 2006, looking for length, ease of calving, milk, good locomotion and tight sheaths to build on their bloodlines which suit extensive farming systems. He continues: “The addition of Champion will build on the improvements that British Charolais has already contributed to the Mexican beef sector as the dominant terminal sire breed.”

Lamerpark Champion




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Yesterday I went to see Ian and Steph Sharman who farm at Halam near Newark in Nottinghamshire. Over the last couple of years they have switched from milking a 400 head high yeilding herd of Holsteins to milking Montbeliardes. A move which they have no regrets about making.

‘Less stress, less work and more profit’ is how Mr Sharman describes their new situation. Look out for the full article in the Dairy Suppplement in the the 17th February edition of Farmers Guardian.


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Hailsham market, East Sussex, has been saved from the threat of development. The market, which can trace its history back to a Royal Charter of 1252, is on a town centre site and since 1997 has faced repeated threats of closure from developers wishing to build a supermarket on its site. But, South East Marts, the operator of the market, has now been able to purchase the freehold of the site, ending more than 15 years of uncertainty over  its future.

 South East Marts director and auctioneer Roger Waters said: “We do want to improve the facilities here, but the present market is functional, its future is secure and we can operate here very happily. We are still considering moving to a larger, more accessible site on the outskirts of Hailsham where we could create a new market and rural business centre, if it would be economically viable and the right consents could be gained.”




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 Aberdeen and Northern Marts trainee auctioneer, Stuart Slesser, has won an award for being the best student in Scotland and the north of England.

Stuart, 21, from Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire, received the Dick Harrison Trust Award for the best first year student in his course for budding auctioneers at the Harper Adams University College, Shropshire.

The Trust was set up in memory of the late auctioneer and managing director of Harrison and Hetherington, Dick Harrison who founded Borderway Mart in Carlisle.

It gives an annual top student award to trainee auctioneers from Scotland, Cumbria and Northumberland and also provides modest grants to students for their costs.
Stuart is currently studying for the Certificate in Higher Education in Professional Studies – Livestock Market Operations and Management at Harper Adams, which leads to membership of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers Scotland. He already has a BA in Rural Business Management from the Scottish Agricultural College.




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Pedigree new calved heifers sold to £2,420 at Gisburn’s pedigree sale on Thursday.  Regular vendor W.A. and A. Booth, Austwick took the championship with a Drham Sam daughter giving 35kgs.  She sold to N.W. and J. M. Coulthurst, Goosnargh, Preston, for £2,400.  Reserve Champion came from Robert Smith, Samlesbury, Preston. She was by Langs–Twin-B-Dondee and sold for top price of £2,420 to T. Pickup, Entwistle, Bolton. 

Of the 26 heifers on offer, 14 made £2,000 or more. J. and M. Singleton and Sons, Goosnargh, Preston, topped at £2,300 to F. Talbot and Co, Ribchester, Preston and £2,250 to livestock agent A. Greenhalgh. W Cornthwaite, Garstang, sold their Bolivia Allen heifer to J. and M.M. Walmsley and Son, Worston, Clitheroe for £2,200.

Two young in-calf cows from S.A. and C. Thompson, made £2,050 and £2,020 both in-calf  for the end of January to the Simmental.  In the regular milkers Frankland Farms took top price of £1,960 to J.T. and F Thornber, Sawley, Clitheroe.  Heifer calves made to £420.



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Cull ewes sold to a top of £155 at Giburn on Monday. Topping the section was a pen of Texels from David Houghton, Bury, who also sold another pen at £150.

Mark and Richard Ireland, Blackburn, sold Texels for £141 and Charlie Carter, Preston, sold a pen of lowland ewes at £132. A pair of Jacob cross ewes sold for £120 and horned ewes peaked at £65 with all ewe’s averaging £93.25.





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