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At Llandovery market’s monthly suckler cow and calf and store cattle sale the centre record was broken for a commercial cow and calf.  Top call of £5,000 was for a Charolais cross British Blue first calver with her eight- week-old Limousin cross bull calf. Consigned by G. Lewis, Gwynfe, Llangadog, the pair sold to J.A.V. Mills and Sons, Llanafan.  Mr Lewis sold six first calf cows and calves to average £2,920.  In all there was a 100 per cent clearance rate for the quality show forward.

Store cattle sold to a top of £1,200 for a 510kg Limousin cross steer from S.E. Williams, Bethlehem, Llangadog who also sold another at £1,100 at 450kg.  Top pence per kilo was a bunch of 10-month-old 330kg Limousin steers from H.B. Morgan, Llangadog and £950 for a group of five Limousin steers nine and10 months old from T.D. Ingram.  Heifers topped at £1,000 for a 420kg Limousin cross British Blue heifer from S.H. and D. Thomas, Nantycaws.

AVERAGE
58 cows and calves, £1,826.54
Auctioneers: Clee Tompkinson and Francis

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Agri-Expo judges announced

THE sixth annual Borderway Agri-Expo, with a prize fund of £12,000, will be held this year on Friday 2nd of November and  event organisers, Harrison & Hetherington have announced the names of the four judges for the event.

At only 30 years old, judging the main cattle classes will be Gareth Corrie, of Corrie Meats in Northern Ireland. From both family farm Drumhilla and family business Corrie Meats, Gareth has grown up in the agricultural world. He works alongside his father and brother, and together the family runs a 1200 acre farm, grazing 1000 beef and 800 dairy cattle. He is starting a pedigree herd of Limousins and is himself a regular attendee at Harrison & Hetherington’s auction marts. He has judged across Ireland for the last four years and this is his first invitation to judge in England.
This year’s Baby Beef Classes will be judged by a farmer who knows the very best in Scottish beef – John McAlister of West Thomaston Farm near Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire.

Judging the Sheep Classes will be Bill McKinnon, Procurement Manager for Scotbeef, Stirling.  Bill has worked for Scotbeef for the last 18 years. He also runs 150 breeding ewes near Bridge of Earn in Perthshire, and finishes 200 cattle a year.

Judging the Mule Ewe Lamb Class will be Brian Ridsdale from Cumbria.  Brian is a prominent mule lamb producer and dairy farmer who regularly sells at both the Carlisle and Kirby Stephen Marts.

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Dairy Team of Three (R. Baynes, Hexham) Sup., R. Hunter, Clydevalley Governor Flora and Clydevalley Julian Flora and J. and I. Wilson, Enchanted Iatola Ariel (Jerseys).

 

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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.

 

 

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 IT was a third Royal Highland Show sheep inter-breed championship for John Forsyth, Maypole, Ayrshire, when he took the title with a one-crop Texel ewe from his Glenside flock.
By the 33,000gn sire, Muiresk Blondin, out of a home-bred ewe by Castlecairn Celtic Star it, was having its first outing of the season after being breed and reserve inter-breed champion at Biggar last year.

Judge, Robin Thomson, Castle Douglas, described his champion as ‘the most correct sheep I have ever seen. She is very sweet, stands well, is well muscled and well-fleshed with a good head.’

Texel and supreme champion from John Forsyth, Glenside

However, Mr Thomson said it was still a close call with the reserve champion, two-crop ewe from the Strathisla flock of Robbie Wilson, Turriff, Aberdeenshire. Home-bred, by Strathisla Speed, it has two ET brothers which have sold for 15,000 and 8,000gns.
Mr Thomson said: “The Suffolks are becoming more modern and this ewe is very correct, well fleshed with good conformation.”~Mr Wilson was also reserve champion Suffolk with a ram lamb from the first crop of the 23,000gn Rookery Rooney which was bought at Stirling last year.

Suffolk and reserve inter-breed champion from Robbie Wilson, Turiff.

Second reserve went to Roderick Runciman, Galashields, with the North Country Cheviot champion, Synton Bullseye, a four-shear ram by Allanshaws Double Top which had been bought from breeders, Jock and Scott Davies, North Syton, Selkirk, at Lockerbie for £2,200 as a ram lamb. He was making his show ring debut but is the sire of Mr Runciman’s last year’s Royal Highland breed and reserve inter-breed champion, Allanshaws Pam.

Another in the final line-up was the Charollais champion, Logie Durno Kate, a ewe from Willie and Carole Ingram, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, by Rockavilla Golden Promise out of a Rutland ewe.

In was a first Royal Highland breed championship for Allan Wight of J. Wight and Son, Biggar, South Lanarkshire, when he took the Blackface title with a home-bred two-crop ewe.

Charles and Sally Horrell from Thorney, near Peterborough brought three Hampshire Downs to the show and had three first prizes, winning with a ram lamb which was reserve male champion, a ewe lamb and taking the championship with a shearling ewe. By their stock ram, Yarcombe Hussar, it had previously been breed champion at Woodall Spa and now goes to the Hampshire Down National Show at Stratford and the East of England.

One of the biggest sheep sections numerically was the Beltex, where the championship went to Alton, Vera and Charles Copland from Orkney with their home-bred shearling ewe by Forglen Nearco, the 2010 Scottish National Show champion.

In the Bluefaced Leicester section Matt and Connell Drummond, Maybole, Ayrshire took the championship with a home-bred gimmer, Cassington Katie having its first outing. They also had the reserve male champion with a shearling ram and the reserve female champion with a ewe.

John Geldard and sons, Charles and Richard, Kendal, Cumbria took the Lleyn championship with a home-bred shearing ewe which had been reserve champion at the Royal Welsh as a ewe lamb. They were also reserve champion with an aged ram.

The Border Leicester championship went to James Brown and Others, Mildrum, Northumberland, with a two-shear ram, by Mosside MacDuff having its first show ring outing. It was bought from breeder Dr Duncan Brown, Lanark for £3,000 at Lanark two years ago.

Turlough Donnelly, Canobie, took the Zwartbles championship with a home-bred shearling ewe, by a Skyhigh ram which had been champion at Northumberland County earlier in the year.

Tom Robinson and his son, Thomas from Clitheroe, Lancashire won their first Swaledale championship with a home-bred shearling ram by their £20,000 ram which was bought from John Porter and Son, Swaledale. It will go to the Kirkby Stephen sale in the autumn.

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Inter-breed (R. Baynes, Hexham) Sup., L. Davidson and Sons, Halmure Urr Floralin (Ayrshire); res., A. and S. Lawrie, Cuthill Towers White Petal (Red and White).

Junior Inter-breed (R. Baynes, Hexham) Sup., D. Yates, Meikelfirth Plaid Lutske (Holstein); res., A. and S. Lawrie, Cuthill Towers Zola (Ayrshire).

Red and White (M. Howie, Sevenoaks) Sup., A. and S. Lawrie, Cuthill Towers White Petal.

Ayrshire (M. Howie, Sevenoaks) Sup., L. Davidson and Sons, Halmure Urr Floralin; res., A. and S. Lawrie, Cuthill Towers Zola.

Holstein (D.J. Tomlinson, Preston) Sup., Blythbridge Holsteins, Weeton Shark Trolley; res., J. and I. Wilson, Inch Goldshottle Patricia.

Jersey (C. Reader, Brackley) Sup., R. Hunter, Clydevalley Governor Flora; res., J. and I. Wilson, Enchanted Iatola Ariel.

Dairy Shorthorn (E. Davies, St. Clears) Sup., S. Girvan, Bishopsbrae Royal Kathleen; res., S. Wilson, Screel Red Rose 2.

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IT was a first Royal Highland Show dairy inter-breed championship for Keith, Jane and Katie Davison, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire when they took the title with their Ayrshire champion, Halmure Urr Floralin.
The home-bred third calver, by Honie’s Inimitable, was having her first outing this season after having been champion at Ayr and reserve breed champion at last year’s Royal Highland. She calved in March and is currently giving 45kg, after giving 8.400litres in her last lactation.

Of his champion, Richard Baynes, Hexham, said: “She is my type of cow. She has style and ring presence, great dairyness and depth of rib and a welded on udder. I couldn’t really go past her.”

Ayrshire and Supreme Dairy champion Halmure Urr Floralin from L Davidson and Sons, Castle Douglas

In reserve was the Red and White champion, Cuthill Towers White Petal from Arthur and Susan Lawrie, Kinross. Born August 2009, by Poos Stadel Classic, she calved in January and is currently giving 30kg.

Red and white and reserve supreme dairy champion Cuthill Towers White Petal from A and S. A Lawrie, Kinross

The junior championship went to the Holstein, Meikelfirth Plaid Lutske, by Windy View Knould Plaid, which was the only entry at the show from David Yates, Castle Douglas. Already a winner at the West of Scotland Dairy Show and reserve Holstein at Ayr this season, she calved in November and is currently giving 40kg.

The Holstein championship went to Weeton Shark Trolley, from Blythebridge Holsteins, West Linton, Peebleshire. The fourth calver, by La-Poe Shark, was bought from breeders, R. and D. Loftus, privately two years ago. Having calved three weeks ago she is currently giving 55litres at 4.8 per cent butter fat and 3.5per cent protein and gave 12,500 litres in her last 305 day lactation.

Robert Hunter, Shotts, Lanarkshire, took the Jersey championship with Clydevalley Governor Flora, by Griffens Governor. Currently giving 36kg at 5.83 per cent butter fat, this second calver won the Super Heifer at AgriScot last year and was inter-breed heifer champion at the Royal Highland last year.

 Taking the dairy shorthorn championship for the second year running was Bishopsbrae Royal Kathleen by Hooton Fair Appeal. Owned and bred by Stephen Girvan, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, she is currently based with John Teesdale, Dumfries. Having been calved six weeks she is  giving 36kg daily.

The progeny group went to a team of Ayrshires by Calderglen Lancelot from Robin Barr, Argyll and the team of three to the Jerseys from the Hunter family.

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