Archive for September, 2012

The  first FG Mart’s the Heart Roadshow was at Cockermouth today, where the FG team had a really warm welcome from everyone there.

There was a big entry of store cattle forward, with the pre-sale show champion and reserve going to the first and second placed heifers, two British Blue crosses, both from Edmund Jackson, Papcastle, Cockermouth, which made £1,700 and £1,230.

Full report and photos in next week’s Farmers Guardian.



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 GOOD rams found a ready trade at the Aberdeen Northern Marts multi-breed sale at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie on Tuesday, although storms distrupted many potential customers journey to the mart.
Top price of the day was 2,000gns for a Texel ram lamb, by Glenside Razzle Dazzle, from Graham Morrison, Cornhill, which sold jointly to Graham Gordon, Ballindalloch and Callum Gill, Glenrinnies.
Leading the Border Leicesters was Jimmy Douglas, Cairness, Fraserburgh, at 1,700gns for his champion, a ram lamb, selling to John Jeffrey, Kelso.
Top Suffolk was the champion, a ram lamb, from George and Melvin Stuart, Ellon, which made 950gns to Orkney buyers M. and A. Lennie, Seaview, Sanday, using the i-bidder system. The same price also went to Mrs J.A. Lorimer, Aberdeen, for her third placed ram lamb, which went to S.J.A. Moar, Maud.
The Charollais champion was a shearling from I. and F. Brownlie,  Fyvie, which sold for 800gns to J. and J..S. Wilken, Huntly.
Top Bluefaced Leicester price was 800gns to Chris Millican, Rothienorman, for a shearling ram that went to J.H. Thomson, Mains of Glenbuchat, Strathdon.
The any other breed champion was a Beltex ram lamb from Stuart Wood, Skene, which made 500gns to Messrs Stuart, Insch.

Beltex & Beltex cross – 13 shearlings,  £385; 15 ram lambs, £247.80.
Bluefaced Leicester – 19 shearlings, £575; 8 ram lambs, £401.61.
Border Leicester – 9 shearlings, £246.11; 13 ram lambs, £372.30.
Charollais – 16 shearlings, £349.75; 19 ram lambs, £319.94.
Suffolk – 10 shearlings, £476.70; 211 ram lambs, £372.30.
Texel – 60 shearlings, £466.55; ram lambs, £438.46.

 Auctioneers: Aberdeen and Northern Marts.


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A good trade at Leek on Tuesday for dairy cattle saw a top price of £2,000 in the commercial section with the herd dispersal also selling well to a top of £2070.
Top call of £2,000 went to Mr Hall, Endon for a Moet Melody daughter.  Other heifers reached £1920, £1910 and £1890 respectively.
Cows peaked at £1,850 for a 2005 born Montbeliarde cow from W. Myatt, Gratton.
A packed crowd waited for the herd dispersal with purchasers from Bedfordshire, Leicestershire and Yorkshire as well as all surrounding counties supporting the Goodwin family from Wincle.
Hammer Shaker Gemma, a September 2010 Picston Shaker daughter took top honours at £2070 to Stapleton, Leicestershire purchasers, the Faulk’s family.
The top 15 in milk cattle averaged an outstanding £1810.66p per head.
The in-calf pedigree heifers topped at £1560 for a Jurassic daughter due late November to Goldmine with another Cogent Mordor daughter at £1500.
Youngstock were a very fast trade to a top of £610 for a smart eight-month-old pedigree heifer by Cogent Mordor.
Young milk fed calves to £510/head.

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A mixed show of 3,784 prime sheep at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly sale saw the top end slightly dearer on the week, while meated first-cross lambs over 40kg also found a good following.
However, any lambs under finished were again heavily penalised and, according to the mart, are better sold at Wednesday store sheep sales, where they are worth more.
The overall weekly by-weight average was virtually unchanged at 165.65p/kg, though the per head average showed a slight increase at £69.69
Texels and Beltex sorts were again to the fore, with a Texel pen from NM Handy, Stainforth, top on price at £99 per head, with a by-weight high of 236.80p/kg for a pen from RH and MR Ireland, Whalley. The Beltex average was £80.99 per head or 199.08p/kg, led on both counts at £96 per head, or 234.1p/kg, for a pen from J and M Blakey, Bolton by Bowland.
Cast sheep were a shade dearer on the week, with cull ewes averaging £50.38 and topping at £115.50 each for a Beltex pen from H Raw, Eastburn.  

Clean cattle under 30 months sold to 134.5p/kg for a black and white heifer from Brian Moorhouse, Bell Busk, and to a per head high of £734 for a second black and white heifer from RJ Gardt, Eastby.

With 42 cast cattle forward, cull cows averaged 109.43p/kg, or £710.66 per head, peaking at £1,102 for a Hereford-cross from TH and A Pickard and Son, Bolton by Bowland. An Aberdeen Angus bull from Watson Livestock, Hellifield, achieved top price per head and by weight at £1,413, or 143.5p/kg, the latter price equalled by a Limousin-cross from RJ Gardt.
Prime cattle aged 30-48 months sold to an overall average of 126.10p/kg, or £704.35 per head, with two black and white heifers from WA Brown, Earby, the leading performers at £874 and £722.

A smaller turnout of 25 rearing calves sold to a high of £350 for a Limousin-cross bull calf from Rosemary Berry, Cowling, which qualified for the Rumenco Calf of the Month competition, along with a £120 black and white bull calf from KP Russell, Rishton.







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 Now for something a little bit different. Last week saw the first ever Alpaca Classic Elite Auction held at Bozedown Farm, Reading. The sale, attracting over 30 pedigree alpaca entries was the first of its kind in the UK.

The show and sale organisers, Bozedown Alpacas and The Alpaca Stud wanted to make this an event, not just a sale and they did just this with special guests coming from as far as South America to be a part of it. Held over two days a number of seminars were presented on the growing industry by experts in their fields.
The auction on the Saturday evening was conducted by Harrison and Hetherington with  David Thomlinson selling.
The two top prices on the night were from the event organisers. One was Alpaca Stud Raziya, a two year old female who sold for 10,000 guineas. The other was from Bozedown Alpacas with Bozedown Gracie II, another  two-year-old female also selling for 10,000 guineas.  
Over 100 serious breeders attended and the average price achieved was around £8000 per animal. David Thomlinson said: “There was a great vibe and a very buoyant trade. There were some fantastic animals and this was reflected in the exceptional prices reached on the day. Overall the Alpaca Classic 2012 was a huge milestone for the industry and an event that will hopefully gain even more traction in 2013”.



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PRICES were steady at the Welsh Mule Sheep Breeders Association three-venue September sales.
At Welshpool, yearling prices averaged £152, with H. and E. Powell, Llwyngwilym, Rhayader, topping the market at £200 for a pen sold to D.J. Lloyd and Co, Cefnbarrach, Trefeglwys.
Ewe lambs also sold well, averaging £106 with J. Thomas and Son, Tanhouse, Dole, Llandrindod Wells, achieving the best price of £142 for a pen bought by W. Handy and Son, Home Farm, Market Harborough, Leicester.

The sale at Builth Wells saw yearlings averaging £156 with H. and E. Powell again topping the market for a pen of yearlings sold to D.J. Lloyd and Co for £205.
D.I.L. and E. Jones, Llanilltyd, Libanus. won the ewe lamb championship for the second year running with R.G. and B.M. Jones and Son, Ty Mawr, Garth, Builth Wells, making the best price of £158 for a pen sold to T.R. Jones, Maescelynog, Welshpool.

The last sale of the week at Ruthin saw yearlings selling for an average of £141, with B. Edwards, Bodlywydd Uchaf, Llanelidan, Ruthin, achieving the highest price of £160 from G. Parry, Coedlys, Llanfugail, Llanfachraeth, Ynys Mon.Ewe lamb prices rose £8 on the 2011 average at £98, with G. Davies, Penrallt, Nant y Rhiw, Llanrwst, having the best price at £116 from A.G. and M.T. Davies, Llys, Denbigh.


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 GIMMER lambs reached a record price of £940 per head at the North of England Mule Sheep Association two-day sale at Hawes this week, where the 26,419 lambs forward averaged £111.58, down £3.10 on the year. Leading the trade were Tuesday’s second prize winners from Tuesday from Messrs Lord, Low Dowgill, Kirkby Stephen, which sold to Eddie Bullman, Buckinghamshire.
The first prize winners from G. and H.R. Shields, Ravenstonedale, sold to W.S. Hudson, Ashbourne, Derbyshire for £440 per head.
Two lots sold at £420. They were Monday’s second prize winners from E. Fairburn and Sons, Thornton Steward which also sold to Mr Bullman and the fourth prize winners from C.T. and J.E. Willoughby, Redmire, which sold to R.J. Heigh, Bentham.
Auctioneers: Hawes Farmers Auction Mart.

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