Archive for January, 2013

FARMERS dug deep into their pockets at Gisburn Auction Marts recently to raise £690 for a cancer charity.

The Christies Chemotherapy Charity was chosen as the nominated charity following treatment of an auction market employee at the hospital. The raffle for a gourmet food hamper, was held in conjunction with Barclay’s Bank, who provided match funding. The Christies Charity raises money to fund projects at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, which are outside the scope of the NHS. The Christie is one of Europe’s leading cancer centres, treating over 40,000 patients a year.   Based in Manchester it serves a population of 3.2 million across of the North West.

Gisburn Auction Marts, auctioneer-Jonathan Turner said: “We are delighted to be able to help this charity, which provides such good work in the help against cancer.”



Auctioneer, Jonathan Turner presenting the cheque to Jane Green, Barclays Agricultural Manager for matching fund at Gisburn Auction Marts.


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MESSRS Drinkall, whose family have been selling stock in Lancaster market for more than 100 years, took the championship at the January sale with Pennine Nancy Lass 169, by Jenny-Lou Marshall Toystory. Having been calved three weeks and giving 35kg, she sold for the day’s top price of £3,000 to the judge, Isaac Lancaster, Skipton.
From the same home was Pennine Poppy 1063, by Sandy-Valley Bottom, also three weeks calved and giving 32kg, she sold for £2,800 to an undisclosed bidder.
Reserve champion was Arnot Lady 101, from A.R. and J. Whitlow, Poulton-le-Fylde.  Calved a month and giving 32kg, she sold for £2,700 to A. Wilson, Fife.  Mark Atkinson, Quernmore, sold his heifer, Wyredale ZDragon Bruster 55 for £2,500 to Wallbank Farms, Over Wyresdale, who also bought Stardale Classic Stella Red from J. Burrow and Son, Preston, for £2,450.
Newly calved cows were in demand with the first prize second calver, Whitecarr Master Janina, from T. Cowell, Kirkham, selling for £2,200 to E. T. Tomlinson and Son.
A special sale of bulling heifers saw the June 2011-born Fencefoot Tournament Sem Queen from J.R. and S.T. Pye, Preston, sell for a top call of £1,000 to M.E. Wannop and Sons. The sale of bulls  saw Stardale Madras from J. Burrow and Son sell for £2,220, with J. and M. Sanderson, Kirkham,  selling Sandcrest Magnum for £2,000.

Newly calved heifers, £2,050; newly calved cows, £2,100; bulling heifers, £885; bulls, £2110.

 Auctoneers – North West Auctions. 


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THE champion and reserve, both gimmer shearlings and both from M.W. Skidmore, Weardale made the top two prices at the sale of Swaledale females at Hawes last week.

Sale leader, at £2,900, was the champion which sold to S.R. Taylor, Clapham. The reserve sold for £2,200 to Neil Richardson, Reapsmoor, Derbyshire.

The first prize gimmer hogg from Paul Hallam, Tintwhistle, Derbyshire sold for £1,600 to W.A. and A. Booth, Austwick. At the same money was a gimmer shearling from P.E. and K.A. Sowerby, Hawes, which also sold to Mr Richardson.

Ewes topped at £1,400 for the second prize winner from Mr Hallam, selling to G. Cartmel, Keswick.



Ewes, £418; gimmer shearlings, £742; gimmer hoggs, £688; overall 38 sheep, £640.


Auctioneers – Hawes Farmers Auction Mart.

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BLUEFACED Leicester females peaked at £6,800 at Hawes last week, where the sale leader was the pre-sale show champion, a gimmer hogg from the Hewgill flock of Messrs Lord, Kirkby Stephen.

This was an embryo lamb by the B41 Hewgill out of a ewe by the Z14 Hewgill, which sold to J. Harkin and A. Duffy, County Mayo.

Judge, Alan Wight, Midlock, awarded the reserve championship to the winning gimmer shearling, by C1 Shafthill carrying triplets to B13 Smearsett from W.A. and A. Booth, Feizor. Three full brothers to this gimmer sold last autumn to average £4,100 and it sold for £4,600 to David Ellis, Addingham.

The second prize gimmer lamb was also from the Smearsett flock. By B13 Smearsett, it sold to R. Jackson and Son, Blubberhouses for £2,400.

Neil Marston of the Highberries flock, Cockermouth sold a gimmer shearling, by Z4 Hundith, carrying triplets to C18 Highberries, which had not been in the show, for £4,200 to John Thorpe, Low Blackburn.

Selling for £3,000 was the third prize gimmer hogg from W.M. Hutchinson and Sons, Kirkby Redgate, which went to Jay Elliot, who was buying his first ever sheep, which will run at his uncle, Paul Brown’s farm, home of the Oak House flock.

The fourth prize winning gimmer hogg, again from Messrs Lord, sold for £2,600 to A. Campbell, Argyll.


Gimmer hoggs, £1,242; gimmer shearlings, £1,855; ewes, £560; overall 53 sheep, £1,047.

Auctioneers – Hawes Farmers Auction Mart.





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Bagshaws have postponed their High Peak Livestock Society sale of store cattle at sheep, due to take place at Bakewell tomorrow (Friday Jan 18) due to the severe weather warnings.

The sale will now take place on Friday, February 1st. Further enquiries to

Bagshaws – 01629 812777.

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NEW records were set the Beeston Castle last week with the record entry of 368 achieving a record price of £3,400 for a calved animal at a Mid-Month sale, with a fantastic trade across all sections. There were 72 animals selling for more than £2,000 and 18 sold for £2,500 or more.

Topping the sale was the pedigree heifer, Fingan Bolton Katy, from Ballakillingan Farms, the Isle of Man. This heifer has four generations of VG/Ex dams and was bought by Adrian Jones for his Garthmyl herd, Welshpool. Mr Jones also purchased Winton Xacobeo Glenna from Peter Waring, Beverley, which was one of two heifers which sold for £2,900. The other Wigland Loader Cora, from Mark and Ann Bowden, Malpas, sold to Anthony Matthews, Whitchurch.

Jack and Barclay Taylor of Myddle, Shrewsbury had five of the next six top prices. They sold a daughter of Rietben Tee-Off for £2,850 to David Guy Middlewich, a homebred Drake daughter for £2,800 to David Colclough, Hassall, a Wa-Del Hayden daughter for £2,750 to W. and R. and E. Pritchard, Anglesey, a homebred Matson daughter for £2,700 to David Guy and a homebred daughter of Blitz Blade at the same figure to David Colclough.

Other animals also selling in this price range were Rainborough Brenda 81, another Blade daughter from W. Ridge, Rotherham, which sold for £2,750 to G. Green and Son, Northwich, a Regancrest Design daughter from Ballakillingan Farms sold for £2,700 to Adrian Jones. Another two heifers sold at the same price, a Cogent Loader daughter from the Bowden’s selling to David Guy and a Holbeck bred heifer selling to David Colclough. There were two other heifers selling at £2,600 each – a Bolivia Allen daughter from Messrs Pierce, Dodleston, Chester selling to Adrian Jones and a daughter of Garrett from Stuart Phillips, Newport selling to Neil Sadler, Wem.

Cows were £200 up on the month with the top price cow, Holbeck Reece Paula, a second calver giving 40 kg consigned by the Taylor brothers, selling for £2,650 to David Colclough. Another second calver, Chalkhill Mattia Charmaine from J. E. G. James, Northampton, sold for £2,500 to Adrian Jones.

In-calf heifers sold to £2,100 for Lowerwield Buckeye Rintje, a daughter of REW Buckeye out of an EX91 classified daughter of Goldwyn from Messrs Harris, Alton, Hampshire, which sold to the Baltier Farming Company, Whithorn. The next top seller was Ketteringham Junction Marley, from David Ishmael, Wigan, selling to David Green, Northwich. There was also an entry of spring calving Brown Swiss first crosses from Geoff Cornes, Onneley which sold to £1,700. Maiden heifers sold to £690.

Heifer calves were a much faster trade for a small entry selling to £480 for a seven week old daughter of Ked Outside Jeeves from John Gleave, Sproston.

Only one stock bull forward, a pedigree Hereford, Minshull Vernon, a son of Dorepoll Chinook, from David Bramall, which sold for £1,800.


65 cows £1608.15; 160 milking heifers £1792.50;  62 in-calf heifers, £1,401.61;  20 maiden heifers, £509.50;  11 heifer calves £349.09.;  1 bull, £1800.


Auctioneers – Wright Manley.  

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ALTHOUGH the AHDB Great Britain average for hoggs was down more than 3p/kg lw in the week to Tuesday, some Monday / Tuesday markets have reported signs of a better trade.

But the direction prices might take remains too close to call and abattoirs say much depends on the volume of ‘out-of-spec’ lambs still to come. Market reports show Beltex / Texel types – and notably export potential – remain a strong trade with as much as 286.7p/kg for Beltex  in one market.

That was Wigton where auctioneers said the gap was widening between prices for the best and  ‘the rest.’ Top price per head was £105 for 42kg Dutch Texels. In Colchester, Essex, a smaller entry were a little dearer with standards averaging 148.5p/kg and mediums 151.7p/kg.

Other reports include – Brock, Lancashire to 183p/kg averaging 145.42p/kg; Ashford, Kent, improving trade to 172p/kg; Kendal to 190p/kg (£85/head export types); Salisbury, Wiltshire –“ a little better” but quality back and standards averaging 146p/kg; Bakewell  to 178p/kg but “hard work” – SQQ 141.7p/kg.

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