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By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: August 22, 2013

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VICKS of Hatherleigh report prime lambs were a much firmer trade to average 174.6ppk, despite a lot of plain lambs forward. Mediums sold to 185ppk for Mrs C Drummond, Inwardleigh, and £78.50 for W Peerless, Exbourne; heavies to £90.50 and 175.7ppk for Messrs Ford, Hatherleigh. Draft ewes met another good trade to average £54.29. Best ewes to £84.50 for S J Lake, Petrockstowe; half-meats to £79 for Messrs Dinnis, Highampton, and plains to £12. Store sheep saw a good trade with 4T crossbred Dorset breeding ewes to £88 for Mr Peerless, medium store lambs to £62 for D W Allin, Dolton, and small mixed store lambs to £43 for R C Daniel, Bradworthy.

Kivells of Holsworthy report an entry of 1,128 sheep, 230 cattle, 61 dairy, 156 calves and 126 pigs sold. The highlight of the day was within the dairy section with a quality line-up of stock. Trade remained really strong, with the best of the dairy heifers to £2,220 for Becky and Matt Jenkins, with nine over the £2,000 barrier.

Ivor Stephens and family saw the best of their run to £2,200 with their consignment averaging £2,113. In the OTM/cull cow pens it was another solid trade with the best at 167ppk (£1,336) for Messrs Walter. Prime cattle remained an excited trade with the best at £1,357 from John Sluggett, Milton, with premium at 208ppk. The 175 store cattle saw plenty way over £1,000 with a top call of £1,105 for steers from Gilbert & Son, and top heifers from Phil Cleave, Bude at £980. A good entry of calves saw Guy Ley top the day at £450, with Messrs Furse, Westcott, topping the heifers at £405. In the sheep pens the best breeding ewes reached £147 thrice, for 2T ewes from Messrs Hill, Bideford, and top breeding rams to £325 for Messrs Broad. Prime lambs saw a jump in the trade, with the best to £96 and premium at 200ppk for Squire & Son. The same vendor topped in the ewe pens at £104.50, with others from Tony Pickard, Bideford at £104. A slightly reduced entry of pigs saw the cull sows to £226 for A J Martin, Kitleigh, with John Kingdon, Newquay, at £208 and Messrs Phipps, Coxwell, at £190. Prime pigs were off the clock, with the best to £208 from Messrs Kingdon. Highgate Farms, St Veep reached £156, with David Turner, Torrington at £145.

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