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By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: November 21, 2013

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VICKS of Hatherleigh report a stronger trade in prime lambs to average 161.98ppk. Standards sold to £57.60 and 160.6ppk for N Freeman, Meeth; mediums to £76.50 and 170ppk for Higher Punchadon Farms, Winkleigh, and heavies to £80.50 and 159.4ppk for D Vallance, Inwardleigh. A good entry of draft ewes met an easier trade to average £43.11. Half-meat ewes to £75.50 for C J Drake, Cheriton Bishop, plain ewes to £22 for T Parsons, Northlew. Store and breeding sheep met a good trade with shearling Charollais-cross-Beltex breeding rams to £150 for C P Prouse, Week St Mary. Small store lambs to £57.50 for Miss P Wyatt, Lynton. Small mixed Dartmoor breeds to £20 for R McEwan, Hatherleigh.

Stags of South Molton report a similar entry of sheep with a similar trade to the last couple of markets, with a good entry of the heavier types meeting a slightly more selective trade. There was a top of £88.50 for a pen of Suffolk-cross-Charollais for W J Woollacott and Sons, Bishops Nympton, with Suffolk-cross-North Country Mules from Parsonage Farms, Chulmleigh, at £86 and £85.20 for crossbred Charollais from Messrs Hookway, Roborough. Suffolks from Messrs Jones, Heasley Mill, at £83.40, the same value as another pen of Suffolks from B J Tapp, South Molton, with £83.20 three times – to Messrs Jones' second pen with Charollais from A J Pickard, Twitchen and R W Tapp and Son, South Molton. A pen of medium Texels from H Priest, Ash Mill, at 182ppk topped the averages with three pens of Texel and two pens of Charollais at 179ppk – Texels from K W Baker, Poughill, Blue Zebra Ltd, Ash Mill and F C Reed and Son, North Molton, with Charollais from R J Govier and Son, Kings Nympton and J Norman, Shirwell. Then 178ppk twice, the first to standard Texels from R I Crocombe, Lynton and the second to Hampshire Downs for R W Dyer, Braunton. A smaller entry of ewes again met a selective trade with the best Suffolks from R Irwin, Kings Nympton at £85.50, with Texels from his neighbour, Messrs Reed, at £79.50. Then £75 for Lleyns for M J Selley, South Molton with Suffolk-cross-North Country Mules from Messrs Latham, Kings Nympton at £74 and £68.50 for Suffolks from R E Latham, North Molton. Rams were topped at £54.50 for a pair of Texels from J Toft, South Molton with a Suffolk from D Neligan, Braunton, at £48.50. A fine pair of Blue steers from Messrs Lake, South Molton, sold to 196.ppk and £1,234.80.

Kivells of Holsworthy report another successful day for their customers with the top call of the 214 cattle being £1,463 for the pick of a trio of quality Limousin from John Sluggett, Milton Damerel, with others at £1,441 from the same home. Messrs Sluggett also took the premium at 228.5ppk and an average of 221.5ppk. Messrs Partridge, Claw, saw their best hit £1,376, with David Trewaman, Winkleigh, close up at £1,325. Younger cattle also saw a lift in trade, with Tim Honey, Bridgerule, topping with 23-month Blue steers to £1,270. Nigel Gear, Barnstaple, was at £1,100 and there were plenty up and over £1,000. The 141 calves saw the best quality flying high, with a top call of £440 for an outstanding bull calf for Messrs Jose. Best heifer calves hit £225 for Messrs Isaac, Clawton, with second-quality calves a little harder to sell. Overall 1,100 sheep met an overall top call of £125 for rams from Bernard Strout, Boyton, while the pick of a tidy consignment of mule ewe lambs from Messrs Whittaker, Holsworthy, reached £76. The 501 cull ewes saw the trade remain steady, with the best at £85 for Messrs Edwards and the best of the 487 prime lambs reached £83. The premium was set at 177ppk for Bob Cowell, Helston. There were plenty of buyers for the 258 store lambs which peaked at £70.50 for Jim Dennis, Hartland, with an overall average of £62.03. Thursday evening saw the 2013 Dairy Event and resulted in a top call of £3, 100 for Willsbros, Wadebridge.

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