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Widespread interest expected for Kingsnympton Park sale

By This is NorthDevon  |  Posted: January 21, 2010

FOR SALE: The Kingsnympton Park herd of organic pedigree Devon cattle is to go under the hammer.

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A FORTHCOMING on-farm sale is creating a stir within the farming community not only in North Devon but across the country, according to Kivells auctioneers.

The sale at Park Farm on the Kingsnympton Park Estate near South Molton includes both pedigree cattle and sheep. It was postponed from January 14 due to poor weather but is now scheduled to take place on Monday, January 25, and is expected to attract buyers from as far as Lincolnshire.

Auctioneer David Kivells said: "We are very honoured to have been asked to disperse the livestock on behalf of the estate and we look forward to seeing a massive crowd of people on the day.

"In particular, the cattle have generated interest from all over the United Kingdom with buyers committed to travelling to the sale from Wales, Lincolnshire and the Midlands."

The entire Kingsnympton Park herd of organic pedigree Devon cattle is due to go under the hammer. The herd's bloodlines include herds such as the Forde, Rockhead and Champson. As well as the cattle, a flock of 860 pedigree and non-pedigree Lleyn ewes, including ewe lambs and store lambs.

In between the cattle and sheep sales a sale of machinery will be held which includes a John Deere 6520 tractor registered in the second half of 2004, Sanderson Teleporter, trailers, toppers and an IAE sheep race in excellent order.

James Morrish, also from Kivells, added: "There has been a lot of buzz about this. It is very rare to have an on-farm sale like this where you have a complete dispersal of cattle, sheep and farm implements. It is also unusual for a flock of pedigree ewes to be up for sale at this time of year. Consequently, it has received a lot of interest."

The sale will be signposted from the main A377 Barnstaple to Exeter Road near Kingsnympton Station and begins with the cattle auction at 11am. For more information, call Kivells on 01409 253275.

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