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HOLSTEIN

There were 24 bids in excess of 1000gns when Upthorpe Farms of Didcot, Oxon, dispersed their herd at Taunton Livestock Centre. One-third of the 170 lots was bought by Devon bidders who paid a top price of 1785 for a Gelpro-sired second calver, offered with twin heifer calves by Zidane. In-calf heifers found a strong trade reaching 860gns, while yearlings sold to 430gns. Leading averages: 107 cows and heifers 733, 19 in-calf heifers 788 (Greenslade Taylor Hunt).

SUFFOLK

Orkney and Shetland buyers took several of the highest-priced lots at a collective sale of Suffolk sheep at St Boswells where bidding reached 2100gns for a gimmer shearling from the Parkburn flock dispersal. The gimmer was by Glenho Morning Glory and out of a Crosemanor Commandeur ewe (John Swan).

HOLSTEIN

The dispersal of the Leverhulme herd from The Wirral, Cheshire, put 447 head back on the market, selling to a top price of 1150gns. The bid came for a second-calver, one of a good run of daughters by Arpagone. Averages: 248 cows and heifers 608 (including 51 heifer calves at 143), 18 in-calf heifers 694, 32 recently calved heifers 516 (Wright Manley).

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Three flocks – the Alwent, Callerton and Halbeath – staged an in-lamb ewe sale at Borderway Mart where a gimmer shearling from the Halbeath flock of Dunfermline breeders Nancy and Caroline Orr led the trade at 2000gns.

The gimmer was by Watchknowe Gameboy and out of a Baltier David ewe. Buyer was J Jack, Fife.

A Turin Hardy-sired gimmer from Messrs Nesbitt’s Alwent flock at Darlington made 1000gns to Messrs Grice, Co Durham.

Averages: Alwent – shearlings 398; Callerton – shearlings 203; Halbeath – shearlings 489 (Harrison and Hetherington).

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6 September 2002

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&#8226 CHAROLLAIS

A shearling ram by the 2000 Royal Highland Show champion made the top price of 520gns at the British Charollais Sheep Societys show and sale at Carlisle.

Consigned by John and Ian Beck, who run the Port OSpittal flock at Portpatrick, near Stranraer, the triplet-born ram was by Heathcote Hercules. Buyers were Messrs Collister, Maryport, Cumbria.

John and Rachel Geldard made 500gns for a shearling ram from their Wraycastle flock at Levens. Buyer was Mr Archibald, Isle of Islay. Cumbria bidder Mr Pears from Wigton took another shearling by the Heathcote sire from Messrs Beck at 420gns. Averages: Seven shearling rams £417 and 27 ram lambs £262 (Harrison & Hetherington).

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6 September 2002

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&#8226 HOLSTEIN

It took nine hours of selling to disperse the biggest herd of dairy cows to come on to the market this year when 552 head were offered for the Rowe family at Launceston, Cornwall.

Buyers from as far north as Cumbria were in action with all classes of stock from this NMR recorded herd meeting a fast trade.

More than 35 head made over £1000 with a top bid of 1600gns from Mr James of Holsworthy, Devon, for a Genus Pineridge second calver due with her third this month.

Averages: Milking cows and heifers £766; in-calf heifers £728; bulling heifers £493; yearling heifers £330 and heifer calves £297 (Kivells, in conjunction with KVN Stockdale).

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