Store cattle met a flying demand at last week’s St Peter’s Fair, Holsworthy, when Kivells offered one of their largest entries for some time to more than 200 potential buyers around the ringside.

Topping the sale were Limousins from K L Guymer, North Petherwin, Cornwall, at £1190, £1150 and £1120. Prime heifers on the same day made up to 161.5p/kg and steers reaching 159p/kg and the entire entry levelling at 146.98p/kg.

Store lambs were also much sought after with 400 forward for the first sale of the season. Leading the prices here was a £53/head call for 60 Suffolk crosses from D Walters and Son. Stratton, Bude, their 242 lamb consignment averaged well in excess of £50. On the same day cull ewes hit a top of £85 and prime lambs reached £69. Auctioneer Steve Prouse is predicting a strong store and breeding sheep trade on the back of this early sale. “All is set fair for a successful summer and autumn for customers throughout Devon and Cornwall.”