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Archive Article: 1997/03/07

7 March 1997

After a morning of heavy rain, the skies cleared over Mount Farm, Malton, North Yorks last Wednesday. Just in time, too, said auctioneers Cundalls, who held a dispersal sale there in the afternoon…

Andrew Abbey and Chris Hodgson inspect a four-furrow reversible plough which later made £950.

All this walking makes for weary legs… Simon Wall (left) and Paul Hill take five in the machinery field. Behind them is a John Deere 975 combine (R-reg) which made £7750.

So much for the drier weather, helpers Tot Collier (left) and Les Taylor still found themselves ankle deep in mud more than once. Still, a cup of tea helped.

As is traditional, the event kicked off with the offering of "smalls". Something for every pocket here, with the cheapest items at just £1. At the other end of the scale, the days most expensive item was a G-reg John Deere 3050 4WD tractor which made £13,750.

It was the Hallgarth herd of pedigree Simmentals that some people were most interested in. The best yearling bull, changed hands at £1420, according to auctioneer Michael Harrison. Hes a well-known face in the area and is now busy getting ready for the annual commercial tree and shrub auction at Castle Howard on Mar 15.

This John Deere T-reg 3130 made £2700.

Some of the cattle were headed for pedigree herds, others found new homes in commercial outfits. Highest bids ringside were £1600 for a cow and calf outfit, £1380 for an in-calf heifer and £980 for a maiden heifer.


Averages:£/head

Yearling bulls1373

In-calf heifers1177

Cows and calves1108

Maiden heifers852

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Archive Article: 1997/03/07

7 March 1997

Spring must be here. On Monday, new-season lambs outnumbered hoggets for the first time this year at Exeter, Devon. And with lambs averaging nearly 162p/kg, it marks the highest prices auctioneer Alan Venner (above) has seen at this time of year. Top price a kg and a head were 188.89p and £70 respectively, with a shortage of hoggets underpinning trade. Despite this buoyant start, values are unlikely to rise to the peak reached last year, suggests Mr Venner. Among those consigning stock to the mart was Ashley Gale (left) of Tiverton, whose pen of 34.7kg Dorset lambs made £55.80 a head.

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Archive Article: 1997/03/07

7 March 1997

MONEY flowed in for Wiltshire air ambulance after 200 people, mainly farmers, enjoyed a roast beef dinner and lively entertainment in Frome market hall.

The climax of the evening was the auction of goods and promises. Among the opportunities offered was the unusual one of de-bearding a farmer – well, two farmers and a landscape gardener to be precise.

"The auctioneers did a fantastic job to sell over 70 lots and then auction the first cut of our beards," said Cloford, dairy farmer Clive Vincent, who with Geoff Sheppard of Witham Friary and John White of Corsley (L to R) put himself at the mercy of any fast-bidding would-be barber.

"Before the event we had raised around £10,000 for the air ambulance," said Clive, who explains that the ambulance operates in their part of Somerset as well as Wiltshire. "We were confident of finishing the evening with about £12,000 on our very large barometer." But they did even better than that and Messrs Vincent, White and Sheppard have now presented a cheque for £16,000 to the air ambulance.

The Big Shave, as they dubbed their stunt, was captured on film and now features in a video of the fun evening, the sale of which is raising even more money for the air ambulance.

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Archive Article: 1997/03/07

7 March 1997

Gloucestershire young farmers got their 60th anniversary year off to a good start with a blessing of the plough service in Tewkesbury Abbey.

Six junior members

carried soil up the aisle to be blessed and four young farmers and the chairman of Gloucestershire Society of Ploughmen escorted the single furrow horse plough. Six county chairman, representing six decades of YFC in Glos, stood around the plough during the blessing.

The Princess Royal is the federations patron and she will attend the federations 60th anniversary county show which takes place at Hartpury

College on May 10.

Gloucestershire federations county banner was carried up the aisle during the blessing of the plough service by 1994/95 county chairman Kate Albutt. It is shown here with (L to R) county president Roy Phillips, Mrs Betty Pullin who designed it in the early 1950s, and the current county chairman Bryan Chivers.

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Archive Article: 1997/03/07

7 March 1997

Gertie is not a regular Saddleback, but she is happy to dress the part to support the fund raising on Marie Curie Cancer Care Daffodil Day (Mar 15). Her "saddle" is made of fabric flowers, the kind that collectors will be handing out to those who make donations to this worthy charity. They hope to hand out 7m blooms this year and raise £3m to help the charity continue its work which includes practical nursing care for cancer patients in their own homes; hospice care and support for families; research into cancer

prevention, detection and treatment

and education for healthcare professionals.

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