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Archive Article: 1997/08/29

29 August 1997

The busy season for dairy dispersals will soon be here and, as usual, the West Country will be the scene of many. To get a flavour of what the autumn trade might be like, FW called in at a sale on the Devon-Somerset border last week…

Like many dispersals, this one was prompted by a retirement – in this case, that of Donald Lancaster (pictured).

Time for a pre-sale cuppa… Having a chat and a brew is Kevin Branton (right), who washed and clipped the stock, ensuring it was in tip-top order.

Tredown Farm, Clayhidon, has been home to the herd since 1985. There, 900ft above sea-level, it was run commercially on the Blackdown Hills, averaging 6502kg at 4.37% butterfat and 3.13% protein, according to NMR figures for 1995/96. The herd was originally established near Holsworthy nearly 50 years ago.

For some people, getting a good view can necessitate a shoulder ride.

A picture of concentration… those at the event saw 140 animals on offer, nearly 60 of which were between their first- and fourth-lactation.

Father and son John and Roger Maynard look on with Tredowns herdsman Colin Pople (right).

Pens and catalogues at the ready with the action in full swing… This was a day when the highest bid was 970gns. The average price, excluding the barreners, was just over £700, according to auctioneers Kittows.

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Archive Article: 1997/08/29

29 August 1997

Autumn cultivations…tractor driver Robin Chapman pictured while ploughing barley stubble, following a 7.4t/ha (3t/acre) crop at Robert Youngs, Thorpe Hall Farm, Thorpe Abbots, Norfolk.

Drilling of Apex oilseed rape was completed on Tuesday.

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Archive Article: 1997/08/29

29 August 1997

An overcast and wet market day at Oswestry, Shropshire, last week… among the cull ewes, top price was £39.50, with an average of £19.07. Finished lambs made to 116.85p/kg. In the dairy section there were 66 animals entered, including this heifer from Barbara Brown of Lampeter, which made £670. Overall, cows sold to £650, averaging £468. Heifers made to £780, levelling £566. Dairy stock prices were well down on the previous week, says auctioneer John Brereton.

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