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6 September 2002


A large collection of vintage

tractors drew in the punters for

David Richardss dispersal at

Whitehouse Farm, near

Abergavenny, Gwent. FW went

too and found a lively trade

Above: Auctioneer Howard Pugh takes bids.

Below: David Richards starts up this 1953 Field Marshall Series 111 that sold for £8000.

Left: David Richards with auctioneer Howard Pugh of &#42 J Pugh & Co, Ledbury, Herefordshire. Mr Richards is sitting on a 1929 Massey Harris 1220, which later sold for £3050.

Below: The sale of 33 vintage tractors attracted plenty of enthusiasts.

Above: A couple of vintage cars also passed under the hammer. This 1930 Morris Cowley Doctors Coupe made £7250.

Above: "Its in good working order."

Mr Richards takes one of the lots

for a spin before the sale.

Left: It runs in the family for

24-year-old Claire Edwards, who has a

keen interest in farming vehicles.

Her dad owns Wye Valley Tractors

in Ross-on-Wye.

Right: "Ill tell you a story."

Cecil Nicholas of Upper Green Farm, Abergavenny, in animated discussion with Elwyn Richards, brother of

David Richards, whose vintage collection was being sold, and Austin Williams of Trebella Farm, Skenfrith.

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30 August 2002


Farmers and crofters gathered on the

coast of the small Inner Hebridean

island of Tiree last week for its

annual August sale of over 5000

lambs. FW joined buyers on the ferry

from Oban for a great day out

A convoy of double-deckers get ready to transport over 5000 lambs off the island.

Not the comfort of a modern office, but the customer service is spot on. United Auctions staff Martha Owen (left) and Mary Morrison, wife of auctioneer Donald, run the office like clockwork.

UA auctioneer Donald Morrison discusses the sale with a vendor. Lambs averaged £36.56, well up on the 2000 level of £25.67. About 1000 lambs went straight to slaughter.

Euan MacKinnon, farmer and chairman of the Tiree Rural Centre committee, which is trying to raise funds for a new livestock market and rural centre.

Its a family affair…"Wee"Donald Morrison, son of "big" Donald the auctioneer, helps drove lambs all day.

Large batches of lambs purchased by one buyer are grouped together in paddocks with a view to die for.

Several cattle went under the hammer as well, but these ones were exercised first with a stroll to the market before the sale.

Refreshes the parts that others… UA staff John McCormack and John Sturton quench their thirst and take a break.

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16 August 2002


One of the summers first

breeding sales of ewes and

rams took place at Wilton

Sheep Fair near Salisbury,

in Wilts, last week.

FW went along, too

Nearly 2500 ewes were catalogued – the bulk being Suffolk cross Mules. Trade was good, although some vendors expected better. Mules averaged £73, topping at £79 and Suffolk cross Mules levelled at £58, reaching a high of £65.

Southern Counties Auctioneers John Bundy (left) and Iain Soutar in action. Mr Soutar was fairly pleased with the trade even though numbers were about a third down. "We hope for a bigger entry in September, perhaps to 6000. Some 20-day rule relaxations will help."

Right: Well worth a pat on the back… Simon and Diana Faux with their Suffolk shearling rams. They have been selling at Wilton for the past 20 years.

Below: Hants farmers Trisha Carr, Simon Cobden and Humphrey Carr discuss the day. The Carrs had just bought a Texel shearling for 205gns and they were pleased with the price.

One of Peter Blanchards string of Suffolk shearling rams from his Marlborough flock. In all, 29 Suffolk shearling rams averaged £283, while Texels levelled at £222.

Time for loading up…Lleyn ewes show a clean pair of hooves as they head out of the pens and into the lorry at Wilton, Wilts.

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9 August 2002


The first alpaca dispersal sale South East

Marts has ever conducted drew a small,

but enthusiastic crowd to Teddards, on

the South Downs above Eastbourne,

East Sussex. FW observed

Above: The Downland Alpaca herd of 10 female Huacayas with cria at foot sold to a top price of £2800, and averaged £2475 for those with female cria – similar to other recent sales, but down on pre-foot-and-mouth levels. A guest consignment of seven females with male cria from nearby Atlantic Alpacas averaged £1146.

Right: Calling it a day after almost 40 years of farming, Arnold Morgan was pleased with the way things went – not least the sale of his picturesque house and 45 acres on top of the Downs, which went within a week and included five alpacas.

It works…but retired fireman, John Barnes, from Mountfield near Battle, East Sussex, was more interested in strimmers than hedge-cutters. Just as well, as this one went walkabout later in the day!

Below: Nothing ropey about this Roper garden tractor, given the "once over"

by six-year-old Jeremy Clarke.

Someone got a bargain at £90.

Above: Roger Waters conducts the sale, pulling in bids to £4700 for this immaculate 1996 John Deere 6×4 Gator with tow bar and

tipping body.

Lip-smacking, thirst-quenching…oh no, thats Pepsi! Here, young Joseph Paine from Epsom, Surrey, downs a Coke. Shouldnt he be drinking milk?

Above: Philip OConnor of Atlantic Alpacas (left) shares a joke with South East Marts auctioneer, Roger Waters, before selling off nine wethered males as pets for an average £500/each.

Right: Chilling out… Geoffrey Minnis from Wartling and four-legged friend, Wellie, take in the view before joining the throng on the machinery lines.

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2 August 2002


Sheep farmers flocked to

Blackpitts Farm, Aldsworth,

in the Cotswolds last

week for the first

on-farm sale of sheep in the

area since foot-and-mouth.

FW was there, too

Right: Breeding ewe sales have hardly begun in earnest this year, so there was plenty of interest in nearly 1000 sheep at Blackpitts Farm, where a flock has been kept for generations. Owner

John Phillips is renowned for producing top quality stock.

Above: Rex Goodings, of The Holding Minety, Wilts, and Mike Theobald, a livestock agent from Cirencester, mull over the sheep trade.

Below: George Edington, of Ladbarrow Farm, Aldsworth, and Alec Inglis, the shepherd at the farm for 35 years, share a joke before the selling begins.

Above: Trade was buoyant with 346 full-mouth ewes levelling at £45; 206 six-tooth ewes at £65; and 63

four-tooth ewes at £73. And the early store lamb trade was strong too, with lambs averaging £35.

Below: A large range of sheep equipment sold well,

such as this N-registered Ford 4000 tractor, which made £2300 – more than it cost to buy.

Above: John Phillips keeps an eye on prices while Moore, Allen & Innocent auctioneer Mark Hill gets into action. The farm is getting out of sheep to concentrate on its other enterprises.

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26 July 2002


Another large herd of dairy cattle went under the

hammer last week. FW was at the Chilton Farms

Chiltonpark herd sale of 370 pedigree Holsteins

in Berkshire

Left: Before the sale…. Simon Pallett, of auctioneer Dreweatt Neate, with farm owner Gerald Ward and his daughter Sarah Scope, director of Chilton Farms, and Tom Brooksbank, of joint auctioneer, Norton & Brooksbank. Above: Richard and Moira Parker, of Saunders Farm, Dorset, eyeing up the cattle.

Right: Getting a close-up … Mervyn Clothier (left), of Saunders Farm, Frome, Somerset, and Francis Burfitt, of Black House Farm, Mere, Wilts, study the form before bidding begins.

Above: Whats what … Roland Brown (centre), auctioneer for Dreweatt Neate, takes John and Sue Cook of Quarry Farm, Purton, near Swindon, through the catalogue.

Tom Brooksbank takes bids flanked by fellow auctioneers, Roland Brown and Chris Norton. The milking portion of the herd levelled at £1013, with a top price 3500gns.

Prospective buyers … Charles Reis (left), of Compton Bassett, and Jeff Daw, of the Monkton Noremead herd, Winterbourne.

Nearly 400 lots went through the sale ring.

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19 July 2002

Chevington Hall Farm,

Suffolk, was farmers weeklys

destination to see

J W Robert & Partners

re-organisation sale last week

Above: A good crowd of eager bidders pushed this 2001 Bateman Hi-Lo sprayer with 3600 hours to £26,250. "A strong trade as ever," commented auctioneer Robert Fairey of Brown & Co (centre).

Right: L-plates required… Four-year-old Sam Duchesne from Stanningfield takes to a tractor seat.

Above: Cut above… Claas Lexion 460

with 1060 hours made £48,500.

Left: Diesel do nicely..1957 Land Rover workhorse sold at £1300.

Right: One man went to mow… Keddington farmer Neville Smith.

Above: Simba double-discs ready for autumn

cultivations made £10,200.

Left: One careful owner…Fergie TE looks for restoration.

Right: "Tyred by jovial"… Rickinghall farmers

David & Clare Pettitt.


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12 July 2002


farmers weekly captured the first big pedigree sheepbreeders

sale at Worcester Market last week. The Suffolk Sheep

Societys National Show and Sale saw trade up on two

years ago. A welcome lift for the industry

Buyers check out the ram lambs on offer.

Auctioneer Andrew Walton, who ran the sale in conjunction with McCartneys, said the three-week earlier sale date may have been too early for commercial buyers.

Above: One buyer gets down to checking the nitty gritty, before bidding gets underway for one of SG Mairs prize-winning

pen from the Muiresk flock.

Left: Robbie Wilson, of the Strathisla flock, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, with the top price ram lamb by Muiresk Powerpacker, which sold for 6200gns to Helen Goldie, Harpercroft, Ayr, and Alex Gray, Langside, Lanark.

An expectant and packed house looks on as selling gets underway. In all about 90 ram lambs levelled at £1132.46, over £100/head up on two years ago.

Parading around the ring at a packed Worcester Market – a new venue for the sale, because of this years sale regulations.

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5 July 2002


Hampshire Down rams went under the hammer at Northampton

Market last week in a pilot sale to replace the breed societys

annual event at the Royal Show that couldnt go ahead because

of movement regulations. FW went along to support

Above: Auctioneer Brian Pile (left) and judge Derek Ritchie check the stock before the sale. Only 12 entries were forward, as the event was so close to the Royal Show, but they were all cleared – a first for Mr Pile this year (inset). "When sheep classes were reinstated at the Royal, it decimated entries here. Mind you a 100% clearance rate is good going, however many are forward."

The champion and top price went to a six-month-old ram lamb from Jennifer Atkinson and David Smith of Market Rasen. The ram sold for 260gns to judge Derek Ritchie from Kettering.

Its like walking a dog, just woollier…Alan and Sue Badnell of the Tansy flock from Tarnock, near Axbridge, Somerset, lead one of their rams to the ring.

Easy does it…breed society secretary Richard Davis (right) from Great Missenden, Bucks, loads his purchase with the help of fellow breeder Charles Horrell.

Sheep breeders from Belgium normally buy a lot of stock at the Royal Show, along with other international customers. This time they could look, but not buy because of foot-and-mouth regulations. A breed society spokeswoman said that their trade was sorely missed.

William Roberts, a commercial sheep farmer from Anglesea, took six tups including the joint second highest price of 240gns.

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28 June 2002


All creatures great and small

flock to sales to snap up farming

memorabilia as FW saw at Henry

Notts retirement sale at Priory

Farm, Priors Marston, Warks

Above: The cars the star… John & Elizabeth Middletons Sunbeam coupé featured as Tristan Farnons car in All Creatures Great & Small and took bids to £8600, but failed to sell. Mrs Middleton, pictured, was said later to be relieved.

Left: World Cup defeat meant the TVs no longer needed. Porter Paul Barker holds aloft while local farmer Steve Deeming highlights the lot.

Below: Crash course… Edward Skudra snapped with a helmet for £1.

Above: Rosemary Shrimpton bagged

this carpet at £55.

Above: Bath-time breather… Cheryl Evans of Long Itchington takes a dip.

Below: Likely lads… Find a gate and there will be farmers standing behind it. Auctioneer Howkins & Harrison reported a good turn out.

Above: Wood you believe it… At £390 burning a hole in someones pocket, this log pile now belongs to the farms new owner.

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21 June 2002


Some really good livestock came under the hammer last

weekend when Stuart and Norman Blyth decided to sell

their farm near Goodby, in Leics, and concentrate on

their furniture business interests. FW went too

A Charolais cross Limousin cow with calf at foot takes bids. Newark cattle market auctioneer Paul Gentry said the cattle sold well, with autumn calvers selling to £1150 and spring calvers to £850.

Owners Stuart Blyth and his wife, Jennie, watch as the animals pass through the ring after years of breeding them. The suckler herd of Charolais cross Limousin cows was established in the late 1960s and the Goadby flock of Charollais sheep in 1986.

Charollais ewes in the ring. Mr Gentry said the trade was a wee bit disappointing. Shearling ewes traded to 150gns and older ewes to 100gns.

A Charolais cow goes bananas in the ring – causing spectators to flinch. Store cattle sold to £705 and feeding bulls to £560.

Getting a lift… Stockman Richard Burman takes a nap in the Manitous bucket. It later sold for £17,300.

A ewe with lamb at foot.

A curious passer-by checks the size of this mini Ford tractor, which later sold for £1750.

Hazel Pick of Thorpe Satchville has a careful look through these ring feeders.

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14 June 2002


The first sheep breed society sale of the year is

traditionally the Poll Dorset and Dorset Horn Sheep

Breeders Associations May Fair. After waiting for new

sale rules the organisers eventually plumped for June 6.

FW went along to see how it turned out

Breed society secretary Marg Cowley, Chris Lloyd, commercial manager of the National Sheep Association, and David Elgin, council member of the breed society, greet buyers and sellers.

It was crucial for the Dorset Horn and Poll Dorset sheep breeds to hold their May Fair sale – if not they would have missed their main breeding sale two years on the run. Punters check out whats on offer pre-sale.

Leslie Marsh from Warrington, Lancs, checking out Francis Fooks tups, before buying a ram from Brenda Hackling for 260gns.

Buyers eyeing up whats on offer from David Rossiters Huish flock from Burton Galmpton, Kingsbridge, Devon. His top price was lot 55 selling for 850gns, with his six lots averaging 700gns.

Auctioneer John Wharton: "There were plenty of buyers for tups, although female trade was a wee bit disappointing."

Icecream is always a delight whatever the weather – Henry (green jacket) and Ben May get it all round their chops.

Adrian Dufosee, Church Farm, Longbridge, Deverill, Wilts, with lots 84 to 88, chatting to a possible buyer.

One of Francis Fooks tups from Manor Farm, North Poorton, Bridport, Dorset, in the ring. It sold for 800gns to Mr May.

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31 May 2002


Kingsclere Estates

ended 50 years of

dairying when 400

Holstein Friesians

went under the

hammer at Pitt Hall

Farm, near Basingstoke,

last week. It was a

busy day for the

auctioneer Dreweatt

Neate and FW

stopped by to

see how it went

Above: Robert May, the managing director

of Kingsclere Estates, checks on the sales

progress with his daughter Jessica. The estates

directors decided to sell the enterprise

so it could concentrate on its

arable business. Above left: Barbara and David Adams of Keyston hill Farm, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, with a keen eye on prices.

Next-door neighbours to the estate, Mr and Mrs Bill Liddiard of Skyers Farm, Ramsdell, were hoping to pick up some of the dairy equipment.

You look guilty lads…estate workers (left to right) Owen Gillam, Malcolm Mead and Peter Harfield take a break and a bite.

Left: David and Lee Ford of Islington Far, Dorset, with miscellaneous

bits and bobs.

Below: With nearly 400 catalogued entries and dairy equipment – it was a busy day. Even so all 395 cattle sold in just over six hours of selling.

"But it is sad to see a big herd like this go," added Trevor Rowland.

Auctioneer Roland Brown (right) takes the bids, while Trevor Rowland books in. Buyers came from all over the country with some restocking farms in Yorkshire and other local buyers expanding units, said Trevor Rowland. Cows sold up to £880, in-calf heifers to £700 and bulling heifers to £450. The overall all-age average was £446.

It could only be a dairy sale!

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26 April 2002


Peter Birds Simmental cross suckler herd went under the

hammer last week at a farm in Romansleigh Barton,

South Molton, Devon. They should have been sold last

year but couldnt because of foot-and-mouth. FW went

along to see how it went

Trade was good with all 200 entries being sold. Top price was £1000 for a Simmental cross cow and her calf; in-calf heifers levelled at £514, yearling heifers at £373 and steers at £605.

Greenslade Taylor Hunts auctioneer Derek Biss takes the bids as herd owner Peter Bird looks on. Mr Bird sold his farm in Devon last year after retiring. A year later his cattle went under the hammer.

Auctioneers assistant Sally Mitchell proudly rings her bell. She was entrusted to look after the bell, which has been part of the auctioneers for years, by the firms stalwart auctioneer Henry Simon.

Some items of machinery were sold under the shadow of Romansleigh Barton church.

Philip Holmes with an assortment of forks.

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22 March 2002


Wet, windy and pretty miserable,

but there were some great working

dogs on offer at the Bala sheepdog

sales on the Rhidwas Estate.

FW went to browse

Ellis Williams, of Llanwnda, Caernarfon, holding Cap who he sold for £825.

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15 February 2002

Due to a change in farming policy, Thompson

Elmham Farms instructed a machinery sale at

Elmham in the heart of Norfolk. FW went along

too, and got wet with the rest of the crowd

1. Up she goes… Spalding father and son team Chris (left) and Colin Marshall load up their boot.

2. Tractors sold well, as did trailers and potato equipment. Auctioneer Robin Lansdell said there was a very good crowd with visitors from a wide area and some good bidding. Top price tractor was a New Holland TM165 that made £29,500. The New Holland TX36 combine sold for £25,000.

3. Tractor junkies were happy punters. This Case Magnum made £19,750.

4. Dont fall in, it could be "tyreing" pulling you out!

5. Game for a laugh? No way. These gamebird drinkers made £7 each.

6. Local farmers and farm employee Michael Curling (centre) chat over the Kverneland five furrow plough that made £4000.

7. There was a lot of interest in potato equipment with a Grimme potato harvester making £25,000. But this destoner didnt make its reserve.

8. In the dry before the sale started, Dereham farmers Mark Dugdale (left) and Norman Eagle. Watching intently is Foxy the dog.

Tractor junkies were happy punters. This Case Magnum made £19,750.

Above: Dont fall in, it could be "tyreing" pulling you out!

Right: In the dry before the sale started, Dereham farmers Mark Dugdale (left) and Norman Eagle. Watching intently is Foxy the dog.

Tractors sold well, as did trailers and potato equipment. Auctioneer Robin Lansdell said there was a very good crowd with visitors from far and wide and some good bidding. Top price tractor was a New Holland TM165 that made £29,500.

Game for a laugh? No way. These gamebird drinkers made £7 each.

Up she goes… Father and son Chris (left) and Colin Marshall from Spalding load their boot.

Above: There was a lot of interest in potato equipment with a Grimme harvester making £25,000.

Left: Local farmers and farm employee Michael Curling (centre) chat over the Kverneland five furrow plough that made £4000.


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14 September 2001


Livestock sales started again at the Thainstone

Centre, Inverurie, last Friday. FW went to see how

the new biosecurity measures were working

Men in white coats…yes, there were several there to witness a good trade for strong yearling cattle, 217 stores changed hands. Bullocks levelled at 120p/kg, heifers at 98p/kg and bulls at 111p/kg.

The sale was a nationwide story. Brian Pack, Aberdeen and Northern Marts chief executive, is grilled by a TV reporter.

Above: Biosecurity doesnt just mean white coats, but clean wellies too. Ian Moir of

Turriff, Aberdeenshire, gives his a thorough scrub.

Left: Lambs now need three tags denoting their farm or origin, the last farm they moved from, and once sold, the mart they were sold through.

Meanwhile, Auctioneer Brown & Co held an on-farm machinery sale at

Woad Farm, Fishtoft, Boston, Lincs, last week. FW was there

Among the tractor sales were a Case Magnum 270, which made £35,000, and a Case 7230, which sold for £19,400. Other tractors were a reasonable trade too.

Its a dogs life.

Somethings kept under here.

Pleased with the sale – auctioneer James OBrien takes another bid.

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14 January 2000


The year-end rush for cattle means more could now do

with a bit more finish before sale, as FW found out at

Gisburn, Lancs, last week

Richard Turners family have been auctioneers at Gisburn for about 40 years. "The decline in stock values has quadrupled the effect of lower commission with higher staff costs to cover paperwork and welfare," he said. "But we still manage to turn a profit and will continue to trade as long as we do so." Mr Turner (right) is seen here with mart chairman and local dairy producer David Moorhouse.

"Steers and heifers could do with a bit more finish," comments Mr Turner. He is concerned some under-finished stock could be entered into the fat ring just to catch the new slaughter premium of £17/head. Prime bulls averaged 103p/kg; steers and heifers were not far behind.

With over 1700 hoggs in the Thursday market, primes averaged 81p/kg. Geld ewes (300 head) have improved a little, but horned breeds still only averaged £4-5/head with mule types at £11.

Jack Walker of Dunsop Bridge gets down to tidying up his entry.

A prime milking area, many buyers in the

dairy ring have concentrated funds on getting quota cover. Cow prices may stay depressed

until spring, believes Mr Turner.

Unlike many marts, access is relatively easy thanks to the adjacent A59.

Left-to-right: Messrs Bracewell and Smith cast an eye over the sheep entry. Many hill lambs under 35kg liveweight have gone on the export trade.

Pictures by Jim Varney

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