5 September 1997

Whether you were looking for cattle, sheep, machinery or grass-keep, then Brynheulog Farm, Powys was the place to be last Thursday…

The event – prompted by a change in policy by Gareth Davies – kicked off, as is traditional, with the offering of machinery and equipment. Bidding rose to £9200 for this digger.

A big crowd came to this Newtown farm, where auctioneer Keith Davies sold this F-reg Massey Ferguson 399 for £9500. It wasnt too far behind the top-price piece of kit, a J-reg Massey 390T, which went for £12,500.

Blue skies and clouds…what a strange summer its been. Before the stock went under the hammer, 110ha (273 acres) of 11-month grass-keep was auctioned, allowing successful bidders then to purchase animals. The grazing turned out to be worth about £250/ha (£100/acre).

Also on offer were 1200 sheep. Beulah yearling breeding ewes made to £68, while Welsh Mule ewe lambs went to £59 and stores to £50.

I know what I was going to tell you… Morris, Marshall and Pooles Jim Evans (left) catches up on local news and views.

Also catalogued were nearly 100 suckler cows with calves at foot.

The best price among the cattle was £965 for a Limousin cross third calver, with a Charolais cross bull calf at foot.