Busy sale ring at Cutcombe Sale of Native Breed Busk Calves and cattle

Exmoor Farmers welcomed an entry of371 head of cattle on Monday. Most stores

sold were of busk calf age with only a very small proportion being more than 12 months.

 

A typically busy sale ring with buyers again travelling from away to purchase the Exmoor stock saw competition that held a strong trade.

 

Store heifers averaged £445 representing the high number of busk calves forward

and peaked for a Charolais X heifer from Messrs J Pugsley, Zeal Farm, selling for £700. Other notable heifer prices included a pair of March born Charolais X from

Mr PA Willis which sold to £625 and a trio of March/April born Charolais from Miss Black making £592.

 

Steers achieved an average of £522 and peaked at £1,015 for a 19 months oldCharolais X with the second top being from the same home, a 14 month Charolais also which made £940. This was followed by Simmental steers of 14/15 months from Messrs J Pugsley making £860.

 

Store cows were met with a firm demand with several buyers, an average of £740

was achieved and a peak of £1,180 was gained by Messrs J L Johns & Sons who

also gained second highest reaching £1,150.

 

Cows with calf at foot sold to a brisk trade with keen demand for all animals forward. An average of £815 was attained and peaked for an eight year old Simmental cow with her May born steer and heifer twin Charolais calves and the cow having been

PD back in calf to the Charolais bull. The outfit of four making £1,360 for Mr KG Bellamy.

 

This was followed by a six year old Aberdeen Angus cow with her two month old

steer Charolais calf which sold for £1,010 for Mr DE Kingdon.

 

A small number of breeding heifers made an average of £735 and peaked at £800

for three Devon from Mr D Branton. Aberdeen Angus heifers made £745 for Mr D J Vellacott. A single Charolais stock bull sold by Mr J Floyd achieved £960.

 

Averages:

Stores: 117 Heifers; £445, 210 steers; £522, 27 cows; £740. 6 Cow and calves; £815; 8 breeding heifers, £735; 1 bull; £960 (Exmoor Farmers Livestock Auctions)