Archive Article: 1997/11/14

14 November 1997




A commercial herd of more

than 200 suckler cows and

stores was up for auction

last week on one Devon

farm. FW called in on

proceedings…

AVERAGES


Averages£/head

Cows with

spring-born calves (68)878

Cows with

autumn-born calves (19)610

In-calf and served

cows (16)496

The herd at Newland Farm, Cullompton was, according to auctioneers Stags, in "extremely fine heart and condition". The spring- and autumn-born calves were by Charolais and Limousin bulls respectively.

Let there be light… Preparations under way in the sale shed. Fastening up the lighting, however, posed a bit more of a challenge than you might think.

The auction in full swing and a big crowd of locals, together with visitors from Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Somerset, ensured bidding was brisk. Charolais cross cows with steer calves made to £1150.

George Baker is a well-known face at West Country dispersal sales. And a youngster looks on, perhaps to pick up a few tips on buying.

Sausage and chips, all round… helpers Gerry Denford (left) and Ivor and Ruth Denyer grab a bite to eat from the catering van. On a day like this, with all hands to the pump, it was a case of eating "on the hoof".

No, not karaoke night, but auctioneer Richard Turner in action. Other notable prices taken at this event included £700 for a Simmental cross cow and £505 for Charolais cross steers on green CIDs.

The last straw… Ivor Denyer busy with final preparations for this sale for the J Grant Cann Partnership.


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