Archive Article: 1998/05/15

15 May 1998




Warter Estate held its annual auction of store cattle last

week. The estate is well known, recently coming onto the

market as one of the biggest commercial units ever offered

in this country. So if youve got a spare £30m… Those at

the auction, however, had more immediate concerns – like

getting their hands on some cattle…

Warter Estate held its annual auction of store cattle last

week. The estate is well known, recently coming onto the

market as one of the biggest commercial units ever offered

in this country. So if youve got a spare £30m… Those at

the auction, however, had more immediate concerns – like

getting their hands on some cattle…

Warter Estate held its annual auction of store cattle last

week. The estate is well known, recently coming onto the

market as one of the biggest commercial units ever offered

in this country. So if youve got a spare £30m… Those at

the auction, however, had more immediate concerns – like

getting their hands on some cattle…

Left: Board stiff? Not likely, with this much to do. Les Taylor sets to work, ensuring everyone was going in the right direction.Above: Brian Atkinson lent a helping hand, too.

On offer at Manor Farm, East Yorks were 500 mainly Charolais cross animals, raised on high Wold land from Simmental cross suckler cows.

"Pleasantly surprised," said auctioneer Michael Harrison in response to bidding. With averages up on last year, there is, he said, still confidence in the beef trade. "Its the time of year when people are looking for cattle to turn out to graze. Grass has to be eaten, after all."

Above: No, not the Norwich kit, but the sale uniform of the Cundalls staff, seen here busy in the office with the paperwork.

Left: One of the main topics of conversation around the auction ring was the future of the estate, since it went on to the market this spring. Its available either as a whole or in lots. If you bought it lock, stock and barrel, you would get, among other things, nearly 12,000 acres, 61 dwellings and a

well-known shoot. The price tag is £30m-plus. Keep doing the lottery…

Steers on green and blue CIDs topped at £590 and £545 respectively, while heifers made to £402. Prices at on-farm offerings like this tend to be higher than those seen at weekly marts, say the auctioneers.

Average prices


£/head

Steers (green CID) 498

Steers (blue CID) 471

Heifers 348


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