Just as the suckler cow quota trading was about to start, Newark
Market hosted a joint sale of stock for those looking to top up numbers
Owen Cunnington watches on as auctioneer Paul Gentry takes bids from an active crowd. "You couldnt fault the show of calves," said Mr Gentry.
Left: Waiting for the off… driver Ron Ford.
Right: Owen Cunnington was selling the younger end of his suckler herd based at Kings Lynn to allow more time for
other business interests.
Entries from the Hazelwood herd topped at £1360 for a Belgian Blue-cross third calver carrying a steer, bought by fatstock showman Barry Allsop of Cropwell Bishop, Notts.
Doug and Sheila Hazel were selling their herd to focus on breeding pedigree Belgian Blues and to expand their free-range poultry unit near Luton, Beds.
New tagging rules demanded that all young calves had to be on numerical tags.
Right: Overall, cows carrying bull or steer calves made between £750-£950; those with heifers at foot £600-£750. Potential show cattle sold well to £690 for a Belgian Blue-cross heifer in favour of Mrs Coy of Westborough, Notts.
Brace yourself… Measuring up the trade.