26 April 2002


Peter Birds Simmental cross suckler herd went under the

hammer last week at a farm in Romansleigh Barton,

South Molton, Devon. They should have been sold last

year but couldnt because of foot-and-mouth. FW went

along to see how it went

Trade was good with all 200 entries being sold. Top price was £1000 for a Simmental cross cow and her calf; in-calf heifers levelled at £514, yearling heifers at £373 and steers at £605.

Greenslade Taylor Hunts auctioneer Derek Biss takes the bids as herd owner Peter Bird looks on. Mr Bird sold his farm in Devon last year after retiring. A year later his cattle went under the hammer.

Auctioneers assistant Sally Mitchell proudly rings her bell. She was entrusted to look after the bell, which has been part of the auctioneers for years, by the firms stalwart auctioneer Henry Simon.

Some items of machinery were sold under the shadow of Romansleigh Barton church.

Philip Holmes with an assortment of forks.

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