Ribble Valley farming round-up

Edward Forshaw and his champion British Blue bull calf which sold for �490 along side pre-sale show sponsors Anne Pickeover and Debbie Airey of Country & Commercial Insurance Brokers.
Edward Forshaw and his champion British Blue bull calf which sold for �490 along side pre-sale show sponsors Anne Pickeover and Debbie Airey of Country & Commercial Insurance Brokers.
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The latest news from the farming scene at Gisburn Auction Mart.

An excellent selection of farm machinery and equipment was forward at Gisburn Auction Mart’s latest machinery sale.

Top sale price of the day was £8,000 for a 1996 Zetor 8540 tractor from a retired dairy farmer, in genuine ex-farm condition-in its “working clothes”.

Demand for grassland and forage equipment was strong, with farmers keen to start silaging.

A Vicon Andex 84 two-rota rake, in average condition, saw the hammer fall at £2,800; a pair of twin axle tipping trailers with silage sides built by TH Horns of Garstang sold for £2,600 and £2,500; and a Kuhn 700 disc mower achieved £1,800.

A local beef and sheep farmer was delighted to sell his redundant Pottinger four roto rota tedder, barn stored for three years, for £1,600. Two drum mowers, although not as fashionable as they once were, sold for £190.

As usual, the sale contained numerous livestock and plant trailers, with leading brands dominating the sale. Topping this section was an Ifor Williams 16ft tri-axle foot plant trailer which sold for £1,800. However, the sale had a disappointing entry of vehicles and quad bikes, with the top sale price in this section being a Ford Fiesta car at £1,450. A Mitsubishi L200 double cab pickup with 150,000 miles on the clock sold for £950.

Galvanised items such as calf creeps, gates, troughs etc. were easily sold to a top price of £500 for a Bateman calf creep.

Auctioneers were Richard Turner and Son.

British Blue was top rearing calf

Judges Graham Little and John Robson chose the first prize British Blue bull from Edward and Stuart Forshaw, of Longridge, as champion at Gisburn Auction Mart’s Anniversary Show of rearing calves.

The six-week-old bull went on to sell for £490 to John Swan, of Little Ouseburn, York. The same buyer went on to buy the winner of the first prize bull in the Simmental class and overall reserve champion at £445 from David Mattinson, of Bracewell.

Averages were: British Blue bulls £380, heifers £315. Limousin bulls £341, heifers £284. Simmental bulls £332, heifers £256. Angus bulls £306, heifers £194. Black and white bulls £97. Auctioneers were Richard Turner and Son.

Top prices for Border models

Gisburn Auction Mart’s latest sale of collectable models with an agricultural theme drew a good crowd of keen bidders and saw prices peak at £700.

“Bringing in the Harvest”, a limited edition Border Fine Arts model, topped prices on the day. Issued in 2002 in a limited edition of 850, it features a Massey Ferguson tractor and combine modelled by Ray Ayres and was greatly admired by collectors and enthusiasts.

Border Fine Arts tractor models dominated the sale, with “Where There’s Muck There’s Money” – a detailed piece featuring a Massey Ferguson tractor and rota spreader – again modelled by Ray Ayres in a limited edition of 1,500, selling for £385. “At The Vintage”, a Fordson E27N Major pulling a Ransomes two furrow trailed plough, achieved £340 and “Golden Memories”, a classic society exclusive model, again modelled by Ray Ayres and depicting a young boy at the wheel of a tractor with his father loading posts, sold for £310.

An impressive model featuring a pair of working horses, “Steady As She Goes”, made by Country Artists sold for £380 to a Cumbrian collector. A wide variety of animal models created interest from livestock farmers, a British Blue cow and calf topped this section at £240, a Hereford Bull achieved £155 and a Swaledale ram sold for £130. A limited number of Beswick models were also forward. Topping this section was “Pinto”, a piebald pony, at £85, while an “Appaloosa Stallion”, retired from production in 1989, sold for £70.

Auctioneers were Richard Turner and Son.

Quality sheep selling well

A packed ringside of buyers at Gisburn Auctions Mart’s sale of breeding and store sheep saw a continuing flock dispersal for Mrs P.A. Holliday, of Dacre, Harrogate, get proceedings off to a flying start.

Texel three-crop ewes sucking twin lambs sold for £198, £182 and £170 per family. David Williams with his Criccin flock made the trip north again from Wales with a run of quality Texel and Beltex ewes, topping at £220 a family for shearlings with singles.

The Mule hoggs were dominated by Raymond Johnson, of Felliscliffe, Harrogate, topping at £190, closely followed in the rankings by Halton East’s Donald Sunderland who again sold smart hoggs with lambs at foot for £185.

Texel hoggs with singles sold to a high of £198 from Nick Parker, of Silsden, while Suffolk hoggs with singles topped at £164 from another Silsden vendor, Will Crane, finding pastures new in Cheshire. At the other end of the scale, broken mouth Herdwick ewes with singles sold for £78 a family.

At Gisburn’s June Prime Sheep sale, prime lambs were keenly sought, with Beltex cross lambs weighing 40kgs from Giggleswick farmer Michael Hewitt topping the sale at £110.

Meanwhile a pen of four Texel ewes from David Houghton, of Bury, sold for a staggering £142 each. Auctioneers were Richard Turner and Son .

Sale for TB-exempt cattle

Following the introduction of bovine TB pre-movement testing in some parts of Craven and the Ribble Valley, Gisburn Auction Mart has established a weekly Thursday sale of animals from cattle on TB-restricted holdings which do not require to be pre-movement tested.

The market will enable competitive trade of such non pre-movement tested cattle. The cattle can move from this market to slaughter or to a TB approved or exempt finishing unit. Farmers are asked to contact the market in advance of submitting animals or further advice. Tel 01200 445376.

Free travel to livestock event

Farmers have the chance of free coach travel from Gisburn Auction Mart to the Livestock Event at The NEC, Birmingham, on July 3rd.

The Livestock Event, organised by The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, principally sponsored by Barclays, is the leading event for the UK livestock sector.

It presents an opportunity for dairy, beef, sheep, goat, pig and poultry farmers. as well as farm managers, stockmen, consultants, processors and retailers, to see the best livestock, equipment, products and services available in the UK.

To claim your free seat on the coach, buy a ticket for £20 by visiting www.livestockevent.co.uk/book-tickets or contact Kate Jones Tel 0845 458 2711 for more information.

Lambs sell easily

Prime lambs were easily sold at Gisburn Auction Marts on last Thursday.

Topping the market was Dorothy Doyle, Tosside, with Texel lambs weighing 42kg which sold at £114 or 271p/kg to Dunbia (Preston).

Melvin Noblet, Ribchester, sold 10 Texel lambs weighing 40kg at £108.50 to Riley Bros, Burnley.

Robert Bradley, Salterforth, sold a pair of cull Texel ewes for £123 to MN Alam, Lancashire Direct Halal Meat Ltd.

Averages: Prime Lambs 241p/kg Cast ewes averaged £69.

Brian Bleazard, Ribchester, took the two top-price heifers at Gisburn Auction Mart’s pedigree dairy show and sale last Thursday.

At £2,320 and £2,380 they were from regular vendor Colin Singleton, Goosnargh. Also in the money were A. Bretherton & Sons, Whitechapel,

Preston. with Longridge farmers E. Roper and Son taking there two powerful 35-litre heifers at £2,200 and £2,100.

Buyers were out in force and the non-registered cattle topped at £2,200 for R.S. and J. Layfield, Middleton, Ilkley, followed by Raymond & Robert Johnson, Felliscliffe, Harrogate, at £2,020 and £1,980. An entry of new calved shorthorns exceeded the vendors’ expectations and peaked at £1,160.

The in-calf section was well supported with 21 on offer with a pedigree heifer from D.E. Graveston, Bolton by Bowland, to £2,000 closely followed by John Mawson, Elslack, at £1,900.

Some longer dated heifers still sold well for Richard Barron, Hellifield, Skipton at £1,480. The trade of the day was an entry of five top class bulling heifers from Bargh Bros, Bracewell, by Genus sires, all selling over £1,000 to average £1,060.

With the calving season just getting under way, numbers are steadily rising.

Crowd for sheep with lambs

While other centres have completely dried up with sheep and lambs, Gisburn Auction Mart’s sale still had plenty of outfits to attract a large crowd on Saturday.

Heading the prices was Frank Barnes, Samlesbury, with Mule Ewes and twins at £180 or £60 per life. Will Crane, Silsden, sold powerful Texel Hoggs with single lambs at £180 twice or £90 per life.

The best of the Mule hoggs came from Mark Wilson, Horton in Ribblesdale. First time away from home, these homebred Mules suckling single Suffolk lambs were taken to pastures new in Lothersdale for £168 by Andrew Lee.

At the other end of the scale, Welsh ewes with singles made £66 and a pen of strong, but light faced geld mule hoggs achieved £115.

Auctioneers Richard Turner & Son