CCM Auctions conducted a Farm Dispersal Sale at Hollin Raikes Farm, Cowling on Friday 30th November 2018, upon the Instructions of Messrs R&VM Clarke who have sold the farm and are moving to a new holding. The sale included a great selection of tractors, grassland machinery, implements, livestock equipment and sundry smaller items all which have been used in the working of this marginal upland hill farm over the years. The quality of items attracted a very large gathering of both local and distant buyers, with many Irish buyers also present.
Bidding was brisk, and a sample of prices are as follows:
Fortnightly Catalogue Sale of Store Lambs & Breeding Sheep
Forward: 3,442 Head – 3297 Store Lambs & 145 Feeding Ewes and Breeding Sheep
Store Lamb Overall av £61.27
A tidy show of sheep sold to a very good trade, with strong Texels in high demand, topping at £95 from RJ Bailey of Reeth who also sold others at £88. Rob Smith, Steeton sold Texels to £90. Best Suffolks and smarter but smaller Beltex also into the 70’s. The next grade of medium keep Lowland lambs was £65-£70, whilst smaller lambs were £58-£64.
A fantastic day in the calf ring for the Christmas Calf show with the judging carried out by Will Gore-Browne of SIlsden Moor. The Champion Rosette ended up in the hands of Marcus Chadwick of Chadwick and Leaver of Southfield, Nr Burnley. A fantastic Simmental bred calf at just 7 weeks of age sold for £440 to the Judge.
34 Prime cattle comprising 3 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 31 Cast Cattle.
3,609 Prime Sheep comprising 3176 Prime Lambs & 433 Cast Ewes & Rams.
111 Rearing Calves.
Lancaster Skipton Christmas prime lamb champions sell at heady £500 each
For the second consecutive year, there was a Ribble Valley supreme champion at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual Christmas prime lambs show when Ian Lancaster, of Coldcotes Farm, Wiswell, near Clitheroe, landed the prestigious title for the first time. (Sun, Nov 25)
Mart regular Mr Lancaster, joined by son Richard and his wife Mary, had been reserve supreme champion in the past, this time clinching overall top spot – and the bragging rights to go with it - with the first prize and champion Continental trimmed trio of lowland lambs, home-bred 41kg Beltex-cross lambs all by a ram from Andrew John Wood, who runs the Withy Trees Beltex flock near Preston.