THE MARKET report from Sedgemoor Auction Centre for Monday, July 27, is as follows. The total stock was 1876 head.

Flying trades all round!

(82) UTM & (5) OTM Prime Cattle. Auctioneer’s comments:

Greenslade Taylor Hunt report Sedgemoor’s prime cattle trade is on fire.

Top was 227.5ppk for a very shapely, fit but leaner, red 557kg Limousin heifer from N Cottrell, Williton. Shapely, lean, gold, 536kg Limousin heifer at 219.5ppk from JM Darby, Bishops Lydeard. BA Richards sold a run of well fleshed Charolais heifers at 209 (583kg) 203.5 (557kg) 203 (574kg) and 202ppk (535kg) and a Limousin at 204.5ppk (540kg). Very shapely, lean, red 474kg Limousin heifer at 208ppk from WJS Camp, Kentisbury. Good, fleshed, red, 638kg Limousin heifer at 207ppk from J & S Vinnicombe & Son, Exeter. Commercial type, fleshed Blue heifer at 204ppk from Habberfield Bros, North Newton. Commercial, fleshed, Charolais 588kg heifer at 200ppk from A Roppert, Burlescombe.

Steers rose to 222ppk for a very shapely, very lean red Limousin, 693kg from JF Walker & Partners, North Petherton, who sold another extreme shape Limousin, with a bit more flesh (700kg) at 219ppk. A super trio of black Limousin steers from AM Doble, Hemyock, met calls of 219, 218.5 and 216.5ppk. Plum, butchers’ steer, being a pure bred Angus from Sheldon & House, Kingston St Mary shot to 217ppk (515kg). Shapely, very lean, red Limousin steer (630kg) at 216ppk from WJS Camp again, who sold another slightly more covered at 205.5ppk. Butchers’ Charolais (582kg) at 212.5ppk from BA Richards, Williton. Quality heavyweight steers at 210ppk twice from RW Darby, Middlezoy. Good, nicely fleshed black Limousin steers at 209.5 and 202.5ppk from RJ Smith, West Buckland. Usual top quality from J & S Vinnicombe, Exeter sold at 207ppk for a Limousin and 197.5ppk for a smart Angus steer. Shapely black Limousin steer at 206.5ppk from CJM Shackleton, Wiveliscombe. Commercial grade, well fleshed (731kg) Limousin steer at 201ppk from R & G Speed, Axminster.

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Steers sold to £1,538.46 for a 693kg Limousin from JF Walker & Partners, who sold a 700kg Limousin at £1533 and a 700kg Blue at £1,354.50. 712 and 703kg Limousin steers at £1,495.20 and £1,476.30 respectively from RW Darby. Further Limousin steers at £1,469.31, R & G Speed and £1,422.09, J & S Vinnicombe & Son. Angus steer at £1,432.50 from Habberfield Bros, North Newton.

Heifers sold to a tremendous £1,362.30 for a 717kg Limousin from AJV Welch & Sons, Ashill. Further Limousin heifers £1,320.66, J &S Vinnicombe & Son and £1,267.18, N Cottrell. Simmental heifers to £1,234.80 from JM Darby. Charolais heifers at £1,220.94 from D Harris, Highbridge and £1,218.47 from BA Richards. Blue heifer at £1,205.64 from Habberfield Bros again.

66 Barren Cows and Cull Stock Bulls. Auctioneer’s comments:

Greenslade Taylor Hunt report what a trade! Trade of the year. Two new buyers in attendance, who normally attend to the South of us and they were unable to purchase and commented that cows were much dearer than those that they normally see. Sedgemoor leading the way again.

Top was 158.5ppk for a well fleshed Angus cow from D Hancock, Edithmead. Further Angus at 140.5ppk from WS Hancock, also of Edithmead. Further Angus again at 140.5ppk again from K Proctor, Dunkeswell. Further native cows at 146.5ppk from ER Parsons, Cheddar and a Devon at 139.5ppk, Washingpool Farm, Bridport.

Continental cows rose to 149.5ppk for a smart Limousin from PA Strawbridge, Honiton. Charolais at 149.5 and 146.5ppk from Hutton & Sons, Bristol. Generally a shortage of continental cows on offer.

Sucklers sold to £1,161.62 for a 777kg Charolais from Hutton & Sons, who sold another at £1,041.62 (711kg). Limousin cow at £1,116.77 from PA Strawbridge. Angus cow at £1,114.26 from D Hancock. Further Angus cow at £1,070.61 from K Proctor.

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Dairy breeds flying, at least 5ppk up on the week. Any frame with a touch of meat 125ppk plus. Best meat Holsteins to 147.5ppk twice from both New Farms Bowdens Ltd, Langport and SJ Perry, East Worlington. Further Holsteins 146.5ppk, R & J Jones & Son, Stogursey; 145.5 and 137.5ppk, MB & CJN Ayre, South Molton; 144.5, 137.5 and 136.5ppk, FE Hill & Son, Coultings; 142.5 (2x) 140.5 and 137.5ppk, The Colgrove Partnership, St Austell; 141.5ppk, CJ & AJ Herrod, Highbridge; 139.5ppk, SJ Perry again and 135.5ppk from New Farm Bowdens Ltd again. Friesian cows at 142.5 and 138.5ppk, M Churches, Godney; 142.5 and 138.5ppk, AJ Scott & Son, Hurst Batch and 140.5ppk, Mitchell Bros, Merriott.

Dairy breeds sold to the day’s top of an amazing £1,371.75 for a Holstein (930kg) from New Farm Bowdens Ltd. Further Holsteins £1,222.35 (870kg) £1,104.38 (775kg) and £1,087.28 (763kg) The Colgrove Partnership; £1,155.89 (789kg) R & J Jones & Son, Stogursey; £1,141.55 (790kg) FE Hill & Son, £1,120.35 (770kg) and £1,106.25 (750kg) SJ Perry.

1723 Finished Lambs and Hoggs. Auctioneer’s comments:

Greenslade Taylor Hunt report an increased entry of 1723 lambs following last week’s strong trade sold to an even dearer trade, at levels never seen at Sedgemoor at the end of July. The hope is that the trade does not plummet too far following this weekends’ Qurbani Festival! We don’t see a crash but this week’s gains may ease back. The best were 230ppk plus and sold to 241 and 237ppk from AJB Farm Partners. Others 235, 233 (2x) and 232ppk from A & N Pearce; 235 and 232ppk from CA Churchill; 235ppk from AR Henson; 234ppk from S Elworth; 233 and 231ppk from RB Cox; 233ppk from SG Knight and C Reasons and 231ppk from GI Ware and NR Huxter.

Heavier lambs sold to £120, £116.50 and £114.50 from C Reasons and £120 again and £113 from AB & GR Dodgson. Others £119 from TP & JA Cole and J Sibley; £117 and £116 from VEA Sparshott; £117 from Milborne Wick Farms Ltd; £115 from AR Henson and £113 from JG & WE Down & Son. Overall average £98.74.