A total of 550 lots of machinery, implements and general equipment sold to a big crowd of buyers at Bolitho Farm, Liskeard, Stags auctioneers report.

Topping the day at £5,200 was a 1982 Massey Ferguson 590 2WD tractor complete with loader. Vintage tractors sold to £1,750 for a 1954 Ferguson T20 tractor; followed at £1,300 for a 1965 Massey Ferguson industrial tractor complete with loader.

Farm machinery topped at £1,000 for a Nugent shear grab; followed at £800 for a Twose 6.3m folding cambridge rollers. Trailers sold to £700 for an old Ifor Williams LT85G flatbed. Other lots included £325 for a Bateman cattle crush; £310 for a 4’6” dung grab; and 8 15’ cattle feed barriers made £145 each.

On the sheep side, 450 sheep comprising of breeding ewes, ewe lambs, store lambs and breeding rams sold to a more resistant trade than that seen at the first sale earlier in the year. Breeding ewes topped at £119 for two pens of North Country mules from Mr R Sizmur, Okehampton. Older Suffolk mule ewes topped at £85 for the same vendor. Ewe lambs topped at £92 for a pen of ten classy mule ewe lambs with other continental bred ewe lambs achieving £81 and £80 three times for A & S Tamblyn, Liskeard.

Good competition was seen for store lambs with many buyers leaving with empty trailers; top price of the day was £67 for Mr G Barrett of Saltash who also sold Hampshire lambs to £55.

Lots of small 'running' lambs looked well sold on the day with numerous pens in the high 40’s and low 50’s.

Rams met a buoyant trade with vendors keen to sell and buyers aware that the weeks available to source their rams are running out. Charolais 2T rams topped at £290 twice for Mr N Dalgarno, Truro with Texels topping at £250 for Mrs G Renfree, Liskeard.

We’d like to thank all vendors and purchasers for their support and we look forward to continue the sales next year.

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