THE MARKET report from Sedgemoor Auction Centre for Monday, March 2, is as follows. The total stock was 1210 head.

Rising trades for Prime Cattle, Barren Cows and Prime Hoggs.

(110) UTM and (17) OTM Prime Cattle. Auctioneer’s Comments:

Greenslade Taylor Hunt report an increased entry of 127 Prime Cattle met a dearer trade.

Top was 195.5ppk for a very shapely home bred Limousin cross Charolais heifer from CJM Shackleton, Wiveliscombe. Shapely white Charolais heifer from L & A Maddock & Co, Wiveliscombe, at 191.5ppk who sold a smart grey Charolais heifer at 189ppk. Good run of suckler bred Charolais heifers at 189.5, 189, 188 (2x) 184.5, 183 and 180ppk from PJ Hobbs Farms, Minehead. Smart and shapely Charolais heifers at 189 and 184ppk from RE Webber, Stringston. Well fleshed Simmental and Blue heifers from TE Pocock & Co, Stringston at 182 and 181.5ppk.

Heifers sold to £1,223.24 for a grand 697kg Blue from TE Pocock & Co, who sold another 620kg at £1,125.30. 686kg Limousin cross Blue heifer at £1,210.79 from CA Retallack, Dulverton. Huge 718kg Angus heifer at £1,209.83 from Vale Farm Partnership, Creech Heathfield. Charolais heifers at £1,188.35 and £1150 from RE Webber and £1,130.22 and £1,111.08 from PJ Hobbs. Limousin heifers at £1,114.35 from CJM Shackleton and £1,106.22 from JR Westcott & Son, Willand.

Steers peaked at 189.5 for a good gold Charolais from L & A Maddock & Co, who sold another similar at 183.5ppk. A tremendous run of continental steers from CA Retallack met calls of 189.5, 189, 186 (3x) 183.5 (2x) 181.5, 181 and 180ppk. Very shapely, lean Limousin steer at 187.5ppk from CJM Shackleton. Shapely black and white Blue steer at 183ppk from MJ Tuckett & Partners, Exeter.

Steers sold to the day’s top of £1,347.50 for a 770kg Charolais from RE Webber. 711kg Limousin at £1,333.13 from CJM Shackleton. Continental steers at £1,286.25 (735kg) £1,267.00 (700kg) £1,251.47 (682kg) and £1,248.06 from CA Retallack. 731kg Charolais at £1,275.60 from HWC & JM Butler, Cambridge Batch. Blue at £1,275.51 from MJ Tuckett & Partners. Outstanding 745kg Angus steer at £1,259.05 from GG Dyer, Whitestaunton.

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77 Barren Cows and Cull Stock Bulls. Auctioneer’s Comments:

Greenslade Taylor Hunt report Barren Cows continue to meet a rising trade. 77 forward and all very much wanted.

Top was 145.5ppk for a grand 794kg red Limousin cow from DW Parris, Dalwood, who sold a black Limousin at 129.5ppk. Pure bred Simmentals at 140.5 and 136.5ppk from J Cockburn & Partners, Chard. Well covered Devon at 139.5ppk from D Barnes, Yarcombe. Feeding Limousin at 138.5ppk from JC Edwards, Drimpton. Big framed, feeding Charolais at 131.5ppk from JD Lock, Churchstanton. Hereford cows at 129.5 and 124.5ppk from HL Stott & Sons Contracting Ltd, Wells and 127.5, 126.5 and 125.5ppk from TJ Keeping, Wynford Eagle.

Sucklers sold to £1,155.27 for the red Limousin from DW Parris. Simmental cows at £1,131.03 and £999.18 from J Cockburn & Partners.

Dairy breeds peaked at 124.5ppk for a younger (44m) Holstein from D & I Dyer, Yarcombe, who sold a Friesian at 120.5ppk and further Holstein cows at 119.5 and 117.5ppk. Further Friesian cow at 120.5ppk from JM & JM Baker, Glastonbury. 119.5ppk was bid for Holsteins from MM & EH Lucas, Puckington; The Mowlem Partnership, Chard and twice from D Curtis, Street. Norwegian Red at 118.5ppk from M Boundy, Rose Ash. 118.5ppk was bid on four occasions for a Friesian from AJ Gay & Sons Ltd, East Harptree; twice for Holsteins from MM & EH Lucas again and again for a Friesian from AB, RG & JL Darby. Many cows 110 to 115ppk.

Dairy breeds sold to £1,125.75 for an absolute boat of a Holstein from MM & EH Lucas, who sold others (950kg) at £1,125.75 and £1,021.73 (855kg). 870kg Holstein at £1,083.15 from D & I Dyer and 843kg Friesian at £1,015.82 from JM & JM Baker.

1006 Finished Lambs and Hoggs. Auctioneer’s Comments:

Greenslade Taylor Hunt report fewer Hoggs forward at 966 head sold to a dearer trade for all presented. The best sold to 250ppk from AJ Willcox. Others 246ppk from Thornhill Farm (Dorset) Ltd. 245ppk from CJ Sage; R Withers & Partners and BG & PE Howell. 243ppk from Lane Bros; D Carnell and GW King. 241ppk from AW Selley & Son and 240ppk from AJ & WL Turner Ltd (2x) and Rushmore Estate.

Heavier Hoggs sold to £137 and £122 from JR & LM Hutchings. Others £133, £125, £121 and £120 (2x) from RR Creed & Son; £129 from AJ Green; £125 from Spring Farm Partners; £120.50 from A Dagger and £120 from CJ Sage and RJ Whitcombe. Overall average £109.30.

A quality entry of 40 new season lambs sold to a strong trade to 266ppk from O Howell. 263ppk (2x) from Thornhill Farm (Dorset) Ltd. £115.50 and £108 from Thornhill Farm (Dorset) Ltd and £109 from O Howell and BG & DE Howell. Overall average £105.71.