The July Fair gave the dearest cattle trade ever seen at Tavistock Livestock Market last Tuesday (July 6).

Stags Auctioneers report that here was an excellent number entry of 425 cattle and 102 sheep this month and with numbers short nationally abundant grass and a strengthening beef price trade was always going to be lively.

The decent number entry and the usual Tavistock quality this month attracted a number of new buyers from far and wide.

The day also included the annual sale of Galloway and Moorland breeding cattle, which, as always, attracted plenty of interest.

Topping the days prices at £1760 was a 5yo pedigree Aberdeen Angus bull from Mr E Distin, Botus Fleming.

There was a really decent entry of cows and calves which topped at £1720 for a 4yo South Devon cow with her 1month old steer calf at foot from Mr P Skelly, Shaugh Prior; with other similar outfits at £1700, £1660, £1520,£1520 and £1500.

The Galloway and Moorland breeding cattle topped at £1000 for a 9yo pedigree Galloway bull from Mr H F A Forbes, Princetown.

An excellent entry of Blue Grey breeding heifers topped at £940 for a bunch of 3 23mo from Messrs C D,D M & S K Alford, South Zeal; closely followed at £900 for 5 21mo from Messrs W H & A Willcocks, Ivybridge.

Store cattle prices topped at £1430 for a bunch of 6 24-27mo Hereford x steers from Messrs D & K J Bragg, Tavistock.

The same vendor had an entry of 89 cattle with other steer prices including £1295 for 3 27mo Limousin x; £1285 for 6 23mo Hereford x; £1260 for 5 24mo British Blue x. Messrs D & K J Bragg also had top price heifers at £1275 for 5 24mo British Blue x; with others at £1270 and £1260 for Hereford x; and £1205 for more British Blue x.

It did appear that the younger the cattle the dearer they were.

Younger cattle topped at £1260 for 5 15mo Limousin steers from Mr A J Eggins, Roborough.

A wonderful entry from Abel Bros, Peter Tavy topped at £1230 for a bunch of 7 23mo Beef Shorthorn steers and their run of Charolais x bred cattle topping at £1150.

An excellent entry of 12-16mo Charolais x cattle from Messrs G T J & A R Medland, Tavistock sold to £1160 for three steers and heifers sold to £1155 for 2.

Other notable prices included £1170 for 3 23mo Hereford x steers from Mr G R Hill, Lamerton who had similar breed heifers to £1040; £990 for a 9mo Aberdeen Angus x steers from Mr T F Jasper, Lewannick; £1035 for 2 12mo Limousin x steers from Mr J H Vanstone, Grenofen; £1130 for 14mo Hereford x steer from Messrs M Cole & B Abel, Sampford Spiney; £1120 for 4 18mo Welsh Black steers from Messrs D H & C Legassick, Sheepstor; £1065 for 19mo Hereford x steer from Mr M H Northmore, Horrabridge and £1145 for a 17mo Charolais x steer from Messrs J & S Eggins, Yelverton.

The sale started with grazing cows, which topped at £1055 for a Aberdeen Angus cow (non FABBL) from Mr R J Glanville, Milton Abbot.

Average cattle sold to £1175 for a 34mo Saler x heifer from Messrs J & S Eggins, Yelverton.

On a busy day at Tavistock Market the first new season store lambs met a solid trade considering recent fluctuations with the best Roussin x to £103 for Messrs G A E Hancock, Callington with the same vendor selling others for £85.

Merket drovers and regular supporters Messrs J & G Nankivell, Tavistock sold Suffolk bred store lambs to £80.50.

A small sample of 6T Texel x breeding ewes with lambs split on the day topped at £100 with a FM Roussin ram from the same vendors, Messrs G A E Hancock, Callington, reaching £115. A Good quality entry of grazing ewes topped for Suffolks to £120 for Mr R H Murrin, Bere Alston who sold others to £100. Loyal market supporter Mr W A Uglow was rewarded with Suffolks to £110 and Mules to £100. Messrs L J & S A Thompson, Yelverton sold Texel x ewes to £100. Regular supporter Messrs J S M & M M Mudge & Son, Lewdown was happy with his pens of Suffolk x ewes achieving £95 and £90.