The Livestock Auctioneers' Association Limited (LAA)

Trade Talk - James Morrish, Auctioneer & Marketing, Kivells, Holsworthy Livestock Market

10th July 2020

It’s been quite a week! On Saturday we saw our first machinery sale at Holsworthy market (Devon) since March due to the Covid-19 situation which saw a top call of £18,000 for the best of over 720 lots sold.

Traditionally the town of Holsworthy would have been enjoying the St Peters Fair week which has been celebrated since 1160, however this year has been very different.

That said, our loyal customers have had lots to celebrate at market on Wednesday where over 350 store cattle, 300 calves, 100 dairy and 1500- sheep went under the hammer. Trade for store cattle continues to be very strong with last week’s top call being at Hallworthy market in North Cornwall at £1,315 for 24-month-old Limousins.

It was a similar story in the baby and reared calve section which saw a massive £630 given for Blue stirks (5 month) on behalf of Bradley Farm Partnership of Camelford. The dairy cattle heifers to £2,150 up from Helston in West Cornwall with nearly 10% of the entry of 91 in excess of £2,000.

Over the past 2 months plenty of rain and warm conditions has seen the grass grow well. This in turn has seen the store lamb trade really kick on well with a phenomenal entry of 1800 at Exeter market last week topping at £95.50 with plenty ranging from £86 to £94.

Next Tuesday is our Great July Fair of over 5,000 breeding sheep with sheep travelling from as far afield as Lincolnshire, Buckinghamshire and all parts of the West country.

The pig sales have seen constantly good numbers however trade has been extremely variable with prime pigs hitting £152, £146 & £140 however the sow trade extremely depressed with only the best up and over the £110 bracket.

With corn harvest just around the corner trade for standing straw is picking up. At our latest sale 872 acres sold to a top call of £119 per acre for the best of the Winter Barley with several lots between £106 and £113.

Our latest instructions are to sell 520 acres of standing straw in South East Cornwall and with the combines ready to go I had better stop writing and get to work.

It’s been quite a week for James Morrish at Kivells!
It’s been quite a week for James Morrish at Kivells!