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Rare Breeds Sale at Chelford

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A large company of buyers resulted in over 95% clearance of sheep.

Buyers for all breeds but the highlight of the day were the Greyface Dartmoor's which included the top price. The Champion Greyface a Shearling Ram which realised 370gns sold by Mrs Dawson of Shropshire purchased by P M Darlington, Minshull Vernon. Dartmoor's also realised the top price female, a Shearling Ewe at 250 gns.

Greyface champion

Prices of Note:

Greyface Dartmoor Ram 370 gns
Greyface Dartmoor Ewe 250 gns
Greyface Dartmoor Ewe Lamb 170 gns
Oxford Ram 165 gns
Cotswold Ram 160 gns
Cotswold Ewe 150 gns
Shetland Ewe 65 gns

Only a small entry of pigs met a limited demand. Top price was Shenlow Lucy a British Saddleback gilt sold as running with Framfield Viscount 21 from Messrs S Samuels, Oxon and purchased by Mr R S Bowers of Holmes Chapel. In pig, Crimwell Champion Lady 26th, a Large White, shown by David Brock made 240 gns and went home with R Japheth of Caernarfon.

In Pig Gilt

A catalogued entry of 60 head of cattle met a trade best described as selective.

Leading the trade was a fantastic outfit from R Potter, Yeaveley, Nr Ashbourne who sold Yeaveley Jess for a combined price of 1780 gns (£1869) to T & M Lewis, Llanbister, Powys.

Champion Longhorn

Another Longhorn cow and calf, this time from H M P Kirkham realised 1230 gns (£1291.50) to C A Ashbridge of Taste Tradition, Thirsk. In calf cows from Bolin Valley Partnership peaked at 920 gns for Bollin Isobel also to Taste Tradition.

A super pen of Beef Shorthorn bulling heifers sold to 880 gns (£924) for G & B Sutton, the buyer Mike Beeston, Winsford.

Janet Todhunter consigned a brace of Gloucester heifers from her Ailsa Herd selling for 550 and 560 gns to James Deaville, Longnor.

Reserve cow


An excellent entry of superb, well-presented rare and pure bred stock but prospective purchasers were a little thin on the ground, consequently prices were generally lower than might be expected.

Best prices amongst large fowl poultry included Salmon Faverolle hens at £30 per head, New Hampshire Red hens £26, Plymouth Rocks £16, Wheaton Marans £11.

Amongst bantam poultry, a gold Sabelpost family achieved £52, Miniature Black Silkies £289, Porcelain Sablepost £15, Brahmas £15, Coronation Sussex £11, Chamois Polish £10.

The Waterfowl category saw Red Breasted Geese achieve £36 per head, Pintails £18, Mandarins £15, Barnacle Geese £15. In the larger sections some stunning Toulouse Geese went to £24 per head, Sebastepol Geese £17, Pomeranian Geese £12.

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