Thanks go to the team who worked so hard on this

First Wilton Sheep Fair of the season From Salisbury Journal

LAST week’s Wilton Sheep Fair saw an encouraging 15 per cent increase in numbers (2,425) on last August and trade reflected the current confidence in theEverybody agreed it is an enormous amount of work and expense for no obvious benefit and achieving 100 per cent accuracy is impossible 95 per cent was achieved last week.

Finding the unread sheep was hard as many tags would not read at all and the sheep had to be identified, read and input manually. Thanks go to the team who worked so hard on this. Advice to vendors

go for the best tags, not the cheapest. On that note congratulations to FD McPherson, K Harvey, Templemans Livestock and Grant Bros, who all had a 100 per cent read.

Auctioneer Simon Whaley achieved a marvellous trade for the 501 older ewes. Top price was 130 for Suffolk X, six teeth ewes from BA Russell Son of Horningsham, Warminster.

There was a good trade for the older and non accredited rams (19). Top price was 270 for a fourteeth Charolais.

The early wet cheap jerseys conditions drew a large company of two teeth breeding ewes (1,363).

Expectations were exceeded with auctioneer John Bundy achieving a top price of 172 for a pen of Suffolk X Scotch half bred from JD Bracey of Lambourn, Berkshire. The like for like trade for the

last year’s fair showed an exceptional increased price per head of 26.60.

Auctioneer Iain Soutar had a few more lambs forward than last August and a good trade to top at 110 for a pen of Suffolk X Scotch half breds from Jim Bracey, 29 up on the year. Suffolk X mules

sold to 88 (J Carr, Rottingdean).

Store lambs (200) had a firm trade, but numbers were short.

Top price of 71 went to Gerald Levinge of Staines for Texel X, 15 up on the year.

Michael Vesey, who officially “retired” last week after 50 years with Southern Counties Auctioneers (see above), found a reasonable trade for MV accredited rams (28), with a top price of 620gns for.

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