Sale Reports:

The letting of the standing crop of Rape/turnips for 3 months Dec/Jan/Feb at Church Farm & Great Meadow was a real anti climax.

The land was well fenced, is of organic status and qualifies to the highest soil association standards. It is hoped this will be a yearly let with a block of grass land to be let on a 3 year tenancy in the near future.

Quite a few people turned up for the Auction but bidding was slow (most were there for a skeet!). The crop was let between £50 - £72 acre.

A small Mart on 21/11/18  at Knockaloe.

4 Cull cows sold at  £200 each which is a low price - they would be worth considerably more on the UK market, but there has been a long stagger at the Meat Plant which reflects these low prices. It doesn't help when the stock is non farm assured. Maybe sellers could rethink. The Mart is happy to sell all stock but is is much easier and straight forward if the animals for sale are all Farm Assured.

 

It was a testing time at the Knockaloe Mart on Wednesday 14th November

The Mart had its annual farm Assurance inspection which seemed like a long four hours!

With everythng in order, and most of the farmers farm assured- its disappointing that some more Supermarkets and butchers don't buy more Manx meat. Instead they buy from any other country - with none or lower standards because its cheaper.

Especially disappointing when we know a large number of the Manx public would prefer to support local - and Buy Manx.

Trade was a bit slow wth some usual bidders missing .

H kermode sold Lim/SimX heifers 338kg- £655

M Kelly sold good type Ch. bullocks 245kg @ £485 with Ch.X heifers 282kg selling @£475

 

Another good bunch of cattle at Knockaloe Mart -      November 7th

SimX bullocks from Mr S Corlett weight 275kg sold  @ £555 with SimX heifers 252kg - selling @ £430

P Field sold strong LimX bullocks -292kg @ £595 with Lim X heifers 200kg selling @ £440

H Kermode sold older cattle 418kg @ £615

C Quayle selling at the Mart for the first time topped the average with Ch. bullocks weighing 296kg making £640

83 Cattle sold - only one pen of heifers withdrawn

70 Lambs sold from £40-£42 from Glendown

Next week: 14th November

More good cattle already entered from Michael Kelly, Derek Bell and Helen Kermode

 

 

31st October 2018

Busiest Mart for a long time.  It was good to see Tim Baker, Phil Parsons and Andrew Lees from the "New Meat Company" mixing with proper farmers

188 cattle mainly sucklers were sold, including a very good Limousin stock bull from L&S Cain for £1000

A&S Jones sold excellent shaped BB& SimX bullocks 327kg @ £600

D Creer sold BBX steers @ 430kg @£770

J Quayle sold LimX Steer 322kg @ £635 with 244kg heifers selling @£490

A Stott sold the last of his cows from £500-£820

B Radcliffe sold LimX steers 280kg @ £560 with similiar weight heifers making £535

P Field sold Lim yearlings 417kg @ £705

S Cleator had best sale of the day with ChX bullocks 383kg selling @ £715 with 300kg heifers selling @ £630

We look forward to Wednesday 7th November at Knockaloe 70 Cattle and 60 lambs so far.

The Machinery sale for Mr M Whipp at Elmbrook on Saturday 10th November 11am


 

 


 

 

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Just a summary of the Autumn Sales - Suckled calves

There have been some busy afternoons which started mid October with the last sale in early December.

The quality of calves brought to the Mart has been very good with some very good prices, and odd ones a bit disappointing. The uncertainty of the Meat Plant didn't help. The high costs of keeping stock over the winter and unknown returns on Island or off- is at best an estimated guess.

The Islands farmers need direction and encouragement with decent returns for breeders and feeders, then there will be sufficient good stock at the right time and a fair price.

DEFA members, have made some brave commitments to turn the farming industry around. We sincerely hope the proposals work and is sustainable

Its passed time - before its too late

A great crowd at the Christmas Mart Poultry Sale on Saturday 23rd December. The Mart was amazingly decorated -mainly thanks to Gordon Clague - with one of the real Father Christmases and the excellent Crosby Silver Band, it was indeed a joyous occasion. 

A Charity turkey with extras was kindly given by Kenny Sloane and family, which was auctioned several times raised £580 plus a bucket collection of £187 realised a total of £900 to be given to the cancer charity - IOM Breast Care Thanks to all who donated.

After several carols and some refreshments over 50 turkeys sold from £25 - £75 with geese selling from £50-£72. There were also chickens and ducks sold with a good selection of Manx vegetaables from Sheila Gawne

Best Wishes from all the Mart Staff to customers old and new - A Merry Christmas and A Happy Healthy New Year - 2018

 



 

 

 

 Photograph by kind permission of DEFA