Jack Walton, pictured above with Michael Blandford, Chairman of Council for the Three Counties Agricultural Society, is now over half way through his summer holiday tour of livestock markets raising funds for farming charities.
A warm welcome and a cracking cooked breakfast awaited him and visitors to Worcester Livestock Market on 17 August for their weekly primestock sale of fat sheet and fat cattle. Jack is a familiar face at Worcester Market as he helps out on Saturdays and at their store sales. He also had time to catch up with R.A.B.I’s Regional Manager for the West Midlands area, Becky Davies.
Jack has been very heartened by the welcome and donations that he has received at other areas of the country, but he was pleased to spend last night at home in Worcester, after six weeks being on the road.
At Worcester Market he managed to secure donations of a pair of lambs and a ewe which he then personally auctioned, with all proceeds going to R.A.B.I. and RSABI. The lambs were generously donated by Will Halford of The Halford Partnership in Worcestershire, and Michael Blandford who is Chairman of the Council at the Three Counties Agricultural Society. The Society have also been instrumental in supporting Jack on his journey across the various livestock markets, and have provided him with a large amount of sponsorship money.
The pair of lambs made 210 pence per kilo. The average price for other lambs in the sale was 187p/kg. The ewe was donated by Brian Wood and initially made £91. The successful buyer on both occasions was Mr Akram, who generously rounded up the price of the ewe to £100, not bad considering the average price for ewes at that sale was £64.80!
We were very grateful to auctioneer Clive Roads and McCartneys who also allowed Jack to auction a pen of lambs and ewes, with their commission fee being added to the money that will be awarded to the two farming charities.
Thank you to those who bought and sold stock, and all who donated money to the cause. Jack has so far raised almost £4,500 and continues his journey next week when he will be at Rugby, Stratford, Hereford and Cirencester.
We are also delighted to hear that Jack has received his A Level results today and had his place at The Royal Agricultural University confirmed. Congratulations from everyone at R.A.B.I!