Piglets bring sunshine to a gloomy lamb trade

It’s September already! The nights are drawing in and the thought of stock coming in is something I’m far from ready to think about.

One of our gilts farrowed at the end of last week. She had eight (one casualty sadly) and is a really good mother. Out of all the animals, I find piglets the most endearing. It’s amazing how quickly they are up and about and squabbling over the milk bar!

I had a great Bank Holiday spent at sales. The first of which was Paul Slater’s flock production sale. There were plenty of buyers and trade was really strong. Then I flew up the M6 to experience wild commercial trade at the dispersal sale of Messrs W.Richardson and Son’s sucklers. Top price for a cow and calf of £6,200 was serious trade.

There is certainly some confidence in beef, and if there’s any good news so far this week, it seems prime lambs are generally no worse.

Sales to look out for this week are: Thursday, Barbers is holding its annual sheep fair at Market Drayton; on Friday, September 4, there’s the monthly horse sale at York auction centre. Also on Friday, Welshpool livestock market has a general machinery sale; on Saturday, September 5, it’s CCM's annual show and sale of rare, minority and native breeds.

Don't forget it’s British Lamb Week this week! #BritishLambWeek #LoveBritishLamb


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