A week of record prices

I've had a varied past few days, starting with the British Farming Awards last Thursday. What an entertaining and inspiring evening. I was lucky to be placed on a table with farmers who'd been nominated for some of the categories. They were such a lovely bunch of people, and it was great to witness the exchanging of experiences, advice, and encouragement. If you have the chance to go next year, do.

Some serious prices for pedigree stock were made at the weekend, with a Limousin at 140,000gns at Carlisle and a Blackface ram lamb selling for 160,000gns at Dalmally. My God, if that ever happened to us, I would run round the ring naked singing the National Anthem!

I whizzed up to Stirling bull sales on Monday which proved to be a mixed bag. Angus female trade was flying, Limousin trade was mixed, and Beef Shorthorns steady. I caught the Simmental show where there were some decent bulls. The one I picked out was at the bottom of the short leet in his class although he ended up making 11,000gns, which just proves yet again I have expensive tastes.

Stephanie Ryder

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