Serious Bluefaced trade at Hawes and Charolais at Carlisle

What a grand start to October with the glorious weather we experienced last week, the leaves are on

the turn now though and autumn is definitely upon us.

I thought it was a good idea to enter the national and regional Suffolk flock competition this year and the national judge came to our place to look over my sheep on Sunday. I’m not sure exactly what you are supposed to say or do, but I doubt being stalked, nudged and bunted by a nine-month-old calf I’ve raised on the bucket would have gone in my favour.

I managed to get to Hawes’ Bluefaced Leicester sale last week. I love this sale, it’s steeped in tradition and nostalgiaThe ringside was packed out, the auctioneer on form and as usual tups were sold well into the late hours. There was a record tup price of 34,000gns and later in the day another made 23,000gns.

Sadly our trade selling shearlings was a drop in the ocean in comparison. We were through the ring early on, sold the majority, and did well compared to some later trade. It was startling to see decent tups leaving the ring selling for £150 – depressing stuff. On a positive, I sold the last of my Suffolk ram lambs. I was in two minds whether to sell him or not. As it happens he was bought by one of our neighbours, so I can see him out in the field without much effort.

And what a sale at Carlisle for one of the oldest Charolais herds. Must have been a day of mixed emotions for Edenhurst herd owners Peter and Vanessa Vasey.

Goodness knows where prime lambs will end the week – up in some Monday sales, but don’t hold your breath.

Some sales that are coming up this week are: Thursday, October 8, Bagshaws is holding an on-farm major dairy dispersal sale of 432 Hosteins at Holtwood farm, Derbyshire. On Friday, Rugby Mart has a sale of 1,000 store cattle. Two sales on Saturday, October 10– Newark Livestock market has an official society show and sale of pedigree and commercial Limousin cattle, and Clitheroe Mart is holding the North Country Cheviot Society show and sale. On Sunday at Caledonian Marts in Oban, it’s the Highland Cattle Society show and sale.

Have a good week.


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