Thame sets the scene with trade down as expected on the year although it wasn’t a disaster

Washing, washing, washing of Beltex tups is all I appear to have done this past week. All done and numbered for an end of week sale, so fingers crossed being the last lot of the sale doesn’t hamper us and we get fair prices.

We’ve taken a deep breath and made the decision to mow for haylage! Hopefully the forecast is accurate and we have enough of a window of dry weather to get it baled and wrapped. I hope everyone else is lucky getting crop in.

Sales to look out for this week are theMart's the Heart Carlisle premier sale of Beltex sheep. It kicks off this evening  (Wednesday, August 12) with the judging of all classes. Females and ram lambs are sold on Thursday, and shearling and aged rams are sold on Friday.

Monday, August 17, Penrith Auction Mart has a sale of pedigree Dairy Shorthorns, with other commercial dairy breeds being sold on the same day too. Speaking of dairy cattle, there is a hint of optimism a little good might eventually come out of the crisis talks and demonstrations, which have highlighted to the general public the dire milk price situation. Hopefully Morrisons’ actions might start a roll!


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