11,000gns Suffolk lamb – not mine!

Well winter definitely arrived with us last weekend! Snow and the hardest frost that we’ve had so far this winter. It certainly made me thankful the cattle were all dry and cosy inside. Last Thursday I attended the Lake District stockjudging evening at Penrith mart. What a great community gathering and so well supported. Great stock to judge, however it was tricky with all the different breeds. It wasn’t a surprise my performance was pretty poor!

Charolais bull trade was pretty dire at Carlisle on Friday – just over 55 per cent clearance  but Suffolks were the exact opposite at the Three Nations Sale later on that evening. It was flying with 100 per cent clearance and topping at 11,000gns for a cracker of a Rhaeadr ewe lamb. 


Chelford’s well known senior auctioneer, Roy Waller, is retiring at the end of this month (he’s been there more than 50 years) but I gather he will still handle the market’s monthly machinery sale.
Despite some warnings of pressure on the beef market last week, it doesn’t seem to have been too bad and, surprise surprise, the lamb trade has held up and even increased a penny or two in some markets.

Some sales coming up this next week are:

  • Saturday, November 28, Newark winter warmers show and sale.
  • Saturday, November 28, north west midlands and north Wales Limousin club sale at Welshpool livestock market.
  • Sunday, November 29, Mart's the Heart supported Craven Lingfield show (CCM Christmas primestock shows) at Skipton auction mart.
  • Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1, Mart's the Heart is supporting the Aberdeen Christmas Classic at Thainstone Centre.
Enjoy the rest of your week.

Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development, Farmers Guardian

P.S. Next week's issue of Farmers Guardian is one to watch out for. It includes the ever popular A1 wall planner, with all the main agricultural dates you'll need for 2016.

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