Good news - prime lambs sharper in most markets

Someone turn off the tap! The rain has been serious this past week  there’s water underfoot like you wouldn't believe. We managed to synchronise getting the cattle in following the only dry day we'had this week. It’s still unseasonably warm which is a worry for pneumonia.

We had a healthy heifer calf born this week – but it was not what we were expecting. Being out of a pure Limousin we had inseminated to a pure Limousin, we expected a pure Limousin calf. What we've ended up with is a Shorthorn cross! The cow was running out with one of our Shorthorn cows with a big Shorthorn bull calf at foot. He was obviously more advanced in his ways than we thought.

At the weekend we had the Mart's the Heart Awards presentations, kindly hosted by the LAA. The awards have been so well supported, with just short of 5,000 votes from our readers. Well done to Paul Gentry, Auctioneer of the Year; Ian Atkinson, New Auctioneer of the Year; and to Monmouthshire Market Cafe, Mart Cafe of the year.


I managed to get to a couple of sales this week, nothing too exciting to report on the pedigree side. In-lamb sales are starting – Beeston Suffolks were better than expected; a good Ayrshire sale at Carlisle, although the commercial dairy trade generally is weak; a strong Aberdeen-Angus dispersal, a record top at Castle Douglas Salers and at Beeston’s suckled calf sale.
The week’s good news has got to be a generally sharper trade for prime lambs – there’s hope for those dear store lambs yet!

Some sales coming up this next week:
  • Friday, November 13, The East Witton Fair show and sale of store cattle, feeding bulls and suckled calves at Leyburn auction mart.
  • Saturday, November 14, Mart's the Heart-supported sale of working sheepdogs and young dogs at Bala, Ruthin Farmers.
  • Saturday, November 14, autumn collective and vintage machinery sale at Hexham mart. 
  • Saturday, November 14, sale of 7,000 store sheep at Leek auction.
Have a grand week,

Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development, Farmers Guardian

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