Swaledale trade still setting off a firework or two!

I notice cattle are disappearing out of the fields and being replaced with hill-bred hoggs. Our cattle are still out, but only just. We are feeding silage, but it’s getting a bit clarty underfoot with the recent wet weather - that’s when I can see the stock through the fog!

I spent 12 hours without a minute to spare at Agri-Expo last Friday. A great day was had, with so much going on. The standard of stock was serious, and the passion and enthusiasm demonstrated from the young handlers in particular was a treat to see. Ten-year-old Finlay Soutter really had the crowd behind him in the commercial ring, handling his heifer, which was considerably bigger than him, with the confidence and skill of an old hand.

Swaledale trade is still flying but everything else is, well, steady. The exception might be store lambs where at many sales there certainly seems to be some confidence it will be possible to make a margin.
 
A number of Mart's the Heart sales are coming up this weekend:
  • Friday, November 6, a Mart’s the Heart sale of weanlings and suckled calves at Beeston.
  • Saturday, November 7, a Mart’s the Heart sale of Salers at Castle Douglas mart.
  • Saturday, November 7, a Mart’s the Heart sale at Beeston; its annual autumn show and sale of pedigree Suffolk sheep.
  • Saturday, November 7, Penrith auction mart is having an on-farm sale of tractors, machinery, implements and tools on behalf of N. and C. Richards. This sale starts at 10.30am and will be held at Woodfoot, Bampton, Penrith, CA10 2QJ.
Have a grand Guy Fawkes night!

Sophia Hussain

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