Bullish bidding at a busy Borderway

Well what a horrific time for those affected by the floods! Living so close to the river, we had a sleepless Saturday night. We were fortunate though. Although the beck at the back of us came up into the yard and found a route through one of the outbuildings, we still managed to keep the house water-free.

On a positive note, horrendous situations like this get farming communities pulling together. If you want to support farmers whose livestock are now in need of forage or bedding, then please click here to go to the Forage Aid website.

Some encouraging prices were seen over the weekend for pedigree Texel and Suffolk gimmers. Suffolks topped at 9,000gns for Gary Beacom, Texels at 22,000gns for Jim Innes, and Blue Texels at 9,500gns for Steve and Sarah Gibbons.

It's also been a reasonable week for commercial
sheep sales, with the prime market holding up – and even increasing for the best lambs in some markets – and the store lamb trade remaining firm. Even though Christmas sales tend to distort the prime cattle averages a little, no-one seems to have seen any big boost in the underlying trade in the run-up to Christmas, which is disappointing.

Some sales to look out for this next week:
  • Friday, December 11, continental in-lamb sheep sale, a Mart's the Heart-supported sale, at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
  • Friday, December 11, combination dispersal of two NMR-recorded Holstein Friesians at Beeston Castle.
  • Saturday, December 12, select seven sale of 134 Texel in-lamb gimmers at Lanark.
  • Tuesday, December 15, dispersal sale of tractors, trailers, grassland and cultivation equipment, dairy cattle sundries, and a large range of sundry items. Sold by Barbers, in conjunction with Fisher German, on-farm at Caldecott Farm, Farndon, CH3 6PE.
Bye for now,
Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development, Farmers Guardian

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