Eye-watering prices for Christmas champions

What a soggy start to December! We have brought the Suffolks, which are due to lamb around Christmas, closer to home. We've started giving them a tickle of feed now and jabbed them with a anti-cloistral vaccine. Preparations of the lambing barn are under way, so all being well, we can think about bringing them inside in the next couple of weeks.

There have been a few new additions to the place, a healthy Charolais heifer calf from one of the favourite cows and three black Runner ducks, which were an early Christmas present! They are housed with some other Indian Runners and fit in well. All of them are crazy and highly strung like you wouldn't believe! It’s impossible not to laugh at the pure panic they fall into every time you come across them.

Now the Christmas shows and sales are getting into full swing there have, and will be, some eye-watering prices paid for the primestock champions by all those butchers who are happy to support the markets and the exhibitors lucky enough to win. Good job their shop customers don’t have to pay the pro-rata price for the Sunday roasts! It’s great to see all those fantastically turned-out animals.

Sales to look out for this week are:

  • Friday, December 4, machinery sale with about 1,100 lots. Halls at Shrewsbury Auction Centre.
  • Friday, December 4, Suffolk sheep dark diamond sale at H&H Borderway Mart, Carlisle, 3pm.
  • Friday, December 4, Christmas show and sale of 50 calves and 100 dairy cattle, Mitchells, Lakeland Livestock Centre.
  • Sunday, December 6, and Monday, December 7, Mart's the Heart Christmas primestock show and sale, Bagshaws at Bakewell Livestock Centre

    All the best,
    Steph Ryder
    Head of Commercial Sales & Development, Farmers Guardian

    P.S. This week's issue of Farmers Guardian includes our hotly-anticipated A1 wall planner, with all the main agricultural dates you'll need for 2016. It's sure to sell fast, so make sure you don't miss out.


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