Are January pedigree sale prices an indicator for the year ahead?

This past week we’ve still been preparing our Simmental bull for Stirling, along with bringing inside the Texel and Beltex ewes which are coming up to their lambing dates. I’m sure they must be relieved to be in a warm shed rather than outside in this horrendous wind and rain.

The Carlisle Blue sale last week was very well attended and saw strong trade. Averages were slightly under on the previous year, however more bulls were forward and sold. Hereford breeders had a good sale at Dungannon and it will be interesting to see how the other breeds’ bulls fare over the next month, not least at Stirling.

The Bluefaced Leicester trade on Monday was also good, with price records broken for a female, when a hogg made 11,000gns. Both the store lamb and store cattle trade seem to be holding up.


  • Friday, January 29 – Sale of suckler-bred store cattle, cull cows and breeding stock at Brecon Market, McCartneys
  • Saturday, January 30 – Rough diamonds sale of in-lamb Rough Fell sheep at Junction 36 Kendal Mart, NWA
  • Monday, February 1, and Tuesday, February 2 – Stirling bull sales, United Auctions 
  • Thursday, February 4 – Sale of 42 pedigree Charolais cattle at Welshpool Livestock Market

Maybe see you at next week’s Stirling bull sales
Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development, Farmers Guardian

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