Prices up, but don’t hold your breath!

Happy New Year. I enjoyed the festive season immensely, although Boxing Day evening was horrendous with the torrential rain. Yet again we faced water creeping too close to the house for comfort. Sadly, others weren't as lucky, and faced devastation from the flooding, some for the second time.
Lambing continues. It’s been up and down to be honest. I may have a couple of showing prospects, but I'm not counting my chickens just yet! Considering my gimmers had a hard time last winter, they improved as 2015 went on and have lambed down really well, proving to be good, milky mothers.

It is probably best not to read too much into the trade in commercial markets over the holiday period, but it has been generally encouraging. The prime lamb trade has held up and even improved in some markets. Store lamb sales are good - best prices of the season at Longtown this week - and the cull cow trade too seems to have firmed.

Some Welsh Black breeders had a good day at the Mart's the Heart supported-sale at Dolgellau on Tuesday. Top price was 9,200gns for a 18 month old bull, although trade tended to be selective.

Some sales coming up this next week are:
  • Friday, January 8, opening special show and sale of store, breeding, feeding cattle, stirks, calves, and store lambs at Cockermouth mart.
  • Saturday, January 9, traditional New Year show and sale of Beltex and Texel females atChelford mart.
  • Monday, January 11, special sale of Border Leicester females at H&H Carlisle.
  • Tuesday, January 12, 'Longtown Ladies' annual show and sale of in-lamb Texels at C&D Auction Marts, Longtown.
Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development, Farmers Guardian


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