Fat lamb trade is well up this week!

Good God it’s been windy this past week, but on the plus side, I've noticed the days are getting longer which is a bonus.

At the weekend we dosed the Suffolk lambs for coccidiosis, plus an oral shot of multi-vitamins. They are starting to thrive and are coming on nicely. Final tweaks to our Simmental bull are happening this week on the run up to Stirling bull sales this weekend. Fingers crossed everything goes well and we get a decent price!

Prime lambs have been a lot better trade this last week, with some reports of a lift between 10p and 20p/kg. The pig trade remains dire.

A highlight of the past week’s pedigree sales was undoubtedly the big Luing sale at Castle Douglas, where bulls topped at 17,000gns and averaged more than £4,840. Charolais were a decent trade at Welshpool, where there was some good commercial interest, as there was at the Dungannon Limousin sale.

Sales to look out for this week:
  • Thursday, February 11 – On-farm dispersal sale of machinery and farming equipment on behalf of W.R. Ford and Partners. Sale by J.Bradburne Price on-site at Raby Hall Farm, Wirral, CH63 0NN
  • Friday, February 12 – St Valentine’s Fair catalogue sale of 1,200 in-lamb ewes and ewe hoggs at Exeter Livestock Market
  • Friday, February 12 – Winter sale of working sheepdogs at Skipton Auction Mart
  • Friday, February 12, and Saturday, February 13 – Two-day show and sale of pedigree Limousins at H&H Carlisle
  • Saturday, February 13 – Show and sale of top quality north country Cheviot in-lamb females at Lockerbie Auction Market
  • Saturday, February 13 – Mart's the Heart supported sale of store cattle with show potential at Brecon Market
  • Monday, February 15 – Mart's the Heart supported 125th Spring Sale of Pedigree Highland Cattle at Oban Livestock Centre 
Maybe see you at the Stirling bull sales.
Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development, Farmers Guardian


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