Hoggs and Calves on the up


One more Suffolk to lamb, a gimmer scanned with twins - which is as wide as she is tall - and we will have a slight break before lambing the Texels and Beltex.

I whipped up to Stirling bull sales this week where trade was a bit of a mixed bag. Beef Shorthorn bull trade wasn't too brisk and I felt you could get more bull for your money this year. Aberdeen Angus started rather slowly, but picked up considerably and, in the end, exceeded the previous year’s average by £544. The Limousin trade wasn't too exciting, with the champion bull topping the sale at 10,000gns. 

Around the commercial markets this week, the prime hogg trade seems to have strengthened by several pence, and many auctioneers have noted an increase in calf values. Maybe it will stop raining and we can really look forward to spring.

  • Thursday, February 4 – Collective machinery sale at Shrewsbury Market
  • Friday, February 5 – Premier sales of Luing cattle at Castle Douglas
  • Friday, February 5 – First Candlemas Fayre at Frome Livestock Market
  • Saturday, February 6 – 1,000 lots of fur, feature and miscellaneous items at Selby Livestock Market
  • Wednesday, February 10 – Live and online auction of the complete Dairy Crest plant, Chard, Somerset. Live sale at Dillington House, TA19 9DT
Have a great week,
Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development, Farmers Guardian

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