Prime sheep trade holding up

We’ve been well in the throes of lambing Beltex and Texels, a good number of which have been embryos and artificially inseminated. Some are looking quite promising, as long as they stay alive!

Saturday was spent at our local market's poultry sale which seemed busier than ever, with more than 1,500 lots. Call ducks are the business to be in by the looks of it, with a pair making £510!

Prime sheep are holding up, with most markets reporting the better hoggs selling well in excess of £100/head. Cull ewe trade is also creeping up as numbers tighten. Prime cattle trade is similar on the week, with the best quality selling well. Sadly, more and more dairy cows are coming through the markets as folk are hit with ever-decreasing milk prices and although trade for these has been down at some sales, there is still some demand.

Some sales to look out for:

  • Friday, February 26 – Wessex machinery sale at Shaftesbury Market.
  • Friday, February 26 – Beef multi-breed sale at H&H Carlisle.
  • Monday, February 29 – Dispersal of 353 Holsteins from the Salwickhall dairy herd (Nicholas Loftus (Farm)) at Beeston Castle.
  • Wednesday, March 2 – Mart's the Heart's-supported, first show and sale of dairy cattle at Market Drayton Livestock Market, in conjunction with Hassall Brothers Auctioneers and Valuers.
Have a good week.
Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development, Farmers Guardian


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