Spring has sprung, lamb trade lifts and watch out there's pigs about!

This past week 21 piglets arrived. Both our Gloucester Old Spot sows pigged within an hour of each other. It’s amazing how quickly they come on, they are exploring already!

The weather has been grand and the lambs are enjoying sunshine on their backs. Around us dairy cows are being put out to grass. There seems to be an influx of moles, so get out your traps and your marshmallows!

The Blue pedigree and commercial trade was good at Newark at the weekend, topping at 4,200gns for Adam Neachell’s pedigree blue bull and the commercial trade topped at £1,700 twice for British Blue-sired suckled calves and £2,900 for a cow and calf.

Prime cattle trade is no better on the whole, although some markets have had a bit of a boost with some Easter primestock shows.

Sheep trade seems to be holding up and there a few more spring lambs about, which have been given a lift by the Easter trade. We put some cast ewes through Longtown last week and averaged just short of £114 each, which we were pleased about.

Some sales coming up:
  • Friday, March 25 – Halls’ Stone machinery sale on Stanklyn Lane, DY10 4AR.
  • Saturday, March 26 – Sale of memorabilia and old tools at Shrewsbury Showground.
  • Tuesday, March 29 – Annual Kirkcambeck sale of store cattle at Longtown Auction Market.
  • Tuesday, March 29 – Sale of 30 purebred Shorthorn cows and heifers at Leek Auction Mart.
Happy Easter and don’t forget the clocks change on Saturday.

Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development

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