Store buyers are out in force

The days are getting longer and the grass is starting to green up already. We've been taking advantage of this spring-like weather window and have been getting as many ewes and lambs outside as we can.

I went to UK Dairy Expo at the weekend which was really well supported. I'm not a dairy cow expert by any means, but even I could tell the stock quality was high. I even got my eye in and picked a few of the front runners!

Events such as this are critical. They give folk the chance of getting away from the day-to-day churn, exchange gossip and discuss how they and others
 are coping with the current challenges faced with
the low income from milk.

Little change in the prime cattle price does not seem to be deterring store cattle buyers who are out in force and prepared to pay good money for the best cattle. Let's hope the price improves before its time to sell them.

Lamb trade continues to be good for all weights and types, as hogg numbers start to decline and the cull ewe trade has had a bit of a lift this week.
There’s still plenty of dairy dispersals going on and the better quality milkers are still selling reasonably well.

Some sales coming up this week:
  • Friday, March 18  – Sale of tractors, implements, machinery, crops and small tools at Darlington Mart.
  • Saturday, March 19 – A Mart's the Heart-supported sale of British Blue cattle at Newark Livestock Market.
  • Saturday, March 19 – Irish Simmental premier show and sale at Roscommon Mart, Ireland.
  • Saturday, March 19 – Spring collective machinery sale at Hexham Market.
  • Monday, March 21 – Easter lamb show at Bakewell Market.
If you didn't get chance to check out this Suffolk ewe behaving like a spring lamb, then here you go. It's now had over 80,000 views!

Have a good week.
Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development, Farmers Guardian


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