Store trade holding up well

Snow was a very unwelcome visitor at the weekend along with a damn fox. The latter appears to be lamp shy and so far has eluded a bullet! We've been steadily turning out ewes and lambs along with being distracted continuously by the new litter of collie pups.

Heavy hoggs are back at bit this week as the end of the season approaches. Quality and numbers have started to decline, although there are still plenty of hoggs selling at over £100. More spring lambs are about, although it will be a while before the switch over to them is complete.
The changeable weather and lack of grass in some parts is not helping ewe and lamb trade and is not good for anyone who’s outdoor lambing.

Prime cattle market reports still make depressing reading, but store trade is still pretty good all things considered, as shown at our Mart's the Heart sales at Wharfedale and Sedgemoor.
Breeding cattle are still in demand and there was a strong commercial trade for Limousins at Newark at the weekend.

Some sales coming up this next week:

  • Friday, April 15 – Sussex Cattle Society spring show and sale of pedigree cattle at Ashford Market.
  • Friday, April 15 – The 'English Gold Top' sale of pedigree Jersey cattle at Exeter Livestock Centre.
  • Saturday, April 16 – H.J. Pugh & Co host an on-farm dispersal sale of vintage, classic, modern and horticultural tractors and equipment. Lower House Farm, Welshpool, SY22 6TE.
  • Monday, April 18 – Spring sale of 150 organic store cattle at Dumfries Auction Market.
Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development


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