Decent trade across most sectors this week

Well we’ve jumped straight into summer and much-needed grass is thankfully growing. I took advantage of the warm spell and spent the best part of the day washing the tup lambs and the sheep I’ll be showing this season. On top of this, a scare fence was erected, as the Suffolks appear to think they are goats and were scaling the walls like you wouldn’t believe. No other breed appears to have mastered this skill, thankfully.

The Limousin sale at Carlisle for both females and bulls was good solid trade. Bulls topped at 28,000gns and females topped with two at 18,000gns. There was also a decent trade for South Devons at Stratford and Simmentals at Worcester. Perhaps those farmers who had been waiting for their BPS money are taking advantage of the last bull sales this spring to make new purchases.

There's a little more positivity in the prime cattle rings, but probably not enough to get too excited. Likewise, the sheep trade is holding up with cull ewe and hogg numbers tightening, giving a lift in averages in most places.

Here are a few sales coming up over this next week:

  • Friday, May 13 – A Mart's the Heart-supported sale of 136 sheepdogs at Skipton Auction Mart.
  • Friday, May 13 – Special sale of commercial beef breeding cattle at Aberdeen and Northern
  • Friday, May 13 and Saturday, 
    May 14 – Two-day sale of pedigree Charolais cattle at Borderway Mart, Carlisle
  • Saturday, May 14 – Bala sheepdog sale at the Rhiwlas Estate, LL23 7NP.
  • Tuesday, May 17 – Moore Allen and Innocent host an unreserved auction sale of agricultural machinery and implements on Manor Farm, Hazleton, GL54 4EB.

I’m off to Balmoral Show this week, so maybe see you there.

Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development


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