Flying store trade

There’s been more snow for some unbelievably, however the weather perked up over the weekend around our way and many took advantage of this and caught up on groundwork. We were busy weaning the Suffolks. The ewes were wormed, fluked and multivitamined. The lambs and gimmers we’ve split off and pulled aside ones we will be either showing or selling.

Talking of showing, I took a deep breath and bravely decided to enter some sheep at The Royal Highland only to find out that they were full….it must be a sign. I’ve held my nerve and since successfully entered Northumberland show and The Great Yorkshire.

Store trade seems stronger this week, perhaps the better weather is increasing confidence as more think about putting stock out to grass. Trade at Kirkby Stephen was a flyer although I suspect some of those will be destined for the show ring.

The bull trade at Stirling was a good commercial trade with the averages up on the year for most breeds and Salers setting a new centre record price of 9000gns for a Rigel bull. 

There have also been some big prices in the dairy rings with a pedigree Holstein selling to 10,000gns at Beeston Castle and other sales recording good prices for the better quality cattle.

Some sales coming up this week:

  • Friday 6th May – Annual May Fair price show and sale of store cattle at Bridgnorth Market
  • Friday 6th and Saturday 7th May – 2 day sale of Pedigree Limousin cattle (Females Friday and Bulls Saturday) at Borderway Market.
  • Saturday 7th May – Spring show and sale of South Devon cattle at Stratford Market.
  • Monday 9th May – Prize show and sale of store cattle and feeding bulls at Penrith Market
Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development


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