Brexit helps lamb trade

Well the Royal Highland Show didn’t disappoint. The weather was kind, stock was fantastic, and folk were aplenty.

We had a surprise duckling appear, no mother in sight. It was a house guest for a couple of days. Fortunately we’ve had another few hatch so we’ve managed to sneak it under the mother and so far it’s gone undetected. The calf that was poorly a fortnight ago was taken off his mother and bottle fed. He’s turned a corner, is full of mischief and filling out nicely.

All systems are go getting the show team up to scratch for Skelton Show on Saturday. We’ve Suffolks going and the students from Newton Rigg are showing a few heifers again for us.

It might not have pleased everyone but the referendum result seems to have impacted on lamb prices with the falling pound making exports more attractive prices have shot up. Prime cattle have also seen a bit of a lift which continues to fuel the store trade. Dairy heifers also seem to be in demand so there does seems to be some positives coming out of what will be undoubtedly be uncertain times ahead.

Some shows coming up this next week:
  • Saturday, July 2 – Newark Livestock Market is running a production sale of the ‘Dinmore Herd’ on behalf of Paul Dawes, Kipperknowle Farm, HR4 8EE.
  • Saturday, July 2 – A Mart's the Heart-supported sale of Charollais sheep at WorcesterMart, McCartneys.
  • Saturday, July 2 – Cheffins has an auction of classic and vintage tractors on behalf of John Wade, Aycliffe, Darlington, DL5 6NB.
  • Tuesday, July 5 – Mid-summer evening machinery sale at Gisburn Auction Mart.
The launch of the Mart's the Heart awards is in this week’s new-look Farmers Guardian, so if you get a minute, nominate your favourite auctioneer or café. Here is the link: http://martstheheart.co.uk/index.php/awards/nomination-form

Enjoy the week,

Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development

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