Grass growth strengthens store and breeding cattle trade

The weather has been glorious and has really bulked the grass out, which has enabled us to start putting some of the cattle out. Plenty of the neighbouring farms are hashing on to get the first cut off.

Northumberland Show was well attended with a Texel winning sheep inter-breed, and Charolais winning the cattle inter-breed. There was a good show of Suffolks and loads of Zwartbles which seem to have really taken off. It's a show I use to see how I'm looking compared to the competition for the show season ahead. The best I achieved was fourth with my gimmer, which was disappointing. My lambs weren't strong enough and really need to be pushed on if they are going to hold up at the Great Yorkshire Show.

The remaining pups found homes. Sadly, I was strongly discouraged from keeping one. The last pup is off to Fife at the weekend, so it’ll be strange not to have any about the place.

The lush grass may have brought a confidence around the sales rings. Breeding cattle last week saw some strong prices for cows and calves, and bulling heifers and Shorthorn and Angus bulls were a decent trade.
Plenty more dairy dispersals again this week, although trade for the top quality and pedigree cows seems surprisingly good. Fairly quiet in the prime rings, but the new season lamb price seems to be holding up.

Some sales coming up this next week:
  • Friday, June 3 – Shrewsbury machinery sale at Shrewsbury Auction Centre.
  • Saturday, June 4 – More than 650 lots of agricultural machinery and equipment, and tools and gardening equipment at Covert Farm, Norfolk, NR29 3EJ. Sale held by Irelands, Arnold, Keys.
  • Tuesday, June 7 – Norton and Brooksbank is selling 200 Holstein Friesians from Messrs BQ Farms (South) at Glebe Farm, Northants, NN14 4AN.
  • Tuesday, June 7 – Special June sale of ewes at Longtown Auction Mart.
Enjoy your week!
Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development


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