Spring lamb trade takes a dive but dairy trade surprisingly good

I hate to say it, but we were relieved to see some much needed rain. It’s freshened everything up nicely.

Our heifers that the students from Newton Rigg College showed at Cumberland Show at the weekend did remarkably well for their first outing. The Simmental placed second in her class and the Beef Shorthorn won her class and was awarded overall native breed champion. Both us and the students were delighted.

We had a poorly calf yesterday which went off his legs. The vet came and gave him a couple of shots and put him on a drip. We were a bit worried and weren’t too confident he’d pull through but, unbelievably, later that evening he was up on his feet, perky and wolfed down a bottle of milk, no bother. It’s a relief when things go in your favour.

It's a bit quiet on the pedigree sales front at the moment but there have been lots of dairy sales this week which have enjoyed a good trade. An invitation sale of Jersey's organised by the Graham family as part of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau tour peaked at 5,500gns and the Meiklefirth dispersal peaked at 4,600gns. Even the commercial trade at Beeston was up on previous sales.

Spring lambs have taken a bit of a dive in the last couple of days as numbers increase, and there seems little significant change in the prime cattle rings but cull cows seem to still be in strong demand.

Some sales coming up this next week:
  • Friday, June 17 – Summer sale of 132 pedigree bulls and females at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
  • Saturday, June 18 – Graham Watkins has an on-farm dispersal sale of tractors and equipment on behalf of E. Robinson, Kerry Hill Farm, Staffordshire, ST2 8NA.
  • Saturday, June 18 – Summer collective machinery sale at Hexham and Northern Mart.
  • Monday, June 20 – Sale of the entire milking portion of the Bonvillepark herd at Cirencester Livestock Market.
Enjoy your week.
Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development

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