Positive trade for Limousins and cast cows are flying

Skelton Show was a success (between the showers) with our Beef Shorthorn winning first prize heifer in any other breed and reserve overall. The Suffolks didn't do too badly with a first with a ewe lamb, second with the gimmer, third with the ewe and fouth with the tup lamb. We also came third in the group of threes.

Next stop: The Great Yorkshire Show. Competing with the big boys is always a tad nerve-wracking. Hopefully we won't look out of place.

The remainder of the sheep were clipped this week and another Shorthorn calf came along.

Here at the office we all were so excited and proud to see the new-look Farmers Guardian. It looked great and feedback has been really positive. 

However, Friday also turned out to be an incredibly sad day as well. Our livestock reporter, Louise Hartley, lost her battle with cancer. She was a cracking lass and it is so desperately sad for her loved ones who have to battle on without her.

There is a fair bit of optimism about in the prime rings. Cattle are creeping up and, although lambs and cull ewes have taken a bit of a dip as Ramadan comes to an end, they are still a fairly good trade. Cast cows are still a flying trade as are calves. On the pedigree side, a production sale of Limousins from the Dinmore herd peaked at 16,000gns with plenty more good prices, and the upturn in dairy cattle prices seems to be continuing.

Some sales coming up this week:
  • Friday, July 8 – Mart’s the Heart is supporting the inaugural show and sale of pedigree Suffolk sheep at Longtown Market.
  • Saturday, July 9 – Darlington Farmers Mart is holding an on-farm summer collective sale of tractors, farm machinery and small tools. Humbleton Farm, Darlington, DL2 2XX.
  • Saturday, July 9 – Annual show and sale of Dorset Horn and Poll Dorset sheep a Worcester Market.
  • Tuesday, July 12 – Genuine dispersal of Holstein friesians, on behalf of D.A Bailey and Son, Cropper Farm, to be held at Leek Market.

Maybe see you at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development


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