Lightning Limousin trade and Suffolk sale in full swing

At last, we had a show-free and much-needed weekend at home. We have therefore been catching up on stock jobs.
Flies have been such a problem this year and some lambs have been struck again, poor beggars, and a good heifer has lost a quarter through the pesky things.

On a positive note, the wet and warm weather has pushed our grass on nicely. In particular, its showing in our cows who are looking their best: fit and content.

Folk around us are desperately getting crops in before the weather breaks – us included. I love the vintage look of this picture of our neighbour kicking out his hay. It's like stepping back in time.

Signs of returning market buoyancy were evident at this week’s NSA Wales and Border early ram sale at Builth Wells, with most breeds recording averages higher than last year’s levels. As usual, quality rams were in demand.

Trade was also brisk at the Suffolk Society’s sale at Stirling, with prices peaking at 20,000gns, and averages being up more than £400 on the year.

Hopefully this trade will be further reflected in the store and prime rings, with reports coming out of markets for both lambs and cattle looking positive.

Some sales coming up this next week:
  • Friday, August 5 – Halls is running a collective machinery sale at Shrewsbury Auction Centre.
  • Friday, August 5 – Shearwell Thame summer sheep fair at Thame Auction Mart.
  • Saturday, August 6 – Kivells mid-summer sale of vintage, plant and farm machinery at Hallworthy stockyard.
  • Saturday, August 6 – Sale of pure-bred poultry and waterfowl at Clitheroe Auction Mart.
Enjoy your week.
Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development

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