Thame kicks off the big sheep sales with high numbers and a solid trade

Word is we are promised a heat wave this next week, which might speed up the wait of those looking for crops to ripen and combine. 

Lambs are noisy in ours and surrounding fields where they have been weaned off the ewes.

It is the start of the tup sales and we have been cracking on dressing rams for sales this past few days. We have a handful of Beltex shearlings to sell at the end of the week. We were the last lot in of the sale last year, so the good news is we are bang in the middle this time. Fingers crossed trade is strong and all get away.

Almost 24,000 breeding sheep were sold at Thame last week to a consistent  if not spectacular  trade, with other sales reporting a similar trend.

On the pedigree front, a new Jacob record was set for a shearling ram at Worcester last week, while Suffolk tup lambs at Carlisle weren't anything to shout about. In the prime rings cattle are still on an upward trend, which continues to fuel an already strong store trade. Surprisingly, the lamb trade is still on the up, which again is helping store lamb sales which are well underway.

Sales coming up this week

  • Thursday, August 11, and Friday, August 12 – Mart's the Heart-supported premier sale of Beltex sheep at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
  • Friday, August 12 – Dispersal sale of 180 cattle on behalf of L.H Attewell & Partners at Brecon Market.
  • Saturday, August 13 – Sale of modern machinery and small tools at Clitheroe Auction Mart.
  • Monday, August 15 – Sale of 3,500 mule gimmer lambs on behalf of the North of England Mule Sheep Association at Leyburn Auction Mart.

Friday is the last day to get your votes in for this year's Mart's the Heart Awards. If you've not got around to voting for your favourite auctioneer or café, click here.

Enjoy the rest of the week,

Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development

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