Autumn trade sees a few more records broken

Well there's definitely an autumn nip in the air and sadly our swallows have gathered and departed South. I'm always reluctant to see them go. We can't complain though, we've had a good end to summer and the stock are thankfully still outside with plenty of grass to go at.

We have a house cow! A dairy friend of ours had a slow milker, so we bought her from him for Dave our bottled calf. I've called her Sarah, after the farmer's wife. The calf is a Dairy Shorthorn, used to being shown so halter broken and quiet. She's settled in well, saving us time and powdered milk already.

I was at our local mart last night for the Alston Moor pre-sale show of Mule gimmer lambs. Lazonby mart is a lovely spot and the ring was busy with people watching the ring and putting their stock judging skills to the test. Well done to the winner, J. Lee, Morley Hill, Whitfield, his best pen made £220 and sold to Julie Brough who was one of the judges. It'll be a busy day today as there's more than 20,000 lambs going through the ring and, as I write, this trade is looking really strong.

New records continue to be set in the pedigree sheep rings. Over the last week we have seen a new Blue Texel record of 18,000gns for a ram lamb, a Hampshire Down female record of 2,000gns and a centre record for a North Country Cheviot Hill ram of £8,000 at Lockerbie. Another sign autumn is here is that the suckled calf and store cattle sales are well under way and reporting strong trade for the best quality stock.

Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, September 30th – 4,500 Romney breeding sheep for sale at Ashford market, Kent. 
  • Saturday October 1st – Annual ‘Keswick’ show and sale of Herwick rams at Cockermouth.
  • Monday October 3rd – Great Annual show and sale of 5,000 Swaledale ewes and gimmer shearlings at Skipton Auction mart.
  • Tuesday October 4th – A Mart's the Heart-supported suckled calf show and sale at Wooler mart

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Steph Ryder 
Head of Commercial & Sales
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