Buoyant sheep trade continues

It's been a mixed week for us this past seven days. Sadly, we lost one of our favourite Shorthorn cows. She was knocking on a bit, but it was still sad to see her go. As they say though, 'as one door closes, another opens'… 

Piglets galore! Our two Gloucester Old Spot sows both pigged at exactly the same time, meaning we now have 23 Gloucester Old Spot x Pietrain piglets about the place. On top of that, a bantam turned up with 14 chicks.

The breeding sales are coming through thick and fast, with the clearance rate up and also the average up by more than £75 at Kelso ram sales. Over 24,000 Mules gimmer lambs went under the hammer at Hawes, topping at a massive £620 a head and averaging more than £99 overall. In general the gimmer lamb averages seem to be a little bit up on the year everywhere as optimism in the sheep trade continues.

Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, September 16 – Brightwells is holding an official Beulah Speckled Face sheep sale at Builth Wells
  • Saturday, September 17 – 1,000+ Cheviot and Welsh Hill ewes for sale at Sennybridge Market. 
  • Saturday, September 17 – 21st annual show and sale on behalf of the Derbyshire Texel Club at Bakewell Market.
  • Tuesday, September 20 – 4,000 ewe lambs for sale at Hereford Market.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Steph Ryder 
Head of Commercial Sales & Development


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