Commercial buyers driving strong pedigree prices

Well we're enjoying the last of the summer, although we are locking up the poultry earlier as the nights draw in.

We’ve started to crack on with washing the tups to get them ready for sales over the next few weeks. The clipping of the Suffolk ewe lambs was squeezed in too this week, so hopefully the weather will continue to be good so it’s not too big a shock for them losing their jackets!

Strong commercial demand seems to be driving the pedigree sheep trade, with some good prices for Texels and Beltex over this last week and averages up on the year at most sales. Likewise, store lambs seem to be a flying trade on the back of a good finished lamb trade, which has seen a bit of a rise at the beginning of the week after last week's slight dip.

Sheep sales are in full swing now with the Mule gimmer lamb and shearling sales getting underway, so look out for the latest reports in Farmers Guardian.

Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, September 9 - Mart's the Heart-supported Welsh Mule sale of 3,600 ewes and 8,000 ewe lambs at Builth Wells.
  • Friday, September 9 - Kelso ram sales at Springwood Park, Kelso.
  • Saturday, September 10 - On-farm dispersal sale of tractors, farm implements, drainage equipment and workshop sundries. Held at Mason Fold Farm, Lea Lane, Lea Town, Preston, PR4 0RN.
  • Monday, September 12, and Tuesday, September 13 - Mart's the Heart-supported great annual two-day show and sale of 28,000 Mule gimmer lambs at Hawes Auction Mart.

Maybe see you at Westmorland Show.

Steph Ryder

Head of Commercial Sales & Development, Farmers Guardian

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