Cracking commercial and pedigree trade as store prices stay strong

The weather was hot, hot, hot for most over the Bank Holiday weekend, enabling everyone to get caught up and crops gathered in.

I attended Paul Slater’s production sale at Kendal on Monday and what cracking commercial trade there was. Plenty of folk buying. The sale topped at 3,000gns for a pure Texel ram with a fair few Texel, Charollais and Beltex cross rams exceeding the 800gns mark. Averages were up across the board at the national Texel sales, with a top price of 70,000gns for a ram lamb at Lanark and a new gimmer record of 16,000gns set at Worcester.

The ewe lamb sales are coming up thick and fast, and with stores continuing to show a healthy increase and fatstock a lot better than it was last year, things are looking fairly positive all round on the livestock side.

Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, September 2 - Second summer sheep fair at Thame Auction Mart.
  • Saturday, September 2 - North of England Mule Sheep Association sale of 3,000 sheep at Hexham Mart.
  • Saturday, September 3 - Halls hosts the 37th annual Texel sale on behalf of the Shropshire and Borders Texel Club at Shrewsbury Livestock Market.
  • Monday, September 5 - Mart’s the Heart is supporting Cheffins celebrating 20 years of machinery sales at Sutton Sale Ground.

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Enjoy the rest of your week.

Steph Ryder

Head of Commercial Sales & Development, Farmers Guardian 

Marts the Heart Awards 2016

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