Flying trade for Suffolks tops at 36,000gns

Well, what a wet, windy, wintery week! The river near us has been looking seriously swollen. The field gateways have turned to mud and it feels constantly gloomy. I’ll take crisp frosty days anytime.

It was the Lake District stockjudging evening at Penrith Mart last Thursday. It’s a Mart's the Heart-supported event, and it really is a well-attended, grand community gathering. As usual, I was miles off the result, but it was lovely to catch up with like-minded folk. The lab pup is suddenly full of mischief, which is wearing thin with the two Patterdales. I’ve introduced her to the outdoor collies in an effort to tire her out.

Some serious Suffolk prices were seen at the weekend, with a gimmer from Jimmy Douglas topping the Three Nations sale at 36,000gns and a ewe lamb making 10,000gns for Mark Priestley.

Prices at the English Winter Fair were good too, with the overall commercial champion making £4,200. The champion sheep single and pairs were both won by Robert Garth, with the champion pairs making £30.

Both prime cattle and lambs have seen a lift in the prime trade at the beginning of the week as buyers start to stock up for Christmas, which is good news all round.

Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, November 25 - Complete dispersal of milking herd from S. and R. Vallance, Tower Farm, Leicestershire, at Melton Mowbray Market.
  • Saturday, November 26 - Mart’s the Heart-supported ‘winter warmers’ sale of pedigree Texel, Beltex and Suffolk breeding sheep at Newark Livestock Market.
  • Sunday, November 27 - Craven Lingfied Show, Craven Cattle Mart’s Christmas primestock shows at Skipton Auction Mart.
  • Monday, November 28 and Tuesday, November 29 - Mart’s the Heart is supporting the Aberdeen Christmas Classic at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie.

Stay dry. 

Steph Ryder 
Head of Commercial Sales & Development


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