Store lamb trade is flying

Well what a week of weather. We've gone from crisp, sunny days - where the ewes and lambs have been out enjoying the sunshine on their backs - to non-stop rain. The river burst its banks and the ground is completely poached.

In-between the downpours we scanned our Beltex and Texel ewes and were pleased with a percentage of 149.

Not many pedigree sales at the moment but Welsh Blacks sold to 16,000gns at Dolgellau last week. In spite of a steady prime lamb price, although some markets saw a lift at the beginning of the week, store lambs are a very strong trade, so there must be a belief things are set to improve. Likewise, prime cattle remain steady but again, stores seem to be a decent trade. Also, the first ewes and lambs have been seen in the sheep rings, meeting quite a decent trade.

Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, January 20 - The High Peak Livestock Society sale of suckled calves, store cattle with store sheep at Bakewell Livestock Market.
  • Saturday, January 21 - Wharfedale Farmers Auction Mart’s opening collective sale of machinery and sundries. To be held at Breary Grange Farm, Leeds, LS16 9JN.
  • Monday, January 23 - Show and sale of Bluefaced Leicester females at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
  • Tuesday, January 24 - Wright Marshall is holding a horticultural dispersal sale on behalf of Crosby’s Timperley at Heathgate Nurseries, Cheshire, SK9 7TT.
Maybe see you at LAMMA.

Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development, Farmers Guardian


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