Commercial Blue trade flies


At last some sunshine and our stock have been soaking it up. The fields are greening up and the grass is growing nicely. The dairy cows from a neighbouring farm are out so that's official: it's spring time!

On a sombre note, the gavel struck for the last time at Chelford this week as the market conducted its last ever sale. Many, like myself, will look back with fondness as memories flow of animals bought and sold and the good times spent with such a variety of characters around the ringside and cafe. Our markets play such a pivotal role in our industry and really must be cherished.


At the weekend it was The Blue Day at Newark, where pedigree trade was solid with a heifer topping at 6,500gns. Commercial trade was on fire, with the annual consignment of British Blue crosses from the Baldwin family, Wigan, peaking at £3,000 for a heifer and their 55 heifers averaging £1,356.63 and 44 steers at £1,156.

Sheep trade has seen a lift this week as we approach Easter. Increasing numbers of new season lambs have seen a significant rise in price, which, in turn, has helped the hogg trade with cull ewes also up a bit.



Sales coming up this week

  • Friday, March 31 - Month end focus milk dairy sale of Holstein dairy cattle at Beeston Castle Auction Mart.
  • Saturday, April 1 - H.J. Pugh is running a complete dispersal sale of vintage, classic and late tractors, among much more at Newland Court, Malvern, WR13 5BA.
  • Saturday, April 1 Selby Auction Mart hosts a sale of 225 store pigs, sheep and goats.
  • Monday, April 3 - Return of pigs for auction at Market Drayton Market.



Enjoy your week.
Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development

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