Cracking commercial cattle trade

Well there are lambs out and about in the fields and the daffodils are out, so it’s starting to look and feel like spring.

We’ve had a house guest, in the shape of a piglet that wasn’t looking 100 per cent. We’ve named her Petal and she’s rallying like you wouldn’t believe. The dogs aren’t too keen on sharing their spot in front of the Aga however!

There were some serious prices for spring show commercial made this past week at Thainstone, with a record breaking price of £9,000 for a 10-month-old Limousin cross heifer, and store cattle in general still seem to be a flying trade everywhere, even though the prime trade is not great.

Sadly at the weekend it was the last pedigree sale at Chelford before the market closes, with Blues selling to 5,000gns. 

Best prime lambs are still a decent trade but there are still a lot of heavy hoggs coming forward, which is depressing averages at some markets. Store cattle are still a flying trade.

Sales coming up this week

  • Friday, March 10 - Special catalogued show and sale of top quality continental store cattle at Mitchells, Lakeland Livestock Centre.
  • Saturday, March 11 - Irish Simmental Cattle Society premier show and sale at Roscommon Co-operative Livestock Mart, Republic of Ireland.
  • Saturday, March 11 - Plant truck and salvage auction at Hixon Airfield, Stafford, ST18 0PF.
  • Tuesday, March 14 - ‘Mid-Month Focus Milk Dairy Sale at Beeston Castle Auction Mart.

Farmers Guardian is media partner for UK Dairy Expo which takes place this weekend at Borderway, Carlisle, and the FG team will be reporting on all the action. I’ll maybe see you there. 

Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development

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