Show calves in demand and store trade a bit easier

One of my old favourites, a Dorset ewe, which we use as a recipient and which we reckon is going on for nine years, lambed an embryo Beltex tup. It's a cracker! She always does her lambs well and, so far, he's off to a good start.

I went to UK Dairy Expo at the weekend. As usual, standards in the ring were high and, even though dairy cows aren't my forte, I was chuffed that I picked out the overall champion. A 2007 Holstein cow, Peak Goldwyn Rhapsody, from Yasmin Bradbury.

There have been quite a few show potential sales recently where trade has been good for the top cattle, but some auctioneers are reporting older store cattle are slightly easier as the prime cattle remains fairly static.

Large numbers of heavy hoggs are still coming forward which is keep the averages down, although there have been some good prices this week for the smaller, smart continentals.

Sales coming up this week

  • Thursday, March 16 - Hobbs Parker is running an unreserved dispersal sale by auction of tractors, machinery and implements at Bonhurst Farm, Guildford, GU5 0LA.
  • Friday, March 17 - High Peak Livestock Society sale of store cattle at Bakewell Market.
  • Saturday, March 18 - Spring collective machinery sale of 1,000+ lots at Hexham Mart.
  • Saturday, March 18 - Suckler cow dispersal sale, on behalf of P.A. Clifton, at Market Drayton Livestock Market.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development, Farmers Guardian


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