Slightly better prime trade seen at the start of the week

It was sad to see that the Brafell herd of Dairy Shorthorns was dispersed this week at Penrith Mart. John

Teesdale and his son Joe have had a longstanding involvement with this breed. The sale was well supported with a cow topping at 1,750gns.


Well up until Friday the ground was drying up nicely, then it started raining and, apart from the odd interval of snow, it hasn’t stopped! I really feel for the lambs out in the fields, poor beggers. We’ve recently clipped the Suffolk hoggs and a couple of the show ewes. The hoggs in particular have wintered well, I’m really pleased with them. I just need to select which ones will be good enough to show this season. Plenty of folk were at Newark’s English Premier sale at the weekend where trade was really positive. The Simmental bull trade topped at 7,500gns, Angus’s topped at 5,000gns, Lincoln Reds topped at 6,500gns, and Salers topped at 4,000gns. 


Prime trade has seen a few pence more a kilo for both cattle and hoggs in some markets at the beginning of the week but nothing to get too excited about. There are a few more spring lambs about now and, no doubt as numbers of these increase, it will impact on the hogg trade and demand for ewes with lambs seems to be strong.


Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, March 24 Savills is running a sale of modern agricultural tractors, trailer, cultivation equipment, implements and tools on Whip Ridding Farm, Newark-on-Trent, NG22 8NZ.
  • Saturday, March 25 - Official society sale of pedigree British Blue cattle at Newark Livestock Market.
  • Saturday, March 25 Armitstead Barnett are running a dispersal sale of tractors, vehicles, machinery and deadstock on Greenings Farm, PR9 8AL, upon instructions of J Rimmer and Son.
  • Tuesday, March 28 - Annual Kirkcambeck spring sale of store cattle at Longtown Market.
Enjoy the rest of your week.

Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development

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