Spring is in the air for ewe and lamb trade

Blimey it’s been wet this past week. The Suffolk ewes and lambs are out in the day and have been more than keen to come in at night. The lambing shed is filling up at some rate with Texel and Beltex lambs. On top of this, in the usual synchronised way, both our GOS sows pigged within an hour of each other and we now have 25 piglets!

There were some decent prices at Ruthin’s show potential show and sale at the weekend, with prices topping at £4,600 for a Limousin heifer from K.I.E. and H.I. Jones, and a Blue-cross heifer from Trevor Jones making £4,500.

Pedigree bull trade has definitely eased at recent sales, with Shorthorn trade being rather sticky and pretty steady trade for Blonde, Galloway and Hereford bulls.

Prime cattle trade remains fairly static, although the beginning of the week has seen some slightly better prices in some markets, but store cattle are still in great trade. Hoggs have also been at bit better at the start of this week. Store and breeding sheep sales have just about come to an end. Ewes and lambs seems to be a good trade and there are more about which has to be a sign that spring is on the way.

Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, March 3 - Early sale of working sheepdogs and pups at Darlington Farmers Mart.
  • Saturday, March 4 - Spring show and sale of store, beef breeding and cull cattle at Hawes Auction Mart.
  • Saturday, March 4 Graham Watkins bi-annual collective sale of tractors, machines, sundry farming and other effects at Heath House Farm, Leek, ST13 7DQ.
  • Monday, March 6 - Harrison and Hetherington’s 'Kirkby Classic' special prize show and sale of potential show cattle at Kirkby Stephen Mart.
Have a great week.

Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development


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