Cracking Easter trade for spring lambs as plenty of grass fuels store cattle prices

Everywhere you go everyone is in the full swing of lambing, and lambs are pinging and playing about in the sunshine. We are pleased with our lambs which are coming on nicely and benefiting from the spring grass and good weather.

Entries are back confirming for the Royal Highland Show and the Great Yorkshire Show, so I need to get myself in gear: settle on a firm show team for the Suffolks and crack on with getting them show fit.
South Devons saw a solid trade at Exeter mart, with bull prices topping at 5,400gns. The Mart's the Heart sale of Herefords at Hereford mart saw a 75 per cent clearance rate and bull trade topped at 6,600gns. Plenty of grass about also seems to be helping the store cattle trade which is on fire - auctioneers at Wooler reported their best ever trade at the Mart's the Heart sale on Tuesday and it seems to be the same in other marts.

Plenty of spring lambs about now and trade seems good as the hoggs begin to tail off. Prime cattle numbers were down at the beginning of the week, probably as a result of the approaching Bank Holiday, but it's helped push prices up a bit.

Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, April 14 - Aberdeen-Angus spring show and sale at Worcester Market.
  • Saturday, April 15 - Voyce Pullin is running a genuine retirement dispersal sale of tractors and equipment at the Cotswold Agricultural Centre, Cirencester, GL7 5QA.
  • Tuesday, April 18 - Annual spring show and sale of weaned beef calves at Sennybridge Market.
  • Wednesday, April 19 - Pedigree dairy day shows and sales of Holsteins, Red and White cattle and Jerseys at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.

Have a lovely Easter.
Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development


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