Spring lamb numbers and prices increase as Easter approaches

We've been busy tagging, tailing and treating lambs for orf before turning them out to grass. 

The piglets are about ready to go. They always test my husband's patience at this stage. Finding one beached out and fast asleep in a tub of hen corn, shortly after discovering they had gobbled up all that day's hen and duck eggs, just about finished him off. He cheered up though when one of the recipient cows calved a Canadian Shorthorn embryo bull calf. It's up sucking and looking promising enough.

We are showing its full sister at The Royal Highland Show, so fingers crossed she does well and reassures us we did the right thing bringing this new line into the herd.

Limousin Day at Newark Livestock Market saw bulls topping at 6,000gns for Calogale Lionheart from G. J. Lee and C.M. Lloyd, Carmarthenshire, and females topped at 4,500gns with a maiden heifer, Absolute Melody, from Richard Bartle and Mary Cormack, Herefordshire.

Lamb trade still strong trade on the run up to Easter with a big increase in numbers. Getting less hoggs about now and trade has slipped back at the beginning of the week. Prime cattle numbers also seemed to have tightened which has had a positive effect on trade pushing prices up a few pence a kilo in some markets.

Sales coming up this week

  • Friday, 7 April - Shrewsbury machinery sale at Shrewsbury Livestock Market.
  • Saturday, April 8 Brockholes Auction Mart is hosting their annual spring machinery sale.
  • Saturday, April 8 - Performance recorded Poll Dorset rams and ewes for sale at Sedgemoor Auction Centre.
  • Tuesday, April 11 - Mart’s the Heart-supported show and sale of store cattle at Wooler Market.

Have a good week.
Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development


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