Stirling Salers trade storms ahead

It was a busy and somewhat blustery Bank Holiday weekend, in which we caught up on jobs around the farm. If it stayed still, I painted it. Cattle in our part of the world are being turned out for the summer left, right and centre, and the woods are full of bluebells.

Slightly later than planned we fertilised our fields, so hopefully we get a drop of rain and this gives our grass a boost. The Suffolks were brought in and multivitamined, wormed and vaccinated, so I expect them to thrive in the coming weeks.

Trade was strong for all the beef breeds at the Stirling May sale. Salers, in particular, had a fantastic sale, with overall averages of £5,635 and two-year-old bull, Drumaglea Kes, topping the sale and the day at 12,000gns, equalling the breed record set in February.

Prime cattle remain much the same and stores, cows and calves still seem a good trade, although the dry weather and lack of grass is some areas is giving cause for concern. New season lambs have seen a drop, as to be expected, as numbers rise - although there have still been some big prices, particularly where there has been a spring lamb show and sale.

Sales coming up this week

  • Friday, May 5 - Annual May fair prize show and sale at Bridgnorth Livestock Market.
  • Saturday, May 5 - Show and sale of pedigree Limousin cattle at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
  • Saturday, May 6 - Central Beltex Club inaugural sale at Newark Livestock Market.
  • Tuesday, May 9 - Mart’s the Heart-supported prize show and sale of hoggs with lambs at Junction 36 Mart, Kendal.

Enjoy the rest of your week.
Steph Ryder
Head of Commercial Sales & Development


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