Cracking Kirkby trade of 90,000gns for shearling Swaledale tup

Well the British Farming Awards went down well. It was packed out with a host of folk from the farming industry.

The Mart's the Heart winners were presented with their awards and there were plenty of supporters there to help them celebrate in style. A fun night was certainly had by all.

Swaledale prices hit a high of 90,000gns last week at Kirkby Stephen for a shearling ram from Hutchinsons. It sold to Richardsons at Ghyll House, Dufton.

Stirling trade was topped with Simmentals having a record-breaking female price of 28,000gns for Boddington Estates Sterling Bacardi's Hawaii. Clive Houldey had a great day topping the Simmental bull trade at 22,000gns with Manor Park Hansome and making 18,000gns with his champion bull.
Aberdeen-Angus bids hit 17,000gns for the pre-sale champion Linton Gilbertines President S021, from the trustees of the late Gordon Brooke, while the dispersal of the well-known Cheeklaw Angus herd soared to 20,000gns twice, for a cow and calf and a maiden heifer.

Shorthorn bulls topped at 12,000gns for another pre-sale champion, Chris Mallaber's Grovewood Jackson. Averages were well up on the year.

An 11,000gns high was realised in the Limousin prices for Ronick Mckinley from R. Dick, who also took the pre-sale supreme with a different bull, Ronick Moose.
Two Charolais bulls made 12,000gns and averages in this section were up also on the year.

There were plenty of bull buyers about for the time of year, but it was the ladies who ultimately led the way.

Prime cattle trade continues to be good with numbers fairly tight and this is filtering through to the store rings where demand is strong. In spite of some spectacular price in the pedigree rings the prime sheep trade remains very steady, although some markets have reported a slight lift at the beginning of the week, so hopefully things will start to improve as we head towards Christmas.

Have a good week.


Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, October 27 - Wright Marshall will be holding its Month End Focus Milk Sale together with the Dairy Shorthorn Society’s Annual Autumn Show and Sale at Beeston Castle Auction
  • Saturday, October 28 - Armistead Barnett is hosting a complete dispersal sale of tractors, vehicles, machinery, deadstock and dairy equipment at Esp Ford Farm, Kendal
  • Monday, October 30 - The Irish Limousin Cattle Society is holding its annual premier show and sale at Roscrea Market
  • Tuesday, October 31 1,700 suckled calves will go under the hammer at Exmoor Farmers Mart – Cutcombe Market


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