New Shorthorn female record at Skipton

We were busy over the weekend fluking the ewes and putting them out to new pastures.

On top of that, at night this week, we've been tidying up sheep ahead of this week's Mart's the Heart Lake District stockjudging evening. I said we'd support the night by taking some Beltex gimmer hoggs to be one of the breeds to be judged. It seemed a good idea at the time, however, I just hope the 600-plus folk who usually attend, aren't too harsh and recognise that although our sheep are good types, they haven't really been pushed.

Charolais bulls at Welshpool last Thursday saw a steady trade, topping at 7,200gns and a good clearance rate of 84 per cent.

Female Shorthorn's went under the hammer at the FG-sponsored breed sale at Skipton, where the Upsall herd reigned, taking top price billing with a junior heifer at 6,500gns, setting a new centre record for a Shorthorn female.

At Carlisle's Whitebred Shorthorn sale, leader was the overall champion, the maiden heifer Blackburn Milkybar, which topped at 5,000gns.

Suckled calf sales are still underway, with vendors seeming willing to pay for the best quality. At Middleton in Teesdale, the champion heifer, an 11-month-old British Blue from the White family, Lunedale, sold for £3,500 to the pre-show judge.

Feeding bulls are still in demand, leading the trade at several sales across the country.

The Allstar herd of pedigree Brown Swiss cattle was dispersed at Exeter, hitting 1,900gns for a dry cow.

Have a good week,


Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, November 17 - Harrison and Hetherington will be hosting the Three Nations sale of Suffolk sheep at Borderway Mart
  • Saturday, November 18 - Hawes Auction Mart will be holding its Christmas show and sale of store cattle, beef breeding cattle and cull cows
  • Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19 - Bagshaws will be hosting the English Winter Fair 'The Midlands Premier Primestock Event' at Bingley Hall ST18 0BD
  • Monday, November 20 - C&D will be holding an implements and machinery sale at Longtown Mart


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