Salers reach record-breaking price of 15,000gns

It is starting to feel very wintery, it’s been white on a number of days with hard frost this past week.

I had a great day at Agri Expo last Friday. What a line-up of quality stock!

Salers made headlines this week when breed records were broken at the Farmers Guardian-sponsored sale at Castle Douglas. Pre-sale champion, Bacardi Legend, from Roy and Adam Crocket topped at 15,000gns, contributing to a pedigree bull average of £5,810, which was up a superb £1,048 on the year.

Dungannon market saw two new centre records set this week. At the annual Northern Irish Charolais club sale, both male and female trade peaked at 8,000gns, with the leading heifer, Battleford Lola from Bartley Finnegan, Moy, achieving a new centre record for a Charolais female. Holstein bulls sold to a strong trade at the same venue, topping at 6,700gns and leveling at £3,820, setting a new centre record average for black and white bulls.

Several female sheep sales have taken place, including the dispersal of the Wedderburn Charollais flock, held on behalf of Jonathan and Janet Corbett at Worcester mart. Prices hit 3,900gns for a shearling. Suffolks sold to 3,200gns at Beeston, for the second prize ewe from Jimmy Douglas of Fraserburgh from his Cairness Flock.

The cracking feeding bull trade seen over the past few weeks has steadied slightly, but still remains strong.  Prime cattle prices are holding up, however numbers remain fairly tight. There has been some improvement in the prime lamb trade, not a lot, but it’s going in the right direction.

Have a good week,


Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, November 10 - Harrison and Hetherington will be hosting the annual in-lamb Suffolk sheep show and sale on behalf of the Suffolk Sheep Society at Borderway Mart
  • Saturday, November 11 - Hexham and Northern Marts will be holding its annual autumn collective and vintage machinery sale of 1,000 lots
  • Tuesday, November 14 - The Christmas prize show and sale of feeding bulls and store cattle will be held at Barnard Castle Auction
  • Tuesday, November 14 Penrith Auction Mart will be holding a sale of pedigree Dairy Shorthorns


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