Suckled calves and breeding stock see decent trade

We had our first hard frost on Monday, however it has turned mild again. I wish it would stay frosty for a decent spell, as it's much healthier for the stock than this mild, damp weather of late.

We had a routine TB test this week and we were on tenderhooks, especially as recently there were issues with badgers found with TB just south of where we live. Fortunately, we have had the all clear, which was a huge relief.

Welsh cob sales at Builth saw the Welsh section D filly foal Llwynhywel Crackling Rose make £10,000. Swaledale rams are continuing to make big money, selling to £60,000 at Hawes.

It's suckled calf sale season once again, and they seem to be a strong trade. No doubt some people are picking out those with show potential to go and have some fun with.

Breeding cattle are also in demand, with plenty of people looking to buy cows and calves. At Barnard Castle, M. and B. Coulthard dispersed a suckler herd to £3,600 for a British Blue cow and calf outfit, while at Hexham, breeding cattle trade hit £3,100 twice, for Limousin breeding cows with calves.

Blue Grey heifers sold at Newcastleton, hitting £1,920 for a heifer sold with a Limousin calf at-foot.

In the prime ring, cattle numbers remain fairly tight, and lambs are seeing a small sign of improved averages, but better quality lambs are still making more than £100.

Ayrshires sold to 3,000gns at the ninth national sale at Carlisle, paid for the pre-sale champion, West Mossgiel Miss Modern 28 (EX 91) from Stuart Gilliland.

Agri-Expo is this Friday in Carlisle. Come and visit the Farmers Guardian team at stands 121 and 53 for exclusive subscription offers.

Have a good week,


Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, November 3 - Leyburn Auction Mart will be holding its Christmas store lamb show and sale
  • Saturday, November 4 - Wallets Marts will be hosting the Salers Society sale at Castle Douglas, which is a Mart's the Heart-sponsored sale
  • Monday, November 6 - 1,800 spring suckled calves will go through the ring at Stirling Agricultural Centre
  • Wednesday, November 8 A Mart's the Heart-sponsored sale of pedigree beef shorthorns will take place at Skipton Auction Mart


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