Boomer of a trade for Herefords

Well it's been seriously cold with us experiencing some unbelievably sub-zero temperatures. Amazingly we were hardly touched by snow, unlike many areas which saw an abundance of it!

We've had a couple of disasters with the Suffolk ewes. One ewe aborted twins and the following day died and another started lambing quads, all before their time and sadly born dead. It's likely one died and poisoned the others.  Let's hope our luck changes. 

Ladies led the way this week, with some record breaking trade for both Herefords and Limousins. At Carlisle, the Graham's herd owned by Robert and Jean Graham dominated the bids, setting a new weaned calf record of 38,000gns with the heifer Graham's Natalie. They also took the top price at the Red Ladies Limousin day with the heifer Graham's Malibu which was knocked down for 25,000gns. Well done to all concerned. 

Hereford females were also on fire at the second annual Designer Genes sale, Shrewsbury. The sale set a new record for the highest priced Hereford female to sell at a UK auction, when the national Hereford calf show supreme champion Sky High 1 Lâncome Lucy from B. Birch and G. Brindley, Weston, soared to 11,000gns. The same vendors sold another heifer, Sky High 1 Danish Dream, for 10,200gns. 

Christmas market reports are coming in by the load and it is great to see some cracking trade across the country. Buyers are willing to pay for quality lots which are ready to get away over the Christmas period.

Prime cattle prices have been strong. At Northallerton, entries were topped by a Limousin heifer from the Bowe family, Gatenby, which sold for £2,888/head (562p/kg), while at Winslow, M.J. Dickens, Milton Keynes, sold their champion, a Limousin heifer scaling 642kg for 580p/kg.

Over at Brockholes, Dutch Spotted sheep led the prime lamb sale, with a pair from Myerscough College which sold for £145/head. At St Boswells, Scott Sandilands, Threepwood, took the championship with 50kg Texels which made £270/head, while at Leek, Texels from Frank Heath, Pipe Gate, took the championship and sold for 460p/kg (£225.40/head).

Back to the pedigree sales and in-lamb Texels from some of the country's top flocks sold to 17,000gns at Lanark. This was paid for a gimmer from the Auldhouseburn flock of Hugh and Alan Blackwood which is by Glenside Will I Am was in-lamb to the 130,000gns tup Sportsmans A Star.

Come New Year, and the hype of the Christmas fatstock sales will have died down and we will be focusing on store trade. Lets hope it is equally positive! 

Have a good week,

Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, December 15 - Wright Marshall will be holding a dispersal sale of 95 pedigree and unregistered Holsteins from the Nurseryhill herd at Beeston Castle Auction
  • Friday, December 15 - Clee Tompkinson and Francis will be holding the annual Christmas Lights sale on behalf of the Texel Sheep Society which will include 54 pedigree females from leading South Wales and West Country flocks at Llandovery Market
  • Saturday, December 16 - Selby Auction Mart will be holding a poultry, miscellaneous and sundry sale
  • Monday, December 18 Wharfedale Farmers Auction Mart will be running its weekly fatstock sale


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