Northern star sale shines brightly for Irish Texel in lamb gimmer trade

Well, we have the barn all set up for the Suffolks lambing next week. I've left the ewes out a little longer this year as I feel it keeps them fitter and healthier overall. However, now the long, hard frost has broken, they'll be coming inside over the next few days.

Over the past few weeks, we have been snowed under with seasonal sale reports and it has been great to see some stellar prime, dairy and calf trade taking place across the markets, both large and small. Christmas sales are dwindling off now, as the marts take a well earned break before new year selling kicks off.

Pedigree sales have quietened down and the dizzy heights reached at some of the summer events seem a lifetime ago.

Note must be given to our Irish breeders across the water who are maintaining the superb pedigree trade. At the Northern Stars Texel sale of in-lamb gimmers held at Ballymena market, a new Northern Irish female Texel record of 19,000gns was set. This was paid for a gimmer from Richard Henderson’s Ballynahone flock, in the shape of an ET-bred Duncryne Uber Cool daughter which sold to the Jim Innes of the Strathbogie flock, Huntly.

Picking out some highlights from the late festive fixtures, and at Colchester, top price was 400p/kg for the champion, a Limousin heifer from W.A. Ketley and Sons, Fingringhoe, while at Dumfries, the supreme honours went to a 535kg British Blue heifer from Niall Goldie and Ben Radley which sold to 360p/kg.

At Truro, the reserve locally-bred champion, a heavy Limousin cross steer led the prices at 390p/kg for S. and T. Penellum, St. Newlyn East.

Looking at lamb prices, and Truro's winners also sold well, going to 300p/kg for exhibitors G.B. Renfree, Quethiock, while at Gaerwen, the winning pen of 42kg Beltex crosses from Gareth Rowlands, Bryndernog, hit 357p/kg.

Dairy trade at Sedgemoor's Christmas Cracker was a led by the Leswidden herd owned by T.J. and C.M. Dauncey, Penzance, who sold the EX92 fourth calver Leswidden PS Chrissey for a top price of 2,400gns. Sedgemoor also hosted the dispersal of the renowned Quaish herd of Limousins owned by Nick and Lisa Hill and family, Somerset, which topped at 5,400gns for some quality cows and heifers with calves at foot.

Have a good week,


Sales coming up this week...

Thursday, December 2 - Welshpool will be hosting a sale of 111 in-lamb ewes as well as nine empty ewe lambs on behalf of the Shropshire and Border Texel Club
Friday. December 22 - Wright Marshall will be holding its Christmas prime stock sale at Beeston Castle Auction
Saturday, December 23 - Hawes Auction Mart will be running a Christmas sale of dressed poultry
Wednesday, December 27 - Newark Livestock Market will be holding its sale of fat lambs, cull ewes and store lambs


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