Texel trade trumps at 16,000gns

Well it’s been somewhat of a dryer week, with some sharp, crisp mornings. The harder ground has helped folk put slurry out on their fields.

We’ve brought the Suffolks closer to home in readiness for lambing. They are due to lamb at Christmas and we’ve just started to feed the ewes to hopefully encourage more milk. They are hungry beggars and just about ambush me when they spot the arrival of their cake! 

At Carlisle, there was some serious Texel female trade, with a Strathbogie gimmer from Jim Innes, Aberdeen, making 16,000gns to Charlie Boden of the Stockport-based Sportsmans flock, who then took another from the Strathbogie pen at 12,000gns. Suffolks also went under the hammer, topping at 9,400gns for a gimmer from Gary Beacon's Lakeview flock.

The Black and White sale, also held at Borderway, saw bids hit 9,000gns for the red and white heifer Eastford Absolute Hotspot Red from Eastford Holsteins. A couple of first time sales were recorded, including the first heifer to be offered from the Futuredream Jersey herd of James Evans, which made 7,500gns. The first daughter of the two-time national Italian champion Toc-Farm Allen Amyly EX96 was also sold, hitting 7,000gns for Messrs Lawrence.

Christmas sales are well underway, with vendors and buyers alike ensuring local fixtures are well supported. Numbers are good and prices for well fed cattle are strong. At Pateley Bridge's prime cattle sale, the beef champion, a British Blue cross heifer from Liam Rodney, set a new market record of 395p/kg (£2,666). Salisbury's prime show saw mother and sister duo Sarah and Nicola Harrison, Bramshaw, take champion and reserve open beef, champion baby beef and champion un-haltered beef, before topping the price list with a Limousin cross steer at 322p/kg.

Prime lambs are also making good money. At Cockermouth, the winning pair of Texels from Bill Skelton sold for £220/head (415p/kg), while at St Asaph, the champion commercial lambs from H.C. Williams led the bids at £152/head (390p/kg).

Cull trade is slightly down on the week and stores should pick up as we get into the New Year.

Have a good week,

Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, December 8 - Harrison and Hetherington will be holding the Red Ladies Derby to include 175 pedigree Limousin cattle on behalf of the British Limousin Society at Borderway Mart
  • Saturday, December 9 - Richard Turner will be running the Christmas Prime Sheep Show at Gisburn Mart
  • Sunday, December 10 - Newark Livestock Market will be holding its Mart's the Heart-sponsored Nottinghamshire Christmas Primestock Show
  • Monday, December 11 Caledonian Marts will be having its Martinmas Show and Sale of 10,000 store lambs and also feeding ewes at Stirling Livestock Centre


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