Micro-Calf needs a name - Suggestions please!

The continuing snow and high winds really make you feel sorry for the stock outside. Lambing has slowed down now until the next batch. That said, the cattle have been taking up our attention.

At the start of the year, we had twin Limousin calves which are thriving. This week, however, we lost a calf - and then only last night a Shorthorn heifer calved an unplanned arrival. You've never seen anything like it. It's the size of one my Suffolk lambs. Looks like we're breeding 'micro-cattle'. I'll have a think on what we end up naming him. Head over to our Facebook page to leave your suggestion. Next week I'll let you know which one I've chosen.

Strong trade at in-lamb ewe sales has continued this week with a new Herdwick female record of £1,100 set by a three-shear ewe from Peter Lightfoot, Penrith, on Sunday. Plus, a new centre record of 5,200gns was set at Longtown for a Texel shearling from Steven Renwick, Craig Douglas.

Bluefaced Leicester females were on fire at Hawes, topping at £7,000 for in-lamb Smearset gimmer shearling carrying twins bought by Messrs Pye of Abbeystead. On the same day, Swaledale trade topped at £4,800 twice for a ewe from W. Richardson and Son and another ewe from P. Hallam.

Elsewhere, the weather has impacted on numbers forward at some markets, resulting in a significant lift in hogg prices where numbers were short. That said, national averages remain similar on the week with the same situation for prime cattle.

A better price for hoggs seems to be fuelling the store lamb trade which is on fire, with bigger lambs making upwards of £70 in many markets.

Cull cow trade is also strong with this week’s highlight being a pure British Blue cow from Greg Jackson selling for £2,479 (212.5p/kg) at Carlisle on Monday.

Enjoy the rest of the week.


Sales coming up this week 
  • Thursday, January 25 – A special sale of 1,000 in-lamb ewes, geld hoggs and store hoggs, including Texel, Beltex, Suffolk, pure-bred and crosses at Hopes Auction
  • Friday, January 26 – Harrison and Hetherington will be hosting the British Blue spring society sale, which will include Blue Ladies Day. Also on this day, a major reduction sale from the Hatcliffe Limousin herd. Both will be held at Borderway Mart
  • Saturday, January 27 – Watts and Associates will be holding its Carlton General Sale, to include more than 3,000 lots of contractors plant machinery, agricultural and grounds maintenance machinery, vehicles and small plant machinery sale in Barnsley
  • Tuesday, January 30 – Hassall Brothers will be holding a 370-head dairy cattle dispersal on behalf of W.H. Crump and Sons. The sale will be held on-farm at Churton Hall Farm, Cheshire CH3 6LR 


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