Lambs, calves, chicks and now piglets... plus we have a name for the calf!!

Thank you for all the suggestions for the calf’s name. Many made us chuckle and in the end, we settled on Ronnie (after Ronnie Corbett). Thanks for all your cracking ideas though. I'll keep you posted on how he gets on.

It certainly is the place for births at home at the minute. We had a batch of Brahma chicks hatch along with our sow producing another strong litter of 12 piglets. I waste so much time watching their antics.

On top of that, my Suffolk show ewe finally lambed a strong tup lamb. Last year, as a gimmer, she rejected her lamb. However, this time it’s a completely different tale and she’s proving to be the most doting mother ever.

The pedigree sale season is underway. At the British Blue sale at Carlisle at the weekend, quality bulls were sought after. Leading the trade at 10,000gns was Pendle Lynx, with Stonebyres Levi making 9,000gns. Both these top priced bulls sold to Aucheneck Estates, Stirlingshire. The overall average bull price was £6,006.

On the same day, a reduction of the Haltcliffe herd of pedigree Limousins peaked at 8,000gns for the in-calf heifer Haltcliffe Maria, selling to Paul Dawes, Mary Cormack and Richard Bartle.

Store cattle are still a very good trade so, hopefully, this will give the commercial buyers confidence ahead of the first round of the Stirling bull sales next week. See our preview in Farmers Guardian's beef supplement this week.

The prime lamb price is continuing its steady rise and is well ahead of this time last year. Again, this seems to be driving the store lamb trade which is on fire.

Sales coming up this week 

Friday, February 2 – Halls will be holding its Shrewsbury plant and machinery sale at Shrewsbury Auction Centre

Saturday, February 3 – McCartneys will be holding its early spring show and sale on behalf of the British Limousin Society to include 20 bulls and five heifers at Brecon Market

Sunday, 4 and Monday, 5 February – Stirling bull sales begins with Aberdeen-Angus, Beef Shorthorn, British Blue, Lincoln Red, Hereford, Luing and Limousin at Stirling Agricultural Centre

Tuesday, February 6 – Bletsoes will be holding a collective machinery and equipment sale at Stratford Livestock Market

I'll maybe see you at Stirling bull sales.



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