Cool weather does nothing to red hot trade

More snow for us at the weekend with some serious blizzards which made feeding the outside stock somewhat of a challenge. The poor folk lambing outside in these conditions have really been up against it. That wind was just raw and you’re heart goes out to those newborn lambs huddled up sheltering against the walls. It feels a long way from spring yet the clocks go forward at the weekend and it’s Easter next week.

I’m currently sporting a black eye where I had an altercation with our barn door late the other evening. The situation was not helped by two loose lambs, a wind tunnel and two buckets of water. Needless to say, the air was as blue the colour my eye is turning!!

The Blue day at Newark on Saturday attracted a packed ringside. British Blues sold to 5,000gns twice at for bulls from Gail Ellis, Cornwall, and Kevin Watret, Annan.

On the same day the first part of the dispersal of commercial cattle from the Baldwin family, Newark, saw cows and calves sell to £3,000 and cross-bred heifers to £2,800.

Hogg trade is still on fire as numbers get tighter. There are more new season lambs about now and the price has seen the usual pre-Easter jump in price. 

The Bowberhill dispersal of pedigree Holsteins at Carlisle topped at 7,200gns and elsewhere dairy trade seem good for the quality cattle in spite of milk price woes.

Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, March 23– Harrison and Hetherington will be holding a rescheduled sale to include 88 pedigree Beef Shorthorn cattle on behalf of the Beef Shorthorn society.  Also being sold on this day: Whitebred Shorthorns, Galloways, Blondes, Herefords and Simmentals at Borderway Mart 
  • Saturday, March 24 –Richard Turner will be holding a dispersal sale of farm machinery and equipment on behalf of Messrs W.R. amd C. Nelson at Bentham Auction Mart 
  • Monday, March 26 – Wharfedale Farmers will be holding a spring primestock show with classes for cattle, spring lambs and pigs at Wharfedale Farmers Mart 
  • Tuesday, March 27 – Leek Auctions will be holding a dairy dispersal sale of the entire 130-head herd of Norwegian Red and Fleckvieh cross cattle on behalf of I. Ball at Leek Auctions
Enjoy the rest of your week.



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