Cracking Easter trade continues

This past week it felt much more like spring thankfully, where the stock certainly enjoyed soaking up the weekend sunshine.The lighter nights are a blessing, enabling us to catch up on jobs.

The batch of Suffolk lambs that were born at Christmas seem to have lost their edge and gone backwards a little, which isn’t surprising given recent weather conditions. We’ve dosed and drenched them to prevent any coccidial infections, so hopefully they’ll bounce back over the next few weeks. 

Pedigree cattle met a steady but consistent trade across the breeds at Carlisle, with a Whitebred Shorthorn bull from J.R.F Pattinson leading the way at 5,000gns. Uppermill Shorthorns from Northern Ireland had the top priced Beef Shorthorns, taking 4,500gns for a female and 4,000gns for a bull. Beef breeding cattle on the same day were a good trade, with a top price of £3,000 for a Limousin cross heifer and calf.

New season lambs have been making good money at the Easter shows, although with it still being early there are not too many numbers about. Hoggs are still a great trade so we will see if that continues after the holiday.
Sales coming up this week
  • Friday March 30 – Halls will be holding it's Kidderminster machinery sale at Stanklyn Lane, DY10 4AR 
  • Saturday March 31 – Pateley Bridge will be holding an Easter prize show and sale of store cattle at Sawley and District Farmers Auction Mart  
  • Tuesday April 3  – Wright Marshall and CCM will be hosting an on-farm dairy dispersal sale comprising the entire Spellowhill herd of pedigree and unregistered Holstein Friesians on behalf of R.C. and P.A. Graham at Lazenby Moor Farm, HG5 0QN
  • Tuesday April 3 – Bagshaws will be holding a grass eating auction at Bakewell Market 


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