Has spring finally sprung?


It's felt a little bit more like spring this week which the ewes and lambs, who are outside, have been grateful for.
Lambing is still in full swing with a mix of Beltex and Texels. There's about 40 left to go, and a few promising lambs on the ground.


We opened up the shed where the sow and piglets are housed, enabling them to run in and out. The piglets have been cavorting everywhere having great fun and getting braver and braver with their explorations.......very cheeky too!

Plenty of records broken this week in the auction marts. A new record of £8,000 set at Leyburn's spring spectacular for a Limousin cross heifer from Garrowby Estate Farms,York,  selling to the judge Donald Morrison, Sutherland.




New store cattle records have also been set at Bentham and Kirkby Stephen with trade particularly higher for younger show potential cattle.
Prime cattle prices are holding up as are cull cows. Hoggs are still a roaring trade and cull ewes have also had a lift this week.

Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, March 16 – Harrison and Hetherington will be hosting a dispersal sale of 210 pedigree Holsteins on behalf of the Bowberhill herd, the current Border and Lakeland champion herd at Borderway Mart
  • Saturday, March 17 – Wright Marshall will be holding an on-farm dispersal sale of tractors, machinery, equipment and building materials at Grange Farm, SY13 4RA
  • Saturday, March 17 – Newark Livestock Market will be hosting the British Blue Spring Society sale of 76 pedigree males and females at Newark Cattle Livestock Market
  • Monday, March 19  – Darlington Mart will be holding their mid-March extravaganza show and sale of  600 store sheep and 150 young bulls many with show potential, at Darlington Farmers Auction Mart


Enjoy your week,

Steph

Jemma Naish

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