Stronger demand for lambs and store cattle

The improved weather has certainly lifted spirits. The swallows are back in force, swooping and dive bombing about the place; the grass is coming through nicely; the trees are full of blossom and the stock are looking much more content.

We lost my dad back in February and mum has come to live with us, so along with mum, we have an addition to our hoard, in the shape of a Great Dane! She's an old girl and settling in well, particularly with a pet Beltex lamb who has taken a right shine to her.

It was Holsteins making the headlines this week when Tynevalley Rubi A Bambi, from C. and R. Baty and family, sold for 21,500gns at the first Perfection Collection sale at Shrewsbury.

Elsewhere, pedigree stock has been a consistent trade with Simmental heifers selling to 6,200gns at Carlisle for Newbiemains Izzie from J. and J.M. Goldie. Limousin cows and calves peaked at 6,000gns at Newark for Absolute Justesse from Richard Bartle and Mary Cormack,and bulls topped at 5,800gns for McInnes Machine from Ashley and Emma McInnes.

After last week's dip, sheep prices seem to have bounced back for both new and old season lambs as numbers remain tight. With grass now starting to grow there seems to be a stronger demand for ewes and lambs and store cattle, particularly the younger sorts.
Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, April 27  – Southern Counties will be holding the Wessex machinery sale of tractors, vehicles, farm implements, machinery and spares at Salisbury Agricultural Centre
  • Saturday, April 28  – Welshpool will be hosting a sale of 68 pedigree Charolais cattle on behalf of the British Charolais Cattle Society at Welshpool Market
  • Saturday, April 28 – Stephenson and Son will be holding the 15th spring rare breeds sale at York Auction Centre
  • Tuesday, May 1 – Hawes will be holding a sale of gimmer hoggs at Hawes Auction Mart 
Enjoy the week,



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