Bank Holiday sunshine brings out the buyers

A simply glorious Bank Holiday on the weather front. This blast of great weather will enable everything to push on and hopefully catch up. It's amazing how much growth there's been in just a week. 

We've been busy dosing sheep and putting them out to fresh grass. We'll get the results back any day from the BVD and Johne's tests, fingers crossed the results will be in our favour, then we'll be able to turn the cattle out too. 

In addition, we've been cracking on getting a couple of two-year-old bulls ready for selling, a Limousin and a British Blue. We've brought them into the yard at home to desensitise them to noises and general activities so it's not a big shock for them when they get to the marts.
Plenty of bull sales over the last week which met a decent trade. The spring Limousin sale at Carlisle saw a top price of 35,000gns for Ampertaine Majestic from the McKays, Northern Ireland, and heifers sold to 26,000gns for Grahams Nikita, from Robert and Jean Graham.

Limousins also topped the multi-breed sale at Stirling at 12,000gns for Anside Magneto from the Irvine family, Keith, setting a new centre record for this sale.

The dispersal of the 300-strong Torvalley herd of pedigree Holsteins, Ilminster, saw 21 animals sell for over £2,000. Top price was £2,440 for Torvalley Mincio Whiskey, a fresh heifer by Bertailoa Mincio, selling to Messrs Dymond, West Devon. 

Meanwhile, Beltex ewe lambs from Harry Wood's Dean Brow reduction sale sold to 1,050gns at Newark where commercial ewe and lamb outfits peaked at £300 for Jonathan Lyons.

More than 3,000 breeding sheep were penned at Skipton’s May Day Bank Holiday show. Top price was for the first placed pen of Texel cross hoggs with single Beltex lambs at foot from John and George Stapleton, Skipton. They sold for £260 per outfit. The third placed pen also realised the same. Both pens were taken home by Geoff and Margaret Booth, Lothersdale.

More spring lambs about now with prices averaging around the 300p/kg plus mark and the hogg trade also seems to keep on going!
Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, May 11– Leyburn Auction Mart will be holding a Mart's the Heart sponsored May Fair sale of 400 store cattle, rearing calves and beef breeding cattle at Leyburn Auction Mart 
  • Saturday, May 12 – Wright Marshall will be holding a spring spectacular sale of native, rare and traditional breeds at Beeston Castle Auction
  • Saturday, May 12 – Darlington Farmers will be hosting a farm dispersal sale of tractors, telehandler, trailers, farm Machinery and Vehicles at Creaking Tree Farm, DL10 6RX
  • Monday, May 14 – North West Auctions will be holding a sale of dairy cattle including Holstein breeding bulls in association with Hassall Brothers at Lancaster Auction Mart
Have a great week,



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