Beef Shorthorn Bonanza

The past week has seen such extremes in weather across the country. Some folk have been experiencing flooding, whilst in our part of the world, the weather has continued to be glorious. Some are even complaining about the lack of rain!

We’ve been dehorning calves, a horrid job, and turned out the last of the cattle, bringing some of the late calvers close to home. 
Last week a blue cross bull calf arrived with no bother. The mother is a cross cow that we raised as a batch on the bucket, so is quiet enough and has plenty of milk.
I took to the airwaves last week to chat to Will Evans on his popular podcast 'Rock and Roll Farming'. We were discussing the importance of our livestock markets and the launch of Farmers Guardian's 'Mart's the Heart' awards. Auctions and auctioneers are essential to any farm businesses with livestock. They provide farmers with a sense of community, to achieve the best price for whatever they are selling and some quality grub!

Take listen to our chat here!
On June 1st, show your support for your local market and tell me who's got your bid for 
  • Auctioneer of the year
  • New Auctioneer of the year 
  • Auction Cafe of the year 
  • Lifetime Achievement
Nominate using our in-paper form or 
I managed to get out to the Beef Day at Carlisle on Friday where Aberdeen-Angus bulls sold to 10,000gns for Tonley Ernie S297 from Neil Wattie and Beef Shorthorn bulls sold to 7,000gns on the same day for Coxhill Kirk from L Townsend, Moffat.
A new Beef Shorthorn record of 16,000gns for a cow and calf was set a Stirling at the final part of the Colrochie dispersal.
Prime cattle numbers seem fairly tight keeping the price stable and stores and breeding cattle continue to be strong trade. 

Finally, the hogg price is dropping but there can't be many left now. New season lambs are also down as numbers increase but prices as still above where they have been in many previous years.
Sales coming up this week
  • Friday, June 1 – Evans Brothers will be holding a sale of 120 cows and calves to include a dispersal sale of Limousin & British Blue on behalf of Messrs Jones at Gaerwen Auction Centre
  • Saturday, June 2 – Norwich Livestock Market will be holding their Mart's the Heart sponsored sale of store cattle to include a reduction sale of Simmental X cows on behalf Paul Gunther at Norwich Livestock Market
  • Monday, June 4 – C&D will be holding the annual June sale of tractors, implements & machinery at Longtown Mart
  • Tuesday, June 5 – Hawes will be holding a show & sale of spring lambs at Hawes Auction Mart
Until next week,



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