Store cattle trade remains strong

The show season is firmly underway, with Balmoral taking place this week. The weather has been perfect with a mixture of sunshine and showers which is enabling some to crack on with first cut silage, whereas the hill boys are rolling and harrowing the field, which they’ll lock up for a later cut around July.

We’ve had the results back clear for Johne's and BVD, so we are starting to organise getting the cattle turned out.
An old favourite Dorset ewe, which in the past we have used as a recipient, is causing a bit of concern. She must be knocking on for 11 and each year she lambs no bother and is a great mother. She was one of the last to lamb and it looks like she has trapped a nerve in her back as she was completely off her backend. We’ve given her painkillers, anti-inflammatories, along with steroids. She’s up on her feet and much brighter than she was. I know it sounds like I’ve gone soft, but she’s really done the job for us and never caused anything but amusement, so I hope she makes a full recovery.
Plenty of bull sales over this last week, with Charolais selling to 13,000gns and 11,000gns at Carlisle for Bill Bruce’s Balmyle herd. Blondes topped at 7,000gns also at Carlisle for Silverwood Nico from Norman McKnight, Northern Ireland, and Limousins sold to 6,700gns at Brecon for Killerton Mccoy from Messrs Greed, Exeter.

The Mart’s the Heart show and sale of store cattle at Leyburn, which is celebrating its 100th year, averaged £990 for 385 cattle. Peaking at £1,370 for the winner of the any other breed steer class, a Limousin from Garrowby Estate Farms, York. Three other 12 to 14-month-old Limousin and British Blue heifers and steers from the same home realised £1,300. Rearing calves topped at £705 for the champion British Blue bull from A. Sowray and Sons, Bishop Thornton. It sold to Dennis Thompson, Morpeth.
A new centre record of 8,500gns was set at Skipton's spring show and sale of pedigree Limousin bulls and females. The record breaker was the junior male champion, Gunnerfleet Neptune, a January 2017-born bull by Plumtree Fantastic from Jim and Ian Handley, Ingleton. It sold to David and Stephen Hollings, Hebden Bridge. 

Store cattle trade continues to be stronger particularly for younger cattle ready to turn out as the grass is finally beginning to grow.

Likewise, ewe and lamb trade is strong with some high prices being recorded all over the country, including to £121/life at Kirkby Stephen for Mule gimmer hoggs with Suffolk cross lambs. Valais Blacknose sheep sold to 3,000gns twice at Beeston Castle for S. Jones and R. Pilkington.
Sales coming up this week
  • Thursday, May 17 – Welshpool will be hosting a show and sale of pedigree Salers cattle on behalf of the Salers Cattle Society of the UK at Welshpool Market
  • Friday, May 18– CCM will be holding a Mart's the Heart-sponsored annual spring sale of working sheepdogs at Skipton Auction Mart
  • Saturday, May 19 – Harrison and Hetherington will be holding a sale of pedigree Beltex females 'Beltex Babes, Stars of the Future' at Borderway Mart
  • Saturday, May 19– Aled Ellis will be holding a machinery sale to include lots of vintage tractors at Aberystwyth Mart 
  • Saturday, May 19 - Newark will be holding the complete unreserved dispersal sale of the multi prize winning Ironstone Herd with 186 head of pedigree limousin cattle at Newark Livestock Market


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