Breeding cattle in demand

The good, growy weather continues and there is plenty of activity in the fields around us getting the silage in. The only downside to the current climate, other than weeds springing up like you wouldn’t believe, is flies.  We’ve had a couple of the sheep struck which we treated quickly, but we are on alert.

Three of the five cows we brought closer to home calved in quick succession of each other last week, two Simmentals, a heifer and a bull calf and a Limousin heifer calf. All doing well. It’s a tempting to lean over the fence, losing time on these glorious summer evenings, watching them flash around the field like foals with their tails stuck up like antennae. 
Trade at the Westminster Acres herd dispersal at Carlisle topped at 2,100gns for a British Blue sired cow.  Comprising of Holstein, Montbeliarde, Danish Red, British Friesian, Ayrshire, and British Blue crosses, animals were sold to a strong crowd of buyers. The on-farm dispersal of the autumn calving Wildbrooks herd topped at 2,100gns in Amberley, Arundel, West Sussex, where 300 head of cattle were sold on behalf of Castle Farm Partnership.

Breeding cattle are in demand with British Blue cows with Blonde calves selling to £3,600 at Barnard Castle and the on-farm production for the Leysons in Neath, Wales, hit £3,100 for a Limousin sired heifer and calf with plenty more markets reporting a strong trade.
Store cattle prices are also good and the prime price is holding up with numbers fairly tight. The new season lamb average is down a touch as numbers increasing although the better lambs are still making in access of 300p/kg in some markets and the hogg price is at last starting to fall as numbers and quality rapidly decline. 
Last week saw the nominations open for Farmers Guardian's Marts the Heart Awards. Since Friday's launch, we've had over 25 nominations and the competition looks stiffer than ever. 
There are four categories to nominate your choice for :
  • Auctioneer of the year
  • New Auctioneer of the Year 
  • Auction Cafe of the Year
  • Lifetime achievement 
This year, our Lifetime Achievement award will recognise a dedicated and enthusiastic character who has worked in the auction industry, I'm going to need your help to decide this year's worthy winner.
They could be a drover, someone in the office, a haulier or anyone who works in the industry. Click here to nominate your choice or watch my video to find out more.  
Sales coming up this week
  • Thursday, June 7 – CCM will be holding an on-farm sale of Sheep & Equipment at High Farm, Harrogate HG3 3EP
  • Friday, June 8 –Richard Turner will be holding their annual sale of working and unbroken sheepdog at Bentham Auction Mart
  • Saturday, June 9 – Malcolm Harrison auctions will be holding the Prees plant & truck auction at Prees Storage ltd, SY13 3JX
  • Tuesday, June 12 – Greenslade Taylor Hunt will be holding an on-farm dispersal sale of 213 Holstein Friesians  at Sheldon Farm, Chippenham SN14 0RQ
Until next week,



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