Sheep sales set ablaze

Well, this past week it’s been hot enough to crack the flags. The air smells blissfully of freshly-mown and wilting grass. Folk are bailing everywhere and if you can’t make good hay now, there’s no hope. The only worry is that everything has slowed down on the growth side and we are pretty desperate for rain to give everything a boost.
The Royal Highland Show was a great success. The weather was perfect, the cool breeze was a blessing for those showing in the ring.

The quality of stock was, as usual, exceptional. I entered a Suffolk and I was fair delighted to get a fourth ticket with the shearling tup. The lambs didn't disgrace me either! 
Can't believe its that time of year again - sheep sales have kicked off already with the Females with Figures sale of Charollais at Worcester topping at 3,100gns for a shearling ewe from the Boyo flock.

Most farmers are taking advantage of this spell on glorious weather to get on with hay and silage making results in less numbers in the marts which is helping trade.
Although the prime lamb national average price has dropped as is to be expected at the time of year there are still some decent prices being achieved, in some cases more than 300p/kg, with buyers willing to pay a premium for well fleshed lambs.

While good for haymaking,hot weather and no rain is now seriously impacting on grass growth. Store prices are holding up at the moment but it will be interesting to see how this effects the store lamb trade with sales due to start within the next fortnight
Sales coming up this week
  • Thursday, June 28 – Halls will be holding a dispersal sale of modern farm machinery, implements and vehicles upon instruction of Lord Barnard at Grange Farms, TF6 5HJ
  • Friday, June 29 – Wright Marshall will be hosting the annual summer show and sale of Dairy Shorthorn cattle on behalf of the Shorthorn Society at Beeston Castle Auction
  • Saturday, June 30 – Hexham will be holding a sale of Wagyu cattle on behalf of the British Wagyu society at Hexham Mart 
  • Saturday, June 30 – Clee Tompkinson Francis will be hosting the 14th annual show and sale of Dorset Sheep on behalf of the Welsh Dorset Club at Llandovery Market 
Until next week,

Steph

Jemma Naish

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