Solid trade for breeding cattle

Well, we appear to have everything hatching at the minute, from swallows to ducks to hens. One of the Muscovy ducks turned up with a chick! There’s sure to be an identity crisis or at the least disappointment when it’s reluctant to take a dip in the stream!

I had my first experience of judging. Something I have to say I have avoided doing. Anyway, The North Yorkshire Show were very persistent securing two judges, as my husband judged cattle whilst I judged Suffolk sheep. It is a lovely show, with a decent turnout of quality sheep. I haven’t quite decided if I enjoyed the judging experience, however!
The Shorthorn bull, Kubota, we bought at Stirling earlier this year is off for semen collection this week. I was looking forward to showing him this season, but we had to keep him isolated so that put the kibosh on that plan. To be honest it was a business opportunity we’d be daft not to take up. We’ll have him back in the Autumn and all being we'll look to get him out showing in 2019.
Although new season lamb trade is slightly back again good prices are still being achieved as numbers remain tight and it is still way above at the same time last year.

Store and breeding cattle are still very much in demand although concerns about lack of grass if we don't soon get some rain might start to impact on that.

At the Welsh Dairy centre, two freshly calved heifers sold to £2,500 apiece to top the Llanewydd herd dispersal of pedigree Holsteins on behalf of Brian and Sian Phillips, Trawsmawr, Carmarthen.

Down country, the  Pruston dispersal held on behalf of Messrs H.C. Dayment and Son, Exeter saw a top price of  2,000gns for the freshly calved heifer Pruston Patrol Mabel.

With show season well underway, The FG team have been out and about reporting on shows and will be at the Royal Highland and Lincolnshire this week.
 
Your nominations have been coming in thick and fast for this year's Farmers Guardian 'Marts the Heart Awards'.  

Auctions and auctioneers are essential to the health and wellbeing of any farm businesses with livestock, and auctioneers are, in many ways, at the forefront of the livestock industry. Their purpose is to bring farmers together, to achieve the best price for whatever they are selling, and they are therefore an intrinsic part of the industry.

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Sales coming up this week
  • Thursday, June 21– Wright Marshall will be holding a dispersal sale of 270 commercial Holstein Friesians on behalf of MD Harding and Partners at Beeston Castle Auction
  • Friday, June 22 – Graham Watkins will be holding a farm dispersal sale of tractors and machinery and a wide range of implements at Manor Farm, Leek ST10 3EP 
  • Saturday, June 23 – Newark will be holding a cattle sale on behalf of Fristling Hall Farms, Essex (TB4) comprising of British Blue, Limousin and Simmental sired cattle at Newark Livestock Market
  • Tuesday, June 26 – NWA will be holding a sale of prime pigs at Junction 36 (J36) Kendal
Maybe see you up at the Highland Show!

Jemma Naish

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