Fiery trade for Ford at on-farm sale

The scorching weather continues and our grass is burning off like heck and, like others, the shortage of grass is becoming a real worry. Reports are that many folk are being forced to feed this year’s silage, so this will have a serious knock on effect for winter feed reserves.
We had a grand day out on Saturday when we attended a local Beef Shorthorn breeder who had a farm open day. The farm walk was good craic, the stock was showcased by the beautiful surroundings and I found the workshops really useful. We left full of enthusiam and brimming with ideas.

We’ve had a few surprise ducklings hatch, no idea where the mother is, however, one of our hens has taken them under her wing - literally!
Pedigree sheep sales are now underway and Worcester the Charollais breed's second ever top price of 22,000gns was paid for a Charollais ram lamb from Dewi Evans, Anglesey. It sold to David Roberts and Jonathan and Janet Corbett.

At Carlisle two shearling gimmers from Iain and Judith Barbour's Solwaybank flock sold for 6,500gns apiece to Messrs Craft and Messrs Delves.

Elsewhere the prime lamb price is dropping, so let's hope it starts to stabilise and doesn't go too far. Grass is getting short which is not helping to finish lambs at good weights which is what the market is demanding.
Lack of grass is also starting to impact store cattle sales, with markets reporting longer keep cattle harder to sell.

One of the neighbouring farms held an on-farm sale courtesy of Penrith mart. Topping the sale was a very tidy M Reg, Ford 7840, with 7,628hrs on the clock, reaching a cracking price of £10,500. 
Sales coming up this week
  • Wednesday, July 4-6 – Euro Auctions will be holding a three-day sale of machinery and equipment at Roall Lane, DN14 0NY
  • Friday, July 6 – Greenslade Taylor Hunt will be holding a dispersal sale of 410 Pedigree Holsteins and Brown Swiss dairy cows at Clomendy Farm SA33 5BB
  • Saturday, July 7– Pateley Bridge will be hosting their summer prize show and sale of store and breeding cattle at Patelely Bridge Market 
  • Monday, July 9 – Wright Marshall will be holding a standing straw sale by direction of E.A. Reed and Sons at Sutton New Hall Farm, CH66 4QG
Maybe see you at The Great Yorkshire show,



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