Royal Welsh sees Red

This week I’ve been at the Royal Welsh Show where cooler, overcast conditions were well received from folk showing stock. The Lincoln Red was a refreshing sight in the inter-breed championship. A showy heifer took the judge's eye. It’s only the second time this breed has exhibited at the show and it’s great to see a native breed getting a look in.
Prior to the show, it was business as usual, especially on the sheep front, keeping on top of lameness and fly prevention. I was supposed to be selling Suffolk tups this week at Stirling, but have had a rethink as it’s practically impossible to fit everything in. I’m going to have to sell them closer to home this year.
The Suffolk national sale at Shrewsbury last weekend peaked at 15,500gns for a ram lamb from W.H. Sinnett and Sons, followed by one at 11,000gns for one from J.C. Innes and Sons. Elsewhere, breeding sheep sales are getting underway, with markets reporting averages similar to last year, but with buyers being a little cautious with the best in demand. The lower end were more difficult to sell.

The prime lamb trade has firmed up slightly over the last week, no doubt helped by the approaching Muslim festival, Eid. Prime cattle prices remain fairly level, but the lack of grass is certainly starting to affect both store and dairy sales. 

The 2018 Mart's the Heart Awards nominations closed last week. The calibre this year was exceptional. We had to make some tough choices to get the shortlist down to just five in each category.

Whilst Friday's edition of Farmers Guardian will see a full report on the finalists, I wanted you to be the first to hear before the ink is even dry!

The shortlist for this year's awards: 
Auctioneer of the Year
  • Simon Lamb, Wright Marshall, Beeston
  • Greg MacDougall, Richard Turner, Bentham
  • James Morrish, Kivells, Holsworthy
  • Clive Roads, McCartneys, Worcester Livestock Market 
  • Russell Steer, Kivells, Exeter

New Auctioneer of the Year 
  • Sam Bradley, CCM Auctions, Skipton
  • Jonty Cliffe, Wright Marshall, Beeston
  • Shae Price, BJP, Carmarthen
  • Gethin Rees, Exmoor Farmers, Exmoor
  • Nick Woodmass, C&D, Longtown
   Auction Cafe of the Year
  • Dinkys Dinahs, Shrewsbury Livestock Centre
  • Market Cafe, Worcester Livestock Market
  • The Market Café, Thrapston Livestock Market
  • Raglan Cafe, Monmouthshire Livestock Centre
  • The Tavern, Melton Mowbray Market 
Head over to  to tell me 'Who gets your bid?' 
Sales coming up this week
  • Thursday, July 26 – United Auctions will be holding the Scottish area show and sale of Pedigree Suffolk sheep at Stirling Agricultural Centre 
  • Friday, July 27 – Halls will be hosting the Kidderminster Machinery sale at Stanklyn Lane, DY10 4AR
  • Saturday. July 28 – Hopes Auction will be holding its opening sale of 1,000 breeding sheep at Wigton Market
  • Monday, July 30 – CCM will be holding its usual Monday Market alongside young farmers prime lamb show with classes at Skipton Mart


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