Sheep sale season is in full swing

#Farm24 went off with a bang and exceeded last year's spectacular reach; even the Prime Minister got involved and tweeted!
We spent a lovely weekend in Yorkshire where my husband was judging at Halifax Show. Talk around the ringside predictably turned to the challenges many are facing as to how they are preparing themselves for the winter ahead. There does appear to be a little more optimism about the quantity of fodder that will be available since the weather has changed and the grass is growing. 
This has been reflected in recent price reports where straw prices seem to have steadied with wheat straw selling for £100/tonne and mini Hesstons £35/bale. Good quality hay reported selling well for mini Hesstons at £56/bale, rounds to £45, second quality quads for £36. Standing crops of spring barley straw reported £580/acre and winter wheat to £500/acre.
Sheep sale season is in full swing with a number of breed society sales, as well as commercial breeding sales. A new Scottish record for Jacobs was set at St Boswells, when a shearling ram, Harbell Lincoln, from Max Harper, Hawick, sold for 2,100gns.

Trade seems a bit sticky for breeding ewes with markets reporting plenty of farmers attending sales, but not too many committing to buying! The rain has finally come to some areas although not enough to make too much difference, particularly in the east, but it does seem to be helping the store lamb trade which has had a bit of a lift.

A new centre record of £3,500 for a commercial breeding female was set a Hexham in the dispersal from the Archer's Carry House herd and there does seem to be an increasing number of herd dispersals, both beef and dairy, at the moment. 
Sales coming up this week
  • Thursday, Friday, August, 16 & 17 - in conjunction with the Beltex sheep society, H&H auctioneers is holding its annual two-day sale of pedigree Beltex Sheep at Borderway Mart
  • Saturday, August, 18  - Cheffins is holding a sale of 80 vintage tractors and machinery at The Great Yorkshire Showground
  • Monday, August 20 - 17th Annual Production Sale of the Whiteley Hey Flock will be held at NWA junction 36
  • Monday, August 20 - A sale of pedigree Dairy Shorthorns and other dairy cattle will be held at Penrith and District Farmers Mart 

Jemma Naish

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