Suffolks score at Stirling

The weather has been a tad wetter, which is a blessing. One can only hope, with the heat in the ground, we get a push of grass growth. That said it’s still a worry as to what we'll be feeding this winter. Yields are down on the cereal crop front and reports of record straw prices are being sold to £125 per tonne.

On a happier note, we were at Leek Show at the weekend where a friend of ours had arranged for five of us to judge. This is only the second time I’ve done any sheep judging. While the overall champion I put up went on to win the sheep inter-breed champion, I think I’ll quit this judging lark whilst I’m ahead!

Last week our Gloucestershire Old Spot sow pigged. She is a cracker of a pig and always has a good sized litter. However, even by her standards she surpassed herself and had 17!!! We had three casualties, however, the remaining 14 are up and at it and thriving well.  
The Suffolk society ram sale at Stirling peaked at 40,000gns for a ram lamb from Mark Priestley’s Limestone flock, Downpatrick. It was knocked down to Andrew Wilson, Donegal, with Ronan McLaughlin, Donegal, taking a third share and Mark Priestley also retaining a third.

Other top prices on the day included 30,000gns for George Stuart’s Limestone Legacy sired ram lamb and 24,000gns for Glenrothes based Stewart Lathangie with another Limestone Legacy sired ram lamb.

The on-farm sale of pedigree, performance-recorded Lleyn rams, on behalf of Marcus and Kathryn Bullock, Worcester, topped at 3,400gns and created a new record for the sale.
Taking the top spot was a yearling ram by 619:01083, which sold to George Cullimore, Bath.

The dispersal of the UK’s oldest herd of Ayrshire cattle, the Changue herd, on behalf of the Stevenson family, Cumnock, Ayrshire, took place at Carlisle and saw a top call of 4,200gns for Changue Coffee Cream 30, sold to Messrs Bryson, Catrine.
Voting is well underway for this years Marts the Heart Awards. This is your chance to help us to recognise the vital role auctioneers and auction markets play in achieving the best prices and bringing the rural community together.

Visit to meet our finalists and make your bid!
Sales coming up this week
  • Thursday, August 2 – Bagshaws will be holding a sale of machinery, livestock equipment and sundries at The Hayes, DE55 1AU
  • Friday, August  3  – Harrison and Hetherington will be holding a production sale of Blue Texel sheep from the Nantyderri flock at Borderway Mart 
  • Saturday, August 4 – McCartneys will be holding a dispersal sale of 40 Aberdeen Angus & Hereford cross cows with Angus spring calves on behalf of J Lomas & Partners at Worcester Market 
  • Monday, August 6– Kivells will be holding a Dispersal sale of The "Hartlandview" herd of 450 Pedigree Jerseys & Guernseys at Hartlandview Farm, EX31 4LA
Until next week,



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