Top price for Texel

We’ve had a busy week getting tups ready to sell. We had a strong pen of Suffolk tup lambs which exceeded expectations, especially in the current climate. Two sold for £750 which I was fair pleased about and we had an overall average of £458. We also had a mixed pen of shearlings which all found homes so that’s less mouths to feed at home!
The shed is taking shape in the spare time we can give it, as we are doing as much of the work as we can to keep costs down (I say we, I look on and provide cups of tea!!)
The two big ram sales over the last week at Kelso and Builth Wells have seen a better than anticipated trade overall with averages in general just slightly back. Top price at Kelso was £29,000 for a Texel shearling from the Clark family's Garngour flock selling to Paul Slater, Cheshire. Leading the trade at Builth at 12,000gns was a Bluefaced Leicester ram from Tudor Harris.

Elsewhere Mule gimmer lamb saleare in full swing where trade seems to be down on the year. The bigger better quality lambs are still a good trade but the smaller running lambs are meeting less demand.

The big two-day sale at Hawes, where more than 23,000 lambs went under the hammer, averaged £79.06 which is £21 down on the year.

Auctioneers are reporting the downturn is because potential buyers, especially in the south, are still suffering from a lack of grass as many still have not sold their shearlings so are not investing their money back into ewe lambs.
Sales coming up this week
  • Thursday, September 20 – Norton and Brooksbank will be holding a sale of 340 British Friesians (also Holstein Friesians and Jerseys) from the noted Langley herd on behalf of Messrs C.J. and G.R. Carnell at Horton Wharf Farm, LU7 9DE
  • Friday, September 21 – Mitchells will be holding a sale of 10,142 North of England Mule gimmer lambs at Lakeland Livestock Centre
  • Saturday, September 22 – CCM and United Auctions will be hosting the Ribble Aberdeen-Angus total herd dispersal, comprising 169 cows and calves, 39 heifers, 26 maiden heifers and a selection of bulls on behalf of Rowntree Farms, Gisburn, at Skipton Auction Mart
  • Saturday, September 22 – Newark will be holding an important third Sale of breeding females, rams and store lambs to include a complete dispersal sale of 100 registered Lleyn ewes from J. Bealby and Sons Ltd at Newark Livestock Market
Until next week,



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