New breed records set for Derbyshire Gritstone

Well, the weather was dreadful over the weekend when the rain came down like you wouldn’t believe. It was a little hairy when the river burst its banks swallowing up one of the fields. Luckily the sheep took to higher ground in the nick of time! Since then we’ve has misty, fresh starts where the days have been sunny. Hopefully, this continues so the ground dries up enabling us to keep the stock outside as long as possible to save on our scarce reserves of bedding and haylage.

Still plenty of sheep sales this week although its now getting towards the tail end of the breeding sales season. Derbyshire Gritstone records were smashed at Clitheroe when a ram from Kempson Brothers sold for 4,500gns, a new ram lamb record of 2,800gns was set by M and M Tattersall and ewes sold to a record £450/head for Susan Field.
Bluefaced Leicester shearling rams topped at £16,500 at Penrith for Messrs Lord's Hewgill flock.

Prime lambs are still a mixed trade with demand there for the better quality but averages generally below where they were this time last year. 
In the cattle rings, store trade seems fairly strong even though there is little change in prime cattle prices. Next week is Stirling bull sales so it will be interesting to see what trade is like there.

Tomorrow night, we're honoured to present awards to our 2019 Marts the Heart Awards winners at the British Farming Awards. Don't miss a minute of the action - I'll be sharing all the news on Twitter @FGStephRyder and on our Facebook page FG Shows and Sales.
Sales coming up this week
Maybe see you at the British Farming Awards!

Steph
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Jemma Naish

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