New Hereford female mart record set

We’ve had a few frosty starts to the day this past week followed by glorious golden autumnal days. Over the weekend we had a couple more calves who are soaking up the welcome sunshine.

I’ve been out and about at a few sales recently where folk are definitely spending more prudently. Alston Moor Mule Gimmer lamb sale at Lazonby had plenty around the ringside, however trade was back on the year by around £20. Trade was rather selective at the sale of Blue Faced Leicesters at Hawes. It’s amusing to see various vehicles leaving the mart with recent purchases peering out of the cabs.
I whipped down to Hereford for the pre-show and sale society dinner on Monday evening. It was a great night of good company where breeders received a host of awards recognising the quality of their stock. Females sold well with a new female market record set at 7,500 gns for a Shraden 1 Alice P809 from the Timmis family, Baschurch.  Bull trade is following the recent trend in pedigree cattle where buyers are cautious and clearance was considerably down.
Heifer calves stole the show at Oban’s show and sale of Highland Cattle. Leading the day at 4,000gns was Sonasag 2nd of Cladich, a January 2018-born heifer by Campbell of Tilbouries. It was consigned by Queenie Strickland, Dalmally.

Averages were up by £312.69 on the year at Newton Stewart’s sale of 250 Blackface rams. Leading the bids at £42,000 was a shearling from David Ferguson, Newton Stewart, which was knocked down to a syndicate of Willie Dunlop, East Lothian, Colin McClymont, Newton Stewart and Wilson, Jim and Colin Ramsay, Castle Douglas.

At Broughton’s Farmers Guardian supported sale of Herdwick and Swaledale rams, the sale leader at 4,000gns was A. Hartley, Broughton-in-Furness with a three-shear Herdwick ram. It was knocked down to Messrs Wilson, Bootle.

Records were also broken at Clitheroe where a new Lonk breed record of £7350 was set for a shearling ram from T. Whitwell and Son.
At Newark's Limousin Day top price was 9,000gns for the stock bull, Loosebeare Iain from Messrs Booth.

In the prime rings prime lambs have seen a very welcome lift in price at the beginning of this week - let's hope it continues in an upward direction. Cattle prices seem to be holding up and demand for both store lambs and cattle continues to be buoyant.  
Sales coming up this week
  • Thursday, October 11 – Penrith will be holding a sale of 6,434 Swaledale, Herdwick, Cheviot and other hill bred ewes, gimmer shearlings & gimmer lambs at Penrith Auction Mart
  • Friday, October 12 – Craig Wilson will be holding a sale of 2100 home bred autumn and spring born suckled calves at Newton Stewart Market 
  • Friday, October 12 – Cheffins will be holding a sale of agricultural tractors, combine harvester, self-propelled sprayer, implements and machinery at Garlands Farm, CM9 8RP
  • Monday, October 15 – Hassall Brothers will be holding a sale dispersal sale of 160 Holstein/Friesian and Brown Swiss Crosses on behalf of R.T. Smith and Son at Market Drayton Livestock Market 

Until next week,



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