Store lamb trade flying

Let's just say we've had better weeks! The sheep have been scanned and none of the six Suffolk embryos took, was it the heat? Then my Shorthorn show heifer calved. It was a massive calf so we decided to have a caesarean which put pay to future showing. Then after all that the blumin' calf didn't make it. Fed up was putting it mildly! On a positive we've had another three cows calve with no bother. As the saying goes..where there's livestock there's deadstock. 
Breeding sheep sales are coming to an end, winter fairs are well underway and the Christmas fatstock shows are just around the corner which may help the prime trade as butchers and processors look to build up stocks for the festive season.

Prime lamb averages are up by a few pence and the better quality lambs are still selling well. Not much improvement in the cattle trade but hopefully this will change if demand increases. Store lambs remain a flying trade with some markets reporting the best trade seen all year as buyers feel in a slightly better place to fill their stock requirement.

Salers sold to 9,000gns twice at the Marts The Heart sale at Castle Douglas for bulls, Harestone Lamborgini from the Barclays, Insch, and Drumaglee Legend from Patrick Boyd, Tiree

Suckled calves sold to £3000 at Middleton in Teesdale on Tuesday and £2,700 at Kirkby Stephen on Monday where there were plenty of buyers. Calves with show potential were no doubt driving the top prices, and while the better grown bigger calves sold well, smaller calves were a more difficult trade. 
Sales coming up this week
  • Thursday, November 8 – Thame Farmers will be holding a dispersal of contents of agricultural engineers store on behalf of A G Ford & others atNearton End Farm, MK17 0SL
  • Friday, November 9 – Clitheroe Auction will be holding their annual second 'Old Fair' sale of 1500 sheep at Clitheroe Auction Mart 
  • Saturday, November 10 – McCartneys will be holding the autumn show and sale of 60 pedigree Limousin cattle at Brecon Market
  • Monday, November 12 – Clee Tompkinson Francis will be holding a sale of 300 weaned calves at Sennybridge Market 
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