Trade Talk by David Pritchard

9th September 2016

Trade Talk by David Pritchard, Operations Director at Harrison and Hetherington Auctioneers, Carlisle, Cumbria.

Despite unseasonal weather and abundance of grass at present there is a lot of confidence in the sheep industry.

Prime sheep marketing has proved stronger this season and just this week, at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, lambs averaged £1.92 per kilo.

During the last month, Borderway Auction Mart, has conducted ten breed society sales selling a total of 3,150 to date.

The highlight, was when a brace of Beltex breed records were smashed within 24 hours of each other. Setting the best of the new records at 60,000gns was Topflight Al Pacino, a shearling ram from Dumfries-based breeders Grant and Gemma Anderson. He was subject to a furious bidding battle before being knocked down to the buyers, Paul Tippetts and Christine Williams from Shifnal, Shropshire.

The Texel sale at Carlisle was topped by Aberdeenshire breeders, George & Albert Howie with their ram lamb, Knock Yankee, which sold for 30,000gns.

With buyers travelling from the far North of Scotland down to South Wales, there was a huge interest at the Dutch Texel sale. Topping the sale at 4,500gns was Turbo Welsh Boy, a shearling ram shown by Jan Rodenburg.

This summer Borderway Mart hosted the UK's first ever show and sale dedicated to the Valais Blacknose breed, visitors were welcomed from across the UK and overseas.

We were delighted to host the annual show and sale of Dorset sheep where selling topped at 1,200gns and a huge interest in all classes.

Another key sale was the sale of 4,000 quality 'Euro' Continental breeding sheep with a Millennium Bleu shearling gimmer topping the sale when it was sold for £480.00.

This week was the annual show and sale of Mule gimmer shearlings, along with other breeding sheep. Over 16 pens of shearlings went on to sell for in excess of £160, with an average of £150.72, up £13.92 on the previous year.

Today I have just returned from the noted Kelso Ram Sales where H&H were privileged to offer 1,765 breeding rams. All breeds enjoyed a strong interest and we saw an 88% clearance rate.

As the focus turns to autumn selling, we now look forward to a packed schedule of sales across all of the Harrison and Hetherington Auction Marts.