Trade Talk by Scott Donaldson

12th January 2018

2018 is upon us and let’s hope we can look forward to a prosperous year with busy markets full of livestock and producers rewarded for the quality of stock the livestock farmers of this country are renowned for.

Last year ended extremely well,  with more than 600 dairy cattle through the ring at Carlisle before Christmas. We were busy right up to a few days before the gentleman in the red suit made an appearance.

We conducted the dispersal sale of the ‘Meadowise’ herd of 412 Pedigree Holsteins for Messrs Irving, Askrigg Hall, Penrith and the following week, alongside our monthly Border & Lakeland Holstein Club sale, we had the major reduction of the ‘Yanwath’ herd of Pedigree Holstein cattle from Messrs Altham, Yanwath Hall, Penrith.

With some renewed life in the prime sheep sector, returns are more encouraging than at the same time last year, with lambs coming to between £6 and £10 more as the lamb exporters appear to be more active. Those hardy enough to get in among prime sheep over Christmas and new year were rewarded with a momentary hike in prices,which was good to see.

The prime cattle trade is similarly much improved on the same time last year.

Demand for store cattle has been very strong and numbers have remained good, especially at our weekly Wednesday sale at Carlisle, with more than 600 forward every week through December and over 1,000 on the 10th January, the year looks like it could start with a bang.

May I take this opportunity to wish all customers of the auction system a very happy and prosperous new year!