Trade Talk - Ted Ogden, Auctioneer/Sales Manager at CCM Auctions, Skipton Mart, North Yorkshire
20th July 2020
Having now worked in northern livestock auction marts for 25 years, I’ve seen many things that have come along to challenge our industry, but each time before it has been a livestock related problem not a human one that we all faced.
Covid 19 has brought operational challenges to auction marts, but those have easily been overcome whilst at the same time the marts have played that vital role once again of facilitating economic trade in livestock even when staring adversity full on in the face.
The prime and cast sheep trade seen this last few months has been fantastic, with prices 25p/30p up on the year. Monday’s sale at Skipton (13th July) saw 2594 head of lambs and 925 cast sheep sold with lamb throughput up 900 head and 41p/kg on the sale date 2019.
This week also saw our opening sale of 4,666 Store Lambs take place (although this article was written before hand) it was expected that the strong prime sheep trade and good grass growth would play a handy part in seeing prices rise by a fair margin on the year.
Like most markets throughout the UK, feeding cattle trade is good with short keep young bulls, cows, bullocks and heifers all seeing a 3 figure rise in values, and throughputs still around 500/600 head per sale in July.
But it’s the Autumn Breeding Sheep sales that most concern our customers who will visit Skipton from all corners of the UK this next few months, and so we have devised special protective shields for our customers to stand in between at the ringside, and so I can assure you, the Autumn sales will be on. Book your places as usual and we look forward to seeing you.