Trade Talk from Nick Young FRICS, sheep auctioneer, Hailsham Market
25th March 2022
Hailsham Market dates back to 1252 and is situated in Hailsham town centre. It is the only livestock market in Sussex. It is located close to the well-known Pevensey Marshes, which is used for fattening cattle and sheep, and the dry South Downs, which is good for rearing cattle and sheep. The two long serving auctioneers are Roger Waters (cattle) and Nick Young (sheep) who have a combined auctioneering experience of over 90 years.
Last week about 390 store cattle were sold with a red-hot demand. Top of the tree Chris and Lindsay Williams from Devils Dyke with Aberdeen Angus steers at £1,450 and heifers at £1,140. RJ & J Penny’s 12 months Limousin steers £1,180; JE & SK Boarer’s 11 months Charolais steers £1,170; DG & VL Crush’s 16 months Simmental cross £1,150; Mervyn Whapham’s Aberdeen Angus cross heifers topped £1,170; Charles How’s Sussex £1,180 and R & J Thornton’s 17 months British Blue cross steers £1,180.
A veritable success story are the Wednesday weekly sales of sheep with regularly more sheep on offer than pens to hold them. Heavy and overweight lambs, which had been grossing £150 apiece, are now back to £125/£135 and handy weight lambs between £2.60 and £2.90 per kilo. Top lamb vendors in recent weeks were Philip and Clare Bower from Steyning with superb Texels; Mark Lee from Poynings; Richard and Henry Brown from Willingdon; the Godden family from Ninfield and the Lloyd Pack family from Horsham.
Store hoggets have recently been making between £95 and £110.
Cull ewes are an absolute belter of a trade, which could not have been predicted six months’ ago. Last week Jack Laver rang the bell at £218, closely attended by Amie Dickinson at £198. Texel ewes are significantly dearer than Texel lambs.
Commented Nick Young, sheep auctioneer, “this is undoubtedly a purple patch for selling sheep. We like to think we are making as good a job of them at Hailsham as anywhere else in the UK. Full credit to our loyal following of farmers and buyers alike. Market day is always a Wednesday, with store cattle sales on Mondays”.