Trade Talk - October 2015

25th November 2015

As the winter season approaches and the autumn breeding sales come to an end, we see a varying trade in all classes of stock across the country. 

Breeding sheep season started slowly then got into a good trade before easing gain towards the end of the sales. Shearlings proved the hardest to cash at most sales being regularly between £100 - £120 again £120 - £140 last year. 

Ewes were a strong trade especially if young ages which was helped by the cull ewe trade at the time, with £70-£90 being a regular trend.

The most pleasant surprise in the trade would be that seen for the ewe lambs. Regularly between £80 - £100 they were well on par to last year. 

Rams remained easily sold and keenly sought after especially for the best quality, the trend at most sales this season.  

However, the downside to the sheep industry has been the prime lamb trade. A weak euro coupled with changes in the home market has resulted in lambs being around 20-30p/kg less than the same time last year. A big hit on the pocket on the farmer’s income. We remain optimistic that trade firms up in the winter months for the good of all concerned.