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Discussion in 'Livestock & Forage' started by sleepy, Feb 14, 2013.
Sadly I didn't get any but yes I was bidding on an in calf heifer. How did u know that @muleman
Whats the weather and road conditions like up there in Winter? There are not many tarmac roads go over 2000 feet in the whole country.
Usually not too bad until the last few winters which have been a pain in the ar@e. They now have decided to close the roads for weeks on end for resurfacing work, this has happened four or five times now which is a bigger issue.
It’s not uncommon for us to sort a batch of hoggs off for us to sell then not get with them due to weather. At the end of the day nowhere beats Longtown for a mixed batch of sheep breeds/weights generally
None of those would appear in the ahdb average would they though as they are all too light
They often do that with the Brampton to Longtown road as well.
Yes we go up the 689 for that. They are closing 689 at slaggyford for 6 weeks this spring which makes a long detour. It will be open on weekends of course for the all important sight seeers
The 'jungle drums' beat nearly as loud in a cattle mart as they do on TFF
I`m a detective,haha.....no,there were some knocked down to a `ewart`...must have been another one!
a new set of scales at most marts aswell would help the farmer in his stock selection going forwards too!
maybe what they didnt want in Bentham!
Yes they are included on the AHDB average!
Thou all weights are showing red on the AHDB website for Exeter on Monday and the averages are also well below other SW markets for each weight band so I cant see how the low SQQ price can just be blamed on this one lorry load of very light lambs.
As Guth says, they are included.
SQQ is based on weights from 25.5kg to 45.5kg.
36- 50 kg would seem more sensible but who am I to query.
Oh aye.... must remember that @muleman @yellowbelly
Oh quite a coincidence then @muleman. I was in on one. My last bid 2350 but she made 2650 to Andrew Bunting I believe.
They were great heifers...but dread to think what some on this forum would think of them with shape like that!
I tried two pens in Exeter today as stores, one pen suffolk cross, the other mixed pure lleyn and texel cross.
Average weights were about 43 to 44kg but not the best finished. Some of the pure lleyn whether lambs would have taken a good drop of feed to get them where I would like to be honest.
Pens averaged £70 a head so not bad vs fat lambs and no levy to pay.
Interesting chat today with a good friend of mine who is a buyer / worker for an abattoir,
there is just to much cull cow / out of spec meat in the system at the moment , so all the meat pie factories etc have enough cheap meat without touching the prime market , Their delivery lorry was behind a polish and romanian truck also full of cull cow meat , He said combination of shortage of fodder , high concentrate and straw prices mean all the dairy boys right across europe are killing anything that looks at them funny , and will keep on going till they get to a core of good stock , which wont be till spring , There is still brighter outlook for lamb as ethnic trade need sheep meat , but once again over supply is the problem , along with out of spec lamb mixed in with prime in some cases and sold as one lot in some centres as @Jerry was saying . At least with dead weight they know what they are getting through day to day , So come on some of you lads dont just dump unfit lambs on fat market day , Learn how to grade them and put them in the store sale if not fit
thats good price for stores jerry , best gone before winter kicks in proper , mind you the forage rape around here is growing like hell recon it grew 5 or 6 in last couple weeks , can see store price holding up for a bit yet
Makes you wonder what cull price will be like when the numbers dry up, trade at the moment is very poor but it hasnt collapsed entirely which shows there is a massive demand for cow beef.