Bloody calves

Hell of a trade, i was posting prices from the midlands. As i said above i didnt see you were based in cumbria which explains the high prices achieved. Weaned black and whites at £230 look cheap

Still a lift. I only had half a dozen b/w bulls that were sold at 8wks last year. From memory, they were £120 - £160.
Some vendors prefer to sell small stirks through the calf ring, as there’s no weights

Think it was year before last, a chap was walking a calf round that was clearly a bit older. Hell of a calf don't get me wrong, he'd done his job well. But to top it off he was waving a £20 note around while selling it. Topped the market.


Our blues averaged £401 this year,(45bulls and 50 heifers)30 to 40 days old ,reared on high scc/old cows. Some in sedgemoor this week £770 😱, but were 16 week old and looked like they were from sucklers.
You'll be where I said. Your calves are top draw beasts
Putting 12 blues a month through buitelaar at the minute around 21 days old, bulls av £360/380 heifers av £300/320.Average weight circa 60/65kg

Get em to 35 days and you'll put £50/head on

I’m £30 off those prices but no expenses or haulage. That’s everything including twins and fixed for the whole of the year.


always take reports with a pinch of salt unless you actually see the stuff go through the ring
Whitland this week, top bull calf £510 top hfr £430. Average on the day for both was £203!! Just shows there wasnt many anywhere nr the top price and thats the same around all the markets. Top prices are great and the calves must of been a credit to the vendors, but averages paint the true picture of trades


I'm starting to think it's Whitland that need to up their game rather that everyone else take a bath.

There's examples posted from each end of the country now in excess of that.
Most big calve markets midlands/wales would be just the same with averages being half the top prices. These markets are selling 300-600 weekly so could be the numbers not the calves. I am amazed exeter/devon/somerset areas would be getting prices posted as there would be alot more grass rat calves/herds and farmers flock from our area down there to buy cheaper stores than they can buy here

cull cows

2 bulls 4 heifers bought from a local market today...
Anyone like to guess the average..


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