Easycare Marketing

I tend to sell the bigger batches in peak season deadweight to minimise the risk of catching a bad trade. I've done alright in the mart with hoggs in late spring and selling stores in December. Mine have a splash of Texel in them.

Cull ewes, if you have a deadweight option, then take it. Mine averaged £10+/head more on the hook last year than the last time I put the big batch through a ring in September.
Yes nervous of sending entire ram lambs to market, but as I’ve been told there is a festival coming up !!! Also both my contacts at abp and Dunbia said they had a glut of lambs currently and the price has dropped. Said the culls would be better on their feet.


Livestock Farmer
With the lamb trade dropping I’d do the easy care on the dead, any excuse to pull the price down on them an they will, where as on the hook it’s meat that pays not what it looks like!! The ewes want to go in the market I would of thought, five buyers is better than one, and probably rise in a couple of weeks due to festival!! Just my opinion, other opinions will be voiced and readily available, terms an conditions apply!


Livestock Farmer
I think that’s what I come back too. There again I sent some to Melton Meats in the autumn and I didn’t feel particularly happy either.
Send my culls and any hogg I didn't like to Melton Meats in April.

£2.70/kg for culls
£5.50 for hoggs

No grading no deduction (apart from levy) no minimum weights.

Very happy for non FA Shetlands.
This year you could have sent anything live at all and you’d have made a good coin. I bought some tiny little shedding store lambs in December and sold them on as 30kg stores for £90-£95 😂 but normal years shedding lambs are best sold dead unless you know buyers are there for them.

Can be difficult to place store lambs, but if you have any decent number of decent shedding store lambs I will come and give you a price for the lot.

With regard to ewes often find ewes are better off sold live, but got to pick your market especially for shedders. We use Rugby as they probably have the greatest number of buyers for ewes and a home for most types. However plain types with a smaller carcass I usually find better on the hook. Can usually get £65-75 on the hook for shedders, but this year have been killing them through the live market for £90-£150.
I need to reduce my numbers for 12 months due to new stewardship scheme and organic conversion. Have 80 tup lambs 25-45 kgs and need to cull 80 - 100 ewes.

Are the ewes culls or could be sold as breeders ? Breeders will be good money, better than a full price for an easy care. The heavier ram lambs are best sold on the hook. And either finish the rest ? Kill at lighter weights to get them gone quicker or sell as stores.

LIVE - DEFRA SFI Janet Hughes “ask me anything” 19:00-20:00 20th September (Today)

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Hello, I’m Janet Hughes. I’m the Programme Director for the Future Farming and Countryside Programme in Defra – the programme that’s phasing out the Common Agricultural Policy and introducing new schemes and services for farmers.

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