A buoyant cattle trade continued at the Stirling Bull Sales this week with Simmentals in great demand and several potential buyers going home empty handed.
The breed average was up £207 on the year. Personally, we had one of our best sales with our entry of 10 bulls selling to a top of £8925 and averaging £6145. We achieved the top female price with one of our heifers which sold to £4200 and averaged £3000.
Fortunately, I have been lucky to have two short breaks away, the first was courtesy of a light green German tractor manufacturer. A group from North-East Scotland were invited to visit the factory in Bavaria. I was impressed by the cleanliness and attention to detail in the factory, it’s a pity British manufacturing cannot come up to these standards.
The second trip to Norfolk with a lorry load of our breeding gilts. These were destined for ex farmer focus writer Chris Fogden and his neighbour Richard Wright. It was great to meet up with both these customers after supplying them with gilts for several years.
While driving through Norfolk, I found myself envious when I spotted several tractors and ploughs and even two farmers drilling. With little work done on the land at home because of wet weather we are heading for a hectic spring.
The pig price is maintaining its recent levels, which is allowing much needed reinvestment to some of our older pig buildings. We have to buy in straw for bedding, but it seems when supplies tighten, and the price edges up you use even more.
Ewes are receiving concentrate rolls, hay and liquid licks and with lambing due to start at the being of April and one lambing shed roof not repaired yet after the snow, I hope the weather improves dramatically.