Beef and sheep females lead Christmas pedigree trade

Pedigree beef and sheep females definitely seen to be leading the way in terms of livestock sales over the last few days.

Last Friday saw two bids of 20,000gns at the Red Ladies Derby sale of pedigree Limousin females in Carlisle, with Banbury-based Peter Smith of Smiths of Bloxham buying 70,000gns worth of genetics.

Lanark also saw a Texel in-lamb gimmer sale peak at 16,000gns for a female from the Cambwell flock of T and A Laird. Carlisle auctioneers Harrison and Hetherington also had a good sale of Texel females which peaked at 7500gns, with Beltex females topping 2050gns.

This week has also seen Suffolk females top 1600gns at Wright Manley’s Beeston sale and Longhorn cattle sell to 2300gns in Taunton.

Sales are beginning to slow down for Christmas, but with next year’s calendar already getting jam packed for quality herd dispersals and society sales, it’s likely to be another big year in terms of livestock trading.

Keep an eye on Farmers Weekly’s December 28 issue where Stock and Sales writer Jeremy Hunt gives his thoughts on trading highs and lows of 2007.