FARMER FOCUS: Bull budgets look promising

It’s been a hectic summer and it’s only going to get more demanding as our cattleman Brian has ruptured his achilles tendon and will be off work for up to 12 weeks, so it’s all hands on deck while we wish him a speedy recovery.

Harvest is complete. It wasn’t a vintage yield for the beans, but they are an excellent addition to the feed ration. The malting barley averaged just over £ 180/t and we sold our wheat at £166/t for the September uplift.

Winter wheat and barley crops are sown, the stubbles have been cleared of bales, and all the fattening lambs have now been brought down to Newhouse from the glen. We sold some cheviot mule ewe lambs for breeding last week.

The price wasn’t much more than fat, but it’s nice to get some of them cashed in. The stubble turnips look well along with the field neeps, which will provide a good bite in the next few months.

Tup sale fever has hit, with sales and purchasing in full swing. One cheviot and two Blackface tups have been ticked of the shopping list so far and 14 rams of various breeds have found new homes with six Bluefaced Leicester’s ram lambs left to go. The stock bulls are out with the cows, but grass is getting scarce and the herd could be heading inside very soon.

Bull sales are upon us and we hope the good price that is being taken in the store ring will pass over to the bull buyers’ budgets as they were not keen to part with their cash during the summer months.

It used to be said it took eight suckled calves to buy your next stock bull, so there has been a few bargains bought out there.

One of the larger Scottish estates, Kinpurnie, has come on the market nearby, for a cool asking price of £29m, providing plenty of local chit chat.

Everyone is wondering if it will remain as an estate or if it will be split up into separate lots. We’re told lottery tickets are selling like hot cakes around here.

Bob and Kay Adam run 100 pedigree Limousin and Charolais cows on their 222ha family farm in Angus and rent a 728ha hill farm running 640 ewes and 30 suckler cows

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