Early shearling commerce pressured by drought and prices – Farmers

Early shearling commerce pressured by drought and prices – Farmers


Lamb producers going through burnt-off pastures and sky-high creep and fertiliser prices might bid selectively at breeding sheep gross sales, early fixtures counsel.

Early commerce has been about £10-£15 again on final 12 months’s record-breaking degree, though finest kinds have been near final 12 months’s costs and older ewes nearer to culling have bought effectively. 

Robust cull ewe costs and a median new season lamb SQQ of greater than 300p/kg in July are two bullish components. However, simply as in 2018, a dry summer season has restricted purchaser confidence.

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Exeter’s August Truthful of North of England Mule shearlings averaged £164 on Monday (2 August), which was £13 again on the 12 months.

The sale was a “arduous slog” for Kivells auctioneer Russell Steer, however he mentioned it was no worse than many distributors feared.

“Numerous the realm may be very wiped out and wanting grass,” mentioned Mr Steer.

“Greatest ewes weren’t far behind final 12 months – £165-£170 purchased an excellent sheep. Little or no made lower than £150, regardless of a few of them being very lean and exhibiting results of the climate.”

Decrease demand had already been seen at Exeter’s July Truthful (12 July) of primarily Suffolk Mules, the place many patrons had been in search of 30-40% fewer sheep. Commerce was again £15-£20, with Suffolk Mule shearlings levelling at about £175.

Expectations not met

Truro’s commerce has disenchanted distributors a bit of, mentioned Ed Harris of Lodge and Thomas.

“It’s nonetheless very dry down right here,” mentioned Mr Harris. “There’s been a bit of little bit of rain, however not sufficient to make a lot distinction.

“Some farms have needed to feed bales to ewes in July, which has knocked confidence a bit of bit, though we’ve not bought large numbers, so it’s tough to attract conclusions.” 

Rain will raise commerce

Breeding sheep commerce has broadly been “according to final 12 months” at Hailsham, though solely small numbers have been below the hammer, mentioned Nick Younger of South Jap Marts.

He mentioned the flying cull ewe commerce had continued and would put a robust backside in breeding costs. “If something, culls have been stronger, particularly for the heaviest killing sheep as numbers have dried up because the Eid-al-Adha competition,” mentioned Mr Younger.

He mentioned rain was wanted to spice up confidence earlier than the market’s sheep sale on the South of England showground, Ardingly, the place there might be as much as 15,000 ewes on the market on 15 September. “If we get rain, I’m fairly certain the commerce will rise,” he mentioned.

The numbers

Fall within the SQQ final week, resting at 240p/kg 

Prime worth at Longtown’s cull ewe sale final week (28 July) for a Texel – heavy ewes averaged £120

Common for a 904-head entry of mixed-age breeding ewes at Hereford final week (26 July), together with cull mouth Mules at £118-£135




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