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Christine Ryder: 'It is a brave man who would take lambs to sale without trimming'

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Since writing my last piece we have sold our shearlings at Skipton. Trade was good on the day and the Texel cross shearlings seemed to be very much in demand.

 

Ours mostly ended up going home with a lady from Lincolnshire, others north to Redcar and the rest to local buyers. It seemed to be evident home-bred sheep were the order of the day.

 

This year we are selling our Mule gimmer lambs through the mart. We have been fortunate over the last 12 years to have sold them all from home to a man from Kent, who would arrive with his lorry, we loaded him up and off he went.

 

So this year has been a shock to the system for Chris as he has had to spend quite a bit of time trimming lambs.

 

Our buyer when he first took them thought sheep farmers up here must not have enough to do and could not understand all the time spent trimming bellies and necks.

 

Apparently they do not do anything like that down south. However, they do look good when they are done and I think it is a brave man who would take lambs to sale without trimming.

 

This warm weather seems to be creating work as we have had to treat the sheep again for fly strike. For those which were done early in summer it seems to have lost its effect.

 

I decided this weekend I am maybe getting too old for going to bed at 2.30am and getting up to do breakfast for a full house. We went to Farnley YFC 60th anniversary dinner.

 

What a tremendous occasion and great to catch up with so many people we had not seen in a while, but knew through our Young Farmers days. So many memories came back. I better leave that one there.

 

The bed and breakfast is busy with September often being one of my busiest months. I find older people come back out of hibernation once children are all back in school and they are not having to childmind grandchildren.

 

I rejoined Farm Stay UK (FSUK) recently, having lapsed membership due to having to participate in the Quality Inspection scheme. Rules have changed at FSUK and its no longer a requirement of membership.

 

I am now looking forward to catching up with members at the annual AGM in Cheshire.

 

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