As a new year approaches for buyers and sellers Farmers Guardian looks back at some of the market highlights of 2018.
Holsteins peak at 21,500gns at the first Perfection Collection sale (Shrewsbury, Halls)
Reaching a top call of 21,500gns was Tynevalley Rubi A Bambi from Cameron and Rebecca Baty, Nantwich.
Selling as fifth highest £PLI heifer in Europe at £737, it was knocked down to M.J. and L.J. Robertson, Bristol.
By Mr Rubi-Agronaut, the January 2018-born heifer is out of the former number one ranking RZG heifer Tynevalley Supershot Bambi which sold for €23,000.
66 females sold at the sale averaged £4,578.
New Beltex breed record of 65,000gns at Carlisle (Carlisle, Harrison and Hetherington)
Sale topper was Airyolland Castro, from Neale and Janet McQuistin, Newton Stewart.
The shearling ram is by Airyolland Asulam and out of Airyolland Shimmy. It sold to Christine Williams and Paul Tippets, Shifnal, Shropshire.
Texels sell to 125,000gns at Lanark as average soars (Lanark, Lawrie and Symington)
Lanark saw a top price of 125,000gns for a ram lamb from Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr flock, Denbigh, Wales, with the sale averaging £3,417.04 which is £700, or 26 per cent, up on the year.
Sale topper was Rhaeadr Best of the Best, by 70,000gns Teiglum Young Gun, out of a 12,000gns Auldhouseburn-bred ewe by 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid. Buyers were Hugh and Alan Blackwood buying for their Auldhouseburn flock, Muirkirk, Ayrshire.
Millerston herd tops Beef Shorthorns at 20,000gns (Stirling, United Auctions)
Beef Shorthorn bulls sold to 20,000gns to average £5,803, which was £111 less on the year with a 75 per cent clearance, which was down from 87 per cent last February.
Topping the trade at 20,000gns for Jack Ramsay, Mauchline was Millerston Kasper, a March 2016-born son of Meonhill Charlie Chaplin out of Millerston Irania Flame.
Having been junior male champion at the Stars of the Future calf show and junior and reserve breed champion at the Great Yorkshire Show, it sold to L. Townsend, Moffatt.
Dutch Spotted breeders top at 3,600gns (Worcester, McCartneys)
A top price of 3,600gns was paid at the inaugural in lamb and breeding sale of Dutch Spotted sheep at Worcester.
Topping the sale and the in-lamb entries was a shearling ewe from Brian and Louise Davies’ Ty-Gwyn flock.
Scanned with twins to Gallowhill Balblair, it was purchased by Sian Jordan for her Low Fauld flock, Penrith.
Top price at the inaugural in lamb and breeding sale of Dutch Spotted sheep was 3,600gns for a shearling ewe from Brian and Louise Davies’ Ty-Gwyn flock.
Blackface record of £160,000 equalled (Lanark, Lawrie and Symington)
The record price paid for a Blackface sheep was equalled at Lanark, when a ram lamb from the Dunlop family’s Elmscleugh flock, Dunbar, sold at £160,000 matching the price for a Dalchirla lamb at Dalmally in 2015.
Sale topper is by the £45,000 Midlock lamb and its dam is by the £100,000 Nunnerie tup. Buyers were the Campbells, Glenrath and Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn.
Poll Hereford bull record set at the Designer Genes sale (Halls and Hexham and Northern Marts)
The 23-month-old Poll Hereford bull Coley 1 Pilot, owned and bred by Heather Whittaker, Halifax, sold for 13,000gns at the Designer Genes sale, Shrewsbury, setting a new breed record for a Poll Hereford bull sold at auction. Buyers were G. and M.C. Shepherd, Preston.
A ram lamb from the Dunlop family's Elmscleugh flock, Dunbar, equaled the record price paid for a Blackface when it sold for £160,000.
Record price of 660p/kg for Rugby cattle champion (Rugby, Rugby Farmers Mart)
Rugby’s Christmas show championship went to Richard and Judy Fountaine, Milton Keynes, with a 652kg heifer which stood first in the heavyweight heifer class.
It went on to sell for a record price of 660p/kg (£4,303) to Cumberland Meat Packers, Coventry.
Top Notch Charollais realises 22,000gns (Worcester, McCartneys)
The top call of 22,000gns at the Charollais premier sale, Worcester, went to the ram lamb Ffrwd Top Notch, from Dewi Evans, Anglesey.
Out of a home-bred dam, it is a son of Edstaston Sotogrande, which was bought at the 2017 sale and is jointly owned by the Ffrwd and Wedderburn flocks.
Rugby record setter, a 652kg heifer from Richard and Judy Fountaine, Milton Keynes, which sold for 660p/kg (£4,303).