As spring looms to an end, leading livestock auctioneers Harrison and Hetherington are seeing out the season with a finale of spring beef sales throughout the month of May.
Over 3000 cattle will be sold at Borderway Mart seeing some prime genetics and top quality stock go under the hammer.
Around 1300 pedigree bulls and females and 1700 commercial beef breeding cattle are up for auction. These sales offer suckler beef producers the largest selection of pedigree and commercial breeding cattle anywhere in the United Kingdom, comprising of both pedigree and cross bred heifers and cows with calves at foot, in calf heifers and cows, and bulling heifers and of course a tremendous selection of pedigree beef bulls. With beef cattle numbers low and finished returns high this is undoubtedly a series of sales not to be missed.
The industry is currently experiencing higher returns, with prices well ahead of this time last year. However, the national beef herd numbers are down and there is now a strong demand to replenish breeding stocks and cull underperforming cows. The farming community are seeing a huge demand for breeding heifers and great interest is anticipated.
Jonathon Watson of Bowsden Moor Farm in Northumberland sells around 90% of his stock through Borderway Mart. At the forthcoming sales he will be selling stock from their renowned Tweeddale British Blues and Tweeddale Limousin herds. The British Blues to be auctioned include six bulls ranging from 16 to 25 months and seven maiden heifers. The Limousin’s include five 18-month-old bulls. Selling both breeds he comments on the highly anticipated May Beef Sales.
Jonathon said: “There is a huge amount of stock sold through the May beef sales and Bowsden Moor are delighted to be part of it. This is a great opportunity to increase herd numbers with some tremendous stock up for auction from some tremendous herds. Farmers are finally seeing fair prices paid for all the work they put into breeding and grazing, and a large thanks to that is to the livestock auction markets.”
“The breed industry looks as good as ever as long as I have been in it. Because prime prices are so good many people are choosing to sell their bulls as opposed to running them and therefore this puts pressure on new bulls coming onto the market. I have seen an increase in overseas interest and I expect this will be another year with pressure on a diminishing market.”