Continental demand falls
Published at 21:39, Wednesday, 16 May 2012
ANOTHER week goes by with still no sign of dry weather or any heat.
No grass growing is making it hard for turning out cattle and men are cautious to put too many ewes and lambs’ lives on the ground.
At last week’s special store cattle sale trade was easier than in previous weeks with only the best cattle maintaining high rates.
Ewe and lambs continue to sell well, with hoggs and shearlings particularly good (see report).
In the prime sheep ring the fat hogget trade has not taken the seasonal lift witnessed last year, so many of the late bought store hoggs will be of no use to the purchaser. A weak euro means demand from the continent is less as the pound is too strong for the euro to compete.
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