Spring lamb trade was good for those that weren`t needed as flock replacements or to sell as ram lambs; whereas cull ewes took a step back. Nevertheless going back to the maxim that we adopted when first breeding Charollais - If you produce a quality product it will always have a market - we are always able to sell at the better end of the market.
Forage was again an issue and after missing our early slot of weather for silage making by two weeks due to the rain we finished up filling the clamp plus a large number of big bales, all very dry and smelling good, sadly lacking in feed value. This was helped to some extent by the fact that we made a smaller number of second cut haylage bales of first rate quality later in the season.
13ZVY 00661 Lowerye Neils Favourite
Photo of Favourite taken at Ryedale Show 2014 exhibiting the shape that we bought him for. His first lambs were on the ground in March 2015 - but more of him in our 2015 report.