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Following our recent clear TB test we have now started to sell some of the beef animals. The first to go were some of our Belted Galloways who are about 18 months old. Having never sold any of this breed before I was a little unsure of the price to expect at market.
The recent horse meat scandal has made a positive impact on the live trade in beef animals as more and more people realise what we have known for years - that local British beef is the best and the more local the better. In the Peak District many of the independent high street butchers buy their beef at local livestock markets or direct from the farm, therefore knowing exactly where it has come from and the reputation of the farmers involved.
It was with great intrepidation that I took four of the Belties, plus one Limousin, to market last week. As prices were on the up I hoped to get around £750 - £800 each for them - watch the video to see how we got on!
You will see that during the sale I offer a little "luck money" to the buyers as a little incentive to bid again, generally around £2 to £5 per animal - just one of farmings strange old fashioned traditions.
This week we took some of the Aberdeen Angus cattle and prices were even better, reaching a top price of £1160 for one, £1040 for another and £960 each for 3 Heifers. Another good day at the office.
Next time you come to stay in the Peak District why not take a trip to Bakewell on a Monday, you can go into the market and watch the animal sales for yourself. They even have excellent wheelchair access with a lift up to the public viewing area for our less abled guests.
It's fascinating, but I challenge you to follow exactly what the auctioneer is saying - and remember to keep your hands still or you may go home with more than a Bakewell Pudding!
Don't worry we haven't sold everything, there will be new calves born at Hoe Grange very soon! Plenty to see on your farm holiday.
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