Wednesday, 2 December 2009

A day at our local Auction Mart

Today we took our 14 weathers to the Stores sale at our local auction mart. We were not sure how well they would do, but you don't know until you try, and with 68 sheep on our land, we really do need to reduce this number before the winter really sets in.
Looking round at the other sheep that were in the sale, ours weren't the largest, nor the smallest, and the prices the earlier pens of sheep were going for were not bad.
We were selling in the main ring and it quickly became apparent that because our little Shetland X's were something unusual, the bidding was very slow to get going, and though we didn't get the highest price, we got a fair price. It will pay for a tonne of sheep concentrate feed for the winter.
One thing we are now sure about, buying the Scottish Black Faced ewes was a good move, as their lambs should be more acceptable to the local mart buyers and hopefully sell for more than our Shetlands.


Jon Storey said...

It is such a shame that the Shetlands don't make more as the meat is delicious. We still have some in the freezer from Hilary's flock. One of these days we will have more. Can't wait!

Denise said...

I agree Jon, the Shetland meat is lovely. We do sell some to friends and family and they all enjoy the meat.

Freyalyn said...

At some point we'll have to get organised and have some in our freezer too. Good to see you both today - hope it didn't take you too long to get home. It's miserable outside now.