In all the years we have been selling our lambs at the mart, we have not once gone along to see them sold. A haulier collects them and they are sorted out at the other end by the stock men.
In the past we have had some amazing luck on sale day, many times we have had the highest prices but we know that this is not due to any skill on our part.
This year we tried to get a bit more scientific about the whole process. We kept accurate records of births and noted in detail any problems we encountered. We do tend to get a lot of lambs with entropian (inward turning eyelids) and although there is a quick fix for this, it would be nice to eradicate it altogether from the flock.
As we said last month, we had the best lambs ever this year and so after weighing them, deicided to place some of them in the premium sale.
We also decided that on sale day we would go along to see how the whole process worked and try to learn from it.
At around the same time, we discovered that you can in fact watch all the sale days online. One of us went along, whilst the other stayed home and viewed the experience at the kitchen table!
We did learn something, our fat lambs were not quite fat enough!
At least we now know what to aim for next year.