Business

Business

  • THE continued easing of prime cattle prices this week is a source of concern to farmers keen to maintain cash flows, according to Stuart Ashworth, head of economics Services with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

  • A LOOK at machinery and implement sales.

  • A NEW partnership between one of the largest breeding companies in the UK and another on the continent will ensure farmers throughout Spain have access to a range of premier beef and dairy genetics.

  • FORMER Morrison's agricultural manager, Andrew Loftus, has been appointed an independent board member for the Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Limited (MLCSL), the commercially trading wholly-owned subsidiary of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

  • WHILE prime sheep have been on a bit of a rollercoaster in recent weeks, reduced numbers coming forward have helped bolster trade, with the majority of early markets this week - both north and south of the Border - enjoying a welcome boost.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • LIMOUSIN cross cattle picked up the champion and reserve tickets at the Young Farmers' overwintering competition at United Auctions, Huntly, last week, where a total of 865 store cattle were on offer (see page 20 for full report).

  • WELL-BRED bulls with good locomotion met a keen demand at Dingwall and Highland Marts' recent sale of 26 pedigree bulls, where a top price of 4800gns was paid for an Aberdeen-Angus.

  • DAIRY cattle sold at the April Pedigree Dairy Day at Carlisle, enjoyed a 100% clearance for just over 200 animals forward, with a top price of 2100gns.

  • MORE than 1000 head of pedigree cattle are bound for the Harrison and Hetherington's Borderway Mart at Carlisle, where no fewer than 12 breed and club show and sales will be staged over the next six weeks.

  • MILKING females averaged less than £800 per head at Mark and Nikki Ryder's dispersal of their commercial, multi-breed cross-bred dairy herd from Moss Farm, Haughton, Tarporley, Cheshire, last week.

Trends/Prices

Trends/Prices

  • WHILE prime sheep have been on a bit of a rollercoaster in recent weeks, reduced numbers coming forward have helped bolster trade, with the majority of early markets this week - both north and south of the Border - enjoying a welcome boost.

  • PREMIUM cuts of British beef and lamb could soon be seen on the shelves of supermarkets in the West Indies, according to a report from AHDB Beef and Lamb.

  • THE number of all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and side-by-side units recorded by the AEA's ATV Quad Group increased by 5.1% in 2015 to 11,310 units.

  • CARR'S, the Agriculture, Food and Engineering Group, has announced results for the six months ended February 27, 2016, which show revenue as being down 9.4% to £189.1m, and operating profit up 0.5% to £9.6m.

  • TRACTOR SALES have been suffering from some pretty dramatic falls in the past few months largely prompted by delays to Basic Farm Payments and low commodity prices, but Scotland bucked the recent trend with a small increase in trading.

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