Business

Business

  • JOHN Swan sold some 1132 suckled cales at a continental show and sale last week where Charolais cross calves dominated throughout.

  • DARK colouring of bull beef - usually caused by stress around the time of slaughter resulting in an increased flow of hormones producing due to increased anxiety - has been found to reduce carcase values by as much as 50p per kg.

  • NATIONAL Milk Records has purchased 100% of the share capital of South Wales-based cattle breeding company Inimex Genetics Limited.

  • MID-OCTOBER and the countryside has never been greener.

  • A NEW British cattle breed society has been established with the incorporation of the Wagyu Breeders Association (WBA) which will see its formal launch in and around Tetbury, Gloucestershire, on November 11-12, 2014.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • A TWO-SHEAR ram from Billy and Anne Macpherson, Blackford, Croy, topped Dingwall and Highland Marts' show and sale of Blackface rams at Dingwall, last week, securing the championship and the top price of £2200, selling to E Fraser, Gorthleck Mains, Gorthleck.

  • TEXEL shearling rams led the line up at Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart's sale of 908 tups forward for their annual Ram Fair at Longtown last week, securing the lead prices of £1700 and £1650.

  • A TEXEL cross Beltex shearling from Dalchirla, topped the annual Ram Rendezvous, Stirling, selling for the lead price of £1700 to Glenalmond Estate, with the flock's pen of 25 levelling at £710.

  • TRADE peaked at £7000 at a Bluefaced Leicester sale at Penrith, last week, when a shearling ram from Messrs Lord's Hewgill flock, from Low Dowgill, Kirkby Stephen, sold to J Ireland and Son, Stockhow Hall, Frizington, and A and K Nicholson, Swinside End, Scales, Cockermouth.

  • CHAROLLAIS sheep enthusiasts from England, Ireland and Wales were out in force to acquire leading genetics from Herbie and Alan Kennedy's on-farm Parkgate production sale at Wester Parkgate, Dumfries, last week, where a top price of 2100gns was achieved for the family's lead show ewe.

Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

Trends/Prices

Trends/Prices

  • DARK colouring of bull beef - usually caused by stress around the time of slaughter resulting in an increased flow of hormones producing due to increased anxiety - has been found to reduce carcase values by as much as 50p per kg.

  • MID-OCTOBER and the countryside has never been greener.

  • PRIME beef cattle prices have slowly but surely been nudging upwards over the past three months with average Scottish deadweight values some 26p per kg more than they were in July, when steers dipped as low as 343p per kg.

  • AVERAGE nitrogen contents of GB barley are the lowest in more than 30 years and since records began in records began in 1977.

  • PRIME lamb prices have at long last started to move north in anticipation of the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha after weeks of continual decline which saw values as low as 135p per live kg at some centres.

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