Business

Business

  • A NEW leader, along with an increased number of proven Holstein sire rankings dominated by bulls which transmit improvement to their daughters' health and fertility have emerged in the first proof run based on the revised Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI).

  • AT long, long last, prime beef cattle prices appear to be heading in the right direction with the most recent GB all prime average price increasing by more than a penny to 326.7p per dwkg - the first week this year, it has risen by more than a fraction.

  • INCREASED supplies coupled with subdued demand during this warm summer spell, have resulted in pig prices falling to their lowest point since April 2013, with the UK-spec DAPP falling for the fourth consecutive week to 158.02p per kg.

  • BRITISH farmers are estimated to have spent if the order of £1.9bn on farm equipment in 2013 with a similar level of expenditure expected in 2014, according to a report from the Agricultural Engineers Association, which states tractors - generally the best indicator of activity - showed an increase of 4% on the year during the first six months of the year.

  • With feed barley prices currently trading at about £95 per tonne ex-farm, livestock producers have the chance to dramatically cut feed costs whilst also maximising output by shortening finishing times.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • A STRONG demand for well fleshed, balanced Texels from commercial and pedigree breeders ensured a buoyant trade for the first of the breed society's national sales, at Ballymena, where overall averages rose across the board, albeit for fewer sold in most sections.

  • TWO ram lambs shared the top price of 1600gns at the Northern Counties Suffolk Society show and sale at Carlisle, last week, where no fewer than eight rams and one female secured four-figure sales.

  • A four-horned ram lamb from Wales secured the lead price of 1650gns and the overall championship at the Jacob Sheep Society's Scottish Regional show and sale at St Boswells last weekend for the Harries family from Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire

  • A GIMMER from Gordon and David Gray's Ettrick Texel flock from Sunnycroft, Lindean, Selkirk, proved the star attraction at a club breed show and sale at Chelford, last weekend, selling for the top price of 1650gns.

  • ALL classes of sheep sold well and dearer than previous sales at Harrison and Hetherington's annual August Fair sale, last week where, gimmers peaked at £238 per head for a pen of six Dutch Texels from R and S Skelton, Newhall.

Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • A 'glorious 12th' trade prevailed throughout for the Mid-Month sale of pedigree and commercial dairy cattle at Beeston on Tueday, with buyers forward from as far afield as Dumfriesshire all the way down to Essex.

  • TWO females sold for the top price of £3500 at Wright-Manley's month-end sale of pedigree and commerical dairy cattle at Beeston Auction Mart.

  • JUST shy of £310,000 changed hands at the dispersal of Andrew and Alison Bunting's Newabbey Holstein herd at Carlisle, last week, where a top price of 18,000gns was achieved.

  • AN excellent selection of quality bred cattle were on offer to a packed ringside of buyers at United Auctions' fair day show and sale of 398 stores last week.

  • THE reserve champion headed up the July Craven dairy auction with a price tag of £2300 at Skipton, on Monday, where the recent ARLA milk price reduction may have had an influence on prices.

Trends/Prices

Trends/Prices

  • AT long, long last, prime beef cattle prices appear to be heading in the right direction with the most recent GB all prime average price increasing by more than a penny to 326.7p per dwkg - the first week this year, it has risen by more than a fraction.

  • INCREASED supplies coupled with subdued demand during this warm summer spell, have resulted in pig prices falling to their lowest point since April 2013, with the UK-spec DAPP falling for the fourth consecutive week to 158.02p per kg.

  • BRITISH farmers are estimated to have spent if the order of £1.9bn on farm equipment in 2013 with a similar level of expenditure expected in 2014, according to a report from the Agricultural Engineers Association, which states tractors - generally the best indicator of activity - showed an increase of 4% on the year during the first six months of the year.

  • With feed barley prices currently trading at about £95 per tonne ex-farm, livestock producers have the chance to dramatically cut feed costs whilst also maximising output by shortening finishing times.

  • PRIME beef cattle prices have been less than 2012 values for the past three months and with the recent plummet in lamb values, sheep farmers have not not fared much better, but it appears deer farmers are also struggling despite the fact venison sales have soared over the past year.

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