Business

Business

  • WITH increased registrations and membership throughout the last 12 months, as well as record-breaking sales, the Beef Shorthorn Society recorded another bumper year, it was announced at the society's recent agm in Stirling.

  • UNCERTAINTY over the prime cattle price has done nothing to dampen the trade at the recent bout of breeding cattle sales across the country, where female and calf outfits have maintained last year's prices and, in some cases, surpassed them.

  • TIGHTER margins as a result of falling milk prices are focusing British dairy producers' minds on maximising the value of their herds, according to Holstein UK chief executive Richard Jones.

  • PIG prices normally pick up from this time of year onwards, but they have a long way to go if they are to match those of May 2014, when values were some 32p per kg more than they are at present.

  • CALVING heifers at two years of age has been well documented to improve productivity and overall dairy herd margins, but a new report from America claims calving Holsteins at 22 months at a weight of 570-590kg, will not only boost herd health but ensure higher future milk yields.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • A TOTAL of 20 pairs of lambs were forward at the North-east of Scotland Suffolk Sheep Club's show and sale of pure and cross-bred lambs at Aberdeen and Northern Marts, Thainstone, last week.

  • A NEW breeding sheep record was set at Bentham, last week, when the champion pen of ewe hoggs sold with lambs at foot made £500 per outfit.

  • PEDIGREE Dorset sheep achieved a level, commercial trade for rams which met a virtual clearance while ewes broke breed records at the recent Dorset May Fair at Exeter Livestock Centre.

  • Top price at Harrison and Hetherington's annual show and sale of 85 Swaledale ewes and gimmers at Kirkby Stephen, was £2300 paid for the second prize ewe from JH and CL Harrison, Westerham, purchased by A and L Fawbert.

  • DINGWALL and Highland Marts sold 16 registered Cheviot and Blackface females at a recent show and sale, where trade peaked at £800.

Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • A FIRST prize bull from AS and YA Leedham sold for the top price of 4900gns a society sale of Simmental bulls at Worcester, last week, where bulls met a 64% clearance.

  • LIMOUSIN cattle reached a top of 5400gns at the Craven Limousin day, where bulls met an 80% clearance with a strong demand for senior and intermediate bulls ready for work.

  • BELTED and White Galloway breeders enjoyed a steady trade at their spring show and sale at Carlisle, where a top price of 2400gns was met on three occasions.

  • TRADE was excellent right through the spring sale of British Blue bulls and females at Carlisle, last weekend, where four five-figure prices and a further eight over the 7000gns mark resulted in 71 bulls ercording a £622.76 increase on the year, with an impressive 92% clearance across the board.

  • TWO prime animals from Walter Dandie lifted the champion and reserve tickets at a show and sale of prime Limousin-bred cattle at Caledonian Marts' Stirling centre, last week.

Trends/Prices

Trends/Prices

  • UNCERTAINTY over the prime cattle price has done nothing to dampen the trade at the recent bout of breeding cattle sales across the country, where female and calf outfits have maintained last year's prices and, in some cases, surpassed them.

  • PIG prices normally pick up from this time of year onwards, but they have a long way to go if they are to match those of May 2014, when values were some 32p per kg more than they are at present.

  • WHILE they remain pretty cheap sources of protein, pork and poultry sales are in decline, with the values and volumes sold in the 12 weeks up to April 26 falling on the same period in 2014.

  • SHEEP farmers selling their wool through the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) can look forward to similar prices to that of the 2014 season, with slight increases within specific types and breeds - all going well, they could improve on those figures announced in this week's 2015 guide to wool clip values.

  • REDUCED numbers and fewer heavy types have bolstered the prime lamb trade, with auction marts both north and south of the Border witnessing price rises of anything up to 5p per live kg for old season lambs.

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