Business

Business

  • A FIVE-FIGURE sum has been paid for a shipment of semen taken from the 16-month-old Hereford bull Haven Kingpin.

  • A COMPLETELY new event for pedigree and commercial beef farmers alike will take place at the former showgrounds in Belfast, on Saturday, November 1.

  • FOLLOWING the recent sharp drop in the lamb trade, prices are slowly but surely beginning to level off with some centres actually reporting an increase in averages during the last seven days of auction mart trading.

  • A THREE-YEAR-OLD Border Collie bitch named Tock ticked all the right boxes to clock up the day's top price of 4000gns at Skipton Auction Mart's annual summer sale of working sheep dogs, last week.

  • A RECENT auction of trophies and valuables belonging to the Royal Society of England raised more than £400,000, despite a number of items withdrawn by breed societies and families who donated them (see page three for story).

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • AN EXCEPTIONAL line-up from the 2014 lamb crop and a number of outstanding shearling rams are set to go under the hammer at the Suffolk Sheep Society's Northern Ireland branch Premier show and sale at Ballymena Livestock Mart next Wednesday (July 30).

  • COMMERCIAL buyers were prepared to fork out the big bucks at the National Suffolk Sheep Society sale, at Shrewsbury, last weekend, where a bumper demand for sound, well fleshed lambs saw trade peak at 10,000gns to produce an overall ram lamb average just shy of £1300 with a 75% clearance rate.

  • Store lamb values fell just short of £12 per head but for almost double the number sold at Craven Cattle Marts opening show and sale at Skipton, last week, where a strong entry of 4087 cashed in at £56.73, compared to last year's average of £68.18 for 2231.

  • UNITED Auctions' premier sale of Charollais ram lambs and gimmers saw a top price of 850gns for an unplaced ram lamb from the pre-sale show, as judged by Robert Towers, Farleton, Lancaster, while females peaked at 800gns.

  • FEMALES were in demand and received a steady trade throughout but it was two males which topped the Poll/Horn Dorset Sheep Society's recent show and sale at Worcester.

Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

Trends/Prices

Trends/Prices

  • FOLLOWING the recent sharp drop in the lamb trade, prices are slowly but surely beginning to level off with some centres actually reporting an increase in averages during the last seven days of auction mart trading.

  • Finished beef and lamb prices may have dropped markedly during the year, but so too are feed and forage values following the early spring and summer months which should ultimately reduce input costs for hard-pressed livestock farmers.

  • AT LONG last, prime cattle prices appear to have at least stabilised following seven months of almost continuous decline, during which time prices have fallen anything from £200 to £400 per head.

  • STORE lamb values fell just short of £12 per head but for almost double the number sold at Craven Cattle Marts opening show and sale at Skipton, last week, where a strong entry of 4087 cashed in at £56.73, compared to last year's average of £68.18 for 2231.

  • FINISHED beef and lamb prices may have dropped markedly during the year, but so too are feed and forage values following the early spring and summer months which should ultimately reduce input costs for hard-pressed livestock farmers.

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