Business

Business

  • JOHNES is a serious problem and will spread further unless dairy farmers wake up to the seriousness of this debilitating disease which not only affects cow health but also milk yields and overall returns.

  • AN EXTRA 'arm' has been attached to the popular Dairy Expo event at Carlisle - it will now host a new half-day technical conference.

  • Scottish meat wholesaler AP Jess has reported pre-tax profts of £1.6m, following the sale of its Brechin pig processing facility in October, 2014.

  • A NEW, nutrient-rich feed has been introduced to the layers at the happy egg co.

  • FAST finishing and good grades are key to the profitability of the beef enterprise at the Gilchrists' family farms near Dunbar, East Lothian, a finalist in the 2014 Scotch Beef Farm of the Year.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • Despite the bitterly cold weather, trade remained buoyant at the annual sale of Bluefaced Leicester females at Hawes, where a ewe hogg from the Lord brothers' Hewgill flock from Kirkby Stephen, led the way selling for £5000.

  • A MIXED trade for Bluefaced Leicesters at Carlisle, on Monday, saw 79% of the catalogued entry change hands, with a top price of 4800gns paid on two occasions for ewe hoggs.

  • A cracking show of in-lamb females was forward for Cumberland and Dumfries-shire Farmers Mart's first evening Longtown Ladies sale at Longtown, on Tuesday, which attracted a big audience.

  • What must have been one of the biggest crowds ever seen at a livestock auction in recent years descended upon Ballymena Mart, Northern Ireland, for the dispersal of Will and Gareth Corrie's commercial suckler herd, which had been prompted by the expansion of the Corries dairy unit.

  • Three shared a top of 650gns at a society show and sale of Border Leicester females at Carlisle, on Monday.

Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • ORTONGRANGE entries from Richard Martin's production sale from Great Orton, dominated most of the proceeded at the first Border and Lakeland Holstein Club sale of the year at Carlisle, securing the majority of lead prices.

  • TRADE surpassed last year's high of 10,000gns at the British Blue Society's January show and sale at Carlisle, last week, which incorporated the Blue Ladies Classic sale of females.

  • It is tragic times when the loss of a milk contract results in the dispersal of any herd, but that was exactly the scenario at Beeston Auction Mart, when virtually the entire milking portion of David and Andrew Shakeshaft's Dilandy herd from Whattall, Colemere, Shropshire, had to be sold off.

  • THIS YEAR may be the year of the goat in China, and Scotland's Year of Food and Drink, but for many Scottish livestock farmers, it is the 'Year of the Bull Sales', with UA celebrating its 150th anniversary selling pedigree bulls.

  • Despite the dismal milk trade, the first Mid-Month sale of pedigree and commercial dairy cattle at Beeston Auction Mart, attracted an entry of 360 head of which more than 280 were fresh milkers, with 23 prices of more than £2000.

Trends/Prices

Trends/Prices

  • There may well still be snow on the ground, but farmers should buy their fertiliser now if they want to avoid delays in delivery, late applications and price rises this season.

  • DEMAND for prime lambs has remained firm over the past six weeks, with prices now some 20p per live kg above last years levels, but it is the store lamb and cull ewe trade that has soared ahead in recent weeks.

  • FINISHED beef cattle prices have somewhat rallied over the past six months, but while they slowly but surely nudged north from July onwards, the cast cow trade slumped south during the same period.

  • FOLLOWING a robust few weeks where the lamb trade has continued to rise, prices passed last year's levels for the first time since back in June to average 190.87p per kg for Standard Quality Quotation lambs up to 45.5kg sold through Scottish auction marts, as shown by Eblex figures for the week ended December 13.

  • WITH the Christmas shows and sales all but over and meat buyers now looking to the January market, deadweight cattle prices have slipped since their recent peak almost a month ago, and values in the next few weeks are unlikely to improve.

Farmer Right-hand Column