Business

Business

  • DESPITE the ongoing decline in finished beef prices, the future is bright for those in the industry with consumers having more confidence and willingness to pay extra - particularly for quality and the Scotch label.

  • SOMATIC cell counts and calving intervals are at their lowest levels for 14 years, according to the latest breed averages from National Milk Records (NMR) recorded herds.

  • BUYERS from all over mainland UK and Ireland were forward for Andrew Stoddart's displenishing sale at Coulston Mains, Haddington, which was conducted by Border Livestock Exchange.

  • RECENT independent market research highlights the increasing importance of quality assurance schemes in building British and Scottish consumer trust in red meat brands, delegates heard this week at Quality Meat Scotland's 'Building business success' marketing conference.

  • THE importance of maintaining strong, positive relationships with a wide range of customers for Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork was emphasised this week.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • A GOOD entry of hoggs was presented to judge Shaun Cowin, Dunbia, at Harrison and Hetherington's annual show and sale of Blackface and Swaledale prime hoggs at Carlisle on Monday.

  • ROUND-UP of store and special sales in the January 30 issue.

  • DUMFRIESSHIRE Bluefaced Leicester breeder, Alison Bastian, who owns the Rowandale flock at Cairnhall, Auldgirth, made her presence felt at a female breed sale at Hawes, when she bought the top priced lot at £5600.

  • PRICES peaked at £3000 at Penrith and District Farmers' recent show and sale of Bluefaced Leicester and Swaledale females show at Penrith.

  • SWALEDALE females hit a top of £2800 at an association show and sale at Hawes Auction Mart, last weekend, when the third prize gimmer from John and Ben Richardson, Ghyll House, Appleby, sold to Owlands, Hurst, Richmond.

Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

Trends/Prices

Trends/Prices

  • Reduced numbers coming forward, coupled with a weakening of sterling, has bolstered old season lamb prices in recent weeks, with both live and the deadweight markets witnessing much welcome improved prices.

  • ANY recovery in future milk prices will be dependant on a reduction in production, the sale of excess stocks and a rise in demand, according to a new report from AHDB Dairy.

  • WITH the UK being the third largest global exporter of sheep meat, and exports from New Zealand unlikely to increase, future lamb prices appear positive, albeit much dependant on developments in China.

  • FORGET the doom and gloom surrounding current pig prices and the amount of money being lost on every animal sold, Scottish producers have a lot to be positive about with the opening of the new plant at Brechin, next week.

  • WHILE milk prices are continuing to fall, the number of dairy cows in Scotland has again increased on the year according to figures from the Scottish Dairy Cattle Association.

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