Business

Business

  • ONE of the UK's leading turkey farm businesses, Usk Vale, South Wales, has ventured into pedigree Texels, with the private purchase of Alastair Gault's Balmoral Show champion, Forkins Una, from the Forkins flock, from Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.

  • FEWER cattle and increased demand has bolstered the prime beef trade in recent weeks, with GB average deadweight prices in almost all categories rising on the week - for the second consecutive week - to 328.8p per kg deadweight, up 2p.

  • 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.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • TEXEL sheep breeders enjoyed a rip roaring trade at Lanark, last week, where a top price of 145,000gns combined with a further seven five-figure transactions and no fewer than 39 sales at or above the 3500gns bracket, bolstered the overall average to just short of £2500 with 20 more sold.

  • AN aged ewe from the Hillview dispersal led the way at the Bleu du Maine society show and sale at Carlisle, selling for the top price of 2000gns.

  • A GOOD clearance of both males and females was witnessed at the Rouge society show and sale at Carlisle last week.

  • SELLING through United Auctions, last week, were 3648 prime lambs which cashed in to average 160.4p per kg.

  • ONE of the UK's leading turkey farm businesses, Usk Vale, South Wales, has ventured into pedigree Texels, with the private purchase of Alastair Gault's Balmoral Show champion, Forkins Una, from the Forkins flock, from Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.

Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • WORLD records for a beef animal were smashed at Carlisle last week, when the Limousin show heifer, Glenrock Illusion, from Stephen and Helen Illingworth, son Thomas and daughter Vicky, sold for a fantastic 125,000gns - eclipsing the previous best of 120,000gns paid for the Limousin bull, Dolcorsllwyn Fabio, here in 2012.

  • The 125,000gns Limousin heifer, Glenrock Illusion, selling for a new breed record and indeed a new world record beef price through the ring at on Friday!

  • TWO bullocks from Steven Smith, of Sunnyhill Croft, Tuffiee, swept the board by first leading the heavyweight class and then going on to stand overall champion and reserve at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' August show and sale of store cattle.

  • 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.

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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