Business

Business

  • NEIL SHAND is to remain as secretary of the British Simmental Cattle Society.

  • A BUMPER lamb crop combined with much improved weather throughout the season are the main reasons behind lamb prices being some 10% lower than this time last year.

  • DARK colouring of bull beef - usually caused by stress around the time of slaughter resulting in an increased flow of hormones producing due to increased anxiety - has been found to reduce carcase values by as much as 50p per kg.

  • NATIONAL Milk Records has purchased 100% of the share capital of South Wales-based cattle breeding company Inimex Genetics Limited.

  • MID-OCTOBER and the countryside has never been greener.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • SHEARLING rams from Wanwood partners' Chapel House operation at Wanwood Hill, led the way at Hexham and Northern Marts' annual sale of Blackface shearling rams and tup lambs at Hexham, securing two of the three top prices and the top flock average of £2350 for 12.

  • CHAROLLAIS sheep females sold by the Ingram family - Willie, Carole and sons Gregor and Bruce - from Logie Durno, Pitcaple, Inverurie, enjoyed a flying trade at a production sale at Ludlow, last weekend, with buyers from Ireland, Holland and Belgium.

  • THE annual two day Swaledale ram sale at Kirkby Stephen saw averages fall slightly, mainly due to a lower commercial demand on the second day's trading.

  • AN improved show of shearling rams saw no fewer than seven lots sell for five figures prices which, combined with a further 16 selling for between £5000 and £10,000, ensured averages improved on the year and for more sold.

  • BREED records were smashed at the annual two-day sale of Blackface rams at Lanark, last week, when a lamb from Alastair MacArthur and son David's 1600-ewe flock from Nunnerie, Elvanfoot, sold for a whopping £100,000.

Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • THE October Border and Lakeland Dairy sale took place at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, last week.

  • A 7500gns top price for a cow and calf outfit from Paul Brown's Rathconville dispersal from Loughgilly, Co Armagh, headed the Limousin society sale of females, at Carlisle, last week.

  • SCOTTISH breeders were well rewarded for their long trip south to Hereford, receiving some of the top prices among the males and females at the Hereford Cattle Society's autumn show and sale.

  • CHAROLAIS cattle breeders produced a cracking sale to end the Stirling bull week, with both the lead price of 22,000gns and the top average of all the breeds.

  • A QUALITY show of Simmentals met a buoyant demand, with no fewer than eight lots attracting five-figure prices helping to bump up the average by £211 to £5852, with a 68% clearance.

Trends/Prices

Trends/Prices

  • A BUMPER lamb crop combined with much improved weather throughout the season are the main reasons behind lamb prices being some 10% lower than this time last year.

  • DARK colouring of bull beef - usually caused by stress around the time of slaughter resulting in an increased flow of hormones producing due to increased anxiety - has been found to reduce carcase values by as much as 50p per kg.

  • MID-OCTOBER and the countryside has never been greener.

  • PRIME beef cattle prices have slowly but surely been nudging upwards over the past three months with average Scottish deadweight values some 26p per kg more than they were in July, when steers dipped as low as 343p per kg.

  • AVERAGE nitrogen contents of GB barley are the lowest in more than 30 years and since records began in records began in 1977.

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