Business

Business

  • ABERDEENSHIRE sheep farmers have joined Quality Meat Scotland's Scotch Lamb ambassadors in a Banchory supermarket to encourage shoppers to re-discover the delicious versatility of Scotch Lamb PGI.

  • THE largest exportation in recent years of British Texels is heading to Switzerland having been selected on farms in Scotland, in June, by an inward mission of Swiss breeders, who also visited the Royal Highland Show.

  • AS prime lamb values continued to slip this week, it comes as no surprise that the first breeding sheep sales of the season have also dropped - but on the back of an extremely strong trade last year.

  • A STRONG demand prevailed throughout at the dispersal of Wallace and Elizabeth Donnan's Alewater Aberdeen-Angus herd dispersal from Borthwickshiels, Hawick, where trade peaked at 4800gns for a cow and calf outfit.

  • A NEW type classification scheme designed to enable members to accelerate breed progress and offer an improved functional suckler cow to meet with market demands has been launched by the Beef Shorthorn Society.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • An ever increasing demand for Texel females and males ensured a cracking trade for the breed at the Scottish National show and sale at Lanark, where no fewer than 11 ram lambs sold at five-figure prices, which combined with a further 53 lambs selling for more than 3000gns saw overall averages hold up well against last year's second top breed sale of 145,000gns.

  • BELTEX females from Stuart Wood's Woodies flock were in the spolight as part of a guest consignment held alongside the sales of the entire adult portions of John Metcalfe's Edenfauld flocks of Beltex and Dutch Texels, and Dan Towers' Curwen Hill Beltex flock at Borderway last week.

  • THE largest exportation in recent years of British Texels is heading to Switzerland having been selected on farms in Scotland, in June, by an inward mission of Swiss breeders, who also visited the Royal Highland Show.

  • NORTHERN Ireland breeders saw a top price of 3300gns at the Texel Sheep Society's first national sale at Ballymena, last week, where averages fell dramatically across the board and for fewer sold.

  • SCOTTISH Beltex sheep breeders certainly made their presence at a breed society show and sale at Chelford, last week, securing the top awards and the lead prices.

Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • SCOTTISH producers were in buying mode at Harrison and Hetherington's pedigree Dairy Day at Carlisle, last week, when all the lead Holstein and Ayrshire females headed to new homes across the Border.

  • VALUES rose in every section at Harrison and Hetherington's anniversary show and sale of store cattle, last week, which judged by Alan Coates, Clitheroe.

  • NO fewer than 88 lots sold for more than £2000 at a beef breeding cattle sale at Harrison and Hetherington's Borderway mart, last week, which included several dispersal and reduction sales.

  • ALMOST £300,000 changed hands at Jonathan Watson and his uncle, Brian Redhead's Tweeddale British Blue dispersal sale, at Carlisle, last week, where the catalogue covergirl, Tweeddale Hawkeye, topped the sale at 13,000gns.

  • BUYERS were present from as far south as Devon and as north as Orkney for last week's Thainstone Spectacular show and sale of calves for future showing purposes at Aberdeen and Northern Marts which saw a change of date from the beginning of September to the middle of August.

Trends/Prices

Trends/Prices

  • AS prime lamb values continued to slip this week, it comes as no surprise that the first breeding sheep sales of the season have also dropped - but on the back of an extremely strong trade last year.

  • EVER declining milk prices below the cost of production, combined with the subsequent fall in dairy heifer prices, have led to increased cow slaughterings, which could ultimately hamper any rise in prime beef cattle values.

  • WHILE prime lamb values are falling fast, one supermarket chain has launched the UK's first major sheep feed conversion efficiency trial in an attempt to identify the most efficient maternal breeding lines.

  • PRIME lamb prices have been falling steadily since mid-June and, with values dropping on a daily basis, are the lowest witnessed since 2009.

  • WHILE lamb prices continue to fall to disasterously low levels with this week's early live centre average prices ranging from 145-150p per kg, there could be opportunities in the US for UK grass-fed lamb.

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