Business

Business

  • DESPITE A declining national sheep flock, the number of store, breeding sheep, cull ewes and prime lambs sold through auction markets continues to rise.

  • NEWLY APPOINTED president of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraised in Scotland, Willie McCulloch, will take over from retiring president David Pritchard.

  • SCOTLAND'S MEAT promotional body, Quality Meat Scotland, is moving forward into 2014 with a refreshed and reinvigorated outlook following a period of challenge and change for the red meat industry.

  • MOST SCOTTISH farmers are only now in the throws of lambing, but while they desperately strive to keep mortality rates to a minimum, a growing number of ewes and lambs and indeed finished new season lambs are being sold on the open market at a level similar to or higher than last year.

  • A NEW round of testing to check for horsemeat contamination in beef products has been confirmed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • A SECOND CALVER set a new centre record when she topped the Western Holstein Club's Focus Milk sale at Beeston, last week, at 10,000gns.

  • THE CHAMPION pens went on to top the sale at the Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers' Mart's show and sale of Cheviot hoggs at Longtown, last week.

  • THE SECOND prize in-lamb ewe exhibited by local breeder, Richard Hutchinson, Redgate, secured the lead price of £2700 at Harrison and Hetherington's annual show and sale of Swaledale females at Kirkby Stephen, last week.

  • BRIDGE OF Marnoch-based Sheep Park Farms lifted the championship ticket at a special show and sale of 25 pairs of Beltex and Beltex cross hoggs sold through Aberdeen and Northern Marts, last week.

  • CENTRE RECORDS were smashed at Bentham Auction Mart's annual multi-breed sale of breeding sheep, when the champion Swaledale - an in-lamb gimmer from Patrick Sowerby, Barras, Kirkby Stephen - made £1800, selling to Frank Brennand, Ellerbeck, Chapel-le-Dale, Carnforth.

Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • THE SUPREME champion secured the lead price of 2500gns at a small but select show and sale of pedigree Blonde cattle at Ballymena, last week.

  • A GOOD show of Aberdeen-Angus cattle met a sound trade at Dingwall and Highland Marts native-bred cattle sale at Dingwall, last week.

  • A TOTAL of 25 Young Farmers' calves were presented to the judge, Andrew Anderson, of Smallburn Farm, Plewlands, at Dingwall and Highlands Marts' over wintering competition, held at Dingwall last week.

  • AILEEN RITCHIE cleared up at last week's show and sale of store cattle at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' Thainstone centre.

  • GEORGE HUNTER'S sale of dairy females from the Langlands herd at Tarbolton, met a strong demand at Ayr, on Tuesday, selling to a top of £2500 and £2450, to average £1414 for 108 head.

Trends/Prices

Trends/Prices

  • DESPITE A declining national sheep flock, the number of store, breeding sheep, cull ewes and prime lambs sold through auction markets continues to rise.

  • SCOTLAND'S MEAT promotional body, Quality Meat Scotland, is moving forward into 2014 with a refreshed and reinvigorated outlook following a period of challenge and change for the red meat industry.

  • MOST SCOTTISH farmers are only now in the throws of lambing, but while they desperately strive to keep mortality rates to a minimum, a growing number of ewes and lambs and indeed finished new season lambs are being sold on the open market at a level similar to or higher than last year.

  • FOLLOWING A significant decline in participating processors in the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP), the Bpex board has launched a new historical pig price report, called the GB All Pigs Price (GB APP).

  • PRIME HOGG prices are continuing to slowly edge upwards through both live auction sales and abattoirs and, despite threatening to level off, producers should remain confident about the coming weeks leading up to Easter.

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