Business

Business

  • 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).

  • THE JERSEY breed saw the biggest re-shuffle in the latest bull proofs released from DairyCo, which included all the main dairy breeds bar Holstein sires.

  • APPROVAL HAS finally been given for a proposed new auction centre and rural business hub close to junction 18 of the M6, following submission of a proposal by auctioneers, estate agents and valuers, Frank Marshall LLP and Wright Manley LLP, in conjunction with Pochin Land and Development.

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

  • 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.

  • TWO BULLs at 7000gns, females to 5000gns and a 93% clearance proved the highlights of last weekend's 10th anniversary Limousin Day sale at Newark Livestock Market.

Trends/Prices

Trends/Prices

  • 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.

  • AT LONG last, beef prices appear to have stabilised following almost four months in decline - during which average deadweight cattle values dropped 50p per deadweight kg - with both QMS and Eblex now highlighting some positive news for producers.

Farmer Right-hand Column