Business

Business

  • NEW company secretary of the British Blue Cattle Society is Andy Ryder, who takes over from the soon to retire John Fleming.

  • THERE'S A new chairman and president at the helm at the UK's largest breed society, Holstein UK and Ireland (HUKI).

  • DOGS met a very good trade at Skipton Auction Mart's October sale last week, where a clearance rate of 87% was achieved with a top price of 4000gns to a named buyer.

  • MASTITIS has been an increasing problem in the UK sheep flock for a number of years, but tackling it should be easier in future thanks to new research being undertaken by the British Texel sheep Society.

  • CONGRATULATIONS to Matt Carryer for winning the Honda ATV at this year's Blackface Sheep Breeders' Association annual raffle draw.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • A CRACKING end to the Swaledale tup sale season was witnessed at last week's two-day association sale at Hawes, where no fewer than 22 shearling rams hit the five-figure bracket, rounding off a good run of autumn sales for the breed.

  • JOHN Swan sold a total of 3015 Blackface sheep at its annual Hill sale last week.

  • 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.

Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • A MAIDEN heifer led the trade at last week's aumun show and sale of British Blonde males and females selling through Harrison and Hetherington's Carlisle mart.

  • BELTED and white Galloway breeders selling at the breed show and sale at Castle Douglas, on Saturday, enjoyed a bumper trade with numerous new and established breeders both from the UK and Germany, complete with a record price of 10,500gs for a bull.

  • 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.

Trends/Prices

Trends/Prices

  • NEW company secretary of the British Blue Cattle Society is Andy Ryder, who takes over from the soon to retire John Fleming.

  • THE new co-operative which has purchased the Brechin abattoir from AP Jess, has injected confidence into the jaded Scottish pig industry.

  • BEEF cattle finishers have enjoyed some improvement in prime trade in recent weeks, with values slowly by surely on a steady increase, but there has been a bit of a blip in the past 10 days, with several markets witnessing a drop in values.

  • UK economic growth at long last appears to be improving, but latest forecasts from the IMF suggest lower than expected improvements globally with growth estimates for both 2014 and 2015 revised down, which in turn are expected to affect consumer confidence and demand, with shoppers favouring cheaper meats and cuts.

  • 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.

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