Business

Business

  • SELLING through John Swan, last week, were 773 lots of vehicles, machinery and sundry items at its spring sale.

  • Beef was the lead performer amongst last year's meat exports with sales up by 6% on 2013 figures, while other meat products remained similar.

  • Scottish poultry numbers have reached a 10-year low, following a major restructuring of the industry in Scotland.

  • SHEEPMEAT exports to France are important to the UK farming industry, but with the strength of sterling rising 10% alone in 2015 and 18% since March, 2014, fears are growing for the remainder of the year's trade - especially post-Easter.

  • HILL sheep farmers can look forward to a few more positive years under the new CAP reforms and the news that LFASS payments are likely to continue as they are until 2018.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • Top price at Harrison and Hetherington's annual show and sale of 85 Swaledale ewes and gimmers at Kirkby Stephen, was £2300 paid for the second prize ewe from JH and CL Harrison, Westerham, purchased by A and L Fawbert.

  • DINGWALL and Highland Marts sold 16 registered Cheviot and Blackface females at a recent show and sale, where trade peaked at £800.

  • THE annual multi-breed show and sale of breeding sheep at Bentham last week, saw trade hit a top of £1500 on two occassions.

  • A GOOD show of in-lamb Blackface females met a packed ringside and a huge demand at Lanark, with overall averages rising significantly on the year.

  • NORTH Country Cheviot females met a good demand at Lockerbie last Saturday, selling to a top of 1200gns.

Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • ABERDEENSHIRE beef and sheep farmer, Lloyd Fowlie, Guise of Tough, Alford, came home in style from last weekend's Jalex commercial sale in Northern Ireland, having purchased the top priced lot at £4100.

  • Bulls from Billy Robson and sons Michael and Norman, Kilbride Farm herd from Doagh, Ballyclare, topped at the Northern Ireland Club's Simmetnal spring show and sale, at Dungannon, with two selling for the equal top price of 3000gns.

  • A FANTASTIC entry of 1400 yearling and summer-born calves met a roaring trade and Harrison and Hetherington's show and sale of show potential calves, last week, where trade peaked at £3000.

  • IT WAS the champion from Ally Fraser, of Easter Clune, Lethan, which went on to top the Young Farmers' overwintering competition held at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' Thainstone centre last week.

  • TRADE peaked at 5400gns with a 91% clearance at a Northern Ireland club show and sale of Charolais at Dungannon Auction Mart.

Trends/Prices

Trends/Prices

  • UK dairy farmers may well be looking towards improved milk prices late in 2015, but the 'New Dawn for Dairy' report, states the industry could well be facing additional competition from producers in China and New Zealand, where costs of production are lower.

  • Scottish sheep farmers attended a live to dead event at Dunbia's plant in Preston, recently, as part of a project aimed at improving lamb supply chain efficiency.

  • SHEEPMEAT exports to France are important to the UK farming industry, but with the strength of sterling rising 10% alone in 2015 and 18% since March, 2014, fears are growing for the remainder of the year's trade - especially post-Easter.

  • Despite dairy commodities rallying somewhat in recent months, from their January lows, a report from Rabobank's food and agribusiness research and advisory department believes suppliers are far from out of the woods with the current price surge being difficult to justify.

  • A NEW beef supply arrangement looks set to deliver a higher value calf crop for dairy farmers, better efficiencies from the beef supply chain and improved long-term opportunities for British Beef.

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