Business

Business

  • QUALITY Meat Scotland's 2014 'Love Scotch Lamb' public relations campaign has been announced as a finalist in a major industry award, just weeks ahead of the launch of the 2015 campaign.

  • SCOTTISH livestock breeder, Colin Wight, Carwood, Biggar, and Northern Ireland's David Connolly, have been appointed onto the council of management of the British Charolais Cattle Society, to stand alongside fellow breeder, Steven Nesbitt, who has been re-elected as chairman and president, Cyril Millar.

  • SHEEP scab, an increasingly serious problem for British sheep farmers, was a discussion topic at the recent Clyde monitor farm meeting, hosted by monitor farmer Andrew Baillie, at Carstairs Mains in South Lanarkshire.

  • 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.

  • It might have been a dreich day, but three trailer loads of Shorthorn breeders enjoyed the Scottish club's visit to the Biggar family's 75-cow Chapelton herd at CAstle Douglas last weekend.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • A QUALITY show of store lambs was forward at the Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers' Mart's opening sale, at Longtown, on Tuesday.

  • HEADING up Lawrie and Symington's sale of 1658 new season lambs at Lanark on Monday was the champion pen from the Scottish Texel Sheep Breeders Club's show and sale of Texel prime lambs.

  • THE champion from the pre-sale show, an aged ram from Jen Heathcote, led the Southdown Sheep Society Premier Sale, at Maidstone, selling for 1050gns.

  • SCOTTISH buyers were to the fore at Monday's sale of Suffolks through the Borderway Mart, which consisted of the entire gimmer crop from Jonathon Watson and Brian Redhead's Brijon flock as well as the complete dispersal of Lee Bethell's Bethell flock.

  • DESPITE a lead bid of 21,000gns for the best from Welsh breeder, Myfyr Evans' Rhaeadr flock, ram lamb averages dropped £140 per head, but for 21% more sold at the Suffolk National sale at Shrewsbury last week.

Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • A FOURTH calved Holstein cow giving 55 litres per day, secured the lead price of £2100 at Craven Auction Mart's July dairy sale, at Skipton, on Monday.

  • IT was a sad day for all concerned at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, recently, when the Shand family, from Chapelford, Lossiemouth, dispersed its Holstein herd.

  • JUST shy of £112,000 changed hands at Norman and Elma Cruickshank's dispersal of the Normande pedigree Limousin herd from Cowford, Cleghorn, Lanark.

  • THERE was an almost full clearance of heifers at the Border and Lakeland Holstein Club show and sale at Carlisle, last week, where trade peaked at 1500gns for the champion from David Brewster's Boclair herd from Glasgow.

  • STORE cattle met a strong demand at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' show and sale, last week, where averages improved on the year and the champion topped the trade at £1600.

Trends/Prices

Trends/Prices

  • 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.

  • DESPITE claims of mass over production throughout many countries in the EU, the overall milk yield is expected to rise by a mere 1% this year.

  • GROWING confidence in the beef sector on the back of much improved prime values have not only bolstered demand for breeding females but also the store trade with several centres enjoying some of the their best ever sales.

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