Business

Business

  • A SIRLOIN steak from a Limousin cross steer won the McIntosh Donald/Tesco best Scotch steak competition at this year's Royal Highland Show.

  • GORDON and Alex Reid, from Mill of Haulkerton, Laurencekirk, topped this year's Asda/ABP steak competition at the Royal Highland Show, with a 24-month Aberdeen-Angus steer, bought at Thainstone in the autumn, which graded as R+4L and weighed 378kg.

  • MILK prices are unlikely to rise in the near future if the latest statistics from Agribusiness analysts at Rabobank, are to be believed.

  • AT long last, pig prices are beginning to show some signs of improvement following a relentless decline lasting almost a year, with values expected to rise slowly but surely as the year progresses.

  • AS predicted, prime lamb prices have plummeted over the past week, due to Ramadan, with some auction markets witnessing values drop anything from 10-20p per live kg on the week.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • Aberdeenshire Texel breeder, Robbie Wilson, who owns the Milnbank flock at North Dorlaithers, has come up trumps with a £10,000 private sale for his third prize gimmer from the Royal Highland Show.

  • A PEN of three Texel lambs from J Dunn and Co, Martnaham Mains, Dalrymple, triumphed to win the overall championship at a show and sale of 84 prime Texel lambs staged in conjunction with the Scottish Texel Sheep Breeders Club, at Ayr, on Monday.

  • IT was the champion pen at the West and Central Soctland Sheep Club's show of Suffolk-sired prime lambs which went on to top Craig Wilson's sale of 1109 prime lambs on Monday.

  • ABERDEENSHIRE Suffolk breeder, Mrs Irene Fowlie, Adziel, Strichen, repeated her success of two years ago by securing the top price of 750gns each for a pair of Suffolk gimmers at NSA Highland Sheep 2015.

  • BLACKFACE ewe hoggs were shown in good bloom at Wallets Marts' opening breeding sheep sale at Castle Douglas, on Monday, where the overall average dropped on the year but for 78 more sold.

Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • PEDIGREE Charolais cattle prices peaked at 4500gns at Newark, for the dispersal of David North's Newbrooton herd and the late Don Marshall's Cotehouse herd.

  • MILKING heifers from Jack and David Brewster's Boclair herd from Bearsden, Glasgow, provided most of the highlights at the Border and Lakeland club show and sale at Carlisle, securing the overall championship and two of the top three highest prices.

  • LOCAL breeders, Eric and Elaine Norman, led the trade at a society sale of pedigree Limousin bulls and females at Carlisle, last week, where an increased demand for bulls resulted in an improved average on the year and a 100% clearance.

  • AN Aberdeen-Angus bull from John Elliot jnr's Elliot herd from Kelso, has been sold privately for £20,000 to Abington Farms, Great Abington, Cambridgeshire.

  • THE Shorthorn Society's summer show and sale of Dairy Shorthorns at Beeston, last week, met a good trade, particularly for youngstock.

Trends/Prices

Trends/Prices

  • MILK prices are unlikely to rise in the near future if the latest statistics from Agribusiness analysts at Rabobank, are to be believed.

  • AT long last, pig prices are beginning to show some signs of improvement following a relentless decline lasting almost a year, with values expected to rise slowly but surely as the year progresses.

  • AS predicted, prime lamb prices have plummeted over the past week, due to Ramadan, with some auction markets witnessing values drop anything from 10-20p per live kg on the week.

  • AT LONG last, egg prices are on the rise and are likely to continue increasing as the continental market firms and more eggs are exported outwith the EU.

  • NEW season lamb prices have been creeping upwards over the past couple of weeks, but are unlikely to rise significantly and could drop again over the next three to four weeks with the start of Ramadan - the Muslim month of fasting.

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