Business

Business

  • ONE of the longest established and most successful Simmental herds in the UK is to be dispersed on Saturday, September 12, at United Auctions' Stirling Agricultural Centre.

  • ONE of Scotland's best-known family farming businesses has had another successful year, culminating in the building of a £6m egg processing facility.

  • IN contrast to prime cattle prices which have slowly slipped south in recent weeks, store cattle values appear to be racing ahead, with many sales witnessing higher returns - virtually on a weekly basis, as finishers look to cash in on the abundance of cheap feed available.

  • Dogs met a good strong trade at Skipton Auction Mart's first sale of working sheep dogs of 2015, where the trade was topped at 4500gns.

  • SCOTCH Beef and Lamb will be on retail shelves throughout Sweden as a result of a new partnership involving Quality Meat Scotland on behalf of the Scottish red meat industry, and Swedish retail giant, ICA

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • 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.

  • THE prime cattle and hogg champions went on to top Skipton Auction Mart's February show and sale, last week.

  • SCOTTISH beef and sheep producer, Hugh Montgomery, Assloss, Kilmarnock, made his presence felt at Skipton Auction Marts' first registered sheep sale of the year, having bought the two highest priced Bluefaced Leicester females at £580 and £500.

  • Despite the bitterly cold weather, trade remained buoyant at the annual sale of Bluefaced Leicester females at Hawes, where a ewe hogg from the Lord brothers' Hewgill flock from Kirkby Stephen, led the way selling for £5000.

Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • FLECKVIEH cattle sold at the Hamilton family's sale from Slategarry, at Dungannon Auction Mart, saw 49 of the 52 head on offer find new homes, with a top price of 3200gns for a bull and £3000 for a cross-bred female, while pedigree milking heifers peaked at 2500gns.

  • ONE of the longest established and most successful Simmental herds in the UK is to be dispersed on Saturday, September 12, at United Auctions' Stirling Agricultural Centre.

  • THE Walkers from Brennand Farm, Dunsop Bridge, led the way at Craven Auction Mart's show and sale of store cattle, at Skipton, winning all but one of the main championships, as well as landing the top price.

  • CHAROLAIS bulls in particular, met a flying trade selling to 9200gns at Wednesday's multi-breed sale of pedigree bulls held alongside the Royal Northern Spring Show at Thainstone Agricultural Centre.

  • DESPITE a strong show on offer and a top of £4000, exhibition calves met a selective demand at the Royal Northern Spring Show, held at Aberdeen and Northern Marts, Thainstone, on Wednesday.

Trends/Prices

Trends/Prices

  • IN contrast to prime cattle prices which have slowly slipped south in recent weeks, store cattle values appear to be racing ahead, with many sales witnessing higher returns - virtually on a weekly basis, as finishers look to cash in on the abundance of cheap feed available.

  • SCOTCH Beef and Lamb will be on retail shelves throughout Sweden as a result of a new partnership involving Quality Meat Scotland on behalf of the Scottish red meat industry, and Swedish retail giant, ICA

  • BEEF and sheep farmers are consistently reminded of the need to improve levels of efficiency and production if they are to make money without the Single Farm Payment, and while the best are, the gap between the top third and the average is rising, while a large proportion fail to cover their costs without financial assistance.

  • AVERAGE net profits from specialist pig farms for 2014/15 are set to slip by more than 20% - the largest proportional fall for any type of farm - according to the latest forecasts from Defra.

  • A DEAL worth up to (£11.1m) per year to supply the first beef from Europe, to the US since the lifting of the BSE-related ban, has been done between Ireland's ABP Food Group and the US.

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