Business

Business

  • DAIRYCO'S latest spring block-calving index, released in April, remains unchanged at the top as the Jersey sires Danish VJ Tester, Danish VJ Link and Danish DJ Holmer, retain their lead postitions.

  • TWO Canadian Enforcer sons have retained the top two places in the latest DairyCo young genomic sire index in April, based on Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI).

  • TEXEL breeders will soon be at the forefront of the UK sheep breeding industry thanks to the establishment of a network of Texel phenotyping farms and the collection of data for the development of novel estimated breeding values (EBV) and genomic indexes.

  • A NEW diagnostic blood test for sheep scab infestation has been developed at the Moredun, with work now being carried out by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

  • RICHARD Jones (pictured) has recently joined Holstein UK as its new chief executive officer.

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

  • HUSBAND and wife duo, Harry and Lynwen Emslie, lifted both champion and reserve tickets at a show and sale of store cattle at Thainstone, last week.

  • FATHER and son team, John and William McMordie, of Ballygowan, County Down, led the bull entry at the Hereford Cattle Society spring sale at Hereford, on Tuesday, with sales at 10,800gns, 10,500gns and 8200gns.

  • IT was a bumper day for the Wilson family and their Warnelview herd from Wood Farm, Thursby, last week, as they led the way at the annual spring show and sale of pedigree Holstein and British Friesian bulls, at Carlisle.

  • SOME determined bidding for the best lots on offer led to a solid sale of pedigree Limousins at Newark, last week, where 189 bulls and females sold at a British Limousin Cattle Society sale.

  • STORE cattle reached a top of 293.3p per kg and £1420 at Dingwall and Highland Marts' show and sale, last week, where for the first time this season trade reflected the current situation within the prime sector.

Trends/Prices

Trends/Prices

  • MORE cattle carcases are meeting the R4L or better target specification year-on-year according to Eblex's latest analysis of 2014 carcase classification data.

  • SHEEP numbers processed in abattoirs and sold through livestock auction marts have continued to rise steadily according to reports released by both the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and the Livestock Auctioneers' Association (LAA).

  • SHEEP numbers processed in abattoirs and sold through livestock auction marts have continued to rise steadily according to reports released by both the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and the Livestock Auctioneers' Association (LAA).

  • 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.

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