FOLLOWING TWO disastrous weeks for prime lambs in mid-July, when values plummeted 25%, prices are on the way back up with the majority of live markets witnessing significant increases during the past 10 days.
Dumfriesshire Suffolk breeders, Iain and Judith Barbour, who run the Solwaybank flock at Rosefield, Annan, continued on their winning ways at the main breed sale at United Auctions, Stirling, securing the top price of 36,000gns.
Modern British Charolais genetics are being recognised for higher performance which combined with greatly improved calving ease, are leaving premiums worth more than £130 per head for commercial producers, according to the breed society's Alasdair Houston.
SHEEP FARMERS have been brought down to earth with a massive thump, with the trade for prime lambs having plummeted by more than 60p per kg on the week over the past 10 days, primarily due to an increase in supplies.
BUYERS WERE cautious at the Suffolk Sheep Society's first ram sale of the season at Shrewsbury, last weekend, where a top price of 17,000gns was for one from Iain and Judith Barbour's Annan-based Solwaybank flock.
A FAMILY business comprising 316 Holstein cows with a herd average of 12,718kg at 3.81%BF and 3.0%P on a three times daily milking regime, and 266 followers has triumphed to win this year's prestigious NMR/RABDF Gold Cup.