THREE Scottish sheep breeders made their mark at the NSA Wales and Border Ram sale at the Royal Welsh Showground, on Monday, forking out the joint top price of 6800gns to buy the sale leader - a Texel shearling ram.
DEMAND was strong for top end Beltex on offer at the Beltex Scotland sale at Lanark, last week, where a top price of 2300gns was for the best from Neale and Janet McQuistin's Airyolland flock, from New Luce.
A NEW division and brand for pedigree livestock insurance cover has been launched by the Harrison and Hetherington Group - in-Livestock will operate as part of H and H Insurance Brokers, initially specialising in insurance for pedigree cattle and sheep sold through the auction and farm-to-farm.
IT may be sunny and warm for September, but prime lamb prices are in virtual free fall with most of the auction marts over the past week witnessing values fall in excess of 10p per live kg on the previous seven days.
GB pig values have again fallen on the week, with latest GB DAPP (UK spec') price sitting at 155.21p per deadweight kg - the lowest this year - which is again down on the week, and a massive 10p per kg lower on the year and on the 164.5p seasonal peak seen at the beginning of June.
ONE of the UK's leading turkey farm businesses, Usk Vale, South Wales, has ventured into pedigree Texels, with the private purchase of Alastair Gault's Balmoral Show champion, Forkins Una, from the Forkins flock, from Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.
FEWER cattle and increased demand has bolstered the prime beef trade in recent weeks, with GB average deadweight prices in almost all categories rising on the week - for the second consecutive week - to 328.8p per kg deadweight, up 2p.