ORTONGRANGE entries from Richard Martin's production sale from Great Orton, dominated most of the proceeded at the first Border and Lakeland Holstein Club sale of the year at Carlisle, securing the majority of lead prices.
It is tragic times when the loss of a milk contract results in the dispersal of any herd, but that was exactly the scenario at Beeston Auction Mart, when virtually the entire milking portion of David and Andrew Shakeshaft's Dilandy herd from Whattall, Colemere, Shropshire, had to be sold off.
THIS YEAR may be the year of the goat in China, and Scotland's Year of Food and Drink, but for many Scottish livestock farmers, it is the 'Year of the Bull Sales', with UA celebrating its 150th anniversary selling pedigree bulls.
Despite the dismal milk trade, the first Mid-Month sale of pedigree and commercial dairy cattle at Beeston Auction Mart, attracted an entry of 360 head of which more than 280 were fresh milkers, with 23 prices of more than £2000.
THERE will undoubtedly be numerous celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Bull Sales, but a huge amount of business will also be done over the next month at United Auctions' Stirling Agricultural Centre, which has attracted no fewer than 913 bulls and 292 females from 10 different beef breeds.
THERE was a 91% clearance rate, averages were up by £87 and the solid trade was led by a 4000gns top price at the British Limousin Cattle Society Sale of haltered and unhaltered females at Ballymena, following the calf show.
All classes of dairy cattle proved hard to cash at Craig Wilson's January show and sale of Holstein dairy cattle at Ayr, on Tuesday, where a top price of 2150gns was achieved for the champion, a red and white calved heifer from Robert Hunter, West Tarbrax, Shotts.
Welsh Black bulls sold to a top of 10,500gns at the first society sale of the year at Dolgellau, Wales, when a 21-month-old home-bred entry from Robert Pugh, Gwynedd, sold to neighbouring breeder, WH Evans, Eithin Fynydd.