Farmers Weekly Interactive

Tweedale dispersal tops 13,000gns

Trade surpassed expectations when the noted British Blue Tweeddale herd of Jonathan Watson and his uncle Brian Redhead, Bowsden Moor Farm, Northumberland, went under the hammer last week (21 August) and secured a top call of 13,000gns. More than 65 head were forward for sale, along with 102 frozen embryos. Emotions were running high for […]

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Border and Lakeland dairy sale tops 1,920gns

Trade was up on the month at the Border and Lakeland pedigree dairy sale at Carlisle on Wednesday (19 August) Leading the sale at 1,920gns was B and V Davidson of the Errolston herd, Dumfriesshire, with their 2013-born heifer Errolston Sudan Empress. By VA-Early Dawn Sudan Empress was sold fresh to W Brewster, Wester Borland […]

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Trade Talk: Not all doom and gloom as stores and calves sell well

By Stephen Walker, auctioneer and manager at Leyburn Auction Mart. I’ve just looked back at the last feature I wrote on trade at the back end of 2013 and it was a rather gloomy affair then and here we go again. Trade continues to be down. At the end of July at our weekly sale […]

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£1,900 high at monthly Lancaster dairy sale

A smaller show of dairy cattle were forward at Lancaster’s monthly dairy sale on Monday (17 August) with a top price of £1,900. Leading trade was W and C Gorst and Son, Hole of Ellel, with their heifer Saltoke Jeeves Rebecca 157. She was sold giving 31litres. Next at £1,800 was the day’s champion Kirkwood […]

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Bumper crop of calves sell to £660 at Skipton

A bumper sale of calves was seen at Skipton Auction Mart’s summer rearing calf show and sale on Monday (17 August) with 187 youngstock forward. Leading trade at £660 was the day’s reserve champion the British Blue-cross heifer calf from Peter, Paul and Shaun Sowray, Bowes Green Farm, Bishop Thornton. By Maidenlands Force, this one […]

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Strong ram entry at Lancaster leads to £880 top

The annual show and sale of terminal sire rams at Lancaster attracted a strong entry of rams, although trade was selective with well-grown, good conformation rams in strong demand. Leading the day’s top price at £880 was the reserve champion, a Beltex x shearling from ST Birkett of Hall Croft. James and Joe Wannop of […]

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Well-hung superstar son delights bidders at Carlisle Beltex sale

The Beltex Sheep Society’s opening sale of the season at Carlisle saw strong demand from both pedigree and commercial breeders, with an increase in the number of sheep sold on last year and three five figure sales. Trade reached a high of 16,000gns in the shearling ram section, with the top price paid for Black […]

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New season lamb slump continues

New season lamb sales continue to struggle with trade mostly back on the week across the UK. At Knighton Market last week (13 August), lamb trade continued downwards, averaging 146.91 p/kg and selling to 153p/kg/ £53.50 a head for 35kg Suffolk x lambs from J Watts, Lower Trebert Cottage. Top price a head was £88.50 […]

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Gascoines bull sells in 18,000gns private deal

 Nottinghamshire-based Limousin breeders Doug and Rachel Gascoine have sold their young Limousin bull Gascoines James in a private deal to Thor Atkinson for the Arradfoot herd, Ulverston, Cumbria, for £18,000. James, a son of the 10,800gns sire Heathmount Trojan, who won overall champion at Balmoral in 2003, and is out of Cockleshell Dishy, a daughter […]

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Trade Talk: Sheep trade plummets to new low but new record set for dairy calves

By Keith Spencer, Monmouthshire Livestock Auctioneers. When farmers and farming are making headlines on the national news it is rarely a good sign and the present situation is no exception. Dairy farmers have been feeling the pinch for some time now, with many receiving less than the cost of production for their milk.  The only […]

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