Farmers Weekly Interactive

Archive | June, 2008

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Private sale smashes Blonde record

A Scottish commercial beef producer has paid a record price for a pedigree Blonde bull.   Islay cattleman James Porter paid 10,000gns for the bull to Fife pedigree Blonde breeder Bill Laird in a private deal brokered through Carlisle-based Harrison & Hetherington pedigree auctioneer David Thomlinson.   The breed’s previous UK record price was 8500gns […]

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Sensational store trade at Sedgemoor

Store cattle and stirks at Sedgemoor saw the average price break the £600 barrier at £623 a head for the 596 stores and stirks offered, with the top price being £1040 for a Charolais steer from Mr A P Parris of Taunton. Stirks topped at £665 for a British Blue steer with Limousins to £630. […]

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Steers averaging £632 at Bishops Castle

A good quality entry of 180 cattle went under the hammer at Bishops Castle Auction last week when steers averaged £632 a head and 153p/kg, with highs of £950 for a 660kg Charolais steer from W K Watkin, Kerry and 188p/kg for three 250kg steers from G E Balmer and Son, Snailbeach. Heifers averaged £576 […]

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Strong demand at dairy dispersal

Crowds gathered from as far as Lancashire and Staffordshire for the dispersal of David and Rosemary Fox’s first class Alvinstone herd near York.   Being in the Bluetongue surveillance zone meant trade was less buoyant on the better milking cattle. However, young stock saw great trade with 25 individuals making over 1500gns.   Topping the […]

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Shrewsbury sees best calf trade for four years.

Tuesday saw the best calf trade at Shrewsbury Auction Centre for four years, Auctioneers told.     Fierce bidding coupled with high quality calves resulted in an overall market average of £161 a head, including Friesian bulls, said auctioneer Tom Jones.     “Tuesday’s overall trade is certainly the best since I started selling calves […]

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Royal Norfolk pig success

Leading British Lop breeder Brian Upchurch took top honours at the Royal Norfolk Show yesterday with his successful show sow Greenway Harmony. Having won the White Breeds section, Harmony went head to head with another show great, the Saddleback sow Victoria Lottie 168 who won the coloured breeds section. The two sows are no stranger […]

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Royal Norfolk Show champions

Well yesterday was the first time I have been to the Royal Norfolk Show and I have to say I was more than impressed! With more than 600 livestock entered – an amazing result in terms of this year’s bluetongue problems – the stock looked great. I’m a beef girl at heart and I have to […]

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When Harry met Jimmy!!!!

HRH Prince Harry was at hand briefly at the Royal Norfolk Show on Wednesday and he took some time out to meet one or two of the exhibitors…..I just hope this particular one behaved himself!!! Take a look at our Norfolk picture gallery Full show results to follow shortly………

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Firm trade at Lanark

A small entry of cattle met a firm trade at Lanark market with 38 store cattle being sold. Of the 15 bullocks put forward prices ranged from 145.8p to 171.3p/kg for a pen of 324kg Simmental crosses from A Muirhead, Netherfauld House. A 646kg Limousin cross from T & E Lorimer, Birkwood Mains topped at […]

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Lack of cattle numbers at Colchester

An inadequate entry but some quality entries sparked a flying trade at Colchester Market. Plenty of cattle were over 190pkg and 16 cattle over the £1000 barrier.  The average included all sorts from Dexters to E Grade steers and heifers.  All steers averaged 169.15, all heifers 155.19, all bulls 126.05, and all cattle 156.58.   […]

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