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Market trends and prices analysis from the major commercial and pedigree sheep and cattle livestock rings, including Kelso tup sales, Stirling bull sales and the Thame Sheep fair. Keep abreast of the trade in cull ewes, barren cows, dairy cows, prime beef and lamb and store lamb and cattle.



Coronavirus lifts lamb trade, but will it be short-lived?

Frantic buying at livestock markets amid the coronavirus has seen new-season lambs hit 300p/kg, with national averages up £32 a head on the year. There have been concerns that New…


Autumn store sales hit by beef crash

Early suckled calf and store cattle sales is feeling the pinch this autumn as finished cattle trades at £150-£200 less than a year ago. Many centres have seen calf trade…


Prime lamb market starts year on positive note

A cautious prime lamb market has seen prices track upwards into 2019 to start the year on a positive note. Stronger trade is being helped by tightening supply, according to…


Livestock markets 2018: A year of extremes

No year in recent memory comes close to 2018 in terms of the weather’s effect on British livestock production. A long winter depleted hay and silage stocks, which was then…

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Virus forecast to erode store lamb margins

Hogg finishers targeting the late market after paying elevated store prices might be pleased to break even after supply chains have been rocked by the coronavirus outbreak. Lamb prices tumbled…


Bulls see huge demand before coronavirus lockdown

Intense red meat demand through butcher and wholesale routes saw finished bulls reach historic highs last week as Covid-19 panic buying saw Britain stock up on beef. Clean cattle lifted…


Coronavirus: Marts suspend breeding stock sales

Sales of breeding stock at auction marts have been suspended with immediate effect in England and Wales due to the coronavirus pandemic. The sale of prime stock, cull animals and…


Coronavirus: Traders only at livestock marts, say auctioneers

The Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA) says it is monitoring the coronavirus situation “on an hourly basis” to ensure marts do not become sites of concern for farmers. Marts are open…

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Video: Stirling bull sales brings more records

Over 8,000 visitors flocked to Stirling to see this year’s Stirling bull sales where records were set and elite genetics once again found new commercial and pedigree homes. Several new…


Video: All the action at UK Dairy Day

The UK Dairy Day was busier than ever this year. The event, held at Telford International Centre on Wednesday 13 September, attracted 8,422 visitors. And with 310 trade stands, 83 cattle…

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