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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.

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Farmer Focus: Wetter winters mean housing more sheep

It feels like not an awful lot has changed since my previous article. The monotonous tasks of winter feeding and bedding seems to consume most of the daily routine here,…

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60 years of livestock markets and how they’ve changed

Taking Stock looks over the seismic changes in the livestock sector through the lens of the UK’s livestock marts over the past 60 years. Over the past 60 years, there…

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What have livestock markets learned from 2020?

Livestock markets will enter 2021 with cautious optimism following a vintage year.   Higher throughputs and prices for prime cattle and lambs, milkers and breeding sheep proved the resilience of…

TAKING STOCK

60 years of livestock markets and how they’ve changed

Taking Stock looks over the seismic changes in the livestock sector through the lens of the UK’s livestock marts over the past 60 years. Over the past 60 years, there…

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Coronavirus: Online livestock auctions - how they work

Over the past week, we have seen markets close their doors due to the coronavirus outbreak, with others limiting the sale of stock to primestock, cull animals and store animals…

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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…

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Nock Deighton to reopen Carmarthen livestock mart

Livestock sales are to resume at Carmarthen mart under Nock Deighton – but no date has been set for the reopening. The mart, which serves an important livestock region, has…

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Flying sheep-breeding trade on cards if grass comes

A cold, dry spring has subdued talk of a red-hot breeding sheep trade this summer. National flock size, lamb prices, demand for cull sheep and ewe hogg numbers slaughtered this…

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'Market-top' debate follows 5-10p/kg beef processor cuts

Processor price cuts of 5-10p/kg have left beef finishers asking whether trade has hit a market top or if processors are “playing games” to draw out more cattle. Many factory…

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Cull cows rise 25p/kg with numbers at 100-year low

Factory and farmer demand has fuelled a six-week rally in the barren cow ring that has buoyed a trade already flying as a result of historically low supplies. National liveweight…

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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…

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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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