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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

Farmer Focus: Mortality looks to be at 4-5% this lambing

We had lambed two-thirds of the ewes by the end of April. The Myomax gene-carrying lambs are all on the ground, along with the majority of the main flock. We…

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TAKING STOCK

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…

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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…

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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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Hereford records broken at Designer Genes Sale

Shrewsbury market hosted the third Designer Genes Sale of Hereford genetics over the weekend (7-8 December), with breed bull, female, semen and embryo records broken. Bull trade only consisted of…

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Commercial milkers £100 a head dearer on the year

Dairy cattle trade has remained strong into the autumn, with bovine TB culling and ample forage stocks supporting demand. Freshly calved cows and heifers were £108 and £138 dearer on…

LIVESTOCK

Store lambs firm as prime price plateaus

Store lamb prices are holding up despite smaller lambs starting to come forward and prime prices continuing to plateau. Market prices for prime lambs are in the usual seasonal slump,…

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Solid trade lifts averages £24 at Builth

Commercial farmers came out in force to support firm prices at the National Sheep Association Wales and Border Main Ram Sale at Builth Wells this week (23 September). Fewer sheep…

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Fast trade sees Kelso averages lift by £16

Trade was faster this year at Kelso on Friday 13 September, as spirited commercial and pedigree bidding lifted overall averages by £16 to £698. This is the second-highest average after…

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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…

DAIRY

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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