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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: 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…


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…

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More ewes go for feeding in attempt to mitigate Brexit risks

An abundance of grass and sky-high store lamb values have prompted feeders to buy more light cull ewes this autumn as a more “Brexit-proof” investment for next year. Amid fierce…


Stirling: Islavale leads Simmentals with 14,000gns brace

Strong commercial interest for long, clean bulls with good milk figures to produce good females were in demand in the Simmental ring at Stirling on Monday 19 October. Four bulls…


Stirling: Lims top at 9,500gns with Homebyres Potter

Limousins had averages buoyed by firm commercial demand for a strong show of bulls at Stirling on Monday (19 October) despite difficult circumstances. A smaller entry on the year met…


Stirling: Charolais sell less but average lifts £1,068

Averages were over £1000 higher on the year in the Charolais ring last week (18 October) but a smaller yarding saw clearance rates drop to 60%. Society chief executive Peter…

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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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