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'Bouyant' South Devons £681 dearer at Exeter

Averages lifted £681 on the year at a much more buoyant South Devon Spring Sale at Exeter, hitting a top of 5,400gns on Thursday (6 April). Strong local demand was…

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Charolais bull trade peaks at 25,000gns

Charolais bulls met a solid commercial trade at Stirling on Tuesday 21 February at the breed’s official spring sale, when bidding peaked at 25,000gns. Nine lots traded at five-figure sums…

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Stock sales 2016: Brexit has positive effect on trade

Political manoeuvrings rarely help the unpredictable business of making a profit from primestock, but the effect of the Brexit vote during 2016 actually benefited beef and sheep producers. For those…

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Limousins sell to 5,100gns at Welshpool

The North West Midlands and North Wales Club show and sale of Limousin cattle saw prices rise to 5,100gns at Welshpool on the weekend (26 November), with the Sarkley herd…

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4 of the highest prices from the Perfection Collection sale

The highly anticipated Perfection Sale of world-class pedigree dairy cattle at Shrewsbury Market, Shropshire, at the weekend (21 April), saw bidding peak at £22,575 with a new record average of…

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Livestock sector: Prices and trade predictions for 2018

Analysts are tentatively predicting solid prime beef prices and looking for exchange rates to keep demand high for UK lamb in what could be a bumper year for production. A…

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Council faces legal action over plans to sell cattle market

A district council in the South West could face legal action from a local town council over its plans to sell the county’s last traditional cattle market to a budget…

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National cow shortage pushes up cull prices

Phenomenal and at times record cull cow prices have been unable to coax more cows to market, as auctioneers report a national average price of 132.88p/kg to start June. This…

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Slaughter figures suggest cull ewes are returning to farms

Live mart cull ewe throughputs are up this year, but Defra slaughter figures are back, leading analysts to suspect more cull ewes are returning to farms. Data up to 25…

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Lamb trade drops £20 a head during Ramadan

Medium-term prime lamb forecasts remain buoyant despite trade tumbling during Ramadan (17 May to 16 June). Marts are pointing to a combination of steadily increasing new season lamb (NSL) supplies…

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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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