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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…

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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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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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Stirling: Bumper Shorthorn sale sees Meonside break record

Two breed records were set in the Beef Shorthorn ring at Stirling on Sunday 21 February – a record bull price and a record sale average. Trade rocketed more than…

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Carlisle Limousin bulls average lifts £1,400 to £8,118

Averages were buoyed by spirited pedigree and commercial bidding at Carlisle’s Limousin sale on Saturday (20 February), as 11 lots passed the 10,000gns mark. Ringside buyers competed with bids over…

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Stirling: Galcantray herd tops Angus sale at 15,000gns

A strong Angus trade topped with the Galcantray herd at 15,000gns and seven other five-figure calls on Saturday (20 February). Prices did not reach the 25,000gns highs of last year,…

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Flocks invest to lift ewe and lamb outfits by £10 a life

Flocks have ploughed last year’s profits back into breeding sheep, lifting many in-lamb ewes by £30 on the year and ewes with lambs by £10 a life. Exeter and Sedgemoor’s…

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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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