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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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Builth Wells Market to reopen after Sunderlands takes control

Livestock sales are to resume at a Welsh auction mart that had been under threat of closure. Sunderlands has purchased Brightwells’ minority shareholding and taken full control of Hereford Market…


Buoyant prime trade lifts store lambs

Store lamb buyers have shown early confidence by giving more for lambs as July prime prices track at £11-£13 a head up on the year. National price indicators from AHDB…


Alternative dates emerging to replace 2020 Kelso tup sales

Contingency sale plans are forming after one of the world’s largest single-day ram sales has been cancelled, for the third time in its 182-year history due to Covid-19 restrictions. The…


Wales and Border Ram Sale launched online

An online map of sheep breeders has been launched to replace the usual auction ring bidding at one of the country’s leading ram sales due to Covid-19. The National Sheep…

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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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