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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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Holstein bulls sell to 5,000gns at Dungannon

Pedigree Holstein bulls attracted a strong demand at the Northern Ireland club’s 29th annual autumn show and sale, hosted by Taaffe Auctions at Dungannon. Prices peaked at 5,000gns, and following…

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Brisk bull trade at Balmoral tops at 3,600gns

There was brisk bidding at Balmoral multi-breed bull sales last weekend (29 October), with prices topping at 3,600gns for a British Blue bull. Chatham Josh, an all-white British Blue from…

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Hereford reduction sale tops at 3,100gns

A reduction of the Mara herd of Herefords on behalf of Bob and Margaret Borwick, Preston Deanery, Northampton, last week (29 October) saw 30 lots net a total of £58,750…

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5,800gns top call for Skipton dogs

Welsh and Irish dogs had the pick of the trade at Skipton Auction Mart’s autumn working sheep dog sale last week (28 October).   The day’s top call of 5,800gns…

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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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Holstein dispersal sees 10 make 2,000gns or more

Drought and winter feed worries meant trade was restrained on older cows or cows with faults, but a well-attended on-farm sale saw 10 cows make more than 2,000gns and a…

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Thame averages slide £12.50 as drought affects buying

Grazing concerns and a drop in ewe condition were the main drought-related factors that restrained prices at Thame last week (2-3 August) as 25,821 sheep went under the hammer. Averages…

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Early store lambs back, but trade strong for short-keeps

Opening store lamb sales have understandably seen prices back on the year after the driest summer for a generation has left buyers cautious. Some centres have been pleasantly surprised by…

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Heatwave takes 10p/kg a head off prime cattle

Beef prices have come under major pressure in July, although auctioneers state that the biggest losses are being felt in the deadweight market. Great Britain’s live mart steer average was…

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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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