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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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Joylan and Heavenly herds bow out with £1m sale

The dispersal of the Joylan and Heavenly herds on behalf of the Swale family met tremendous trade with 21 lots averaging 3000gns or more and trade topping at 9,500gns when…


Trueman Limousin sale tops 17,100gns

The Trueman Limousin online sale met fierce demand, with a lead price of 17,100gns and a 100% clearance. Henry Savage and Sons, Cullyhanna, put together a tempting catalogue representing the…


Valais Blacknose lead pedigree sheep trade at Carlisle

Prices peaked at 6,500gns at the Swiss Beauties Sales of Valais Blacknose Sheep from Richard and Selina Beattie’s County Tyrone flock, at Carlisle at the weekend (Saturday 8 August). The…


Early breeding sheep sales up £10-£20 on year

Early breeding sheep sales have been buoyed by sheep farmers investing profits from dearer prime and store lamb trades.    Analysts said global sheepmeat supplies are tight, however the UK…

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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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