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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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MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Analysis: How livestock auctions fit in today's meat markets

There is a certain nostalgia associated with trading livestock at a live mart – it is, after all, a system that has operated well for more than 200 years. But…

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Beef and lamb markets: Will record-breaking prices continue?

Farming has become much more expensive in the past 12 months, but will record-breaking prices continue to cover across-the-board inflation? Rising input costs resulted from a hike in fuel prices,…

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Head-to-head: Which is best? Selling liveweight or deadweight

Wondering whether stock could have been sold for a better price elsewhere inevitably follows market day or the sight of the wagon leaving through the farm gate. Each farm has…

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Store prices set fair with lamb kill back 16%

Store lamb averages remained defiantly strong through mid-October, buoyed by finishers securing large numbers of horned lambs and a resurgence in prime lamb values. An average store lamb was £76.53…

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Beef price hike needed to safeguard summer supply

Fears over a summer beef shortage are growing as unprecedented forward cereal prices and rising costs make more farms question the viability of cattle-finishing. Unless prices start moving quickly towards…

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Spring lambs lift £18 as hogg volume clears

A surge in spring lamb trade was carried into the start of the week, suggesting the hogg mountain has almost shifted. Market forces have supported a 50p/kg rise in spring…

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World-record 180,000gns bid for Lim bull at Carlisle

Limousin records were smashed by a joint 180,000gns world-record bid for the first bull offered by the Graiggoch herd at Carlisle’s May sale on Saturday 7 May. Graiggoch Rambo from…

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Fears of suckler downsizing amid cull-cow bonanza

Alarm bells are ringing over suckler herd liquidation as a paper-thin gap between cull and prime beef deadweight prices props up national beef production. Cashing in decent R-grade suckler cows…

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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…

DAIRY

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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