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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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Store values up with prime cattle numbers back 6%

Numbers have tightened at beef saleyards across the country, stoking an already red-hot summer store cattle trade. Many English finishers have been quoted £4.05-£4.10/kg from deadweight beef buyers. Likewise, prime…

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200,000gns bid sets Suffolk record at Lanark

A record-breaking bid of 200,000gns for the Salopian flock topped the Suffolk Sheep Society’s Scottish Area sale at Lanark last week (23 July). The ram lamb V87:21:00850 was bred by…

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Hay weather opens week with lambs £3.50 dearer

Ideal hay and silaging conditions and apprehension over post-Eid demand reduced prime lamb volumes by 20% at the start of the week, lifting trade. Monday’s prime lamb SQQ settled at…

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Landrace boar takes top prize at Great Yorkshire

A young British Landrace boar was named supreme champion pig at the final day of the Great Yorkshire Show (13-16 July). MaeRose Dromus, known as Derek, and owned by Chris…

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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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