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Harrison and Hetherington have announced the details of the 2021 pedigree judges for the pedigree calf shows being held as part of Agri Expo which takes place at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on Friday October 29.
As Cumbria enjoyed a two-day heatwave, record numbers of sheep competed at the Westmorland County Show and the cattle rings were graced with the presence of Princess Anne and Sophie Countess of Wessex.
Confidence in the breeding sheep trade looked to be holding up at Thame Summer Sheep Fair, where averages were generally up for most breeds and a clearance rate of 97.3 per cent for the 16,953 sheep penned was achieved.
The Suffolk breed record in Northern Ireland was smashed three times and equalled twice at the Suffolk Sheep Society Northern Ireland Branch premier export show and sale at Ballymena, where 157 averaged £1,976.
THE online timed auction of sheep dogs hosted by Farmers Marts (R.G. Jones), Dolgellau, topped at £10,600 plus buyer’s premium, for the three-month-old bitch pup, Newbold Caz, setting a new world record for a pup.
NEW at this year’s Borderway Agri-Expo to be held on October 29 at Carlisle is the David Thomlinson Lifetime Achievement Award which aims to recognise commitment, success and accomplishment within livestock farming industry.
THE cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 Royal Welsh Show, along with all other events on the showground, and ongoing uncertainty about the lifting of restrictions has meant it has been a challenging time for the society.
THE Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA) is questioning the science and evidence behind Defra’s decision to no longer allow cattle from Assured Finishing Units (AFUs) to be sold at Dedicated Red Markets in the low risk are
Charollais from Bruce and Gregor Ingram’s Loanhead flock, Inverurie, dominated the MV accredited sheep inter-breed championships on the first day of the Royal Highland Showcase, taking both the individual and pairs titles.
THE seven-year-old stock bull, Ampertaine Jackpot, led the trade at £20,000 at the dispersal of the Inland Pasture herd of commercial breeding cattle on behalf of Simon and June Cadzow, Berwick upon Tweed.
British Blonde bulls sold to a high of 12,000gns at Carlisle for Hallfield Plato, a November 2019-born son of Broccagh Kingfisher out of Hallfield Mia from P. Weightman and Sons, Peterlee. It sold to Messrs Atkinson, Ulversto
The switch from selling sheepdogs in the field at live auction to timed auctions, therefore, opening sales up to a wider audience, is thought to be a key factor in the boom in prices over the last year or so.