Farm Stock continues to grow as a business and reached new heights in the 2011/12 financial year which ended on 31 March 2012. Turnover grew to a record £12m and although high stock prices were a contributing factor, numbers of both sheep and cattle also hit a record high at 153,618 livestock units. Sheep numbers at 112,598 increased by 4% on the previous year and cattle numbers also rose to well over 4000 handled during the year. The number of farmers trading through Farm Stock also increased with many taking up group membership and becoming shareholders in the developing business. ‘We are particularly pleased with the increase in sheep numbers’ said Farm Stock Chairman Ian Watson ‘as the ability to offer substantial volume [...]
Farm Stock (Scotland) Ltd is a farmer owned, livestock marketing co-operative dedicated to maximising returns to livestock producers. Based in the Scottish borders and operating throughout central and southern Scotland, it is owned by five regional livestock marketing groups – Scott Country Lamb, Lothian Lamb, Galloway Lamb, Ayrshire Lamb and Caledonian Organics. With well over 1000 participating farmers, Farm Stock is the largest single co-operative of its type operating within the Scottish livestock industry handling large numbers of both sheep and cattle with an annual turnover in excess of £12 million.
As a farmers’ co-op Farm Stock’s role is to ensure that producers achieve the highest possible net returns by maximising livestock prices and by minimising marketing costs. Prime stock are marketed on a deadweight basis to a UK wide network of abattoirs and store and breeding stock are traded direct from farm to farm.