11th May 2018

11th May 2018

Trainee Livestock Procurement Officers Wanted…

Trainee Livestock Procurement Officers Wanted…

Farm Stock (Scotland) Ltd, Scotland’s largest farmer owned livestock marketing cooperative, is looking to appoint two Trainee Livestock Procurement Officers to help realise its ambitious growth targets and expansion plans. For further information please follow the link… http://farmstock.org.uk/agricultural-opportunity/

Cattle

Finished cattle are getting more and more difficult to find, with Angus cattle numbers very tight. Changing retail demand is really driving the trade for Black cattle and the price is now in excess of 420p/kg. Further rises likely as the BBQ season finally gets under way. Conventional continentals 380-382p/kg on the “R” in the last week, more needed.

Cow numbers have picked up now calving is well under way in a lot of cases. There seems to be several empty cows around which is quite understandable given the Winter and Spring we have just had. If you need to unload some barren cows quickly to raise some cash or reduce numbers please get in touch about the best options available.

Veal bulls under 12 months and black and white bulls 12-15 months needed on a weekly basis to meet demand.

Store cattle available to suit all pockets. Good Angus bulling heifers and heifers with calves at foot available. Rearing dairy calves ready on farm, on and off the milk.

Sheep

Demand for finished sheep remains very firm with base prices between 550-560p dependent on quality. Lights, 12-15kg to 500p/kg. More hogget’s urgently needed from all corners of the country. New season spring lambs to 620p in the last week, with numbers still very hard to find. Demand and price is unlikely to ease post Ramadan as numbers are so very thin on the ground. We expect an early switch to springers at the month end so would encourage anyone with any hogget’s left to gather them up asap. Please be aware of rising teeth. As you will see below, quality is very variable!

Good ewes and hoggs with lambs at foot available on farm now.

FSS Co-op Averages Av wt kg Gold Green Black Red Blue
Standard Hoggets 15.44kg 6.3 % 43.8% 12.5% 9.4% 28.1%

Organics

Organic cattle are in the region of 430p/kg, with the price of Angus price really pushing the trade. Organic hogget’s again up to 600p. More needed. Organic store cattle wanted.

For Sale and Wanted

Store cattle wanted, all breeds and weights. (All fieldsmen)
In calf Angus heifers for sale (Guy Old)
Angus heifers with calves at foot available (Ian Douglas)
Black and White Bulls & calves for sale (Brian Webster)
Angus and Hereford X bulling heifers available  (Jonny Williams)
Organic Store wanted (David Marshall)
Ewes and hoggs with lambs at foot for sale (Jonny Williams)
Saler Heifers with calves at foot for sale. (Brian Webser)
Breeding bulls available, Angus, Lim, Sim, Hereford, Luings, Salers, Belted Galloways