As Christmas creeps up even closer, any festive cheer in the Beef trade has rapidly diminished. One major beef factory is evidently auditioning for the role of Scrooge in the Pantomime and has dropped their clean cattle price down to 400p/kg. Generally well fleshed R grade cattle are trading at anything from 400-412p/kg. The poor export trade on cows continues to holdback any uplift in price for them, but nevertheless we are shifting as many as we can get our hands on to a wide variety of outlets. If you have store cattle to move in the New Year please give us a ring, as once the festivities are over, feeders will be wishing to replenish their sheds.
The lamb trade really has been gripped by the frivolity of the season and has been boosted by a strong export demand from Europe for lights, so much so that the price has risen by over 15pence in the last week to 375p/kg. If you have any, please strike whilst the iron is hot as the uplift may only be short lived. So act now! Scottish Blackface lambs are also selling well with Sainsbury’s and its Taste the Difference promotions with a 10p premium over base at 395p. Standard lambs are still trading around the 380-385p/kg. As a word of caution, some producers are starting to see low levels of fluke affected livers and lungworm infections at slaughter, so please be aware of this in fattening lambs. We have some significant numbers of in-lamb gimmers and ewes coming forward so if you want to top up your numbers get in touch.
As you can tell, there are lots of specialist outlets at the moment so please make good use of your experienced fieldsman or the office who as ever will do their best to ensure the best price is obtained.
Finished organic beef prices are falling back into line with conventional prices, with English prices around 410p/kg and animals subject to the Scottish premium making 440p/kg. Long may this continue. Organic lamb maintains a modest premium around 400p/kg which is encouraging at this time of the year. We have buyers looking for organic feeding stores for the new year so if you have any please contact us on 01750 723366
For Sale and Wanted
In lamb ewes and gimmers, fully vaccinated
35 spring calving suckler cows
Store Lambs wanted asap
Scotland’s largest livestock marketing co-operative , Farm Stock (Scotland) Ltd, is looking for an experienced Book-Keeper / Accounts Assistant to work part time with flexible hours at its office at Lindean between Selkirk and Galashiels.
Duties will include sales and purchase ledger input, taking accounts to trial balance level, VAT returns etc. Familiarity with Sage accounting packages would be an advantage.
Applications with an appropriate CV or description of experience should be sent in writing to FarmStock (Scotland) Ltd, Studio 1, Lindean Mill, Galashiels, TD13PE or emailed to email@example.com by Monday 16th of December.
December 6, 2013 2:04 pm