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Second-hand machinery sales soar as new tractor registration nosedives

Second-hand machinery sales soar as new tractor registration nosedives

The largest agricultural auction in Europe, Cheffins, saw the highest grossing sale of second-hand machinery on 7th November with sales totalling £3.5m at its sale ground in Sutton, Cambridgeshire. This is an uplift on sales of over £1m compared to November last year. The most expensive tractors were purchased by UK dealers who are reporting […]

Charolais breeder goes for the Jugular at Carlisle

Charolais breeder goes for the Jugular at Carlisle

Charolais met a strong commercial demand with 67 bulls selling to an average of £4,963 and peaking at 14,000gns at the Carlisle Spring Charolais sale on Saturday 14 May. Commenting on the sale the BCCS chairman Steven Nesbitt said, “The quality Charolais cattle forward of good conformation and correctness were readily sold. The feedback from […]

Charolais to 9,000gns at Welshpool

Charolais to 9,000gns at Welshpool

Charolais bulls met with strong demand at Welshpool on Saturday 30th April, with 31 bulls selling to a top price of 9,000gns and an average of £4176 with an overall clearance rate of 76%. Leading the bids at 9,000gns was the red ticket winner Maerdy Jogger, bred and exhibited by Esmor Evans, Mold, Flintshire. This […]

Much Improved Charolais Sale at Holsworthy

Much Improved Charolais Sale at Holsworthy

A small but high-quality offering of Charolais bulls saw a high of 4,400gns at the South West Charolais Association’s annual sale at Holsworthy on Wednesday 13th April, where bulls averaged £3,159 with a clearance rate of 75%. Leading the bids at 4,400gns was the May 2014-born Trenestrall Jack sired by Springfarm Eldon and out of […]

FUW in support of Cowbridge Livestock Market refurbishment

FUW in support of Cowbridge Livestock Market refurbishment

Farmers’ Union of Wales president Glyn Roberts attended Cowbridge Livestock Market on Tuesday November 24, with members of the Vale Market Community Enterprise Group (VMCE) to display the plans for the livestock market refurbishment and development of the surrounding area to local farmers. Glyn Roberts took the opportunity to discuss the proposed plans with members […]

Auctioneers refuse to announce the number of livestock movements without clarity from large abattoirs

Auctioneers refuse to announce the number of livestock movements without clarity from large abattoirs

Several of the larger abattoirs have started penalising beef producers for supplying cattle that have been moved more than three times during their lifetime. Finishers are therefore asking auction marts to display details of the number of movements for cattle when they are selling them at market. The Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA) is calling on […]

Farmers selling direct to supermarkets are distorting the market and threatening prices

Farmers selling direct to supermarkets are distorting the market and threatening prices

With most of the main retailers reporting big falls in profits as they struggle to compete with discounters like Aldi and Lidl, the Livestock Auctioneers Association has suggested that farmers might think twice before entering into direct contracts in the future. Multiple retailers like Tesco and Sainsbury’s have producer groups that contract directly with abattoirs […]

Record growth for Rugby Farmers Mart

Record growth for Rugby Farmers Mart

The Rugby Farmers Mart (RFM) was founded in 2006 to replace the livestock market in Rugby, and started trading two years later at Stoneleigh Park. It is now attracting sellers and buyers from across the country and recorded record sales in 2014. Tom Wrench, head auctioneer at RFM, said it has been a tough year […]

Real time global livestock bidding system launches

Real time global livestock bidding system launches

Leading Northern livestock marts business Harrison and Hetherington is launching the first live online bidding auction in mainland UK. This system is a shop window for customers wherever they are in the world, allowing them to watch the auction from their smart phones, tablets and computers and bid in real time. This is a system […]

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