1. J

    Easycare sheep system opinions

    Currently run texel cross ewes but considering buying a handful of easycares. Preferably some information off someone who has then or had them so no negativity off those who’ve never had them. What are your thoughts? Are they as good as people say? Obviously easycare still means they require...
  2. Agriland RSS

    New HCC board convenes during continued crisis

    Written by Agriland Team New additions to the Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) board met with their colleagues virtually this week for the first time. Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, was also in attendance for the first formal bi-monthly meeting...
  3. C

    South devon heifer weights

    I weighed our 2 year old heifers today they averaged 640kg, only ever been fed grass wormed twice. Does this sound around the correct weight?, 20 in the group. Thinking I maybe should be putting them to the bull a year earlier at that size.
  4. G

    What will live weight in Lamb equate to deadweight

    I'm going to take 20 easycare wethers to an abattoir in a couple of weeks time, hopefully before it gets too busy with Eid. They're either bang on a year to 14months old, I should of taken them in much earlier, but thats for another post. Avg is currently 70kg however weights range from 45 to...
  5. D

    Beltex on hoggs?

    Considering options for next year. @neilo recommends Beltex. Are others doing the same. Alternatives & feeding ideas welcome too. I've used Hartline or Charollais for years, worked well but Charollais can be soft. HARTLINE WORKED REALLY WELL but they are getting a bit too close to been...
  6. T

    Flock expansion- mules or Shetlands

    Currently running mostly blackface, want to keep this a closed flock. Will grow this organically by keeping more ewe lambs. Plan is expansion by 500 mules or 1000 shetlands. Mule gimmers £130-160 - probably would need housed over winter most likely- plan on building sheds anyway. Shetland...
  7. alex04w

    How long will the lockdown last

    A Northern Ireland Civil Service email issued at the weekend. It was all to do with laptops and working from home. However, reading between the lines gives some insight into how long they think this lockdown will last. By way of background, many Civil Service offices are closed. A number of...
  8. M

    Contract Rearing Pigs

    Looking at this as an option. Could any one give me any advice at all please. Know absolutely nothing about the job but am accessing all options at the moment. TIA
  9. DevonDuckie

    How is coronavirus affecting livestock auction marts?

    Hi. Can anybody on the inside let me know how coronavirus is affecting the livestock markets anywhere in the U.K? Are you still able to attend? Are more people going deadweight? Are any marts under threat of closure as a result of social distancing measures? Have any of you been to a market...
  10. Bruce Almighty

    Farm Assurance - again

    We are dairy farmers (as well as arable & sheep) & have a fair bit of diversification too Our dairy inspection should've been last Friday but was obviously postponed. A week ago our buyer cut the price by 2 ppl and deferred payment by 6 weeks Thanks to the virus for both cases rules have...
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    Staff at ABP and Moy Park sites ‘hold walkout’ over Covid-19 concerns

    Written by Agriland Team Additional reporting by Rachel Martin Workers at two of Northern Ireland’s biggest agri-food processing sites have walked today (Wednesday, March 25) over fears their health was being put at risk to Covid-19. At least 150 workers are understood to have staged a...
  12. Sid

    Livestock markets options and ideas during shutdown

    From the tracker thread
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    Cost of pigmeat production in UK increased by 8% in 2018

    Written by Billy Wickham The cost of pigmeat production in 17 countries has been examined in a report by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). The popular annual publication – The Pig Cost of Production in Selected Countries – has been updated with (the latest) 2018 data...
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    Coronavirus adding uncertainty to UK beef market

    Written by Richard Halleron The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) market analyst Hannah Clarke is reporting that the coronavirus outbreak is adding uncertainty to beef market conditions in the UK. She explained: “Beef is selling, but consumers are reportedly adopting...
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    Covid-19 affecting sheep prices massively in New Zealand

    Written by Agriland Team The coronavirus – or Covid-19 as it is also known as – seems to be playing havoc on sheep exports from New Zealand to China. In 2019, there was a sharp increase in the amount of sheepmeat – and beef for that matter – to China from New Zealand. However, due to the...
  16. gone up the hill

    Livestock Markets may be closed from next week

    Talk today at Sedgemoor livestock market was that ALL prime and store livestock markets will be stopped from operating from some point next week! Apparently Wales are intending to shut their livestock markets from Monday. Apparently it was touch and go yesterday if todays market would be...
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    Firm export demand from China offsets weak domestic pork consumption

    Written by Rachel Martin Prime pig producer prices in GB have been relatively stable in the early weeks of 2020, contrasting with their traditional seasonal downward trend, according to the latest market analysis by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). At price-reporting GB abattoirs, the Standard Pig...
  18. W

    Pros and cons of supplying lamb to a super market

    what are supermarkets like to supply with lamb and what kind of contracts are their out their , atm selling all lamb in local market but Im lossing over half a day , Is it worth it or is it just as much hassle with supplying straight onto the dead
  19. C

    Scarcliffe meats

    Hopefully of some interest to dairy farmers in northern England. Please check out my Facebook page Scarcliffe meats and give it a like to see the service we offer Thanks
  20. G

    Selling lambs deadweight, how does it work?

    I've about 150 lambs, and have always sold them via box sales... However with lamb prices the way they are I'm thinking I might be as well to sell a lot of them deadweight. But I've never done this before and have some questions I'm near Frome but I don't want to send them to the market. How...