Bucket calves Dairy x Beef Supply in Scotland?

Obi Wan

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Location
Argyll
Hi, I've posted this in the livestock & forage forum, just thought I'd re-post here if it's something anyone works with regards

Good evening all - It's been over 20 years since we last had bucket calves via a calf dealer, unfortunately all our old contacts are no longer active. I'm thinking about having a go at it this winter.

I'm looking to buying 15 - 20 heifer calves to bring on as replacements, anyone have any pointers/contacts and an Idea of recent prices?

Ideally looking for calves after Hereford, Sim or BB.

Thanks
 

I thats it

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Thanks for the reply, where about are you based ? What sort of money are the Dairy heifers selling at ?
we're north Lancashire based. couple of weeks back got 6 angus and blue hiefers 2-5 week old averaged £82
That was a bit of a one off as a number of farmer buyers couldn't purchase as they couldn't be tied up for movements with the sheep sales approaching.
But still most of the weeks this last month or so you could pick up 3-4 week old beef hiefers around £140-£180
 

Obi Wan

Member
Location
Argyll
we're north Lancashire based. couple of weeks back got 6 angus and blue hiefers 2-5 week old averaged £82
That was a bit of a one off as a number of farmer buyers couldn't purchase as they couldn't be tied up for movements with the sheep sales approaching.
But still most of the weeks this last month or so you could pick up 3-4 week old beef hiefers around £140-£180

That’s a not bad price for the 6 @ £82. I’m thinking the weaned beef calves will be a better option, not sure how they’ll come on for breeding though.
 

coomoo

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Scotland
Don’t use him but he buys heaps of quality calves out of all the markets down here.
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My wife takes our BB calves to Ayr market at about 8-12 weeks old and get anywhere from £250 -£480

A man that might be able to get calves for you @Obi Wan Is Willie Skilling he is down at Longtown most Thursdays and could get you a batch out of Dumfries.

I lived in Campbeltown for a few years as a child and knew Willie Skilling, he used to contract shear but that was 20 years ago! Sorry, totally off topic!
 

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