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Early carcase cooling findings are encouraging

Livestock Last edited 25/09/15
Initial findings from two on-farm trials indicate that carcase cooling containers can successfully keep dead bin contents at a stable low temperature.

New on-farm sheep lameness control assessment tool

Livestock Last edited 10/09/15
Tool will help pinpoint flock management weaknesses

Making the most cost effective use of early autumn grazing

Livestock Last edited 09/09/15
A complete approach to managing finishing lamb nutrition, could help ensure farmers take full advantage of available grass this season.

Buying flock replacements?

Livestock Last edited 13/08/15
Pay close attention to wool quality

Silage analysis key to maintaining efficient costs

Livestock Last edited 04/08/15
Understanding exactly what forage is worth will be key to balancing rations accurately this winter to ensure producers are controlling feed costs and maximising returns.

Strong sterling sucks in imports

Livestock Last edited 16/06/15
May has been a month of very contrasting returns in the livestock market. Store cattle, cull cows, calves and cull ewes have all remained very strong, but prime beef, prime lamb, hoggets and milk lambs, and pigs have been nothing short of awful.

Pig trade under severe pressure

Livestock Last edited 16/06/15
Following last month’s pessimistic report there was little to enthuse vendors or buyers in the following month. But at least livestock markets provided competition and we were pleased to see vendors returning from deadweight selling to sell at markets, although it is so frustrating when it only seems to happen as a last resort.

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