Price Watch

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FROM the Bee­ston Re­view, w/e June 23 CAT­TLE Great to see num­bers about once again, over 100 head, prov­ing the worth of a thriv­ing weekly sale. All classes of cat­tle sell­ing on a phe­nom­e­nal trade, buy­ers for ev­ery­thing. Out in front was a run of fan­tas­tic for­ward steers from RW Heath sell­ing to £1370 and record­ing the day’s top four prices of ALL OVER £1300. Great to see Jake Bourne sell­ing at Bee­ston, his Sim x at £1295 and a Here­ford x top na­tive at £1230. Longer keep steers looked ex­tremely well sold, Messrs Bo­den sell­ing Sim x to £855 and 10mo Blues off the isle of An­gle­sey to £850. POUL­TRY Over a hun­dred P.O.L pul­lets fully vac­ci­nated and sal­mo­nella tested, Rhode Rock, Sus­sex Ranger, Speck­ledy, Beech­wood Blue and Am­ber­link sold up to £8 (all prices per head). This week top price was a pair of Amer­i­can Game Ban­tam Hens £18. Two Gan­ders £13. Two Goslings £12. A Wel­sum­mer Pul­let £10 and an Sus­sex hen £10. Fam­i­lies sold well with a Gold Top Broody hen and eight cross bred chicks £11 and a Broody hen and six Laven­der Pekin Chicks £10. Three Light Sus­sex Ban­tams £9. The va­ri­ety of stock was com­plete with a pair of Ghost Pheas­ants £9. PIGS Less pigs around this week due to the Cheshire show also this weather, as they say make hay while the sun shines and it did af­fect the num­ber of pigs in Bee­ston. Many en­tries ex­pected for Thurs­day June 29. Top 5 Prices: 168 ppk (£147.84), 164 ppk (£142.68), 160 ppk (£136.00), 160 ppk (£131.20), 146 ppk (£129.05). Store Pigs: £50 per head, £36 per head. Get your pigs into Bee­ston for this top­ping price. SHEEP 645 New Sea­son Butch­ers Lambs fol­lowed by 94 Old Sea­son Lambs at 11.30am *Top Spots: New: 272.0p/kg(twice) 38.0kg Texel Crosses-Jor­dan Nield, Betch­ton – Old: 200.0p/kg 54.3 kg Texel Crosses – Mark Sax­ton, Great Gate – Over­all Av­er­ages: New Sea­son 227.9p/kg – Old Sea­son 152.2p/kg. A great turn out of ewes this week and an­other strong trade there were some top­ping ewes for­ward, yet again top­ping the £100+ mark. Top price was £120 from Mr Bar­nett. PRO­DUCE A small en­try on of­fer on a rainy morn­ing! Win­ter Bar­ley Straw £85 per tonne. A load of new sea­son Big Bale Hay made £27 per bale equiv­a­lent to £100 per tonne.

NA­TIONAL Farm­ing Union mem­bers across the coun­try are pledg­ing to make 30 changes in 30 days to im­prove safety.

NFU ex­pert Tom Price has urged farm­ers from all sectors and re­gions to join them by con­sid­er­ing the small but im­por­tant im­prove­ments to work­ing prac­tices which can reduce farm risks.

The call came in the run up to this week’s Farm Safety Week and fol­lows a social media campaign in which farm­ers have shared their im­prove­ments. What can I do? A wealth of ad­vice can be found on the NFU farm safety pages, in­clud­ing re­cent blogs on the risks for older work­ers, health and safety dur­ing farm vis­its and farm ve­hi­cles and chil­dren.

NFU mem­ber? You can ac­cess business guides on farm safety rang­ing from the safe use of ATVs and ve­hi­cle health checks to risk as­sess­ments, fire safety and work­ing with chem­i­cals. Health and Safety Prin­ci­ples for Farm­ers and Grow­ers of­fers a thor­ough ground­ing on the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of farm busi­nesses.

Find out about the NFU Mutual Safe­tyHub, which of­fers new tools to help farm­ers as­sess risks.

Speak­ing at the hub launch dur­ing the re­cent Royal Corn­wall Show, Tom said: “Smaller farms of­ten face some of the high­est risks in agri­cul­ture as their work­ers are car­ry­ing out a wider range of tasks, of­ten on their own.

“Their at­ten­tion can eas­ily be­come dis­tracted, so we would rec­om­mend hav­ing a risk as­sess­ment tool to help them as­sess threats, mit­i­gate dan­gers and com­ply with leg­is­la­tion.”

The NFU was a founder mem­ber of the Farm Safety Part­ner­ship.

Visit the site for ad­vice, farm safety news and case stud­ies to in­spire a re­newed fo­cus on your farm. Stop! Think! Slurry Gas Slurry and the toxic gases that it can re­lease are the cause of a num­ber of deaths each year in agri­cul­ture. Safe Stop The Farm Safety Part­ner­ship’s ‘Safe Stop’ Campaign fo­cusses on the im­por­tance of fol­low­ing the ‘Safe Stop’ pro­ce­dure: hand­brake on; con­trols in neu­tral; en­gine off; and keys out, be­fore leav­ing the cab. On social media Farm­ers on Twit­ter are demon­strat­ing their 30 changes in 30 days us­ing the un­usual hash­tag #Len­sLeg.

Ac­tions so far in­clude ser­vic­ing machinery, putting up safety posters, get­ting an early night and buy­ing a phone for any­one out on their own.

The 30 days chal­lenge was posed by Stu­art Roberts, NFU Coun­cil mem­ber for East Anglia.

Then, at last week’s NFU Coun­cil meet­ing, Cheshire county chairman Phil Latham dis­played his grand­fa­ther’s pros­thetic limb and told the meet­ing how his rel­a­tive was tram­pled by a shire horse on farm.

A hash­tag was born…

The Na­tional Farm­ing Union is ask­ing all mem­bers to con­sider how they can make their farms a safer place to work

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