Strong store trade kick-starts new year

Source: http://www.fwi.co.uk/livestock/taking-stock-strong-store-trade-kick-starts-new-year.htm

Farmers Weekly

A strong store cattle and sheep trade has graced the start of the new year with many markets reporting demand outstripping supply, with buyers eager to restock sheds after Christmas. Auctioneers McCartney’s said trade was “tremendous” with more stock required at Knighton market last week (6 January). See also: More livestock sales news More than 500 store hoggs sold to £74 a head for Texel-cross mixed hoggs and £72.50 a head for Suffolk-cross mixed hoggs from A Thomas, Llanliggo. Ewe […]

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Animal Health Benefits:

Livestock that are raised in restricted factory farms have less quality life compared to those raised on pasture. Animals when raised on pasture can move around and live a natural life where else in factory farms the animals are all crowded in confined facilities. These facilities don’t have sunlight or fresh air allowing bacteria to develope and affect the animals. This then results in the animals being provided with antibiotics which is not best for the livestock.

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Human Health Benefits:

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