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Big demand for Luings and Sim-Luings
A packed ringside witnessed a big demand for Luing and Sim-Luing heifers at the Society's 40th Autumn sale which took place at U.A. Stirling on Saturday 26th October. Averages were up in every section. The sale kicked off with 19 in-calf Luing heifers selling to average £1,974 (with a top of £2,500); 21 in-calf Sim-Luings averaged £2,081 (£2,300); 81 Luing bulling heifers sold to average £1,170 (£1,700) and 53 Sim-Luing bullling heifers sold to average £1,155 (£1,800). Click here for the full sale report.
Huge turnout at Luing Open Day
An impressive turnout of some 350 Luing breeders, friends and generally interested livestock farmers attended the Luing Society Open Day held at Floors Farming's Rawburn Farm managed by Bruce Gilchrist. The event, held last Friday (2nd August), was blessed with some superb weather which provided ideal conditions for a 90-minute farm tour through six groups of Floors Luing and Sim-Luing cattle as well as some Cheviot sheep all set in the beautiful surroundings of the Lammermuirs. The masses then settled in back at the steading to peruse the many trade stands on display, partake in some stock-judging and consume some of the magnificent Floors Sim-Luing beef. £1,000 was raised for the two charities - Hazel's Footprints (www.hazelsfootprints.org) and the Duke of Roxburghe's efforts to raise money for clinical research into Oncology (www.roxburgheblog.com).
2013 OPEN DAY - Rawburn, Longformacus, Duns - 2nd Aug.
Only three days to go now until this year's highlight of the Luing calendar............our annual open day! This Friday (2nd August), everyone and anyone can descend on Rawburn Farm, Longformacus, Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3PG for our FREE event. Rawburn is home to the Floors Luing herd and the open day will provide a unique opportunity to view this 120-cow herd, rapidly gaining a reputation for producing sound breeding stock, in their hilly surroundings of the Lammermuirs. The event kicks off at 1.30pm with an opening address from Roxburghe Estate Factor Roddy Jackson, closely followed by a farm tour and then back to the steading for some stock-judging and a chance to view the many stands including local produce for sale and a kids area. The event is hosted by Bruce Gilchrist who manages Rawburn for Floors Farming (part of Roxburghe Estate). Two charities are being supported on Friday...............www.hazelsfootprints.org and www.roxburgheblog.com. Click here to view the brochure due to be handed out to visitors.
New Dam Classification Leaflet
We've recently launched a brand new leaflet which clarifies our Luing Dam Classification scheme, illustrating all the basic guidelines.
Launched at this year's Highland Show, already it's proving a great help to breeders.
Click here to download your own pdf version.
A Luing Winner? - Enter Harbro Calendar Photo Competition 2014
Harbro is inviting people to submit their photographs of livestock including horses and dogs for selection for Harbro's 2014 calendar and the chance to win a choice of prizes.
Harbro would like photographs taken in the countryside; right throughout the seasons, of beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, horses and dogs and right now would be the time to catch some spring scenes.
Luings trade well at Dingwall
A record entry for the fifth spring sale at Dingwall mart saw Luing bulling heifers trade well with 87 changing hands for an average of £1,199 with a top of 1,800gns. Twelve in-calf heifers also prompted some strong bidding going to a 1,650gns top and an average of £1,456. Eighteen yearlings followed the bullers averaging £629 with a top of 850gns with six Sim-Luing yearlings finishing off the female section with an average of £945 and a top of 1,000gns. All 123 females forward sold. Three bulls completed the sale selling for an average of £2,957 with Lochbroom Naver from Mr. F.S. Renwick hitting the top price of 4,200gns. Click here for the mart report.
Solid trade for Luings at Castle Douglas
Luing breeders found a ready demand at their 48th Premier Sale held at Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas on Friday 8th February. A near record entry of 251-head saw trade for every class of stock exceed all expectations. In calf heifers sold very well with 19 selling to average £1,931 (down £5 for 30 fewer sold); bulling heifers held up very well with 179 trading for £1,192 (down £132 for ten more sold) with 28 bulls concluding the sale to average £4,695 (down £2,179 for nine more sold). Click here for the full sale report.
Commission your cows?
The Luing Cattle Society is delighted to offer members the opportunity to peruse the new range of Luing Cattle sculptures recently crafted by Lancashire farmer's wife Jean Fowler of 'Castle Sculptures.' Our breeders can choose from the range of existing models (as shown) or, if they prefer, can discuss their specific colouring and marking requirements with Jean who is happy to create bespoke models (on colour - not shape) for her customers.
Luing Merchandise at Royal Highland Show 2013
Our Luing merchandise has been selling very well and there's still time for you to get your orders in before this year's Highland Show if you fancy championing the breed there yourself! If you can't make that then we're happy to show you some of the fleeces, jackets, ties, body warmers etc. at the show where we will also be taking orders. You can also order through the website by downloading the order form from the 'merchandise' section AND you can have your herd name added too if you like.
Click here to view the merchandise.
Needing a bull right now?
Do keep a close watch on our stock for sale page as bulls and heifers available for private sale are regularly being uploaded and on average are sold in less than a week so don't miss out! Put our 'stock for sale' pages on your 'favourites' list and make sure you keep visiting it. Bulls in particular are a popular addition to those pages as breeders seek to move on surplus sires. Farmers in need of a bit more bull power are also frequent visitors to this section of our web site as they look to source good genetics at the last minute due to lameness or accidents with current bulls.
Luings' influence stretches all the way down under...
A fine Luing steer, has just featured prominently in a popular annual show in Tasmania. With about $5000 up for grabs, Sheffield School Show's 'On the Hoof and Off the Hook' competition featured five students (pictured) who led donated animals. Included in this line up was the Luing who was donated by breeder Nigel Calvert. 'On the Hoof' was judged, a winner picked then immediately following the livestock judging, the animals were swiftly transported to an abbatoir for processing. The carcasses were then put on show and duly judged. Every student involved who entered and led their own animal in the carcass competition was given the added incentive of an 'encouragement prize' of $50.
With several high profile judges involved, 36 entries in the carcass competition, plus 150 students and young cattle enthusiasts from across the state participating in the show's additional annual dairy and beef handling competitions, there's no doubting the popularity of the event along with the tremendous opportunity enjoyed by all these youngsters. A Luing first too!
Variable trade at Autumn Sale
The Luing breed experienced a variable trade at the Society's 39th Autumn Sale held on Saturday 27th October at United Auctions' Stirling Agricultural Centre. In-calf Luing heifers sold to a top of £2,000 with an average of £1,557 for 14 (down £296 for one less sold); in-calf Sim-Luings were bid to £2,400 with an average of £1,846 for 24 (up £188 for two more sold); Luing bulling heifers sold to a top of £1,650 with an average of £940 for 93 sold (down £288 for 38 more sold); Sim-Luing bulling heifers also sold to a top of £1,650 with an average of £1,067 (up £26 for three fewer sold) and Sim-Luing heifer calves sold to £820 with an average of £748 (down £77 for one less sold). Click here for the full report.
Tour to end all tours in the College Valley
A tour to end all tours took place at the latest Luing open day on Saturday 8th September. The event, hosted by Ted & Anne Fox of Elsdonburn, Kirknewton, Wooler (home to the second largest herd in the breed - College Luings), centred around a tractor and trailer tour for the 200-odd visitors of nine (count them, nine!) groups of Luing cows and calves scattered over 8,000 acres of the Cheviot hills.
Sim-Luings take centre stage at Luing Open Day
A very good turnout of 150 Luing breeders, enthusiasts and friends travelled to Woodburn near Crieff, Perthshire for the 2012 Luing Open Day which took place on Friday 27th July. Sim-Luings, the recognised and registered cross-breed between a Simmental bull and a Luing cow, were the main focus of the event as they make up the majority of the 150-strong Ben Challum herd. The event was opened by John Ross CBE who talked passionately about the need to reverse the downward trend in breeding cow numbers and how Luings and Sim-Luings were well placed to help with this due to less reliance on expensive inputs such as feeding. The event was based on a tour of the three units run by Ben Challum Ltd. Click here for the full report.
Sound trade for Dingwall Spring Sale
A sound trade was experienced at the fourth, and largest to date, spring sale of Luing and Sim-Luings at Dingwall this week. Nine in-calf heifers from the Monzie herd sold to average £1,458 with a top of 1,500gns; 49 Luing bulling heifers sold to average £1,398 with a top of 2,000gns each paid for a pair from the Kilbrora herd (average down £96 for 13 more sold); 13 Luing yearlings averaged £877 with a top of 1,000gns both being hit by the Welbeck and Kilbrora herds (average down £103 for two less sold); four Sim-Luing bulling heifers all from Welbeck sold to average £1,286 with a top of 1,550gns; 11 Sim-Luing yearlings sold to average £794 with a top of 1,000gns being achieved by the Luing herd and finally two bulls sold very well to average £5,670 with a top of 6,200gns paid by R.W. Moffat from Wooplaw, Galashiels for Monzie Meerkat. Click here for the full report.
Ralph Cadzow, one of the three brothers who created the Luing breed - that was officially recognised by an act of parliament in 1965 - has died at the age of 89. Ralph, with Denis and Shane, began cross-breeding work to produce the Luing in 1947. In 1972, their efforts were recognised by the Massey Ferguson World award and in 2000 by the Sir William Young award from the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland. He went on to Chair the Society twice from 1970-1972 and again from 1979-1981; latterly he was Honorary President.
Averages climb as records tumble at Luing's Premier Sale
Harehead Mourie bred by Professor W.A. Penny CBE of Harehead Farms in Berwickshire has sold for 20,000gns at today's 47th Premier Luing Sale at Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas. Purchased by Paddy & Shiela Crerar of Newmains, Stenton, East Lothian, this April 2010-born red bull by Nunnerie Harvey and out of a homebred cow went some way past the previous record of 14,000gns set in 2007 and 2008. He was part of a very strong offering of bulls that saw three more go for five figures with 19 selling to average £6,874 (up £2,764 on the year for two fewer sold). Another record tumbled today with the top price of 3,600gns being achieved for a pair of in-calf heifers from Benhar - altogether 49 sold to average £1,936 (up £144 for 3 more sold). Bulling heifers were also totally cleared reaching a top of 2,220gns for a pair from Upper Chatto and the entire consignment of 169 selling to average £1,324 (up £148 for 33 more sold). Click here to read the full report.
Up, up and away as Luings soar to new heights at U.A. Stirling
The Luing breed experienced a very good sound trade at the Society's 38th Autumn Sale held on Saturday 22nd October at United Auctions' Stirling Agricultural Centre. Averages were up in every section of the autumn sale, which included a first ever competition at the sale for pairs of heifers, with records being broken for average prices for both Luing bulling and in-calf heifers. Pedigree Luing bulling heifers were sold to a top price of £1,800 with an average of £1,228 - up £312 on the year for 30 fewer sold; in-calf Luing heifers were bid to £2,300 (with an average of £1,853 - up £362 for three more sold); in-calf Sim-Luings were bid to £2,000 (£1,658 - up £240 for one less sold) and Sim-Luing bulling heifers sold to £1,700 (£1,041 - up £59 for 32 more sold). Click here to read the full report.
Lauder Luings smarten up......
Society Members with Android Phones, iphones and ipods can now tune into the latest Luing news from Lauder where a new smartphone app is available to download. Bob Moffat who farms Wooplaw Farm, by renowned Wooplaw woods just south of Lauder, can be heard talking about his Luing herd. The app also entertains users with a whole range of fascinating facts and pictures of Wooplaw as well as news of recent community woodland developments. Click here to download the app.
48th Premier Sale Catalogue
A massive 251-head (only one short of last year's near 40-year high) have been entered for the 48th Luing Cattle Society Premier Sale taking place at Wallets Mart, Castle Douglas from noon on Friday 8th February. The number is made up of 22 in-calf heifers, 187 bulling heifers and 42 bulls.........all fully registered pedigree Luings. What an opportunity to invest in good breeding cattle! Once again it will be a BVD-safe sale with all stock coming from herds which are members of CHeCS accredited health schemes with all sale stock double-vaccinated against BVD and either from BVD accredited free herds or tested negative for virus. Click here to download the catalogue.
Winter Beef Management Event 2011
Major Beef Event: Thursday 6th October
Join the Luing Cattle Society who, along with other beef farmers, vets, SQPs and anyone with an interest in beef management will be at the Winter Beef Management event Thursday 6th October, 10am - 6pm at Balbuthie Farm, Fife KY9 1EX.
Four of Scotland's leading agricultural organisations; Moredun, Scottish Beef Cattle Association (SBCA), Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) have got together to organise a working demonstration day for Beef Producers. Along with other breeds our Luing cattle will also feature at the event.
The event, which has kindly been sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, will be held at Balbuthie Farm in Fife, courtesy of John and Margaret Cameron. It is hoped that this specialist event will encourage producers to maximize the health and productivity of their cattle and will demonstrate a range of practical husbandry alternatives.
This event will showcase the efficiency and benefits of a range of husbandry and production in order to advance the knowledge of producers and maximize cattle health and production.
Focussing on ways in which farmers can maximize the productivity and profitability of their herd, this event will be free to attend in the hope that farmers will attend and learn how to boost the condition, nutrition and health of their cattle.
The programme will include:
Practical demonstrations showing the efficiency and benefits of different husbandry and production systems, handling units as well as feeding and bedding machinery.
Seminars throughout the day promoting the latest thinking about cattle health and management.
Over 50 trade stands giving farmers the opportunity to learn more about practical husbandry alternatives and identify technical benefits to boost their farm profits.
For further information please contact Wilma Wilson, Balbuthie Farm tel 01333 730210 or email email@example.com
Luings certainly made their mark at Caledonian Mart's recent Sale held at Stirling on Monday 12th September 2011. 138 steers sold for 176p/kg averaging £792.50/head and 27 heifers sold for £167p/kg averaging £612.31/head. There was at last welcome recognition for excellent store cattle from the Luing breed. They have been undersold for far too long. As is becoming widely recognised, Luings make excellent cattle for grass-finishing and go on to produce some excellent eating quality beef. They are without a doubt one of the most effective extensive breeds in Britain today. Click here for full sale report.
Orkney Open Day programme released
Orkney is the venue for this year's Annual Open Day. All Luing breeders, friends and indeed any beef producers are cordially invited to join us at Aikerness and Garson farms on Tuesday 16th August for what promises to be yet another insightful and unforgettable day in the Luing year. It's a fascinating week for farmers visiting Orkney with plenty of other relevant events also taking place then so we suggest that you join in by planning ahead. Click here for the detailed open day programme or here for a brochure available on the day.
Buoyant Trade at 3rd Luing Dingwall Sale
Trade at the Luing Society's third Dingwall Sale on 18th May was very buoyant with a total clearance of all stock forward. Highlights included 36 bulling heifers selling for an average of £1,494 (with a top of 1,750gns for a pair of Culmaily heifers from AL & AC McCall); 15 yearlings averaging £980 (top of 1,150gns for a roan heifer from Cadzow Bros. Ltd.) and the single bull forward from Welbeck Scottish Farms (Welbeck Lancelot) selling for 2,800gns. Click here for a more detailed report.
Premier Sale Report
Steady trade for Luings at 46th Premier Sale - Click here for full sale report.
Click here for the catalogue.
The Luing breed experienced a steady trade at the Society's 46th Premier Sale held on Friday 11th February at Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas. Prices held up well given the much higher number forward of 204 (up 32 on the year). Once again there was a total clearance of all of the females forward. Luing bulls were sold to a top price of 7,800gns with an average of £4,110.00 - down £26 on the year for two more sold; in-calf Luing heifers were bid to 2,800gns (with an average of £1,792.99 - down £225 for 10 more sold) with Luing bulling heifers bid to 2,600gns (£1,176.62 - down £455 for 24 more sold).
The Secretary Writes
The big annual sale at Castle Douglas is now far behind us, spring calving is now underway and thoughts are already turning to later in the year with the prospect of our Annual Open Day on Orkney giving breeders something very special to look forward to. Aside from the event itself, for those who've never visited Orkney this is a great opportunity to see the island so why not plan a few days holiday around August 16th and make the most of it.
Meanwhile looking back over the last year and against the odds, the Luing breed enjoyed another successful year. 28 new members joined the Society last year and of those 24 have set up new herds.
Promotional activity at various events last year was rewarding. Two events in particular stand out - the annual Beef Expo at Hexham and the annual Agri-Expo at Carlisle. Both proved to be excellent venues for getting our message across to commercial beef producers.
As Chairman Matthew Mauchlen highlights in his annual report...
"Despite the recent seasonal lift in prices, the beef sector suffered a period of downward drift in returns over the past year, due to adequate supplies of dairy beef. There is growing evidence to suggest that we may be about to turn the corner with global supplies of beef becoming tighter and demand increasing as economies recover."
Once again the recently published report from QMS on enterprise profitability highlights the true cost of keeping cattle. It clearly illustrates the need for improved farm gate prices for beef cattle to deliver positive returns. It is very interesting to see highlighted, the main factors which helped the LFA suckler herd achieve improved returns related to better physical performance through:
● Higher calf rearing rates
● Higher sale weights
● Lower replacement rates
● Lower concentrate feed use
These are all attributes that are strongly associated with the Luing breed and this message must be getting through. With substantially more Luing females available at sales this past year, including the reduction sale from Luing, the trade for all stock forward held up very well and again was supported by many new buyers, from both north and south. The ready availability of quality cattle of a high health status has helped make the Luing an easy first choice, when looking for a new direction for a suckler herd."
As well as a significant increase in membership last year there was also quite a jump in the number of registered cattle active on the pedigree database. The number of herds registering calves hasn't changed significantly on the year due to the recent influx of new herds not yet registering their own calves. We are however seeing a significant increase in the number of herds using the on-line registration service via Grassroots. For 2009 registrations, 71% of herds registered on-line accounting for 83% of the cows (an increase on the year of 52% and 60% respectively). Not only is this cheaper and easier for breeders, it also allows us to collect a lot more information on each calf as explained in the short article on page 53 of the Journal - downloadable from the 'Publications' section of this web site.
As always I am very grateful to everyone who has helped me and the Society over the past year. Whether supplying stock for an event or helping out at numerous events. It is all very much appreciated. I look forward to meeting up with many of you during 2011 - hopefully in Orkney at our summer ' Open Day' (week).
Huge turnout at Luing Open Day
A huge turnout of 300 Luing breeders, family and friends attended the latest Luing Open Day on Saturday 14th August at West Preston, Kirkbean, Dumfries - home to Steven & Elaine Murray's Rockcliffe Luing herd. Glorious summer weather awaited the visitors who enjoyed a farm tour featuring various talks. Click here to read the full press release.
46th Premier Sale Catalogue now available
Friday 11th February from noon at Wallets Mart, Castle Douglas - 228 head on sale. The largest entry for some years which means a great opportunity for farmers to stock up on a top offering of Luing heifers (in-calf or bullers) as well as 30 pedigree Luing bulls. All the bulls have been inspected and passed as Society Approved - meaning their dams are improvers in all four functional traits (feet, locomotion, udders and teats). Click here for the catalogue.
2010 Autumn Sale
An impressive entry of 177-head of Luings and Sim-Luings will be on sale at the breed's 37th Autumn Sale taking place at United Auctions' Stirling Agricultural Centre on Saturday 23rd October from 12noon. The entry, made up of 41 in-calf heifers, 130 bulling heifers, four cows and two calves, is the largest for three years and will give buyers a great selection of cattle to choose from. Click here to view and download the catalogue.
Luings Thriving on the Solway Coast
Farmers in the south of Scotland and north of England will get the unique opportunity to see for themselves how Luing cattle are thriving on the Solway coast on Saturday 14th August. That is the date when the Rockcliffe Luing herd, based at West Preston, Kirkbean, will throw their doors open to the scrutiny of the farming community for the next Luing Cattle Society open day. Click here to read the press release or here to download the brochure for the day.