Harrison and Hetherington Reveal Positive Trading Results

In the first 6 months of 2015, Harrison and Hetherington have reported that values in most livestock sectors are proving to be very positive.

Operating across Northern England and the Scottish Borders these Carlisle based auctioneers continue to go from strength to strength. As we head into the second half of the year, they are expecting healthy growth now warm weather is predicted with poor weather having had a huge effect on stock producers. Key to the performance is the strong team and company ethos, which has been specifically built up to provide the specialism and experience that has cemented Harrison and Hetherington into the successful marketing company it is today, and which is now the choice for many in the sheep, beef, dairy machinery and agricultural industry sectors.

Scott Donaldson

Scott Donaldson

The first month of trading in January of this year set off on a high with an abundance of high quality inexpensive feed. This bonus has had a hugely positive influence on the first six months of trading. Store and breeding cattle remain strong with the numbers being sold through the sales ring being in the region of 43,000 in six months. As part of these numbers, the company achieved an outstanding record price for a Beef Shorthorn bull at 18,000 Guineas and a Limousin Bull at 35,000 Guineas.
Commenting on the great start to 2015, Scott Donaldson Sales Director for Harrison and Hetherington said:

“As a result of the combined effort from our whole team, we are delighted with the way the business is being driven forward. Testament to the strong performance of our sales team is the strengthening of our foothold in the market place and across all of the industry sectors we operate in. Our auctioneers work closely with our customers and their auctioneering expertise and specialist individual knowledge is increasingly being recognised by the pedigree industry.”

“It was very pleasing to see the Pedigree sales set off in February at a steady pace, however the May sales have exceeded all expectations with clearances in most breeds providing extremely positive results and numbers for Pedigree breeds sold in May at 746 head.”

Following similar trends to last year are Prime cattle and Bulls at comparable rates and this is expected to continue throughout the remainder of the year, although improvement in trade prices would be welcomed. Prices will as always be led by currency and exchange rates, which are notoriously unpredictable, however strong currency exchange rates have influenced less competition from exports to the EU.

Making reference to sheep, Scott went on to say; “Finished sheep have proved more difficult with trends being below expectations primarily due to the large numbers of prime hogs kept late in the season. Influencing the breeding ewe and lamb trade in particular are cull ewe prices as they have proved to be extremely high.”

Maintaining their global recognition, Harrison and Hetherington’s livestock numbers continue to rise consistently in almost all sectors. With the overall aim of the company to grow the business further by improving the quality and breadth of the service they offer to the livestock sector, Harrison and Hetherington are on track for another ground breaking year.

Concluding David Pritchard Operations Director for Harrison and Hetherington said; “Great Britain is a great producer of quality livestock and high quality meat, and as an industry we need to build on this and maintain our reputation, whilst also continuing to explore opportunities for expanding the markets of our products.”

“We look forward to what we hope is a continuation to this healthy start to the year.”


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