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Knighton Market Christmas Primestock Show & Sale

Mon 2 December 2019

Schedule for the Christmas Show & Sale on Thursday 5th December 2019 Read More

Ludlow Primestock Christmas Show 2019 Sale Report

Mon 2 December 2019

A fantastic entry for the 2019 Christmas Primestock at Ludlow Market.  All that took part should be very proud of what was achieved. Read More

Royal Welsh Winter Fair 2019 Auction Report

Wed 27 November 2019

A busy few days culminating in the supreme champion heifer reaching £10,800 Read More

Spotted at the RWAS Welsh Winter Fair - Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Tue 26 November 2019

All in a days work at the RWAS Welsh Winter Fair. Read More

Home Is … Full of Fabrics, Pins & Needles at This Time of Year, in Preparation for Our Pantomime!

Mon 25 November 2019

Sandra Sharp is an Agricultural Secretary at our Knighton office and has been here for 19 years. Here she shares what a busy home life she has. Read More

Ludlow Christmas Primestock Show Monday 2nd December 2019

Fri 8 November 2019

Details for the Ludlow Christmas Primestock Show on Monday 2nd December 2019. Entries close 5pm Wednesday 27th November 2019. Read More

Home Is… Where the Sheep Are

Wed 6 November 2019

If anyone had said to me 10 years ago, I would be weighing lambs on Thursday mornings at Knighton Market I wouldn’t have believed it. Read More

Fifty Years on and Still Going Strong

Mon 4 November 2019

The sale of store cattle in Shropshire and the marches has little changed over the past fifty years. Read More

Fake News

Fri 1 November 2019

The problem is that if such ‘fake news’ suits someone’s campaign then it will be used Read More

Trade Should Work Both Ways

Fri 18 October 2019

The beef/cattle trade! (How long have you got) Read More

Live Internet Streaming at Worcester Market

Fri 4 October 2019

More use of modern technology to benefit our clients Read More

Job Opportunity

Tue 24 September 2019

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have re-opened the job opportunity to work in our Head Office accounts department Read More

6.47 Acres (in Two Quillets) of Amenity/Commercial Woodland for Sale

Wed 18 September 2019

Woodland For Sale at Bucknell, Shropshire Read More

Plant a Tree with Pride

Fri 16 August 2019

Agriculture has had some rotten press of late with much of it ill-informed nonsense Read More

Honeybourne Lamb Sale 2019 Sale Report

Wed 7 August 2019

The annual Honeybourne Lamb Sale proved once again to live up to all expectations. More lambs on offer, more buyers and a great trade. Read More

Local Auctioneer Called up to Judge

Thu 13 June 2019

Local livestock Auctioneer Clive Roads Read More

Three Cheers for Piers

Thu 6 June 2019

I was brought up believing that the BBC was the premier broadcasting network and that ITV was very much the poor relation Read More

Tis the Season of the Year

Wed 22 May 2019

Following a somewhat lack lustre start to the year now spring has finally arrived all things in the livestock sector are as usual at this time of year, beginning to “sing and dance”!! Read More

Farmers Banned From Shooting 16 Bird Species From Tomorrow

Wed 24 April 2019

Natural England made a shock announcement yesterday, that from tomorrow (25th April 2019) it will remove three general licences covering the control of 16 bird species, including crows, rooks, magpies and pigeons Read More

New Boy on the Block!

Thu 31 January 2019

Clive Roads takes prestigious position of Chairman of McCartneys. As Big Ben chimed 12 O’clock on New Year’s Eve, Clive Roads partner in McCartneys for 30 years became Chairman of the Partnership, taking over from a successful period from Glyn Owens – Partner running Knighton Market/Office. Read More

Welsh Winter Fair Full of Festive Cheer with Packed Auction Rings

Mon 17 December 2018

Welsh Winter Fair sale report. Read More

Royal Welsh Winter Livestock & Carcass Auctions

Wed 21 November 2018

At the Royal Welsh Showground Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3SY McCartneys are once again the official auctioneers to the Royal Welsh Winter Fair Read More

The Year 1874

Fri 2 November 2018

In the year 1874 much happened. Harry Houdini and Sir Ernest Shackleton were born. Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers football clubs were founded. In America the U.S. Army was fighting the Commanche and Cheyenne Indian tribes. Read More

Dying for Food

Thu 4 October 2018

UK Agriculture contributed around £10.3 billion to GDP in 2017, up some 20%, but at its most basic level it provides nearly 50% of the food we eat here in the UK. Read More

RPA Takes over Delivery of Countryside Stewardship. Is It Good News for Applicants and Claimants? Time Will Tell...

Wed 3 October 2018

Natural England has attracted widespread negative attention over recent years, and rightly so. The organisation has failed to process applications, failed to provide agreements within the agreed timescales and critically failed to make the deserved payments to claimants. This has led to Natural England being a highly unorganised organisation and resulted in turmoil. Read More

So Easy to Forget!

Mon 10 September 2018

The bureaucracy and red tape attached to the food production chain is now daunting when one remembers that farming is growing and rearing food to eat.  It seems that every possible interest group, quango, government department has to have an input.  Nor must we forget all the law and regulation that exists which governs food production.  The whole thing is becoming more complicated as every year goes by and there must be a huge amount of duplication. Read More

Berriew Show Report 2018

Fri 7 September 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed attending Berriew Show again this year. Unfortunately the rain arrived in the afternoon but we didn’t let this dampen our spirits. We had quite a successful day at the show chatting to potential clients, handing out balloons, getting people involved in our ‘Guess How Many Sweets are in the Jar’ game and providing warm drinks and shelter from the rain in the afternoon. Read More

Basic Payment Scheme 2018/2019

Fri 7 September 2018

Autumn planting if not already started will soon be in full swing. The earlier dry conditions made for most farmers to enact an early harvest. Read More

Rare Opportunity to Purchase Improved Hill with Hidden Gems on Welsh Coast

Fri 7 September 2018

Glygyrog Ddu hill is situated close to the coastal village of Aberdyfi with stunning views over the Dyfi estuary.  Glygyrog Ddu hill extends to just over 90 acres, most of which has benefitted from ploughing and re-seeding during the last 15 years, to produce productive pastures to support both livestock grazing and fodder conservation.  Although traditionally used for agriculture, the land would also lend itself to diversification, including recreational and amenity uses. Read More

Cefncalonog Farm, Newcastle on Clun, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 8QY Press Release

Thu 6 September 2018

McCartneys are pleased to be favoured with instructions to offer for sale by Informal Tender the holding known as Cefncalonog, Newcastle on Clun, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 8QY.  Read More

Honeybourne Sheep Sale Report - Wednesday 1st August 2018

Fri 10 August 2018

There cannot have been a year when the weather has played such an important factor leading up to the annual sale at Honeybourne. With very little grass (if any) in most parts, I must have had dozens of calls asking me what will the trade be like “will there be any buyers” and “will the lambs be in suitable condition”? Read More

How Soon We Forget!

Fri 11 May 2018

As we all enjoy the fine weather of late, it is easy to forget that only about 8 weeks ago we were enduring a long hard winter and there was no sign of Spring. Read More

Promoting Good Practice – New Water Regulations for Farmers

Mon 26 March 2018

From 2nd April 2018 the new Farming Rules for Water are being introduced to all farmers across England, which must be adhered to. The rules seek to set a baseline of good farming practice in relation to the use of manures and fertilisers, as well preventing pollution and reducing soil erosion. The new Rules also require every field parcel to have a soil test every 5 years. Whilst termed a “new” set of rules, there is overlap with existing requirements under Cross Compliance. Read More

Excellent Pedigree Murray Grey Herd for Sale

Tue 20 March 2018

18 Pedigree Cows (2007 to 2016) and 1 Pedigree Murray Grey Bull (2012). Read More

Hearts and Minds in the Countryside

Fri 9 March 2018

Last year, dressing as characters from the Wizard of Oz and a mass cycle ride were just two of the ways McCartneys raised money for mental health charity, Mind. With your help we’ve done phenomenally well, in fact better than the photo shows. Read More

Leave – what will it mean for the agricultural industry?

Fri 8 July 2016

​​​​​​​The monumental decision on 23rd June to exit the European Union is likely to have significant repercussions for the agricultural industry in the UK. In the short term, things might be fine because a weaker pound means our exports will be more valuable and the imports more expensive. This could see livestock prices improve, although the implications on the goods we bring in from abroad is that they will be more expensive to buy. Read More

Attractive Agricultural Smallholding For Sale

Thu 28 April 2016

McCartneys are pleased to be favoured with instructions to offer for sale by private treaty Hill Farm, Bucknell. Read More

POULTRY HOUSING AND RENEWABLE ENERGY

Thu 18 June 2015

New association will provide an experienced professional approach to the farming industry. Read More

Land Compensation & Compulsory Purchase

Tue 7 April 2015

The world of Land Compensation and Compulsory Purchase is varied and many farming clients will come into contact with it at some point during their working lives. The most common contact is the laying or repair of water or gas pipes or even BT or electricity cables. Occasionally, some landowners may even have part of their property acquired for road schemes or other such public works. Read More

Roller Coaster Ride

Mon 8 September 2014

Agricultural commodity prices have always been volatile and never more so than at the present time.  Milk, grain and sheep meat prices have all fallen dramatically whilst the beef market is undergoing a sluggish recovery.  Land prices and land rents remain high but these will have to adjust in the light of what is currently happening in the market place. Read More

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