Market Reports

Friday 19th May 2017

Cattle

The price of cattle is a stand on for pretty much all grades and types, with the headline clean price in the low to mid 370p/kg. Localised severe cattle shortages are the real drivers in the trade and firms are having to go outside their usual trading areas to achieve throughput causing some upset in trade. Some small operators are really hurting on the the trade as the retail price is particularly price sensitive and they are unable to pass on their increased costs.

Cow numbers are coming forward slowly but slightly faster than of late, with quality generally very good with many producers having chosen to put extra finish onto cast cows. Best cows to 297p/kg this week. More needed.

20 Angus heifers wanted, need to be 400kg plus and of a high health status.

Preliminary notice:-140 Classy suckler cows and calves for sale

All types of native bred store cattle wanted.

Sheep

Incredible to believe we are back thick amongst the early spring lambs off the coasts, this week last year we handled 67, this year we at 667! Spring lambs are in the region of 470-480p/kg, with E grades to £106.42 Remember, many of the blue chip supermarket buyers cannot buy out of the ring.

More spring lambs needed to meet demand. New consignors are very welcome.

The last few batches of hogget’s are away this week to 420p/kg. We will still have some very limited demand for hogget’s in the next fortnight but transport could be intermittent. Please contact your fieldsman if you want to discuss the options available.

Organics

The dizzy organic cattle continues without a glimmer of a blip in sight with R4Ls trading around the 480p/kg yet again.

Organic Hogget’s to 435p/kg, quality is very very variable, and in some cases plainer types are better being sold conventionally into outlets more suited. Organic store cattle wanted.