Market Reports

Friday 10th November 2017

Cattle

Despite the abattoirs saying that they have plenty of cattle about them, clean cattle numbers are very, very tight this week with cattle uplifted off farms in as little as two days in some cases. Prices are varying in and around the 380-385p mark with a modest 5p premium available for Angus’s. We would confidently expect further rises in the pipeline through make sure you market them in November as demand will probably ease once we enter December. More clean cattle wanted, please phone the office for further information on the outlets available.

Cull cow numbers remain remarkably tight given the time of the year. Suckler producers across the Borders after several years of culling quite vigorously seem to be universally keen to increase herd numbers with Brexit on the horizon. Base prices to 290p. More cows wanted for next week, if you would like further information on the options available please get in contact.

Strong stores wanted.

Lambs

Base prices began the week at 365-370p/kg but have improved as the week has gone on. Lamb volumes have finally fallen back, and we have a small window now before lambs come forward in bigger numbers off forage crops and the hill lambs off hoppers. Quality remains very variable, with prices showing improvement, there is light at the end of the tunnel so please finish your lambs properly and maximise your returns.

With just a bit over 6 weeks till Christmas Day, get those small lambs eating well if you want to hit the light lamb window. First lights for Christmas away next week.

Store lambs look a great investment at current prices.

Organics

Organic cattle have remained difficult to shift but with Christmas around the corner hopefully demand will improve.  Organic lambs wanted, a modest premium is available, with lambs to 385p. More organic lambs wanted. Good flock of Organic Ewes for sale as part of a genuine dispersal for sale. Mules and Texel x Ewes in flock ages. Herd of organic cattle available.

For sale and wanted

Store lambs for Sale (Vicky Warcup)
Angus & Limousin Breeding Bulls available (Vicky Warcup)
Feeding ewes wanted, not blackies. (Vicky Warcup) Fat ewes wanted (Brian Webster)
Herd of good Organic Suckler cows for sale (Brian Webster)
Bulling and In-calf heifers available (Brian Webster)
50 Simmental X spring born Heifers 320kg (Brian Webster)
20 Belgian Blue X Cows with calves at foot (Brian Webster)
Good Aberdeen Angus Bulling Heifers for Sale (Jonny Williams)
Sim Luing Heifers available