Market Reports

Friday 14th February 2020

Cattle

Clean Scotch cattle remain around about the 340-345p/kg level with Angus 20p more as a rough rule of thumb. With the weather increasingly inclement there is plenty of cattle reportedly coming forward as breeder finishers try to empty sheds to get cows and ewes off saturated fields.
Cows continue to vary considerably in price with best end types to 270p. Cows urgently needed for next week, mainland pickup is under 7 days in most cases. Please speak to your fieldsman to discuss the variety of options available and remember we pay you into your bank account in 7 days!
Store cattle remain in a very positive vein, quite where all the confidence is coming from is unclear, but with an abundance of silage and straw available, some of the finishers are obviously keen to eat it all up!
We are actively looking for good batches of store cattle. Please get in touch with any of the fieldsman for details about our farm to farm service.

Hoggets

New Zealand lamb or no New Zealand lamb, the bullish hogget trade is showing no signs of abating! Most hogget’s in the last week between 500-520p with a top £115, with further rises for next week projected. The last time we saw such a big trade in the Spring was 2018, and this week that year we were trading at 460p base. Where we go from here nobody knows… we are in unchartered territory.
Store lambs continue to move at record prices. Let us know if you have any. Ewes remain a flying trade, we have outlets for batches of leaner end hill types. Speak to the office regarding these.
FSS Co-op Averages Av wt. kg Gold Green Black Red Blue
Standard Hoggs 18.87kg 10.4% 49.8% 38.9% 2.4% 1.0%

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Organics

Organic cattle are still sitting in the region of 390p/kg. Numbers feel a touch easier but still there are by no means a shortage.
The whole of the north of the UK seems totally devoid of any serious volume of organic sheep and it would be extremely unfair to quote a base price as it has felt like it has changed on an hour by hour basis on some days this week! Top price £128.70. No matter where you are in the UK, if you have any organic hogget’s at all please give us a ring to discuss the options available.

For those who say you need the live markets to set the high prices, look at the organic hogget price and look what a marketing co-operative can do to achieve value for producers #strengththroughcooperation