Market Reports (January 2016)

Trading update 29th January 2016

Cattle

The cattle trade remains sluggish at the moment with supply and demand evenly balanced. On a positive note, waiting lists are relatively short compared to last year with well fleshed Scottish cattle attracting base prices in the region of 345p/kg, a good 10p/kg over and above English quotations. Will producers finishing their own cattle please be aware of lower maximum pay weights which are now in force. Please contact your fieldsman if you need to discuss this further.
We have several buyers looking for store cattle both for short and long term feeding, please get in touch if you have any ready to sell.
Despite the doldrums in the clean cattle trade, cows and young bulls are in good demand with cows a touch sharper.
Please remember all of our payments are guaranteed and fully insured, with payments made by BACS within 7 days of slaughter.

Sheep

Well fleshed hogget’s have been keenly sort after in the last week with prices up almost 20p on the week with sheep attracting base price bids around 400p/kg, with the best lambs up to £89. Harder sorts with less flesh are back between 380-390p. Light lambs have firmed to 350p. Blackface lambs are also still wanted for the Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference scheme. The main reason for the price rises are a significant tightening of supply and the weakening of Sterling relative to the Euro.
Prices are unlikely to jump significantly further in the short term as processors begin to process New Zealand spring lamb, though with numbers tight the trade will be very difficult to predict in the run up to Easter.
Please get in touch with your fieldsman if you wish to discuss the variety of options available.29th Jan 16

Organics

Organic clean cattle remain a stand on in price. Organic lambs are in very short supply at present and more are needed to meet processor demand. Base prices are in the region of 410-420p/kg which has been 20p ahead of conventional in most cases. Organic in-lamb ewes and in calf heifers for sale, please contact the office if you want further information.

Wanted and for Sale

Store cattle wanted, all types and sizes
Organic in calf heifers for sale
Organic in lamb ewes for sale
In lamb ewes wanted, all breeds