Market Reports (August 2018)

Friday 17th August 18

Cattle

The cattle trade has started to rise a notch, and with cereal harvest under way the waiting lists of a fortnight ago have largely evaporated. Clean cattle to 373p and Angus to 410p in the last week. Cattle needed for next week. Cows 265-280p on the ‘R’. More cows needed for next week pickup. Remember if you need cash quick, we pay out all primestock in 7 days by BACS direct into your bank account.
Store cattle available, with prices slightly sharper on the back of improved grass growing conditions and better than expected straw yields.

Lambs

What a great week in the sheep trade with lambs up 405-420p base. Prices have really held on throughout the week with exports and the ethnic buyers dominating proceedings. Post Quarbani it will be interesting to see how the trade responds as although demand will ease, supplies are not plentiful.

Lamb volumes remain tight for the time of the year and with the fieldsman team having visited abattoirs in the last week its clear to see that kill out % are struggling on lambs coming off grass. Lambs with plenty of cover on, or coming off a bite of dry feed are still killing out and grading well. If you want some advice on this please get in touch with your fieldsman or the office. The panic to get lambs away due to the shortage of grass has possibly eased slightly and the number of very lean lambs has certainly fallen though we are seeing several of R2s.

  • Store lambs available… Suffolk x, Texel x, Aberfield x & mule wedders, blackies, cheviots
  • Ewe lambs… Scotch Mule, Cheviot Mule, Aberfield x, Suffolk x, Texel x, Lleyn, Easycare.
  • MV Accredited and other High Health gimmers, ewe and drafts available from closed flocks

    Arable Cover Crops available for grazing FSS Members in the Borders in association with BMR. Please phone the office for more further details.

Please remember you can now login remotely to see your grade reports and invoices at www.farmstockdata.org.uk

Some limited space still available for the end of the week. New consignors welcome.  

FSS Co-op Averages Av wt kg Gold Green Black Red Blue
Standard NSL 18.69kg 16.6% 50.9% 22.7% 8.7% 1.1%

Organics

Organic clean are on the 420p/kg plateau with waiting lists still in the region of 3 weeks. Organic lambs are coming forward in better numbers proportionally to the conventional sector and the premium remains firm at 10p/kg. More organic lambs needed. Beltex x organic lambs needed for an export order. 100 acres of Organic red clover grazing for finishing lambs available in Oxford. Please contact Jonny.