Market Reports (February 2019)

15th February 2019

Cattle

Prime cattle are still sitting in a similar state, with the base price in the region of 350-358p/kg for Scottish cattle and English sitting slightly below at 349-355p/kg, with a strong demand for lighter cattle. There is still a decent premium for Angus and Shorthorn cattle available.

For those who have veal bulls needing away under 12 months, there is still space available for the week of 25th of February, please call for a price.

As everyone is getting well through scanning, there is availability to get clear of some empty cattle and make space for those spring calving cows, with the base price of 247p/kg- 265p/kg for younger types.

All breeds of store cattle are available, in all shapes and sizes. Be sure to like our Facebook page and keep up to date with all the stock posted for sale and if you like what you see make sure you act fast by calling your fieldsman or our office on 01750 723366.

Sheep

Hogget numbers continue to drop with the first new seasons lambs on the ground. With an attractive base price of 420p/kg in the last week the home market is severely struggling. Brexit chat is making export deals very cloudy, Scottish hogget are now sitting around 20 pence less per kilo than hoggets in Northern Ireland and as much as 40pence difference from Southern Ireland. Until this uncertainty over Brexit clears up it is hard to follow where the Scottish lamb trade is going. Why not grab some lamb for dinner this week as the demand really could do with some encouragement?

Light lambs are needed for the last week of February.

Plenty of in lamb ewes available for those wanting to increase flock numbers so keep an eye out, on the other hand if you have ewes / store hoggets you are wanting to sell don’t be shy to give your fieldsman a call.

In spec lambs needed for the end of the week for home market outlets. All areas, breeds & weights.

FSS Co-op Averages Av wt kg Gold Green Black Red Blue
Standard OSL 19.22kg 21.3% 53.7% 19.3% 2.3% 3.3%

Organics

Organic hoggets seem to be a bright spark in this unsettled trade sitting at 460p/kg this week. There is plenty of space to get organic hoggets shifted as there is a real shortage coming forward so please contact your fieldsman if you’ve got any finished . Organic cattle are also sitting in a good position with a base price of 430p/kg, with plenty available.

For Sale / Wanted

22 x Charolais Store heifers

20 x Organic lim x fries bulling heifers

5 luing Bulling heifers – Johnes level 2, BVD Accredited

50x in lamb Suffolk ewes

Store lambs available

Shorthorn bulls

Angus x store cattle

Continental store cattle available

100x Angus suckler cows – wanted

Contacts

David Marshall         Operations Manager                                                     07808 329 719

Victoria Warcup       Senior Livestock Procurement Officer Eastern Borders    07767 298 382

Jonny Williams         Senior Livestock Procurement Officer Central                07817 702 988

Brian Webster           Livestock Procurement Officer North                             07585 880 794

Guy Old                     Livestock Procurement Officer South West                    07766 088 900

Lindsey Miller          Livestock Procurement Officer Northumberland             07795 343602

Eilidh Duncan           Livestock Procurement Officer Central Belt                    07789 741807

Colin Mair                 Fieldsman for Ayrshire Country Lamb                           07976 605 130

Bryan Robb               Fieldsman for Clackmannanshire                                   07818 000 877

Robert Paterson        Fieldsman for Perthshire                                             07761 931 008

Ian Douglas               Fieldsman for Lothian Lamb                                         07885 367 151