Market Reports (February 2019)

Cattle

Prime cattle continue to lull over, with the base price in the region of 350-358p/kg in the last week. The reasoning behind the stagnant demand in cattle is said to be due to most fridges being full with the Southern Irish beasts as they are being told to kill there cattle before the effects of Brexit. There is still a decent premium on Shorthorn cattle but make sure to ask about the new Angus premium this week as we now have an outlet offering a new scheme.

Cow trade seems to be continuing to sit nicely with a base of 247p/kg, with an outlet for younger fleshier cows which offers an attractive base of 265p/kg with fast uplift. While the price sits in a good place why not clear out any of those cows that aren’t quite making the cut for those new bulls bought in the last couple of weeks.

All breeds of store cattle are available, in all shapes and sizes. Also plenty of bulls and bulling heifers available so make sure you are following 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, however this doesn’t seem to have much effect on the demand with the base starting to drop to 410p/kg – 415p/kg in the last seven days. The hogget market seems to be struggling all around and the only explanation is ‘uncertainty’. As the never-ending debates about what will happen with Brexit. The export trade seems to be coming to a stand still with many suppliers just not having the buyers and France are said to be not taking any exports at the moment. As we are quickly approaching March its hard to believe that this time last year we were heading to record breaking prices and had extreme demand within the market and at the moment its extremely doubtful that it will rise to the same levels seen last year.

With this issue on mixed demand for hogget’s, we ask you to please be patient as there may be a smaller range of outlets who are looking for hogget’s, along with this issue we ask all Store buyers to please inform us of where hogget’s have come from as we have to be careful on where English hogget’s are killed, thank you.

Light lambs still 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 hogget’s 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

On the bright side we do as always have a good demand for Organic hogget’s which continue to sit at a base of 455p/kg this week. There is plenty of space to get organic hogget’s shifted as there is a real shortage coming forward so please contact your fieldsman if you’ve got any available. Organic cattle are also sitting in a good position with a base price of 430p/kg, with plenty available.

Organic store cattle available.

For Sale / Wanted

For Sale and Wanted

22 x Charolais Store heifers

20 x Organic lim x fries bulling heifers

50x in lamb Suffolk ewes

Store lambs available

Angus, Limousin, bulls

Angus x store cattle

Continental store cattle available

100x Angus suckler cows – wanted

Fieldsman

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