A slight edge has been taken off the trade but base prices remain in excess of 365p/kg at present which is still good given the price of feeding. The supply and demand ratio is very finely balanced at present, and prices could easily rise if numbers tighten. Good premiums remain on offer for both Angus and Shorthorn sired beasts.
Cow volumes remain high and are likely to remain so now until early December, cows from both the suckler and dairy herd are coming forward in good condition and are killing out well. Base prices remain around 230-240p/kg with bonus available for better cows and younger beasts. If you are placing younger cows and heifers with us please inform your fieldsman so we can inform the abattoir in advance.
Store cattle values are slightly easier than this time last year with many buyers acutely aware that their budgets are likely to be squeezed as a result of later SFP payments this year.
Deadweight base prices have stood on 315-320p/kg base in the last week. Lamb supplies from the lowlands of the East and West are now virtually exhausted, 3 weeks ahead of normal. In contrast, upland and hill lambs are still coming thick and fast. The only consolation to the lower than average prices at present is the good weather which has allowed lambs to be finished entirely off grass, keeping costs to a minimum. Please keep drawing lambs as they come to finish as lambs are very easily going over fat, please make use of your fieldsman if you are unsure about weights and levels of finish so we can maximise your returns.
There is limited demand from the processors for lightweight lambs for export at present but despite this we are still managing to get lambs lifted within a week in most cases.
We are supplying 7 different abattoirs on a weekly basis at present and more lambs are needed going forward to maintain throughputs.
In the last week organic cattle are attracting base prices in the region of 380p/kg, a good 15p premium over conventional prices. Organic lambs continue to be difficult to find outlets for and we are currently supplying over half the Scottish organic kill at present. Congratulations to organic supplier Ross Paton from Castle Douglas who has recently won OMSCO’s membership award for his contribution to the organic industry.
We have some good organic store cattle for sale on our website, please get in touch if you are looking for some.
For Sale & Wanted
Store cattle wanted and for sale.
Shorthorn bulling heifers for sale
Suckler bred Limousin bulling heifers for sale
Cheviot and Blackie store lambs for sale
All breeds of Tups available- Suffolk, Texel, Beltex and Blue Faced Leicester’s (Traditional and crossing)