Market Reports

Farm Stock Weekly Market Report 4th September 2015

Beef

Cattle prices continue to hold at similar levels to previous weeks with the balance of supply and demand evenly balanced. It is unclear how the trade will respond going forward though it is fair to say that there doesn’t seem to be an abundance of cattle coming forward.
Cow numbers have dropped off a cliff after the huge surge in numbers at the start of last month. Base prices have firmed by 5p which is good and further rises are probably likely in the next month ahead if numbers don’t recover further. If you have cows ready don’t leave it to late as numbers will no doubt rise quickly, especially if the weather doesn’t improve and cattle are housed early.
We have 8 super Angus X Saler Heifers with their August born Lim X calves at foot for sale, these will make ideal replacement for any herd.
Some very good store cattle lots are beginning to be offered for sale by producers, if you have any for sale, please get in touch with your fieldsman as we have a retained list of buyers looking for all types of cattle.

Lamb

Prices began the week at 310-320p dependent on quality. If August sheep prices have been a sad reflection of the dismal summer weather, September trading has opened like a roaring lion and the phones have been red hot with exporters and some English supermarkets anxious to secure supplies. With large numbers of lambs coming forward we have worked hard and it feels like we are really driving the trade and the price has moved with haste. Some of the regular high profile buyers have been well off the pace and we haven’t sold them any sheep as a result!
Beltex sired lambs are in demand and we have had lambs away in excess of £80 which is quite staggering.
Blackface store lambs wanted for a retained buyer, up to 1500 needed. Suffolk and Texel store lambs wanted.
The breeding sheep trade seems a little mixed with buyers seemingly very selective, with cheviot mules in vogue at the expense of Scotch Mules.
Please check out the Farm Stock webpage if you are on the lookout for store sheep as the site changes daily.

Organics

Organic sheep are flooding forward at present, and the bonus available reflects this. Similarly to the conventional price, organic cattle remain a stand on price in the region of 385p/kg. Organic store cattle wanted by buyers with huge crops of forage. .

For sale and wanted

200 Suffolk and Texel 1 and 2 crop ewes
Homebred Scotch Mules, Suffolk X , Texel X and Lleyn Gimmers for Sale.
Suffolk X, Texel X, Lleyn & Easycare store lambs and ewe lambs for sale and wanted
20Angus heifers for sale 480-500kg
8 Angus X Saler heifers with Lim X calves at foot
Angus X and Shorthorn heifers and bullocks wanted.

 

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