Now that the Royal Highland Show is over for another year, there is the traditional flush of prime cattle around this week, hence no rise in price. However numbers in general remain tight, so this should keep the price right in the short term. Cows are also in short supply just now, and with most farmers taking advantage of the fine weather to secure silage stocks, it may be a day or two before the supply chain gets back to normal. We are very pleased with the way that the dairy bull job is going, and our processor is keen to expand the business, so we are constantly on the look out for more supplies. There is a bit of interest in store cattle, from finishers looking to secure supplies for the Christmas trade, so if you have any for sale, please give us a phone.
There is still a marked difference in the lamb trade in the north of the country compared to the south. Prices range from 515p kg in the North to 480p kg in the South of England. Numbers are coming forward well, and with prices up by around £11 on the year this is giving a huge boost in confidence to producers. Let’s hope this continues as all the major supermarkets are reporting static sales over the counter this week.
Organic beef is very hard to source at this time, and we could sell as much as we can find very easily, as there is fierce competition from all the major buyers. For a change Organic lamb is still finding a ready market with prices around 530p kg. If you are going to have lambs for sale in the near future please give us plenty of notice, this situation can, and will change very quickly.