Market Reports

8th March 2019

Cattle

As the never ending slide in prices continue prime cattle remain sticky, with the base price in the region of 350-358p/kg in the last week, as we continue to feel the knock on effects of Brexit with most fridges seemingly still full of Irish cattle . Make sure to ask about the new Angus premium this week as we now have an outlet offering a new scheme.

On a better note the cow trade seems to be rising with a base 247p/kg. This is said to be due to retail demand plummeting, with boning cows in particular demand for their cheaper cuts. There is on the other hand there is still an outlet for fleshier cows which offers an attractive base of 265p/kg with fast uplift.

There continues to be many good bulling heifers available, all breeds, shapes and sizes. Including some high health, johns level 2. 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 sit evenly balanced with demand however this does not seem to be having an effect on the price as it continues to remain sticky, with the base sitting at 405p/kg – 410p/kg in the last seven days. It’s hard to tell where the trade will go as the Brexit discussions continue and the uncertainty clouds gather above, for exporting lamb carcases remains a touchy subject with French order right back. When looking at European price, AHDB allows us to compare the prices throughout Europe, Britain although it seems to be struggling is once again sitting fairly level with Irish prices. We can also see from this, that this years prices on a whole are back throughout Europe as Countries such as Germany are back 9.5% on the year.

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.

Store Lambs Available

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 19.13kg 20.8% 51.5% 21.7% 2.0% 3.9%

Organic

There continues to be a large shortage of organic hoggets coming forward and we ask you to call your fieldsman for a price if you have 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.

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/Lothian Lamb    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