Market Reports

2nd August 2019


The prime cattle trade remains still stuck in the trough with the base sitting at 330p/kg this week. It is a very frustrating time as we are seeing cattle numbers lower than usual for this time of year yet it doesn’t seem to be having any significant effect on the trade at the moment. That said there has been the first sight of a slight rise in the last week. Bulls remain a trickier trade at the moment with the demand very sticky this week.

Cows remain in short supply which has resulting in the trade staying stronger than expected. Base price continues to sit at 260-270p/kg in the last week.

Plenty of store and breeding Cattle available, please see for sale below.


The lamb trade is slightly back with a base of 370-375p/kg this week, however with the pound to euro this week is sitting at 92p this may be having some effect. To stabilise the trade, we do however have a large demand from northern Europe exporters, wanting a large number of lambs for standard export jobs next week

Please be aware at the moment that lambs are not percenting quite as well as they were at the start of the season. This might be a case of people starting to spain or growth in the lambs and preventing them from thriving as well, we also have to remember about the 2% gut full when weighing lambs.

Please consider culling tup lambs slightly lighter before they begin to shoot.

With large numbers coming forward at the moment, we are working with 9 abattoirs to provide a wide range of suitable outlets to maximise returns for our members.

Large numbers of stores and breeding sheep are coming forward at the moment, please see for sale and get in touch if you’re are looking for any, range of breeds available.

Lambs needed. New producers welcome. All areas, breeds & weights.

FSS Co-op Averages Av wt kg Gold Green Black Red Blue
Standard NSL 19.9kg 25.3% 47.7% 23.9% 1.8% 1.3%




Organics lambs in the last week were struggling slighty compared to the start of the season, however still 20-30p above conventionals. Organic Cattle staying the same at about 430p/kg in the last week. There is still decent demand for organics at the moment so please get in touch if you have any available as we are moving them reasonably quickly. Both organic store cattle and lambs wanted.

For Sale

  • Tex x ewe lambs             Northumberland – LM
  • Mule gimmers (Ex swale and blackface) Northumberland – LM
  • 100 Scotch Mule Gimmers Borders – JW
  • 80 Suffolk x mule young Ewes Borders – JW
  • Suffolk X Ewe Lambs Borders/ Central- VW/ED
  • Mule Ewe Lambs Central – ED
  • Blackface Stores ( Wedders & Tups ) Central – ED
  • Saler x Luing Heifers – High Health, Johnes 1 Borders – JW
  • Shorthorn Bulling Heifers Borders – VW


Farmstock Office        Monday -Thursday ( 9am – 4pm), Friday (9am – 3pm)      01750 723366

Victoria Warcup          Joint Operations Director                                                                   07767 298 382

Jonny Williams           Joint Operations Director                                                 07817 702 988

David Marshall           Senior Livestock Procurement Officer                                      07808 329 719

Eilidh Duncan              Livestock Procurement Officer North and Central             07789 741807

Lindsey Miller             Livestock Procurement Officer Northumberland                      07795 343602

Guy Old                       Fieldsman for South West                                                                  07766 088 900

Colin Mair                   Fieldsman for Ayrshire Country Lamb                                        07976 605 130

Robert Paterson          Fieldsman for Dunblane                                                                07761 931 008

Ian Douglas                 Fieldsman for Lothian Lamb                                                            07885 367 151