The Livestock Auctioneers' Association Limited (LAA)

Trade Talk with Sam Hogg FLAA/AIA (Scot), C&D Auction Marts Ltd, Longtown Mart

3rd December 2020

Firstly, I hope everyone is safe and well during these unprecedented times, which have proved challenging in both personal and professional perspectives and looking set to remain with us for some time yet.

Nevertheless, due to strategic guidelines being implemented throughout the auction mart sector this has allowed a very successful series of ‘back end’ sales to go ahead with vendors in attendance and being rewarded with a magnificent trade for all classes of livestock.

The majority of breeding sheep sales reported averages up £30-50 on the year, whilst prime lambs are currently receiving a buoyant trade week after week, selling at 25-30p per kilo ahead of the corresponding weeks last year.

Store cattle have also remained in demand due to lesser numbers nationwide and the rise in deadweight price has given confidence to purchasers, with quality cattle wanted. Vendors received rewarding returns in excess of £140-160 on the year.

With Christmas fast approaching, trade is anticipated to be animated with plenty of demand, although due to current restrictions marts will unfortunately face the likely fact that shows will be unattainable. This will come as a huge disappointment for all involved, where in past years these Christmas shows are a great occasion to showcase some fantastic primestock, giving vendors the gratification for their hard work and efforts to be seen and appreciated.

It’s also important to note that due to the lack of social events this year, ‘Drop and Go’ policies adopted within the auction marts and long winter days already upon us, it is a vital time to encourage communication within the farming community. A quick phone call to neighbours, friends or family I am sure would be greatly appreciated in what can be a lonely and isolating time for many.