The Livestock Auctioneers' Association Limited (LAA)

Trade Talk – Andrew Clements, Associate, Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Sedgemoor Auction Centre

10th June 2022

With the upward trajectory of the farm gate milk price many are wondering what effect this will have on the supply of dairy cows to the market.  The recent exceptional trades have held and actually got stronger as we progressed through our May dispersal sales which totalled over 2200 Dairy cattle sold by GTH through the month!

Our recent dairy collective sale produced 40 cows and heifers selling for over £2,000 with 15 over 2,300gns. The dispersal sales also attracted leading prices with the autumn calving herd of Britten Farming, Shepton Mallet averaging an impressive £1,747 for commercial cows. 

In-calf heifers have also sold extremely well with the demand high for the summer/autumn calvers and an average of £1,790 achieved for commercial heifers in the dispersal sale for PJ & SR Bennett, Swindon.

Youngstock trade has been more selective.  Quality has still sold well with a top of 900gns for a consignment of strong bulling heifers from Allerways Holsteins. 

Now for the speculation - will the sales dry up? The short answer is yes! June looks much quieter than May with only a few dispersals already being advertised in the South-West meaning that trade may strengthen further.

We do not expect to be quiet for too long as there is still a number of farmers concerned about the increasing costs, shortage of labour and many that are still undecided on whether they will be making the large capital expenditure needed for slurry storage with the impending new rules.

These concerns currently seem to be here to stay so we believe that further sales will come forward as with previous years for the late summer / autumn period – how many will as always depend on the milk price and availability of labour!