Auction houses keep an eye on pre-Brexit border blockades

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AGRICULTURING

Via Neale McQuistin

After the sudden EU border restrictions, the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland was swift to speak out yesterday.

“Auctioneers and auctioneers across Scotland continue to be in close contact with key industry stakeholders and the Government of Scotland to ensure that they are aware of the supply and demand in the red meat chain during these uncertain times,” said Executive Director Neil Wilson. The effect of EU border controls over the past 24 hours, as well as the possible impact of Brexit, will inevitably contribute to this.

“As we enter the Christmas and New Year period, there is a reduced sales calendar, as is the case every year, and will resume at the beginning of the new year; this reduced number of sales could help to limit a drop in prices and stabilize volumes,” he said.

We have to remember, however, that amid the Brexit pandemic and uncertainty, prime lamb and lager prices have remained buoyant this year, so there is still some confidence in the industry.

Examination of Markets

At St Boswells yesterday, Harrison & Hetherington sold 22 clean goats, 91 beef cows, 998 prime lambs and 505 fattening ewes.

At 239p/kg, seven prime steers sold and averaged 224p (+10p), while 15 prime heifers were 245p and 217p on average (-10p).

For £ 1455 and 179p, cast cows sold and averaged 126p (-5p).

For Beltex lambs, the first lambs sold for £ 121 and 250p/kg, averaging 195p/kg (-12p). For a Texel ewe, heavy ewes sold at a peak price of £ 145 and averaged £ 99 (+ £ 1), whereas for Cheviots, medium ewes topped £ 97 and averaged £ 64 (- £ 2). Yesterday at Carlisle, the company also sold five prime heifers, peaking at 208p/kg and settling at 194p (-26p), while seven beef steers sold at 212p and settled at 191p (-29p). In the rough ring, 133 caste dairy cows sold for 165 pence and 99 pence (+1 pence) on average, while 30 caste beef cows topped 185 pence and 134 pence (+4 pence) on average.

With an average of 205/kg, the 1,740 prime lambs traded at £ 132 and 300p/kg (-12p). In sheep, 47 heavy ewes hit a top price of £ 148 and an average of £ 107 (+ £ 27p) with a Suffolk, while 103 Hill ewes achieved a top price of £ 98 and an average of £ 79 (+ £ 28p) with a Hill Cheviot.

Craig Wilson sold 1,303 lambs and 318 ewes at Ayr yesterday. A single lamb sold for £ 116, with a Texel pen selling for 243p, totaling 210p overall.

For a Texel ewe, a slightly reduced supply of cast ewes reached a top price of £ 145, while mules reached a top price of £ 94 and for a pen of 16, Blackface ewes sold for £ 73.

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