All articles about Markets and trends

Market volatility is a major challenge for farmers, so keeping up to date with movements in commodity prices and input costs is more important than ever.

Our markets and trends page allows you to easily track the prices of the main commodities – from grains and pulses to milk, cattle, sheep and pigs.

 The page includes:

  • Grains, oilseeds and pulse prices
  • Deadweight and liveweight livestock prices
  • Prices of key inputs
  • Farms for sale and latest farmland trends
  • News and analysis of key market trends and prices

Advice and tips

LAND MARKETS

Top 6 issues that hold up farm sales and how to avoid them

Buying or selling a farm can seem like an insurmountable task, full of legal challenges, paperwork problems and stressful decisions. Agents say months can be wasted while questions and answers…

LAND MARKETS

Farm sale 'overage' payments: What farmers need to know

Overage negotiations have become a routine feature of many farm sales. Michael Fiddes, head of estates and farm agency at Strutt & Parker, explains why and outlines the main pros…

LAND MARKETS

Why preparation is key for a fast farm sale

Selling a farm may be one of the most stressful experiences a farming family will ever go through, but there are ways to smooth the process. Agents say poor planning…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Protecting farm business from volatility

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Tom Atkins from Savills’ food and farming team offers advice for those wanting…

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Insights

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Analysis: Why is wheat price static and when will it move?

Dry weather is having a diverse impact on Europe’s cereal crops with some suffering from the lack of rain, while others have benefited from earlier sowing, leaving UK farmers wondering…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Analysis: Are beef prices likely to rise soon?

An over-supply of beef is the cause behind falling prices, with a reversal not expected until the majority of finishing stock are turned out and Brexit uncertainty is resolved. Increased…

LAND MARKETS

Farmland sale and leaseback deals an option for retirement

Farmers thinking about their retirement plans could consider a sale and leaseback agreement to let them continue working the land with financial backing. Agents say non-farming investors are particularly interested…

LAND MARKETS

Farmland market sees supply slump ahead of Brexit

The 2019 farmland market has seen a busy start in some regions, but there is evidence of sellers playing a waiting game while political uncertainty remains. Many agents predicted a…

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News

LAND MARKETS

Dry weather concerns prompt more livestock keep inquiries

Inquiries for grass keep are increasing as stock producers’ dry weather concerns grow. The area offered for keep so far has been similar to last year in many regions. Prices…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Brexit stockpiling sees dairy exports and imports rise

Dairy imports and exports have risen sharply since the start of the year, with stockpiling as an insurance against a no-Brexit deal thought to be the key driver. HMRC figures…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Dutch grow veal production as dairy herd shrinks

An increase in veal production has seen the Dutch farming sector increase beef production by 9% in a year, at a time when the national dairy herd is shrinking. Of…

TAKING STOCK

Spring brings firm start to early trade in ewes with lambs

A relatively kind spring has bolstered interest for sheep with lambs at foot in 2019, to leave prices at a similar level to last year, say auctioneers. This is despite…

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Video

LAND MARKETS

Large Lincolnshire arable estate selling in lots

One of the largest commercial arable holdings to come to market in Lincolnshire for 20 years is being sold off in several lots to a variety of buyers. Rainthorpe Farms,…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Video: Why China offers UK farmers opportunity

Is China really the big opportunity for British food producers everyone says it is? And if so, how can farmers here get in on the action? I went to there…

MACHINERY

Video: What next after Brexit boom for farm machinery sales?

Business has boomed for auctioneers Cheffins since sterling took a tumble following last year’s UK referendum vote to leave the EU. But there is also an air of trepidation among…

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