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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

LAND MARKETS

The land market where you live: South-west England

Supply has jumped after a quiet couple of years but values remain strong across the region. The decision by the Crown Estate to sell 3,400 acres of farmland near Taunton…

LAND MARKETS

The land market where you live: Scotland

More Scottish farmland has come to the market in 2018 than at any point in the previous 10 years. Strong supply has been as much a feature in Scotland as…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Alternative proteins pose fresh challenge to meat and dairy

Negative publicity aimed at the meat and dairy industry in recent years has contributed to the rise in consumers looking for alternative sources of protein that promise greener or healthier…

LAND MARKETS

The land market where you live: South-east England

Demand is outstripping supply in the south-east of England despite an increase in the number of acres marketed. Savills data shows a small increase in the number of acres advertised…

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News

BUSINESS

Potato crop lowest since 2012

At 4.9m tonnes, this year’s potato crop is 13% smaller than the five-year average of 5.6m tonnes, according to an AHDB estimate. It is only the fourth time since 1960…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Tight supplies of prime lamb expected in new year

UK prime lamb supplies are beginning to run short, with AHDB forecasting that 10% fewer lambs will be available for slaughter during the first quarter of 2019, than over the…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Record animal feed production reflects challenging season

Compound animal feed production has hit record levels with more than 1.1m tonnes produced in October, according to AHDB figures. The figure for the month, at 1.13m tonnes includes production…

TAKING STOCK

Christmas sales bring primestock lift

Auction mart prime lamb and beef prices have lifted into December, strengthened slightly by the usual upturn in Christmas demand. Last week saw Great British prime lamb liveweight SQQs average…

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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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