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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

What puts land and property buyers off farmland?

The most important part of preparing land and property for sale is ensuring everything a potential buyer wants to know is legally documented and presented clearly, say agents. This includes…

LAND MARKETS

How to value land and property and get the best price

The vendor and buyer perception of value might be defined by heart, desire or what the competition is prepared to pay. However, for agents, a valuation is a professional process…

LAND MARKETS

What ‘hidden’ elements of farm ownership can hold up sales?

Buying and selling land and property can be complicated, and certain things that seem minor can easily slip through the net and really restrict progress. Farmers Weekly asked land agents…

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…

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Insights

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Farming optimism fades as output prices put under pressure

The Farmers Weekly Sentiment Tracker has been running for a year, taking a monthly snapshot of farmers’ attitudes to the economic and political world they operate in – and from…

LAND MARKETS

Farmland supply lowest since 2001 foot-and-mouth crisis

The number of acres to hit the farmland market in Great Britain so far this year marks the lowest first half supply since the foot-and-mouth crisis of 2001, according to…

LAND MARKETS

Large farms rare commodity in active Northern Ireland market

Demand for farms in excess of 100 acres is extremely strong in Northern Ireland, where the price of prime land can reach £15,000/acre, but supply of all types and sizes…

LAND MARKETS

Attractive Scottish land market sees busy start to 2019

Bare agricultural land or smaller blocks of pasture that offer flexibility are selling well in Scotland in the first half of 2019, while hill land with forestry planting potential underpins…

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News

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Future wheat prices hit new low as pound rebounds

Wheat futures prices have fallen to their lowest levels in two years after the value of the pound nudged upwards and analysts increased their crop size predictions. The November 2019…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Food firms fined £13.2m for wheat market manipulation

Two global food manufacturers have been fined £13.2m (US$16m) for manipulating wheat prices in 2011. The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) imposed the penalty on Thursday (14 August) along…

LIVESTOCK

Grass covers and tight global supply support store lambs

Nervous early store lamb sales have been firm and, at times, ahead of last year’s drought-hit August trade, with auctioneers thanking timely rains and market confidence. Buyers and sellers have…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Weak pound pushes up farm costs

The pound has lost 8% of its value in just three months, making imported inputs more expensive but offering better export prospects for some UK farm produce. With a no-deal…

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LIVESTOCK

Video: Tough times for sheep farmers at Welshpool market

Last year was tough for sheep farmers and with the potential loss of EU markets and pressure from climate change lobbyists, this year looks set to be no easier. We…

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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