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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

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…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Analysis: Which way will wheat prices go by June?

A larger than usual gap of about £20/t between old and new crop wheat prices is causing a headache for arable farmers pondering their marketing strategy. Futures prices currently stand…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Analysis: Will there be a lamb price spike in spring 2019?

Finished lamb sellers are unlikely to see prices increase as rapidly this season as in the spring of 2018, despite fewer lambs coming forward for sale and declining New Zealand…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Russian dominance over world wheat markets slows

Russia’s record-breaking export drive has finally slowed, but it could be too late for hopeful US and EU markets to benefit significantly, says Cofco UK trading director Stuart Shiells. World…

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News

LAND MARKETS

More than 20% of Staffordshire county farms estate for sale

More than 20% of Staffordshire County Council’s farms estate, comprising 688ha and 16 let farm holdings, is set to be sold off. All the council's farm tenants were notified of…

BUSINESS

Final year of unfettered EU access sees cheese export record

UK cheese export tonnage hit record highs as strong growth both inside and out of the EU saw more British cheese shipped overseas in 2018. Exports of British Cheddar, Stilton…

LAND MARKETS

Agricultural land values to hit five-year low

The average value of bare agricultural land in England fell by 3% to a five-year low of £6,970/acre in 2018. This is according to Knight Frank’s Farmland Index results for…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Feed grain prices fall on currency and crop news

UK old crop feed wheat and feed barley prices are down by about £3/t on the week, to average £165/t and £145/t spot ex-farm respectively on Friday (15 February). A…

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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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