Strong beef prices are continuing to underpin a vibrant mart trade. Cattle numbers coming forward for sale have tailed off in recent weeks, further boosting the live trade, as cattle agents and specialist finishers compete for a smaller pool of cattle.

Demand is strongest for heavy and forward bullocks suited to a short intensive finishing period. Good-quality continental steers are selling from 210p/kg to 225p/kg, with some exceptional animals making as far as 230p/kg.