Breeding sheep sales started this week, with gimmers costing over £160/head in Thainstone. The prime lamb trade remains strong, with £2.12/kg for medium-weight lambs bringing a 45kg lamb to over £95/head and many heavier lambs will be making over £100.

The beef market is reporting rises across the board, with the AHDB noting increased values for steers, heifers, young bulls and cows.