In this week’s Focus on marts and livestock handling, we look at how the mart trade performed over the first half of the year and the trade trends over recent weeks. We will also examine the difference in the price paid at the marts for the bottom third and top third of cattle.

With the price gap ever-increasing and when margins are so tight on suckler farms, never has there been a time when focusing on producing top-quality stock has been more important. Maximising value of weanlings and store cattle at sale is crucial, especially given the current market conditions.