Auction v Deadweight


Livestock Farmer
Totally agree deadweight seems to be in too fewer hands and possibly not enough local abattoirs but sometimes auctions favour certain buyers


Livestock Farmer
Auctions having a good time at present with prices but a lot seem to have changed and reduced staff in recent months . Where abattoirs are struggling for staff


Mixed Farmer
J11 M40
I know that lambs lose 3kg between home and most live auction centres... I also hear plenty of moans about liveweight buyers buying on about eight accounts each in market, and a good lot of their lamb purchases go to the same abattoirs that we can all sell direct to, and at the same ppkg/dw.
But when stock is plentiful I'm fairly certain that auctions help keep deadweight honest.


Livestock Farmer
Probably evens itself out, but definitely need both options to keep either of them remotely honest!
We do use both but 80% goes through the auction market, if we don't continue to use them they will close & we will then be left at the mercy of a few buyers who will definitely take advantage of their position.
"If you don't use it you will lose it", so don't ever forget it!!

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