GB auction markets

27 January 2022
These figures provide an annual summary of auction markets in Great Britain, showing numbers for both cattle and sheep.

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Auction market centres by region, 2021

YearEnglandWalesScotlandGreat Britain
2021 70 22 25 117

Number of auction markets reporting cattle and sheep

Auction market throughputs by region, 2021

CategoryEnglandWalesScotlandGreat Britain
Steers 37,717 3,672 4,412 45,801
Heifers 64,145 4,284 9,329 77,758
Young bulls 46,445 693 718 47,856
Cull cows 82,945 9,404 27,312 119,661

Number of cattle relates to finished markets only

Auction market throughputs by region, 2021

CategoryEnglandWalesScotlandGreat Britain
New season lambs 2,255,898 875,036 553,905 3,684,839
Old season lambs 1,218,993 298,478 387,643 1,905,114
Cull ewes 1,203,646 421,299 353,551 1,978,496

Number of sheep relates to finished markets only

Auction market cattle sales by region, 2021

YearEnglandWalesScotlandGreat Britain
2021 2,536 502 520 3,558

Number of sales relates to finished cattle markets only

Auction market sheep sales by region, 2021

YearEnglandWalesScotlandGreat Britain
2021 3,354 1,168 679 5,201

Number of sales relates to finished sheep markets only

GB cattle auction markets by size, 2021

Size band (head)Number of auction marketsTotal throughput (head)Share of throughput (%)
1-2,500 51 47,868 16.4%
2,501-5,000 7 23,327 8.0%
5,001-7,500 10 61,259 21.0%
7,501-10,000 2 17,530 6.0%
10,001-12,500 4 41,378 14.2%
>12,500 6 99,714 34.3%
Total 80 291,076 100.0%

Numbers relate to finished cattle markets only

GB sheep auction markets by size, 2021

Size band (head)Number of auction marketsTotal throughput (head)Share of throughput (%)
1-20,000 18 214,171 2.8%
20,001-40,000 22 652,220 8.6%
40,001-60,000 19 961,246 12.7%
60,001-80,000 6 450,968 6.0%
80,001-100,000 9 798,329 10.5%
>100,000 27 4,491,515 59.3%
Total 101 7,568,449 100.0%

Numbers relate to finished sheep markets only

Additional information

Source: AHDB, LAA, IAAS

Data in these tables relates to auction markets in Great Britain. The numbers are for a statistical year and will be updated on an annual basis.

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