GB auction markets

08 March 2021
These figures provide a summary of auction markets in Great Britain, showing numbers for both cattle and sheep.

Auction market centres by region, 2020

EnglandWalesScotlandGreat Britain
2020 72 25 25 122

Numbers relate to markets reporting cattle and sheep

Auction market throughputs by region, 2020

EnglandWalesScotlandGreat Britain
Steers 38,989 3,776 5,232 47,997
Heifers 69,052 3,785 10,360 83,197
Young bulls 48,332 893 1,007 50,232
Cull cows 83,309 9,432 26,967 119,708

Number of cattle relates to finished markets only

Auction market throughputs by region, 2020

EnglandWalesScotlandGreat Britain
New season lambs 2,394,037 891,910 599,077 3,885,024
Old season lambs 1,263,945 291,375 374,116 1,929,436
Cull ewes 1,152,813 374,212 328,419 1,855,444

Number of sheep relates to finished markets only

Auction market cattle sales by region, 2020

EnglandWalesScotlandGreat Britain
2020 2,519 442 510 3,471

Number of sales relates to finished cattle markets only

Auction market sheep sales by region, 2020

EnglandWalesScotlandGreat Britain
2020 3,239 1,070 645 4,954

Number of sales relates to finished sheep markets only

GB cattle auction markets by size, 2020

Size band (head)Number of auction marketsTotal throughput (head)Share of throughput (%)
1-2,500 46 36,699 12.2%
2,501-5,000 12 36,404 12.1%
5,001-7,500 9 55,586 18.5%
7,501-10,000 2 16,763 5.6%
10,001-12,500 4 43,261 14.4%
>12,500 7 112,421 37.3%
Total 80 301,134 100.0%

Numbers relate to finished cattle markets only

GB sheep auction markets by size, 2020

Size band (head)Number of auction marketsTotal throughput (head)Share of throughput (%)
1-20,000 16 173,072 2.3%
20,001-40,000 26 809,016 10.5%
40,001-60,000 15 769,196 10.0%
60,001-80,000 8 553,958 7.2%
80,001-100,000 9 798,987 10.4%
>100,000 28 4,565,675 59.5%
Total 102 7,669,904 100.0%

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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