Auction market price reporting

A decision by the Livestock Auctioneers’ Association (LAA) to change how auction market prices are published means some data will no longer be available to levy payers via the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

LAA has decided to move to a new data processor which will allow them to commercialise their data, meaning a proportion of the industry will be required to pay to access the information.

AHDB is disappointed that we will not continue to provide quality market prices as we have done for many years.

As a not-for-profit levy board, we felt it would not be appropriate for AHDB to be involved in a commercial venture of this nature.

There will now be a charge to access the data for some users and the LAA are providing details on how the new arrangement will work.

AHDB will continue to process and publish all other outputs, including the deadweight cattle and sheep price information each week. We will also continue to provide insights into the markets through our regular publications, analysis pieces and outlooks.

To summarise:

  • The England and Wales liveweight auction market data reported on this webpage is licensed by the Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA), who have made the decision to take direct control of the creation, publication, and dissemination of this data. 

  • From 1 January 2024, liveweight auction market data will no longer be available via the AHDB website. The responsibility for producing England and Wales market data is being moved by LAA to a third-party data partner, with AHDB ceasing to cleanse or aggregate this data. As part of this change, AHDB will be unable to publish Scottish or GB data or provide cleansed data to licensed publishers and users.

  • AHDB will continue to provide independent expert analysis of the domestic livestock industry through our regular publications, analysis, data and outlooks. AHDB will explore how more insight on liveweight prices and throughputs can be provided in the future for levy payers.

More detailed information can be found here.

The liveweight auction market prices are now only available on the LAA website.

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