The Data and Analysis Team

The Data and Analysis Team (D&A) engage with hundreds of data providers and process millions of lines of data each year to produce critical information for the UK agricultural industry.

Joanne Cook heads up our D&A team which has three sub-teams covering the Beef, Lamb, Pork, Dairy, Cereals, and Oilseeds sectors.  

Beef and Lamb sub-team

We produce the hourly, daily, and weekly finished prices from the 128 auction markets trading across England, Wales, and Scotland. We also report store cattle and sheep sales regionally on a weekly basis alongside dairy cattle and rearing calves

The auction market prices produced are used as the basis for bovine TB compensation payments in England. Further information is available on the TB Hub factsheet. 

Another key activity we do is collecting, validating, and publishing the weekly deadweight prices from abattoirs slaughtering cattle and sheep.

Contact the team

Dawn Buttery, Lead Analyst. Email:

Lydia Williams, Analyst. Email:

Sue Phillips, Analyst. Email:

Pork and Dairy sub-team

We produce the Standard Pig Price (SPP) and All Pig Price (APP), which involves processing the prices of approximately 150,000 pigs each week with the SPP series being the most frequently quoted price-reporting measure for the GB pig industry. As well as the price, the series show weight, probe and lean meat percentage information.

We also produce a range of Dairy market information. The Milk Price Calculator is one of our flagship tools that lets users compare prices across a range of contracts by inputting their own information. This allows them to see where changes can be made to achieve the best milk price possible. The team also produce vital weekly milk production estimates, which are a key indicator for the industry.

In addition, we also produce our bespoke monthly GB fertiliser price series and collate a range of third party information relating to prices, trade, production, supply, demand, and farm expenses.

Contact the team

Martin Doherty, Senior D&A Manager. Email:

Esther Ryan, Analyst. Email:

Dorian Harris, Analyst. Email:

Gavin Mills, Analyst. Email:

Arable sub-team

We process data for cereals and oilseeds, running several primary price surveys including Corn Returns (which dates back to 1882) and feed ingredient prices. We also collect data from third party sources to give more information to our levy payers, including price data for markets overseas and trade data.

The cereal usage surveys we run show the volume of animal feed produced by manufacturers in GB and the amount of raw materials used in this process. They also show the amount of cereals used by flour millers, brewers maltsters and distillers and oat millers in the UK.

As well as the day-to-day data collection and dissemination, we run a number of larger surveys: The Planting and Variety survey for cereals and oilseeds which gives an indication of planted areas for the upcoming harvest. The Cereal Quality Survey which shows key parameters of wheat and barley quality. The Merchants, Ports, and Coops stocks survey which shows the volume of cereal stocks held in the UK at the end of February and June.

Contact the team

Lucy Stewart, Senior Analyst. Email:

Deepa Sinhal, Trainee Data Analyst. Email:

Harry Brook, Analyst. Email:

Hannah Cooper, Analyst. Email:

Data Development

Our focus is to harness greater value from data for our levy payers. In addition to processing data, the D&A team focuses on data development to drive innovation and change by supporting colleagues to develop systems that help improve the accuracy and timeliness of data for the industry. We also build dashboards and tools to ensure information is presented in an easy to understand, engaging, and informative format.

Expertise in our team includes Power BI, SQL, SISS, database management and other more technical aspects of the data collection process.