We have now seen the returns for the first full week of markets after the Christmas and New Year period and as anticipated prices have risen above pre Christmas levels. 2 year old continental steers are averaging over £1100 and 12 month old continental steers are averaging over £900. Other categories of store cattle show similar averaging. 27,362 store lambs were traded through UK markets to average just under £90, a very high average. The finished trade shows a similar strong trend.