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Livestock Market Information

Call us on 01206 842156

Colchester Livestock Market has been at its current site running weekly primestock sales since 1900. Cattle and Sheep sales are held every Tuesday with occasional store sales being held in the Spring and Autumn. We have a loyal contingent of buyers ranging from the local butcher to wholesaler with good stock coming from farmers in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. The sale of sheep begins at 11.00 with the cattle following on starting no earlier than 12.00. All stock is required to be on the market site no later than 10.45 to allow for a prompt start to the sale.

Market Forms

Please ensure your stock is accompanied by all the correct paperwork and all animals are correctly tagged.

PhoneGraham Ellis: 07798 643534
PhoneTim Brassington: 07850 253601
PhoneMarket: 01206 842156
PhoneSteven Ellis: 07446 100931
PhoneMarket Commission Rates

Our commission rates

PhoneLivestock Entry Forms

Includes FCI Declaration

PhoneVeterinary Info Form

Only required for your first visit or if your vets details have changed

Stock Identification Rules



The ARAMS1 Sheep Movement Licence are available from the DEFRA website or from our office and must replace the old form for all sheep movements

For ALL sheep it is required to electronically tagged. There are 2 options:

A single electronic slaughter tag for those lambs intended for slaughter within 12 months of age
Full electronic identification for all other Sheep

For more information visit the DEFRA website

Cattle born after 1st January 1998 must have a DEFRA approved eartag in each ear (double tagging). The tag in each ear must have the same unique number. Such animals will be identified throughout their lifetime by this unique number.

Animals born in or imported into Great Britain before 1 January 1998 may continue to be identified by a single tag. Cattle born after 1 July 2000 must be identified by all numeric tags.  Cattle without the required tags and the correct passport will not be accepted into the market for sale. For more information visit the DEFRA website.

If you have any questions regarding EID please ring us and we will do our best to answer your queries.