Market Report 13th April

Barren cows were a strong trade once again, selling up to 167p/kg for Shorthorns, and clean to 235p/kg for a Limousin heifer.

The sheep section continues to be on a solid enquiry with hogg numbers slowly drying up, trade peaked at 355p/kg and £179.28, with more Spring lambs forward selling up to 378p/kg or £145.93 per head. Culls ewes are in strong demand selling to £165/head.

Dairies sold up to £1930 for heifers from D & W Davenport, who sold others at £1820 and £1750. Don’t forget next week is Pedigree Sale!

Calves continue to sell at a pace, with buyers galore for all types. Bulls calves topped at £445 and heifers to £305.

Pigs are in good demand and trade a little steady but averages up on the week, topping at 127p/kg for bacon pigs.

Barren Cows (35);

Selling time – 10:00am Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
An even stronger trade this Tuesday with some good prices achieved, with buyers after stock. Top price of 167p/kg twice, for a 620kg Shorthorn from M & D Barber, Blore and for a 645kg Holstein from ET & ME Pemberton, Cheadle.

Other black & white’s sold at 160p/kg for a 795kg Holstein from W E Turnock & Sons, Onecote, and 158p/kg for a 785kg Montbeliarde from WG & J Clark, who also sold a 690kg Ayrshire at 157p/kg.

Other top prices include;
155p 625kg Norwegian Red – JA & HE Warrington
153p 740kg Holstein – R J Clowes & Sons, Kingsley
151p 585kg Norwegian Red – P J Davies, Werrington
150p 830kg Friesian – J & R Maydew, Consall
147p 650kg Friesian – J R Johnson & Sons, Ipstones
147p 660kg Montbeliarde – T Swinson, Caverswall
146p 725kg Shorthorn – G G Hall & Son, Croxden

Overall average of 127.65p/kg or £837.18.

Top headage prices of £1272 for Holsteins with others at £1245, £1240.30 and £1132.20.

Clean Cattle;

Selling time – 10:45am approx.
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

A smart 510kg Limousin heifer sold at 235p/kg for Chris Barnsley, Morridge, purchased by Peter Lymer of JW Ash Butchers of Leek. A 465kg Limousin heifer realised 187p/kg for E E Connor, Bagnall and a 575kg Brown Swiss heifer made 175p/kg for DR & A Shuker, Bosley.

Dairies (26);

Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)

A stylish heifer from Derek Davenport of Brereton, Sandbach topped the day at £1930 with others from the same home to £1820 and £1750.
Messrs Bennett of Whiston saw their heifer reach £1820 with two from Malcolm Trevor-Jones to £1800 and £1780 respectively.
Cows topped at £1750 for a second week for Adrian Barber of Gnosall.
Next week is Pedigree sale week and in addition to the 40 odd milkers we have an extensive entry on in-calf and served heifers and yearlings included 12 in-calf Shorthorn heifers from Messrs Hollingworth.

Pigs (90);

Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

A similar number of pigs and trade a little stronger on the week. Cutting pigs sold to 119p/kg for a 82kg pig from S Bailey and a 81kg pig at 118p/kg for RAO Johnson, Hilltop.
Bacon pigs sold to 127p/kg for a 91kg pig from P J Bowers, Mow Cop, with the Parsons family selling pigs at 126p/kg and 124p/kg twice. A pair of 92kg pigs realised 120p/kg for RAO Johnson, and 118p/kg for 92.6kg pigs from J & B Fentem who sold others at 117p/kg.

Heavy pigs sold to 116p/kg for a 113kg pig from PF & PD Parsons, Whitchurch, who also sold a 118kg pig at 112p/kg and 110p/kg for a 107kg pig from S Bailey, Biddulph and a pair of 105kg pigs at 110p/kg for J & B Fentem.

Cutting Pigs (3); – av 115.16p/kg or £91.75/head
Bacon Pigs (68); – av 110p/kg or £103.45/head
Heavy Pigs (14); – av 104.14p/kg or £113.88/head

Sheep Section;

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652) SPRING LAMBS (75);

A modest entry as lambs struggle to finish with the changeable weather. Trade back as buyers are reluctant to switch onto Spring Lambs until the supply is more certain. A solid trade nonetheless at 378p for the best or £145.93 per head.

Sample prices;
378p 36.1kg – RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks
372p 35kg – L Berriman, Monyash
370p 36.2kg – RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks
348p 39.5kg – RWM & PM Barnett, Twemlow Green
342p 42.6kg – RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks

Butchers Hogget’s (207);

More well finished sorts could have easily been sold. Very much a tail end show, selling to very good levels for the best, topping at 355p/kg or £179.28. a very large proportion of ‘raw’ and unfinished types which impacted heavily on the average, pulling it back to 294p/kg SQQ or 289p/kg overall.

Sample prices;
346p 38.5kg FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate
342p 45.5kg FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate
332p 44.3kg J Brough & Son, Rudyard
332p 42.3kg FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate
355p 50.5kg D Williams, Basford 3
46p 50kg D Williams, Basford
346p 49kg FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate
331p 52.5kg JM & ADJ Hayes, Alstonefield
308p 56kg A D Williams, Basford
307p 54.8kg JA & AJ Coxon

Cull Sheep (198);

Nice to see a stronger entry and a solid trade to match. Best Texel’s to £165 from D Doughty, Fulford closely followed behind by Matt Davies at £161. Mainly well bid for to £105 and best Suffolks at £128 . Strong Swales selling up to £70/head and best rams to £148.

Calves (138);

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899);

Good numbers and trade throughout with the store cattle sellers looking to re-stock with quality calvers after good recent sales.

29 Continental Bulls av £296.37
A solid price for all calves with the best looking especially well sold. Three best bulls sold over £400 wit the only Charolais of the day at £445 for Daz Tudor with Limousins to £435 and Simmentals to £430. Mediums generally £290 – £350 with a few smalls under £270.
14 Blues av £284 to £372 – Foker Grange Farm
3 Sims av £285 to £430 – P Storer, Bosley
11 Lims av £301 to £435 – JA & AJ Coxon
1 Char to £445 – D & G Tudor, Kingsley

36 Continental Heifers £222.16
A very strong price with the better calves easy to sell. Top 10 over £260 with a high of £305 for a Blue from Jim Hudson, Hollinsclough. Mediums £170 – £230 with a few smalls around £150.
16 Blues av £238 to £308 – J & C Hudson
5 Sims av £231 to £290 – P Storer
15 Lims av £201 to £288 – N E Goodwin & Son

40 Natives
Trade as we have come to expect with interest from all corners.
12 Hereford Bulls av £203 to £332 – WE Turnock & Sons
9 Angus Bulls av £180 to £250 – M Holmes & Sons 15 Hereford Heifers av £116 to £175 – J & W Knight 4 Angus Heifers av £110 to £140 – M Holmes & Sons

24 Black & White Bulls av £57.54
5 Best rearer’s over £95 with Friesians at £225 and Holsteins to £165. Medium rearer’s £50 – £70 with smaller calves a little less today.
9 Reared Calves from 3 Vendors

A smart Charolais Steer (3mths) sold at £555 and heifers at £435 (3mths) from MJC & PM Reeves, Ipstones with a big Blue heifer at £490 from WE Turnock & Sons.

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