Market Report 13th July

Another busy Tuesday in the sheep shed and trade well in line with the national trends, with lambs up to 279p/kg or £141 and ewes to £168.
A short supply of Barren cattle met a strong trade, selling up to 176p/kg for Holsteins and clean cattle to 231p/kg.
Dairies sold on a good enquiry with heifers to £2100, £1960 and £1920. Don’t forget next week is the Pedigree Sale with some quality entries forward already.
Pigs generally a little less on the week, albeit a mixed entry but top prices of 122p/kg for cutting pigs and 121p/kg for bacon pigs.
An improved trade for calves and averages up, selling to £435 for a British Blue bull calf with heifers to £288.


Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A smaller entry but an exceptional trade throughout and the average says it all at 137.7p/kg!! top price of 176p/kg for a 635kg Holstein from Morson Bros, Hartington, with Shorthorns to 171p/kg for a 680kg cow from F Horsford, Croxden. A 415kg Dexter realised 170p/kg for G Clews, Biddulph.
Limousins sold to 167p/kg for a 540kg cow from G Stubbs, Wetton and a 660kg Angus made 166p/kg for S Davis, Roston.
Other top prices include;
162p 585kg Shorthorn – G G Hall & Son, Croxden
159p 650kg Hereford – J M Robinson, Swythamley
149p 745kg British Blue – G Stubbs, Wetton
148p 615kg Holstein – Stanier & Carnwell
147p 600kg Hereford – S Davis, Roston
146p 750kg Angus – A E Allcock, Waterhouses
145p 545kg Hereford – S Davies, Roston
Overall average of 137.7p/kg or £846.15 per head.
Top headage price of £1162.80 for Shorthorns, with Holsteins to £1144 and £1117.60; Blues to £1110.05 and Angus’ to £1095.60 and £1095.


Selling time – 10:45am approx.
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A small entry topped at 231p/kg for a 545kg Limousin heifer from Mark Butler, Bagnall to gross £1258.95.
Two Red Poll bulls sold at 181p/kg for a 575kg bull and 176p/kg for a 580kg bull, both from DA & LM Mos, Heaton.


Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
A funny days trading maybe due to the sunny weather saw the best to £2100 from Messrs Beech of Sutton, Macclesfield with others from the same home to £1960 and £1810 the second of which was a Shorthorn x.
Another Shorthorn x from Edward & Diane Bennett of Whiston reached £1800.
A Holstein heifer from Messrs Phillips of Winkhill reached £1920.
Next week is Pedigree week and we also have a superb entry of 10 fresh heifers from Messrs Johnson of Longnor.

PIGS (105);

Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
More about this Tuesday selling on a steadier trade, and quality, prime weights more sought after.
Cutters sold up to 122p/kg for 83kg pigs from J & B Fentem, who sold other cutters at 120p/kg twice and 108p/kg. A pair of 82kg pigs made 120p/kg for Chris Hine, Biddulph.
Bacon pigs sold up to 121p/kg for a pair of 95kg pig from J & B Fentem, with a pair of 97kg pigs at 119p/kg for PF & PD Parsons, and a trio of 99jg pigs realised 116p/kg for Bernard Minshull, who sold others at 111p/kg and 110p/kg twice.
Heavier pigs topped at 112p/kg for 110kg pigs from PF 7 PD Parsons, who also sold a 111kg pig at 98p/kg. A 105kg pig from Bernard Minshull made 100p/kg.
Cull sows sold up to 74p/kg for a 268kg sow from D J Pope, Thame who sold other sows at 65p/kg, 64p/kg and 62p/kg. A 315kg sow realised 72p/kg for Steve Bailey and a 328kg sow made 65p/kg for R Rowlinson.
Two pens of weaners sold at £28 per head for I G Foster & Son, Burton.
Cutting Pigs (17); av 109.88p/kg or £90.94/head
Bacon Pigs (49); av 110.24p/kg or £103.76/head
Heavy Pigs (9); av 77.01p/kg or £89.25/head
Cull Sows (9); av 65.46p/kg or £155.72/head


Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
A similar number forward with a solid trade. The best not quite as dear as we have been used to but still well bid for. Best lambs at 279p/kg and best sorts generally 265 – 275p/kg. big lambs very well bid for to 272p/kg or £141 per head.
More leaner types coming forward selling to a similar trade on the week generally 215p – 235p/kg.
Overall average of 254p/kg or £103/head.
Thank you for your continued support and please keep numbers coming!
Sample prices;
278p 39kg C G Buckston, Sutton on the Hill
278p 38.8kg C G Buckston, Sutton on the Hill
277p 32.7kg D Williams, Basford
270p 39kg RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks
279p 42kg G M Brown, Leigh
274p 43.7kg T Hall, Radbourne
270p 41.5kg J E Swindells, Elkstones
269p 41kg G M Brown, Leigh
272p 46kg R A Watson, Fenny Bentley
271p 46.5kg T Hall, Radbourne
271p 52kg T Hall, Radbourne
A bigger entry selling on a fast trade. Best Texel’s to £168 per head with heavy Texel’s at £140 +. Best Mules selling to £108 and best Suffolks to £128. Best Rams to £156.
Overall average of £104/head.

CALVES (137);

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899);
A good turnout of calves and more buyers at the ringside led to an improved trade throughout.
40 Continental Bulls av £284.40
A super price for all with the best middle of the road and the third quality all finding bidders at ringside. A superb Blue bull (34 days) from the Handford family, Birch Vale topped the day at £435 who also had £375 for their other Blue. 9 best over £370; mediums £240 – £340 with a few smaller bulls about today.
25 Blues av £286 to £435 – J W Handford & Sons
4 Sims av £320 to £355 – R Cooper & Son
7 Lims av £217 to £300 – D W & P Hulme
4 Char av £351 to £390 – D & G Tudor
36 Continental Heifers av £237.75
Like the bulls, they are better sold this week with buyers upping their prices in order to get calves bough. 10 best over £270 with a high of £622 for Harrison Partners, Rushton. Mediums £220 – £250 with only a few smaller sorts under £200.
22 Blues av £240 to £300 – Harrison Partners
3 Sims av £234 to £255 – G & E Critchlow & Son
9 Lims av £226 to £288 – P G Beswick & Sons
2 Char av £270 to £290 – D & G Tudor
42 Natives
Better sold on the week, heifers particularly dear.
15 Hereford Bulls av £199 to £240 – J & W Knight
20 Hereford Hfrs av £158 to £225 – C Heath & Sons
4 AA Hfrs av £162 to £182 – Woodward Partners
1 Welsh Black Heifer to £190 – S Bailey
17 Black & White Bulls
All for rearing today with best Friesians to £210 for S M McCleavy and £140 for J & W Knight. Medium rearer’s £40 – £70, 6 Monty’s av £125 and topped at £190 for
N E Goodwin & Son.
We can handle our calves and satisfy your contracts. Please let us know if you are an Arla Farmer and we will do the rest.
Slaughter Tags are only to be used in sheep under 12 months of age. Ewes should be Double Tagged with a matching pair of tags, one being electric.
Sale of Store & Breeding Cattle
Entries Close Friday
Next Sale Saturday 7th & 21st August
Special Sale of Early Lambing Shearlings & Ewes
including Early Rams
MV and Non MV Sections
Entries Close Friday 30th July
Monthly Sale of Store & Breeding Pigs.
Please advise of entries.
NEWS FROM THE FARMING LIFE CENTRE – The Farming Life Centre Walks Programme will continue on Thursday 22nd July meeting at the village hall in Tissington (near the café on the green) at 1.15pm for a 1.30pm start. All our walks are relatively flat and take between 60 and 90 minutes with the chance for refreshments and a good chat afterwards. All welcome. – Also on Thursday 22nd July Boylstone Social Group will meet between 2pm and 4pm for tea, coffee and cake at Foston Mill Farm, Mill Lane, Church Broughton, Derbyshire, DE65 5AX with thanks to the Hotchkiss Family. All welcome. – For more information about any of our social events, wellbeing or business support call 01629 810903 or email

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