Market Report 16th August

A busy Tuesday sale saw the monthly Pedigree Dairy Sale attract a good crowd of buyers and a fantastic trade with the best fresh cows to £2580 & £2540.

An excellent show of lambs this week and good to see more numbers coming forward. The best lambs sold very well, with a top price of 282p/kg and £152.69 per head. Cull ewes a little less but continue to sell to a competitive trade up to £159 per head.

Similar numbers of barren cows forward, topping at 218p/kg for Limousin’s and Friesians to 197p/kg.

A strong demand for fat pigs, with prices up on the week. Porkers topped the day at 197p/kg, and numerous pens across the weights 180p/kg and better.

A brisk trade for calves, and similar numbers forward with bulls up to £355 and heifers to £345.

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
Some good prices achieved for the best quality, meated types for less quality sorts a bit easier on the day. Top price of 218p/kg for a 605kg OTM Limousin from Home Farm, Rushton Spencer.

Black & white’s sold up to 197p/kg for a 625kg Friesian from J E Archer & Sons, Hilton.

Other top prices include;
189p 840kg Angus – MK & DL Griffin, Alstonefield
172p 570kg British Blue – JH & KA Thornhill, Disley
171p 840kg Monty – W H Townsend & Son, Sudbury
168p 780kg Holstein – Red Earth Farms Ltd, Rudyard
167p 775kg Holstein – W H Townsend & Son, Sudbury
162p 755kg Holstein -E Morten & Sons, Doveholes
161p 735kg Friesian – W H Townsend & Son, Sudbury

Overall average of 143.51p/kg or £962.45 per head.

Top headage price of £1587.60 for the 840kg Angus from MK & DL Griffin, with Montbeliardes to £1436.40, Limousin’s to £1318.90 & Holsteins to £1310.40.

An entry of black & white bulls sold up to 199p/kg for a 580kg Friesian from J E Archer & Sons, Hilton, who also sold a 580kg Friesian at 197p/kg; 565kg Friesian at 195p/kg and a 565kg Friesian at 194p/kg.

Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
A very good trade this week for the Pedigree Dairy sale with 50 head stalled and nearly all of them fresh calved cows & heifers. The best quality cattle are a remarkable trade at present with the 5 best over £2,400. The second quality heifers look better values between £1500 – £1800, generally good heifers but lacking the condition and milk of the higher prices.

Getting the top price today was a trio from the Meldamor herd of the Shepherd family at Bakewell. They sold 2 cows at £2580 & £2500 with their heifer selling for £2400. Brian Needham, Heaton also sold 3 today with his top heifers achieving £2540 and £2340 with his second calf cow making £2400. Other good heifers sold over £2000.

Next week is the Herd Dispersal of Montbeliarde cows (132 Head) From Buxton Partners, Barlaston. Catalogues now available online.

PIGS (140);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894).
An even better trade for fat pigs this week with averages up across the board. Porkers topped the day at 197p/kg for 72kg pigs from P J Barker, Shepshed. Other porkers to 178p/kg for 63kg pigs from A Worth, Marton and 166p/kg for a 63kg pig from J Wheawall, Leigh and 166p/kg for 60kg pigs from D H Poulson, Llangadog.

Cutters topped at 193p/kg for 83kg pigs from Massie Farms who sold others at 191p/kg, 190p/kg and 182p/kg. 184p/kg was achieved 4 times for pigs from J & B Fentem & PF & PD Parsons.

Bacon pigs sold up to 196p/kg for 88kg pigs from P J Barker, Shepshed with 186p/kg for 88kg pigs from J & B Fentem, who sold 95kg pigs at 184p/kg. Massie Farms sold bacon pigs to 186p/kg, 182p/kg, 181p/kg & 180p/kg.

Heavy pigs sold up to 178p/kg for a 116kg pig from J & B Fentem; 170p/kg for a 137kg pig from D H Poulson and 166p/kg for 107kg pigs from J & B Fentem.

Just one sow sold a 78p/kg for a 151kg sow from Bernard Minshull. Also, a pen of 10 25kg weaners sold for £35 each from Alan Worth.

Pork Pigs (17); av 161.34p/kg or £108.19/head
Cutting Pigs (52); av 176.94p/kg or £143.73/head
Bacon Pigs (51); av 175.49p/kg or £157.94/head
Heavy Pigs (9); av 153.75p/kg or £175.62/head
Cull Sows (1); av 78p/kg or £117.18/head

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
LAMBS (1139);
A pleasing entry forward was received well by our usual congregation of buyers who ensured competitive bidding throughout. Some lambs forward were lacking the required finish and a number went for further feeding but still experienced good bidding throughout.

Overall average at 232p/kg which is back on last week but inline with other outlets and pleasing for the goods on offer.

Some very well fed lambs forward again attracting a premium, topping at 282p/kg or £152.69. Many more big lambs required each week to meet the strong demand from a number of buyers. Heavy lambs today averaged £116/head.

Please keep numbers coming.

Sample prices;
260p 36.1kg SR & A Hall, Marchington
257p 39kg B Shaw, Parwich
255p 39kg P & C Palfreyman, Monyash
282p 40kg J M Robinson, Swythamley
270p 42.3kg J M Robinson, Swythamley
268p 42.5kg DJ & P Smith, Rushton Spencer
267p 42.8kg P J Harrison, Priestcliffe
261p 43.3kg J H Mellor, Nantwich
266p 50.8kg A C Langridge, Fole
265p 55kg S D Preece, Edingale
261p 58.5kg KS & JR Burgess, Heaton

A short entry saw a solid trade but back on previous weeks as per the national trend. Strong ewes remain a good trade topping at £159 and plenty at £140 & better.

Overall average of £89/head.

CALVES (148);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
An increased show of 148 calves met a very brisk trade for all types.

42 Continental Bulls av £214
British Blues from Messrs Davies topped the day at £355 with the best 8 Blue bulls averaging £322, strong Simmentals peaked at £302.
Blues av £239 to £355 – P J Davies
Sims av £175 to £302 – P N Holdcroft
Lims av £184 to £235 – K W Cresswell
Blonde av £115

31 Continental Heifers av £180
British Blues again hitting the top spot with a price of £345 and the top 4 averaging £294. Simmental Heifers peaked at £235.
Blues av £201 to £345 – R E Poyser
Sims av £150 to £285 – P N Holdcroft
Lims av £155 to £222 – S M McCleavy

55 Natives
Demand very brisk for named sires with a run of Herefords from one farm seeing bulls to £
75 and heifers to £175.
Here Bulls av £117 to £275 – J & W Knight
Here Heifers av £102 to £175 – J & W Knight
AA Bulls av £138 t o£135 – W Wood & Son
AA Heifers av £109 to £200 – W Wood & Son

Black & White Bulls
Just the 15 on offer with demand for best sorts for rearing British Friesians to £90 with Holsteins to £85.

Dispersal sale of the Entire Herd of approx. 120 mainly Montbeliardes on behalf of F & E M Buxton & Partners, Woodeaves Farm, Barlaston, Staffs. *******************************************
SHOW 4:30PM – SALE 5:30PM
Special Sale on Behalf of the Beltex Society of Breeding Males & Females – 43 Entered.
Catalogues Available Online
Sale of Store & Breeding Cattle
Entries Close Friday 19th August
Next Sale: Saturday 10th September
**First Sale of the Season**
Catalogued Sale of Store & Breeding Sheep to Include Special Show & Sale of Shearlings
Sale to Commence 10am
Entries Close Friday 26th August

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