Market Report 16th February

A busy Tuesday holding the monthly Pedigree Dairy Sale which saw Pedigree heifers top at £2280 and cows to £1900, with commercial heifers up to £2400.

Hogget’s even more money this Tuesday with averages up again by 5p/kg and £3 per head! Leading prices of 338p/kg and £152.81 per head.

Cull ewes were a strong demand also averaging at £86/head.

More Barren cattle about this week, and an excellent trade selling to 146p/kg for black & whites, and average of 116.34p/kg or £776.95/head. Clean cattle also in good demand up to 218p/kg.

A bumper entry of pigs and trade a little less on the week, with heavy quality pigs up to 129p/kg and bacon pigs at 126p/kg.

Better numbers of calves forward and a mixed quality entry forward, however leading price of £370 for a Limousin bull and Blue heifers to £320.

Barren Cows (39);

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

Twice as many cattle this Tuesday and a very strong trade for all types selling up to 146p/kg for a 780kg Friesian from S & J Ryder, with a 635kg Simmental cow realising 142p/kg for R Parker, Upper Hulme.

Other top prices;
140p 755kg Holstein – RG & AS Williamson
140p 555kg Jersey – C & S Royle, Gawsworth
140p 725kg Friesian – F E Shenton & Son, Hulme End
138p 820kg Fleckveih – J G Curtis & Son, Basford
138p 530kg Dairy Shorthorn – RD Kite & Son, Milwich
134p 575kg Jersey – C & S Royle, Gawsworth
134p 870kg Holstein – A Povey & Sons, Doveridge
132p 665kg Holstein – J R Johnson & Sons, Ipstones

Overall average of 116.34p/kg or £776.95/head.
Top headage price of £1165.80 for the 870kg Holstein from A Povey & Sons, with other black & whites to £1138.80, £1131.60 and £1057.

Clean Cattle;

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

Strong trade for the cattle on offer with a 565kg Limousin bull at 218p/kg for C Barnsley, Morridge. A 495kg Limousin heifer realised 202p/kg for Mark Butler, Bagnall.

A run on well-finished Friesian bulls weighing 575- 600kg sold at 174p/kg, 173p/kg, 166p/kg, 164p/kg etc from JE Archer & Sons, Hilton, to gross up to £1000.50 and £977.45.
Bulls topped at £1231.70/head and heifers to £999.90.

Dairies (67);

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

A very buoyant trade for dairies on Tuesday saw an outstanding commercial heifer from Brian Needham of Heaton top the day at £2400.

The Pedigree section saw John Stone of Onecote top for a second month in a row at £2280 for a 34kg heifer from Ekkel Singstar. Suttons of Astbury saw their 32kg Masterful heifer reach £2160. Andrew Bunting of Bakewell was close behind at £2120.

Cows peaked at £1900 for a third calver from the Mellor’s of Braemarhouse with a second calver from Richard Thompson of Sudbury at £1840.

Young calves were a lovely trade topping at £390.

Pigs (147);

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

A larger entry forward, however trade back on the week as seen in the change in averages.

Light weight pigs sold to 107p/kg for 72kg pigs from DH Poulson and 105p/kg for 82kg pigs from J & B Fentem.
Bacon pigs sold up to 126p/kg twice for 85kg and 89kg pigs from J & B Fentem, who sold others at 125p/kg and 122p/kg, with 122p/kg for 88kg pigs from J W Bailey, Cloudside and 118p/kg for a 98kg pig from Bernard Minshull.

Heavier pigs topped at 129p/kg for a trio of 111kg pigs from JG Belfield, Sheen and also 129p/kg for a pair of 111kg pigs from David Goldstraw, Meerbrook. 125p/kg was paid for a 105kg pig from Bernard Minshull who sold others at 123p/kg and 120p/kg, with RT Wilson selling 110kg pigs at 125p/kg.

Cull sows sold to 67p/kg for a 300kg sow from NS Burgin, Dronfield and 66p/kg for a 235kg sow from RA Watson, Fenny Bentley and a 233kg sow at 61p/kg for S Bailey, Biddulph.

Store pigs sold to £32 for a pen of 11 from F Sharpley & Son, Twemlow and £21 for a pen of 11 from S Hawes, Leek.

Pork Pigs(4); av 107p/kg or £77.58/head
Cutting Pigs(2); av 105p/kg or £86.63/head
Bacon Pigs (63); av 105.94p/kg or £98.43/head
Heavy Pigs (48); av 108.20p/kg or £118.33/head
Cull Sows (5); av 56.95p/kg or £140.55/head

Sheep Section;

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652) BUTCHERS HOGGET’S (643);

A similar entry selling on a fast trade throughout with plenty at £140/head and better or 320p and better.

Generally a shortage of handy weight meated sorts on offer, reflected in the average of 286p/kg. best handy weights selling at 335p/kg and best butchers lambs selling at 338p/kg and top headage price of £152.81.

Samples prices;
335p 38kg J Belfield & R Deakin-Gallimore, Leigh
338p 40kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
336p 42.8kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
326p 43kg J Belfield & R Deakin-Gallimore, Leigh
324p 41kg GH & M Torr, Bradnop
321p 40.4kg DJ & P Smith, Rushton Spencer
306p 46.8kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
300p 46.8kg J & GJ Fryer, Horton
274p 52.5kg T R Lomas, North Rode
268p 55kg A Heath, Leek
240p 63.7kg M Heath, Bradnop

Cull Sheep (137);

A seasonal entry sold on a fast trade topping at £139 for best Texel’s and others at £129, £126 etc.
No best big Mules forward, but those on offer sold to £82/head. Overall average of £86/head.

Calves (150);

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

Better numbers with 150 on offer and a good ring of buyers looking for numbers.

42 Continental Bulls av £236.23
Buyers for all shapes and sizes but a good number of second and third quality on offer. Better sorts, although few and far between, easy to place with a top of £370 for a super Limousin from Andrew Hulme, Basford. Medium bulls £220 – £290 with smalls around £200.
19 Blues av £252 to £355 – G W Myatt
7 Sims av £210 to £275 – D Hawkins
12 Lims av £218 to £370 – DW & P Hulme
4 Cha/Blo av £268 to £320 – D & G Tudor

38 Continental Heifers
A nice run and some quality in places. Andrew Hulme had a couple of lovely Blues at £270 and £320. Medium heifers £175 – £220 with smalls around £150.
18 Blues av £195 to £320 – DW & P Hulme
6 Sims av £152 to £270 – JJ & PN Holdcroft
11 Lims av £107 to £225 – DG & JA Ball
3 Blo av £150 to £220 – B E Wain

41 Natives
Angus bulls topped at £300 for a lovely sort from M Holmes & Sons with others at £250, £245, £240 etc. heifers sold to £185 for an Angus from Messrs Prince, Marchington with Herefords to £145 for Messrs Brookes, Crakemarsh.

27 Black & White Bulls
Two Monty’s sold for £140 and £100 with the best of the Friesians to £74 with the majority £30 – £50.

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