Market Report 19th January

The Monthly Pedigree Dairy Sale attracted some quality entries and some strong leading prices up to £2400 for a heifer from John Stone & Family, with their entry also selling at £2360, £2200 and £2000 with cows to £1990 and young calves to £470.
A solid enquiry again for butchers hogget’s with the best quality in good demand, selling up to 282p/kg for average 247p/kg overall. Cull ewes also a fast trade, selling to £156.

Barren cows continue to get better and trade strong throughout, with a larger proportion of leaner and dairy types, however leading prices of 176p/kg for a Hereford with black & white’s to 150p/kg.

Best quality butchers cattle in good demand, with a top price of 224p/kg for Limousin heifers and Limousin bulls to 211p/kg.
Calves met an excellent enquiry, with buyers for all qualities, and not enough to keep up with demand, with the entry selling to £435 for a British Blue bull calf and Blue heifers to £248.

Pig trade a little less on the week, but it is great to see consistent numbers each week. Leading prices of 126p/kg for both bacon and cutting pigs.

Barren Cows (40);

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

A few less about but still selling on a solid trade, topping at 176p/kg for a 625kg Hereford heifer from DA & LM Moss, Heaton, with black & white’s up to 150p/kg for a 750kg Holstein from DJ & KL Leadbetter, Sudbury and 142p/kg for a 540kg Friesian from J E Archer & Sons, Hilton.

Other top prices;
141p 855kg Holstein – Robinson Partners, Rudyard
137p 670kg Holstein – WSW Mills, Ratcliffe on Wreake
137p 830kg Friesian – S Ryder, Dilhorne
136p 715kg Friesian – FE Whittaker & Sons, Bosley
134p 830kg Friesian – DR & A Shuker, Bosley
131p 765kg Holstein – SC FE JA Harvey, Waterfall
130p 770kg Holstein – DR & A Shuker, Bosley
Overall average at 112.14p/kg or £749.32 per head.

Top headage price of £1205.55 for the Holstein from Robinson partners with other black & whites at £1137.10, £1125 and £1112.20 with Herefords to £1100.
A 75 month old British Blue bull weighing 660kg realised 123p/kg to gross £811.80.

Clean Cattle;

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

A few less forward but some great quality on offer and vendors taking advantage of the strong trade on offer for clean cattle, selling up to 224p/kg for a 505kg Limousin heifer from M Robinson, Longsdon who also sold a 505kg Limousin heifer at 209p/kg. a 520kg Charolais heifer realised 200p/kg for Wayne Smith, Basford.

Young bulls topped at 211p/kg for a 610kg Limousin from Chris Barnsley, Morridge with two Friesian bull selling well at 173p/kg and 152p/kg for 590kg bulls.
Steers sold up to 181p/kg for a 545kg British Blue from R E Green, Ash Bank.

Top headage price of £1287.10 for Limousin bulls, heifers to £1131.20 and £1055.45.

Dairies (98);

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

**TOP OF £2400**
A really good entry forward for the January pedigree sale that was just short of 100 saw a really buoyant trade throughout for all qualities.
An exceptional run of heifers from the Critstone Herd of John Stone of Onecote stole the show. Four out of the five passed the £2000 mark, topping at £2400, then £2360, £2200 and £2000 respectively. The fifth wasn’t far behind at £1940 realising a superb average of £2180.

Messrs Grice of Melton saw one of their heifers reach £2020 with another from regular vendor Ray Turner of Rownall at £2000.

Cows topped at £1990 for a second calver from Messrs Mellor of Earl Sterndale.
The trade in the commercial section was just as strong with Andrew Mills of Ratcliffe on Wreake seeing two of his heifers reach £2100 and £2030. Cows from Malcolm Trevor-Jones were must sought after with a Ayrshire X third calver reaching £1860 and a British Friesian fourth calver at £1800.
Numerous others were in that £1700-£1900 mark throughout the day.

The entry of mainly Fleckveih X calves topped at £470. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have stock to sell. Phone Meg Elliott on 07967 007049.

Pigs (126);

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

Good numbers again this Tuesday but trade slightly less, with cutting pigs selling up to 126p/kg for an 84kg pig from J & B Fentem, who sold other cutters at 115p/kg, 110p/kg and 108p/kg.
Bacon pigs topped at 126p/kg for a 98kg pig from PF & PD Parson, with a 98kg pig at 125p/kg for Bernard Minshull, and 119p/kg twice for 97kg and 98kg pigs from J G Belfield. The Fentem family sold bacon pigs at 118p/kg, and 116p/kg x3.
Heavy pigs sold up to 115p/kg for a 138kg pig from J G Belfield, Sheen, with 108kg pigs at 105p/kg for PF & PD Parsons, who sold 106kg pigs at 99p/kg and 98p/kg paid for 105kg pigs from Bernard Minshull and also for 118kg pigs from JG Belfield.
Cull sows sold up to 62p/kg for a 240kg sow from Chris Hine, Biddulph, with a run of 250 – 290kg sows from RT Wilson, Oldham achieving 58p/kg x3, 52p/kg and 50p/kg.

Averages;
Cutting Pigs (18); av 101.62p/kg or £81.58/head
Bacon Pigs (80); av 100.64p/kg or £95.44/head
Heavy Pigs (16); av 93.63p/kg or £109.54/head
Cull Sows (7); av 55.97p/kg or £150.47/head

Sheep Section;

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652) BUTCHERS HOGGET’S (688);

A decent entry sold on a firm trade. Generally a very mixed sample with a very large proportion of light weight and under finished lambs as demonstrated by the fact that 20% went for further finishing. Trade would be slightly less than last weeks flyer but still a very firm enquiry. Best lambs would be not much different to a week ago with still plenty at 270p and better.

Heavy lambs seeing a solid trade for the best topping at £151.20. commercial quality lambs generally 15p – 20p back on the week.

Overall average still a very solid 247.7p/kg.

Sample prices;
274p 37kg AW & RA Mycock, Flagg
282p 43.3kg FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate
280p 42kg RA & K Day, Cheddleton
277p 44kg H Hodgkinson & Sons, Earl Sterndale
276p 45.5kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
276p 44kg D Machin, Horton
276p 42.5kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
267p 48.5kg D Williams, Basford
267p 47kg Mosley & Son, Wormhill
252p 60kg A E Smith, Uttoxeter
246p 54kg GH & M Torr, Bradnop

Cull sheep (252);

A strong entry for the time of year selling on another good trade. Best Texel’s to £156/head with other good Texel’s at £140.
Best Suffolk ewes sold to £103 and best Mules to £90. Many more of the best Texel and Suffolk ewes could be sold to the vendors advantage.
Overall average £75/head.

CALVES (110);

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

Better numbers and still a fantastic trade throughout with all calves looking very well sold.

21 Continental Bulls av £253.47

A better average but no where near enough calves for the numbers of buyers at the ringside. Andrew Hulme maintained his place at the top of the leader board selling a smart Blue at £435 with the best over £300. Mediums £230 – £290 with a few smalls under £200. 19 Blues av £251 to £435 – DW & P Hulme
2 Char/Sim to £360 – D & G Tudor

37 Continental Heifers av £183

More heifers than bulls and some trade for all grades of calves. Better sorts £230 with Blues up to £248 for GW Myatt, Endon. Mediums £160 – £190 with a few smalls around £150.
28 Blues av £192 to £248 – G W Myatt
6 Sims av £172 to £230 – H & E Bailey & Partners
3 Lims av £120 to £148 – B & B Partners, Lask Edge

24 Natives

At Super Prices!!
12 Bulls av £204.72 and topped at £280 for an Angus from Steve Ryder, Dilhorne with Richard Emmott’s 5 bulls to £250.
Angus heifers topped at £240 for a super Angus again from Steve Ryder.

11 Black & White Bulls

Roger Sutton had a couple of good Holsteins at £130 and £112 with Brown Swiss to £94. Smaller sorts generally £25 – £50 today.

11 Reared Calves

Monty steers at £465 from Hayden Whitfield and Limousin steers at £365 from Messrs Handford, Birch Vale.

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