Market Report 1st March

Another busy Tuesday sale with a shed full of sheep with 1164 forward, and 186 cattle. A good show of Dairies this week, with the next to £2120 twice for heifers with the dispersal topping at £1940.

Hoggs in good demand, especially 35-42kg with the best to 339p/kg or £163.88/head. Cull ewes in very strong demand with the best to £214 for Rams and £204 to Ewes to average £119/head!

A strong trade for barren cows with the best to 176p/kg for a Charolais cow to average 136.35p/kg, with clean cattle up to 222p/kg.

Calves were in good demand with the best Limousin bulls to £398 and heifers to £302.

Pigs still difficult to sell, with only the best quality/weights selling better to 108p/kg. But mainly bacon & cutter pigs selling around 80 – 95p/kg.

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
More forward this Tuesday taking advantage of the excellent trade, with the best to 176p/kg for a 595kg Charolais from S Kidd Farmers, Longnor, with a 690kg Simmental cow realising 174p/kg for JH & RH Ede, Fole. A 725kg Charolais cow sold for 163p/kg from C & EJ Whilock, Werrington.

Other top prices;
158p 690kg Limousin – K L Potts, Mottram St Andrew
153p 715kg Hereford – S Kidd Farmers, Longnor
150p 485kg Angus – C W Kidd, Flash
150p 565kg Limousin – D Tomlinson, Peak Dale
149p 670kg Simmental – HS & A Callwood, Ollerton
149p 815kg Holstein – J C & D Hudson, Hollinsclough
148p 480kg Shorthorn – CW Kidd, Flash
146p 610kg Shorthorn – RD & CJ Benbow, Eccleshall
146p 655kg Shorthorn – EB & BM Sutton, Moreton
146p 745kg Luing – J C & D Hudson, Hollinsclough

Overall average of 136.35p/kg or £880.54/head.

Top headage price of £1214.35 for the 815kg Holstein from JC & D Huson, with Simmentals to £1200.60, Charolais to £1181.75, other Holsteins to £1137.10 and £1108.40.

Selling time – 10:45am approx.
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A small entry sold up to 222p/kg for a 605kg Limousin bull from Chris Barnsley, Morridge and a 580kg British blue heifer sold for 191p/kg from Alcock Bros, Ford.

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

HERD TO £1940 AV £1440

Another exceptional trade for milkers in particular for the part herd dispersal on behalf of the Wilkinson family of Byley.

Topping the day within the commercial section were two heifers, the first from Messrs Shepherd of Bakewell and a second from Messrs Mills of Ratcliffe on Soar. Both reached £2120 and went to Messrs Bailey of Brown Edge.

Close behind at £2100 was a neat white heifer from Messrs Riley of Newtown.

There was plenty of interest for the part dispersal of cross bred cows from Steve Wilkinson and family of Byley. Trade topped at £1940 for a Friesian third calver to Messrs Higginson. Close behind was a 2017 born Shorthorn calved in December with her 4th at £1900. Other Shorthorns reached £1760 for a 2012 born cow. Jersey crosses also sold exceptionally well to £1680.

A Pedigree Shorthorn heifer calf from Gary Norburys Broadlane herd, after spirited bidding made £510. 

Next week we have the Herd Dispersal on behalf of the Brunt family, one not to miss. If you have stock to sell don’t hesitate to get in touch, ring Meg Elliott on 07967 007049.

PIGS (143);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
More about this week with prices less than last week, as reflected in the averages below.

74kg pigs realised 96p/kg for J & B Fentem with other 65kg and 60kg pigs at 84p/kg for W K Hurley, Macc Forest.

Cutters sold up to 108p/kg for 85kg pigs from David Goldstraw, Meerbrook, with 85kg pigs at 104p/kg for Steve Bailey, and the same price for 84kg pigs from J G Belfield, Sheen. Massie Farms sold a pen of 84kg pigs for 98p/kg with the Fentem’s selling cutters for 93p/kg and 88p/kg.

Bacon pigs topped at 100p/kg for 89kg pigs from Massie Farms who also sold a pen for 97p/kg and 95p/kg. 87kg pigs realised 96p/kg for J & B Fentem, with a 90kg pig at 96p/kg for Bernard Minshull and 95p/kg for 86kg pigs from Dave Goldstraw.

Heavier pigs harder to sell with the best price of 74p/kg for a 119kg pig from Bernard Minshull and the same price for a pen of 108kg pigs from PF & PD Parsons.

Cull sows harder to sell also, with a top of 28p/kg twice for 225kg and 190kg sows from Bernard Minshull.

Pork Pigs (20); av 84.81p/kg or £54.70/head
Cutting Pigs (28); av 93.65p/kg or £76.62/head
Bacon Pigs (67); av 86.31p/kg or £78.77/head
Heavy Pigs (9) ; av 62.33p/kg or £70.22/head
Cull Sows (5); av 21.96p/kg or £45.58/head

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
A good entry including some excellent quality runs, selling on a solid trade. SQQ average significantly up on the week, partly down to the quality and partly due to the excellent demand for 35 – 42kg hoggs. Best sorts regularly 300 – 320p/kg to a top of 339p/kg.

Heavy and out-of-spec sorts see another difficult trade, both here and nationally, which creates a two-tier trade. Plenty of good hoggs at 45 – 48kg grossing £115 – £120.

SQQ average of 280.3p/kg, overall average 263p/kg or £115.10/head, top headage price of £163.88.

Sample prices;
325p 36.8kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
316p 38.8kg H & J Smith & Sons, Biddulph Moor
315p 36.6kg J Gilman & Partners, Bosley
314p 37.3kg A J Gilman, Elkstones
339p 43.5kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
337p 42kg R M Brown, Castleton
331p 44kg J Belfield & R Deakin-Gallimore, Leigh
329p 41.6kg JJA Venables & Son, Lower Withington
324p 40kg DJ & P Smith, Rushton Spencer
320p 46.2kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
288p 49.2kg B Wardlaw, Astbury
270p 55kg J Belfield & R Deakin-Gallimore, Leigh
241p 68kg J Belfield & R Deakin-Gallimore, Leigh

Thank you to the vendors for the excellent entry. Please keep numbers coming!

A similar entry and trade finding another level! Cull rams selling to £214 for an excellent Texel ram from Philip Smith. Best ewes selling to £204 from R & S Bailey, Cloudside, closely following by Messrs Venables at £202. Top 10% of the entry all exceeding £180 from 6 different vendors to average £191.

Best Suffolk’s to £176, best Mules to £128 and horned ewes to £92.

Overall average of £119/head. Many more could have been sold!

CALVES (104);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
A very good days trade wise and buyers for every sector. The best particularly strong trade with plenty over £300 in the continentals.

Top price of £398 for a well grown Limousin bull 25days from Richard Emmott and family at Lyme Park who’s best 3 averaged £373 per head.

Blue bulls and heifers saw wide demand with the bulls topping at £370 for Peter & Angela Woodward and the heifers up to £302 for the Grays at Dungworth.
Continental Bulls
13 Blues av £239 to £370 – Woodward Partners
9 Sims av £259 to £292 – TD & DA Higginson
6 Lims av £266 to £398- R G Emmott, Lyme Park
Continental Heifers
16 Blues av £203 to £302 – R S Gray, Dungworth
6 Sims av £192.50 to £244 – H & E Bailey & Partners
7 Lims av £176 to £238 – R Emmott, Lyme Park

In the Natives, purchasers for everything and more Herefords particularly could have been sold on a solid trade.
Native Bulls
10 Angus’ to £280 for R S Gray to average £165. 3 Herefords to £162.
Native Heifers
7 Herefords to £178 av £117
11 Angus’ to £195 av £98
1 Longhorn to £50

No real square Friesians forward this week and nothing to sell as reared.

(Following the Usual Commercial Entry)
On behalf of the Brunt family, Knenhall Farm, Moddershall, Stone, Staffs.
Being the most genuine dispersal of the Entire NMR Recorded Milking Herd of 93 Holstein Cows & Heifers In-milk & In-calf (featuring a number of red & whites). Cubicles & Herringbone. Herd Average 7213kg 4.22%F 3.32%P cc184. This is a most genuine dispersal sale of a lovely herd of cows that is only taking place due to very sad circumstances.
Monthly Pedigree Sale
Entries Invited
********************************************* SATURDAY 12TH MARCH
Sale of Store & Breeding Cattle – 10am
Entries Close Friday 4th March
Sale of Store & Breeding Pigs – 10.30am
Sale of Store & Breeding Goats – 11am

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