Market Report 20th October

Tuesday saw the monthly Pedigree Dairy Sale including the Special Show & Sale on behalf of the Shorthorn Society. Trade was exceptional from the start with a top of £2380 for Holsteins and £2040 for Shorthorns.

More barren cattle this Tuesday and an improved trade with some decent quality forward selling to 166p/kg, to average 108.66p/kg overall.

Less lambs forward this Tuesday and trade in-line with the national trends, being back on the week. Lack of the best quality had an overall effect on the average, however top pens at 221p/kg, and plenty over 200p/kg. Ewes up to £118, to average £64.80.

Calves continue to sell well and some good quality forward, selling to £390 for a British Blue bull calf, and £290 for a British Blue heifer calf.

A lack of demand for pigs this Tuesday, with a top of 122p/kg for bacon pigs.

Barren Cows (66);

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

An uplift in trade this Tuesday with a few more about and a decent entry of cattle.
Top price of 166p/kg for a 670kg Friesian from ET Hanson & sons, Hasthorpe, with a 745kg Simmental at 141p/kg and a 725kg Simmental cow at 141p/kg.

Other black & white’s sold up to 135p/kg for a 830kg Holstein from Bradda Farm, Biddulph Moor and a 590kg Limousin at 133p/kg for VM & GW Hall, Highwood.

Other top prices;
131p 815kg Holstein – A Povey & Sons, Doveridge
130p 615kg Angus – J R Mosedale & Son, Longford
129p 745kg Hereford – Messrs Bostocks, Gillow Heath
129p 775kg Holstein – FT Lemon & Son, Alkmonton
129p 710kg Holstein – P F Gilman, Thorncliffe
129p 785kg Simmental – A & K Farming, Heaton
128p 780kg Hereford – Messrs Bostocks, Gillow Heath
127p 730kg Hereford – Messrs Bostocks, Gillow Heath
127p 680kg Friesian – S L Seabridge, Stone
126p 635kg Simmental – S Cooper, Elkstones
126p 800kg Holstein – W E Fearn, Ashwood Dale
Overall average of 108.66p/kg or £720.88 per head.

Top headage price of £1120.50 for the Holstein cow from Bradda Farm, Biddulph with other black & whites to £1112.20 and £1067.65 with Simmentals to £1050.45 and £1012.65.

A OTM 1060kg Aberdeen Angus bull sold at 116p/kg for A E Allcock, Waterhouses to gross £1229.60.

Clean Cattle;

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

A smaller entry sold well for the stock on offer up to 172p/kg for a 635kg Angus heifer from D Forster, Bosley with a 575kg Hereford bull at 161p/kg and steers to 159p/kg for a 720kg Simmental and 155p/kg for a 755kg Simmental, both from J Dooley, Whitemore.

Top headage price of £1170.25 and £1144.80 for the Simmental steers, £1092.20 for heifers and £925.75 for bulls.

Dairies (203);

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

A phenomenal entry in the October Pedigree Sale which included the Shorthorn Society Show and Sale saw nearly
200 catalogued with eventually just over 200 sold.

Trade yet again for production animals was hot with numerous passing the £2000 mark.

Topping the day was regular vendors Messrs Easom of Oakerthorpe with a S-S-I Modesty Magictouch daughter. Out of an 13112kg 88 point dam she was eventually clinched by Stockton Heath Ltd for £2380 who also took a second from the same home at £2240.

The Webster family of Stocksbridge, Sheffield saw their Progenesis Granite daughter reach £2320 to D Green of Lach Dennis.

Andrew Bunting of Bakewell had two lovely heifers to £2300 and £2200 with Michael Wainwright of Buxton seeing his reach £2280.

A fantastic entry of 90 Shorthorns for the Autumn Society Show and Sale attracted great interest with trade swift for all categories including youngstock.

The judge Graham Brindley picked out a powerful third calver from the Amber Herd of Messrs Hole as his champion. By Amber Tornado and out of an 85 point dam, she was sold giving 38kg and was secured by a local purchaser for £1800.

However it was a fantastic heifer from the Leisure Herd of Messrs Howe of Buxton by Rantonhall Aubrey that created most interest. After spirited bidding she was eventually clinched by D Green of Lach Dennis for £2040.

Messrs Hole also had a heifer to £1940 to join the Foldspride Herd of M Tidmarsh.

In-calf Heifers reached £1680 for Cotonhall Rio Proud Countess from Rob Kite with yearlings to £680 from the Misterton Herd of S J Cartwright and calves to £460 from the Quarnford Herd of Messrs Tunnicliffe.

Next week we have a genuine herd sale of 35 fresh mainly British Friesians from S J Cartwight of Lutterworth, Leicestershire. Catalogues will be on-line shortly.

Pigs (136);

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

A reduced trade this Tuesday which is reflected in the averages.

Cutting pigs sold to 107p/kg for a pair of 85kg pigs from J & B Fentem, who also sold cutters at 104p/kg twice, 96p/kg and 94p/kg twice.

Bacon pigs topped at 122p/kg for a pair of 97kg pigs from MC & EA Beattie, Allostock who also sold a 96p/kg at 119p/kg and a 94kg pig at 114p/kg with the Fentem family selling bacon pigs at 115p/kg and 109p/kg with Bernard Minshull, Buxton realising 111p/kg for 97kg pigs and the Parsons of Whitchurch selling 96kg pigs at 113p/kg.

Heavier pigs sold up to 106p/kg for 105kg pigs from the Parsons family who also sold heavy pigs at 103p/kg and 88p/kg.

A dip in demand for cull sows this Tuesday and a top of 60p/kg for a 288kg sow from Rosie Watson who also sold a 266kg sow at 44p/kg with other sows at 36p/kg for 253kg and 240kg sows from Bernard Minshull.

Store pigs sold to £22/head for a pen of 10 weaners from R P Wilson, Markeaton and a pen of 17 weaners at £21 for Alan Worth, Marton.

Cutting Pigs (16); av 99.20p/kg or £81.67/head
Bacon Pigs (78); av 102.36p/kg or £97.10/head
Heavy Pigs (8); av 95.05p/kg or £103.49/head
Cull Sows (7); av 38.87p/kg or £100.35/head

Sheep Section;

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)

A much reduced entry which was disappointing given the exceptional level of trade we have been experiencing but not surprising five the store and breeding sheep sales giving rise to 6-day rule issues and increment weather conditions not allowing lambs to finish well.

Trade is certainly back nationally with talk of lock down making supplies of the catering sector very nervous. We did however have a pleasing sale on the day at 100% clearance was easily achieved with competitive bidding throughout. Many more lambs could have been sold on the day with some buyers left disappointed.

Best lambs sold to 221p/kg from James Ball of Cheddleton with best sorts generally 205p – 220p depending on weight and finish. Generally a lack of best lambs forward today and orders for best shaped handy weight lambs went unfulfilled.

Sample prices;
210p 38.5kg – A Shaw, Sturston
221p 42kg – J Ball, Cheddleton
220p 43kg – DH & J Lovatt, Rushton Spencer
218p 42.3kg – A J Gilman, Elkstones
220p 46.7kg – A Mycock, Flagg
214p 50.3kg – DH & J Lovatt, Rushton Spencer
210p 48.5kg – J Gilman & Partners, Bosley

Cull Sheep (182);

Less about and trade not as fierce as a few weeks ago but still solid with grazing buyers showing interest in better types.

Top price of £118 for R & S Bailey for a pen of Texel ewes. Mules finding their level at £70 plus for the better end and £50 – £60 for the leanest types.

Calves (139);

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

A few more about and generally a very similar trade to last week.

40 Continental Bulls av £238.48
The best a wonderful trade with the 4 best topping £375 to a top of £390 for a Blue from Messrs Cotton, Tean closely followed at £388 for G W Myatt, Endon. Mediums bulls £230 – £300 with smaller bulls under £200.

26 Blues av £256 to £390 – FA & TM Cotton

5 Sims av £166 to £258 – S & M Huxley & Son

6 Lims av £222 to £375 – R J Salt & Partners

34 Continental Heifers av £193.61
Just like the bulls, plenty of bidders for the best with a lovely fresh Blue at £290 for H & E Bailey, Brown Edge. Mediums heifers £200 – £230 with smalls under £200. 20 Blues av £211 to £290 – H & E Bailey & Partners
7 Sims av £167 to £245 – H & E Bailey & Partners
5 Lims av £149 to £278 – ME & DJ Gregory
2 Char/Blo to £235 – D & G Tudor

40 Natives
Best Angus bulls topped at £230 for Messrs Cotton, Tean with heifers continuing the recent good trend of high prices with Angus at £190 and Herefords to £175 for PT Beswick.

25 Back & White Bulls

More interest in best rearer’s with Friesians at £125, Holsteins to £170; Monty’s to £175 and £135. Smaller bulls generally £30 – £50.

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