Market Report 22nd June

A busy Tuesday sale and a busy dairy ring with 62 dairies forward selling up to £2100 and £2060 for heifers and cows to £1750.
Lamb trade well in line with the national trends, and some good quality on offer. Top prices of 330p/kg and £155 per head. Demand for ewes is still strong with ewes to £160.
Barrens continue to sell at a pace, with the average at 125p/kg with barren cattle up to 183p/kg and £1283.40 per head. Clean also in good demand selling up to 230p/kg and £1457.70.
One of the dearest ever trade’s seen for calves this week, with demand off the scale. 12 bulls over £400 topping at £495 for Blue’s and heifers equally as dear selling up to £365.
Pigs continuing to sell well, with good demand for the quality selling to 161p/kg.

BARREN COWS (34);

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A similar trade to last week, with trade just as strong as it has been in the recent weeks. Top price today of 183p/kg for a 585kg British Blue cow from J R Johnson & Sons, Ipstones. Charolais topped at 167p/kg for a 725kg cow from RF & HE Hinchcliffe, Whaley Bridge and Dairy Shorthorns to 158p/kg for Robertson Partners, Lower Withington.
Black and white’s topped at 154p/kg twice for a 605kg Frisian and 630kg Holstein both from H J Whitfield.
Other top prices;
155p 780kg Longhorn – R W Potter & Co, Yeaveley
153p 640kg Longhorn – R W Potter & Co, Yeaveley
150p 715kg Hereford – A Shaw, Sturston
146p 740kg Hereford – R & S E Poole, Winkhill
140p 695kg Shorthorn – J Heath, Brookhouses
138p 680kg Simmental – K L Potts, Mottram St Andrew
138p 700kg Friesian – G T Worsley & Son, Cubley
138p 930kg Holstein – Foker Grange Farm Ltd, Leek
Overall average of 125p/kg or £811.42
Top headage price of £1283.40 for the 930kg Holstein from Foker Grange, with Charolais to £120.75, Longhorns to £1209 and Herefords to £1080.40.

CLEAN CATTLE;

Selling time – 10:45am approx.
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
Top price today of 230p/kg for a 510kg Limousin heifer from Chris Barnsley, Morridge along with a 645kg Limousin heifer at 226p/kg to gross £1457.70 for D & JM Williams, Basford.
A 545kg Angus steer made 184p/kg for M Hall, Brown Edge.

DAIRIES (62);

Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
Another very successful day in the dairy shed at Leek with 62 passing through the ring of which 57 were milkers with trade again swift.
Topping the day was regular vendor Richard Lomas of Calow for a 28kg heifer by Penman Enterprise. She was clinched by Andrew Hulme of Basford at £2100 who also went onto take a fresh heifer from Andrew Weston of Litton at £2060. Shorthorns from Andrew Beech of Sutton reached £1830 with British Friesians from John and Lesley Kirby of Oakham to £1800.
Cows topped at £1750 for a Danish Red X from the Sharman family of Holbeck, Newark who also saw their smashing run of Montbeliarde X calves top at £390.
The run of 12 Autumn calving cows which included 4 5th-7th calvers from the Jeffery’s family of Sudbury were a smashing trade topping at £1600 to average out at a superb £1485.

PIGS (143);

Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A large entry forward and an excellent trade for fat pigs topping at 161p/kg for bacon pigs and cutters to 145p/kg.
A few more pork pigs forward today selling up to 147p/kg for 70kg pigs from P J Barker, Charnwood, with Alan Worth, Marton welling porkers at 141p/kg and 129p/kg.
Cutters sold up to 145p/kg for a trio of 76kg pigs from Alan Worth, with a 85kg pig at 144p/kg for J Davenport, Gawsworth. J & B Fentem sold cutters at 144p/kg, 136p/kg and 129p/kg. An 83kg pig sold at 122p/kg for Chris Hine.
Bacon pigs always well sought after with a trio of 96kg pigs realising 161p/kg for David Goldstraw who sold a further pen at 152p/kg and 148p/kg. J & B Fentem sold a pen for 144p/kg and 140p/kg with a pair of 89kg pigs making 141p/kg for D J Pope, Thame who also sold 86kg pigs at 140p/kg.
Heavier pigs sold up to 120p/kg for a 107kg pig from Steve Bailey, Biddulph, with 104kg pigs at 114p/kg for PF & PD Parsons, Whitchurch.
Cull sows topped at 77p/kg for a 237kg sow from John Wheawall, Leigh who sold another 250kg sow at 83p/kg. A 299kg sow realised 84p/kg for R Rowlinson, Ramshorn.
Averages;
Pork Pigs (11); av 137.25p/kg or £91.59/head
Cutting Pigs (27); av 124.1p/kg or £101.49/head
Bacon Pigs (83); av 118.37p/kg or £111.21/head
Heavy Pigs (18); av 93.81p/kg or £108.09/head
Cull Sows (4); av 83.33p/kg or £222.90/head

SHEEP SECTION;

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
BUTCHERS LAMBS (462);
Not as bigger entry as was expected in part due to the reports of falling trade putting off some vendors.
Trade was less but still much better than anticipated and competitive bidding throughout. The quality pf stock we are seeing each week is very good and certainly makes them easier to sell.
Best lambs flying away to 330p and a good number still at 300p and better, but only really for heavier (40kg +) sorts. Best big lambs selling very well to £155/head.
Overall average 278p/kg or £112/head which is still very strong compared to other years.
More well fed lambs could be sold each week.
Sample prices;
300p 38kg A Shaw, Sturston
330p 43.5kg C G Buckston, Sutton on the Hill
321p 40kg C G Buckston, Sutton on the Hill
314p 44kg J M Robinson, Swythamley
307p 44.3kg RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks
312p 48kg C G Buckston, Sutton on the Hill
310p 50kg J M Robinson, Swythamley
CULL SHEEP (150);
A seasonal entry with trade perhaps not quite as fast but still strong. Best Texel’s to £160 for Kirkham & Bourne and plenty £130 and better.
Best mules to £110 and horned ewes to £60.
Best Texel Rams to £162/head.
Overall average at £92.53 which is the first time below £100 for some time but this reflects the goods on offer more than the level of demand.

CALVES (124);

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899);
*PROBABY THE DEAREST EVER*
12 BULLS OVER £400!!
A super trade throughout with a good line up of buyers and some remarkable results.
43 Continental Bulls av £310.04
Fantastic to have more about and the trade was certainly ready for them with the top 15 over £390 including 12 over £400 and a top of £495 for a lovely fresh calf from Andrew Hulme, Basford with his other bull at £430. Other blues at £428 for WE Turnock & Sons; £425 JW Handford & Sons; £420 GR & D Hawkins; £418 & £400 CC & CJ Lovatt; £415 J B Plant and £402 DG & JA Ball. Mediums £315 – £365 with smaller sorts generally £220 – £270.
30 Blues av £317 to £495 – DW & P Hulme
8 Sims av £329 to £412 – JJ & PN Holdcroft
5 Lims av £235 to £405 – J & W Knight
19 Continental Heifers av £264
The bulls were good but the heifers were equally as strong. Top 9 over £290 and a high of £365 and £330 for Messrs Hulme, Basford with plenty more over £300. Just a couple of smaller heifers under £200.
14 Blues av £280 to £365 – DW & P Hulme
3 Sims av £235 to £310 – JJ & PN Holdcroft
2 Lims av £192 to £202 – K W Cresswell
SHEEP EARTAG IDENTIFICATION
Slaughter Tags are only to be used in sheep under 12 months of age. Ewes should be Double Tagged with a matching pair of tags, one being electric.
37 Natives
Strong competition and trade!
9 Here Bulls av £219 to £390 – JJ & PN Holdcroft
7 AA Bulls av £187 to £270 – CS & J Prince
8 Here Hfrs av £190 to £255 – J & W Knight
8 AA Hfrs av £141 to £205 – C Jackson & Sons
25 Black & White Bulls av £75
9 better sorts over £100. Monty’s to £262 for B & B Partners; Friesians to £160 for G B Millington and Holsteins to £140. Mediums rearer’s £50 – £80.
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THIS SATURDAY 26TH JUNE – 10AM
Sale of 394 Store & Breeding Cattle
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