Market Report 23rd February

A very busy Tuesday sale with an excellent entry of milkers which met a solid trade with Heifers to £2320 and Cows to £2250. Next week will include two special entries so look out for further details on our website.

Hogget’s continue to sell on an excellent enquiry, albeit a little less to last week with all customers very satisfied with the prices achieved. Top prices of 342p/kg and £115 per head, to average at 268p/kg overall. Cull ewes also in strong demand up to £145 and to average out at £79.59 overall.
Another good entry of barren cows forward with some good quality sorts topping at 180p/kg and £1485. Clean cattle topped at 222p/kg or £1343.10.

A huge entry of pigs, the most seen in some time and trade holding up for the stock on offer, with a top price of 130p/kg for bacon pigs, with sows to 88p/kg and weaners to £34/head.

A disappointing entry of calves, with more seasonal buyers starting to show, leading to a super trade. British Blue bulls to £370 and heifers to £255.

Barren Cows (45);

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

A strong number of cattle forward this Tuesday and trade just as buoyant as the last few weeks, with buyers keen for stock! Top price was a 825kg Aberdeen Angus at 180p/kg from PJ, EM & HP Simcock, Pott Shrigley.

Black & white’s topped at 142p/kg twice for 625kg and 630kg Holsteins from SE Greenall, Matlock.

Other top prices include;
141p 775kg Limousin – B Higginson, Swythamley
138p 815kg Friesian – Foker Grange Farm Ltd, Leek
136p 795kg Holstein – HW Heath & Son, Hartwell
134p 750kg Dairy Shorthorn – G W Hicklin, Onecote
133p 835kg Holstein – MJ & J Rhodes, Crewe
130p 610kg Hereford – S Davis, Roston
130p 850kg Holstein – P F Gilman, Thorncliffe
129p 835kg Holstein – E Morley & Sons, Kirk Langley

Overall average a pleasing 113.67p/kg or £770.08 per head.

Top headage price of £1485 for the Aberdeen Angus from the Simcock family, with Friesians to £1124.70 and Holsteins to £1110.55 with Limousins at £1092.75.

Clean Cattle;

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

A small entry with a 605kg Limousin bull realising 222p/kg from Chris Barnsley, Morridge Top, to gross £1343.10.

Dairies (96);

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

A massive entry of 96 milkers for a normal week met a very brisk trade which saw numerous pass the £2000 mark.
Topping the day for a second week in a row was Brian & June Needham of Rushton for two very smart heifers. The two made £2320 and £2280 respectively and both went to Messrs Burton of Basford.

Other heifers reached £2230 from M Trevor-Jones, £2150 from John Allan of Tutbury and £2100 from Derek Davenport of Brereton.
Cows topped at £2250 for a third calver from Messrs Clark of Bradnop who also had a second to £2190 and a fifth calver to £1960.
British Friesian’s were again much sought after with a heifer from Gordon & Barbara Cresswell reaching £2010 with a third calver from the same home at £1960.

A lovely Ayrshire heifer from Brian Coutts of Knutsford reached £2000.
Next week we have two special entries of cows in addition to the commercials which are detailed below with a herd dispersal on the following week.
Get in touch if you have stock to sell. Contact Meg Elliott on 07967 007049.

Pigs (172);

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

A bumper entry of fat pigs this Tuesday, the most we have seen in a long long time and trade holding up to the variety of qualities forward.
Pork pigs sold to 106p/kg for 75kg pigs from Dan Hodgkinson, Burton on Trent, who sold others at 78p/kg and 60p/kg.
Cutting pigs topped at 124p/kg for a 84kg pig from J & B Fentem who sold others at 122p/kg and 114p/kg with 85kg pigs at 99p/kg for H Kelsall & Son, Dean Row.
A large entry of bacon pigs topped at 130p/kg for 93kg pigs from PF & PD Parsons, Whitchurch who also sold bacon pigs at 126p/kg twice. 128p/kg was paid for 102kg pig s from David Goldstraw, Meerbrook, with a trio of 90kg pigs at 126p/kg for J G Belfield, and the Fentems selling pigs at 125p/kg and 122p/kg trice.
Heavier pigs topped at 124p/kg for 107kg pigs from David Goldstraw, Meerbrook with a single 106kg pig at 124p/kg for Bernard Minshull who also sold heavy pigs at 120p/kg, 116p/kg, 112p/kg and 108p/kg. The Parsons sold a 105kg pig at 124p/kg with a pair of 108kg pigs at 120p/kg for J G Belfield, Sheen.

Cull sows sold to 88p/kg for a 325kg sow from R Rowlinson, Ramshorn, with a 225kg sow at 87p/kg for A Worth, Marton.
Store pigs sold to £34 per head for six 29kg weaners from Lockett Bull Hire, with 27kg pigs at £25 and £20 from NG Kay, Cromford.

Pork Pigs (15);av 78.4p/kg or £51.07/head
Cutting Pigs (16); av 97p/kg or £79.06/head
Bacon Pigs (90); av 105.96p/kg or £100.48/head
Heavy Pigs (28); av 104.35p/kg or £113.63/head
Cull Sows (4); av 66.26p/kg or £132.69/head

Sheep Section;

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652) BUTCHERS HOGGET’S (699);

A good entry saw a slightly steadier trade as expected but still competitive bidding throughout and a solid trade. Best types to 342p/kg or £150.48/head. Overall average of 269p/kg or £115 per head!

Sample prices;
318p 38kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
308p 39kg J & GJ Fryer, Horton
342p 41kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
325p 43kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
320p 42kg J Belfield & R Deakin-Gallimore, Leigh
318p 41.5kg J Belfield & R Deakin-Gallimore, Leigh
310p 44.6kg GH & M Torr, Bradnop
315p 45.8kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
285p 47kg J Belfield & R Deakin-Gallimore, Leigh
265p 48kg FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate
250p 54.5kg B Dicken, Pomeroy
228p 66kg J J Turner, Okeover

Cull Sheep (155);

A similar entry saw a sharper enquiry with best Texel’s at £145 and more top side £100 that has been the case for a long time. Best Mules to £80 but leaner looking better sold at £68 – £72. Rams to £111 for Texel’s.
Overall average of £79.59.

Calves (73);

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

A short entry but a fabulous trade again with seasonal buyers looking for calves. Have you got any to send?

23 Continental Bulls av £252.30
Where have all the numbers gone, surely at this price you would have thought we would have more numbers. Best bulls topped £370 for a Blue from Graham Turnock, Onecote with all other good bulls topping £300. Mediums £230 – £280 with a few smalls around £200.
10 Blues av £260 to £370 – W E Turnock & Sons
5 Sims av £258 to £320 – D Hawkins
7 Lims av £248 to £330 – I Gregson

26 Continental Heifers £180.03
Very very dear with all the better sorts over £200 to a top of £255 twice for a lovely Limy from Ian Gregson, Hanbury and a Blue from Graham Turnock. Mediums £160 – £200 with a few smalls around £150.
15 Blues av £179 to £255 – WE Turnock & Sons
5 Sims av £171 to £250 – TD & DA Higginson
5 Lims av £198 to £255 – I Gregson

13 Natives
Hereford bulls sold to £240 for PJ Davies, Werrington with Angus heifers to £155 for LTL Partners, Leigh.
7 Black & White Bulls
Two Monty’s made £240 and £155 with the majority of the Holsteins £30 – £50.

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