Market Report 23rd November

A good entry of lambs again this Tuesday and another excellent trade with a top price of 309p/kg and £163.20 per head. Cull sheep just as dear with ewes to £171 to average £108!

Barrens up in price this week, with the best to 150p/kg, and overage steers to 179p/kg or £1156. Good to see a few more clean cattle about with a top price of 295p/kg for a 530kg Limousin heifer.

Dairies continue to sell well with a top or £2110 and £2100 for heifers.

A full shed of pigs this Tuesday and trade similar to last week, with bacon pigs selling the best up to 133p/kg and 131p/kg.

Strong trade for calves and the best always selling at a premium with Blue bulls to £430 and Limousins to £415 and heifers to £240.

BARREN COWS (55);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A much improved trade this week with a good entry forward topping the day at 150p/kg for a 740kg Holstein from WSW Mills, Ratcliffe on Wreake with a 615kg Cross Bred cow at 147p/kg for A E Ward, Foxt.

Limousins topped at 149p/kg for a 595kg cow from MJD Farms, Alstonefield, with Herefords at 145p/kg for a 700kg cow from G W Mycock & Son, Alstonefield who sold another 805kg Hereford at 140p/kg and a 735kg Hereford at 138p/kg.

Other top prices include;
138p 760kg Holstein – A Povey & Sons, Doveridge
138p 695kg Holstein – H J Whitfield, Doveridge
137p 785kg Brown Swiss – DR & A Shuker, Bosley
136p 850kg Hereford-GW Mycock & Sons, Alstonefield
134p 630kg Limousin – MJD Farms, Alstonefield
133p 695kg Friesian – DR & A Shuker, Bosley
133p 730kg Swedish Red – GR & D Hawkins, Cheadle
133p 510kg Friesian – DR & A Shuker, Bosley
132p 735kg Holstein – J & R Maydew, Consall

Overall average up 17p this week at 115.75p/kg or £770.18 per head.

Top headage prices of £1156 for a 850kg Hereford from G W Mycock & Son, with other Herefords at £1141.65, £1127 and £1015 with Holsteins to £1110 and £1048.80.

One overage 620kg Hereford steer realised 179p/kg for G W Mycock & Son, Alstonefield.

CLEAN CATTLE(9);
Selling time – 10:45am approx.
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A small entry sold on an excellent trade with a top price of 295p/kg for a 530kg Limousin heifer from C H Barnsley, Morridge with a 520kg Simmental heifer realising 250p/kg for D & J Williams, Basford.

A 525kg Aberdeen Angus heifer sold for 210p/kg from Reg Critchlow, Grindon who sold another 495kg Angus for 192p/kg. A 610kg Angus heifer made 198p/kg from Richard Green, Whiston.

Steers sold to 193p/kg for a 645kg Angus from G A Wise, Newcastle who also sold a 635kg Blonde steer for 180p/kg.

Top headage prices of £1563.50 for the Limousin heifer with other heifers at £1300 and £1288.85 with steers up to £1244.85.

DAIRIES;
Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
A lovely trade for the quality forward saw the Phillips family of Winkhill top the market for a 26kg heifer at £2110. They also had a second at £2100.

Richard Lomas of Calow saw his heifer reach £2020 with another from Messrs Callwood of Knutsford at £2000.

A Montbeliarde x third calver giving 37kg from A Barber of Gnosall reached £1900.

More numbers needed to satisfy demand. If you have stock to sell contact Meg Elliott on 07967 007049.

PIGS (185);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A very similar trade to last week with another super entry forward.

Cutters topped the day at 133p/kg for 79kg pigs from D J Pope, Thame, with J & B Fentem & Sons selling a run of cutters at 116p/kg twice, 114p/kg, 111p/kg and 110p/kg. A 81kg pig made 100p/kg for David Goldstraw.

Bacon pigs sold well, up to 131p/kg for 90kg pigs from D J Pope, who also sold 91kg and 99kg pigs at 128p/kg, and 89.5kg pigs at 126p/kg. a pair of 95kg pigs realised 127p/kg from PF & PD Parsons, with a pair of 99kg pigs at 124p/kg from Bernard Minshull, and 124p/kg for 88kg pigs from Massie Farms.

Heavy pigs sold up to 118p/kg for 110kg pigs from David Goldstraw, Meerbrook, who also sold a 108kg pigs at 101p/kg. 106kg pigs realised 87p/kg for W Rigby & Son, Chinley and 80p/kg for 111kg pigs from P & N Allen.

Culls sows sold well today topping at 59p/kg for a 332kg sow from A J Green, Dronfield, who also sold 334kg and 320kg sows for 58p/kg and a 182kg sow at 58p/kg for GR & M Garth and 306kg and 305kg sows at 58p/kg from W Rigby & son, Chinley.

A pen of 14 weaners weighing 35kg sold for £30/head.

Averages;
Pork Pigs (4); av 101.23p/kg or £73.14/head
Cutting Pigs (34); av 105.97p/kg or £85.93/head
Bacon Pigs (94); av 106.42p/kg or £98.18/head
Heavy Pigs (22); av 83.97p/kg or £95.35/head
Cull Sows (16); av 53.3p/kg or £135.72/head

SHEEP SECTION;
Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
BUTCHERS LAMBS (845);
A similar entry selling on a solid trade, albeit not quite at the dizzy heights we are becoming accustomed to.

Best lambs still top side of 300p for all pens but generally 280 – 295p on the day. Best sold on the day was the little lambs at 30-39kg which saw a blistering trade from wholesalers and store purchasers.

Best big lambs selling well again to top at 288p/kg for heavy and 270p for overweight’s to £163.20.

Overall average 266p/kg SWW or 261p/kg overall.

Sample prices;
271p 30.7kg L & DA Lightfoot, Dilhorne
309p 38kg A Shaw, Sturston
304p 38.5kg A Shaw, Sturston
298p 38kg J L Morris, Cresswell
292p 38.8kg J Gilman & Partners, Bosley
287p 37kg R A Critchley, Denstone
305p 39.5kg G & A Peach, Clifton
301p 43kg M Lancaster, Congleton
298p 39.1kg M Lancaster, Congleton
291p 40.8kg M Lancaster, Congleton
288p 47.5kg M Lancaster, Congleton
270p 56kg J J Watson, Marple
269p 57kg FG & JR Critchlow, Sheen
240p 68kg H G Nutter, Grindon

CULL SHEEP (275);
A few less about saw a blistering trade for all types. The sale peaked at £171 for an excellent Texel ewe from David Goldstraw, Meerbrook who saw his run of ewes average an excellent £154/head. Other best Texel’s sold to £161 from R & L Vernon and £161 from Alan Wilshaw.

Mules saw a fierce trade today topping at £128 for the very best with Suffolks to £138.

Overall average at £108.13.

CALVES (134);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
A good number of calves again this week with a good line up of buyers led to another strong trade at Leek.

42 Continental Bulls av £242
A very strong trade again but a lot of 2nd and particularly 3rd quality calves on offer. Best 8 calves topped £360 including 4 over £400 and a top of £430 for Messrs Shuker, Bosley. Mediums generally £240 – £280 with a dozen smaller and plainer calves under £200.
31 Blues av £254 to £430 – DR & A Shuker
4 Sims av £226 to £295 – JJ & PN Holdcroft
5 Lims av £228 to £415 – R J Salt & Partners

33 Continental Heifers av £166.39
Plenty of bidders but only at levels equal to the calves value. Only a handful of better sorts on offer and selling over £240 with a high of £255 for a Limousin from Messrs Whittaker, Bosley. Mediums £150 – £200 with smaller heifers under £150.
17 Blues av £176 to £240 – R G Emmott
9 Sims av £157 to £250 – TD & DA Higginson
6 Lims av £163 to £255 – F E Whittaker & Sons

30 Natives
Maintained recent good levels.
8 AA Bulls av £169 to £252 – C Heath & Sons
4 Hereford Heifers av £149 to £205 – F J Gould & Son
13 AA Heifers av £113 to £195 – R G Emmott

29 Black & White Bulls av £88.17
Strong Friesians sold to £185; Shorthorns to £140 and Swedish Red to £130. Mediums rearer’s £50 – £80 with smaller sorts generally £30 – £50.

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SATURDAY 27TH NOVEMBER – 10AM
Catalogued Sale of Store & Breeding Sheep
Entries Close Friday 19th November
Next Sale – Saturday 11th December
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Sale of Store & Breeding Cattle
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