Market Report 24th August

What a tremendous turnout of buyers for the Dispersal sale on behalf of John & Louise Plant & Family with a superb trade throughout and selling up to £2180. The Commercial were another highlight with cows to £2520 twice, heifers to £2510 and 17 over £2000.

An shed full of sheep this week and they met an solid trade for lambs with the best selling to 281p/kg and £139.65 which gave a strong average of 242p/kg. Cull ewes were a excellent trade selling up to £162 and many over £120.

More barren cattle about this week, and met a ring full of buyers selling up to 176p/kg or £1390.40 per head. Clean cattle also in good demand up to 242p/kg or £1502.85.

Trade very much up on the week for the pig section seeing a good enquiry, with bacon pigs to 146p/kg and cutters to 141p/kg.

Good to see more calves about week on week, and the trade goes to show how worthwhile it is to sell them at Leek. Blue Bulls to £382 and heifers to £315.

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
An super entry of barren cattle, and great to see more forward, topping at 176p/kg for a 790kg Blonde cow from CH Ede & Son, Long Lane, with a 655kg Angus cow at 167p/kg for P & D Smallwood, Middlewich. A 745kg British Blue cow realised 162p/kg for John Robotham, Swinscoe, who also sold a 810kg Angus for 159p/kg.

Black & white’s topped at 156p/kg for a 550kg Ayrshire from MJ & D Needham, Ipstones, and a 845kg Fleckveih realised 153p/kg for RG & AS Williamson.

Other top prices;
147p 730kg Holstein – WE Turnock & Sons, Onecote
147p 860kg Holstein – RG & AS Williamson
146p 740kg Holstein – PJ & JR Boffey, Church Lawton
145p 820kg Holstein – NG JMH & H Mellor
143p 755kg MRI – S J Biddulph, Hilderstone
143p 635kg Simmental – B J Howson, Macclesfield
143p 645kg Ayrshire – W Wood & Son, Rushton Spencer
Overall average of 126.65p/kg or £835.64 per head.

Top headage price of £1390.40 for the Blonde cow from C H Ede & Son, with Fleckveih to £1292.85, Angus’ to £1287.90 and Holsteins to £1264.20 and £1189 with British Blues to £1206.90.

A 10 year old Limousin bull weighing 1000kg sold for 133p/kg for S J Hooley, Butley.

Selling time – 10:45am approx.
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A good entry of clean cattle this Tuesday selling to a top price of 242p/kg for a 510kg British Blue heifer from JA & EM Ratcliffe, Rodsley who also sold a 530kg British Blue heifer for 234p/kg.

Steers topped at 220p/kg for a 525kg Angus steer and a 485kg Charolais steer realised 202p/kg.

A smart 645kg Limousin bull sold for 233p/kg from Chris Barnsley.

Top headage price of £1502.85 for bulls, heifers to £1240.20 and £1234.20 and steers to £1155.

DAIRIES (230);
Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092);
TOP OF £2510
17 OVER £2000

Well what a day! There was not a single spare space in the dairy shed on Tuesday with an entry of 35 commercial cows in addition to the herd on offer. Sincere thanks to all of the staff who helped pull it together enabling us to achieve a really successful day.

The dairy ring was packed with buyers with trade setting off at an electric pace for the commercial entry with 14 of the 33 entered breaking the £2000 barrier.

Topping the day at £2520 twice over were the Easom family from Oakerthorpe with two lovely cows. The first a second calver giving 35kg was clinched by Messrs Bennett of Stoke on Tern with a third calver giving 52kg heading to Messrs Swindell of Chelmorton. The Easoms saw another of their three second calvers reach £2440, £2400 and £2140.

Heifers topped at £2510 from Messrs Johnson of Longnor with two others from the same home making £2500 and £2500. All of the commercial milkers averaged an amazing £1850.

The herd sale of behalf of Messrs Plant was a very reluctant one however the turnout and support from buyers both local and from further afield was very much appreciated by the family and was testament to the respect they have within farming circles.

With credit going to Louise Plant and her team, the cows looked well and their efforts were justly rewarded with trade setting off at a flying pace which continued to the end. Topping the day was a tremendous Shorthorn second calver at £2180. Calved in June she was giving 33.8kg and went to Messrs Higton.

Close behind at £2100 was a May calved cow giving over 46kg who was clinched by J Bayley of Nuneaton.

Many more were in that £1700-£2000 bracket with all the milkers averaging a superb £1366.

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PIGS (108);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A good entry again for pigs and a much stronger trade with two returning buyers. Cutters sold well up to 141p/kg for a trio of 77kg pigs from J & B Fentem, who also sold 85kg pigs at 140p/kg and 78kg pigs at 129p/kg.

A lovely show of bacon pigs selling on a fast trade up to 146p/kg for a pair of 89kg pigs from PF & PD Parsons. 90kg and 93kg pigs from David Goldstraw realised 140p/kg a pen with 96kg pigs at 140p/kg for Bernard Minshull who also sold 90kg pigs at 139p/kg. A pair of 89kg pigs made 134p/kg for Steve Bailey and 132p/kg for a 95kg pig from Bernard Minshull.

Heavier pigs sold to 128p/kg for a 130kg pigs from Philip Kelsall. A 116kg pig realised 108p/kg for PF & PD Parsons.

More sows about this week, with a run from the same hoe at 65p/kg (304kg) 64p/kg x 5 and 63p/kg for a 294kg sow.

One pen of weaners weighing 21kg realised £20/head from R F Myatt, Rochdale.

Cutting Pigs (9); av 136.09p/kg or £110.08/head
Bacon Pigs (67); av 109.57p/kg or £103.70/head
Heavy Pigs (11); av 91.33p/kg or £109/head
Cull Sows (12); av 60.57p/kg or £158.58/head

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
Another solid entry selling on a fast trade although perhaps not quite as firm as last week. Nevertheless, trade levelled at a very solid 242p/kg or £102/head.

Best 33-39kg lambs a very fast trade, topping at 281p and averaging 247p/kg with a proportion going for further feeding.

Heavy lambs till in quite short supply and a fast trade topping at 249p/kg or £139.65 and average £129.30 for 52kg and over!

Best lambs generally 250p to 270p and looking well bid for by multiple purchasers.

Sample prices;
281p 37kg KW & AM Minshull, Bosley
277p 35.5kg G M Brown, Leigh
276p 38kg FW & JF Brookes, Crakemarsh
273p 38.3kg KW & AM Minshull, Bosley
268p 45kg A G Tomkinson, Thorpe
267p 40kg Renshaw & Brassington, Ashbourne
265p 41.8kg WHI Melor, Stockport
265p 45.2kg R Brough & Son, Monyash
268p 48kg KW & AM Minshull, Bosley
266p 46.6kg R J Critchlow, Grindon
264p 46.1kg R Brough & Son, Monyash
249p 56kg H M Tomlinson, Abbots Bromley

A bumper entry and an excellent trade! Additional numbers easily absorbed by our buying power.

Best Ewes selling to £162 with plenty at £140 and better for heavy ewes. Best Suffolks to £146 and best Mules to £124. Mules generally not as fast as last week but still generally £85 – £100.

Overall average of £84.58 including a lot of plainer or horned ewes.

CALVES (166);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899);
A few extra calves about with a couple of bigger runs as farmers gat clear of the dreaded TB.

44 Continental Bulls av £244.27 (down £11)
Yes, the average is down a little but more plainer bulls about including some under £100. Best as always good to sell with the top 14 selling over £300 and a high of £382 for a strong Blue from J W Handford, Aspenshaw with a young fresh Blue from the Townsend family, Sudbury at £370. Medium bulls £220 – £280 with smaller sorts under £200.
28 Blues av £244 to £382 – J W Handford & Sons
6 Sims av £197 to £248 – D S Harrison
5 Lims av £261 to £310 – R J Salt
5 Char/Blo av £300 to £320 – D & G Tudor

34 Continental Heifers av £213.08 (Up £8)
Looking well sold with good calves up to last weeks trade but plenty of plainer heifers on show. Strong heifers to £410 for Tim Ottewell with posh fresh Blues to £315 for Messrs Townsend. Better sorts generally £250 +, mediums £200 – £240 and smaller heifers under £200.
23 Blues av £208 to £410 – F M Ottewell & Son
6 Sims av £205 to £288 – C J Tams
2 Lims av £240 to £250 – R J Salt
2 Char av £231 to £238 – D & G Tudor

52 Natives
Similar money overall with strong competition.
23 Hereford Bulls av £196 to £360 – Buxton Partners
7 AA Bulls av £151 to £262 – C Jackson & Sons
15 Hereford Heifers av £149 to £300 – Buxton Partners

28 Black & White Bulls
A tremendous British Friesian sold at £240 for Philip Holdcroft with other Friesians at £120 and £92. Plainer Holstein bulls less money with most under £20 today.
Catalogued Sale of Store & Breeding Sheep to Include Special Show & Sale of Shearlings
Sale to Commence 10am
Entries Close Friday 27th August
On behalf of D I & M R Crooks & Sons, Inkersall Farm, Staveley, Chesterfield, Derbys
Being the most GENUINE Dispersal Sale of the
*127 Cows & Heifers In-milk & In-calf, 41 In-calf Heifers, 72 Youngstock
& a very stylish B/W Stock Bull
*CLASSIFICATIONS: 16 EX, 43 VG & 52 GP (Incl 9 VG Heifers)
*YOUNG HERD: 54 Hfrs, 25 2nd, 18 3rd & 15 4th Calvers
*Fantastic families from the Iloa & Pel Eva’s feature!
*Derbyshire Herds Competition Winners x3
*Cubicles & Herringbone
*BVD Vacc, BVD Free (Tag & Tested) Lepto & Johnes Monitered
*Herd Av 9732kg 4.06%F 3.25%P cc84 (3 Decades CC below 100)
*********************************************FRIDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER
Catalogued Show and Sale of Pedigree Texel Sheep On Behalf of The Derbyshire Texel Club
Catalogues Available Shortly
*********************************************SATURDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER – 10:30AM
Monthly Sale of Store & Breeding Pigs.
Please advise of entries.
Sale of Store & Breeding Cattle
Entries Close Friday 3rd September
Next Sale Saturday 25th September

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