Market Report 28th June

Tuesday market saw dairy heifers up to £2540 with cows up to £2280 for a second calver.

Spring lambs a little back on the week, but the best selling up to 336p/kg or £172.20 with numerous pens 320p and above. Overall average of 296p/kg. Cull ewes in demand once again selling up to £181.

Barren cows sold up to 196p/kg or £1384.75 per head to average 157p/kg. Clean cattle to 220p/kg.

A shed full of pigs this week and selling on a solid trade up to 196p/kg across all weights.

Calves sold well, topping at £380 for a Limousin bull calf and heifers to £275.

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A mixed entry forward with the best selling up to 196p/kg for a 540kg Belted Galloway from F Horsford, Croxden with a 565kg Hereford at 194p/kg for D & EA Jeffrey, Roston who also sold a 595kg Montbeliarde for 193p/kg.

A 725kg Hereford realised 191p/kg for Hambleton Bros, Calton who also sold a 695kg Angus for 189p/kg.

Other top prices include;
179p 630kg Shorthorn – A Howe, Litton
179p 735kg Holstein – D & G Tudor, Kingsley
175p 580kg Hereford – D & EA Jeffrey, Roston
174p 705kg Hereford – D & EA Jeffrey, Roston
169p 590kg Friesian – Hambleton Bros, Calton
168p 685kg Friesian – G E Brookes & Partners, Loxley
168p 760kg Holstein – WE Turnock & Sons, Onecote

Overall average of 157p/kg or £957.43 per head.

Top headage price of £1384.75 for Herefords, Holsteins to £1315.65 and £1275.75 and Angus’ to £1313.55.

Two Aberdeen Angus heifers at 220p/kg for a 720kg heifer and a 620kg heifer at 219p/kg, both from FG, JM & TE Carnwell, Dilhorne.

Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
Another bouncy trade in the dairy shed saw a smashing heifer from the Critchlow family of Cubley top at £2540 with others from the same home at £2280 and £2180.

Cows topped at £2280 for a second calver from regular vendors, the Shepherd family of Bakewell.

Shorthorns were in strong demand with a pedigree heifer from Shirley Kirkham reaching £1940.

Various herd sales have been booked with dates to be announced shortly.

PIGS (157);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894).
Good trade again from pigs this week and a lot more about, with the best to 196p/kg in all weights. Pork pigs to 196p/kg for 70kg pigs from D B Goldstraw, Meerbrook, with 67kg pigs at 180p/kg from S Proctor, Longnor and 178p/kg for 59kg pigs from P J Barker, Shepshed.

Cutters topped at 196p/kg for 84kg pigs from Massie Farms, Wood Eaton who sold others at 192p/kg, 191p/kg, 190p/kg and 189p/kg (x2). 190p/kg for 77kg pigs from P J Barker, Shepshed and 188p/kg for 82kg pigs from J & B Fentem who also sold 77kg pigs for 187p/kg.

Bacon pigs topped at 196p/kg for 88kg pigs from S Bailey, Biddulph with 192p/kg for 89kg pigs from Massie Farms who also sold 93kg pigs for 188p/kg and 188p/kg for 95kg pigs from J & B Fentem. 172p/kg for 93kg pig from D Goldstraw.

Heavies sold up to 180p/kg for a 106kg pig from S Bailey but generally heavy pigs 80-100p/kg.

Cull sows sold up to 66p/kg 5 times, with others a 64p/kg.

A pen of 23kg stores sold for £23/head from F Sharpley & Son, Twemlow.

Pork Pigs (12); av 171.28p/kg or £114.47/head
Cutting Pigs (72); av 176.22p/kg or £144.21/head
Bacon Pigs (33); av 154.7p/kg or £144.20/head
Heavy Pigs (11); av 80.18p/kg or £95.55/head
Cull Sows (22); av 52p/kg or £109.22/head

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
A similar entry selling on a slightly steadier trade, in line with other outlets but still competitive bidding, particularly for the best.

Best selling to 336p/kg from Ian Wilson and family, with better types generally 320p and better. Many more of the best could be sold to vendors advantage.

Commercial quality lambs generally 285p – 310p depending on weight and finish and an overall average of 296p/kg.

Big lambs good to sell topping at £172.20 and plenty at £150/head and better.

Sample prices;
330p 39kg J M Robinson, Swythamley
317p 38kg A Shaw, Sturston
336p 42kg IE, M & A Wilson, Hollington
327p 42kg B G Buxton, Sudbury
325p 40.5kg E A Sessions & Sons, Dalbury Lees
325p 41kg A D Williams, Basford
321p 42.3kg DJ & P Smith, Rushton Spencer
332p 47.5kg JM & ADJ Hayes, Alstonefield
330p 51.5kg B G Buxton, Sudbury
330p 48kg E A Sessions & Sons, Dalbury Lees
300p 52.7kg T W Carnwell & Sons, Kingsley Moor
295p 57.5kg T W Carnwell & Sons, Kingsley Moor

Very much a tail end entry selling to 220p/kg for the best but majority either very lean or with teeth up.

A good entry selling on a fast trade. Best Charollais ewes to £181 from Geoff Biddulph with Texel’s to £176 and Suffolk’s to £162. Best Mules at £128 and half meated types at £90 – £100.

Overall average of £112/head.

CALVES (121);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
Similar numbers overall and solid trade for all but calves have a price and buyers are wary of spiralling feed and ‘on farm ‘costs.

33 Continental Bulls
The best a good trade but a lot of smaller calves amongst the entry. Best Limousin’s sold to £380 for Fred Yates, Longford with the best 10 over £300. Mediums £200 plus look good to buy with smalls generally less than £200.
14 Blues av £225 to £365 – R Wilkinson & Son
8 Sims av £245 to £305 – DG & JA Ball
11 Lims av £252 to £380 – F Yates & Son

28 Continental Heifers
Generally harder work to sell with the exception of the best. 5 best over £250 and a top of £275 for a Blue for Messrs Wilkinson, Great Budworth. Mediums £180 – £240 with a few plainer bred calves under £100.
14 Blues av £132 to £275 – R Wilkinson & Son
7 Sims av £194 to £252 – Robinson Partners
7 Lims av £176 to £270 – JC & D Hudson

22 Natives
Still good to sell.
9 Hereford Bulls to £210 – S Bailey
9 AA Bulls to £295 – K W Twemlow & Co
5 Hereford Heifers to £132 – G & E Critchlow & Son
7 AA Heifers to £125 – P F Hulse

20 Black & White Bulls
Fleckvieh’s to £175; Holsteins to £110; Friesians to £100 with the smaller calves generally £30 – £50.

8 Reared Simmentals from Robinson Partners, all 4 -5 months sold at £400 for both bulls & heifers.

Sale of 408 Store & Breeding Cattle
Entries Close Friday 24th June
Next Sale: Saturday 16th July
Monthly Sale of Store & Breeding Pigs 10:30am
Followed by Sale of Goats
Breeding Sheep Sale – 11am
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