Market Report 28th September

Farmers managed to get to the market this week even with a diesel shortage!! And their livestock meeting a solid trade for all sections.

Lambs for a much firmer trade, selling up to 287p/kg and £140.70 per head to average 234.4p/kg overall and just shy of £100 per head at £99.76! Ewes were also a really strong trade for the quality on offer, selling up to £159 for ewes and rams to £173.

Dairies sold up to £2160 for heifers from Michael Wainwright, with cos today selling to £1880.

Barrens met a firm enquiry, selling to 173p/kg and 166p/kg for Limousin cows, with clean cattle to 230p/kg twice.

Calves sold on a much improved trade this week with plenty of buyers returning for numbers. The best sold up to £435 for an excellent British Blue calf, with plenty over £350. Heifers just as strong sold up to £315.

Pigs sold on a similar trade this week with the best to 139p/kg and 138p/kg.

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
An excellent trade this Tuesday with quality meated sorts selling well. Top price of 173p/kg for a 675kg Limousin from P Ritter & Sons, Peak Forest who also sold a 710kg Limousin for 166p/kg.

A 770kg British Blue realised 159p/kg for A P Wain, Forsbrook. A 555kg Brown Swiss made 158p/kg for RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks.

Other top prices;
157p 715kg Angus – P Ritter & Sons, Peak Forest
155p 655kg Angus – P Ritter & Sons, Peak Forest
152p 710kg Holstein – D & J Moseley Ltd, Caverswall
147p 655kg Holstein – D & J Moseley Ltd, Caverswall
144p 875kg Charolais – K Tart, Werrington
144p 760kg Friesian – J Fernyhough, Swythamley
139p 595kg Montbeliarde – FA & TM Cotton, Tean
138p 885kg Friesian – J Fernyhough, Swythamley

Overall average of 119.36p/kg or £805.56 per head.
Top headage price of £1260 for the 875kg Charolais from K Tart, Werrington, with British Blues to £1224.30, Friesians to £1221.30 and Limousins to £1178.60 and £1167.75.

Selling time – 10:45am approx.
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A small entry sold up to 230p/kg twice for a 635kg and 570kg Simmental heifers from Rishton Spencer.

Two Blue steers sold to 175p/kg for a 510kg steer and 171p/kg for a 475kg steer, both from Mitchell & Bradley, Siddington.

Top headage price of £1460.50 and £1311 for heifers.

Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092);
A very mixed quality brought a mixed trade with third quality sorts very hard to find homes for. Heifers topped at £2160 for a 36kg heifer from Michael Wainwright of Buxton with another to £1900 from Messrs Easom.

Cows topped at £1880 for a powerful second calver also from Messrs Easom.

More sales currently in the process of being booked so keep an eye out for further details in due course.

PIGS (90);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A similar trade for pigs this week, selling very well up to 139p/kg twice for 84kg pigs from D J Pope, Thame who also sold 82kg pigs for 133p/kg. A pair of 83kg pigs sold for 136p/kg for J & B Fentem, Alsop, and a 83kg pig made 136p/kg for Philip Kelsall.

Bacon pigs sold up to 138p/kg twice for 89kg and 98kg pigs from J & B Fentem, who also sold others at 137p/kg, 136p/kg and 135p/kg. a pair of 91kg pigs sold for 128p/kg from S J Pope, with the Parson of Whitchurch selling bacon pigs for 128p/kg twice, 122p/kg and 115p/kg.

Heavy pigs sold well to 130p/kg for a 111kg pigs from Philip Kelsall who also sold a 110kg pig for 128p/kg and a trio of 106kg pigs realised 115p/kg for the Parsons.

Two cull sows sold at 54p/kg for a 195kg sow and 52p/kg for a 147kg sow, both from Bernard Minshull.

Cutting Pigs (27); av 117.71p/kg or £96.83/head
Bacon Pigs (51); av 118.28p/kg or £112.83/head
Heavy Pigs (10); av 102.69/kg or £117.58/head
Cull Sows (2); av 53.14p/kg or £90.87/head

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
Another good entry forward today and some excellent quality on offer and a sharper trade than anticipated with best quality lambs up to 287p/kg with several pens over 260p/kg to average a very pleasing 234.4p/kg overall with plenty of buying support.

Heavy lambs topped at 270p/kg for 47kg lambs with a top headage price of £140.70.

Sample prices;
267p 37.2kg A Shaw, Sturston
258p 36kg Renshaw & Brassington, Ashbourne
287p 39.7kg DJ & P Smith, Rushton Spencer
282p 41kg DJ & P Smith, Rushton Spencer
278p 43kg R Brough & Son, Monyash
272p 42.5kg G M Brown, Leigh
270p 47kg R Brough & Son, Monyash
260p 48kg J M Robinson, Swythamley
256p 47.2kg D V Holland, Blore

A very pleasing entry with trade very firm throughout with some excellent prices achieved. Rams up to £173 from Suffolks from RC & JM Torr of Macclesfield and £158 for Texel’s from P Melland of Bottomhouse. Continental ewes topped at £159 for Mosley & Son, Wormhill, and £157 for ewes from Ed Stubbs, Kingsley.

Best Mule ewes around £100 per head with high proportion of leaner and grazing ewes which also met a good enquiry with an overall average of £90.21.

CALVES (192);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899);
Another bumper entry of calves this week and a packed ringside of buyers and some seasonal returning buyers led to a much improved entry throughout.

43 Continental Bulls av £316.20
Look at the average and the lift in price. Buyers looking to restock after good store and finished cattle sales led to a very fast trade today with all calves sold in under 2 hours. 12 Best bulls topped £350 including the best 4 Blues over £415 to a high of £435 for a super calf from Richard Emmott, Lyme Park. Medium bulls £300 – £340 with 14 smaller bulls under £300.
26 Blues av £331 to £435 – R G Emmott
11 Sims av £285 to £350 – DG & JA Ball
5 Lims av £296 to £368 – F A Yates & Co
1 Char to £355 – D & G Tudor

50 Continental Heifers av £232.80 (Up £27)
Like the bulls, a very fast trade throughout the day with plenty of buyers looking to refill. 12 best heifers topped £270 and rising to £315 for a smart Blue from CS & J Prince, Marchington. Medium heifers £210 – £250 with 10 smaller calves under £200.
32 Blues av £242 to £315 – CS & J Prince
8 Sims av £221 to £270 – T M Allen
7 Lims av £205 to £282 – R J Salt
3 Char/Blo av £235 to £245 – JA & HE Warrington

58 Natives
A bumper show and trade.
13 Here Bulls av £178 to £290 – J & W Knight
18 AA Bulls av £217 to £300 – C Jackson & Sons
5 Here Heifers av £128 to £165 – CS & J Prince
20 AA Heifers av £102 to £195 – C V Whilock & Sons

41 Black & White Bulls av £56.34
More rearer’s about with Friesians to £140; Holsteins to £120 and a Monty at £108. Medium Rearer’s £60 – £90 with smaller bulls generally £20 – £50.

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