Market Report 2nd August

A good show of stock this Tuesday and some excellent prices achieved throughout. The dairy section saw the dispersal on behalf of C Jackson & Sons, Butley top at £2160 for a Dairy Shorthorn cow.

An improved trade for lambs this week, seeing the best to 291p/kg and average of 242p/kg & £100.83 per head. Ewes sold well to top at £176.

Barrens sold on a strong trade to top at 182p/kg for a Red Poll with black & white’s to 179p/kg.

A strong trade for fat pigs with bacon pigs to 181p/kg and plenty over 165p/kg.

Calves were a fantastic trade with some super quality sorts forward seeing a top price of £395 for Blue bulls and heifers up to £385.

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A strong trade for barrens this week with the best up to 182p/kg for a 705kg Red Poll cow from DA & LM Moss, Rushton Spencer and a 690kg Angus at 179p/kg from MK & DL Griffin, Alstonefield.

Black & white’s sold to 179p/kg for a 705kg Holstein from KI & EL Matkin, Alderwasley, with a 655kg Holstein at 174p/kg from B N Capewell & Sons, Gratwich and 174p/kg for a 720kg Holstein from D & PW Kirkman, Alderwasley.

Top prices include;
170p 565kg Friesian – J E Archer & Sons, Hilton
169p 685kg Simmental – J D Alcock, Elkstones
167p 715kg British Blue – IE, M & A Wilson, Hollington
166p 680kg Simmental – J D Alcock, Elkstones
166p 730kg Holstein – B N Capewell & Sons, Gratwich

Overall average of 150.86p/kg or £980.60 per head.

Top headage price of £1283.10 for the Red Poll, with Holsteins to £1261.95; £1252.80 & £1232.40 with Angus’ to £1235.10.

Top price today of 230p/kg twice for a 560kg Angus Heifer and a 620kg Angus heifer from Home Farm, Rushton who sold others at 225p/kg for a 580kg Angus.

Friesian bulls sold well, to top at 208p/kg for a 595kg bull; 207p/kg for a 560kg bull and 197p/kg for a 620kg Friesian bull, all from J E Archer & Sons, Hilton.

Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
A mixed quality in the commercial section met a mixed trade with buyers being more particular about their purchases.

Top call went to Michael Wainwright of Buxton at £1950 for a 30kg heifer, he also had a second to £1940.

The trade however for the herd dispersal on behalf of the Jackson family was swift with a large numbers of buyers in attendance.

The Shorthorns in particular were keenly sought after with trade topping at £2160 for a fresh fourth calver giving 33kg going to Messrs Townsend of Sudbury.

A fresh Shorthorn third calver reached £2000. Giving 35kg she went to Messrs Beaver of Allport. Another fresh third calver giving 28kg reached £1920 to Messrs Hillard of Northwich.

Next week we have the sale of the Alsopdale Herd on behalf of the Bunting family, one not to be missed!

PIGS (134);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894).
Another super trade for pigs this week, with the best to 181p/kg for bacon pigs.

Cutters topped the day at 179p/kg for 83kg gilts from Massie Farms who sold others at 174p/kg, 173p/kg & 172p/kg. J & B Fentem sold cutters at 170p/kg, 168p/kg and 160p/kg and Bernard Minshull sold 79kg pigs at 165p/kg.

Bacon pigs topped at 181p/kg for 90kg pigs from David Goldstraw, Meerbrook with Massie Farms selling a run of pigs at 177p/kg x2, 175p/kg x2, 174p/kg and 172p/kg. Bernard Minshull sold 90kg pig at 171p/kg and 86kg pig at 170p/kg.

Heavy pigs sold to 154p/kg for a 141kg pig from Mileburne Charollais Ltd.

Cull sows topped at 124p/kg for a clean gilt from R T Wilson, Oldham an other sows at 93p/kg for a 232p/kg from Messrs Spendlove & 53p/kg for a 184kg sow from Bernard Minshull.

Pork Pigs (9); av 145.09p/kg or £111.07/head
Cutting Pigs (31); av 162.28p/kg or £133.85/head
Bacon Pigs (84); av 156.26p/kg or £143.63/head
Heavy Pigs (3); av 128.45p/kg or £154.14/head
Cull Sows (4); av 58.31p/kg or £129.90/head

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
LAMBS (538);
An improved trade with lambs 15p – 20p up on the week! More numbers required each week to keep up with returning orders please!

Best lambs up to 291p/kg for 39kg lambs from the Williamsons, Wetley Rocks with the best quality a pleasure to sell, generally 255p +.

Heavier lambs also well sought after, seeing 52kg lambs to 260p/kg for Reg Critchlow, Grindon and top headage price of £137.76

Overall average of 242.24p/kg & SQQ 243.04p/kg. Average headage price of £100.83 per head.

Sample prices;
268p 38.6kg J B Rowlinson & Son, Gawsworth
262p 36.7kg G M Brown, Leigh
291p 39.1kg RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks
270p 40.2kg S & J Reeves, Grindley
262p 44.5kg S & J Reeves, Grindley
260p 42kg RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks
260p 52kg R J Critchlow, Grindon
256p 49.5kg G Brown, Moddershall
258p 53kg ACA & TJ Ede, Stramshall
258p 52.5kg A L Turnock & Sons, Wincle
246p 56kg L Taylor, Knutsford

A good entry forward sold on a solid trade to top at £176 for Texel ewes. Meated ewes generally £140 – £170 and Mules £80 – £100, leaner ewes £50 – £80.

Overall average of £102.01.

CALVES (120);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
A fantastic show of calves today with quality excellent throughout and trade very strong with buyers out in force.

41 Continental Bulls
Quality good and trade fantastic. A superb run of Blue bulls from Messrs Matkin (10 – 15 days) sold at £395, £370, £350 etc. Chris Ball had £390 for his Blue; Messrs Cotton, Tean had £365 for a Blue; Andrew Hulme £380 for a Blue. 14 best topped £315; mediums £270 – £300 with a handful of smaller calves under £200.
23 Blues av £274 to £395 – G Matkin & Sons
5 Sims av £277 to £378 – J Gould & Son
12 Lims av £252 to £318 – H Hodgkinson & Sons
1 Char to £330 – H Hodgkinson & Sons

30 Continental Heifers
It was certainly a day to be a seller and a fantastic price for all calves on offer. Messrs Matkin had 3 Blue heifers (all stunners & 11-13 days) at £385, £380 & £355 with another trio from Messrs Cotton at £315, £315 & £305. Good calves today generally £240 – £285. Only a handful under £150.
25 Blues av £236 to £385 – G Matkin & Sons
2 Sims av £225 to £285 – TD & DA Higginson
3 Lims av £149 to £252 – F Yates & Son

21 Natives
Strong money today.
8 Hereford Bulls av £214 to £380, £340 & £295 – J & W Knight
3 AA Bulls av £186 to £205 – S M McCleavy
9 Hereford Heifers av £161 to £310 – PN Holdcroft
5 AA Heifers av £114 to £150 – A & HM Hulme & Son

18 Black & White Bulls
Monty’s to £120; Friesians to £108 with smaller sorts generally £38 – £50 today.

10 Reared Calves
British Blue x Heifer (5mths) £385 – S E Howe
Hereford x Heifer (5mths) £230 – J Sharp
British Blue x Bull (4mths) £105 – H A Smith

Sale of Store & Breeding Cattle
Entries Close Friday 29th July
Next Sale: Saturday 27th August
Breeding Sheep Sale – 11am
MV & Non-MV Sections
Entries Close Friday 29th July
Sale of Store & Breeding Pigs – 10:30am
Followed by Sale of Goats
Dispersal sale of the highly respected ALSOPDALE Herd (210 Head) on behalf of A & J M Bunting, Melbourne Farm, Bakewell, Derbyshire.
Monthly Pedigree Sale. Entries Invited.
Dispersal sale of the Entire Herd of approx. 120 mainly Montbeliardes on behalf of F & E M Buxton & Partners, Woodeaves Farm, Barlaston, Staffs.
News from the Peak Farmers Group(PFG)
Farm Walk with expert speakers: Is it all in the genes?
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The venue will be land and buildings between Tideswell and Litton (SK17 8QN) on Friday 12th August from 11am -2.30pm, by kind permission of Richard Baker, lunch included.
Farmer and host Richard will lead the walk and give an insight into his farming practices which comprises of a mainly grass-based, paddock system with herbal leys and stubble turnips. He breeds Stabiliser cattle and ‘easy care’ Exlana sheep and has carried out research into genetics and selection.
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