Market Report 2nd November

Finally, a dry day after the wet weekend and farmers turning out in numbers for todays market. An exceptional trade seen in the sheep shed with lambs easily 25-30p above last week, and topping at 318p/kg or £158.13. Culls also as dear up to £141. Keep numbers coming!!

Barren cattle sold up to 149p/kg for a Limousin and others to 142p/kg, to top at £1093.40. Clean cattle in short supply with a Limousin heifer at 480kg realising 216p/kg.

A full shed of pigs this week, and trade a little less, but the best cutting pigs up to 130p/kg and bacon pigs to 128p/kg.

A mixed quality of dairy cattle this week, and a top price of £1590 for a fresh heifer and Jerseys to £1400.

An excellent trade for calves this week and a mixed entry topped at £450 for a strong Blue bull calf and heifers to £280.

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A good number forward selling on a decent trade. Top price of 149p/kg for a 700kg Limousin from T & T Goodwin, Wetley Rocks. A 770kg Hereford made 142p/kg for Julie Mees, Stone and a 660kg Simmental cow made 138p/kg for Messrs Day, Blackshaw Moor.

Holsteins topped at 137p/kg for a 685kg cow from D I Ball & Son, Sandbach, and a 770kg Friesian at 133p/kg for J W Brandrick & Son, Beamhurst.

Other prices include;
128p 745kg Fleckveih – RG & AS Williamson
128p 800kg Fleckveih – RG & AS Williamson
127p 710kg Hereford – E T Simpson
126p 645kg British Blue – T & T Goodwin
124p 710kg Hereford – E T Simpson
124p 625kg Holstein – W J Sessions & Son
124p 800kg Friesian – WG & J Clark, Bradnop

Overall average of 105.31p/kg or £705.46 per head.

Top headage price of £1093.40 for the Hereford from Julie Mees, with Limousins to £1043 and Friesians to £1024.10 and £992.

Two overage steers sold to 180p/kg for a 540kg Hereford and 162p/kg for a 665kg British Blue from M Unwin, Horton.

Selling time – 10:45am approx.
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A small entry forward topping at 216p/kg for a 480kg Limousin from Chris Barnsley, Morridge.

Steers topped at 210p/kg twice for a 640kg Simmental and a 655kg Limousin, both from Rushton Spencer. A 615kg Aberdeen Angus realised 188p/kg for C Blockley, Altrincham.

Top headage price of £1375.50 and £1344 for steers, and heifers to £1036.80.

Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
A very mixed quality was reflected in the trade with a fresh heifers from Messrs Broadley of Hartington topping the day at £1590.

However, what look to be the dearest animal sold on the day was a very pretty fresh Jersey heifer from Messrs Phillips of Winkhill which reached £1400.

Preparations are well underway for the Pedigree Christmas Show & Sale with the next Pedigree sale being on Tuesday 16th November.

PIGS (174);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A bumper entry of pigs which impacted trade slightly but still selling well on the day. Pork pigs sold up to 120p/kg for 75kg pigs from J & B Fentem, with 73.5kg pigs at 97p/kg for S Proctor and 74kg pigs at 90p/kg for Dunstall Estate.

Cutting pigs sold to 130p/kg for a pair of 83kg pigs from J & B Fentem, with 80.5kg pigs at 128p/kg for R & L Vernon, who also sold 82kg pigs at 127p/kg. A 97kg pig made 119p/kg for J & B Fentem, and a 81kg pig at 118p/kg for JA & B Minshull, and a pen of 85kg pigs at 116p/kg for Massie Farms, Stafford.

Bacon pigs sold up to 128p/kg for a 104kg pig from ME & EA Beattie, Allostock who also sold a 98kg pig at 124p/kg and a pair of 95kg pigs at 124p/kg. 97kg pigs made 120p/kg for PF & PD Parsons, with 91kg pigs at 117p/kg for Massie Farms, Stafford.

Heavy pigs topped at 124p/kg for a pair of 105kg pigs from PF & PD Parsons, who also sold 122kg pigs at 123p/kg and 115kg pigs at 120p/kg. a 108kg pig realised 120p/kg for J & B Fentem, with a run of pigs from W Rigby & Son, Chinley at 107p/kg, 105p/kg and 102p/kg.

Sows sold up to 70p/kg for a 152kg sow from JA & B Minshull who also sold a 189kg sow for 63p/kg. W Rigby & Son sold sows at 57p/kg and 56p/kg with a 302kg sow at 54p/kg for MC & EA Beattie and a 260kg sow at 54p/kg for L & S Lane.

Pork Pigs (20); av 94.76p/kg or £70.27/head
Cutting Pigs (33); av 112.44p/kg or £91.73/head
Bacon Pigs (63); av 97.02p/kg or £91.63/head
Heavy Pigs (44); av 100.89p/kg or £115.66/head
Cull Sows (13); av 51.34p/kg or £135.21/head

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
A disappointing entry in terms of number but excellent quality on offer generally seeing a spectacular trade from start to finish. Double the quantity could have been sold with a number of regular orders unable to get started.

Best flying away to 318p/kg and a good number of pens at 290p – 310/kg with some lambs 30p up on the week. Heavy lambs continue to be in shorth supply with a real premium for best shaped lambs at 48kg and above. More Required!! Top headage price of £158.13.

Average today or 264p/kg or £110/head.

Sample prices;
296p 39kg M Lancaster, Congleton
296p 38kg D V Holland, Blore
294p 35kg M Jones, Rudyard
318p 41kg L E Shaw, Sturston
312p 39.2kg E J Carney, Wolseley Bridge
306p 40.2kg E J Carney, Wolseley Bridge
299p 44.2kg WHI Mellor, Stockport
296p 40.4kg A J Gilman, Elkstones
278p 48kg A G Tomkinson, Thorpe
278p 47kg A W Wilshaw, Meerbrook
265p 55kg A G Tomkinson, Thorpe
251p 63kg K E Grocott, Leigh

Another big entry and a pleasure to sell with a strong trade throughout and new orders in operation.

Best ewes selling to £141 for Texel’s from Reg Critchlow. A shortage of very best Texel’s today. Can you help next week?? Mules better to sell topped at £110 for heavy sorts and generally £85 – £95 for good meated sorts.

Best Rams to £175 for Texel’s but a shortage of good meated rams for the regular jobs.

Ewes averaged £84, Rams £124.90.

Please keep numbers coming!

CALVES (117);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
A few less on offer and a similar big gathering of buyers led to a super trade throughout.

42 Continental Bulls av £280.45
A good average for the calves on offer with just a few best and plenty of smaller bulls about. A tremendous 2 month old Blue from Mark Hodgkinson sold at £450 with fresh bulls to £400 for Messrs Wilkson, Gt Budworth. 11 best over £335; Mediums £260 – £310 with smaller bulls under £250.
31 Blues av £284 to £450 – H Hodgkinson & Sons
5 Sims av £264 to £380 – JJ & PN Holdcroft
5 Lims av £254 to £370 – N E Goodwin & Son
1 Char to £382 – D & G Tudor

39 Continental Heifers av £199.35
Again, a super average with numerous bidders for the best and the second grade calves. 14 better heifers topped £240 and a trio of Blues at £280 for P J Taylor, Andrew Hulme and Richard Emmott. Mediums £190 – £220 with smaller heifers a little less.
28 Blues av £205 to £280 – 3 Vendors
5 Sims av £227 to £275 – JJ & PN Holdcroft
6 Lims av £149 to £245 – N E Goodwin & Son

18 Natives
Less on offer but no less trade.
3 Hereford Bulls av £158 to £190 – P T Beswick
5 AA Bulls av £139 to £235 – M Holmes & Sons
9 AA Heifers av £82 to £150 – J S Harrison

14 Black & White Bulls av £69
A superb Monty made £265 with rearing Black & White’s £70 – £90 and smaller bulls £30 – £50.

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