Market Report 31st May

A very good turnout for the dispersal sale of behalf of S M Weston & Sons, Roston, which saw top prices of £3000 and 31 dairies over £2000. A superb trade from start to finish!

More barren cattle forward this week and trade just the same seeing some excellent prices achieved up to 206p/kg or £1563.25.

A stronger trade seen for Spring Lambs this week with prices up to 410p/kg and £174.68 per head with the average of 359.51p/kg overall. Less hoggs about but trade still remaining firm with top price of 302p/kg or £187.44/head. Cull ewes saw an superb trade once again, topping at £190 to average £117 overall.

Pigs sold on a good enquiry seeing the best porkers to 174p/kg or £171.70 per head with good prices throughout.

A good turnout of buyers for calves this week met a strong trade selling up to £405 for a Simmental bull calf and heifers to £295.

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
Good to see more cattle about this week and trade just the same! Top price of 206p/kg for a 545kg British Blue from A E Allcock, Waterhouses and a 610kg British Blue at 200p/kg for B & BM Rowlinson, Bottomhouse. Another Blue from AE Allcock realised 195p/kg and a 845kg Limousin achieved 185p/kg for K L Potts, Mottram St Andrew.

Other top prices;
174p 770kg Angus – A E Allcock, Waterhouses
170p 685kg Holstein – GW & C Brassington, Kingsley
170p 730kg Shorthorn – G K Tunnicliffe & Son,
169p 750kg British Blue – B & BM Rowlinson,
169p 635kg Friesian – F Yates & Son, Longford
168p 550kg British Blue – B & BM Rowlinson,
166p 560kg Angus – A E Allcock, Waterhouses

Overall average of 146.11p/kg or £863.47 per head.
Top headage price of £1563.25 for a 845kg Limousin from KL Potts, with Angus’ to £1344.60 & £1339.80, British Blues to £1267.50 & £1220 and Shorthorns to £1241.

A 735kg Saler bull realised 179p/kg (£1315.65) from MJ & VP Oliver & Sons, Toft Green.

A 675kg Angus sold for 209p/kg from FG, JM & TE Carnwell, Dilhorne.

DAIRIES (142);
Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
Shieldhouse Dispersal to £3000 with 31 £2000+

A very large crowd gathered for the Dispersal of the Shieldhouse Herd of Holsteins and A-Shieldhouse Herd of Ayrshires on behalf of the Weston Family of Roston, Ashbourne. They were no doubt drawn by the real quality on offer which saw a top price of £3000 and the entire herd average a superb £1831.

Topping the day was a fresh second calver by De Vlottenburg Fantasy. She had given 9711kg in her heifer lactation. Sold giving 45kg she went to the Minshall family of Tean.

Hot in pursuit at £2800 was a February calved third calver by Nafta. Due in again in January to Dynamite she was giving a massive 52kg and went to John Bayley of Nuneaton. Another second calver by Fantasy calved in February reached £2560 to a Stafford purchaser.

Ayrshires topped at £2360 for a milking heifer due again in November to Ryland Red to Messrs Sales of Leek.

In total 29 passed the £2000 barrier to average out an exceptional £1831 which included some with faults.

The commercial section saw a mixed quality forward which sold to a very strong trade topping at £2400 for second calver from Phillip Brocklehurst of Mobberley with heifers from John Stone of Onecote to £2100.

Overall the strong trade continues to hold if not improve. Please get in touch if you have stock to sell.

PIGS (85);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894).
Another good trade for pigs this week. Pork pigs topped at 174p/kg for a 65kg pig from David Goldstraw, Meerbrook who also sold a 74kg pig for 167p/kg and 72kg pigs at 164p/kg. 159p/kg for 74kg pigs from J & B Fentem.

Cutters topped at 166p/kg for 81.5kg pigs from J & B Fentem who also sold 85kg pigs for 164p/kg, 78kg pigs for 138p/kg and 81kg pigs for 122p/kg. 166p/kg also for 81kg pigs from David Goldstraw and 164p/kg for 79kg pigs from M R Banham.

Bacon pigs sold up to 166p/kg for a 90kg pig from J & B Fentem and 164p/kg for 87kg pigs from the same home who also dols others at 162p/kg, 152p/kg and 136p/kg. a 94kg pig made 160p/kg from Bernard Minshull and 160p/kg and 158p/kg for 87kg and 100kg pigs from David Goldstraw.

Heavy pigs topped at 130p/kg twice for a 111kg pig from M R Banham and 110kg pigs from Bernard Minshull. A pair of 107kg pigs at 114p/kg for Bernard Minshull and 108p/kg for 116kg pigs from the same home.

Two cull sows sold up to 81p/kg for a 193kg sow and a 264kg sow at 66p/kg, both from Bernard Minshull.

Pork Pigs (26); av 104.47p/kg or £66.46/head
Cutting Pigs (23); av 139.78p/kg or £113.65/head
Bacon Pigs (26); av 143.91p/kg or £130.51/head
Heavy Pigs (8) ; av 115.79p/kg or £137.21/head
Cull Sows (2); av 72.33p/kg or £165.29/head

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
A steady entry saw a very fast rade with plenty of the best lambs seeing 380p/kg and better topping at 410p/kg.

Heavy lambs also well bid for topping at 364p/kg for 47.5kg and a top headage of £174.68. Many more could be sold each week!! Overall average of 360p/kg.

Sample prices;
392p 37kg B Butterworth & Son, Barton
410p 38.7kg C G Buckston, Sutton on the Hill
400p 39.5kg C G Buckston, Sutton on the Hill
402p 40.3kg C G Buckston, Sutton on the Hill
401p 43.3kg C G Buckston, Sutton on the Hill
397p 44kg JA & AJ Coxon, Church Broughton
364p 47.5kg M Baskerville, Chatcull

Numbers drying up but a stronger trade throughout, particularly for the big hoggs. Top of 302p/kg but heavies really looking the best sold to 288p/kg or £187.44/head.
Overall average of 253.5p/kg for a tail end entry.

Sample prices;
300p 40kg J C Stubbs, Offcote
295p 43kg J A Hine, Biddulph
288p 46kg R A Day, Cheddleton
287p 48kg J Fernyhough, Swythamley
271p 52kg r Barnett, Holmes Chapel
281p 54.5kg R A Day, Cheddleton
283p 61kg P D Brittain-Cartledge, Buxton

A seasonal entry saw a sharp trade with best Rams to £190 and best ewes to £185.

Overall average of £117.49.

CALVES (155);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
A bigger and better entry of 155 head with some good strong calves in the entry and a big line up of buyers led to a super trade throughout.

44 Continental Bulls
Good numbers and some solid calves about with buyers for all. A super black Simmental from the Sutton family, Morton topped the day at £405 (29 days). Top 15 over £300; mediums calves £230 – £290 with a few smaller bulls under £200.
29 Blues av £261 to £370 – DW & P Hulme
8 Sims av £291 to £405 – EB & BM Sutton
6 Lims av £221 to £325 – NG, JMH & H Mellor

44 Continental Heifers
The same numbers as bulls and again a good line up of buyers for all qualities. Best Blues sold to £295 twice for Messrs Cooper, Church Lawton and Peter Gilman, Thorncliffe (both 7 weeks old). 14 best over £210; mediums £150 – £200 with smaller and younger sorts less.
26 Blues av £191 to £295 – Two Vendors
8 Sims av £173 to £222 – Harrison Partners
6 Lims av £193 to £242 – J Kirkham
2 Blondes av £184 to £230 – W H Townsend & Son

34 Natives
Strong price again.
6 Hereford Bulls av £179 to £288 – H & J Smith & Sons
11 AA Bulls av £189 to £250 – R Cooper & Son
5 Hereford Heifers av £154 to £255 – Buxton Partners
12 AA Heifers av £139 to £192 – JBS Eardley & Sons

20 Black & White Bulls
No best rearer’s but stronger bulls £40 – £74 with smaller sorts generally £15 – £35.

13 Reared Calves (3-4 mths)
Angus stores to £425 and Holstein bulls to £165 from AN & C Sread, Repton.

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