Market Report 4th January

An excellent trade for dairies for the first sale of 2022 achieving for super prices up to £2300 for heifers with 5 over £2000.

A good number of sheep forward meeting a solid trade with lambs up to 312p/kg and numerous pens of 280p/kg. Average of £115.50 per head! A fast trade once again for ewes with leading prices of £178.

A small entry of barrens sold up to 149p/kg twice and £1150.05. Clean topped at 230p/kg for a 595kg Limousin heifer.

A huge demand for calves again this Tuesday with buyers out in force. Top prices of £445 & £432 for Blue Bulls and heifers to £305.

A large entry of pigs this Tuesday but trade however not as good as we have seen of late. The best topped at 110p/kg for bacon pigs.

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A small entry for the start of the year and a good trade for the cattle on offer. Top price of 149p/kg for a young 660kg Montbeliarde from WG & J Clark, Bradnop, and the same price for a 560kg Brown Swiss from DR & A Shuker & Sons, Bosley.

A 570kg British Blue realised 137p/kg for WS Farm Holdings, and a 775kg Friesian cow at 134p/kg for P T Beswick, Cauldon. A 935kg Simmental realised 123p/kg for S E Greenall, Matlock. Black & Whites generally 98p – 119p.

Overall average of 104.86p/kg or £669.71 per head.

Top headage price of £1150.05 for the Simmental with Friesians to £108.50, Holsteins to £1017.45 and Monty’s to £983.40.

Selling time – 10:45am approx.
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A small entry sold up to 230p/kg for a 595kg Limousin heifer from Chris Barnsley to gross £1368.50.

A run of Friesian steers sold at 187p/kg for a 680kg steer, 186p/kg for a 660kg steer and 179pkg for a 725kg steer, all from K J White & Co, Swinscoe.

Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
**DAIRIES TO £2300**
A superb trade for the first dairy sale of 2022 with many more needed to satisfy demand.

5 swept passed the £2000 mark with a framey heifer from Messrs Platt of Bamford topping the day at £2300.

Two heifers from the Leaventhorpe herd of John Allan made £2160 and £2110 with cows topping at £2110 for a fourth calver from the Broadley family of Hartington, Buxton.

A Brown Swiss X second calver from Messrs Callwood of Knutsford reached £2010.

Trade was exceptionally strong for all qualities with many purchasers going away empty handed.

Young calves were also sought after with Holsteins topping at £330 and a pretty Shorthorn heifer from Messrs Swinson to £320.

Get in touch if you have stock to sell. Contact Meg Elliott on 07967 007049.

PIGS (213);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A huge entry of pigs this Tuesday and trade was down on the last few weeks which is reflected in the averages.

Pork pigs sold up to 89p/kg for a pair of 68kg pigs from A I Grace, with a trio of 71kg pigs at 83p/kg for J & B Fentem who sold another pen for 75p/kg.

Cutting pigs topped at 109p/kg for 82kg pigs from Massie Farms; 107p/kg for 85kg pigs from P J Bowers, Mow Cop; 103p/kg for 84kg pigs from J G Belfield, Sheen; 102p/kg for 85kg pigs from D Goldstraw, Meerbrook; 99p/kg for 85kg pigs from Massie Farms.

Bacon pigs sold up to for 90kg pigs from Massie Farms, who also sold others at 108p/kg, 107p/kg (x2), 105p/kg and 104p/kg (x3). 98kg pig sold for 104p/kg from S Bailey, and a 98kg pig made 104p/kg for PF & PD Parsons.

Heavy pigs topped at 86p/kg for a 129kg pig from J & B Fentem, with 106kg and 115kg pigs at 76p/kg for J G Belfield, Sheen, 74p/kg for 114kg pigs from PF & PD Parson and 74p/kg for a 74kg pigs from D J Pope, Thame

Cull sows sold up to 45p/kg for a 246kg pig from R Spendlove; a 170kg sow at 41p/kg for C Wardle, 39p/kg and 35p/kg for 698kg and 368kg sows from P J Saunders

Pork Pigs (9); av 80.61p/kg or £57.59/head
Cutting Pigs (50); av 91.88p/kg or £75.58/head
Bacon Pigs (126); av 89.87p/kg or £84.24/head
Heavy Pigs (13) ; av 75.2p/kg or £85.38/head
Cull Sows (7); av 37p/kg or £84/head

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
A seasonal entry met a solid trade but not quite as fierce as we have been used to. Best lambs still very well bid for at 300p + but generally less at this level.

Big lambs continue to be wanted, up to 296p for overweight’s and £158.66 per head.

Overall average of 273p/kg or £115.50 per head.

Sample prices;
312p 34.2kg M Jones, Rudyard
307p 38kg J Gilman & Partners, Bosley
305p 34.4kg M Jones, Rudyard
311p 42.7kg D B Goldstraw, Meerbrook
310p 45kg H Hodgkinson & Sons, Earl Sterndale
305p 39.5kg H Hodgkinson & Sons, Earl Sterndale
305p 42.7kg J H Mellor, Nantwich
288p 52kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
296p 53.6kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
283p 52.4kg KW & AM Minshull, Bosley
268p 58kg N E Goodwin & Son, Upper Hulme

More lambs required each week with some orders unable to get started today.

A decent entry selling on a fast trade, topping at £178 for best Texel’s, with others at £174, £170 etc. Best Suffolks to £141 and best Mules to £120.

Overall average a very strong £99.50 for an entry including a good number of hill sheep.

CALVES (98);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
An unbelievable trade on Tuesday for the calves with an ever increasing number of buyers led to one of the strongest trades for a long time.

34 Continental Bulls
Buyers galore for calves this week and as always quality sells at a premium but second and third rate sorts look equally as well sold this week. 15 better calves this week topped £320 including a couple of Andrew Hulme specials at £445 and £432. Giles Clark has £388 and Richard Emmott £375, all with Blues. Mediums £260 – £300 and 5 smaller sorts under £200.
24 Blues av £308 to £445 – DW & P Hulme, Basford
1 Sim to £370 – H & J Smith & Sons, Biddulph Moor
6 Lims av £208 to £325 – DG & JA Ball, Fulford
1 Char to £348 – D & G Tudor, Kingsley
2 Blondes av £247 to £320 – B E Wain, Siddington

18 Continental Heifers
Only 18 but could have sold a hundred on this trade. Top 10 over £270 with a trio over £300 to £305 for KW Twemlow, Swinscoe.
7 Blues av £242 to £300 – R G Emmott, Disley
– AJ & T Myatt, Blythe Bridge
3 Sims av £236 to £285 – J, C & D Hudson, Wetton

25 Natives
Maintained the recent strong prices, heifer particularly well sold.
6 Here Bulls av £156 to £210 – J & C & D Tomlinson
6 AA Bulls av £213 to £288 – S & J Ryder
9 Here Heifers av £157 to £210 – G R Spink
3 AA Heifers av £135 to £220 – S & J Ryder

21 Black & White Bulls
3 Monty Bulls sold at £340, £210 and £205 with 18 Holsteins to £90 to average £40.

Catalogued Sale of 3,720 Store & Breeding Sheep
Including In-Lamb Sheep
To Include Derbyshire Diamonds Texel Sale
Catalogues Available Online for both Sales
Next Sale – Saturday 5th February
Sale of Store & Breeding Cattle
Entries Close Friday 7th January
Next Sale – Saturday 29th January
********************************************* SATURDAY 15TH JANUARY 2022
Sale of Store & Breeding Pigs – 10.30am
Sale of Store & Breeding Goats – 11am

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