Market Report 5th July

Good to see more numbers coming forward in the sheep shed with the lambs seeing an increase in price, topping at 366p/kg and overall average of 320p/kg with top headage price of £170.50. another strong trade for cull ewes seeing the best to £170.

A good turnout of dairies seeing heifers to £2250 and cows to £2130.

Barren cows still in good demand with plenty of buyers around the ring, seeing a top price of 183p/kg or £1377.60.

Pigs a little back on the week, but prices still decent seeing a top of 168p/kg or £150.42.

More buyers this week for calves seeing a lift in price generally. The best up to £415 for a British Blue bull and heifers to £288.

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A good entry selling up to 183p/kg for a 640kg Holstein from W E Turnock & Sons, Onecote with a 680kg Holstein selling at 180p/kg for LAJ Turner & Son, Rownall. Ayrshire’s sold to 175p/kg for a 720kg cow from P J Davies, Werrington.

Other top prices include;
175p 690kg Simmental – J T Needham, Bradnop
169p 720kg Brown Swiss – D & G Tudor, Kingsley
168p 820kg Holstein – J Hughes, Cheddleton
168p 645kg Friesian – DR & A Shuker, Bosley
167p 725kg Angus – A E Allcock, Waterhouses
165p 755kg Montbeliarde – WG & J Clark, Bradnop
164p 785kg Holstein – J Hughes, Cheddleton
163p 710kg Brown Swiss – DR & A Shuker, Bosley

Overall average of 150.63p/kg or £989.38 per head.

Top headage price of £1377.60 for a 820kg Holstein from J Hughes, Cheddleton, with others to £1296 and £1287.40, Ayrshire’s to £1260 and Montbeliardes to £1245.75.

A small entry with a 610kg Simmental heifer realised 214p/kg for Bottom Lane Farm, Ipstones.

Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
A good early month entry with several bigger runs of cattle from the Howe family and David Brailsford of Ashover.

Top of the day £2250 for a smart Pedigree Holstein heifer from Phillip & Marilyn Critchlow of Cubley sold giving 31kg.

Mark Shepherd from Birchills at Hassop topped the cows with a June calve Pedigree 2nd Calver sold giving 49kg at £2130.

Trade was very bouncy from start to finish with a run of second and third calves Friesian type cows from the Howe family topping at £1800 and two more at £1700. Several purchasers bidding strongly but leaving for home having not fulfilled their orders.

In the youngstock a sweet run from Roger Cooke of Woodseaves saw August 2021 maiden heifers to £670 and £610 and Norwegian Red x maiden heifers to £635.

Herd sales coming forward for August with July Pedigree sale on 19th of the month.

PIGS (130);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894).
Another good turnout of fat pigs this week but prices slightly back on the week. Pork pigs topped at 168p/kg for 73kg pigs from David Goldstraw, Meerbrook, who also sold a 41kg pig at 124p/kg.

Cutters sold up to 168p/kg for 76kg pigs from David Goldstraw, with Massie Farms selling a run of cutting pigs at 149p/kg, 148p/kg twice, 146p/kg twice and 144p/kg x4. They also topped the day with bacon pigs to 152p/kg for 86kg pigs and 144p/kg for 87kg pigs. 145p/kg achieved for 90kg pigs from Bernard Minshull and 132p/kg for 91kg pigs from S Bailey, Biddulph.

Heavies sold up to 140p/kg for a 105kg pig from S Bailey and 138p/kg for a 109kg pig from J & B Fentem.

Sows topped at 70p/kg for a 210kg sow from Bernard Minshull, who also sold a 198kg sow for 63p/kg.

Pork Pigs (16); av 102.94p/kg or £68.59/head
Cutting Pigs (41); av 142.46p/kg or £117.75/head
Bacon Pigs (26); av 132.74p/kg or £119.56/head
Heavy Pigs (18); av 81.09p/kg or £87.62/head
Cull Sows (18); av 39.73p/kg or £94.05/head

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
A good entry selling on a fast trade, some 25p up on the week. Best lambs 340p – 360p but generally the commercial quality lambs looking dearest on the day with very little below 300p/kg.

Heavy lambs in short supply but very well bid for and best selling to £170.50/head and heavies averaged £153/head.

Overall average of 320p/kg.

Sample prices;
364p 37.8kg J Iliff, Whitgreave
366p 39.2kg J Iliff, Whitgreave
346p 40kg RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks
340p 39.3kg D & CJ Redfern, Church Broughton
340p 48kg G A Titterton, Milwich Heath
340p 46kg D Williams, Basford
337p 47.2kg H White, Snelston
310p 55kg J Lightfoot, Sproston

A few hoggs selling well, topping at £167.40/head for Mr Titterton of Milwich.

A good entry saw a fast trade, topping at £170 for Texel’s from Messrs Doughty of Fulford. Best Suffolks to £158 and best Mules to £138.

Overall average of £110/head.

CALVES (117);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
Good numbers and extra buyers at the ringside led to a better trade throughout.

36 Continental Bulls
Some lovely bulls about with the 4 best from 4 vendors over £350 and up to £415 for a shapey Blue from Norman Mellor, Earl Sterndale. 11 best over £300; medium bulls £220 – £280 look a good buy with a few plainer or younger bulls under £200.
19 Blues av £223 to £415 – NG, JMH & H Mellor
12 Sims av £254 to £335 – P N Holdcroft
4 Lims av £317 to £390 – J Kirkham

33 Continental Heifers
Better calves, better money but just like the bulls, the medium range calves look value for money at present. Best posh Blues sold up to £288 for Messrs Davies, Werrington. Best 10 over £230; mediums £140 – £200 with plainer sorts less.
18 Blues av £186 to £288 – P J Davies
11 Sims av £167 to £230 – P N Holdcroft
3 Lims av £166 to £230 – J C & D Hudson

26 Natives
Still a fast trade.
7 Hereford Bulls av £167 to £260 – B E Wain
13 AA Bulls av £171 to £275 – C Jackson & Sons
2 Hereford Heifers to £165 – P T Beswick
4 AA Heifers to £145 – Harehill Farms

18 Black & White Bulls
Stronger bulls generally £40 – £60 with smaller bulls £25 – £40.

6 Weanling from 4 Vendors
Blue steers (4 ½ mths) to £465 – S E Howe, Litton
Limousin Heifer (5mths) to £330 – E Poyser-Darby

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