Market Report 8th June

A packed Dairy shed with the Dispersal on behalf of Martin Tidmarsh, Biddulph met an excellent enquiry, especially for his Shorthorn selling up to £2780 and £2600. The Commercials sold to £1920 for a fresh heifer.
Lambs continue at a pace with the best selling up to 355p/kg with the entry averaging 329p/kg. Ewes were also a fast trade selling up to £172 for Texel’s.
Barren cows were a much improved trade, with top prices of 177p/kg for Swedish Red Cows and Shorthorns to 170p/kg. Clean cattle topped at 224p/kg for Limousin heifers.
Pigs were a lot dearer on the week, with prices reaching 170p/kg, with numerous pens over 145p/kg.
Calves were well sought after topping at £400 for Blue bulls and heifers to £320.


Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A super trade once again and prices up on the week, with some good quality sorts forward. Top price of 177p/kg for a 500kg Swedish Red from B & D Cooper, Hollingworth.
Beef Shorthorns topped at 170p/kg for a 650kg cow from G G Hall & Son, Croxden, with a 685kg Charolais realising 158p/kg for K J Woodcock, Rugeley and black & white’s to 158p/kg from T Bell & Partners, Hassall.
Other top prices include;
157p 730kg Holstein – A & JE Goldstraw, Waterhouses
154p 580kg Shorthorn – G G Hall & Son, Croxden
154p 710kg Holstein – A & JE Goldstraw, Waterhouses
153p 645kg Holstein – PG Beswick & Sons, Rudyard
153p 830kg Holstein – PG Beswick & Sons, Rudyard
152p 895kg Simmental – D & A Stonier, Eaton
148p 655kg Holstein – PG Beswick & Sons, Rudyard
Overall average of 131.29p/kg or £832.55 per head.
Top headage price of £1360.40 for a 895kg Simmental cow from D & A Stonier, with Holsteins to £1269.90, £1216.60 and £1146.10 and Shorthorns to £1105.


Selling time – 10:45am approx.
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A small entry sold up to 224p/kg for a 510kg Limousin heifer from Chris Barnsley, Morridge to Peter Lymer of JW Ash Butchers, Leek.
A 465kg British Blue heifer sold at 216p/kg for S Bailey, Biddulph.
Two Hereford bulls sold at 185p/kg for a 590kg bull from Mark Hall, Brown Edge who also sold a 665kg bull at 184p/kg.

DAIRIES (126);

Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
Well what a day, a full shed of dairies which included the dispersal on behalf of Martin Tidmarsh drew a tremendous amount of interest and met a very fast trade.
Commercials topped at £1920 for a powerful heifer from John Platts of Bamford with a second from the same home at £1900.
The dispersal had something for everyone featuring strong black and whites along with Martins pedigree Foldspride shorthorn herd. The first through the ring reached £2100 for a powerful Holstein heifer to Messrs Neville.
However, it really was the shorthorns that dominated the day with all categories selling well beyond expectations. Within the milkers an 87 point heifer Cotonhall Jackpot Starlet, due again in August to the Angus met spirited bidding as was eventually clinched by Messrs Jepson to join their newly established Rowanmoor Herd at £2780. They also went on to take Foldspride Lilac 2, an Oxton Lord Foggathorpe heifer at £2600 and Amber Lucina 108 at £2350.
The In-calf heifer Foldspride Lady Rose, previously a National Calf champion reached £1940 to Messrs Clews of Biddulph Moor with another Foldspride Dairymaid making £1920 to Messrs Thomason of Norbury.
The youngstock displayed tremendous style with a yearling heifer Foldspride Starlet creating lots of interest and eventually being purchased by Tom Malkin of Stone at £1580.
Rob Kite invested back into his own Prunella family purchasing the February born calf Foldspride Prunella by Beckney Graham for £1050 with others to £880.
The milkers averaged a superb £1402 with every life averaging out at £1256!

PIGS (106);

Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A remarkable trade for fat pigs with averages way up on last week, and similar numbers forward.
Pork pigs sold up to 129p/kg for a pen of four 70kg pigs from Alan Worth, Marton.
Cutting pigs topped at 168p/kg for 84kg pigs from J & B Fentem, with others at 150p/kg for P & N Allen, and 146p/kg for a 77kg pig from Alan Worth.
Bacon pigs sold up to 170p/kg for a 94kg pig from J & B Fentem, who also sold others at 162p/kg, 161p/kg and 158p/kg, with a pair of 87kg pigs at 168p/kg for RAO Johnson, Derby with Bernard Minshull selling bacon pigs at 167p/kg and 162p/kg.
Heavy pigs sold up to 168p/kg for 105kg pigs from J & B Fentem who also sold 105kg pigs at 160p/kg. a pen of four 108kg pigs from H A Hollins made 148p/kg and others at 130p/kg.
Cull sows were in good demand selling up to 104p/kg for a 271kg sow from RAO Johnson, with a 157kg sow at 97p/kg for D R Cooper, and a 233kg sow at 81p/kg for PF & PD Parsons.
Pork Pigs (4); av 129p/kg or £90.62/head
Cutting Pigs (8); av 152.48p/kg or £122.36/head
Bacon Pigs (54); av 127.88p/kg or £118.95/head
Heavy Pigs (31); av 124.74p/kg or £136.57/head
Cull Sows (7); av 79.7p/kg or £167.74/head


Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)


Numbers creeping up, and a pleasing entry given the harvesting weather. The quality of lambs on offer very good and so was the trade.
Best lambs to 355p/kg and £160/head. A massive proportion of he lambs at 340p and above seeing competitive bidding. Overall average 329p including a number of plain sorts.
More meated lambs could be sold to the vendors advantage.
Sample prices;
328p 32kg S A Hulme, Leek
349p 37.5kg C G Buckston, Sutton on the Hill
349p 37.7kg G Brown, Moddershall
345p 35kg A Shaw, Sturston
355p 39.2kg E A Sessions & Sons, Dalbury Lees
352p 39.5kg E A Sessions & Sons, Dalbury Lees
351p 39.5kg F & N Brunt & Sons, Moddershall
350p 43.2kg C G Buckston, Sutton on the Hill
347p 46kg E A Sessions & Sons, Dalbury Lees
340p 47kg G Brown, Moddershall
Very much a tail end entry selling on a steadier trade with best to 279p or £135 per head.
A seasonal entry selling to £172 for Texel’s; £140 for Suffolks and best Mules to £128.
Overall average a scary £112 per head.
Many more required each week to satisfy increasing demand.

CALVES (77);

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899);
A silage effected entry but some lovely quality about and numerous potential purchasers at the ringside.
23 Continental Bulls
Top 10 over £3320 really tells the story of the day with all calves very dear. Peter Gilman topped the day with a posh Blue at £400 with plenty of interest in the quality and many more could have been sold.
14 Blues av £315 to £400 – P F Gilman
5 Sims av £207 to £300 – Harrison Partners
4 Lims to £360 – N D Gibbs, Butterton
12 Continental Heifers
Very short on numbers but not buyers with Charolais to £30 for Daz Tudor with better sorts £240 +.
5 Blues av £216 to £238 – Foker Grange Farm Ltd
3 Sims av £208 to £240 – Harrison Partners
2 Lims av £266 to £298 – S Moss
2 Char av £302 to £320 – D & G Tudor
Slaughter Tags are only to be used in sheep under 12 months of age. Ewes should be Double Tagged with a matching pair of tags, one being electric.
26 Natives
Unbelievable trade again with calves looking pounds dearer than expected.
5 Hereford Bulls av £246 to £338 – S M McCleavy
5 AA Bulls av £280 to £332 – Birchwood Park Farm
1 Welsh Black Bull to £275 – DR & A Shuker & Sons
8 Hereford Heifers av £170 to £218 – DG & JA Ball
5 AA Heifers av £182 to £212 – DG & JA Ball
9 Black & White Bulls av £51.78
No best rearer’s but strong sorts to £85.
7 Reared Simmental Steers
A bunch of 5 from Messrs Smith, Biddulph Moor sold at £525/head (5-6mths) with the younger pair at £435 (4mths).
Sale of Store & Breeding Cattle
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Next Sale Saturday 26th June
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