Market Report Tuesday 10th January

A very wet Tuesday market and a few less numbers about. A good demand for barren cattle with top prices of 189p/kg and £1483.65 per head.

A lovely show of milkers and selling well, up to £2300 for a third calver and heifers to £2280.

Less sheep about this week and prices back on the week. Top prices of 261p/kg and £126.54 a head, with an SQQ average of 225.44p/kg. Ewes up to £149.

A strong entry of pigs, seeing another good enquiry selling up to 197p/kg for bacon pigs and 192p/kg for cutters.

Not enough calves for the demand and best calves to £365 for a Limousin bull calf and £308 for a lovely British Blue heifer calf.

BARREN COWS (29);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A strong trade for the cattle on offer, topping the day at 189p/kg for a 785kg Beef Shorthorn from P & R Griffin, Butterton, who sold another 675kg Beef Shorthorn for 184p/kg.

Black & white’s sold to 184p/kg for a 630kg Friesian from J & L Macpherson Ltd, Yoxall and a 780kg Norwegian Red at 175p/kg from G P Broadsmith & Son, Lymm.

Other top prices;
169p 685kg Friesian – J E Archer & Sons, Hilton
169p 750kg Fleckvieh – DW & M Bailey, Biddulph
168p 690kg Dairy Shorthorn – R D Kite & Son, Milwich
168p 630kg Charollais – HS & A Callwood, Ollerton
165p 755kg Friesian – GP Broadsmith & Son, Lymm
161p 715kg Ayrshire – GP Broadsmith & Son, Lymm
158p 735kg Guernsey – J Brough & Son, Rudyard
158p 555kg Dairy Shorthorn – R D Kite & Son, Milwich

Overall average of 150.28p/kg or £962.84 per head.

Top headage price of £1483.65 for Beef Shorthorns with another at £1242. Norwegian Red to £1365, Fleckvieh to £1267.50 and Friesians to £1245.75.

CLEAN CATTLE;
Selling Time – Following Barren Cows
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
Two black & white bulls sold for 215p/kg for a 510kg Friesian bull and 205p/kg for a 615kg Friesian bull, both from J E Archer & Sons Ltd, Hilton.

DAIRIES;
Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
Numerous buyers in attendance with many going home empty handed.

Top price went to the Phillips family of Winkhill at £2300 for a third calver giving 39kg. close behind at £2280 was a fresh heifer from Bradbury & Brookes of Field.

A 31kg heifer from the Ellis’s of Ashover made £2220 with another sweet heifer from Andy Ball of Sandbach reaching £2120.

50 already entered for the Pedigree sale next week with more expected. Catalogues will be out shortly.

PIGS (148);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer –Ed Groves (07964 510145)
A few more pigs this week with trade a fraction less than last week, but none the less still a very good trade especially for those best pigs. Top price 197p/kg twice for a pen of 96kg gilts from Massie Farms, Stafford & a 95kg pig from J&B Fentem Allsop En-Le Dale.

Porkers less in numbers this week with only 8 on offer, top price 176p/kg for 75kg pigs from A Worth, Marton who has another 67kg pig realise 166p/kg. P J Barker, Charnwood saw 166p/kg for 64kg pigs.

Cutting Pigs topped at 192p/kg for an 84kg pig from J&B Fentem, who had others to 181p/kg and 169p/kg. Other top prices for 82kg pigs from J Ball, Betchon realising 188p/kg. A Worth Marton had a pen of 85kg pigs to 185p/kg

Bacon Pigs were once again a very good trade nothing over 200p/kg but several pens above 190p/kg. Top price 197p/kg twice for a pen of 96kg gilts from Massie Farms, who had others to 196p/kg & 195p/kgx3, Stafford. J&B Fentem Allsop En-Le Dale also saw 197p/kg for a 95kg pig. Other top prices include 196p/kg for a 90kg pig from S Bailey, Knypersley and PF & PD Parsons, Whitchurch, had a 86kg to 196p/kg & 93kg pigs to 195p/kg.

Sows were met with a strong demand again top price 89p/kg for a 235kg sow from JA&B Minshull, Buxton. R Rowlinson, Ramshorn had a 242kg sow to 74p/kg and C Hine, Biddulph had a 259kg sow to 71p/kg.

Pig Averages.
Pork Pigs (8) av 171.36p/kg or £119.95/head
Cutting Pigs (23); av 173.97p/kg or £141.97/head
Bacon Pigs (101); av 177.40p/kg or £168.64/head
Heavy Pigs (11); av 143.69p/kg or £157.93/head
Cull Sows (4); av 64.34p/kg or £164.56/head

SHEEP SECTION;
Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
HOGGETS (694);
A reduced entry selling up to 261p/kg for a pen of 41.6kg lambs from James Gilman, Bosley. Butchers lambs in demand but commercial types harder to sell.

Sample prices;
256p 37kg CC & W Harding, Newchapel
248p 37.3kg Renshaw & Brassington, Church
Broughton
261p 41.7kg J Gilman & Partners, Bosley
254p 45kg R D Machin, Rudyard
254p 41.7kg R D Machin, Rudyard
250p 40.8kg Mosley & Son, Wormhill
249p 43.6kg G T Worsley & Son, Chapel en le Frith
249p 41kg J B Rowlinson & Son, Gawsworth
255p 48kg J B Rowlinson & Son, Gawsworth
244p 49kg G T Worsley & Son, Chapel en le Frith
232p 53kg D Williams, Basford

Overall average of 222.25p/kg or SQQ 225.44p/kg.

CULL SHEEP (268);
A mixed entry and a mixed trade, seeing the best selling well up to £149 and £145 with Mules and leaner ewes harder to place. Rams selling to £130 and £122.

Overall average of £78.94.

CALVES (88);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
New Year, New Price list as the January calf buyers come out in force to lift the trade across the board.

25 Continental Bulls
Not enough to go around with a full line up of buyers. 6 best topped £300 with a smart Limousin at £365 for Messrs Salt; mediums £260 – £300 with smaller calves under £220 but look well sold.
14 Blues v £256 to £325 – A Povey & Sons
6 Sims av £264 to £350 – M N Bailey
5 Lims av £220 to £365 – RJ & KA Salt

31 Continental Heifers
As dear as we have had them for a long time. Double the number could have been sold today. A posh British Blue for Messrs Handford, Aspenshaw sold at £308 with 3 others over £280. Mediums ‘Trade of the Day’ at £180 – £230 with just 7 smalls under £150.
10 Blues av £224 to £308 – J W Handford & Sons
6 Sims av £195 to £250 – M N Bailey
15 Lims av £171 to £288 – F E Whittaker & Sons

12 Natives
No where near enough with this level of trade.
1 Hereford Bull to £200 – P & H Botham
6 AA Bulls av £172 to £220 – S M McCleavy
1 Hereford Heifer to £112 – Garnett Farms
6 AA Heifers av £112 to £175 – S & J Ryder

14 Black & White Bulls
5 Friesians averaged £120 and topped at £140 for Messrs Shuker, Bosley with Holsteins to £90 to average £46. Both Brown Swiss and Monty’s sold at £140.

5 Reared Calves
Blue Heifers (5mths) £390 – DW & P Hulme
Sim Heifers (2-3mths) £370 – D S Harrison
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SATURDAY 14TH JANUARY
Catalogued Sale of 4,000 Store & Breeding Sheep
Including In-Lamb Sheep Also, Derbyshire Diamond Texel In-Lamb Show & Sale
Both Catalogues Available Online
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SATURDAY 21ST JANUARY 2022
Sale of Store & Breeding Pigs – 10.30am
Sale of Store & Breeding Goats – 11am
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SATURDAY 21ST JANUARY
Sale of Store & Breeding Cattle
Entries Close 13th January
Next Sale: Saturday 4th February
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News from the Farming Life Centre
Our Prince’s Countryside Fund ‘Farm for the Future programme’ gets underway this week. Events for the month to come are as follows:
12th Jan 7pm – Environmental Workshop with Chris Seabridge at the Bentley Brook Hotel, Fenny Bentley
18th Jan 7pm – Enironmental Workshop with Chris Seabridge at The George Inn, Tideswell
31st Jan 7pm – Clarity on Farm Carbon with Becky Wilson of the Farm Carbon Toolkit at Blaze Farm Wildboarclough
Contact Alice on 07904 691457 to book a place at any of the above events. Free to attend, supper included.
News from the Peak Farmers Group
NEXT EVENT: ‘Get the Most from your 2023 forage’ @ Matlock Meadows on Tues 24th January, 7pm.
Experts from Trouw Nutrition will be joining us to talk forage quality (be it for silage or grazing), over winter grass growth, forage sampling and analysis, how to supplement and taking a proactive approach to optimise efficiency. Farmers are invited to submit silage samples for analysis ahead of the event, please contact Lorna on 07969 951101 to arrange and to book your free place. Supper included.

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