Market Report Tuesday 15th November

An excellent show of Dairy cattle forward for the monthly Pedigree Sale and some superb prices achieved, up to £2980 for cows, and heifers to £2680.

More barren cattle forward this Tuesday, but a shortage of well fed beef types. Top price of 199p/kg for a Beef Shorthorn and a lack of clean cattle, saw a top price of 203p/kg.

Plenty of lambs forward, and trade took a step back this week, with lambs generally 10 – 20p less, being a similar story to many other outlets. Top price of 264p/kg for the best quality and heavy lambs to £142.80. Cull ewes in good demand saw the best meated types to £164.

The calf section saw an improved trade, with Blue Bull calves selling well, up to £330 and Blue heifers to £300.

A mixed quality entry of pigs saw a mixed trade, with the best quality selling to 178p/kg twice.

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
More about this Tuesday and trade similar to last week. Top price of 199p/kg for a 650kg Beef Shorthorn from MJ, C & P Reeves, Ipstones with Herefords to 184p/kg for a 715kg cow from LAJ Turner & Son, Rownall.

Holsteins sold up to 184p/kg for a 705kg Holstein from R Tomkinson & Son, Butterton, and 179p/kg for a 715kg Holstein from E Morten & Sons, Barmoor Clough.

Other top prices include;
176p 465kg Luing – J Metcalfe, Edale
174p 660kg Limousin – MJ, C & P Reeves, Ipstones
168p 685kg Hereford – L A J Turner & Son, Rownall
160p 790kg Holstein – E Morten & Sons
157p 790kg Holstein – P W Godber & Sons, Kimberley
153p 645kg Angus – K & A Gould, Thorncliffe
Overall average of 135.3kg/kg or £869.34 per head.

Top headage price of £1315.60 for Herefords, Holsteins to £1297.20, £1279.85 and £1264. Beef Shorthorn to £1293.50 and Limousin’s to £1148.40.

A 1100kg South Devon bull realised 143p/kg from A J Peach, Warslow.

Selling time – Following the Barren Cattle
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A small entry lacked butchers cattle, saw a 475kg British Blue heifer at 203p/kg for Reg Critchlow Grindon and 196p/kg for a 570kg Angus from the same home.

DAIRIES (177);
Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
A superb second calver from the Broomhouse Herd of Messrs Easom topped a very big day at Leek on Tuesday for £2980. By Flowrider, she had given 8008kg as a heifer. Sold giving 36kg she went to Andrew Hulme of Basford.

The Easom’s saw their other second calver also by Flowrider reach £2720 to the Bradbury family of Earl Sterndale.

Cows were in strong demand with a second calver from the Meldamar Herd of Messrs Shepherd of Bakewell making £2700 to Messrs Sims of Ashbourne.

Heifers topped at £2680 for a Nacash daughter from the Weston family of Roston. She went to L Neville of Matlock.

Ayrshires from the Alkmonton Herd of Messrs Harris topped at £2020 for a second calver, heading to Messrs Sellors of Grangemill with Shorthorns from Shirley Kirkham reaching £1900.

In-calf heifers from Notts Uni reached £1740.

A tremendous day, thanks to both vendors and purchasers.

PIGS (113);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A few less in with more plainer sorts about which is reflected in the averages. Pork pigs sold up to 166p/kg for a pair of 75kg pigs from J & B Fentem, who also sold a pen for 147p/kg. 147p/kg for 75kg pigs from M R Banham, Bromsgrove.

Cutters sold up to 178p/kg for an 82kg pig from S Bailey Biddulph, with the Fentem’s selling a run at 166p/kg (x3), 165p/kg, 163p/kg, 149p/kg and 148p/kg.

Bacon pigs sold up to 178p/kg for a 95kg from S Bailey, with 168p/kg for 93kg and 94kg pigs from Massie Farms, Stafford, who sold some others at 166p/kg, 165p/kg (x2). 167p/kg for 94kg pigs from J & B Fentem.

More sows about this week and topping at 66p/kg for a run of five from S Richardson, Barnsley and 66p/kg for a 364kg sow from G W Myatt & Partners, Gratton, who also had another two at 65p/kg and 64p/kg for sows from MC & EA Beattie, Allostock.

A pen of 11 store pigs (19kg) sold for £16 per head from T Chambers, Redditch.

Pig Averages;
Pork Pigs (15); av 136.60p/kg or £96.17/head
Cutting Pigs (27); av 157.49p/kg or £126.23/head
Bacon Pigs (38); av 147.14p/kg or £133.82/head
Heavy Pigs (4); av 80p/kg or £109.40/head
Cull Sows (18); av 58.24p/kg or £149.15/head

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
LAMBS (1063);
An increased entry saw a steadier trade, in line with other centres on the same day. It seems the lift in trade the previous week was too much too quick and has impacted on demand. Nevertheless, a competitive trade throughout, and prices generally back to the levels of two weeks ago.

Best up to 264p/kg and plenty at 250p/kg plus. Big lambs again well bid for, up to £142.80/head or 239p/kg.

34-41kg lambs best sold on the day for the quality on offer, to average 236p/kg.

Overall average of 234.2p/kg and £100/head.

Sample prices;
260p 38.7kg FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate
258p 36.8kg S Rushton, Freehay
256p 32.1kg S Rushton, Freehay
251p 38kg H White, Snelston
264p 40kg FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate
253p 40.7kg P & C Palfreyman, Monyash
244p 46.5kg Bagshaw (Caxterway) Ltd, Chelmorton
240p 51kg Critchlow Bros, Sheen
239p 55kg G Burton, Repton
238p 60kg D V Holland, Blore
238p 60kg SR & G Marsden, Rushup Edge

Strong numbers again selling on a solid trade with the best sorts to £164/head for Texel rams and £158 for Charollais ewes.

Best Mules to £110 and a solid demand from start to finish. Leaner sorts starting to see a slight lift in demand.

Overall average at £77/head.

CALVES (106);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
Less on offer after last weeks flyer and another very good trade this week for the continentals.

28 Continental Bulls
Nowhere near enough on offer with the Blues up £40 on the week. 7 best Blues all over £300 with two at £330 for Andrew Hulme and Peter Gilman. Mediums £220 – £280 with 7 smaller calves under £200.
25 Blues av £248 to £330 – Two Vendors

24 Continental Heifers
Just like the bulls with the heifers way up on the week as numbers dry up. 3 Blues all sold at £300 with two from Springfields Farm and one from P J Davies. 6 over £230, mediums £140 – £190 with 5 under £140.
16 Blues av £183 to £300 – Three Times
7 Sims av £124 to £275 – H & E Bailey
1 Char to £290 – D & G Tudor

43 Natives
Good numbers for the Angus’ but a similar trade generally with not much life except for the best.
6 Hereford Bulls av £60 to £96 – W Millington & Co
20 AA Bulls av £64 to £180 – FA & TM Cotton
4 Hereford Heifers av £93 to £130 – D I Ball & Son
13 AA Heifers av £40 to £100 – FA & TM Cotton

9 Black & White Bulls
Holsteins to £59 with the majority £20 – £40.

2 Reared
Limousin steer (4mths) at £360 and an Angus Heifer (3mths) at £310 from ME & DJ Gregory, Drointon.

Sale of 616 Store & Breeding Cattle
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Sale of Store and Breeding Sheep
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Sale of Store & Breeding Pigs – 10:30am
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To take part in this free programme of events and support come along to our welcome meetings to sign up. Participants from last time may take part again:
• Thursday 24th November at Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough. Arrival 7pm, food 7.30pm.
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