Market Report Tuesday 18th April

A busy Tuesday with 233 cattle and 1683 sheep forward. Another superb entry of sheep this week and trade on fire! Hoggs to 378p/kg, Ewes to £251 and Spring Lambs to 442p/kg.

The pedigree dairy sale saw a good entry sell up to £2740 for fresh heifers.

A good entry of barren cattle sold on a strong trade, with the best to 226p/kg and 224p/kg to gross £1971.20.

Quality pigs in demand with 137 forward and topping at 216p/kg for bacon pigs, and sows to 80p/kg.

A good number of calves forward but short on quality. Good calves selling up to £395 for Simmental bull calves.

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A very strong trade for cattle this week and some good prices achieved. Top price of 226p/kg for a 850kg Limousin from A Sayer, Stone, who also sold a 880kg Limousin for 224p/kg.

A 540kg Friesian sold for 217p/kg from J & L Macpherson, Yoxall. Simmentals sold up to 208p/kg for a 830kg cow from A J Peach, Warslow and a 565kg Simmental at 196p/kg for EB & BM Sutton, Moreton.

Other top prices;
194p 830kg Hereford – A J Peach, Warslow
189p 725kg Limousin – S B Mellor & Son, Winkhill
188p 565kg Friesian – J & L Macpherson Ltd, Yoxall
188p 765kg Holstein – W E Turnock & Sons, Onecote
188p 805kg Friesian – J & L Macpherson Ltd, Yoxall
187p 540kg Hereford – A B Kidd, Wildboarclough
186p 730kg Friesian – WG & J Clark, Bradnop
184p 685kg Holstein – WG & J Clark, Bradnop

Overall average of 176.22p/kg or £1197.98 per head.

Top headage price of £1971.20 and £1921 for Limousin cows from A Sayer, with Simmentals to £1726.40, Herefords to £1610.20 and Friesians to £1513.40.

A 780kg Hereford OTM steer sold for 235p/kg from Home Farm, Rushton Spencer.

Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
Pedigree week and a smaller entry but the trade good with a top of £2740 and 11 cattle £2000 and above.

Some smart runs of cattle from regular vendors and probably more cattle could have been well sold to vendors advantage.

Brian Needham topped the catalogued sale at £2740 with a very robust strong heifer giving 39kg to Andrew Hulme at Basford with Briggs entry of 4 heifers averaging on an excellent £2510.

Strong milky cows giving 40kg and above good to sell between £1800 and £2000 for both the Needham’s and the Bradburn family from Wigan.

Several local and regional purchases out for top end cattle but left with entry trailers as the best were just beyond their reach.

The commercial entry topped at £2360 for Andrew Mills for a newly calved heifer giving 28kg with cows from the Richardson family at Plumley, Cheshire topping the fresh commercial cows at £1630.

Next week sees the Procross entry from the Dashwood Family from Brackley. Catalogues available on our website.

PIGS (137);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Ed Groves (07964 510145)
Another strong entry with 137 head forward. Fats to 216p/kg and sows to 80p/kg.

Porkers in demand a few plainer sorts harder to place but none the less the bets sorts in demand topping at 194p/kg for 78kg pigs from J&B Fentem, Allsop En-Le Dale. JA&B Minshull, Buxton saw a 68kg pig to 191p/kg. JR Mosedale, Longford has 67kg pigs to 183p/kg.

Cutting Pigs
Cutters in demand topping at 208p/kg for an 84kg gilt from S Bailey, Knypersley. PF&PD Parsons, Whitchurch had an 82kg pig to 199p/kg. J&B Fentem, Allsop En-Le Dale had a run to 198p/kg, 195p/kg, 194p/kg & 192p/kg.

Bacon Pigs
Baconers were the order of the day topping at 216p/kg for 88kg gilts from DB Goldstraw Meerbrook, others from the same home realised 214p/kg for 93kg pigs. Massie Farms, Stafford saw 201p/kg for 94kg pigs. JG Belfield also saw 201p/kg for 97kg pigs and MC&E Beattie, Allstock saw 200p/kg for 93kg pigs.

Heavy Pigs
Just the one heavy pig realised 174p/kg for a 110kg boar from PJ Barker, Charnwood. A 160kg clean gilt realised 126p/kg for MC&E Beattie

Cull Sow
More cull sows on offer this week topping at 80p/kg for a 329kg sow from MC&E Beattie, who had others to 76p/kg & 70p/kg. R Rowlinson, Ramshorn had a 306kg sow to 78p/kg.

Pig Averages.
Porkers (10); av.176.04p/kg or £135.38/head
Cutting Pigs (37); av 182.21p/kg or £49.12/head
Bacon Pigs (80); av 190.93p/kg or £178.09/head
Heavy Pigs (2); av 150.00p/kg or £196.50/head
Cull Sows (7); av. 69.63p/kg or £170.58/head

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
Spring lambs met a good enquiry and a shame we didn’t have more forward. Top price of 442p/kg for 37kg lambs from IE, M & A Wilson, Hollington who also sold 40.5kg lambs at 440p/kg and 43kg lambs for 425p/kg.

3 pens from AW & RA Mycock, Flagg sold for 440p/kg for 35kg and 34kg lambs. A single 43kg lamb sold for 432p/kg from Mary Cawser, Draycott.

HOGGETS (1175);
An excellent entry of hogget’s and some super quality forward. An excellent trade with the whole entry averaging 317.98p/kg and SQQ average of 330.46p/kg.

Top price of 378p/kg for 40kg lambs from J Belfield & R Deakin-Gallimore and top headage price of £207.90.

Sample prices;
351p 31.6kg T R Lomas, North Rode
375p 38.1kg S Rushton, Freehay
356p 36kg W J Sessions & Son, Hilton
378p 40kg J Belfield & R Deakin-Gallimore, Leigh
377p 41kg H Hodgkinson & Sons, Earl Sterndale
368p 41.2kg JM & ADJ Hayes, Alstonefield
368p 40.2kg S Galtrey, Matlock
366p 45.5kg H Hodgkinson & Sons, Earl Sterndale
369p 47.4kg C W Shenton, Wilmslow
368p 52kg FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate
356p 49kg D Williams, Basford
351p 54kg W J Sessions & Son, Hilton
350p 55kg J Belfield & R Deakin-Gallimore, Leigh
330p 63kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside

An excellent entry of cull sheep and trade on fire one again, with the whole entry averaging £132.02 for ewes and rams averaging £144.61.

Top price of £251 for a pen of 11 from JWA Jeffrey, Sudbury and numerous pens over £200.

CALVES (163);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
Good numbers of calves and a big audience of potential buyers this week. Good calves few and far between with a couple of big runs of smaller, younger calves on offer with do nothing to enhance the averages.

37 Continental Bulls
Good calves are good to sell with the top 7 over £315 and a top price of £395 for a superb Simmy bull from Messrs Higginson, Knutsford. Medium bulls £200 – £285 with plenty of younger types under £100.
22 Blues av £139 to £360 (twice) – D W & P Hulme
7 Sims av £270 to £395 – TD & DA Higginson
4 Lims av £250 to £365 – F Yates & Son
4 Blonde av £240 to £335 – B E Wain

53 Continental Heifers
The same story as the bulls with the bigger sorts £220 and above with good hard bidding. Younger sorts whilst there is still plenty of interest only command the lower prices. The tremendous run of Simms from Messrs Higginson topped at £295 and £285. Medium heifers £120 – £200 with smaller sorts less.
45 Blues av £106 to £265 – J & R Maydew
2 Sims av £290 to £295 – TD & DA Higginson
3 Lims av £181 to £255 – F Yates & Son
3 Blonde av £146 to £175 – B E Wain

33 Natives
Not many show stoppers today.
6 Hereford Bulls to £165 – F & R Brassington
6 AA Bulls to £130 – K W Twemlow & Co
10 Hereford Heifers to £175 – S J Hooley
10 AA Heifers to £58 – M Jones

25 Black & White Bulls
Generally smaller sorts today from £10 – £50.

15 Reared Calves
Blonde Steers (5mths) to £530 – EJ & VC Gilman
Friesian Steers (6mths) to £230 – I Gregson

Fortnightly Sale of Store & Breeding Cattle
Entries Close Friday 21st April
Fortnightly Sale of Ewes & Hoggs with Lambs at Foot – Please advise of entries! Sale at 11am.
Sale of Store & Breeding Pigs – 10.30am
Sale of Store & Breeding Goats – 11am
The next Peak Farmers Group event is Farm Health and Safety and will take place on Tuesday 9th May at Lower Plumpton Farm, Barmoor Clough, Dove Holes. We will be joined by Amy Gyte & Richard Archer. Amy will be discussing slurry gases and machinery health and saftey and will be giving us advice on the topic. Richard will be talking to us about safe cattle handling and demostrating cattle handling systems.The talk will start at 11am and close at 1pm when lunch will be served. To book a place please give Alice a call on 07904691457 or email

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