Market Report Tuesday 19th September

119 Calves sold today and this could be the dearest that we have ever seen with some Calves £100 dearer on the week.

91 Dairies with a top price of £2300 for Andrew Bunting.

Barrens seeing plenty of trade with a top price of 188p/kg for a 595kg Holstein

A bumper entry of 144 pigs this week seeing a good trade throughout with fat pigs topping at 236p.

A pleasing entry of 1192 Lambs selling up to 288p/kg for a pen of Texels.

BARREN COWS (22); Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

A small entry with plenty of trade.

Top price was 188p/kg paid for a 595kg Holstein from WSW Mills of Ratcliffe on Wreake with 179p/kg paid for a 650kg from the same home.

A 760kg Dairy Shorthorn from AP Wain of Draycott sold for 177p/kg with other top prices as follows:-

175p/kg for a 755kg Holstein    WE Turnock & Sons

169p/kg for a 785kg Holstein    AR Jackson

163p/kg for a 745kg Holstein    PN Holdcroft

Top Headage price was £1345.20 for the Dairy Shorthorn for AP Wain with Black & Whites up to £1326.65 and £1321.25

Average was 149.08p/kg at a pleasing £1013.05 per head.

PIGS (144); Selling time – 9:15am

Auctioneer –Ed Groves (07964 510145)

A bumper entry of pigs this week sold on a solid trade. Top price for fats 236p. Handful of sows topped at 96p. A good show of pigs on the whole.

Porkers sold to 230p twice from J&B Fentem and B Minshull. 

Cutting pigs so to 234p from MC & E Beattie. J&B Fentem sold pigs to 233p and PF + PD Parsons also sold pigs to 233p. New Vendor L Jones, Conwy sold pigs to 230p

Baconers Topped at 236p from Massie Farms, others from the same home to 235×2, 234p x7. PF+PD Parsons sold pigs to 235p. The Fenton’s had pigs to 234p.

Heavies topped at 216p for a 109kg pig. H Kensal saw 210p for 106kg pigs. Heavy gilts to 138p & 137p for 180kg and 210kg pigs from AW Mycock or £287.70 in the lump.

A handful of sows sold to 96p from SJ Booth & 96p from PJ Saunders. 80p for a saddleback sow from the Paddocks. Sows generally on the lighter plainer side.

 Pig Averages.

Porkers (4) av. 223.48p/kg or £167.05/head

Cutting Pigs (32 av 225.07p/kg or £186.48/head

Bacon Pigs (58) av 227.87p/kg or £211.17/head

Heavy Pigs (6) av 138.18p/kg or £214.46/head

Cull Sows (8) av.  90.39p/kg or £190.48/head

DAIRIES (240); Selling time – 11:30am

Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)


TOP OF £2300

A good entry of milkers on Tuesday met a more mixed trade with buyers being particularly choosy.

Top call went to Andrew Bunting at £2300 for an Attico Red daughter giving 30kg. She went to Andrew Hulme of Basford. He also showed the top priced cow, a second calver giving 36kg. She made £2180 to a regular purchaser.

Heifers from the Broomhouse Herd of Messrs Easom reached £2120 and £2100 with Edward and Diane Bennett of Whiston also seeing their Heifer reach £2120.

Heifer calves peaked at £410 for a very pretty pedigree Shorthorn heifer calf from the Norbury family of Holmes Chapel with black and whites to £260.

Stock bulls reached £2500 for a pedigree Limousin, with Simmentals to £2200.

SHEEP SECTION Selling time 11:00am

Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)

LAMBS (1192);

A very pleasing entry with trade slightly less than last week in keeping with the national trend to produce an overall average of 252.03 for SQQ Lambs.

Quality Lambs were bid for keenly selling up to 288p/kg for a pen of 45kg Texels from H Hodgkinson & Sons of Earl Sterndale.

Sample prices;

280p    34kg    A J Gilman

278p    36kg    G G Burton

280p    36.3kg PD Brittain-Cartlidge

275p    38kg    I Walker

276p    42.5kg BC Collington (Twice)

278p    45kg    D Williams

Several other pens made over 270p/kg including heavier Lambs, 272p/kg for 48.57kg for H Hodgkinson & Son, 270p/kg for 48kg for D Gilman and 270p/kg for a 57kg from D Williams

Top Headage price was £153.90 for a 57kg lamb from D Williams and £142.04 for 53kg Lambs from ED Butters.

CULL SHEEP (458));

A bumper entry of ewes sold on a solid trade, ewes topped at £170 for texels. 

Meated Texel types £130-150. Best mules £100-£120. A good number of leaner sorts on offer generally £50-£70 with a few grazing buyers in operation.  

Overall average: £93.39

CALVES (119); Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)

Are they the dearest we have ever seen?

They were good last week but today was another level with Calves way dearer and Bulls in particular the strongest price ever.


An unreal day for Bulls with some Calves £100 dearer on the week. 5 Bulls topped £400 and sold to an amazing £500 for a genuine 22 day old Charolais from Daz Tudor who sold his other Bull at £400. Blondes, Limousins and British Blues also north of £400. 15 more Bulls sold £340-£390, 7 medium and smaller Calves generally £240 to £300 with only 3 under £200.

17 Blues av £320 to £430          PJ Davies

7 Sims av £284 to £370             PN Holdcroft

5 Lim av £265 to £440              KW Twemlow & Co

3 Char av £418-£500                D&G Tudor

2 Blon av £350-£460                RG&AS Williamson


Strong money again but not the fireworks that happened in the Bulls. Daz Tudor did a Bull/Heifer double and sold his 29day old Heifer at £290 with the better sold generally £220-£280 and the mediums £140-£200.

20 Blues av £168 to £285          DW&P Hulme

6 Sims av £190 to £265             PN Holdcroft

4 Lim av £183 to £265              J & R Maydew

1 Char              £290               D&G Tudor


A lot less on offer with the Aberdeen Angus looking especially dear.

9 Angus Bulls av £279 to £370  KW Twemlow & Co  (5 over £300)

8 Angus Heifers av £121  to £180 RG&AS Williamson (6 over £125)

4 Here Bulls av £185 to £330    J&W Knight

6 Here Heifers av £123 to £195 J&W Knight


Like every Calf today, much dearer. 2 British Friesian Bulls from J & W Knight made £275 and £225 with the smallest Bulls dearer from £30-£80.


5 Lim x Heifers £400                SA Wayne

1 Brown Swiss Bull £380          P Nutty

1 Blue Heifer £370                   P Nutty

1 Her x Heifer £325                  ME Cawser


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