Market Report Tuesday 1st November

A showery day following the torrential downpours from the Halloween weekend, and good entries in all sections. Trade much stronger on the week for lambs, seeing prices 10 pence ahead of last week and selling up to 268p/kg or £142.20. Cull ewes a better trade selling to £174 for rams and ewes to £162.

More barren cattle this week, selling up to 175p/kg and £1531.25 a head, and clean up to 232p/kg.

Dairies sold up to £2140 twice for heifers, and youngstock to £600.

Less pigs in this week, saw a slight drop in trade, seeing a top price of 170p/kg and £161.70.

A bumper entry of calves and short on best quality types but plenty of buyers for all, saw bulls to £410 and heifers to £185.

BARREN COWS (47);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A larger entry sold on a good trade, selling up to 175p/kg for a 875kg British Blue from B E Wain, Siddington, with black & white’s up to 160p/kg for a 640kg Holstein from A Povey & sons, Doveridge and a 620kg Friesian realised 158p/kg for Foker Grange Farm.

Other top prices include;
157p 650kg Montbeliarde – A & K Alcock, Cheadle
157p 705kg Hereford – D Wilson, Morrilow Heath
156p 680kg Friesian – J & L Macpherson Ltd, Yoxall
152p 970kg Simmental – B J Bailey, Biddulph Park
151p 755kg Hereford – D Wilson, Morrilow Heath
150p 515kg Saler – MJ & VP Oliver & Sons, Toft Green
150p 760kg Hereford – D Wilson, Morrilow Heath
148p 675kg Friesian – J & L Macpherson Ltd, Yoxall

Overall average of 133.76p/kg or £865.97 per head.

Top headage price of £1531.25 for the British Blue from B E Wain, with Simmentals to £1474.40, Herefords to £1140.05, £1140 & £1060.80 and Friesians to £1060.80, Holsteins to £1058.20 & £1030.40.

A OTM Limousin steer weighing 690kg realised 215p/kg for Home Farm, Rushton Spencer, and a 500kg Hereford bull sold for 156p/kg from G Millington, Wincle.

CLEAN CATTLE;
Selling time – Following the Barren Cattle
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A few more about this week, and a good trade for the quality on offer saw heifers up to 232p/kg for a 460kg Hereford from R P Hall, Heaton who also sold a 510kg Hereford for 230p/kg. Other Hereford heifers sold to 188p/kg for a 475kg heifer from D Wilson and 183p/kg for a 535kg Hereford heifer from Roy Sant, Longsdon.

Black & white bulls sold well, up to 209p/kg twice for 630kg and 615kg Friesians from J E Archer & Sons, Hilton.

A 710kg Holstein steer sold for 185p/kg from Home Farm, Rushton who also sold a 600kg Simmental for 172p/kg.

DAIRIES;
Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
Purchasers were much more cautious on Tuesday perhaps tempered by the recent torrential rain which means winter housing is undoubtably imminent.

Top price went to the Ball family of Sandbach whose two heifers reached £2140 & £2100. Andy and Jane Brookes of Field also saw their stylish heifer reach £2140.

Youngstock from the Gleaves of Sproston sold well to £600.

PIGS (118);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894).
A few less pigs this week, and prices less on the week. Cutters sold to 159p/kg twice for 78kg and 80kg pigs from J & B Fentem, Alsop en le Dale who also sold others 157p/kg, 156p/kg, 147p/kg twice and 145p/kg. 150p/kg for a 80kg pig from S Bailey.

Bacon pigs sold to 170p/kg for a 86kg pig from S Bailey who also sold a 86kg pig at 166p/kg. Massie Farms sold bacon pigs up to 166p/kg who had others at 162p/kg three times, 161p/kg and 160p/kg. 164p/kg for a 104kg from PF & PD Parsons, and 160p/kg for a pair from P J Bowers, Mow Cop.

A 105kg pig sold for 154p/kg from PF & PD Parsons and 112p/kg for a 112kg from the same home.

Cull sows sold up to 73p/kg for a run of five from S Richardson, Barnsley and 70p/kg for a 208kg sow from JW & B Bennett, and 68p/kg for 620kg from Nathan Gabbott.

Pig Averages;
Cutting Pigs (34); av 143.61p/kg or £114.42/head
Bacon Pigs (68); av 154.56p/kg or £143.47/head
Heavy Pigs (2); av 132.32p/kg or £143.57/head
Cull Sows (13); av 57.92p/kg or £146.72/head

SHEEP SECTION;
Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
LAMBS (653);
An entry short of requirements sold on a very sharp trade for all types and weights. Many more could have been sold to the vendors advantage.

A number of lambs short of meat but they also saw a light in trade and very little below 220p/kg.

Big lambs selling well again, with heavies to 253p/kg or £142.20 in the lump.

Overall average of 237p/kg. More lambs required each week!

Sample prices;
240p 32kg D A & F Brown Ltd, Hoe Grange
238p 31kg I Walker, Stone
260p 36kg A Shaw, Sturston
259p 37.5kg L E Shaw, Sturston
259p 38.1kg G & GE Read, Over Peover
268p 44.3kg IE, M & A Wilson, Hollington
260p 40kg J M Robinson, Swythamley
253p 45.6kg SR & G Marsden, Rushup Edge
251p 50kg IE, M & A Wilson, Hollington
250p 47.7kg J E Swindells, Elkstones
248p 45.8kg WHI Mellor, Stockport
244p 58kg J M Robinson, Swythamley
237p 60kg JL & NT Walker, Brightgate

CULL SHEEP (323);
A similar entry and the sharpest trade seen for some weeks. Best Rams sold to £174 from Messrs Burgess of Heaton and best ewes to £162 from Fred Yates, Longford. Closely followed at £160 for R & S Bailey.

Second quality ewes saw the biggest lift on the week with some up by £10 – £15/head.

Overall average at £88 for an entry dominated by Mules.

CALVES (227);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
Back came the numbers in force with it a packed ring of 29 different buyers all looking for calves but at value prices. The ongoing feed and energy costs are clearly playing on everybody’s minds.

60 Continental Bulls
Good numbers and plenty of cautious buyers at ringside. Best as always good to sell with 2 Charolais at the top of the best. One 36 day old bull from S Kidd Farmers made £410 and a 22 day old bull from Daz Tudor made £375. 10 best bulls topped £250; mediums £140 – £240 with smaller calves £90 – £120 and some plainer sorts under £70.
34 Blues av £147 to £295 – N E Goodwin & Son
14 Sims av £198 to £305 – R Cooper & Son
7 Lims av £76 to £255 – N E Goodwin & Son
2 Char av £392 to £410 – S Kidd Farmers
3 Blonde av £139 to £252 – EJ & VC Gilman

49 Continental Heifers
A similar story to the bulls with buyers in a watchful mood but taking a punt at the right goods. 10 best topped £160 with a Charolais from Daz Tudor at £185. Medium heifers £100 – £150 with smalls under £100.
27 Blues av £104 to £175 – A Povey & Sons
12 Sims av £130 to £180 – DF & JA Ball
8 Lims av £100 to £152 – IR & N Bradburn
2 Char av £155 to £185 – D & G Tudor

83 Natives
Very challenging at present!
17 Hereford bulls av £59 to £180 – G J Tideswell
28 AA Bulls av £49 to £152 – P E Holmes & Son
12 Hereford Heifers av £56 to £185 – G J Tideswell
26 AA Heifers av £44 to £100 – G Hatton

30 Dairy Bulls
Friesians sold to £88 with the majority of black & whites today £10 – £30.

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