Market Report Tuesday 22nd November

A strong number of lambs and cull sheep forward this Tuesday saw a lift in trade to last week, with the average 10 pence. Leading prices of 277p/kg and £146.99 per head. Culls were a strong trade, seeing a top price of £159 and average of £92.43/head overall.

A nice show of dairies forward following last weeks bumper entry, seeing heifers to £2160 & £2140, and cows to £2000.

Barren cows were a little less this week but still in good demand, selling up to 177p/kg and £1358.80.

An improved trade in the pig section this week saw leading prices over £2 to top at 203p/kg!

Strong calves are still a excellent trade, but lesser quality harder to place this week. Leading prices of £375 for Blue bulls and Blue heifers to £275.

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A mixed entry and some good prices achieved, albeit a little less to what we have been used to. Top price of 177p/kg for a 500kg Hereford from T J Fox, Hurdlow and 161p/kg twice, for a 685kg Blonde from C H Ede & Son, Alkmonton and a 655kg Angus from T J Fox.

A 780kg Hereford realised 159p/kg from S Kidd Farmers, Longnor and 158p/kg for a 860kg Angus from J C Robinson, Rushton who also sold a 780kg Angus at 157p/kg from the same home.

Other top prices;
152p 700kg Angus – J Fernyhough, Longsdon
150p 740kg Friesian – J & R Maydew, Consall
145p 740kg Friesian – HS & A Callwood, Ollerton
141p 780kg Friesian – F J Gould & Son, Longnor
139p 590kg Hereford – T J Fox, Hurdlow
137p 550kg Angus – T J Fox, Hurdlow

Overall average of 129.37p/kg or £804.80.
Top headage price of £1358.80 for the Angus from J C Robinson, who also had another at £1224.60. Herefords to £1240.20 and Friesians to £1110.

Selling time – Following the Barren Cattle
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A small entry sold up to 220p/kg for a 545kg Blonde heifer from C H Ede & Son, Alkmonton.

Friesian bulls sold well, up to 200p/kg for a 550kg bull and 199p/kg for a 615kg bull, both from J E Archer & Sons, Hilton.

Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
A really bouncy trade on Tuesday saw a 28kg heifer from Andrew Mills of Ratcliffe on Wreake top the day at £2160 to Mr Robinson of Rudyard. He has a second at £2140 to Messrs Parkes of Melton Mowbray.

Cows topped at £2000 for a second calver from Bradbury & Brookes of Field.

A sweet Shorthorn second calver from the Howes of Litton reached £1900.

Plenty of buyers in attendance with more needed to satisfy demand every week. If you have stock to sell contact Meg Elliott on 07967 007049.

PIGS (139);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A few more pigs this week with trade improved on the week, heavy pigs in strong demand. Trade topped at 203p/kg for D Goldstraw Meerbrook who saw others to 199p/kg and 197p/kg.

Porkers a similar trade to previous weeks averaging 137.76p/kg, top price from J&B Fentem, Allsop En-Le Dale with a 75kg gilt to 174p/kg. Other top prices included 164p/kg for 65kg pigs from P J Barker, Charnwood, with a 68kg pig from the same home selling to 160p/kg. M Yardley, Gnosall saw pigs to 158pkg for 71kg pigs, with others to 147p/kg for 74kg pigs and 140p/kg for 61kg pigs from the same home.
Cutting Pigs topped at 186p/kg twice from J&B Fentem for 81kg & 79kg pigs, with others from the same home to 178p/kg and 174p/kg. J G Belfield, Sheen had pigs to 180p/kg for 85kg pigs. PF & PD Parsons, Whitchurch had an 85kg pig to 162p/kg.

Bacon Pigs topped at 199p/kg for 90kg pigs from D Goldstraw, Meerbrook. PF & PD Parsons, Whitchurch saw a trio of pig’s to 188p/kg for 96kg pigs, 90kg pigs from the same home realised 184p/kg and a 104kg pig from the same home realised 182p/kg. J&B Fentem saw a 96kg pig to 186p/kg, with B Minshull, Buxton achieving 184p/kg for a 92kg pig.

Heavy pigs were very much in demand today with the best shaped sorts to 203p/kg for a trio of 107kg pigs from D Goldstraw, who had others to 197p/kg and 178p/kg for 112kg and 108kg pigs. G Myatt, Gratton Lane, achieved 178p/kg and 171p/kg for 116kg and 110kg pigs.

Sows were met with a strong demand again. Average up on the week to 68.48pkg. Top price on the day 122p/kg for a 125kg young sow from B Minshull. Other top prices included 90p/kg for a 172kg sow from J Bailey and a 188kg sow from M Banham, Bromsgrove realised 88p/kg. A run of 5 sows from S Richardson, Barnsley realised 70p/kg.

Pig Averages.
Porkers (27) av £137.76 p/kg or £96.75/head
Cutting Pigs (36); av 168.99p/kg or £135.14/head
Bacon Pigs (49); av 175.65p/kg or £162.95/head
Heavy Pigs (12); av 185.50p/kg or £203.59/head
Cull Sows (15); av 68.48p/kg or £160.19/head

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
LAMBS (942);
Another decent entry saw a firmer trade throughout, with a 10p lift in the average.

Best lambs to 277p/kg and plenty at 260p and better. Heavy lambs also a stronger enquiry at 265p/kg or £146.99/head.

Overall average a pleasing 244.5p/kg.

Sample prices;
246p 31.6kg I Walker, Stone
266p 38.7kg J M Robinson, Swythamley
265p 39kg B Shaw, Parwich
258p 37.5kg A Shaw, Sturston
277p 44kg A & JE Goldstraw, Waterhouses
265p 41kg A Shaw, Sturston
262p 41.7kg J M Robinson, Swythamley
260p 42.8kg D V Holland, Blore
265p 47kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
260p 50kg R P Hall, Heaton
247p 55.5kg E G Slack & Sons, Buxton
239p 61.5kg A W Wilshaw, Rudyard

Another bumper entry seeing generally a stronger trade. Best ewes to £159/head for Mr Smith of Longford and numerous lots at £140 plus. Best Mules to £120.

Overall average of £92.43.

CALVES (147);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
Trade for the best still strong with the processing calves harder to move.

A time of year when empty calves show themselves in the ring a little less well but the best warm calves showing full of milk reap the benefits for the vendors.

Top price today £375 for a solid British Blue bull from the Hulme family at Basford shown at 33 days old. Best continental heifers topped at £275 for the Moss family at Meerbrook for a British Blue at 32 days.

Best Bull bulls over £270 and Blue heifers over £220.

39 Continental Bulls
More could have been sold to the vendors advantage, particularly Blues and Limousins.
29 Blue Bulls to £375 – DW & P Hulme, Basford
7 Lim Bulls to £278 – J, C & D Hudson, Hollinsclough
5 Sim Bulls to £298 – DG & JA Ball, Fulford

39 Continental Heifers
The best 40% very good to sell with several purchasers
putting together sensible groups.
27 Blue Heifers to £275 – JC & ME Moss, Meerbrook
7 Lim Heifers to £224 – N E Goodwin & Son
4 Sim Heifers to £195 – G B Millington, Wincle

43 Native Bulls
Yet again the very best with spirited bidding but the smallest 20% hard to clear.
10 Angus to £220 – DG & JA Ball, Fulford
2 Friesians to £30
15 Holsteins to £42
8 Dairy Shorthorn to £30

19 Native Heifers
10 Angus to £98
5 Herefords to £114

A smart run of reared to a top of £420.
Blue steers (3mths) to £420 – J W Hanford, Birch Vale
Limousin Steer (3mths) £400 – ME & DJ Gregory, Drointon
Sim Bull (3mths) to £350 – S Foxley, Westcroft
Blue Heifer (5mths) – £345 – S Foxley, Westcroft

Sale of 7,189 Store and Breeding Sheep
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Next Sale: Saturday 17th December
Sale of Store & Breeding Pigs – 10:30am
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• Thursday 24th November at Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough. Arrival 7pm, food 7.30pm.
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