Market Report Tuesday 25th October

An Autumnal Tuesday sale and good numbers forward in most sections. A good enquiry for barren cattle this week, seeing a top price of 170p/kg and £1461.25, with clean cattle to 216p/kg.

Lambs sold on a solid trade, seeing the best quality up to 253p/kg, although a shortage of best meated lambs this week. Cull ewes a better enquiry seeing a top of £169.

Not as many dairies this Tuesday but still a super trade for the quality on offer, seeing a second calver to £2600, and heifers to £2100.

Fat pigs a slightly improved trade on the week, to 181p/kg for bacon pigs and sows to 66p/kg.

Less calves on offer and trade patchy with quality selling well as always, but other qualities harder to place. Top price of £340 twice for British Blue bull calves and Charolais heifers to £295.

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A similar entry sold on a solid trade with the best to 170p/kg for a 735kg Blonde from James Gilman, Bosley, with Angus’ to 167p/kg twice for a 875kg & 785kg cow from S Pennington & Son, Altrincham.

Black & white’s sold up to 165p/kg for a 765kg Holstein from LTL Partners Ltd, Leigh.

Other top prices;
165p 695kg Blonde – J Gilman & Partners, Bosley
164p 645kg Friesian – BD & MA Hudson, Ipstones
161p 780kg Friesian – S J Hooley, Butley
157p 710kg Friesian – BD & MA Hudson, Ipstones
157p 705kg Holstein – WG & J Clark, Bradnop
156p 865kg Holstein – S J Hooley, Butley
156p 790kg Holstein – S J Hooley, Butley

Overall average of 138.71p/kg or £931.01 per head.

Top headage price of £1461.25 for Angus cows from S Pennington & Son, with others at £1310.95 and Holsteins to £1349.40 & £1262.25 & blonde’s to £1249.50.

An overage Angus bull weighing 645kg realised 159p/kg for Will Hurley, Macc Forest.

Selling time – Following the Barren Cattle
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A small entry topped at 216p/kg for a 615kg Montbeliarde steer from Home Farm, Rushton Spencer, and a 665kg Hereford steer at 215p/kg from the same home.

Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
A second calver with a PLI of £503 topped the day on Tuesday from the Easoms of Oakerthorpe the ABS Jeromino daughter was sold giving 31kg for £2600 and went to James Parkes of Melton Mowbray. They also had another second calver to £2280 to the same home.
Heifers reached £2100 from Mark Baskerville of Standon, Eccleshall.

PIGS (129);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894).
A few less about this week and a mixed quality entry. Pork pigs sold up to 175p/kg for a 68kg pig from A Worth, with 73kg pigs at 157p/kg from J & B Fentem who also sold 73.5kg pigs for 145p/kg.

Cutters topped at 175p/kg for a 82kg pig from J & B Fentem, who also sold 84kg pigs at 169p/kg and two pens at 160p/kg. 171p/kg was paid for a pair of 81kg pigs from PF & PD Parsons, with 168p/kg for a 84kg pig from S Bailey, Biddulph.

Bacon pigs to 181p/kg for 92kg pigs Massie Farms, who dominated the bacon pig prices with three pens at 179p/kg, a pen of 94kg pigs at 177p/kg, another at 174p/kg and two at 173p/kg. Heavies sold up to 157p/kg for a 108kg pig.

More sows about selling up to 66p/kg for a 284kg sow from Ray Rowlinson, with a run from one home at 66p/kg and another five at 65p/kg for S Richardson.

Pig Averages;
Pork Pigs (13); av 146.76p/kg or £104.08/head
Cutting Pigs (29); av 156.63p/kg or £126.87/head
Bacon Pigs (60); av 169.95p/kg or £160.35/head
Heavy Pigs (2); av 137.06p/kg or £151.45/head
Cull Sows (20); av 61.08p/kg or £157.65/head
Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
LAMBS (855);
A reasonable entry selling on another competitive trade, although prices are less and in line with the national trends, however generally would be stronger than might have been expected pre-sale.

Best sorts again selling a premium prices, however less of those sorts available to bid at. Best at 253p/kg and plenty 240p and above.

Big lambs in demand topping at 250p/kg for heavies and 237p/kg for overweight’s. Top headage at £143.36/head. 45kg and over averaged £115 per head.

Overall average at 228p/kg.

Sample prices;
245p 33kg Renshaw & Brassington, Ashbourne
245p 38kg A P Leason, Ilam
243p 33kg A Shaw, Sturston
253p 41.4kg M S Lancaster, Congleton
252p 44kg D Williams, Basford
250p 41.4kg K N House, Somerford
250p 46kg M S Lancaster, Congleton
241p 48.6kg Foker Grange Farm Ltd, Leek
236p 50kg A P Leason, Ilam
237p 54.7kg N Beardsley, Muggington
236p 56kg P F Gilman, Thorncliffe

A slightly smaller entry but still good numbers and trade notably sharper for all types, particularly meated sorts and more grazing buyers looking for stock.

Best Texel’s to £169/head from R & S Bailey, Rushton, Strong Suffolk’s to £140 and heavy Mules at £110 – £110/head.

Best Rams to £160 from S Beswick, Buxton.

Overall average at £84/head.

CALVES (146);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
Less on offer this week as we start to see the end of the autumn rush.

28 Continental Bulls
The best remain good but a lot of calves look good to buy. 4 best bulls topped £318 with two at £340 for Gordon Waller and Andrew Cotton. Medium bulls £150 – £250 with smalls generally under £150.
22 Blues av £185 to £340 – Two Vendors
3 Sims av £210 to £245 – J C & D Hudson
1 Lim to £220 – C V Whilock & Sons
1 Char to £325 – D & G Tudor

36 Continental Heifers
Hard work with trade at the bottom end but not at great values. Two lovely Charolais heifers made £295 and £265 for Daz Tudor with the better sorts generally £185 – £205. Mediums £110 – £160 with smaller heifers under £100.
24 Blues av £107 to £205 – Woodward Partners
6 Sims av £144 to £188 – S J Hooley
3 Lims av £131 to £165 – N E Goodwin & son
2 Char av £280 to £295 – D & G Tudor

61 Natives
Big numbers again with a run of 30 from an autumn calving herd.
21 AA Bulls av £77 to £280 – G A Waller
8 Hereford Bulls av £64 to £100 – PG & DR Goodwin
18 AA Heifers av £55 to £140 – P & H Botham
14 Hereford Heifers av £48 to £100 – B E Wain

15 Black & White Bulls
A Monty made £160 with Holsteins to £63 and the majority £20 – £50.

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