Market Report Tuesday 29th November

The last Tuesday sale of November saw a quieter day albeit sections saw good numbers forward and a competitive trade.

A good show of barren cattle forward saw a mixed trade but still firm for the meated sorts, selling up to 198p/kg for a Limousin and black & whites to 178p/kg. A shortage of clean cattle saw the best to 212p/kg.

A few less lambs about this week and a similar trade to last week, with the best selling well to 281p/kg, and overall average of 242p/kg and £104.26/head. More lambs required every week please! Cull sheep continue on a sharp trade, with the best types to £156.

Dairies sold up to £2100 for heifers with a mixed entry forward. Cows topped at £2020 for Friesians.

A better enquiry for calves this week, saw a smaller entry sell well, topping at 390 for Blue Bull calves and Blue heifers to £270.

In the pig section saw a strong trade for fat pigs again, with the best topping at 200p/kg twice for Bacon pigs, and cutters to 191p/kg.

BARREN COWS (51);

Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A good entry sold on a solid trade, seeing the best up to 198p/kg for a 820kg Limousin from G J Plant, Dilhorne. A 715kg Ayrshire realised 178p/kg from D & JK Mellor, Onecote; a 655kg Simmental sold for 177p/kg from M R Beardmore, Ipstones and 176p/kg for a 700kg Charolais from J F Barber, Quarnford.

Other top prices;
172p 665kg Beef Shorthorn – JE & JA Griffin, Osmaston
168p 590kg Holstein – D & EA Jeffery, Roston
166p 705kg Charolais – J F Barber, Quarnford
164p 655kg Holstein – E Morten & Sons, Doveholes
162p 575kg Hereford – D & EA Jeffery, Roston
159p 795kg Friesian – J & L Macpherson Ltd, Yoxall
Overall average of 136.53p/kg or £885.57 per head.

Top headage price of £1623.60 for a Limousin from G J Plant, Dilhorne, Ayrshires to £1272.70, Friesians to £1264.05, Charolais to £1232 and £1170.30.

CLEAN CATTLE;
Selling time – Following the Barren Cattle
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A small entry sold up to 212p/kg for a 555kg British Blue steer from N D Gibbs, Butterton.

Black & White bulls sold up to 209p/kg for a 620kg Friesian from J E Archer & Sons, Hilton, with others at 207p/kg for a 615kg bull, 207p/kg for a 590kg bull and 206p/kg for a 635kg bull.

DAIRIES;
Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
A mixed quality forward on Tuesday still met a strong trade with prices topping at £2100 for a fresh heifer from Messrs Darwin of Sheffield. She went to Messrs Parkes of Melton Mowbray.

Close behind at £2000 was another fresh heifer, this time from Trevor & Pat Swinson, Caverswall. She want to Messrs Robinson of Rudyard.

Friesians reached £2020 for a lovely cow from Richard Thompson of Sudbury. She went to Messrs Critchlow of Wheston.

Plenty of prize money on offer for the Christmas Show & Sale on 20th December. Get you entries in!

PIGS (133);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
Trade similar to previous weeks if not slightly dearer. Top price today 200p/kg from D Goldstraw, Meerbrook and Massie Farms, Stafford.

Porkers dearer on the week averaging 169.5p/kg. Top price 188p/kg from P J Saunders, Lichfield for 78kg gilts. Others from the same home achieved 180p/kg, 168p/kg and 166p/kg. J&B Fentem, Allsop en-le Dale had a trio of 74kg pigs to 158p/kg and a 74kg pig to 150p

Cutters topped at 191p/kg for 88kg pigs from Massie Farms, Stafford who had 84kg pigs to 188p/kg. They also sold 84kg pigs to 188p/kg and others to 182p/kg, 179p/kg, 177p/kg and 174p/kg.

Baconers topped at 200p/kg twice for 99kg gilts from D Goldstraw, Meerbrook and 92kg pigs from Massie Farms, Stafford who had others to 197p/kg and 190p/kg. PF & PD Parsons, Whitchurch has 99kg pigs to 194p/kg and a 97kg pig to 190p/kg.

Heavies topped at 188p/kg for a 110kg pig from PF & PD Parsons, R Rowlinson, Ramshorn had a 127kg gilt to 154p/kg and a 134kg Gilt to 150p/kg. A J Norbury has 106kg pigs to 140p/kg and AJ Brighouse & Son, Wilmslow had a 125kg pig to 124p/kg and a 144kg pig to 116p/kg

Meated sows in demand. Top price 121p/kg for a 209kg sow from Roston Farms Ltd, Roston who had a 286kg sow to 76p/kg. J G Belfield, Sheen had a 279kg sow at 74p/kg and J W Bennett, Abbots Bromley had a 208kg sow to 74p/kg and 62p/kg

Pig Averages.
Pork Pigs (15) av 169.50p/kg or £124.64/head
Cutting Pigs (33); av 176.93p/kg or £141.87/head
Bacon Pigs (64); av 173.47p/kg or £163.28/head
Heavy Pigs (10); av 132.48p/kg or £168.51/head
Cull Sows (7); av 67.50p/kg or £159.59/head

SHEEP SECTION;
Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
LAMBS (700);
A few less numbers about and a similar trade generally. Best lambs a sharper trade to a top of 281p/kg and a number of pens at 260p and better. Commercial quality lambs a firmer trade throughout and particularly the light (30-36kg) and very heavy (50kg plus). Top headage at £148.93/head.

Overall average of 242p/kg or £104.26/head.

Sample prices;
281p 38.5kg J M Robinson, Swythamley
274p 36.5kg J M Robinson, Swythamley
259p 35.8kg M Jones, Rudyard
276p 43.3kg J M Robinson, Swythamley
273p 42.5kg A J Gilman, Elkstones
270p 41.6kg J Belfield & R Deakin-Gallimore, Leigh
270p 44.7kg FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate
270p 46.2kg FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate
269p 47.7kg H Hodgkinson & Sons, Earl Sterndale
265p 48kg S W Deaville, Rocester
260p 50kg S W Deaville, Rocester
265p 52.7kg S W Deaville, Rocester
259p 53kg R J Critchlow, Grindon
259p 57.5kg H Hodgkinson & Sons, Earl Sterndale

Don’t forget next week we have the Annual Christmas Show & Sale so please come along and support!


CULL SHEEP (355);
Another solid entry and a brisk trade, generally but leaner sorts perhaps not quite as fast.

Best rams to £170 and best ewes to £156 for Texels. More best ewes could be sold and a shortage of best heavy ewes again.

Best Mules to £122 and meated sorts generally £80 plus.

Overall average at £79 included a number of lean hill types.

CALVES (110);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
Less numbers but what a trade this week with the oldest law of supply and demand coming true once again.

28 Continental Bulls
Trade better throughout with the best good to sell as always but more life for the second quality today. Blues peaked at £390 for a lovely sort from Messrs Holmes, Rodsley. 8 best over £310; mediums £220 – £290 look better sold with a few smaller sorts under £200 but generally more money.
16 Blues av £232 to £390 – P E Holmes & Son
6 Sims av £218 to £285 – Brooklyn Farm Products
6 Lims av £230 to £375 – F E Whittaker & Sons

31 Continental Heifers
Again, a cracking good trade for all with the second and indeed third quality better than we have seen for a while. Blues peaked at £270 for Messrs Davies, Werrington. 10 best over £200, mediums £120 – £180 with still a few plainer heifers under £100.
21 Blues av £155 to £270 – P J Davies
4 Sims av £153 to £195 – D S Harrison
6 Lims av £194 to £250 – P E Holmes & Son

26 Natives
Certainly better sold with prices unseen for a number of weeks.
3 Hereford Bulls av £215 to £225 – C S & J Prince
9 AA Bulls av £130 to £190 – L S Riley
7 Hereford Heifers av £127 to £200 – C S & J Prince
7 AA Heifers av £102 to £140 – D S Buxton & Son

15 Black & White Bulls
Sold from £5 to £64 today and all going the same way.

10 Reared from 3 Vendors
British Blue Heifers to £430 (2mths) – S M McCleavy
AA Heifer to £340 (2mths) – S M McCleavy
AA Heifer to £255 (3mths) – ME & DJ Gregory

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SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER
Sale of 493 Store & Breeding Cattle
Catalogues Available Online
Next Sale: Saturday 17th December
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SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER
Sale of Store & Breeding Pigs – 10:30am
Followed by Sale of Goats
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TUESDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2022
CHRISTMAS PRIMESTOCK SHOW & SALE
Schedules Available Shortly
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SATURDAY 10TH DECEMBER
Sale of Store and Breeding Sheep
Entries Close Friday 2nd December
Next Sale: Saturday 14th January
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TUESDAY 20TH DECEMBER
Monthly Pedigree Dairy Christmas Show & Sale
Please Advise of Entries
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THURSDAY 22ND DECEMBER – 10AM
Sale of Christmas Dressed Poultry
Entries of Turkeys, Geese, Ducks, Chickens etc
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