WITH 602 cattle in the catalogue and the latest snow thankfully melted, buyers had no difficulty finding their way to Bakewell.
Amongst the regulars were significant numbers of new faces bidding at Bakewell for the first time, although trade was such that not all were successful.
Purchasers were present from Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire together with the majority from Derbyshire and surrounding counties.
If the current food labelling and horse meat crisis has done anything for the cattle trade all the evidence at Bakewell was that it was positive rather than negative.
Let us hope that concerns over processed food will bring consumers in to the frame of mind to purchase recognisable cuts of British meat from a reputable supplier.
The sale commenced with breeding stock indicating that confidence is running high. Cows and calves reached £1,450 and stock bulls £2,450, but it was in calf heifers that really captured the imagination and demand was exceptional.
Detailed results as follows:-
£1,450 BB x Cow, 80mths & Str Calf M Wynne, Midhopestones
£1,420 BB x Cow, 55mths & Hfr Calf W & P Charlton, Brassington
£1,210 BB x Hfr, 28mths & Str Calf M Wynne, Midhopestones
£1,170 Lim x Cow, 152mths & Hfr Calf M Wynne, Midhopestones
£2,450 Pure Lim, 21mths AH Booth, Aston
£1,600 Pure Brit Blue, 20mths D & J Wyllie, Tamworth
In Calf Cows & Heifers
£1,420 Here Hfr, 29mths, I/C to Lim JW & RG Ede, Youlgreave
£1,390 BB x Hfr, 29-31mths, I/C to Lim JW & RG Ede, Youlgreave
£1,360 Lim x Hfr, 28mths, I/C to Lim JW & RG Ede, Youlgreave
17 In Calf heifers from JW & RG Ede averaged £1,320
£1,250 Lim x, 25mths, I/C to Lim Miss J Bonsall, Atlow
£1,230 Lim x, 21-22mths, I/C to Lim Miss J Bonsall, Atlow
10 In Calf heifers from Miss J Bonsall averaged £1,198
Feeding Bulls – 138
Buyers out in force seeking quality bulls to feed. Some astonishing prices at all size levels.
£1,220 Char 12m D & J Wyllie, Tamworth
£1,120 BB x 10m R & A White, Snake Pass
£1,090 Lim x 9m D & L Wain, Ilam
£1,060 Sim x 8-9m EW Moss & Son, Abbotts Bromley
£1,040 Lim x 9m D & L Wain, Ilam
£1,020 Lim x 10m DN & JE Renwick, Middleton
£910 BB x 5-6m J & J Spillane, Buxton
£890 Lim x 9-11m MJ Wells & Son, Monyash
£870 Lim x 8-9m AC Simpson, Bradwell
£830 Lim x 8m T Gibbs, Ashover
£810 Lim x 12m Frith Bros, Thorpe
£780 Lim x 7-8m MA Salisbury, Hayfield
£730 BB x 9m GA & SM Wainwright, Snake Pass
Steers – 141
Some very useful cattle as both individuals and multiples and a definite feeling that well matched bunches have the edge as buyers seek to put numbers together.
£1,000 Char x 9m PE Yates, Quarndon
£970 BB x 10-11m Miss C Sharpley, Wildboarclough
£970 Char x 8m N & S Pearson, Peak Forest
£950 Lim x 8-9m PE Yates, Quarndon
£940 Lim 9-10m Ashford Hall Farm
£925 Lim x 10-11m MD Shimwell, Youlgreave
£920 Sim x 10-11m R & S Salisbury, Abney
£910 BB x 9m MJ Wells, Monyash
£910 Lim x 10m LG Parkin, Unstone
£900 Lim x 9m Mrs MP Elliott, Eyam
£890 Lim x 9m WW Bramall, Hathersage
£890 Lim x 10m AB Massie & Son, Ockbrook
£870 BB x 9m JA Hall, Youlgreave
£780 BB x 8m W Wain, Brassington
£690 Lim x 8-9m Mrs RJ Spalton, Stoney Middleton
Heifers – 281
Overall Average £772
It was the heifers that really rang the bell at this sale.
With the majority only 6-9 months and many coming from the hard hill farms of the Peak District, the prices achieved were little short of astonishing.
One expects the few show quality sorts to hit the highlights, but the general level of trade for the more ‘run of the mill’ bunches was exceptional.
£1,135 Lim x 11m J & R Sims, Fritchley
£1,120 BB x 18-20m MA Salisbury, Hayfield
£1,110 BB x 11m J & R Sims, Fritchley
£990 BB x 17m Miss C Sharpley, Wildboarclough
£945 Lim x 15m D & L Wain, Ilam
£870 BB x 10-11m Miss C Sharpley, Wildboarclough
£850 Lim x 8m AC Simpson, Bradwell
£840 Char x 9m PE Yates, Quarndon
£820 BB x 8m A & G Mycock & Bright, Buxton
£810 BB x 8m J & J Spillane, Buxton
£810 Lim x 8m WW Bramall, Hathersage
£780 Lim x 8m Frith Bros LTD, Thorpe
£760 BB x 7m W Wain & Sons, Brassington
£760 Lim x 8m N & S Pearson, Peak Forest
£750 BB x 8-10m MJ Wells & Son, Monyash
£750 Lim x 8-11m MD Shimwell, Youlgreave
£740 BB x 8-9m JA Hall, Youlgreave
£730 Sim x 10-11m R & S Salisbury, Abney
£670 Lim x 9-11m LG Parkin, Unstone
£655 Lim x 8-10m AB Massie & Son, Ockbrook
NEXT SALE - HIGH PEAK LIVESTOCK SOCIETY STORE AND BREEDING CATTLE ON FRIDAY 15TH MARCH 2013