STOCK numbers good with 596 cattle and 2,474 sheep on offer and indicative of new faces amongst the vendors at Bakewell to add to the steady supply of new purchasers who find their way to Bakewell in search of quality livestock.
This week it was the OTM and finished sections that were particularly busy with a total of 325 cattle between them.
Trade was solid throughout with high spots of 174p and £1,416 gross for OTMs and 240p and £1,480 for finished.
There was a useful turnout of 231 store and breeding cattle, particularly creditable with the sale on Friday for The High Peak Livestock Society with over 800 top notch suckler bred stores.
Nevertheless there was very brisk competition for the mixed selection on offer with steers to £1,180 and heifers £1,025. Amongst the breeding cattle in calf cows made up to £1,200 and a B Blue stock bull £2,650.
Sheep numbers were similar to last week with 1,790 old season lambs selling to 222p and £100.91 per head.
The SQQ average was 170.5p with the overall average which included all corners at 168p down about 3p on the week. Whilst the lamb trade does not sound wonderful with an average in the 170s we should not forget that 12 months ago it was 137p.
There were 683 cull sheep which maintained recent levels with ewes to £110 and rams £83.
Don’t forget the High Peak Livestock sale of 800 cattle on Friday 17th January.
154 BARREN & OTM CATTLE – overall average 113.9p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
A big entry and a very good trade when compared to other centres and some of the disaster stories we hear, but at Bakewell we run a GREEN MARKET and have customers for all cattle with feeding cows being an exceptionally good trade and lean cows not as discounted as some centres. Top price today was 174p for an OTM heifers 31mths from Riverside Farmers who also sold a Friesian at 158p. Top cow was 150p for a Limousin from David Critchlow, Sheen. Better cows 140p with cross bred sorts 125-140p. Best Hereford cows sold to 127p.
80 Black and White and Ex dairy cows average 108.4p
With a number of lean cows in today’s entry which were a decent trade again. Best fed cows sold in the 120-130p bracket with big Holsteins 115-120p. Leaner cows 105-115p with plain cows 90-100p.
The top Cows read as follows: 174p 602kg Lim Riverside Farmers, Scropton; 158p 646kg Holst Riverside Farmers, Scropton; 154p 672kg Fries PJ Furness & Son, Wormhill; 150p 708kg Lim D & LA Critchlow, Sheen; 149p 734kg Lim EJ Carney, Wolsley Bridge; 148p 612kg S’horn W Johnson & Sons, Longnor; 148p 588kg Lim SJ Thirlby, Burton on Trent; 146p 760kg BB AE & HR Stubbs, Uttoxeter; 140p 704kg Blonde x Riverside Farmers, Scropton; 138p 786kg BB RM Hadfield LTD, Castleton
The gross figures are: £1,109.60 760kg BB AE & HR Stubbs, Uttoxeter; £1,105.00 884kg Lim RM Hadfield LTD, Castleton; £1,093.66 734kg Lim EJ Carney, Wolsley Bridge; £1,087.94 818kg Lim J Percival, Flagg; £1,084.68 786kg BB RM Hadfield LTD, Castleton; £1,062.00 708kg Lim D & LA Critchlow, Sheen; £1,047.48 602kg Lim Riverside Farmers, Scropton; £1,034.88 672kg Fries PJ Furness & Son, Wormhill; £1,028.16 864kg Here F Lomas, Kniveton; £1,023.40 860kg Holst JE Seals & Son, Shirland
4 OTM Steers – average 155.9p - 177p or £1,366 for a BB from JB & P Broomhead, Fulwood
7 OTM Bulls – average 121.0p - 144p or £1,416 for a Blonde from G & R Gould, Elton; 128p or £1,152 for an AA from Riverside Farmers, Scropton; 120p or £1,363 for a Lim from TJ & MR Gould, Sheen
171 FINISHED CATTLE – overall average 174.8p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
A terrific entry of cattle this week with 56 bulls and 115 clean cattle with customers for all although some clean cattle would be less money this week. Farm assurance plays a greater part in selling. Have you considered it?
56 Young Bulls –overall average 160.4p
Don’t be misled by the average with only 12 Continental bulls on show with 3 native and 41 black and whites. Best Limousins sold to 229p for Henry Holland, Youlgreave with Chris Nash in 2nd and 3rd spot at 224p and 218p. Black and whites sold to 170p for Steve Potter, Bonsall.
Best black and white bulls 160-170p; Fed Holsteins 155-160p; Leaner Holsteins 145-155p; Very plain bulls 125-140p
The top Bulls sold as follows: 229p 584kg Lim H Holland, Youlgreave; 224p 558kg Lim CJ Nash, Stone; 218p 478kg Lim CJ Nash, Stone; 203p 648kg Lim DW Twigg, Bradwell; 202p 474kg Sim A Merryman, Dronfield; 200p 740kg Lim D & LA Critchlow, Sheen; 198p 626kg Sim H Holland, Youlgreave; 198p 548kg BB A Merryman, Dronfield; 185p 592kg Here L Slater & Sons, Winster; 183p 592kg BB J Hole & Sons, Ashover
and gross prices: £1,480.00 740kg Lim D & LA Critchlow, Sheen; £1,337.36 584kg Lim H Holland, Youlgreave; £1,315.44 648kg Lim DW Twigg, Bradwell; £1,249.92 558kg Lim CJ Nash, Stone; £1,239.48 626kg Sim H Holland, Youlgreave; £1,095.20 592kg Here L Slater & Sons, Winster; £1,085.04 548kg BB A Merryman, Dronfield; £1,083.36 592kg BB J Hole & Sons, Ashover; £1,071.36 744kg Holst JW & M Rose & Sons, Norton; £1,051.18 622kg Fries J Lomas & Sons, Matlock
52 Steers – overall average 176.2p - 30 Continentals, 5 Native and 16 Black and Whites sold on a competitive trade but certainly less money than we have seen. Remember it is a GREEN MARKET and you don’t have to take the price offered like deadweight or red market selling. Farm assurance is also an advantage and is worth considering. For any information give me a call. Top call today was 216p for a super sort from Messrs Mellor, Kniveton.
The top Steers sold as follows: 216p 582kg Lim J & J Mellor & Son, Kniveton; 215p 550kg Lim R Wharmby, High Peak; 207p 630kg Lim H Wilton, Taddington; 203p 568kg Lm Thorp Farms LTD, Baslow; 200p 460kg Lim Thorp Farms LTD, Baslow; 198p 594kg BB C Croft, Ashbourne; 198p 616kg Brit Blue x J Ratcliffe & Son, Alton; 195p 694kg Lim PC Allen, Uttoxeter; 195p 520kg BB Thorp Farms LTD, Baslow; 194p 644kg Brit Blue x J Ratcliffe & Son, Alton; 192p 726kg BB JB & P Broomhead, Fulwood; 192p 560kg Lim H Wilton, Taddington
And Gross prices: £1,393.92 726kg BB JB & P Broomhead, Fulwood; £1,353.30 694kg Lim PC Allen, Uttoxeter; £1,333.18 698kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock; £1,304.10 630kg Lim H Wilton, Taddington; £1,267.20 720kg Fries JB & P Broomhead, Fulwood; £1,257.12 582kg Lim J & J Mellor & Son, Kniveton; £1,249.36 644kg Brit Blue x J Ratcliffe & Son, Alton; £1,224.50 790kg AA W & EE Lomas & Sons, Ashover; £1,219.68 616kg Brit Blue x J Ratcliffe & Son, Alton; £1,212.20 638kg Lim JC Vickers, Taddington
63 Heifers – overall average 187.2p - The best a good trade with a number of butchers present and a top trade. Some plainer cattle in the entry certainly had their effect on the average. Top heifer today was a belter from Chris and Andrew Howe, Hazelhead at 240p (£1,382). 12 Angus and Hereford sold to 205p for Angus and 179p for Hereford.
The top Heifers sold as follows: 240p 576kg BB C &A Howe, Hazelhead; 237p 494kg Char NA Birch, Monyash; 235p 448kg Lim TX Cox, Great Longstone; 234p 464kg Lim SL Holland & Son, Birchover; 231p 590kg Lim AK Belfield, Sheen; 230p 474kg Lim NA Birch, Monyash; 230p 474kg Lim SJ Hinchley, Ashover; 228p 614kg Lim J & J Mellor & Son, Kniveton
Top gross figures: £1,399.92 614kg Lim J & J Mellor & Son, Kniveton; £1,382.40 576kg BB C &A Howe, Hazelhead; £1,362.90 590kg Lim AK Belfield, Sheen; £1,340.80 702kg Lim JB & P Broomhead, Fulwood; £1,299.80 670kg Char GK & E Robinson, Wheston; £1,251.18 662kg AA J & AM Battye, Ringinglow; £1,239.14 742kg BB W & EE Lomas & Sons, Ashover; £1,235.00 650kg AA J & AM Battye, Ringinglow; £1,234.80 686kg Sim BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor; £1,231.56 622kg BB GK & E Robinson, Wheston
231 STORE CATTLE - (Auctioneer Alastair Sneddon) - Another decent offering with a good spread of feeding cattle and a few breeders to add a little spice.
The dispersal of suckler cows and stock bull from FH White of Shottle attracted brisk competition with prices detailed below.
The general run of stores was very mixed, but there were plenty of highlights and knowledgeable observers considered them dearer than the previous week – somewhat puzzling in the context of finished cattle prices.
39 Feeding Bulls Typical examples as follows: £875 Lim x 9-10m MJC & PM Reeve, Ipstones; £760 BR 9m RA Tatlow, Ashbourne; £740 Sim 9-16m RG & M Leadbetter, Uttoxeter; £730 AA 18m J Nicholson, Clowne; £700 Here 12m T & P Spooner, Leek; £675 Lim x 9m NP Dawes, Crich; £490 Fries 3-4m JW Walker, Tideswell; £485 Fries 8m W Salt, Fairfield; £410 Holst 7m D & J Wyllie, Edingale
93 Heifers - Plenty of demand for the varied selection on offer.
Sample results: £1,025 Lim x 27m RH & M Bunting, Newhaven; £960 Char 28m Mrs M Renshaw, Butterton; £920 Devon 20m MJ Watson, Somercotes; £910 AA 25m A Tatlow, Calwich; £905 BR x 15m J Twyford, Farley; £900 Lim x 18m TJ & MR Gould, Sheen; £865 BR x 20-21m W & C & J Barratt, Combs; £860 Lim x 19-20m DA Bott, Kniveton; £850 BR x 7-8m A & G Timmons, Church Broughton; £800 AA 21-23m FP & SK Goodwin, Wincle; £740 BR x 8-9m A & G Timmons, Church Broughton; £690 Char 9m JA Sowter, South Wingfield; £650 Here 19-23m CK Mills, Baslow; £650 Lim x 8-9m NP Dawes, Crich; £600 Lim x 8m R Greenwood, Barton Gate; £550 Baz x 7-8m D Jones, Blackwell
89 Steers - A decent number, but generally short of quality with a good few dairy types included. Most local vendors eligible to show at the High Peak Livestock sale will be selling at Bakewell on Friday 17th January.
Nevertheless, there was a very strong trade for all types with typical results as follows:-
£1,180 Lim x 21m Mrs CA Bunting, Bradley; £1,150 Lim x 19-20m AG Tomkinson, Thorpe; £1,140 Char 28m Mrs M Renshaw, Butterton; £1,085 Devon 20m MJ Watson, Somercotes; £1,080 Lim x 20m AJ Wainwright, Oxspring; £1,045 Lim 19-22m AP Pugh, Pilsley; £990 AA 28m GL Critchlow, Onecote; £935 Lim x 20m W & C & J Barratt, Combs; £930 Fries 27m RFG Langton, Aldercar; £900 Lim x 9-10m MD Shimwell, Youlgreave; £860 Char 8-11m JA Sowter, South Wingfield; £850 Lim x 16m TJ & MR Gould, Sheen; £700 BR x 12-14m JW Naylor & Sons, Flagg; £690 AA 9-10m MD Shimwell, Youlgreave; £660 Baz x 7m D Jones, Blackwell; £650 AA 16m TR Meakin, Loxley; £620 S’horn 20m T Satterthwaite, Dungworth; £615 Fries 20-23m PK Heathcote, Buxton; £415 Holst 15m PJ & N Townsend, Tideswell
11 Breeding Cattle - The entry chiefly comprised the dispersal of 8 Simmental x cows, 6mths in calf to BB Bull from FH White, Shottle. The stock bull made £2,650 for a Ped BB, 56mths from FH White, Shottle.
£1,200 Sim x Cow, 72m FH White, Shottle; £1,200 Sim x Cow, 74m FH White, Shottle; £1,190 Sim x Cow, 74m FH White, Shottle; £1,180 Sim x Cow, 82m FH White, Shottle
The 8 averaged £1,096.
40 CALVES (Auctioneer Ben Furnival)
A very disappointing entry in terms of numbers – more calves needed please contact Ben Furnival on 07772 312684 if you require any marketing advice.
Bulls - Best of £345 (23 days) for a nice Simmental from the Shuker family. Angus to £295 (18 days) from the Langton family. Black and Whites to £138 from Paul Swindells.
Bulls Average (£) Top Price (£) Vendor - 8 Fries 70.00 120.00 G & D Shuker & Sons, Whaley Bridge; 1 AA 295.00 RFG Langton, Aldercar; 8 Lim 171.25 290.00 BD Hudson, Ipstones; 1 Sim 325.00 G & D Shuker, Whaley Bridge; 13 Holst 42.85 130.00 PA Swindells, Chelmorton; 1 Mont 160.00 PR & JJ Holgate, Alderwasley; 2 Blue 240.00 245.00 C Hornsby & J Round, Beeley
Heifers - Only 5 on offer to £252 for the Hudson’s 18 day old Limousin.
Heifers Average Top Price Vendor - 3 Lim 161.33 252.00 BD Hudson, Ipstones; 1 Blue 235.00 JD Broadley, Hartington
2,474 SHEEP including 1,791 Lambs & 683 Ewes and Rams
(Auctioneers Peter Oven, Mark Elliott)
A total entry of 2,474 sheep included 1,791 lambs. The quality of lambs on offer was very mixed with a larger proportion of hill bred lambs on offer.
The very best sorts peaked at 222p/kg for the Texels with some heavy Beltex lambs to 212p/kg. Best big lambs grossed just over £100/head. The top 10 pens average 211p/kg with overall market average 170.52p/kg.
Lamb Leading prices:-
35.3kg 181p/kg JR Hadfield, Smalldale
36.6kg 213p/kg Cowley Knoll, Birchover
37.1kg 192p/kg B Jones, Wirksworth
38.3kg 205p/kg Cowley Knoll, Birchover
39.3kg 222p/kg DL Batterbee, Sparrow Pit
40.3kg 198p/kg JW Walker & Son, Tideswell
41.1kg 217p/kg D & L Wain, Ilam
42.8kg 215p/kg AV Marsden, Hucklow
43.0kg 215p/kg CM Lindholm, Kniveton
47.6kg 212p/kg AK Belfield, Sheen
50.6kg 179p/kg AV Marsden, Hucklow
55.7kg 157p/kg Thorpe Farms, Baslow
32.1kg -39kg to 213p/kg Average 170.28p/kg
39.1kg - 45.5kg to 222p/kg Average 171.02p/kg
45.6kg – 52kg to 212p/kg Average 160.11p/kg
Cull Ewes and Rams
A full complement of buyers forward saw brisk trade similar to last week with best heavy Texel ewes in short supply. The smaller and plainer Continental ewes well bid for.
Ewes to £110. Average £55.58.
Rams to £83. Average £61.59.