DESPITE the many inches of rain that have fallen recently the last Monday market in January has been and gone without the disruption of some previous years. One result of good conditions for travelling is without the peaks and troughs brought about by wintry weather.
This in turn encourages orderly marketing and helps the trade to remain solid.
This week was a good example with 488 cattle and 1,852 sheep on offer demand and supply were reasonably balanced and some very decent results emerged.
The 219 store cattle maintained the recent outstanding levels of price with steers to £1,300 and heifers £1,140.
Regardless of recent wobbles in the finished cattle trade store buyers are keen to top up their yards and the prospect of cheaper corn is clearly concentrating minds.
The 107 OTM cattle were much the same trade as last week, somewhat lacking in highlights, but topping at 166p and £1,190 to average 106.6p.
Bearing in mid the cross section of cows on offer not a bad performance. The 107 prime cattle comprised a portion of butchers cattle topping at 241p and £1,581 together with the more commercial sorts which were rather harder work for the auctioneer. The overall figure of 180p tells the story.
In the sheep section a wet weekend curtailed numbers with only 1,304 old season lambs forward, but trade was up by about 10p on the week and those who had braved the weather were well rewarded with a SQQ average of 192p, an outstanding 50p/kg better than 12 months ago and obviously making a 40kg hogg worth a full £20 more than its 2013 predecessor.
There were fewer cull sheep on offer and the 426 sold very well with ewes to £120 and the average of £65.10.
A selection of in-lamb ewes peaked at £112 indicating some optimism for lambing time.
107 BARREN & OTM CATTLE – overall average 107.7p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles 07801 530899)
Less cows this week but a very similar trade overall with the average a shade higher but possibly a better quality entry this week.
Top cow this week was a super Limousin (6yrs) from Roger & Lee White, Bamford at 147p (£1,190) with a one calf Blue in second at 146p.
51 Black and White and Ex Dairy Cows average 98.3p
A very similar trade throughout with the best at 124p from John Cowgill, Barnsley. Better cows generally 115p plus with better Holsteins 105-115p. Leaner Cows 95-105p with very plain cows 80-95p.
The top Cows read as follows: 147p 810kg Lim R & A White & Son, Bamford; 146p 574kg Brit Blue x BD & A Yates, Middleton by Youlgreave; 142p 480kg Lim BD & A Yates, Middleton by Youlgreave; 139p 808kg Lim T Gratton, Riber; 138p 712kg Lim WW Bramall & Son, Hathersage; 138p 662kg Lim Gosling Farming LTD, Parwich; 136p 600kg AA M Mosley & Sons, Snitterton; 135p 612kg Sim WI Fletcher, Sheldon; 135p 574kg AA BD & A Yates, Middleton by Youlgreave; 131p 492kg Lim BD & A Yates, Middleton by Youlgreave
The gross figures are: £1,190.70 810kg Lim R & A White & Son, Bamford; £1,123.12 808kg Lim T Gratton, Riber; £1,038.86 818kg Char P Carrington, Roston; £1,032.40 890kg Sim Mrs L Renshaw & I Brassington, Church Broughton; £985.56 764kg Sim DA & AM Campeau, Crowdicote; £982.56 712kg Lim WW Bramall & Son, Hathersage; £926.86 766kg Lim Gosling Farming LTD, Parwich; £924.44 764kg Lim F Lomas, Kniveton; £923.40 810kg Char P Carrington, Roston; £917.50 734kg AA M Mosley & Sons, Snitterton
3 OTM Steers – average 159.1p
166p or £1,145 for a Lim from D Sanderson, Bradfield; 147p or £1,120 for a Lim from R Lees, Froghall
107 FINISHED CATTLE – overall average 180.1p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
A good entry but with trade very depressed nationally and no sign of an end to the gloom, I have to report that the butchers cattle and best bulls were a good trade, not that much less than at their highest in mid-summer 2013. Commercial cattle and out of spec sorts are however hard work to sell. Farm Assurance plays a more and more important part. For any information give me a call on 07801 530899.
39 Young Bulls –overall average 167.5p
The best bulls remain an excellent trade with the top 10 all over 215p and a high of 236p (£1,581) for Charlie Tabbenor with a couple of French boys from Harry Holland at 230p. 18 black and white bulls averaged 144.5p but sold to 175p for Messrs Lomas, Griffe. Plainer Holsteins 105-129p with an overage bull in the mix at 68p.
The top Bulls sold as follows: 236p 670kg Lim CW Taberner, Tean; 230p 590kg Lim H Holland, Youlgreave; 230p 528kg Lim H Holland, Youlgreave; 230p 670kg Lim CW Taberner, Tean; 226p 580kg Sim L Slater & Sons, Winster; 224p 552kg Lim H Holland, Youlgreave; 220p 492kg Blonde x T Turner, Longford; 217p 564kg Brit Blue x L Slater & Sons, Winster; 216p 564kg Brit Blue x T Turner, Longford; 215p 640kg Lim CW Taberner, Tean
and gross prices: £1,581.20 670kg Lim CW Taberner, Tean; £1,541.00 670kg Lim CW Taberner, Tean; £1,423.30 662kg Lim CW Taberner, Tean; £1,392.40 640kg Brit Blue x T Turner, Longford; £1,357.00 590kg Lim H Holland, Youlgreave; £1,346.08 752kg Blonde x T Turner, Longford; £1,310.80 580kg Sim L Slater & Sons, Winster; £1,236.48 552kg Lim H Holland, Youlgreave; £1,223.88 564kg Brit Blue x L Slater & Sons, Winster; £1,214.40 528kg Lim H Holland, Youlgreave
Steers The top Steers sold as follows: 212p 462kg Lim FW & J Austin, Parwich; 209p 552kg Lim D Hadfield, Wheston; 209p 584kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock; 203p 576kg Lim D Hadfield, Wheston; 199p 570kg Brit Blue x Thorp Farms LTD, Baslow; 197p 478kg Brit Blue x SL Holland & Son, Youlgreave; 195p 654kg Lim D Hadfield, Wheston; 190p 564kg Blonde x PF & S Mellor, Little Hayfield
And Gross prices: £1,275.30 654kg Lim D Hadfield, Wheston; £1,253.00 700kg Brit Blue x JR Johnson, Ipstones; £1,238.80 760kg Lim FP Kenworthy, Turnditch; £1,220.56 584kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock; £1,169.28 576kg Lim D Hadfield, Wheston; £1,153.68 552kg Lim D Hadfield, Wheston; £1,134.30 570kg Brit Blue x Thorp Farms LTD, Baslow
Heifers The top Heifers sold as follows: 241p 548kg Lim M Wynne, Midhopestones; 232p 504kg Brit Blue x NA Birch, Monyash; 231p 576kg Lim M Wynne, Midhopestones; 228p 602kg Lim M Wynne, Midhopestones; 225p 498kg Brit Blue x NA Birch, Monyash; 224p 466kg Blonde x PF & S Mellor, Little Hayfield; 218p 480kg Lim DW Twigg, Bradwell; 212p 394kg Lim H Holland, Youlgreave; 210p 484kg Lim H Holland, Youlgreave; 208p 444kg Blonde x PF & S Mellor, Little Hayfield
Top gross figures: £1,372.56 602kg Lim M Wynne, Midhopestones; £1,330.56 576kg Lim M Wynne, Midhopestones; £1,320.68 548kg Lim M Wynne, Midhopestones; £1,275.12 644kg Lim H & G Hollinshead, Lichfield; £1,233.86 646kg Lim H & G Hollinshead, Lichfield; £1,223.04 588kg Blonde x BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor; £1,204.74 582kg Lim H & G Hollinshead, Lichfield; £1,201.30 586kg Char G Wardman, Matlock; £1,193.06 638kg Lim H & G Hollinshead, Lichfield; £1,169.28 504kg Brit Blue x NA Birch, Monyash
STORE CATTLE - (Auctioneer Alastair Sneddon) Another useful selection of 219 store and breeding cattle sold on a remarkable trade with a full line up of buyers operating and the resulting prices showing no sign of abating from recent exceptional levels. Rather more strong cattle in the entry with prices to match, but all types very well bid for.
Plenty of interest in the Angus and Hereford crosses and no shortage of demand for the bunches of black and white steers on offer.
20 Feeding Bulls Only a small assortment this week. Typical examples as follows: £790 Blonde x 8-9m JD Brown, Bonsall; £645 Fries 18m J Melland & Son, Flagg; £600 Here 15-17m Miss N Butterworth, Claycross; £575 Holst 11-12m E & D & G Gregory, Glossop; £495 Lim x 7m B Kidd, Wildboarclough;
83 Heifers Some decent bunches and individuals and a great deal of interest shown in all types. If you have store cattle to sell do not hesitate to give us a ring. We are happy to inspect on farm and promote special entries.
Sample results: £1,140 Char x 21m F Lomas, Kniveton; £1,085 Lim x 19-21m PT Varkalis, Riber; £1,075 AA x 27m A Tatlow, Calwich; £1,060 Blonde x 20m F Lomas, Kniveton; £1,040 BR x 25m S Rhodes, Fulwood; £990 AA 25m GL Critchlow, Onecote; £950 Lim x 20m G & R Gould, Elton; £935 Char x 18m DJ Sowerby, Edale; £915 Lim x 20m FN Biggin, Holmesfield; £830 Lim x 20m DA Bott, Kniveton; £760 BR x 13-17m H Hodgkinson, Earl Sterndale; £685 Here x 18m P Matkin, Kirk Ireton; £675 Lim x 9-12m VJ Holland, Ilam; £670 Lim x 19m CK Mills, Baslow; £570 Lim x 8m JP & D Helliwell, Oughtibridge; £545 Lim x 9m CPR & JM Mycock, Friden; £425 AA 7m RL Taylor, Darley Dale; £410 Lim x 6-7m B Kidd, Wildboarclough
114 Steers A better show than last week with something for everybody. Rather more strong cattle on offer and no shortage of customers as the following details reveal:
£1,300 BR x 32m F Evans & Daughters, Colwich; £1,290 Lim x 30m F Evans & Daughters, Colwich; £1,125 Char x 18m DJ Sowerby, Edale; £1,105 Lim x 13m Miss J Bonsall, Atlow; £1,100 Lim x 10m Miss J Bonsall, Atlow; £1,090 BR x 20m A & DJ Gregory, Litton; £1,060 Char x 18m DJ Sowerby, Edale; £1,015 Here x 17m A & DJ Gregory, Litton
£1,005 Blonde 17m G & R Gould, Elton; £990 Here 19m C Gould, Broadbottom; £980 AA 20-21m MJ Jervis, Whiston; £890 Lim x 20-21m DA Bott, Kniveton; £860 Lim x 16m W & A Cartledge, Sparrowpit; £855 Blonde 16m JT Cantrell, Macclesfield; £775 Sim x 11-12m L & M Barlow, Wingerworth; £690 Lim x 8-10m DR Gould, Grangemill; £690 Holst 14-23m Gosling Farming, Parwich; £665 Lim x 9m VJ Holland, Ilam; £635 Fries 19-26m D Gould, Waterhouses; £620 Char x 7-8m SR Hinchley, Ashover; £590 Char x 7-8m JP & D Helliwell, Oughtibridge; £545 Fries 15-16m RH & M Bunting, Newhaven
£1,030 Lim x Hfr, 27mths, I/C to AA RL Taylor, Darley Dale
55 CALVES (Auctioneer Ben Furnival)
Only a handful again met a good trade although one or two do look slightly cheaper. Top of the pile went to Mr Bradbury’s smart Blue Bull to £350 (23 days) with Mr Hudson’s 19 day Blue Bull to £310, who also had a Limousin heifer £260 (19 days).
Bulls Average (£) Top Price (£) Vendor
2 Here 187.50 255.00 TN Palfreyman, Flagg
11 Fries 44.27 218.00 FP & SK Goodwin, Wincle
4 Ayr 28.50 34.00 JD & B Broadley, Hartington
3 Lim 245.00 280.00 FP & SK Goodwin, Wincle
9 Holst 38.22 80.00 JMH Mellor, Earl Sterndale
9 Blue 195.11 350.00 W Bradbury, Earl Sterndale
Heifers Top Price Vendor
1 Here 170.00 AD Thompson, Peak Forest
1 AA 128.00 G & C Belfield, Quarnford
2 Lim 197.50 BD Hudson, Ipstones
1 Blonde 145.00 SG Potter, Bonsall
1,848 SHEEP including 1,304 Lambs, 426 Ewes and Rams & 118 Store Sheep
(Auctioneers Peter Oven & Mark Elliott)
A very similar entry of 1,848 sheep on offer included 1,304 lambs. The lamb averages up 14p/kg on the week with the best Beltex and Texel x lambs peaking at 242p/kg with the top 10 pens averaging 231.8p/kg. The big lambs grossed just over £100/head. The handy weight meated Swale lambs sold in the 170-175p/kg bracket with Welsh lambs to 185p/kg. Overall market average 192.91p/kg.
Lamb Leading prices:-
27.0kg 200p/kg DJ Saxby, Litton
31.2kg 191p/kg JR Hadfield, Smalldale
35.0kg 199p/kg DE Hodgson, Wormhill
36.0kg 225p/kg DE Hodgson, Wormhill
37.5kg 219p/kg W Hague & Son, Bradfield
38.4kg 229p/kg J & J Spillane, Buxton
38.5kg 234p/kg Cowley Knoll Farm, Birchover
39.2kg 242p/kg P Townsend, Tideswell Moor
41.5kg 238p/kg AE & HR Stubbs, Uttoxeter
42.2kg 235p/kg S & D Fearn, Wardlow
43.0kg 233p/kg AE & HR Stubbs, Uttoxeter
44.1kg 228p/kg JW Walker & Son, Tideswell
45.7kg 200p/kg S & D Fearn, Wardlow
46.1kg 204p/kg JW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
60.0kg 156p/kg J Burton, Ilam
Shearlings to 143p/kg. Average 119.59p/kg.
25.5kg – 32kg to 200p/kg Average 186.53p/kg
32.1kg -39kg to 234p/kg Average 189.76p/kg
39.1kg - 45.5kg to 242p/kg Average 194.71p/kg
45.6kg – 52kg to 204p/kg Average 169.88p/kg
426 Cull Ewes and Rams
A very good entry in view of the very poor weekend weather conditions and trade very good from start to finish.
Top call £120 for big Texels from the Fearn Family at Somerset House Farm with James Blackshaw close behind at £119 and David Saxby at the same price both with Texels/Beltex.
Generally every sector a better trade than recent weeks with the best Mules up to £10 per head better.
The very best Swale Ewes to nearly £50 per head for some very big smart younger sorts.
More ewes needed to fulfil demand.
The tups a little bit dearer again with best Texels to £120 and smaller sorts £81 and £73. A big Leicester at £73 as well.
Ewes to £120. Average £65.10
Rams to £120. Average £73.00
A special entry of 118 in lamb ewes from two farms attracted brisk bidding for all types. The best Texel ewes peaked at £112/head.