Thick freezing fog was the order of the day at Bakewell, but it was a great improvement on the snow we have for the equivalent day 12 months ago when very little stock was able to move at all.
The entries of 497 cattle and 1,885 sheep reflected the easing of the finished stock trade with old season lambs and fat cattle numbers both down on the week as producers hold back hoping for better results.
The lamb trade has certainly responded and the finished cattle seems to have stabilised somewhat.
A useful turnout of 181 store cattle included some outstanding sorts and sold accordingly with no slackening of prices.
Best steer £1,385 with another from the same farm at £1,340, plenty topping the £1,000 mark.
Best heifer £1,010 but all sizes well bid for.
Another big show of 166 OTM cattle selling to 172p and £1,329 gross.
The finished cattle department well down on numbers at 88, but the overall average a shade dearer and the best to 229p and £1,625.
A few more calves about this week with bulls to £470 and heifers £435 topping the entry of 62.
In the sheep section, just 1,203 old season lambs sold to 228p and £103.31 with the SQQ average usefully up at 179.7p.
Another bumper crop of 682 cull sheep sold to £126 with the average a very creditable £63.99.
All in all a very decent market day at a time of year when the weather can upset matters so easily. It is also interesting to note that it is just a year since the horse meat scandal, nothing of course to do with British Livestock Farming or markets where traceability is second to none.
166 BARREN & OTM CATTLE – overall average 106.8p
(Auctioneer Oliver Hiles 07801 530899)
Another very large entry of cows this week with 166 on offer amd a total clearance to report at our GREEN MARKET. Trade is easier than we have come to expect with the average this week being 7 pence less than last week.
Best young cows sold to 172p for Messrs Hollinshead, Lichfield.
Better younger Continentals sold from 140p with cross bred sorts 120-130p and leaner cows around £1.
87 Black and White and Ex dairy Cows average 99.3p.
Generally less money with the best cows 115p plus with fed Holsteins 105-115p.
Leaner cows 90-105p with plain cows 80-90p and only the very plainest or small cows under 80p.
The top Cows read as follows:
172p 610kg Lim H & G Hollinshead, Lichfield
167p 628kg Brit Blue x NA Birch, Monyash
164p 498kg Lim GA & CJ Mellor, Rugeley
164p 480kg Lim GA & CJ Mellor, Rugeley
159p 594kg Holst Riverside Farmers, Scropton
152p 632kg AA M Sellors, Grangemill
148p 678kg Lim D Sanderson, Bradfield
145p 616kg Here RP Hall, Burbage
143p 566kg Lim WI Fletcher, Sheldon
The gross figures are:
£1,070.88 776kg Char RW & I Willison, Mansfield
£1,057.08 766kg BB RW & I Willison, Mansfield
£1,049.20 610kg Lim H & G Hollinshead, Lichfield
£1,048.76 628kg Brit Blue x NA Birch, Monyash
£1,047.84 888kg Mont JW Handford & Sons, Birchvale
£1,003.44 678kg Lim D Sanderson, Bradfield
£998.76 812kg MRI JW Handford & Sons, Birchvale
£996.36 722kg Sim ID Hammersley, Offcote
£981.76 832kg BB J & AM Battye, Ringinglow
£960.64 632kg AA M Sellors, Grangemill
3 OTM Steers – average 167.8p
170p or £965 for a Lim from GA & CJ Mellor, Admaston
3 OTM Bulls – average 127.6p
143p or £1,329 for a BB from RP Hall, Burbage
128p or £1,031 for a Lim from JJ Watson, Stockport
88 FINISHED CATTLE – overall average 176.5p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
Less cattle on offer which with the trade as it is was welcomed. Trade generally was a little less but as always at Bakewell every beast was sold and a total clearance was reported.
26 Young Bulls –overall average 160.7p
Best Continental bulls sold on a good trade with a couple from Henry Holland selling at 220p and 2 heavy weights for Charlie Tabbenor selling at 218p (£1,460) and 215p (£1,625). Black and white bulls very hard work this week with one smart Friesian selling at 180p but a number of others from 120-150p.
The top Bulls sold as follows:
220p 520kg Brit Blue x SL Holland & Son, Youlgreave
220p 484kg Brit Blue x SL Holland & Son, Youlgreave
218p 670kg Lim CW Taberner, Tean
215p 756kg Lim CW Taberner, Tean
201p 550kg Sim A Merryman, Dronfield
197p 464kg Brit Blue x SL Holland & Son, Youlgreave
191p 566kg Brit Blue x SL Holland & Son, Youlgreave
180p 502kg Fries A Hoggarth, Bamford
179p 774kg Here CW Taberner, Tean
and gross prices:-
£1,625.40 756kg Lim CW Taberner, Tean
£1,460.60 670kg Lim CW Taberner, Tean
£1,385.46 774kg Here CW Taberner, Tean
£1,144.00 520kg Brit Blue x SL Holland & Son, Youlgreave
£1,105.50 550kg Sim A Merryman, Dronfield
£1,081.06 566kg Brit Blue x SL Holland & Son, Youlgreave
£1,064.80 484kg Brit Blue x SL Holland & Son, Youlgreave
25 Steers – overall average 177.3p
11 black and white; 3 Native and 11 Continental x steers on offer but no real superstars and a high of 209p (£1,429) for Messrs Wardman, Matlock. Friesians topped at 177p (£1,256) for Messrs Broomhead, Fulwood.
The top Steers sold as follows:-
209p 684kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock
205p 642kg S’horn H & G Hollinshead, Lichfield
204p 572kg Saler Cox Bros, Great Longstone
198p 604kg Char Thorp Farms LTD, Baslow
197p 550kg Lim L Slater & Sons, Winster
195p 632kg Blonde x BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
194p 724kg Blonde x BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
192p 602kg Char JC Vickers, Taddington
And Gross prices:-
£1,429.56 684kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock
£1,404.56 724kg Blonde x BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
£1,316.10 642kg S’horn H & G Hollinshead, Lichfield
£1,281.52 772kg Here D Fotherby & Sons, Wormhill
£1,256.70 710kg Fries JB & P Broomhead, Fulwood
£1,241.00 730kg Lim JWA Jeffery, Sudbury
£1,240.46 734kg Fries JB & P Broomhead, Fulwood
£1,232.40 632kg Blonde x BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
38 Heifers – overall average 186.3p
Butchers cattle good to sell with a number crossing the £2 barrier and a high of 229p for Nigel Birch, Monyash.
The top Heifers sold as follows:-
229p 520kg Brit Blue x NA Birch, Monyash
228p 454kg Brit Blue x SL Holland & Son, Youlgreave
223p 480kg Brit Blue x SL Holland & Son, Youlgreave
220p 468kg Lim NA Birch, Monyash
214p 634kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock
208p 518kg Lim SL Holland & Son, Youlgreave
205p 556kg Lim GE Willmot & Son, Ashover
196p 488kg Lim GE Willmot & Son, Ashover
Top gross figures:-
£1,365.10 730kg Lim JB & P Broomhead, Fulwood
£1,356.76 634kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock
£1,339.34 802kg Lim JB & P Broomhead, Fulwood
£1,197.30 614kg Char G Wardman, Matlock
£1,190.80 520kg Brit Blue x NA Birch, Monyash
£1,176.88 626kg Lim H & G Hollinshead, Lichfield
£1,140.00 600kg Lim H & G Hollinshead, Lichfield
£1,139.80 556kg Lim GE Willmot & Son, Ashover
£1,123.26 582kg Brit Blue x ET & RA Bentley, Church Broughton
£1,112.96 592kg Char JC Vickers, Taddington
181 STORE CATTLE - (Auctioneer Alastair Sneddon)
Another decent seasonal entry of 181 store cattle with trade decidedly sharp despite an easing of prices in the finished cattle section.
Buyers were out in force and clearly having to work hard to secure stock to top up finishing sheds. All types of cattle were well sold with a strong trade for the suckled calves right up to a run of well grown steers which had gone well past the 30 months milestone and yet still made up to £1,385.
53 Feeding Bulls
A good selection with sample figures as follows:-
£970 Char 12m D & J Wyllie, Edingale
£900 BR x 11m E & RA Bentley, Church Broughton
£800 Blonde x 15m RHH Parnell, Littleover
£750 Sim x 12-19m RHH Parnell, Littleover
£645 Lim x 8-9m M & P Reeve, Ipstones
£630 Holst 15-21m RHH Parnell, Littleover
£600 Char x 21-22m M Bradley, Old Clipstone
£540 L’horn 10m J Winnington, Barton Blount
A few less about this week, but all very well sold with typical prices as follows:-
£1,010 Sim 22m G & R Gould, Elton
£970 Lim x 20m DA Bott, Kniveton
£930 Lim x 16-18m D & SE Edge, Pikehall
£720 Here 21m A Tatlow, Calwich
£655 Lim x 9-10m MD Shimwell, Youlgreave
£635 Here x 19m RH & M Bunting, Newhaven
£625 Char x 9-12m DR Gould, Grangemill
£550 Blonde 7-8m FT Bagnall, Longnor
£545 Lim x 7-8m A Hemmingway & Son, Grenoside
£505 AA 9m MD Shimwell, Youlgreave
A mixed lot, but with plenty of demand all the different varieties made their money albeit at rather different price levels.
£1,385 Lim x 33m Mrs F Evans & Daughters, Calwich
£1,150 Lim x 20m TJ & MR Gould, Sheen
£1,140 Lim x 19m D & SE Edge, Pikehall
£1,100 Blonde x 18m G & R Gould, Elton
£1,080 Lim x 19m F & FN Wigley, Bonsall
£1,050 Lim x 23-26m P Birch, Hartington
£1,040 BR x 18m RA Tatlow, Offcote
£1,040 AA x 30m JA Sowter, South Wingfield
£1,010 Blonde x 16m D & SE Edge, Pikehall
£1,000 Here 22m LW Hancock, Stoney Middleton
£920 AA x 24-28m GL Critchlow, Onecote
£790 Lim x 18 G & M Limer, Taddington
£760 Lim x 17-21m AP Pugh, Pilsley
£735 Here x 19-20m RH & M Bunting, Newhaven
£700 Char x 9m DR Gould, Grangemill
£535 Fries 15-18m D & LA Critchlow, Sheen
5 Breeding Cattle
£845 Here Cow, 44m & Bull Calf T & P Spooner, Leek
62 CALVES (Auctioneer Ben Furnival)
A few more about met another superb trade with numerous farmer buyers around the ring.Top of the tree went to Mr Limer, Taddington with a lovely shapey Limousin to £395 (32 days). Blues to £305 from JE Seals (23 days). A few more Angus around met another very firm trade especially given the size and age of some of the smaller types.
Bulls Average (£) Top Price (£) Vendor
2 Here 223.50 232.00 TN Palfreyman, Flagg
11 Fries 68.91 98.00 P & C Palfreyman, Monyash
7 AA 198.86 300.00 L Phillips, Buxton
5 Lim 277.00 395.00 G & M Limer, Taddington
2 Blonde 217.50 275.00 SG Potter, Bonsall
1 Char 242.00 A Cartledge, Sparrow Pit
10 Holst x 63.60 115.00 PA Swindells, Chelmorton
6 BB 280.00 305.00 JE Seals, Shirland
Only a handful again but a very good trade with Blues to £235 from Stephen Potter (21 days).
Heifers Average Top Price Vendor
1 Here 140.00 RR Mason, Hulland Ward
6 AA 113.67 202.00 PM Naden, Glossop
1 Lim 70.00 FR Charlesworth, Bradbourne
1 Sim 100.00 GPK Trickett, Rowsley
7 BB 220.00 235.00 SG Potter, Bonsall
A few stirks about met a good trade with Simmental bulls to £470 (3mths & 2 days) and Simmental heifers to £435 (3mths & 3 days) from DR & S & G Kirby, Eastmoor.
Blue Bulls to £350 (3mths & 18 days) from Alan Phillips.
1,885 SHEEP including 1,203 Lambs & 682 Ewes and Rams
(Auctioneers Peter Oven & Mark Elliott)
A smaller entry of 1,885 sheep included 682 cull ewes and rams. The best lambs in short supply with a top of 228p/kg for an outstanding pen of Texel x Char lambs from the Gibbs family from Butterton with the top 10 pens averaging 214p/kg. Overall market average of 179.7p/kg which included several runs of hill bred lambs. The best big lambs grossed over £103/head.
Lamb Leading prices:-
29.6kg 190p/kg IR Spendlove, Belper
31.8kg 190p/kg MJ Wain, Brassington
34.0kg 188p/kg A Shaw, Alsop en le Dale
35.5kg 186p/kg W & H Oven, Litton
36.2kg 187p/kg IR Spendlove, Belper
37.9kg 218p/kg RM Brown, Bradwell
38.6kg 196p/kg W Hague & Son, Bradfield
39.3kg 216p/kg AJ Fitton, Congleton
40.0kg 210p/kg W Hague & Son, Bradwell
41.3kg 220p/kg FR Platts, Bamford
42.5kg 200p/kg D & L Wain, Ilam
43.0kg 228p/kg D & P Gibbs, Butterton
45.0kg 208p/kg S & D Fearn, Wardlow
47.1kg 185p/kg S & D Fearn, Wardlow
63.3kg 163p/kg P Furness, Wheston
Shearlings to 121p/kg.
25.5kg – 32kg to 190p/kg Average 172.98p/kg
32.1kg -39kg to 218p/kg Average 180.58p/kg
39.1kg - 45.5kg to 228p/kg Average 179.61p/kg
45.6kg – 52kg to 185p/kg Average 164.38p/kg
682 Cull Ewes and Rams
A very good entry and best goods a fast trade although the plainer and only partially meated Mules were harder to sell.
Top call £126 per head for big Texels from Mark and Ruth Lowe of Field House. Close behind at £120 each were Texels from David Thorp.
The top 7 pens averaged £115 per head.
Best big Mules a little harder to sell but a few over £60 per head and the best Swales just a little faster up in to the mid £40 bracket.
Some big Suffolk ewes making around the £100 mark for the best shapes and biggest frames.
Tups a similar trade with Texels to £101 and £100 and Charollais in the mid-£80 range but no strong Suffolk or horned tups forward. Ewes to £126 ave £63.84 Rams to £101 ave £63.36