WITH significant numbers of potential vendors unable to show stock following purchases at last Fridays 600+ store cattle sale numbers were modest with 437 cattle and 2,586 sheep on offer.
However, if numbers were down in some sections trade was definitely not with old season lambs comfortably exceeding the 200p barrier on the SQQ average and prices buoyant in all other sections.
The store cattle department was the worst hit by successive busy markets with only 128 cattle on parade. There were, however, plenty of buyers operating and a tremendous trade throughout the sale.
Heifers topped at £1,105, Steers £1,075, Bulls £1,200 and cows and calves £1,480.
Rather more OTM Cattle on offer with a total of 145 on offer. Trade very solid – the best to 188p and £1,428 and the average 119.2p for a very mixed sample.
Another decent turnout of 117 finished cattle, plenty of interest in the best with heifers to 241p and bulls to 236p. Top gross £1,675.
Calf numbers steady with 47, bulls to £425, heifers to £275.
Good news from the sheep department, the 1,727 old season lambs were significantly dearer than last week with the best to 248p and £105.40 per head.
The SQQ average 206p and the overall average to include all corners at an excellent 198.6p.
Large numbers of cull sheep – 859 attracted plenty of interest with ewes to £132 and rams to £106.
With lighter mornings and evenings it was easy to think that spring is around the corner. Let us hope it is, not forgetting of course that last year the worst wintry weather came at the end of March.
145 BARREN & OTM CATTLE – overall average 119.8p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles 07801 530899)
A big jump in numbers (up 50 on the week) and another lift in trade with the average being some 3 pence dearer on the week. Meat was certainly required today with the better cows looking considerably dearer with the better young cows in the 150-170p price bracket. Top call was 184p for a young heifer/cow (34mths) from Jim and Angela Battye, Ringinglow.
65 Black and white and ex dairy cows average 110.6p Again a jump in price with some young heifers 150-164p. Best cows 118-125p. Meated Holsteins 110-115p with leaner cows 100-110p. Only 10 very plain cows this week under £1, of which 5 were under 90p.
The top Cows read as follows: 184p 616kg Lim J & AM Battye, Ringinglow; 180p 562kg Lim Riverside Farmers, Scropton; 176p 630kg Lim Ashford Hall Farm, Ashford; 176p 618kg Char JC Vickers, Taddington; 172p 586kg Lim N & S Pearson, Peak Forest; 171p 522kg Brit Blue x IR Cooper, Edale; 170p 646kg Sim H & G Hollinshead, Lichfield; 168p 576kg Lim J & AM Battye, Ringinglow; 168p 620kg Lim D & LA Critchlow, Sheen; 164p 668kg Fries B Woolley & Son, Monyash
The gross figures are: £1,245.64 836kg Blonde x Scriveton Manor Farm Holdings; £1,181.28 856kg Sim R & S Salisbury, Abney; £1,166.16 904kg Devon Hough Farm Partnership, Bradley; £1,158.30 858kg Blonde x KD Burton, Beamhurst; £1,133.44 616kg Lim J & AM Battye, Ringinglow; £1,108.80 630kg Lim Ashford Hall Farm, Ashford; £1,098.20 646kg Sim H & G Hollinshead, Lichfield; £1,095.52 668kg Fries B Woolley & Son, Monyash; £1,087.68 618kg Char JC Vickers, Taddington; £1,077.76 842kg Holst L Hadfield & Sons, Peak Forest
2 OTM Steers – average 158.9p 188p or £1,135 for a Lim from AJ Wainwright, Oxspring
5 OTM Bulls – average 119.7p
136p or £1,428 for a Lim from RM Hadfield, Castleton; 134p or £1,222 for a Lim from D & L Wain, Ilam
117 FINISHED CATTLE – overall average 182.6p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
A decent show of finished cattle this week with new buyers for both bulls and good quality clean cattle. I do keep talking about Farm Assurance and is certainly an advantage.
39 Young Bulls –overall average 161.20p
Comprising 16 black and whites, 8 Native bred and 15 Continentals with some very plain bulls in the offering this week. Top call today was a super bull from Tony Turner at 236p (£1,675). 16 Black and Whites sold to 169p for Gordon Cresswell, Atlow who had others at 164p and 161p but the dairy bulls average 135p.
The top Bulls sold as follows: 236p 710kg Blonde x AT Turner, Hatton; 228p 576kg Lim PA & HM Wilson & Son, Fradswell; 220p 648kg Blonde x AT Turner, Hatton; 214p 638kg Brit Blue x FS Woolley, Monyash; 196p 596kg Lim PA & HM Wilson & Son, Fradswell; 185p 604kg Brit Blue x FS Woolley, Monyash; 180p 672kg Brit Blue x FS Woolley, Monyash; 174p 676kg Brit Blue x FS Woolley, Monyash; 173p 562kg Here ND & S Priestley, Bradwell; 173p 644kg AA ND & S Priestley, Bradwell
and gross prices: £1,675.60 710kg Blonde x AT Turner, Hatton; £1,425.60 648kg Blonde x AT Turner, Hatton; £1,365.32 638kg Brit Blue x FS Woolley, Monyash; £1,313.28 576kg Lim PA & HM Wilson & Son, Fradswell; £1,209.60 672kg Brit Blue x FS Woolley, Monyash; £1,176.24 676kg Brit Blue x FS Woolley, Monyash; £1,168.16 596kg Lim PA & HM Wilson & Son, Fradswell; £1,117.40 604kg Brit Blue x FS Woolley, Monyash; £1,114.12 644kg AA ND & S Priestley, Bradwell; £1,081.20 636kg Char GK & E Robinson, Wheston
27 Steers – overall average 190.4p A jump in the average but also quality with only 5 B & W Steers on offer this week. David Thorpe was top of the pile this week at 229p with Malcolm Ponsonby at 225p (£1,449). Friesians sold to 177p or a superb £1,309 for Andrew Elliott, Pilsley.
The top Steers sold as follows: 229p 566kg Char Thorp Farms LTD, Baslow; 225p 644kg Blonde x BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor; 224p 564kg Lim Thorp Farms LTD, Baslow; 211p 642kg Lim D Pearson, Wentworth; 210p 682kg Brit Blue x A Elliott, Pilsley; 210p 644kg AA D Pearson, Wentworth; 208p 640kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock; 207p 626kg Brit Blue x D Pearson, Wentworth
And Gross prices: £1,449.00 644kg Blonde x BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor; £1,432.20 682kg Brit Blue x A Elliott, Pilsley; £1,354.62 642kg Lim D Pearson, Wentworth; £1,352.40 644kg AA D Pearson, Wentworth; £1,349.22 678kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock; £1,331.20 640kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock; £1,322.64 668kg Blonde x D Pearson, Wentworth; £1,309.80 740kg Fries A Elliott, Pilsley; £1,296.14 566kg Char Thorp Farms LTD, Baslow
51 Heifers – overall average 195.2p Some super heifers at the top end today with a cracker from Michael Wynne, Midhopestones winning the race at 241p or £1,503 who also had others at 240p and 236p.
The top Heifers sold as follows:
241p 624kg Lim M Wynne, Midhopestones; 240p 580kg Lim M Wynne, Midhopestones; 236p 528kg Lim M Wynne, Midhopestones; 232p 554kg Lim J & AM Battye, Ringinglow; 227p 448kg Lim G & F Walton, Tideswell; 224p 558kg Brit Blue x J & AM Battye, Ringinglow; 224p 490kg Lim G & F Walton, Tideswell; 221p 448kg Blonde x JR & GD Walker, Stretton; 220p 624kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock
Top gross figures: £1,503.84 624kg Lim M Wynne, Midhopestones; £1,442.00 700kg Lim C Croft, Ashbourne; £1,392.00 580kg Lim M Wynne, Midhopestones; £1,372.80 624kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock; £1,285.28 554kg Lim J & AM Battye, Ringinglow; £1,262.22 654kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock; £1,249.92 558kg Brit Blue x J & AM Battye, Ringinglow; £1,246.08 528kg Lim M Wynne, Midhopestones; £1,233.84 582kg Lim J & AM Battye, Ringinglow; £1,161.84 618kg Lim H & G Hollinshead, Lichfield
128 STORE CATTLE - (Auctioneer Alastair Sneddon)
Successive large Monday entries since the start of the year coupled with 620 stores sold last Friday seem to have depleted supplies and there were only 128 store cattle on offer.
This was a shame, because buyers were out in force and trade was exceptional. If you have store cattle and have even half a mind to sell them, do not hesitate.
Bakewell buyers would like the opportunity to bid for your cattle. It was therefore only a small sample from which to extract results.
Typical examples as follows: £710 Lim x 9m Wright Bros, Farley; £690 BR x 16m PG Cantrell, Haddon Grove; £670 Mont x 17m H Hodgkinson, Earl Sterndale; £670 Devon 8m Hough Farm Partnership, Bradley; £555 Holst 13m W Bradbury, Earl Sterndale; £465 S’horn 5m E & A Davies, High Lane; £345 Ayr 10-11m H Tinker & Sons, Wentworth 36 Heifers
Just a small selection this week, but all very well bid for.
Sample results: £1,105 Lim x 21m F Lomas, Kniveton; £1,065 Char x 22m F Lomas, Kniveton; £1,000 AA 28m PG Cantrell, Haddon Grove; £980 AA x 19-21m LV Barnes, Rowarth; £850 AA 27m D Poole & Son, Flagg; £845 Lim x 12m Frith Bros LTD, Thorpe; £800 BR x 27m D Poole & Son, Flagg; £745 Here 22m S Tudor, Kingsley; £670 Lim x 6m Wright Bros, Farley; £655 Lim x 11m AC Rouse, Brampton; £570 AA 8m Mrs AM Shaw, Marchington; £465 Blonde x 9-12m HC Gilbert, Edale; £450 AA x 15-16m SR Hinchley, Ashover
A modest selection with a shortage of top notch sorts, but typical results as follows: £1,075 AA 22m PW & RA Sherratt, Cheadle; £1,040 AA 21-22m LV Barnes, Rowarth; £880 Lim x 10m H Byard, Pilsley; £850 AA x 16m AC Rose, Brampton; £850 Baz 19m AW & RA Mycock, Flagg; £790 Holst 22-24m PW & RA Sherratt, Cheadle; £780 Lim x 5m E & A Davies, High Lane; £775 Lim x 18m W & A Cartledge, Sparrow Pit; £750 Lim x 19-20m D Gould, Waterhouses; £740 Blonde x 7m J Woolley & Son, Longnor; £740 Lim x 9m A Bennison, Stockport; £715 Lim x 11-13m MJD Farms, Alstonefield; £665 Sim x 7m A Bennison, Stockport; £625 AA 7-8m Mrs AM Shaw, Marchington; £620 Here x 8-9m Ridgewood Farms, Alderwasley
11 Breeding Cattle
£1,480 Lim x Cow, 80m & Bull Calf MR Kidd, Congleton; £1,360 Lim x Cow & Bull Calf MR Kidd, Congleton; £1,290 Stabiliser x Cow & Str Calf S Burley, Ughill; £1,200 Here Stock Bull, 54m Ridgewood Farms, Alderwasley
47 CALVES (Auctioneer Ben Furnival)
Another small entry met a good trade with very few Continental calves. A run of Herefords from Brain Goodwin look well sold with small 10 day old bulls to £170. Blue bulls to £272 from Mr Pidcock claimed top spot with Blues averaging £241.
Phil Mellor had three nice weaned calves with the bulls to £425 (3 months), Limousin Bulls (1½ months) to £355. Only a handful of heifers again sold well for small types with 11 day olds to £125.
2,586 SHEEP including 1,727 Lambs & 859 Ewes and Rams
(Auctioneers Peter Oven & Mark Elliott)
A very similar entry of 2,586 sheep included 1,727 lambs.
Demand very brisk from start to finish with an overall average up 15p/kg on last weeks trade.
All types and grades on offer saw the best lambs peaking at 248p/kg for a pen of Beltex x from Mr Wartig with these grossing just over £105/head.
The top 10 pens averaged 237.5p/kg and overall market average of 206.06p/kg.
Lamb Leading prices: 31.09kg 218p/kg E & J Bestwick, Grindon; 32.2kg 217p/kg AW Hague, Wildboarclough; 34.4kg 217p/kg E & J Bestwick, Grindon; 35.8kg 213p/kg JR Hadfield, Smalldale; 36.4kg 215p/kg J Bonsall, Atlow; 38.4kg 239p/kg N Redfern, Flagg; 39.4kg 238p/kg N Redfern, Flagg; 40.7kg 235p/kg RM Brown, Bradwell; 41.3kg 243p/kg D Williams, Leek; 42.5kg 248p/kg R Wartig, Thurgoland; 45.8kg 217p/kg D & A Dickinson, Bradbourne; 47.1kg 223p/kg R Wartig, Thurogland; 56.5kg 179p/kg S & D Fearn, Wardlow; Shearlings to 178p/kg
Lamb averages: 25.5kg – 32kg to 218p/kg Average 202.07p/kg; 32.1kg -39kg to 239p/kg Average 201.57p/kg; 39.1kg - 45.5kg to 248p/kg Average 209.14p/kg; 45.6kg – 52kg to 223p/kg Average 181.54p/kg
859 Cull Ewes and Rams
Another excellent show of 859 cull ewes and rams saw best Continental ewes similar trade to last week to peak at £132 with the top 10 pens averaging £121.50.
Meated Mule ewes saw a marked increase in demand with these up £5-£8/head on last week.
A large proportion of Welsh and Horned ewes within the entry was reflected in the overall average.
Ewes to £132. Average £58.05
Rams to £106. Average £74.48