A DRY Monday morning for a change with seasonal entries of 472 cattle and 2,491 sheep and prices very similar to last week.
In the cattle departments a decent entry of 251 store and breeding cattle maintained recent levels of trade with steers to £1,280 and heifers £1,170, a cow and calf outfit made the headlines at £1,460.
Finished cattle slightly down in number at 92 and peaking at 240p/kg and £1,742 per head and the 81 OTMs selling to 150p/kg and £1,064 per head. Averages virtually identical to last week. Only 48 calves but a tremendous trade with bulls to £390 and heifers to £362.
After a dry Sunday there were rather more sheep about and the 1,616 old season lambs topped at 240p and £100.10 per head. The SQQ average a respectable 191p and the overall average which included all corners at 186p.
A total of 775 cull sheep reached £117 for ewes and £121 for rams and the overall average at £64.85 was almost exactly the same as last week. An unseasonal entry of Mule ewe hoggs sold to £88 per head.
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81 BARREN & OTM CATTLE – overall average 109.8p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles 07801 530899) A big drop in numbers and an improvement in trade with the average being 2 pence dearer than the previous week. As always at Bakewell a full line up of buyers with bidders for all types and a total clearance reported. Top price today was 141p for a Limousin heifer (31mths) for DR Lowe, Holmesfield with best cows at 138p (13yrs) from M Shaw, Tideswell. 9 Native cows saw Angus to 124p for Mrs M Mosley & Son.
46 Black and White and Ex Dairy Cows average 101.9p The average for the ex-milk cows returns over 100p which is very encouraging. Best cows sold in the 115-120p bracket although only a few this week. Big fed Holsteins well sold at 105-115p with leaner sorts 90-100p with only very plain cows under 90p. (10 today). The top Cows read as follows: 141p 680kg Lim DR Lowe, Holmesfield; 138p 684kg BB M Shaw, Tideswell; 136p 682kg Lim RE Furness, Peak Forest; 133p 800kg Sim SJ White, Wingerworth; 130p 702kg Lim N & S Pearson, Peak Forest; 128p 742kg Ayr CWH Biggin & Son, Holmesfield; 128p 728kg BB RM Hadfield LTD, Castleton; 127p 684kg Char F Weston, Barlow
The gross figures are: £1,064.00 800kg Sim SJ White, Wingerworth; £998.40 832kg Lim CPR & JM Mycock, Friden; £996.84 852kg Holst CPR & JM Mycock, Friden; £991.20 840kg Sim Riverside Farmers, Scropton; £988.32 852kg Fries JJ Blackwell & Sons, Doveholes; £972.82 766kg Char F Weston, Barlow; £958.80 680kg Lim DR Lowe, Holmesfield; £949.76 742kg Ayr CWH Biggin & Son, Holmesfield; £943.92 684kg BB M Shaw, Tideswell; £936.00 800kg Fries RW & R Walker, Ashgate
3 OTM Steers – average 146.2p 150p or £873 for a Here from A Hunter, Hognaston; 149p or £974 for a Fries from A Elliott, Pilsley; 141p or £1,099 for a Here from R Boden, Holmesfield
92 FINISHED CATTLE – overall average 183.9p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
Like the cows a few less forward overall and the trade has picked up slightly with the average 4 pence dearer on the week with each and every animal sold and included in this average. Best cattle, whether it be bulls or clean are a good trade and show little drop from the highs of last summer. The 2nd and 3rd quality however, are less money especially if they are not Farm Assured. For all marketing advice, speak to me and I will be happy to come and see you and advise on your marketing.
31 Young Bulls –overall average 171.8p
Once again some lovely bulls at the top end with strong competition for all bulls on offer. Top call today was 226p for Gordon Seals, Alfreton with a big bull from Tony Turner at 220p to gross a remarkable £1,742. Black and whites sold to 163p for Messrs Brough, Monyash.
The top Bulls sold as follows: 226p 630kg Lim GN & SM Seals, Alfreton; 220p 792kg Lim AT Turner, Hatton; 218p 698kg Lim MR Walker, Alport; 216p 654kg Lim GN & SM Seals, Alfreton; 212p 632kg Lim GN & SM Seals, Alfreton; 199p 518kg Sim A Merryman, Dronfield; 189p 548kg Brit Blue WW Turvey, Claycross; 188p 654kg Char R Brough & Son, Monyash
and gross prices:- £1,742.40 792kg Lim AT Turner, Hatton; £1,521.64 698kg Lim MR Walker, Alport; £1,423.80 630kg Lim GN & SM Seals, Alfreton; £1,412.64 654kg Lim GN & SM Seals, Alfreton; £1,401.84 792kg Blonde x GN & SM Seals, Alfreton; £1,339.84 632kg Lim GN & SM Seals, Alfreton; £1,303.68 776kg Lim AT Turner, Hatton; £1,253.12 712kg Char R Brough & Son, Monyash; £1,229.52 654kg Char R Brough & Son, Monyash
28 Steers – overall average 188.1p
A good selection with some very nice cattle at the top end. Top call was 232p (£1,382) for Nigel Sherratt, Stannington. With Chris Howe at 225p (£1,453). 6 Black and Whites sold to 169p (£1,196) for Andrew Elliott, Pilsley.
The top Steers sold as follows:- 232p 596kg Lim NC Sherratt, Stannington; 225p 646kg Brit Blue x C & A Howe, Hazelhead; 220p 606kg Lim NC Sherratt, Stannington; 217p 556kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock; 213p 670kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock; 210p 566kg Char Thorp Farms LTD, Baslow; 205p 588kg Brit Blue x Thorp Farms LTD, Baslow; 204p 598kg Lim TW & E Gratton, King Sterndale; 200p 564kg Lim Riverside Farmers, Scropton; 200p 492kg Brit Blue x Thorp Farms LTD, Baslow
And Gross prices: £1,453.50 646kg Brit Blue x C & A Howe, Hazelhead; £1,447.78 758kg Brit Blue x A Elliott, Pilsley; £1,427.10 670kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock; £1,382.72 596kg Lim NC Sherratt, Stannington; £1,346.08 716kg Lim H & G Hollinshead, Lichfield; £1,333.20 606kg Lim NC Sherratt, Stannington; £1,219.92 598kg Lim TW & E Gratton, King Sterndale; £1,217.16 644kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock; £1,206.52 556kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock; £1,205.40 588kg Brit Blue x Thorp Farms LTD, Baslow
33 Heifers – overall average 192.7p A good run of heifers this week with some fantastic high prices but also a couple of black and white non breeding heifers in the average at 117p and 76p. Top price of the day was a super Limousin from Chris Howe at 240p (£1,396) with Brenda in 2nd spot at 228p who’s others made 224p, 222p, 220p, and James Wardman had a run with his best heifer at 228p to gross £1,498.
The top Heifers sold as follows: 240p 582kg Lim C & A Howe, Hazelhead; 228p 500kg Brit Blue x K Harrop, Alport; 227p 660kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock; 225p 474kg Lim NA Birch, Monyash; 224p 566kg Brit Blue x K Harrop, Alport; 22p 626kg Brit Blue x K Harrop, Alport; 220p 518kg Brit Blue x K Harrop, Alport; 215p 576kg Brit Blue x Miss VC Twigg, Middleton; 211p 500kg Brit Blue x NA Birch, Monyash; 210p 552kg Brit Blue x Miss VC Twigg, Middleton
Top gross figures: £1,498.20 660kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock; £1,396.80 582kg Lim C & A Howe, Hazelhead; £1,389.72 626kg Brit Blue x K Harrop, Alport; £1,355.48 658kg Char K Harrop, Alport; £1,267.84 566kg Brit Blue x K Harrop, Alport; £1,252.48 608kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock; £1,238.40 576kg Brit Blue x Miss VC Twigg, Middleton; £1,212.20 580kg Char K Harrop, Alport; £1,192.00 596kg Lim H & G Hollinshead, Lichfield
251 STORE CATTLE - (Auctioneer Alastair Sneddon)
Another excellent selection of store and breeding cattle maintained recent price levels with a full line-up of buyers operating and some remarkable results achieved.
This week’s sample was rather more mixed than usual and there were several consignments of overage cattle some in plain order to test demand. Nevertheless even these types found their level at respectable figures.
At the other end of the spectrum the top notch cattle regularly exceeded the £1,000 mark even for the modest ages.
38 Feeding Bulls. Buyers clearly aware thatmany outlets for finished bulls are now reluctant to take them at over 16 months. This is obviously in their minds when purchasing feeding stock.
Typical examples as follows: £845 AA 18m D Hunt, Chesterfield; £800 Lim 9m JD Brown, Bonsall; £745 Lim x 12-16m Gosling Farming, Parwich; £700 Char 9m SJ Goddard, Chinley; £675 Lim 9m Ashford Hall Farm; £645 Lim x 9m R Wilson, Tean; £530 Here 10-11m G & J Hall, Hayfield
95 Heifers Plenty of interest at all quality levels, buyers operating with both feeding and breeding cattle in mind.
Sample results: £1,170 Lim x 21m PT Varkalis, Riber; £1,140 Char x 21m F Lomas, Kniveton; £960 Char 21-22m DR Gould & Son, Grange Mill; £960 Lim x 20m C Matthews & Son, Castleton; £830 BR x 21m RH & M Bunting, Newhaven; £790 Sim x 23-26m D Poole & Son, Flagg; £710 Lim x 9m Conway & Mellor, Pikehall; £685 BR x 20-22m JW & JR Davies, Edale; £680 Char 10m SJ Goddard, Chinley; £665 BR x 9m ID Hammersley, Offcote; £660 Lim 9m S Wagstaffe, Twodales; £600 Lim x 10m Ashford Hall Farm; £600 AA x 25m R & R Bennett, Mellor; £570 Blonde x 9-12m HC Gilbert, Edale
112 Steers A very varied selection, but all descriptions finding a ready demand. Plenty of interest in the Continental types and no shortage of takers for the black and whites. Hereford and Angus crosses keenly sought as usual.
Sample prices: £1,280 Lim x 21m PT Varkalis, Riber; £1,180 AA 23m B Medlam, Barnsley; £1,150 Lim x 21m PT Varkalis, Riber; £1,100 Lim x 28m R Wilson, Tean; £970 Sim 14-15m MTC Goodwin, Abbotts Bromley; £960 Char x 20-22m DR Gould, Grangemill; £945 Sim x 16-19m A Bennett, Uttoxeter; £930 BR x 18-19m H & E Hallam, Hayfield; £930 Lim x 22m C Matthews, Castleton; £915 BR x 18m Mrs MP Elliott & Son, Eyam; £915 Here x 17m J Melland, Pomeroy; £835 Holst 24-30m S Hopley, Tixall; £810 BR x 8m L Brown, Hazelwood; £770 Lim x 8-9m Conway & Mellor, Pikehall; £750 BR x 19-20m CJ Nash, Stone; £690 Char x 10m L & M Barlow, Wingerworth; £685 BR x 7-9m ID Hammersley, Offcote; £595 B Swiss x 23-27m R Fletcher, Windley
6 Breeding Cattle. £1,460 Lim Cow, 67m & Bull Calf Ashford Hall Farm; £1,020 Sim Cow, 70m, I/C to Sim AP Moore, Longden; £990 Lim Cow, 32m, I/C to Blonde AP Moore, Longden
48 CALVES (Auctioneer Ben Furnival)
Only a small entry forward met a much steadier trade. I suppose it was only a matter of time that the beef trade filtered in to the calves and it has today!
Bulls The strongest calves remain a good trade with Blues to £368, Blondes to £355, 2 month Simmentals to £380 and 2 month Limousins to £390. Middling types definitely less money.
Heifers Only a handful forward met a good trade especially for the middling sorts and the best with Blues to £362.
2,492 SHEEP including 1,617 Lambs, 775 Ewes and 100 Store Sheep (Auctioneers Peter Oven & Mark Elliott). More sheep forward this week saw a total of 1,617 lambs out of the total entry of 2,492. Despite trade dipping at the end of last week, Bakewell saw very brisk bidding right from the start.
First pen sold realised 230p/kg with a further 14 pens out of the first 60 lots sold realising over 215p/kg. The very best lambs peaked at 239p/kg with the overall market average of 191.13p/kg which included several runs of horned and mule lambs.
Best big lambs grossed just over £100/head.
Lamb Leading prices: 29.0kg 207p/kg M Hambleton, Taddington; 32.0kg 195p/kg JP & D Helliwell, Oughtibridge; 33.2kg 215p/kg M Hambleton, Taddington; 34.0kg 210p/kg E Mellor, Bakewell; 35.5kg 217p/kg P Ritter & Son, Peak Forest; 36.5kg 220p/kg P Ritter & Son, Peak Forest; 37.2kg 213p/kg W Hague & Son, Bradfield
775 Cull Ewes and Rams Numbers up in the cull ewes and rams with a total of 775 on offer. Demand very brisk right from start to finish with prices up £3/head on last week. Best Texel ewes from Richard Vernon topped at £117 with others from Richard Hague to £113 and grazed ewes from John Minshull to £107. Best Mule ewes sold on the £60-£70 bracket with meated Swales £50-£58.
A total of 100 store sheep included a dispersal of 94 Mule ewe lambs from one farm which attracted keen competition from local farmers these topped at £88. Average £80.49.