THE seasons seem to have changed at Bakewell. Last week it was winter, this week spring was in the air.
A total of 605 cattle and 3,278 sheep and with rising temperatures have come rising prices, with all departments reporting strong trades and outstanding results.
After last week’s snow store cattle numbers were back to normal with 284 on offer with yet more new faces amongst both vendors and purchasers finding their way to Bakewell for the first time.
Needless to say prices were well in excess of most vendors expectations with steers to £1,290 and heifers £1,160.
A special entry of Montbeliarde cross steers, the majority aged 19-23mths reached £1,100 with 22 averaging £1,054.
It goes without saying that there was sufficient buying power to have dealt with many more cattle. If you are thinking of selling do not hesitate.
OTM numbers hit 150 with an exceptional trade for a very mixed entry reaching 214p/kg and £1,482 per head. The fact that Bakewell is a ‘Green Market’ ensures maximum exposure for feeding cows.
The finished cattle section with top prices of 240p and £1,685 provides evidence that despite turmoil in the processed meats sector proper cuts of quality home produced beef are if anything benefitting from the horse meat scandal.
Customers are clearly turning to recognised cuts of beef from reputable outlets.
Only 55 calves, but no lack of buyers and trade very strong.
In the sheep department despite hugely increased numbers trade held up very well with the SQQ hogg average at 160p and top prices of 215p/kg and £93.60 per head.
The cull sheep department also had a good day with ewes to £134, rams to £139 and the ewe average of £67.12 very creditable in view of the very mixed entry.
150 BARREN & OTM CATTLE – overall average 132.2p
(Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
A wonderful entry and once again a fabulous trade throughout and although the average shows a little less the overall quality was not as good as the previous week with a lot of hard worked cows and a high percentage of ex dairy cows.
Top cow today was 214p (£1,271) for a Limousin from DC Wright, Parwich with the first beast in the ring at 211p (£1,447) from Jim Battye, Ringinglow.
Better bred and fed cows (although very few today) sold in excess of 160p with good meated cross bred sorts 145-160p and some good fed native bred cows around the 150p mark. A total of 42 cows today sold for further feeding and being a green market the buyers can do that.
Everybody judges the cows differently and cows with potential for feeding sold on a very fast trade.
94 Black and White and Ex dairy Cows average 126.8p
An astonishing result with only a handful of good meated Friesians that sold from 145-152p. Several younger OTM Black and white heifers in the entry sold from 160p-182p.
Fed Holstein 132p-140p with lesser types 115-130p and only the very worst less than that.
The top Cows read as follows:
214p 594kg Lim DC Wright, Parwich
211p 686kg Brit Blue J & AM Battye, Ringinglow
188p 688kg Lim D & LA Critchlow, Sheen
188p 770kg Lim D & LA Critchlow, Sheen
182p 734kg Holst R Bradbury & Sons, Middleton by Youlgreave
180p 446kg Murray Grey SR Hinchley, Ashover
179p 802kg Lim DC Wright, Parwich
170p 676kg Fries J Beever, Alport
168p 654kg Holst GG Wragg, Alfreton
166p 684kg Lim GM Grindey & Son, Hartington
The gross figures are:
£1,447.60 770kg Lim D & LA Critchlow, Sheen
£1,447.46 686kg Brit Blue J & AM Battye, Ringinglow
£1,435.58 802kg Lim DC Wright, Parwich
£1,335.88 734kg Holst R Bradbury & Sons, Middleton by Youlgreave
£1,293.44 688kg Lim D & LA Critchlow, Sheen
£1,271.16 594kg Lim DC Wright, Parwich
£1,149.20 676kg Fries J Beever, Alport
£1,135.44 684kg Lim GM Grindey & Son, Hartington
£1,135.26 714kg BB J & AM Battye, Ringinglow
£1,098.72 654kg Holst GG Wragg, Alfreton
2 OTM Steers – average 174p
174p or £960 for a Here from A Mycock, Flagg
174p or £890 for a Lim from JC Vickers, Taddington
3 OTM Bulls – average 118.7p
141p or £1,311 for a Lim from JW Foot & Sons, Parwich
109p or £1,482 for an AA from S Edwards, Bradnop
116 FINISHED CATTLE — overall average 196.6p
(Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
Trade continues to get better and better with more competition around the ring, bidding was fierce from the start with some wonderful high prices.
A total of 24 steers and heifers went for further feeding today in approved feeding units including 3 very very light cattle from 238kg to 328kg from one farm 125p-168p.
34 Young Bulls –overall average 185.7p
A couple of Pure Blues at the top today from Keith Belfield at 236p (£1,685) and Messrs Richardson at 226p (£1,455). 21 Black and White bulls today average 178p sold on an improved trade with the best 190p (twice) for J Lomas & Son, Griffe with some better big Holsteins grossing over £1,200.
The top Bulls sold as follows:
236p 714kg Brit Blue AK Belfield, Sheen
226p 644kg Brit Blue TJ & EA Richardson, Yeaveley
214p 690kg Lim AK Belfield, Sheen
202p 554kg Char A Merryman, Dronfield
196p 494kg GA & CJ Mellor, Admaston
194p 572kg Lim L Slater & Sons, Winster
190p 550kg Fries J Lomas & Sons, Matlock
190p 558kg Fries J Lomas & Sons, Matlock
and gross prices:-
£1,685.04 714kg Brit Blue AK Belfield, Sheen
£1,476.60 690kg Lim AK Belfield, Sheen
£1,455.44 644kg Brit Blue TJ & EA Richardson, Yeaveley
£1,246.90 674kg Holst JW & M Rose & Sons, Alfreton
£1,234.42 682kg Holst JW & M Rose & Sons, Alfreton
£1,218.78 666kg Holst FD Stubbs & Sons, Tissington
£1,183.00 650kg Holst FD Stubbs & Sons, Tissington
£1,176.60 636kg Holst FD Stubbs & Sons, Tissington
£1,134.60 610kg S’horn J & J Hollingworth, Ashover
£1,124.80 592kg Others P Ritter & Sons, Peak Forest
49 Steers – overall average 195.9p
A superb show of steers this week with outnumbering the heifers and included 10 native Hereford/AA cattle and 11 black and white bullocks.
Trade is remarkable with the best 21 over £2/kilo and selling to a top of 231p for Messrs Mellor, Kniveton who had another at 227p. Also at 227p was Nigel and Julie Birch with a Limousin.
11 Black and whites sold to 187p for Roger Ardern to average 180.4p whilst 5 Herefords sold to 198p for B Sayles, Matlock and 5 Angus topped at 207p for A Mycock, Buxton and CJ Green, Norton.
The top Steers sold as follows:-
208p 524kg Lim GA & CJ Mellor, Admaston
208p 536kg Sim MT Sweetmore, Earl Sterndale
208p 504kg Char JC Vickers, Taddington
208p 624kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock
207p 560kg AA CJ Green, Norton
207p 512kg AA A Mycock, Buxton
And Gross prices:-
£1,362.00 600kg Lim J & J Mellor & Son, Kniveton
£1,349.04 584kg Lim J & J Mellor & Son, Kniveton
£1,334.52 674kg Lim T Stafford & Son, Ashbourne
£1,330.56 672kg Here B Sayles, Matlock
£1,323.84 672kg Lim JA Cowgill, Barnsley
£1,322.52 642kg Sim T Stafford & Son, Ashbourne
£1,312.08 616kg Blonde x A Mycock, Buxton
£1,306.52 734kg Fries JWA Jeffery, Sudbury
£1,297.92 624kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock
£1,277.94 722kg Fries JWA Jeffery, Sudbury
33 Heifers – overall average 209.3p
Some super cattle throughout to produce a record average for a Monday. Only 8 heifers under £2.
Top today was a super sort from John & Christine Eley, Youlgreave at 240p (£1,416) with another 10 over 220p. Herefords sold to 213p and Friesian non breeders at 178p.
The top Heifers sold as follows:-
240p 590kg Brit Blue JMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave
235p 548kg Lim NA Birch, Monyash
232p 544kg Lim JW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
228p 592kg Brit Blue JMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave
228p 524kg Blonde x BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
227p 550kg Lim JW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
226p 450kg Blonde x CE Mycock, Flagg
226p 502kg Blonde x G Wardman, Matlock
225p 544kg Blonde x CE Mycock, Flagg
223p 570kg Blonde x D Pearson, Wentworth
220p 460kg Lim DM Thorp, Baslow
Top gross figures:-
£1,416.00 590kg Brit Blue JMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave
£1,375.32 628kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock
£1,360.80 630kg Lim G Wardman, Matlock
£1,349.76 592kg Brit Blue JMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave
£1,331.08 622kg Blonde x BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
£1,287.80 548kg Lim NA Birch, Monyash
£1,271.10 570kg Blonde x D Pearson, Wentworth
£1,262.08 544kg Lim JW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
£1,248.50 550kg Lim JW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
£1,235.52 594kg Lim H & G Hollinshead, Lichfield
284 STORE CATTLE -
(Auctioneer Alastair Sneddon)
A decent selection of 284 store cattle which included several runs of cattle and had attracted a full complement of buyers and the resulting trade was outstanding.
We operate an ‘early warning’ system for buyers, if you have not sold before at Bakewell just give us a ring.
46 Feeding Bulls
Typical examples as follows:-
£760 Lim x 8m D & LA Critchlow, Sheen
£495 Holst 9-11m RG & M Leadbetter, Birchcross
£960 BB x 15m H Holland, Birchover
£600 Holst 11-13m DR Lowe, Holmesfield
£700 Char x 6m DG Ditchfield, Calwich
£515 Fries 13-15m FG & JR Critchlow, Sheen
£740 Sim x 11m NT Walker, Brightgate
A decent selection with some good bunches and some outstanding individuals sufficient to satisfy the most discerning of specimen hunters.
The prices speak for themselves.
£880 BB x 11m A Knighton, Selston
£770 BB x 9m AE Timmons, Church Broughton
£900 Lim x 21m A Hemmingway, Grenoside
£745 Lim x 9-10m D & LA Critchlow, Sheen
£710 AA x 10m E Allcock, Waterhouses
£890 Lim x 14-20m DR Gould, Grangemill
£855 Lim x 20-21m G & R Gould, Elton
£960 Char x 21m Miss J Bonsall, Atlow
£1,160 Lim x 22m F Lomas, Kniveton
£1,110 Devon 22m F Lomas, Kniveton
£895 Here x 20m S Tudor, Kingsley
£1,020 Lim x 21m D & L Wain, Ilam
£1,050 Lim x 20-22m FN Biggin, Holmesfield
£1,080 Sim x 26-28m FN Biggin, Holmesfield
£620 Lim x 9m DR Lowe, Holmesfield
£1,025 Blonde x 23m B Ryan, Huthwaite
£1,110 Bb x 31m A Gray, Biggin
£940 Devon 22-23m M Seals, Sutton on the Hill
£930 Here 17m LA Masters, Clowne
£905 BB x 18m M Shaw, Tideswell
£940 BB x 22m WR & W Hayes, Pilsley
£640 Lim x 7m W Hague & Sons, Bradfield
A mixed assortment which included a special entry of Montbeliarde x steers from NR & RA Hutchinson of Weston Underwood, the consignment mainly 19-23months peaked at £1,100 and 22 averaged £1,054. There were also reasonable numbers of Holsteins all of which attracted a strong following.
£760 BB x 10m A Knighton, Selston
£850 Lim x 11m TJ & MR Gould, Sheen
£820 Char x 16m T Satterthwaite, Dungworth
£925 BB x 13m H Holland, Birchover
£875 Sim x 17m AJ & LE Bailey, Grindon
£780 Fries 14m D & LA Critchlow, Sheen
£830 AA x 10m E Alcock, Waterhouses
£1,130 Lim x 19m DR Gould, Grangemill
£1,110 Char x 19-21m DR Gould, Grangemill
£1,290 Lim x 24m G & R Gould, Elton
£875 Blonde x 20-22m J & J Walton, Tideswell
£810 Fries 17-19m M Lomas, Flagg
£1,080 BB x 20m W & A Cartledge, Sparrow Pit
£895 Here x 22-23m S Tudor, Kingsley
£1,100 Mont 21-27m NR & RA Hutchinson, Weston Underwood
£1,170 AA 26m NR & RA Hutchinson, Weston Underwood
£1,100 Here 22m D & L Wain, Ilam
£800 Gloucester x 22-24m C Carney, Bishton
£1,100 Char x 20m GPK Trickett, Rowsley
£1,160 BB x 21m LB Thompson, Longnor
£960 AA x 28-29m D Poole & Son, Flagg
£1,070 Lim x 21-22m AP Pugh, Pilsley
£900 Here 13m J Nicholson & Son, Clowne
£695 Lim x 8m W Hague & Son, Bradfield
(Auctioneer Simon Oborn)
A small seasonal entry of calves met with a tremendous trade with a packed ring of buyers.
Despite there being no really outstanding calves, some excellent prices were achieved. DW Berresford & Son of Wheston had a blue bull at £312, with B Hudson of Ipstones selling a nice young Blue heifer to £286.
F Langton of Aldercar had a Limousin bulls at £298, with heifers from R Hall of Peak Forest to £266.
Demand for native bred calves definitely outstripped supply. D Fotherby & Sons of Wormhill had Hereford bulls to a superb £270, with 3 from A Thompson of Peak Forest not too far behind. Fotherbys of Wormhill also had Hereford heifers to £244. T & K Seals of Alfreton saw their Angus bulls peak at £260 and heifers £202.
Black and whites were well sought, and those with rearing potential often over £100. G Gregory of Sheldon saw a lovely bull realise £168, with the very plainest typically £25 to £35.