AFTER spring last week it was back to winter with a north wind -3º temperatures and snow flurries, not enough however to deter customers at Bakewell and there were 629 cattle and 3,222 sheep on parade.
Yet again we report outstanding prices in all sections.
The store cattle were out in force with 344 on offer and that in a week with 860 catalogued for the High Peak Sale on Friday.
Plenty of demand with steers to £1,200 and heifers £1,090. Buyers clearly starting to assemble grazing cattle and outliers commanding a premium.
144 OTM cattle
Aanother outstanding trade topping at 227p/kg and £1,747 per head. The overall average at 138p speaks for itself.
In the finished cattle sections numbers hard to find and only 89 forward despite a top of 253p and £1,613. If you have finished cattle and are selling them elsewhere give Bakewell a try, you might be missing out.
Very busy in the sheep section this week with no fewer than 2,803 lambs and hoggs which both reached 230p/kg and a top of £99.19.
It is good to see store lamb feeders having a better return after many weeks of depression. The SQQ for hoggs at 182p should be read in the context of the many Swale and Mule wethers included in the statistics.
A bit more life in the cull sheep section with ewes to £125 and rams £115 not before time.
The market report would not be complete without a mention of the Red Nose Day Bagshaws cake stall. A cornucopia of confectionary cooked by members of Bagshaws staff was sold in aid of Comic Relief raising a total of £350.
144 BARREN & OTM CATTLE – overall average 90.1p
(Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
More cows and a higher average as trade continues at pace.
In fairness a very good entry of cows and some lovely cattle at the top end but as always at Bakewell some very hard worked cows in the offering and a large number of feeding cattle.
Top price today was 227p for one of 4 Limousin OTM heifers from David Critchlow, Sheen with his others at 223p, 218p and 210p. Also in the highs today was Messrs Mellor, Kniveton selling a heifer at 212p (£1,445).
Cows sold to a top of 188p (£1,451) and 187p (£1,488) for good Limousins from Chatsworth with a big Charollais cows from Boden & Davies, Stockport selling at £1,747.
Best cows generally 175p plus with cross bred sorts 155-170p and 37 leaner feeding types 120-150p depending on potential.
81 Black and whites and Ex Dairy Cows average 126.5p
A very similar trade to last week with an odd younger sort at 176p but generally the best fed cows 150-160p; fed Holsteins 130-150p, leaner types 110-128p and only the very worst under 110p. Remember 37 cows today went for further feeding.
If you don’t have the feed or time, sell them in a Green Market. Grass day is getting closer and there is good demand for them.
The top Cows read as follows:
227p620kgLimD & LA Critchlow, Sheen
223p582kgLimD & LA Critchlow, Sheen
218p564kgLimD & LA Critchlow, Sheen
212p682kgLimJ & J Mellor, Kniveton
210p620kgLimD & LA Critchlow, Sheen
196p504kgAARiverside Farmers, Scropton
188p772kgLimChatsworth Settlement, Bakewell
187p796kgLimChatsworth Settlement, Bakewell
187p692kgBrit BluePW & M Locker & Son, Boylestone
185p600kgBrit BluePW & M Locker & Son, Boylestone
The gross figures are:
£1,747.04976kgCharBoden & Davies LTD, Stockport
£1,488.52796kgLimChatsworth Settlement, Bakewell
£1,451.36772kgLimChatsworth Settlement, Bakewell
£1,445.84682kgLimJ & J Mellor, Kniveton
£1,407.40620kgLimD & LA Critchlow, Sheen
£1,345.40868kgSimVH Mellor, Chelmorton
£1,302.00620kgLimD & LA Critchlow, Sheen
£1,297.86582kgLimD & LA Critchlow, Sheen
£1,294.04692kgBrit BluePW & M Locker & Son, Boylestone
£1,270.80706kgLimChatsworth Settlement, Bakewell
3 OTM Steers – average 182.2p
184p or £1,335 for a Here from F Poyser, Kingsley
184p or £1,313 for a BB from F Poyser, Kingsley
2 OTM Bulls – average 150.5p
166p or £1,616 for a Lim from I Cooper, Edale
89 FINISHED CATTLE
overall average 206.8p - Up 4p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
4 Pence dearer than last week’s record
They keep getting dearer with a dire shortage of bulls and good numbers in the steers and heifers.
I think the shortage is nationally. Remember, when they are this price the only way to sell cattle is live in Bakewell.
14 Young Bulls –overall average 184.1p
Just 14!!! After last week’s trade there should have been a hundred. Just 3 good Simmental bulls sold at 216-218p to average £1,489 from JH & RH Ede, Checkley.
The top Bulls sold as follows:
218p696kgSimJH & RH Ede, Checkley
218p740kgSimJH & RH Ede, Checkley
216p620kgSimJH & RH Ede, Checkley
190p652kgHolstJW & M Rose & Sons, Norton
and gross prices:-
£1,613.20740kgSimJH & RH Ede, Checkley
£1,517.28696kgSimJH & RH Ede, Checkley
£1,339.20620kgSimJH & RH Ede, Checkley
£1,326.20698kgHolstJW & M Rose & Sons, Norton
32 Steers – overall average 208.1p
21 Continentals and 11 black and white steers sold on a marvellous trade to record a record average.
Top today of £2.50 for David Thorp, Baslow. Black and whites sold to 219p with others at 211p and 202p from Maurice Lomas, Flagg. No Angus or Herefords today.
The top Steers sold as follows:-
250p522kgCharDM Thorp, Baslow
242p604kgLimH & G Hollinshead, Lichfield
232p574kgLimD Lownds, Reapsmoor
230p598kgBlonde xD Pearson, Wentworth
230p694kgLimPH Williams, Tean
229p684kgBrit BlueTW & EJ Gratton, King Sterndale
226p596kgLimTW & EJ Gratton, King Sterndale
221p552kgLimH & G Hollinshead, Lichfield
219p446kgFriesM Lomas, Flagg
219p564kgLimD Pearson, Wentworth
And Gross prices:-
£1,596.20694kgLimPH Williams, Tean
£1,566.36684kgBrit BlueTW & EJ Gratton, King Sterndale
£1,461.68604kgLimH & G Hollinshead, Lichfield
£1,445.22666kgLimD Pearson, Wentworth
£1,412.76732kgLimJWA Jeffery, Sudbury
£1,394.96742kgFriesJWA Jeffery, Sudbury
£1,375.40598kgBlonde xD Pearson, Wentworth
£1,346.96596kgLimTW & EJ Gratton, King Sterndale
£1,331.68574kgLimD Lownds, Reapsmoor
£1,305.00522kgCharDM Thorp, Baslow
43 Heifers – overall average 214.0p – Up 8p
Similar numbers and a fabulous trade selling to a top of 253p making it a double top (steers and heifers) for David Thorp, Baslow. Sue Jeffery had 248p for a Blonde and John Eley had 246p for his Limousin. 1 Friesian non breeder sold at 195p with 3 Angus to 210p.
The top Heifers sold as follows:-
253p534kgLimDM Thorp, Baslow
248p592kgBlonde xC & D Jeffery, Pilsley
246p568kgLimJMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave
236p512kgLimJ & J Mellor & Son, Kniveton
232p558kgLimJMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave
230p564kgLimJ & AM Battye, Ringinglow
230p590kgLimC & D Jeffery, Pilsley
230p604kgBrit BlueRA Tatlow, Ashbourne
229p474kgLimSL Holland & Son, Youlgreave
228p538kgCharH Holland, Youlgreave
Top gross figures:-
£1,468.16592kgBlonde xC & D Jeffery, Pilsley
£1,397.28568kgLimJMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave
£1,389.20604kgBrit BlueRA Tatlow, Ashbourne
£1,360.80630kgCharGK & E Robinson, Whiston
£1,357.00590kgLimC & D Jeffery, Pilsley
£1,351.02534kgLimDM Thorp, Baslow
£1,346.16632kgCharH & G Hollinshead, Lichfield
£1,309.80590kgBlonde xH & G Hollinshead, Lichfield
£1,297.20564kgLimJ & AM Battye, Ringinglow
£1,294.56558kgLimJMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave
344 STORE CATTLE
(Auctioneer Alastair Sneddon)
Another excellent turnout of 344 store cattle with more outliers in the entry ad a distinct feeling that although there was snow on the hills the subject to grazing cattle was starting to feature in buyers minds. Needless to say all categories were again very dear with Angus crosses seeing particularly strong competition this week.
52 Feeding Bulls
Typical examples as follows:-
£1,140Lim24mS White, Moscar
£950BB x9-11mAE & G Timmons, Church Broughton
£805Blonde x10-11mCE Mycock, Flagg
£730Sim x10-11mA Bennett, Birchcross
£665Char x7mDJ Sowerby, Edale
£640Lim x9mJ & HM Dowey, Woodhead
£630BB13-14mPJ Townsend, Tideswell Moor
£360Holst10-12mA Bennison, Compstall
Yet again a wonderful trade for heifers with those seeking both feeders and breeders working very hard to secure stock and generating some outstanding prices in the process.
£1,090Lim x22mCH Leeson & Son, Ipstones
£1,075Lim x20-22mGM Grindey & Son, Hartington
£1,075BB x26mAJ Wainwright, Oxspring
£1,055BB x19-21mGM Grindey & Son, Hartington
£1,055AA x17-19mE Morten & Son, Barmoor
£1,020Lim x20-22mMJ Burnett, Rowsley
£1,000Lim x21mAG Tomkinson, Thorpe
£970AA x19mRusty Farming LTD, Flagg
£960Lim x17mMadders & Johnson, Hopton
£960AA x20-22mDA & F Brown, Brassington
£955Lim 18mP Hurst, Ipstones
£950Blonde x27mSC Tomlinson, Sutton
£925Sim x23mAP Pugh, Pilsley
£880Lim x10mJ & J Spillane, Buxton
£850Char x13mCS Edge, Ballidon
£840AA x23mAA Ridgeway, Bradwell
£800Lim x8mA Cartledge, Sparrow Pit
£795Blonde x8mFT Bagnall, Longnor
£770BB x14-16mBL & BL Corbett, Hopton
£750Char 7-10mDJ Sowerby, Edale
£730Lim x10mJT & RA Deacon, Rolleston
£695BB x10-12mRL Pattinson, Wyaston
£675Blonde x9mJ Cundy, Earl Sterndale
£655Lim x9mJ & HM Dowey, Woodhead
£650Lim x10mM Heathcote, Hartington
£630BB x11-13mSpringfield Farms, Ambergate
£570Lim x4mFW Kirkham, King Sterndale
A mixed sample with plenty of demand for all types – The prices speak for themselves. Angus crosses particularly dear.
£1,200Lim x20-22mGM Grindey & Son, Hartington
£1,190Lim x20-22mGA & CJ Mellor, Admaston
£1,120AA22mDA & F Brown, Brassington
£1,110Mont x17-18mE Morten & Sons, Barmoor
£1,070BB x25mAJ Wainwright, Oxspring
£1,040Here18mCH Leeson & Son, Ipstones
£1,030AA23mR Bennett & Son, Bamford
£1,000Char x16mDJ Sowerby, Edale
£990BB x12-14mRL Pattinson, Wyaston
£970Lim x15mR Greenwood, Barton Gate
£880Lim x20mAR Milner, Pilsley
£870Lim x18mW & C & J Barratt, Coombs
£835Holst17-20mW Watts, Thurgoland
£820Here16-18mRT Hall, Litton
£815Lim x10mTJ & MR Gould, Sheen
£795Lim x10mJT & RA Deacon, Rolleston
£790BB x14-16mBL & BM Corbett, Hopton
£780AA x11mTF Jackson Farms, Monyash
£765Lim x19mR Cooper, New Mills
£755AA x9mJW Bassett, Hartington
£735Sim x11mN Tunnicliffe, Pilsley
£730Lim x9mFW Kirkham, King Sterndale
£695AA14-16mS & LJ Dyson, Hollow Meadows
£655Lim x9-11mMrs MP Elliott, Eyam
£635Fries14-16mBL & BM Corbett, Hopton
13 Breeding Cattle
Short of quality in this department this week.
£1,160Sim x, 37mths & Bull CalfBA & SW Mills, Wyming Brook
£1,060Here x, 56mths & Bull CalfS Charles, Wardlow
£540Highland Cow R/W BullS Charles, Wardlow
51 CALVES (Auctioneer Simon Oborn)
A small wintry entry of calves met with a better trade, with numerous purchasers present, and many going home with unsatisfied orders. More calves definitely required, something it is hoped the trade and change of season will bring.
Continental x calves sold well, with 1 month old blue bulls from Furness and Taylor of Wormhill peaking at £347, and averaging £345. Blue heifers saw similar demand, with F Higginbottom of Holymoorside having a one month and 12 day old calf to £302. And with the overall average being £231.
Charollais bulls peaked at £270, with W & WG Halford of Wingerworth having Limousin bulls to £258 and heifers £248.
Native bred calves were a good trade, and much improved on the previous week.
Although the very plainest black and whites were in the £10-£20 region, there was strong rearer demand and this saw Friesians average £55, 18 Holsteins average £45 with a nice calf from P Naden of Glossop realising £84.
Hereford bulls were in short supply with P Furness selling to £185, with heifers from Gregory’s of Litton having a heifer to £172.
A decent Angus bull from Naden’s sold for £185.
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