10ºC at 6am on a December Monday Morning is uncommonly mild for the time of year and far away from 12 months ago when it was zero.
There were therefore no travelling difficulties and a useful entry of 475 cattle and 2,362 sheep were on parade. It was back to normal after last week’s Primestock show and rather easier to relate prices and averages to appropriate yard sticks.
To deal with sheep first it was gratifying to see the lamb trade on the rise with a top of 211p, the SQQ average at 175p a full 25p/kg more than the equivalent market last year.
The cull sheep section has also rallied with the 700 plus ewes reaching £118 to average £57.06, up £11 on the week.
There was more confidence too in the cattle sections.
The 111 finished cattle were distinctly dearer than they have been of late with a fine example at 251p and the overall average at 196p, some 13 pence up on a fortnight ago.
The 112 OTM cattle were a mixed lot with the best on offer at 158p and the overall average 104.7p reflecting quality rather than trade.
With the finished cattle section looking rather better such enthusiasm soon rubs off on store buyers eager to restock.
The 188 store cattle looked very well sold indeed and whilst the lack of headline figures indicates few strong cattle, the suckled calves and mid-range stores looked very dear.
Next week on Monday 16th December it is business as usual but please remember there is NO MARKET on 23rd December, so if you wish to sell before Christmas it will have to be next week.
112 BARREN & OTM CATTLE – overall average 105.4p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
A similar entry and a similar price with cattle about as we have come to expect them over the last month. Best price today was a lovely young Devon (32mths) at 158p (£1,282). Very few best cows today and a number of cows went for further feeding.
64 Black and White and Ex Dairy Cows average 103.1p
Best young sorts to 156p for J & P Riley with others at 152p, 144p etc. Best cows in the low 120’s with better Holsteins 110-120p with plainer sorts 100-110p and lean cows 80-100p.
The top Cows read as follows:
158p 812kg Devon CT Land, Snelston
156p 554kg Fries J & P Riley, Hartington
152p 660kg Holst W Watts, Sheffield
145p 610kg Brit Blue x A Gray, Biggin
144p 822kg Holst JE Seals & Son, Shirland
140p 642kg Lim J Watson, Brackenfield
139p 826kg Lim C Schofield, Stockport
139p 530kg Fries TJ Storer, Longnor
138p 592kg AA EC Stoddard, Cheadle
137p 560kg Lim EC Stoddard, Cheadle
The gross figures are:
£1,282.96 812kg Devon CT Land, Snelston
£1,183.68 822kg Holst JE Seals & Son, Shirland
£1,148.14 826kg Lim C Schofield, Stockport
£1,132.80 944kg Char KA Pickering, Barlow
£1,032.92 868kg Char KA Pickering, Barlow
£1,003.20 660kg Holst W Watts, Bradfield
£967.20 780kg Char LT Shepherd, Bradfield
£944.86 794kg Holst RJ Clowes & Sons, Kingsley
£931.70 770kg Fries S Bowler, Idridgehay
£922.32 756kg Sim C Smedley & Son, Hope Valley
4 OTM Bulls
136p or £1,232 for a Lim from FJ Gould & Son, Longnor
130p or £1,287 for a Lim from IR Cooper, Edale
124p or £1,279 for a Lim from RJ & JA Hancock, Foolow
111 FINISHED CATTLE – overall average 196.3p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
More cattle forward than anybody expected and as good a trade as I can remember, certainly dearer than last week with all buyers upping their game in order to secure cattle.
46 Young Bulls –overall average 183.8p
More bulls and a better trade with all bulls looking dearer on the day. Top call was 225p for a handy weight from David Twigg, Bradwell with a big bull from Charlie Tabbenor, Tean grossing £1,571 (222p). 22 Black and Whites sold to 186p for Gordon Cresswell, Atlow. Herefords sold to 204p and Angus to 193p.
The top Bulls sold as follows:
225p 504kg Lim DW Twigg, Bradwell
222p 708kg Lim CW Taberner, Tean
215p 698kg Blonde x MT Sweetmore, Earl Sterndale
215p 722kg Lim CW Taberner, Tean
214p 602kg Lim JW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
210p 570kg Lim P Furness, Wheston
209p 510kg Brit Blue x Hough Farm Partnership, Bradley
209p 678kg Devon JW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
207p 638kg Lim Hough Farm Partnership, Bradley
205p 616kg Devon JW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
204p 618kg Lim K Harrop, Alport
204p 514kg Here G Wardman, Matlock
201p 564kg Blonde x G Wardman, Matlock
and gross prices:-
£1,571.76 708kg Lim CW Taberner, Tean
£1,552.30 722kg Lim CW Taberner, Tean
£1,500.70 698kg Blonde x MT Sweetmore, Earl Sterndale
£1,417.02 678kg Devon Hough Farm Partnership, Bradley
£1,320.66 638kg Lim JW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
£1,288.28 602kg Lim JW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
£1,279.08 646kg Brit Blue x R Brough & Son, Monyash
£1,262.80 616kg Devon Hough Farm Partnership, Bradley
£1,262.24 644kg Lim JW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
£1,260.72 618kg Lim JW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
25 Steers – overall average 190.7p
7 Holsteins, 6 Hereford and 12 Continentals sold on a very good trade with some remarkable prices. Top price was 227p for James Blackshaw. Black and Whites sold to 180p (£1,407) for TG Archer, Yeldersley.
The top Steers sold as follows:-
227p 552kg Lim JW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
224p 540kg Sim B Sayles, Crich
222p 630kg Brit Blue x TA Twyford & Son, Alport
221p 540kg Lim R Wilson, Hollington
209p 612kg Lim TG Archer & Son LTD, Yeldersley
205p 644kg Lim TG Archer & Son LTD, Yeldersley
204p 604kg Lim JC Vickers, Taddington
202p 586kg Lim RW Ardern & Sons, Buxton
And Gross prices:-
£1,407.60 782kg Holst TG Archer & Son LTD, Yeldersley
£1,398.60 630kg Brit Blue x TA Twyford & Son, Alport
£1,320.20 644kg Lim TG Archer & Son LTD, Yeldersley
£1,279.08 612kg Lim TG Archer & Son LTD, Yeldersley
£1,253.04 552kg Lim JW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
£1,249.50 714kg Fries JWA Jeffery, Sudbury
£1,240.20 636kg Here RW Ardern & Sons, Buxton
£1,232.16 604kg Lim JC Vickers, Taddington
£1,217.88 612kg Brit Blue x TA Twyford & Son, Alport
£1,217.20 716kg Fries JWA Jeffery, Sudbury
42 Heifers – overall average 214.1p
A superb show of quality heifers, equally as last week’s show cattle and a fabulous trade with some cattle 10 pence up on the week. Top call of 251p for Nigel Birch, Monyash with AJ Chadfield at 250p with the top 9 cattle all over 243p.
The top Heifers sold as follows:-
251p 502kg Brit Blue x NA Birch, Monyash
250p 518kg Lim AJ Chadfield, Marston Montgomery
249p 606kg Brit Blue x K Harrop, Alport
246p 618kg Brit Blue x K Harrop, Alport
246p 594kg Lim R Wharmby, High Peak
245p 510kg Lim AG Tomkinson, Thorp
243p 582kg Lim K Harrop, Alport
243p 522kg Lim AG Tomkinson, Thorp
243p 508kg Lim AG Tomkinson, Thorp
Top gross figures:-
£1,548.16 656kg Char R Wharmby, High Peak
£1,520.28 618kg Brit Blue x K Harrop, Alport
£1,508.94 606kg Brit Blue x K Harrop, Alport
£1,461.24 594kg Lim R Wharmby, High Peak
£1,414.26 582kg Lim K Harrop, Alport
£1,353.60 576kg Lim TA Twyford & Son, Alport
£1,349.76 592kg Lim K Harrop, Alport
£1,301.04 556kg Lim AJ Chadfield, Marston Montgomery
£1,295.82 626kg Sim TA Twyford & Son, Alport
£1,295.00 518kg Lim AJ Chadfield, Marston Montgomery
188 STORE CATTLE - (Auctioneer Alastair Sneddon)
A good turnout for the time of year with a total of 188 on offer.
Buyers were out in force appetites wetted by the recent firming of the finished cattle trade. Competition was fierce for all types with some excellent prices achieved.
23 Feeding Bulls
Typical examples as follows:-
£1,100 Lim x 12m A Sayer Jnr, Hilderstone
£760 Lim x 16-18m PJ & N Townsend, Tideswell
£595 Blonde x 11m J & E Hopkinson, Ashover
£490 Blonde x 5-6m J & E Hopkinson, Ashover
Plenty of interest for all varieties from the suckled calves to the short term cattle. Also several buyers prospecting for bulling heifers.
£1,180 Lim x 18m AG Tomkinson, Thorpe
£1,090 Lim x 25m RFG Langton, Aldercar
£1,010 Sim x 26m J Shardlow, Shirland
£1,010 Lim x 13m J & R Sims, Fritchley
£935 Lim x 19-21m G Matkin, Alderwasley
£930 Here x 28m PJ Brown, Tansley
£790 Sim x 20m S Tudor, Kingsley
£785 Lim x 20m A & S Waterhouse, Strines
£730 Here x 19m FJ Green, Doveholes
£700 BR x 9m N Tunnicliffe, Pilsley
£700 Here x 32-33m EC Stoddard, Cheadle
£680 BR x 16m GD & M Rodgers, Brimington
£620 Here x 18m R Cartledge, Doveholes
£595 Lim x 4-6m FW Kirkham, King Sterndale
£595 Char x 8m D Collier, Tideswell
£580 BR x 6m Mrs J Dakin, Rushop
£570 Lim x 6m J Webster & Son, Hartington
£555 Blonde x 5-7m J & E Hopkinson, Ashover
£510 Lim x 6m SR Hinchley, Ashover
£400 Lim x 5-7m CI Boyle, Disley
A fair selection with strong demand for all types. Several buyers working hard to secure the suckled calves with appropriate highlights.
At the other end of the scale. Several packets of black and whites were well sold.
Strong Continental crosses in short supply with several operators going home empty handed.
£970 BR x 19m RA Tatlow, Ashbourne
£920 BR x 29m A Gray, Biggin
£870 Lim x 19-20m A & S Waterhouse, Strines
£860 BR x 6m Miss S Dakin, Rushop
£850 BR x 15-16m GD & M Rodgers, Brimington
£820 Lim x 14m DW Twigg, Bradwell
£820 Char 18m CS Edge, Ballidon
£790 BR x 13m N Tunnicliffe, Pilsley
£765 Lim x 16m Mrs CA Bunting, Bradley
£640 Holst 14-17m W Watts, Thurgoland
£620 Char x 7-8m D Collier, Tideswell
£605 Sim x 4-6m FW Kirkham, King Sterndale
£590 Char x 6m SR Hinchley, Ashover
£525 Fries 15-24m JF & A Poynter, Wirksworth
7 Breeding Cattle
£950 Lim x Cow, 64m & Hfr Calf M Shaw, Tideswell
£940 Lim x Cow, 165m & Hfr Calf JA Nicholls, Draycott
£860 Char x Cow, 137m, PD I/C JA Nicholls, Draycott
64 CALVES (Auctioneer Mark Elliott)
A good seasonal entry with the Continental heifers particularly dear.
Top call of the day £362 for a superb pure Limousin heifer calf nearly 2 months old from Mr C Schofield of Cheadle, Cheshire.
Continental bulls to a top of £348 for the Hudson’s of Ipstones with Andrew Broadley at Newhaven having £340 again for a Blue Bull.
Generally small Friesian bulls a little easier but the best bulls in that category really good to a top of £162 from Messrs PJ Furness & Son at Wormhill.
Hereford bulls to £172 for Neville Palfreyman and family with others at £167 and £152.
A smart Hereford Heifer from Messrs Ironmonger at Bonsall topped the native heifers at £174.
Bulls Average (£) Top Price (£) Vendor
4 Here 153.75 172.00 TN Palfreyman, Flagg
10 Fries 68.80 162.00 PJ Furness & Son, Wormhill
1 AA 118.00 118.00 J & JW Furness, Baslow
1 S’horn 66.00 66.00 P & C Palfreyman, Monyash
5 Lim 145.80 205.00 W Bradbury, High Needham
19 Holst 42.95 124.00 GPK Trickett, Rowsley
2 B Swiss 60.00 80.00 G & D Shuker & Sons, Whaley Bridge
5 Brit Blue x 271.20 348.00 BD Hudson, Ipstones
Heifers Average Top Price
2 Here 103.00 174.00 ED Ironmonger & Son, Bonsall
2 AA 127.00 134.00 PJ Brown, Tansley
10 Lim 243.40 362.00 C Schofield, Cheadle
1 Char 228.00 228.00 JW Walker & Sons, Tideswell
2 Brit Blue x 159.00 272.00 D Fotherby & Sons, Wormhill
2,362 SHEEP including 1,655 Lambs & 707 Ewes and Rams
(Auctioneer Peter Oven)
An excellent entry of 2,362 sheep included 1,655 lambs. Lamb trade saw a sharp increase in demand especially for the 36-40kg meated types. The very best sorts peaked at 211p/kg with an overall average of 175.29p/kg.
Lamb Leading prices:-
35.0kg 186p/kg JG Pears, Penistone
37.5kg 183p/kg B Shaw
38.8kg 209p/kg RM Brown, Bradwell
40.2kg 197p/kg D Hall, Litton
41.0kg 211p/kg Cowley Knoll, Birchover
42.0kg 206p/kg Bagshaw, Chelmorton
43.0kg 191p/kg JW Blackshaw, Bakewell
44.0kg 190p/kg R Hodgson & Son, Kettleshulme
47.5kg 179p/kg D Hall, Litton
50.7kg 170p/kg PH Wilcockson, Hathersage
56.5kg 156p/kg RG & PA Wilson, Alderwasley
Shearlings to 105p/kg
32.1kg -39kg to 209p/kg Average 177.64p/kg
39.1kg - 45.5kg to 211p/kg Average 174.46p/kg
45.6kg – 52kg to 179p/kg Average160.14p/kg
707 Cull Ewes and Rams
Another very good show of 707 cull ewes and rams saw best ewes well bid for to top at £118 with nine pens over £100. Plain ewes also in demand with killing buyers out bidding the grazing buyers.
Ewes to £118. Average £57.06.
Rams to £192. Average £86.28.