SUMMER has changed to winter without much in between and the effect of wind and rain has concentrated minds and filled the market with stock, 715 cattle and 3,764 sheep to be precise.
Fortunately, buyers were able to accommodate this increase in supply and prices have either held firm or in the case of the lambs seen a significant and welcome increase.
We should count ourselves fortunate that we have not had the snow storms that have caused such havoc to the cattle farmers in North America.
To start with sheep, a very useful entry of 2,559 lambs saw a top price of 228p/kg with quite a number exceeding the 200p mark and grossed up to a remarkable figure of £107.16 per head.
Of more general interest the overall average was 183p, up 16p on the week and comparing very favourably with the equivalent market last year when the overall figure was only 158p. Another massive entry of 1,205 cull sheep which exceeded last week’s bumper crop, sold on a solid trade from start to finish.
Turning to the cattle the busiest section was the 409 store cattle which sold on a great trade from start to finish with a strong line-up of buyers pegging away manfully to satisfy their orders.
The sample of cattle was very mixed with plenty of black and whites together with suckler bred types, but all sold well with steers to £1,205 and heifers £1,110.
The finished cattle mustered a decent number with 115 on offer reaching 241p/kg and £1,649 per head and the OTM department gathered 106 selling to a top of 172p and £1,465 per head.
The calf section maintained numbers with 85 forward selling to £385 for bulls and £322 for heifers. All in all a very satisfactory day.
106 BARREN & OTM CATTLE – overall average 117.7p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
Exactly the same number of cows as last week. The trade this week was very fast with the overall average up by a penny and that is with a higher percentage of black and white cows in the offering. It appears that the tide has turned and let’s hope this is a sign of better times for the cows. Top cow today was a Pure Limousin from Steven Wilde, Bradfield at 172p with a huge Charollais at 160p (£1,465). Very few best meated Continentals today. Fed cross bred cows sold from 145-156p with less bred sorts 120-140p. Native Hereford cows sold well from 121-127p.
67 Black and White and Ex Dairy Cows average 106.6p
A super clean heifer (31mths) sold at 170p from David Furness, Wheston. Best cows to 139p for Geoff Limer with the better cows over 130p although few and far between. Fed Holsteins 115-125p with leaner sorts 105-112p. Very lean hard worked cows 90-100p with a few below 90p.
The top Cows read as follows: 172p 634kg Lim S Wilde, Bradfield; 170p 686kg Holst P Furness, Wheston; 160p 916kg Char TW Cox, Great Longstone; 159p 786kg BB NA Birch, Monyash; 156p 614kg Brit Blue x BA & B Perkins, Oughtibridge; 155p 584kg Devon GA Ward & Son, Wirksworth; 152p 776kg Blonde x J Burton, Ilam; 152p 728kg Lim D Hadfield, Tideswell; 150p 654kg Lim S & M Boam, Flagg; 147p 864kg Blonde x Mrs C Molloy, Notts
The gross figures are: £1,465.60 916kg Char TW Cox, Great Longstone; £1,270.08 864kg Blonde x Mrs C Molloy, Notts; £1,249.74 786kg BB NA Birch, Monyash; £1,195.60 854kg MRI JW Handford & Sons, Birch Vale; £1,183.70 890kg Fries Burton & Vernon, Buxton; £1,179.52 776kg Blonde x J Burton, Ilam; £1,166.20 686kg Holst P Furness, Wheston; £1,107.50 886kg Fries W Maskery, Mapleton; £1,106.56 728kg Lim D Hadfield, Tideswell; £1,090.48 634kg Lim S Wilde, Bradfield; 1 OTM Steer to 118p or £708 for a Holst from PV Hawkins, Shirland; 2 OTM Bulls to £1,135 for a Lim from WP Johnson, Longnor
115 FINISHED CATTLE – overall average 193.4p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
Similar numbers but a sharper trade which goes against all other outlets and deadweight quotations. In fairness a better quality entry on the whole with less grass fed sorts on offer.
35 Young Bulls –overall average 181.6p
Less numbers in the bulls which is a shame considering the level of trade experienced over the past couple of weeks. 14 Continentals sold exceptionally well with Roger and Lee White top of the tree at 232p (£1,364) with Chatsworth in second spot at 227p (£1,430) who also had a big bull at £1,535. 20 Black and White bulls sold to 188p for Gordon Cresswell, Atlow and averaged 168p. The top Bulls sold as follows: 232p 588kg Lim R & A White & Son, Bamford 227p 630kg Lim Chatsworth Settlement, Bakewell; 214p 550kg Char A Merryman, Dronfield; 204p 704kg Lim Chatsworth Settlement, Bakewell; 202p 760kg Lim Chatsworth Settlement, Bakewell; 199p 562kg Lim GC & BJ Cresswell, Atlow; 198p 548kg Lim GC & BJ Cresswell, Atlow; 197p 508kg Brit Blue x A Merryman, Dronfield; 197p 568kg Char GK & E Robinson, Wheston and gross prices: £1,535.20 760kg Lim Chatsworth Settlement, Bakewell; £1,436.16 704kg Lim Chatsworth Settlement, Bakewell; £1,430.10 630kg Lim Chatsworth Settlement, Bakewell; £1,364.16 588kg Lim R & A White & Son, Bamford; £1,177.00 550kg Char A Merryman, Dronfield; £1,158.08 658kg AA RM Ward, Ridgeway; £1,129.48 604kg Char GK & E Robinson, Wheston; £1,118.96 568kg Char GK & E Robinson, Wheston; £1,118.38 562kg Lim GC & BJ Cresswell, Atlow; £1,106.70 714kg S’horn J & J Hollingworth, Ashover
37 Steers – overall average 192.6p
Some super cattle again at the top end with a high of 241p (£1,378) for GW Smith & Son, Aldwark and 239p for John & Christine Eley (£1,649). 8 Black and White Steers sold to 182p (£1,186) for Roger Ardern. 5 Herefords sold to 202p. The top Steers sold as follows: 241p 572kg Lim GW Smith & Son, Aldwark; 239p 690kg Lim JMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave; 228p 590kg Lim OM Palfreyman, Monyash; 223p 472kg Brit Blue x SL Holland & Son, Youlgreave; 218p 658kg Lim JMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave; 217p 446kg Brit Blue x JMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave.
217p 528kg Lim SL Holland & Son, Youlgreave; 215p 564kg Blonde x OM Palfreyman, Monyash; 213p 630kg Blonde x BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell; 213p 686kg Brit Blue x BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell. And Gross prices: £1,649.10 690kg Lim JMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave; £1,512.00 756kg Lim JB & P Broomhead, Fulwood; £1,461.18 686kg Brit Blue x GG Wragg, Wessington; £1,434.44 658kg Lim JMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave; £1,420.48 772kg Sim J Betts, Morton; £1,378.52 572kg Lim GW Smith & Son, Aldwark; £1,345.20 590kg Lim OM Palfreyman, Monyash; £1,341.90 630kg Blonde x BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell; £1,329.16 658kg Lim RW Ardern & Sons, Buxton; £1,289.40 614kg Brit Blue x JB & P Broomhead, Fulwood
43 Heifers – overall average 204.3p
A very tidy show of heifers with 11 native heifers and 33 Continentals that sold to 248p twice for a Blue special from Keith Belfield (£1,547) and a Limousin from Chris and Andrew Howe, Hazelhead (£1,418). Both Herefords and Angus sold to 196p. The top Heifers sold as follows: 248p 624kg Brit Blue x AK Belfield, Sheen; 248p 572kg Lim C & A Howe, Hazelhead; 227p 480kg Lim R & A White & Son, Bamford; 227p 468kg Lim R & A White & Son, Bamford; 224p 540kg Lim TG Archer & Son LTD, Yeldersley; 223p 434kg Brit Blue x SL Holland & Son, Youlgreave; 222p 514kg Blonde x C & D Jeffery, Pilsley; 222p 532kg Lim R Wilson, Hollington; 220p 464kg Brit Blue x SL Holland & Son, Youlgreave
Top gross figures: £1,547.52 624kg Brit Blue x AK Belfield, Sheen; £1,418.56 572kg Lim C & A Howe, Hazelhead; £1,364.68 626kg Lim WI Fletcher, Sheldon; £1,355.96 622kg Blonde x RE, D & D Priestley, Castleton; £1,350.40 640kg Lim RE, D & D Priestley, Castleton; £1,333.52 632kg Brit Blue x GG Wragg, Wessington; £1,312.08 616kg Brit Blue x JB & P Broomhead, Fulwood; £1,306.34 602kg Lim D Hadfield, Tideswell; £1,233.84 636kg Here RE, D & D Priestley, Castleton; £1,209.60 540kg Lim TG Archer & Son LTD, Yeldersley
409 STORE CATTLE - (Auctioneer Alastair Sneddon)
No fewer than 409 stores sold on a great trade with a full line up of buyers having to work hard to secure their purchases.
Plentiful keep and lower corn prices have certainly added spice to the store cattle trade and vendors should not hesitate to market their stock.
33 Feeding Bulls A few more but hardly an abundance and all well sold. Typical examples as follows: £1,030 Sim x 19-21m V & R & P Booth, Heage; £570 AA x 14m PJ Ardern, Congleton; £330 Fries 9-10m PG Cantrell, Bakewell; £760 Char x 14m D Smith, High Green; £510 Fries 9-10m RG Goodwin, Abbots Bromley; £635 Char x 9m RG Goodwin, Abbots Bromley; £860 B Swiss x 14m WJ Fox, Oxspring; £510 Holst 8-14m WJ Fox, Oxspring
118 Heifers Plenty of interest in all types with particular demand for Lim and B Blue x suitable for bulling. Sample results: £480 Here x 8m A Butler, Pilsley; £605 Char x 5-10m JP & D Helliwell, Oughtibridge; £1,000 Lim x 17m TJ & MR Gould, Sheen; £720 Lim x 16m JT & RA Deacon, Rolleston; £760 Lim x 17-18m CL Morton & Son, Holmesfield; £890 Sim x 16m R & S Salisbury, Abney; £950 Devon 17-18m CT Land, Snelston; £1,060 BR x 19m TW & EJ Gratton, King Sterndale; £970 Devon 17m James Durrans & Son, Penistone; £695 BR x 15-18m D Sims, Fenny Bentley; £1,015 Blonde 16m DW Shirt, Edale; £790 Lim x 15-22m EF Chadfield, Snelston; £900 BR x 19-21m WJ Heathcote, Grangemill; £645 Sim x 15m W Whitbred, Biggin; £765 AA x 22m D Gould, Waterhouses; £810 BR x 20m WF Carnwell, Dilhorne; £1,110 Lim x 27m RB & GE Fretwell, Penistone; £890 Here x 22-23m RT Hall, Litton; £850 Lim x 19-20m JWA Jeffery, Sudbury; £555 AA x 18m DA Jones, Rotherham; £500 Lim x 7m H Thackray, Penistone; £950 Sim x 18m RA Tatlow, Ashbourne; £690 BR x 18m PV Hawkins, Shirland; £880 Char x 16m CS Edge, Ballidon
223 Steers Greatly outnumbering the heifers this week with plenty of Holsteins and Friesians attracting plenty of interest.
Some useful consignments of suckler bred steers very keenly sought by both local and long range purchasers and of course no slackening of demand for the Angus and Hereford crosses being gathered by specialist finishers and their agents. Sample prices: £1,205 Blonde 28m G & R Gould, Elton; £1,185 Char x 18-19m JE & CD Blissett, Windley; £1,175 BR x 22-23m WJ Heathcote, Grange Mill; £1,170 Sim x 18m R & S Salisbury, Abney; £1,165 BR x 26-27m RA Tatlow, Ashbourne; £1,155 Char x 30m JE & CD Blissett, Windley; £1,075 BR x 23-25m FG Carnwell, Kingsley; £1,050 BR x 23m B & AB Perkins, Oughtibridge; £1,030 BR x 14-15m TW & EJ Gratton, King Sterndale; £1,025 Lim x 18m CL Morton & Son, Holmesfield; £1,010 Lim x 26m AE Neachell, Walsall; £1,010 Sim x 20m CJ Nash, Stone; £980 AA x 22m D Gould, Waterhouses; £980 AA 29m J Woolley & Son, Newtown; £945 Lim x 15-17m KE Montague, Ashover; £895 Lim x 18m EF Chadfield, Snelston; £890 Lim x 13m JT & RA Deacon, Rolleston; £890 BR x 21m C Matthews, Castleton; £890 Char x 13-14m CS Edge, Ballidon; £890 Parth 21m R Bowler, Wirksworth; £800 Holst 23-24m WJ Heathcote, Grangemill; £790 Lim x 15m ME Gardiner, Draycott; £715 Holst 22-23m WF Carnwell, Dilhorne; £700 AA x 6-7m J Watson, Brackenfield; £630 Blonde x 8m HC Gilbert, Edale; £600 Br x 12m AP Critchlow, Wheston; £595 Lim x 6m JP & D Helliwell, Oughtibridge; £560 Holst 15-16m N & S Pearson, Peak Forest; £550 Fries 19-20m PK Heathcote, Buxton
36 Breeding Cattle - £1,440 Lim Stock Bull, 23mths AJ Neachell, Walsall; £1,000 Sim x Hfr, 29mths & Bull Calf G & D Shuker, Whaley Bridge; £990 BB x Cow, 160,ths & Hfr Calf MJ Wells & Son, Monyash; £920 AA x Hfr, 28mths & Hfr Calf RL Taylor, Darley Dale; £670 Here x Cow, 54mths, R/W Bull RN Byard, Wingerworth
85 CALVES (Auctioneer Ben Furnival)
Cracking trade throughout especially for black and whites which sold to £248 for a lovely Friesian from GH Gregory, Sheldon. Continentals sold on an equally electric trade to £385 for a smart Lim from Philip Brittain-Cartledge, Buxton.
Heifers sold on a real premium for middling Continental types with best Blues in demand to £322 from Furness & Taylor, Wormhill. Native breeds include Angus and Herefords which sold on a similar trade to recent weeks.
2 Here 180.00 195.00 TP Morten & Sons, Cowdale
18 Fries 130.61 248.00 GH Gregory, Sheldon
1 Ayr 43.00 43.00 JD & B Broadley & Sons, Hartington
2 AA 140.00 215.00 Shirt Farms, Tideswell
2 S’horn 40.00 40.00 P & C Palfreyman, Monyash
12 Lim 196.83 385.00 P Brittain- Cartledge, Buxton
3 Sim 247.33 270.00 G Matkin, Idridgehay
8 Holst 70.06 222.00 AP Critchlow, Wheston
5 Brit Blue x 302.60 370.00 W Bradbury, Earl Sterndale
Heifers Average Top Price
3 Here 115.00 205.00 D Fotherby & Sons, Wormhill
1 Fries 20.00 20.00 W Maskery, Mappleton
7 AA 148.71 200.00 FP & SK Goodwin, Wincle
2 Lim 197.50 235.00 BD Hudson, Ipstones
1 Sim 240.00 240.00 G Matkin, Idridgehay
8 Brit Blue 224.63 322.00 Furness & Taylor, Wormhill
3,764 SHEEP including 2,559 Lambs & 1,205 Ewes and Rams
(Auctioneers Mark Elliott & Peter Oven)
A total entry of 3,764 saw numbers up by over 250 on last week’s high levels. Demand right from the start was very good for the 2,559 lambs with the 40-43kg meated types in demand this week. The very best shaped types peaked at 228p/kg with the top 10 pens averaging 216.8p and overall market average of 184.87p/kg, up 16.5p/kg on last week. The best heavy lambs grossed over £107/head. Meated Mule lambs sold to 170p/kg.
Lamb Leading prices:-
31.1kg 183p/kg M Wynne, Midhopestones
35.3kg 189p/kg WA Walker
37.8kg 210p/kg P Townsend, Tideswell
38.5kg 208p/kg JS Clayton Sandes, Kirk Langley
39.0kg 189p/kg RM Hadfield, Castleton
39.4kg 210p/kg P Ritter & Son, Peak Forest
40.9kg 219p/kg AE & HR Stubbs, Uttoxeter
41.2kg 221p/kg D & L Wain, Ilam
44.6g 217p/kg P Furness, Wheston
46.0kg 196p/kg DJ Saxby, Litton
47.0kg 228p/kg DJ Saxby, Litton
25.5kg – 32kg to 183p/kg Average 169.61p/kg
32.1kg -39kg to 210p/kg Average 182.97p/kg
39.1kg - 45.5kg to 221p/kg Average 185.77p/kg
45.6kg – 52kg to 228p/kg Average 175.28p/kg
1,205 Cull Ewes and Rams
An outstanding entry with the trade for the best nearly as fast as last week but the medium flesh and worst types harder to sell.
Very best Texels and Mules very good to sell with Texels topping at £120 per head for Richard Furness and the best 7 pens averaging £107.14 per head. The Mules topped at well over £80 which was well on par with last week. Best Swales towards £50 but these had to be very big of frame with good meat and no fat and the very poor types were definitely harder to sell in this sector.
In the tups there was a steady solid trade but not as crisp as last week to a top of £101 for a Charollais from CH Redfern and £93 for a Charollais from Peter Townsend. Stronger sorts of tups regularly £75 - £90 but lean sorts a little easier in trade.
Auctioneers: Bagshaws, The Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell 01629 812777