WARM and wet sums up the weather and with ground conditions now distinctly soggy the prospects of mud, a commodity not seen for many months has clearly motivated farmers to market stock.
647 cattle and 2,995 sheep made the market almost as busy as last week.
With more stock coming straight from the grass quality was mixed and both finished cattle and OTM’s had reduced averages even though the better end animals were much the same prices as before.
124 Finished cattle reached 234p/kg and £1,517 per head.
134 OTM Cattle sold to 180p/kg and a tremendous £1,590/head, but the average was a shade less at 114.8p.
Store numbers were down somewhat but there were still 301 on offer and plenty of interest with steers to £1,185 and heifers £1,060.
A similar show of 88 calves had bulls to £390 and heifers £295.
In the sheep department the exceptional trade associated with the festival last week has clearly subsided and lamb prices are back somewhat. The best reached 192p and the overall SQQ average of 164p was a good deal less than last week, but a clear 10p better than the equivalent market 12 months ago.
Another substantial entry of 962 cull sheep reached £127 for ewes and the average of £51.27, within a whisker of last week indicates a solid demand.
134 BARREN & OTM CATTLE – overall average 115.7p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
More cattle about and a very similar trade to last week with all buyers represented and a total clearance reported. Some very nice cows at the top end today with a Pure Limousin selling at 180p (£1,404) from RM Hardy, Waterhouses with other good cows topping 158p. Cross bred and better fed types 142-157p with leaner and native types 120-140p depending on meat and potential.
70 Black and White and Ex dairy cows average 107.4p
Once again some very hard worked parlour cows on offer which did have its effect on the average. A clean Holstein heifer (35mths) sold at 157p from Mark Hodgkinson, Earl Sterndale. Best cows sold to 143p for Geoff Limer, Taddington with the better bred and fed cows over 130p. Fed Holsteins 120-130p with leaner types 105-115p. Plain cows 95-105p with only the very lean types less.
The top Cows read as follows: 180p 780kg Lim RM Hardy, Waterhouses; 179p 514kg Lim GA & CJ Mellor, Admaston; 173p 562kg Lim DW Twigg, Bradwell; 167p 454kg Lim GA & CJ Mellor, Admaston; 163p 798kg Lim JR Lumbard & Son, Muggington; 159p 812kg BB JG Derbyshire, Warslow; 158p 716kg Lim JG Derbyshire, Warslow; 157p 650kg Holst H Hodgkinson & Sons, Earl Sterndale; 155p 594kg Stabiliser S & LJ Dyson, Hollow Meadows; 150p 722kg Char Riverside Farmers, Scropton
The gross figures are: £1,404.00 780kg Lim RM Hardy, Waterhouses; £1,300.74 798kg Lim JR Lumbard & Son, Muggington; £1,271.08 812kg BB JG Derbyshire, Warslow; £1,192.62 834kg Lim J Woolliscroft, Burton on Trent; £1,178.60 830kg Lim JR Lumbard & Son, Muggington; £1,145.52 888kg Holst W Bradbury, Earl Sterndale; £1,131.28 716kg Lim JG Derbyshire, Warslow; £1,115.20 820kg Sim R & S Salisbury, Abney; £1,084.86 738kg Lim JR Lumbard & Son, Muggington; £1,083.00 722kg Char Riverside Farmers, Scropton
2 OTM Steers – average 171.0p
172p or £1,217 for a here from R Boden, Holmesfield; 170p or £1,088 for a Lim from GRP Cotterell, Fenny Bentley
3 OTM Bulls -129p or £921 for a BB from C Percival, Youlgreave; £1,590 for a Lim from H Byard, Moreton
124 FINISHED CATTLE – overall average 178.1p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
Good numbers of cattle with an unspectacular average due mainly to 36 Holstein bulls and 7 Devon store bulls in the entry. Best cattle good to sell with numerous buyers and a lovely trade.
65 Young Bulls –overall average 165.1p
17 Continentals; 36 Black and White, 5 Native and 7 Devon bulls in store condition.
Best bulls a joy to sell with a Ped Limousin at 234p from David Twigg, Bradwell who had another at 224p (£1,458). 36 Black and Whites topped at 179p for James Wardman to average 155p, an average that includes bulls at 85p, 105p, 113p and 127p et. Herefords sold at 171p and Angus to 190p while 7 Devon’s sold to 164p to average 132p.
The top Bulls sold as follows: 234p 574kg Lim DW Twigg, Bradwell; 228p 586kg Lim K Harrop, Alport; 224p 642kg Lim DW Twigg, Bradwell; 222p 558kg Lim GC & BJ Cresswell, Atlow; 215p 508kg Brit Blue x JG & JM Belfield, Sheen; 214p 526kg Blonde x K Harrop, Alport; 212p 592kg Brit Blue x K Harrop, Alport; 203p 460kg Lim CWH Biggin & Son, Holmesfield; 197p 588kg Brit Blue x JG & JM Belfield, Sheen; 196p 500kg Brit Blue x A Merryman, Dronfield
and gross prices: £1,438.08 642kg Lim DW Twigg, Bradwell; £1,343.16 574kg Lim DW Twigg, Bradwell; £1,336.08 586kg Lim K Harrop, Alport; £1,300.96 692kg Sim SJ White, Wingerworth; £1,270.62 702kg Char R Brough & Son, Monyash; £1,255.04 592kg Brit Blue x K Harrop, Alport; £1,238.76 558kg Lim GC & BJ Cresswell, Atlow; £1,197.00 630kg Char R Brough & Son, Monyash; £1,192.60 670kg Char R Brough & Son, Monyash; £1,158.36 588kg Brit Blue x JG & JM Belfield, Sheen
23 Steers – overall average 195.4p
14 Continentals average 201p; 6 Native average 188p and 3 Friesians average 185p. Trade is good for well fed cattle. Top call was 232p (£1,517) for Messrs Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor. Herefords sold to 195p for Gilmans LTD, Thorpe while Friesians sold to 193p.
The top Steers sold as follows: 232p 654kg Blonde x BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor; 228p 634kg Lim GW Smith & Son, Aldwark; 222p 612kg Lim GW Smith & Son, Aldwark; 220p 554kg Blonde x BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor; 214p 646kg Lim TG Archer & Son, Yeldersley; 210p 590kg Brit Blue x W & EE Lomas & Sons, Ashover
And Gross prices: £1,517.28 654kg Blonde x BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor; £1,445.52 634kg Lim GW Smith & Son, Aldwark; £1,382.44 646kg Lim TG Archer & Son, Yeldersley; £1,358.64 612kg Lim GW Smith & Son, Aldwark; £1,254.00 660kg Here D Fotherby & Sons, Wormhill; £1,242.00 690kg Fries TG Archer & Son, Yeldersley;
£1,241.24 682kg AA Ashes Farm Services, Derwent.
37 Heifers – overall average 190.1p
All shapes and sizes as well as a number of grass fed types that could have done with some barley to finish them off. Best heifer today was a Charolais from Alex Merryman, Dronfield with other good heifers over 200p.
The top Heifers sold as follows: 219p 514kg Char A Merryman, Dronfield; 214p 520kg Lim JR Tomkinson, Ashbourne; 212p 576kg Lim S & M Boam, Flagg; 210p 500kg Blonde x H Beresford, Alfreton; 209p 444kg Lim TG Archer & Son (Farms), Yeldersley; 209p 464kg Lim G Matkin, Alderwasley; 208p 560kg Lim TG Archer & Son (Farms), Yeldersley; 205p 640kg Sim Smith & Wardman, Longnor; 204p 582kg Lim WI Fletcher, Sheldon; 202p 458kg Lim TG Archer & Son (Farms), Yeldersley; 200p 474kg Lim G Matkin, Alderwasley; 200p 530kg Lim JR Tomkinson, Ashbourne
Top gross figures: £1,456.68 732kg Devon B Sayles, Crich; £1,312.00 640kg Sim Smith & Wardman, Longnor; £1,227.60 620kg Lim WI Fletcher, Sheldon; £1,223.64 618kg Brit Blue x W & EE Lomas & Sons, Ashover; £1,221.12 576kg Lim S & M Boam, Flagg; £1,187.28 582kg Lim WI Fletcher, Sheldon; £1,185.02 614kg Lim W & EE Lomas & Sons, Ashover; £1,181.80 622kg Here Gilmans LTD, Thorpe; £1,164.80 560kg Lim TG Archer & Son (Farms), Yeldersley; £1,125.66 514kg Char A Merryman, Dronfield
301 STORE CATTLE - (Auctioneer Alastair Sneddon)
A smaller show of 301 store cattle this week, not entirely surprising after last Monday’s very large entry and the 800 cattle sold last Friday on behalf of the High Peak Livestock Society. Trade remaining very solid with demand for all types and some remarkable prices achieved.
25 Feeding Bulls - Small entry, tremendous trade. Typical examples as follows: £1,060 Char x 16m F Lomas, Kniveton; £1,000 Char x 17m F Lomas, Kniveton; £980 AA x 15m JA Cowgill, Hoyland; £860 Lim x 11m H Byard, Moreton; £760 Sim x 11m Ashes Farm Services, Derwent; £650 Sim x 8m LH Powell, Hundall; £605 AA x 10m JR & JA Marsden, Hathersage; £600 BR x 5m RM Hardy, Waterhouses
125 Heifers - Almost as many as the steers this week. Some useful bunches and a tremendous trade from start to finish.
B Blue crosses seem very popular with several purchasers seeking them out for bulling and willing to pay for the right sorts.
Sample results: £1,060 Blonde x 16-17m S Rhodes, Fulwood; £1,040 Lim x 16-17m S Rhodes, Fulwood; £990 Char x 27-29m JG & JM Belfield, Sheen; £960 Lim x 27m JG & JM Belfield, Sheen; £930 Char 19m JE & CD Blissett, Windley; £900 Lim x 18m A Hemmingway, Grenoside; £900 BR x 24m DA & AM Campeau, Crowdicote; £890 AA x 23-24m AJ Wainwright, Oxspring; £865 Sim x 16m B Nash Partnership, Hilton; £840 Lim x 19m A & AA Riddle, Ecclesfield; £830 Char x 22m S Tudor, Kingsley; £780 BR x 15m IC Hulme, Cowlow; £780 Sim x 23-24m DA & AM Campeau, Crowdicote; £750 BR x 22m GM Brown & Son, Holymoorside; £710 Blonde 17m CE Mycock, Flagg; £675 Lim x 18m GR Worsey, Cubley; £655 Blonde x 6m FT Bagnall, Longnor; £635 BR x 15m RA Hunt, Wirksworth; £600 Sim x 17-18m FG & JR Critchlow, Sheen; £595 BR x 13-14m JG & AW Smith, Ible; £470 Here x 6m RN Byard, Wingerworth; £400 Here 5-8m PC Mason, Ireton Wood
137 Steers - A decent show with a good variety of Continentals, Natives and Dairy types – all wanted by Bakewell buyers as the prices below indicate. Sample prices: £1,185 BR x 25m JM Skidmore, Chelmorton; £1,165 Lim x 16m TJ & MR Gould, Sheen; £1,155 Blonde x 16m S Rhodes, Fulwood; £1,145 Char x 17-18m JE & CD Blissett, Windley; £1,120 S’horn 26m JS Bramall, Totley; £1,090 Blonde x 15m B Nash Partners, Hilton; £1,060 Lim x 21m A Hemmingway, Grenoside; £1,050 Lim x 15m AR Milner, Pilsley; £980 Blonde x 6m FT Bagnall, Longnor; £970 BR x 14-16m TW & E Gratton, King Sterndale; £965 Mont 22m S Tudor, Kingsley; £950 Lim x 20m A & AA Riddle, Ecclesfield; £930 Lim x 16m NW Goodwin, Tansley; £930 Holst 22-24m D Hadfield, Tideswell; £900 Holst 26m RT Hall, Litton; £870 BB x 18m JS & B Goddard, Chinley; £730 BR x 12m JA & EM Ratcliffe, Rodsley; £685 Holst 14-18m P Furness, Wheston; £680 Blonde x 8-9m AO Gilbert, Edale; £600 Here x 15-17m A Bennison, Stockport; £580 Fries 13-15m M Lomas, Flagg; £580 Here x 8-9m PC Mason, Ireton Wood; £570 Holst 21-22m A Elliott, Pilsley
14 Breeding Cattle - £1,570 Stock Bull – AA, 36mths JA Cowgill, Hoyland; £1,250 BB x Cow, 73mths & Bull Calf RL Taylor, Darley Dale; £640 Here x Cow, 51mths, R/W Bull RN Byard, Wingerworth
88 CALVES (Auctioneer Ben Furnival)
50% of the calves presented were black and whites with a handful of natives and the remainder Blues and Continentals. Killing calves again look a poor trade which seems to be the story everywhere. Middling types and better end Friesians look a very good trade, as do Continental bulls which remain a superb trade.
Bulls - Top of the tree went to Roy Potter twice for a 17 day and 39 day old Blues to £390, same man having Blondes to £362 (13 days). BD Hudson had Blues to £370
2 Here 78.50 102.00 JR & SE Dickinson, Scaftworth; 16 Fries 59.00 195.00 RW Potter, Yeaveley; 2 AA 106.00 182.00 WT & P Fearn, Woolley Moor; 1 Ayr 16.00 DW Beresford, Tideswell; 3 Lim 191.67 275.00 BD Hudson, Ipstones; 1 Sim 360.00 G Matkin, Idridgehay; 1 Blonde 362.00 SG Potter, Bonsall; 28 Holst 27.52 90.00 GPK Trickett, Rowsley; 1 B Swiss 105.00 G & D Shuker, Whaley Bridge; 1 Mont 200.00 SG Potter, Bonsall; 9 Blues 303.33 390.00 SG Potter, Bonsall
Heifers - Only 21 forward selling on an excellent trade to £280 for a Blue (24 days) from DW & LK Mycock, Over Haddon and £295 for a 10 day Simmental from Matkins. Middling sorts look very well sold. 4 Here 123.75 225.00 D Fotherby, Wormhill; 2 Fries 6.50 7.00 PG Goodwin, Abbotts Bromley; 3 AA 172.35 192.00 WT & P Fearn; 3 Sim 185.00 295.00 G Matkin, Idridgehay; 2 Char 163.50 172.00 JE & CM Fletcher, Peak Forest.
7 Blues 210.04 280.00 DW & LK Mycock, Over Haddon
2,095 SHEEP including 2,033 Lambs & 962 Ewes and Rams
(Auctioneers Mark Elliott & Peter Oven)
A very good entry of 2,095 sheep included 2,033 lambs. The meated dry lambs attracted brisk bidding with these peaking at 192p/kg and these regularly selling in the 175-185p/kg bracket. Overall market average of 164.73p/kg.
Lamb Leading prices:-
26.8kg 167p/kg D Cooper, Pikehall
29.1kg 165p/kg LM Wood, Longstone
32.7kg 173p/kg D Collier, Hucklow
35.0kg 190p/kg RM Brown, Bradwell
38.1kg 190p/kg Clark Farms, Ringinglow
39.8kg 183p/kg JG Pears, Penistone
40.7kg 192p/kg P Ritter & Sons, Peak Forest
41.6kg 185p/kg J & J Spillane, Buxton
42.3kg 190p/kg P Ritter & Son, Peak Forest
45.8kg 176p/kg R & S Salisbury, Abney
47.3kg 168p/kg G & M Limer, Priestcliffe
25.5kg – 32kg to 167p/kg Average 162.86p/kg
32.1kg -39kg to 190p/kg Average 167.61p/kg
39.1kg - 45.5kg to 192p/kg Average 163.80p/kg
962 Cull Ewes and Rams
Another big entry of towards 1,000 head with the post festival trade steadier in general, however, the very best Texel and Charollais ewes still an outstanding trade.
Top price £127 per head for Texel/Beltex from Paul Slater with others at £126 and a real big Charollais ewe from les Walton at £120. The best 10 pens averaged an outstanding £111.70. Best Mules just on £70 and these have steadied a little. The smaller types and lean horned ewes look less money in all breeds however, 3 or 4 grazing buyers were operating all day.
Best rams till a strong trade with Peter Wood’s Charollais at £146 and Paul Slater’s Texel at £112. Better end Continental tups regularly £80 to the mid-£90 range.