AFTER the ups and downs of the last two weeks numbers things have settled down with 521 cattle and 2,453 sheep on offer.
With numbers in most sections lower than last week’s bumper crop demand showed no sign of easing and cattle prices were as strong as ever.
Perhaps there is some good coming from the current labelling scandals after all with consumers clearly supporting their local butcher in the secure knowledge that they are buying quality British meat sourced from British farmers.
In the sheep section the trade for hoggs took a significant price hike with the SQQ average at 170.6p a full 10 pence better than last week with a top price of 208p and £91.08 per head, perhaps at long last the sheep trade is recovering a little. It should not be forgotten, however, that the equivalent figure 12 months ago was 200p/kg.
To return to the cattle departments another useful entry of 226 stores produced some fantastic results with steers to £1,330, heifers £1,320 and a heifer with calf £1,380.
Yet more new faces at Bakewell both buying and selling store cattle.
150 OTM cattle this week with plenty of demand and top calls of 198p/kg and £1,496 per head.
Plenty of interest in all categories of OTM stock for slaughter and further feeding.
Only 94 finished cattle this week, an indication of the generally short supplies and of course nowhere near enough to satisfy demand which continues apace. Top figures of 250p/kg and £1,536 and a mixed show of 41 heifers levelling at 204.8p/kg.
Buyers struggling to source calves from the selection of only 51. Prices for bulls to £290 and heifers £310.
All of the above demonstrating that although the auction system has been with us for many years it has stood the test of time and the Green Market at Bakewell encompasses all that an auction should be.
Open and transparent competition between buyers, payment on the day and if for any reason the vendor wishes it, the ability to take stock home for another day.
150 OTM CATTLE - overall average 129.2p
(Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
Another fantastic show of 150 cows this week sold to a packed ringside and a super trade once again. Not just the quality in the cows this week resulted in a slightly reduced average but generally trade was just as good if not better.
Top cows today sold in excess of 165p although as already stated the best cows were not in plentiful supply this week. Top today was 193p for Harry Byard, Pilsley with a young Limousin sort and also 3 excellent Limousin cows from David Critchlow, Sheen at 193p (£1,428), 188p (£1,259) and 180p (£1,209).
A large number of feeding cows again today both among the beef cows and the ex dairy cows with bidders taking advantage of the weekly green market to buy both tested and untested cows for further feeding.
106 Black and White and Ex Dairy Cows average 121.7p
A very high percentage today and super trade throughout with a high of 180p for an OTM heifer with others selling 165-180p. Best cows generally 145-152p with fed Holsteins 130-145p and leaner sorts 115-130p and only very lean cows under that.
As already said a good number of feeding black and whites in the entry today sold very competitively.
The top Cows read as follows:
193p614kgLimH Byard, Pilsley
193p740kgLimD & LA Critchlow, Sheen
188p670kgLimD & LA Critchlow, Sheen
180p672kgLimD & LA Critchlow, Sheen
180p550kgFriesRiverside Farmers, Scropton
170p600kgL’hornPH Williams, Tean
169p542kgSimJP Webster, Foolow
168p658kgLimGM Grindey & Son, Hartington
166p688kgLimGM Grindey & Son, Hartington
165p690kgHolstLA & H Burtonshaw LTD, Middleton by Youlgreave
The gross figures are:
£1,428.20740kgLimD & LA Critchlow, Sheen
£1,259.60670kgLimD & LA Critchlow, Sheen
£1,209.60672kgLimD & LA Critchlow, Sheen
£1,185.02614kgLimH Byard, Pilsley
£1,144.32768kgFriesSG Potter, Bonsall
£1,142.08688kgLimGM Grindey & Son, Hartington
£1,139.80820kgHolstT & R Slack LTD
£1,138.50690kgHolstLA & H Burtonshaw LTD, Middleton by Youlgreave
£1,137.02818kgHolstR Bradbury & Sons, Middleton by Youlgreave
£1,128.80830kgHolstR Bradbury & Sons, Middleton by Youlgreave
4 OTM Bulls – average 155.9p
198p or £1,496 for a Lim from M Gregory, Peak Forest
170p or £1,366 for a Holst from VH Mellor, Chelmorton
94 FINISHED CATTLE – overall average 196.3p
(Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
A few less finished cattle this week but certainly holding our own for number with less cattle about nationally, trade continues to march forward at pace with a high of £2.50/kilo for a lovely heifer.
30 Young Bulls –overall average 184.2p
Best bulls a super trade and good to see a regular buyer back in the fold selling to a high of 225p for a Blue for Jonathon Salisbury, Hayfield. Big bulls totted up to £1,536 for a big Simmental from Richard Taylor, Ashover. Black and white bulls an improved trade selling to 195p for Messrs Lomas, Griffe with only the purest black and whites under 170p.
The top Bulls sold as follows:
225p500kgBrit BlueMA Salisbury, Hayfield
216p528kgCharA Merryman, Dronfield
208p484kgCharA Merryman, Dronfield
202p540kgLimL Slater & Sons, Winster
201p496kgLimL Slater & Sons, Winster
198p704kgCharWT Greatholder, Turnditch
198p510kgLimSL Holland & Son, Youlgreave
and gross prices:-
£1,536.60788kgSimRE Taylor, Ashover
£1,393.92704kgCharWT Greatholder, Turnditch
£1,349.40692kgCharWT Greatholder, Turnditch
£1,313.50710kgHolstSG & SA Coupe, Chesterfield
£1,302.00700kgHolstP Furness, Wheston
£1,292.04666kgCharWT Greatholder, Turnditch
£1,267.50650kgCharWT Greatholder, Turnditch
23 Steers – overall average 198.4p
A fantastic trade as they keep getting dearer with the entry split half/half between black and whites and Continentals that sold to 233p (£1,481) for Messrs Ponsonby who also had 231p or £1,464 for another.
Black and whites up to 176p this week with Longhorns at 210p and an OTM steer at 226p for David Pearson.
The top Steers sold as follows:-
233p636kgBlonde xBD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
231p634kgBlonde xBD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
226p614kgBlonde xD Pearson, Wentworth
219p608kgLimWI Fletcher, Sheldon
219p542kgBlonde xD Pearson, Wentworth
217p628kgLimD Pearson, Wentworth
215p624kgLimH & G Hollinshead, Lichfield
215p540kgLimRM Hadfield LTD, Castleton
And Gross prices:-
£1,481.88636kgBlonde xBD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
£1,464.54634kgBlonde xBD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
£1,387.64614kgBlonde xD Pearson, Wentworth
£1,362.76628kgLimD Pearson, Wentworth
£1,348.20642kgL’hornPH Williams, Tean
£1,341.60624kgLimH & G Hollinshead, Lichfield
£1,331.52608kgLimWI Fletcher, Sheldon
£1,294.04692kgSimS Smedley, Turnditch
£1,267.20720kgFriesJWA Jeffery, Sudbury
41 Heifers – overall average 204.8p
A good quality entry again and a high today of £2.50/kilo from Messrs Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor with a super Blonde heifer with another at 242p for James Blackshaw, Bakewell.
Herefords today sold to 186p (£1,320) with 6 Angus to 195p and 3 black and white non breeders selling to 189p.
A super result throughout and a trade that would be miles in front of our competition both live and deadweight. Have you got any cattle ready, why not try some at Bakewell?
The top Heifers sold as follows:-
250p480kgBlonde xBD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
242p472kgLimJW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
235p494kgLimA Merryman, Dronfield
234p598kgLimC & D Jeffery, Pilsley
232p486kgLimJW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
225p492kgLimJW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
225p482kgLimPH Williams, Tean
223p544kgSimWI Fletcher, Sheldon
220p404kgBrit BlueJ Watson, Brackenfield
Top gross figures:-
£1,399.32598kgLimC & D Jeffery, Pilsley
£1,320.60710kgHereGilmans LTD, Thorpe
£1,314.40620kgBlonde xBD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
£1,285.70598kgBlonde xC & D Jeffery, Pilsley
£1,254.60612kgLimH & G Hollinshead, Lichfield
£1,244.90590kgLimPH Williams, Tean
£1,213.12544kgSimWI Fletcher, Sheldon
£1,200.06578kgSwedish RedH Andrew & Co, Dungworth
£1,200.00480kgBlonde xBD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
226 STORE CATTLE
(Auctioneer Alastair Sneddon)
A mixed bag of 226 stores this week catering for all tastes and attracting a phemonimal demand from finishers clearly fuelled by recent prices received for butchers cattle.
There was also a strong contingent seeking heifers for bulling and competing hard with the feeding men to secure suckler replacements.
40 Feeding Bulls
Typical examples as follows:-
£670Holst11-15mtsTA & E Bown & Son, Stonedge
£710BB x11-14mthsTA & E Bown & Son, Stonedge
£830Lim11mthsAR Maier, Brassington
£1,110Char13mthsSJ Goddard, Chinley
£580Fries7mthsP Redfearn, Marple Bridge
£775Lim x16mthsJR Walker & Son, Rotherham
£760Lim x9mthsIF & RW Smith, Ilam
£840Char x17mthsH Holland, Birchover
There were some lovely bunches amongst the entry with prices to match. Plenty of interest for both feeding and breeding.
£740Lim x13mWS & RM Woodroffe, Draycott
£785Lim x11-12mH Byard, Moreton
£850Lim x11mTJ & MR Gould, Sheen
£900BB x15mSJ Allen, Butterton
£1,080Char x17mF Lomas, Kniveton
£1,040Lim x23mF Lomas, Kniveton
£900Lim x19-20mC Matthews & Son, Castleton
£840Blonde x19-23mJ & J Walton, Tideswell
£860BB x17mCS Whalley, Quarnford
£895Char x20mDI Hague, Bradfield
£775Here x15-17mKJ Bown, Doveridge
£870Char x20mCH Leeson, Ipstones
£1,085Lim x16mJR Lumbard, Muggington
£915Char x18mIF Carrington, Kniveton
£1,270BB x25mGM Grindey, Hartington
£1,035Lim x21-22mGM Grindey, Hartington
£745Sim x18mAJ & LE Bailey, Grindon
£1,010Char x23mE Massey, Atlow
£1,010BB x22mThacker & Anfield, Stramshall
£930Sim x27mD Poole & Son, Flagg
£750Lim x19mAC Simpson, Bradwell
£1,320Lim x22mJA Duggans, Netherwheal
£1,080Sim x21mJA Duggans, Netherwheal
An outstanding trade for all types with buyers on hand for everything from the forward condition Continentals to the rough wintered black and whites.
£800Saler x9-11mMrs A Pancisi, Stanton
£890Lim x14mWS & RM Woodroffe, Draycott
£850Lim x20mAR Milner, Pilsley
£720Sim x8mR & RJ Beardow, Press
£1,000Lim x12mH Byard, Moreton
£840Lim x9-10mTJ & MR Gould, Sheen
£1,100Lim x21mDR Gould & Sons, Grangemill
£840Char x10-12mDR Gould & Sons, Grangemill
£905BB x13mH Holland, Birchover
£1,210Saler x19mMrs A Pancisi, Stanton
£1,000BB x22mD & L Wain, Ilam
£895Sim x17mCS Whalley, Quarnford
£1,010Lim x20mAP Pugh, Pilsley
£1,080Char 14mDI Hague, Bradfield
£720Fries18-19mG & M Limer, Priestcliffe
£1,080Here x18mCH Leeson, Ipstones
£1,330Lim x16mJR Lumbard & Son, Muggington
£1,235Lim x22mJR Lumbard & Son, Muggington
£955Char x18mAA Ridgeway, Bradwell
£925Lim x20-21mW & C & J Barratt, Combs
£890AA x22mJP Critchlow, Sheen
£950Char x22mE Massey, Atlow
£750L’horn x20-21mC Carney, Bishton
£1,230Sim x26-27mS Smedley, Turnditch
£575Holst19-20mJC Shepherd, Dungworth
£1,380Lim x Hfr, 30mths & Bull CalfG & D Shuker, Whaley Bridge
(Auctioneer Simon Oborn)
Another seasonal entry of calves met with a decent trade, although noticeably easier than the previous week.
Quality animals amongst the Continental x calves were in short supply but nevertheless, some noteworthy prices were achieved. A run of strong Limousin calves from PW Mellor & Son of Monyash saw heifers sell to £310.
G & M Limer of Taddington had bulls to £290, with Blue bulls from J Broadley & Sons of Hartington at £274.
Amongst the native bred calves were some very smart Friesian x Holsteins which attracted a clear premium.
Top price went to W & WG Halford of Wingerworth who had a superb Holstein bull at £194, with L Webster & Co of Tissington having 3 very nice British Friesians in which saw two sell to £148, the other £126.
Demand was easier for the plainer calves, with the majority between £20 and £30. A Thompson of Peak Forest had Hereford bulls at £200, with Palfreyman’s of Monyash having Angus bulls to £186. Of the heifers Morten’s of Cowdale had Herefords to £142.
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