A VERY busy day at Bakewell with 667 cattle and 2,818 sheep on offer.
All departments reported exceptional levels of trade with the finished cattle, the finished hoggs and the cull ewes all significantly dearer than last week and the store cattle and OTM’s both maintaining recent outstanding averages.
In terms of detail the 131 finished cattle reached top figures of 251p/kg and £1,831 per head to average 209.5 overall, a full 25p/kg more than 12 months ago.
The 126 OTM cattle peaked at 218p/kg and £1,680 to average 134p, a figure very similar to last year.
The 341 store cattle were again exceptionally dear with the price driven more by the finished cattle results rather than an abundance of grass in the fields as 2012/2013 looks like being a long winter.
Store bullocks hit £1,290 and the heifers £1,230 with the younger cattle also looking particularly well sold.
In the sheep department hogg prices are still on the rise with a top of 241p/kg and £110 per head, the SQQ average at 196p of course includes a good many hill bred wether lambs but is put in to context by the equivalent market last year at 215.7p/kg.
At least the autumn store lamb purchasers are having a much better return than was the case a few weeks ago.
The current price rise is vital if we are to see them again this coming autumn.
The cull ewes had a significant lift in value with the average jumping £15 per head on the week to £71.45 and a top of £130.
Memories fade fast and it is as well to check the records from time to time to see what has and hasn’t changed.
What these observations do prove, however, is that in these volatile times the Auction system is well and truly earning it’s keep.
126 OTM CATTLE – overall average 135.4p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
A few less about and still an excellent trade throughout with some super cattle at the top end and a high proportion of black and whites (64%).
Best beef sorts sold to 218p (£1,438) for Chatsworth who had another older cow at 189p (£1,549).
Ian Fletcher sold a nice Simmental at 197p. Best beef cows sold in excess of 170p with crossbred fed sorts selling 155-168p and 25 feeding types today selling to 150p.
81 Black and White and Ex Dairy Cows average 125.4p
A very similar trade to last week with the odd younger sort selling to 170p. Best cows in the mid 150’s with big fed Holsteins 140-150p. Leaner sorts 130-140p. Plain cows 115-130p depending on weight with only the very plainest under 110p.
The top Cows read as follows:
218p660kgLimChatsworth Settlement, Bakewell
197p456kgSimWI Fletcher, Sheldon
189p820kgLimChatsworth Settlement, Bakewell
189p688kgBlonde xD Sanderson, Bradfield
188p702kgSimR & S Salisbury, Abney
185p576kgBrit BlueS Smedley, Turnditch
180p484kgCharSR Hinchley, Ashover
175p656kgHereWalker Farms LTD, Hulland Ward
173p718kgLimIF Carrington, Kniveton
The gross figures are:
£1,549.80820kgLimChatsworth Settlement, Bakewell
£1,438.80660kgLimChatsworth Settlement, Bakewell
£1,319.76702kgSimR & S Salisbury, Abney
£1,305.08826kgCharDAW Clarke, Walsall
£1,300.32688kgBlonde xD Sanderson, Bradfield
£1,281.12816kgHolstJE Seals & Son, Shirland
£1,255.54878kgHolstRW Ardern & Sons, Topley Pike
£1,242.14718kgLimIF Carrington, Kniveton
£1,186.38702kgSimR & S Salisbury, Abney
2 OTM Steers – average 188.8p
191p or £1,130 for a Lim from JC Worrall, Sheffield
187p or £1,282 for a BB from D Sanderson, Bradfield
5 OTM Bulls
174p or £1,680 for a BB from AK Belfield, Sheen
156p or £1,563 for a Lim from D & LA Critchlow, Sheen
148p or £1,053 for a Swedish from AE Ross & Son, Rotherham
131 FINISHED CATTLE – overall average 209.6p
(Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
A lot better show of cattle with 42 more than last week and some superb quality in the entry. Some cattle would look 10 pence more than last week.
39 Young Bulls –overall average 194.6p
Better numbers, better bulls and a better trade with a top of 228p for Keith Belfield and 226p for A Bennett, Uttoxeter. Two super bulls from Roger White sold at £1,831 (216p) and £1,645 (220p).
19 Black and whites sold to 199p for J Lomas & Son, Griffe and averaged 181.7p.
The top Bulls sold as follows:
228p664kgBrit BlueAK Belfield, Sheen
226p566kgSimA Bennett, Uttoxeter
220p748kgLimR & A White & Son, Bamford
216p848kgLimR & A White & Son, Bamford
215p536kgLimW Bradbury, Earl Sterndale
215p562kgBrit BlueJ Watson, Brackenfield
212p456kgLimSL Holland & Son, Youlgreave
210p562kgLimJ & J Walton & Sons, Tideswell
209p540kgSimA Merryman, Dronfield
and gross prices:-
£1,831.68848kgLimR & A White & Son, Bamford
£1,645.60748kgLimR & A White & Son, Bamford
£1,564.18794kgSimRW & I Willison, Mansfield
£1,513.92664kgBrit BlueAK Belfield, Sheen
£1,279.16566kgSimA Bennett, Uttoxeter
£1,268.76654kgHolstG Wardman, Matlock
£1,238.80652kgHolstG Wardman, Matlock
£1,208.30562kgBrit BlueJ Watson, Brackenfield
£1,187.28582kgLimJR & GD Walker, Sheldon
£1,184.00592kgLimJ Watson, Brackenfield
46 Steers – overall average 212.5p (up 4p)
Good numbers and a fabulous trade with a top of 244p twice for Nigel Birch and first time vendor Michael Hadfield, Cold Eaton. Only 8 steers today under £2.
The top Steers sold as follows:-
244p518kgBrit BlueNA Birch, Monyash
244p560kgLimG & J Hadfield & Son, Cold Eaton
243p638kgBlonde xMT Sweetmore, Earl Sterndale
243p488kgLimDM Thorp, Baslow
241p592kgBrit BlueG & J Hadfield & Son, Cold Eaton
240p694kgBrit BlueJMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave
240p656kgBlonde xMT Sweetmore, Earl Sterndale
240p662kgLimG Wardman, Matlock
238p636kgBlonde xBD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
238p598kgLimG Wardman, Matlock
237p562kgLimG & J Hadfield & Son, Cold Eaton
And Gross prices:-
£1,682.04786kgLimJB & P Broomhead, Fulwood
£1,665.60694kgBrit BlueJMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave
£1,588.80662kgLimG Wardman, Matlock
£1,581.18722kgBrit BlueGE Stephens, Bradley
£1,574.40656kgBlonde xMT Sweetmore, Earl Sterndale
£1,566.40712kgLimJB & P Broomhead, Fulwood
£1,566.00696kgLimJB & P Broomhead, Fulwood
£1,565.24718kgBrit BlueG Wardman, Matlock
£1,550.34638kgBlonde xMT Sweetmore, Earl Sterndale
£1,513.68636kgBlonde xBD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
46 Heifers – overall average 219.98p (Up 6p)
A hat trick today for James Blackshaw at 251p, 250p and 246p for Limousins. An unbelievable trade throughout with 8 over 240p and another 9 over 230p and only 6 under £2.
The top Heifers sold as follows:-
251p484kgLimJW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
250p512kgLimJW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
246p454kgLimJW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
245p530kgBrit BlueNA Birch, Monyash
242p512kgLimJ & AM Battye, Ringinglow
242p468kgLimJW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
241p524kgLimJ & AM Battye, Ringinglow
240p454kgLimJW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
239p516kgLimJ & AM Battye, Ringinglow
239p454kgLimJW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
239p408kgBrit BlueDM Thorp, Baslow
238p538kgBrit BlueWT Hall & Sons, Draycott
Top gross figures:-
£1,382.12634kgBrit BluePC Allen, Uttoxeter
£1,340.28612kgLimPC Allen, Uttoxeter
£1,314.46574kgBrit BluePC Allen, Uttoxeter
£1,298.50530kgBrit BlueNA Birch, Monyash
£1,295.48556kgBrit BlueWT Hall & Sons, Draycott
£1,280.44538kgBrit BlueWT Hall & Sons, Draycott
£1,280.00512kgLimJW & AJ Blackshaw, Bakewell
£1,264.50562kgLimG Wardman, Matlock
£1,262.84524kgLimJ & AM Battye, Ringinglow
£1,262.80574kgBrit BluePC Allen, Uttoxeter
341 STORE CATTLE - (Auctioneer Alastair Sneddon)
Another decent entry of 341 store cattle maintained recent price levels and produced a further flurry of outstanding results.
Even with snow on the hills and frost on the fields, buyers are clearly thinking that spring is just around the corner and cattle that have been outside or have been “hardened off” are clearly in particular demand.
52 Feeding Bulls
Typical examples as follows:-
£995Lim x9-11mJD Brown, Bonsall
£955BR x12mAD Robinson, Norbury
£880Lim x12-13mAD Robinson, Norbury
£840AA9-11mDAW Clarke, Walsall
£280Holst8-9mG Ardern, Rowsley
Plenty of demand both for the outstanding individuals and the well matched bunches.
All types exceptionally well sold and as finished cattle reach new heights the stores are following them up.
£1,230Lim x21mGA & CJ Mellor, Admaston
£1,160Lim x22mDA & F Brown, Brassington
£1,120Here x20mTEH Bold, Cotton
£990Char x22mV Whilock, Foxt
£920Here x22-24mT & CJ Hadfield, Tideswell
£910Here17mSW & S Smith, Selston
£900Lim x21mMJ Burnett, Rowsley
£895Lim x18-21mR Bennett & Son, Bamford
£885AA x15mJW Bassett, Hartington
£880AA x17mRusty Farming LTD, Flagg
£840Lim x21mAJ Wainwright, Oxspring
£840Char x11mR Cork, Kniveton
£770Lim x10mDV Holland, Blore
£750AA x15-20mKJ White & Co, Swinscoe
£740Lim x13-15mAD Robinson, Norbury
£685Lim x8-10mK & A Wilton, Fairfield
£675Lim x10-18mAR Milner, Pilsley
£605Blonde x7-8mJJF Kirkham, Hartington
£520Here x8mRJ & WJ Wigley, Middleton
139 Steers – Overall average £891
A good selection with Continental suckler bred types together with Angus and Hereford crosses and the regular consignments of black and whites.
Level bunches very keenly sought. Trade as dear as ever with typical
results as follows:-
£1,290Here26mTEH Bold, Cotton
£1,285Lim x21-23mGA & C Mellor, Admaston
£1,255AA22mDA & F Brown, Brassington
£1,240Lim x21mMJ Burnett, Rowsley
£1,160Lim x22mA Twemlow, Swinscoe
£1,100Holst22mKJ White & Co, Swinscoe
£1,090Here x22mCK Smith, Norton
£1,090Blonde x11mR Cork, Kniveton
£1,065Baz x12mRN Mees, Stone
£1,050Blonde x9mFT Bagnall, Longnor
£1,035AA x21-22mJP Critchlow, Sheen
£995AA x15-20mJW Bassett, Hartington
£990BB x10mRL Pattinson, Wyaston
£980AA x20mKJ White & Co, Swinscoe
£960S’horn18mSW & S Smith, Selston
£945Fries22-25mT & CJ Hadfield, Tideswell
£930Blonde8mDV Holland, Blore
£925Blonde8-9mJJF Kirkham, Hartington
£910BR x11-12mH Holland, Birchover
£860Devon10mK & A Wilton, Fairfield
£770Lim x10mTJ & MR Gould, Sheen
£745Char10-11mMrs JL Wood, Chinley
£700Lim x10mR Greenwood, Barton Gate
£645Lim x10-11mS Lynam, Whatstandwell
24 Breeding Cattle
£1,700Blonde x, 42m & Bull CalfPK Heathcote LTD, Buxton
£1,300Blonde x, 70m & Hfr CalfPK Heathcote LTD, Buxton
£1,100Sim x, 41m & Bull CalfJP Webster, Eyam
£1,065Char Cow, 92m, R/W BullCK Smith, Norton
£1,055Char Cow, 127m, R/W BullCK Smith, Norton
69 CALVES (Auctioneer Simon Oborn)
A reasonable entry of 69 calves met with a largely excellent trade, with a packed ring and many potential purchasers.
Of the Continental calves, DR & SG Kirby of Eastmoor had a superb 24 day old British Blue bull calf selling to £444!
Gyte’s of Barmoor Clough had a very smart 27 day old Limousin bull sell for £396. Quality really did attract a premium, and many more calves could have been sold.
Of the remainder, Simmentals sold to £241 (bulls) and £202 (heifers) with Charollais heifers from Brown’s of Holymoorside at £220.
In the main, demand for native bred calves was similarly strong, although purchasers were more choosy.
Friesians peaked at £137 for a nice calf from Fotherby’s of Wormhill, with Herefords to £210 and heifers £194.
A very nice Angus bull by a named sire from Belfield’s of Quarnford realised £248. The plainest calves were typically in the £10 - £30 range, although many were sold for rearing purposes as evidenced by the Holstein average of £35 and Friesians £76.
There were 12 reared calves which saw 7 month old Simmental heifers to £415, 4 month old Blue heifers to £348 and 4 month old Blonde bulls to £250.
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