THE last day of the year to be disrupted by the Bank Holiday clash with Bakewell.
Despite purchasers being split numbers were respectable with the exception of the Dairy shed which showed no detrimental effect whatsoever.
At that end best quality dairies continued to be a sharp enquiry exceeding £2000 for both best heifers and young cows, although middle of the range stock was more difficult to place.
The same pattern followed through to the Lamb section where butchers lambs sold to 210p/kg although the overall average was markedly reduced by a proportion of poorly finished animals.
With the warm weather continuing sales of meat could steady and therefore everybody will have an opportunity to get their lambs and their barren cows finished.
CLEAN CATTLE (14); A good quality Limousin Heifer from David Elliott, weighing 540kg, exchanged hands to a local butcher for 235p/kg grossing £1269.
A 495kg Charolais Heifer from Richard Lees of Whiston was bid for keenly, selling at 198p/kg with a red Hereford heifer achieving 170p/kg at 495kg.
A 535kg Limousin Steer from Mr Shann of Sheen achieved 194p/kg; Young Bulls topped at 185p/kg for a 555kg Charolais X from F F Finney & Son of Dilhorne; Montbeliarde Bulls at 465kg achieved 179p/kg; Black & White Bulls weighing 495kg realised 176p/kg; Top headage price £1269 for Heifers and £1036.28 for Bulls with others at £1026.75, £1003.30 etc.
BARREN COWS & BULLS (40); A decent show of Barrens with a sharp trade for all sorts with plenty of bidders in attendance.
Top price of the day was 188p/kg for a 745kg Limousin from Forsbrook with a Belgian Blue X cow weighing 800kg from the same vendor selling at 170p/kg.
Black & White cows from Birch Bros, weighing 600kg, achieved 147p/kg with a 715kg beast at 130p/kg and a 820kg cow from Chris Tams at 127p/kg.
Shorthorn Cows topped at 136p/kg for a 535kg beast from G G Hall & Son of Pointhorn with another at 585kg realising 130p/kg.
A 845kg Hereford was well sold at 120.5p/kg grossing £1018.22.
Overall average £111.16p/kg.
Over Age Clean topped at 168p/kg for a 640kg British Blue Steer with a 805kg Steer at 164p/kg. Overall average for Over Age Clean 151.96p/kg. Top headage price £1400.60 for a Limousin cow with others up to £1360 and £1041.40 for Black & Whtie cattle.
Over Age Steers topped at £1336.50, £1320.20 and £1303.80p.
DAIRIES (87); Very mixed quality forward on Tuesday, however, the best were still to £2140 for a heifer with a second calver to £2000, there were 74 milkers forward.
Top call went to a 61/2 gallon heifer shown by Robert Johnson of Earl Sterndale, she went to Mr J Holdcroft of Sandbach.
A second calver from Michael Wainwright of Buxton reached £2000, sold giving 38kg she went to Mr J Fernyhough of Swythamley.
1st Quality Heifers to £2140 av £1983; 2nd Quality Heifers to £1790 av £1665; 1st Quality Cows to £2000 av £1950; 2nd Quality Cows to £1780 av £1605
NEW SEASON LAMB (430); In contrast with last week when local butchers had plenty of choice there were less about to suit their needs and in consequence standard weight lambs sold to a top price of 210p/kg paid for a pen from Messrs Goodwin of Southlow Farm, going for local slaughter, with others in the same bracket to 188p/kg from Roger Cooper to give an average of 155p/kg.
Medium lambs also sold to 210p/kg from WR Leese with others at 202p/kg from Tony Gilman and 200p/kg from RW Leadbetter, giving an average throughout of 170p/kg reflecting the generally better quality of lambs within that weight bracket.
Heavy lambs to 190p/kg also from RW Leadbetter to average 160p/kg with overweights to 163p/kg.
Top price lambs £90.40p for medium weights with an overall market average for SQQ of 162p/kg.
EWES & STORE SHEEP (56); A steadying of demand following the national pattern saw best lightweights to £74 from Peter Gibbs with others at £71 from the same vendor to produce an average throughout of £26.50p.
CALVES (166); Some cheaper calves about with many of the farmer buyers utilising the sunny weather. Best calves back a touch although bulls again past the £400 mark.
Bulls; An absolute stonking Angus (26 days) from Alan Hayes rightly topped at £422 and could have made a touch more on a better day.
Another lovely calf from the Tams family sold to £382 being a Simmental (35 days).
A Blonde to £370 exactly 4 weeks old.
13 Friesians av £59.46 to £210 FW & JF Brookes, Crakemarsh; 4 Herefords av £190.46 to £298 J & W Knight, Horton; 9 Angus av £208.89 to £422 JM Hayes, Alstonefield; 15 Simmentals av £266.80 to £382 CJ Tams, Yarlet; 12 Limousins av £212.58 to £350 AR & KM Alcock, Longton; 1 Blonde £370 Needham Bros, Bradnop; 9 Shorthorns av £89.33 to £195 GG Hall & Son, Croxden; 28 Holstein X av £62.25 to £125 J & W Knight, Horton; 1 Norwegian Red £92 R & A Williamson, Wetley Rocks; 1 Fleckvieh X £265 R & A Williamson, Wetley Rocks; 21 Blues av £256.90 to £348 NE Goodwin & Son, Upper Hulme
Heifers; Blue Heifer to £300 for a 20 day old beast from Fir Tree Farming with another Blue 32 days from Wes & Giles Clark to the same figure.
Generally Heifers were on a similar trade with the smaller types less money.
7 Herefords av £204.86 to £265 Jackson & Alcock, Cellarhead; 7 Angus av £140.43 to £220 JB Beech, Milton; 1 Charolais £242 MA Jolliffe, Marston; 14 Simmentals av £209.36 to £268 Moorfield Dairies, Biddulph
4 Limousons av £169.50 to £275 CK Smith, Stoke on Trent
1 Holstein X £52 MA Joliffe, Marston
18 Blues av £215.83 to £300 CK Smith, Stoke on Trent