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. Palfreyman, Monyash.