Bakewell Market Report for Monday 12th February 2018

With Derbyshire resembling the Winter Olympic setting in South Korea and one or two farmers going faster downhill than intended, it was amazing that 440 Cattle and 2,106 Sheep reached Bakewell for the Monday sale.

For buyers who tend to arrive later and to travel on the main road, the journey was easier and all the regulars were present together with some less frequent visitors. The results, an exceptional trade in all departments with the sheep taking top honours of which more later in this report.

There were 220 Store & Breeding Cattle with a few absentees from the “Early Warning List” but most of whom have rebooked for next Monday.

Despite concerns about straw supplies the store trade continues to remain very brisk with most pundits commenting that they were even dearer than last week. Steers sold to £1210, Heifers £1015, Feeding Bulls £860. A middle aged Hereford Stock bull at £1220.

Demand for finished cattle remains firm, 81 made it through the snow with top figures of 241p and £1584. The 41 Heifers averaged a solid 201.9p.

Moving onto the OTM and Feeding cow section which had assembled 98 head. The best on offer to 166p and £1358 per head with an overall average of 120.6p.

Only 41 Calves, not the best of days to venture out with them. Bulls peaked at £395 and Heifers £235.

Turning to the sheep department there were 1,513 Hoggs – a remarkable turnout in the circumstances. Trade was phenominal perhaps due to concerns about supplies in other places being disrupted by the weather. Hoggs peaked at an astonishing 270p and £123.50 per head. In terms of average it was 216p for the SQQ and 215.5p for the overall clear evidence that there is someone at Bakewell to give a good price for all varieties and weights.

Finally a decent selection of 560 Cull Sheep with Rams to £126, Ewes to £124 and an overall average of £71.31.

Later this week:-

Thursday 15th – Regular Sheep market with special entries of Store & Breeding stock. (Last week saw 1,238 head). Ring for more details.

Friday 16th – Catalogued Sale of 620 Store and Breeding Cattle including a herd dispersal of Aberdeen Angus.

98 OTM, BARREN & FEEDING COWS – overall average 120.6p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)

An excellent entry under the circumstances with cows arriving later but all being sold on a fantastic trade, dearer than last week. 22 Continentals today with a top call of 166p (£1241) for one of 4 Pure Charolais’ from TW Cox, Great Longstone with others at 160p (£1129); 158p (£1358). Cross bred Limousins sold to 164p for Robert Rolo. Better sorts 150p plus with feeding cows again very dear at 120-150p.

70 Black & White and ex dairy cows average 112p

Unbelievably dear with all cows looking well sold but the meat in particular best sold on the day. A young heifer (30 mnths) sold at 165p with best cows to 148p for Mick Archer. Best cows 130p plus with good Holsteins 120-130, leaner cows 105-115p and a few very plain cows under £1.

Sample prices:

166p/kg 748kg Char TW Cox, Great Longstone
165p/kg 582kg Mont TP Morten & Sons, Cowdale
164p/kg 666kg Lim DR Rowland & NJ Woodward, Hope Valley
160p/kg 706kg Char TW Cox, Great Longstone
158p/kg 860kg Char TW Cox, Great Longstone
158p/kg 644kg Br Blue x R Hughes, Ilkeston
154p/kg 662kg Br Blue x AC Simpson, Bradwell
153p/kg 640kg Br Blue x DR Rowland & NJ Woodward, Hope Valley
153p/kg 816kg Sim R & S Salisbury, Abney
151p/kg 556kg S Horn Dunstall Estate, Dunstall

Gross Prices:

£1358.80 860kg Char TW Cox, Great Longstone
£1347.00 898kg Char TW Cox, Great Longstone
£1248.48 816kg Sim R & S Salisbury, Abney
£1241.68 748kg Char TW Cox, Great Longstone
£1203.74 866kg Hols JE & CM Fletcher & Co, Peak Forest
£1143.80 860kg B Swiss TD & PD Hardy Ltd, Grangemill
£1129.60 706kg Char TW Cox, Great Longstone
£1092.24 666kg Lim DR Rowland & NJ Woodward, Hope Valley
£1088.52 772kg Br Blue x DR Rowland & NJ Woodward, Hope Valley
£1049.02 826kg Hols CPR & JM Mycock, Friden

1 OTM Bulls

131p or £1231 for Lim from DR Flower, Alstonefield

2 OTM Steers

156p or £992 for AA from AJ Steeples, Shipley

81 FINISHED CATTLE – overall average 197.8p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)

Many thanks to all vendors who braved the snow to bring some excellent cattle today and they were rewarded with all buyers present and a top trade.

19 Young Bulls average 190.2p

11 Continentals with the remainder dairy x bulls a fantastic trade for all. Phil Watson returned to the bull ring to return 228p (£1422) for his Blue and 227p for his other. Messrs Edge had a trio of suckler bulls at 227p, 226p and 213p with Alf Sims dairy x Limousin sold at 222p with his Friesian at 179p.

Sample prices:

228p/kg 624kg Br Blue x J Watson, Brackenfield
227p/kg 556kg Br Blue x J Watson, Brackenfield
227p/kg 610kg Lim D & SE Edge, Pikehall
226p/kg 588kg Lim D & SE Edge, Pikehall
222p/kg 520kg Lim A Sims Ltd, Hulland
213p/kg 662kg Lim D & SE Edge, Pikehall
194p/kg 530kg Hfd AW & D Gilman Ltd, Wetton
190p/kg 834kg Br Blue x JT Ottewell, Calow
187p/kg 470kg Lim A & DJ Gregory, Litton

And gross prices:

£1584.60 834kg Br Blue x JT Ottewell, Calow
£1480.00 800kg Br Blue x JT Ottewell, Calow
£1422.72 624kg Br Blue x J Watson, Brackenfield
£1410.06 662kg Lim D & SE Edge, Pikehall
£1384.70 610kg Lim D & SE Edge, Pikehall
£1328.88 588kg Lim D & SE Edge, Pikehall
£1262.12 556kg Br Blue x J Watson, Brackenfield
£1154.40 520kg Lim A Sims Ltd, Hulland
£1078.24 586kg Br Blue x A Merryman, Dronfield
£1028.20 530kg Hfd AW & D Gilman Ltd, Wetton

21 Steers – overall average 190.1p

13 Continentals, 5 Natives and 3 Black and Whites today. Messrs Edge topped the bullocks at 230p (£1334) with James Blackshaw at 224p and Keith Harrop in 3rd place with his powerhouse at 220p (£1518).

The top Steers sold as follows:-

230p/kg 580kg Lim D & SE Edge, Pikehall
224p/kg 554kg Lim JW Blackshaw, Bakewell
220p/kg 690kg Br Blue x K Harrop, Alport
220p/kg 542kg Lim D & SE Edge, Pikehall
216p/kg 594kg Br Blue x JW Blackshaw, Bakewell
208p/kg 660kg Sim D Hadfield & Daughter, Tideswell
206p/kg 614kg Br Blue x D Pearson, Wentworth
206p/kg 582kg Lim JW Blackshaw, Bakewell
205p/kg 640kg Lim GW Johnson & KG Shuttlewood, Burnaston

And Gross prices:-

£1518.00 690kg Br Blue x K Harrop, Alport
£1372.80 660kg Sim D Hadfield & Daughter, Tideswell
£1372.58 734kg Sim D Pearson, Wentworth
£1334.00 580kg Lim D & SE Edge, Pikehall
£1312.00 640kg Lim GW Johnson & KG Shuttlewood, Burnaston
£1283.04 594kg Br Blue x JW Blackshaw, Bakewell
£1264.84 614kg Br Blue x D Peason, Wentworth
£1240.96 554kg Lim JW Blackshaw, Bakewell
£1204.14 658kg Lim D Hadfield & Daughter, Tideswell
£1198.92 582kg Lim JW Blackshaw, Bakwell

41 Finished Heifers – overall average 201.98p

A super run of heifers today and some excellent quality. Keith Harrop topped out at 241p and 239p for his best selling to Mark Fitton, Oldham. 12 best over 221p.

The top Heifers sold as follows:-

241p/kg 574kg Br Blue x K Harrop, Alport
239p/kg 590kg Br Blue x K Harrop, Alport
236p/kg 500kg Lim JW Blackshaw, Bakewell
236p/kg 536kg Lim GW Johnson & KG Shuttlewood, Burnaston
232p/kg 590kg Lim RM Hadfield Ltd, Castleton
232p/kg 472kg Lim CH Barnsley, Morridge
230p/kg 486kg Lim CH Barnsley, Morridge
229p/kg 542kg Br Blue x K Harrop, Alport
225p/kg 616kg Br Blue x K Harrop, Alport
224p/kg 598kg Br Blue x K Harrop, Alport
223p/kg 490kg Lim JW Blackshaw, Bakewell
221p/kg 608kg Br Blue x K Harrop, Alport

Gross prices:

£1410.10 590kg Br Blue x K Harrop, Alport
£1386.00 616kg Br Blue x K Harrop, Alport
£1383.34 574kg Br Blue x K Harrop, Alport
£1368.80 590kg Lim RM Hadfield Ltd, Castleton
£1343.68 608kg Br Blue x K Harrop, Alport
£1339.52 598kg Br Blue x K Harrop, Alport
£1314.28 638kg Lim H & G Hollinshead, Lichfield
£1297.80 618kg Lim Artaine Ltd, Belper
£1264.96 536kg Lim GW Johnson & KG Shuttlewood, Burnaston
£1261.70 682kg Br Blue x TW Austin & Co, Burnaston

220 STORE & BREEDING CATTLE - (Auctioneer Alastair Sneddon)

Despite wintry conditions a respectable total of 220 head eventually made it to Bakewell. There were a few vendors who chose to postpone to next week and these will reappear on the list in due course.

Buyers were out in force and trade was extremely brisk for all varieties.

24 Feeding Bulls

Typical Prices;

£860 BR x 14m J & JW Furness, Baslow
£560 BR x 14-16m TA & E Bown, Ashover
£510 Holst 14-19m TA & E Bown, Ashover
£495 Sim x 7-8m JR & JA Marsden, Hathersage
£340 BR x 3-5m S & F Walker, Dronfield

Breeding Cattle

£1,220 Here Stock Bull, 52m Miss E Bennison, Compstall
£920 BR x Cow, 50m & Bull Calf G & L Neville, Tansley

107 Steers Overall average £810

Plenty of demand for all comers. Some useful bunches of Black and Whites looking well sold. The usual interest in the Hereford and Angus crosses and some notable highlights for the Continentals.

Sample Prices:-

£520 Char x 6m L & M Barlow, Wingerworth
£765 Lim x 9m G & M Limer, Taddington
£1050 Lim x 22-23m D Hadfield & Daughter, Wheston
£585 Angus x 21m TC Lomax, Blythe Bridge
£1080 Angus x 21m D Hadfield & Daughter, Wheston
£1000 Lim x 12-13m AH & T Carr, Waterfall
£1070 Char x 17m DR Gould & Son, Grangemill
£1180 Lim x 21m JW & RG Ede, Youlgrave
£1070 Br Blue x 24m JW & RG Ede, Youlgrave
£865 Angus x 23m AW & D Gilman, Wetton
£735 Hol 17-23m Campion Bros, Stretton
£1050 Lim x 16-19m A & DJ Gregory, Litton
£1035 Br Blue x 17-19m RA Tatlow, Ashbourne
£1100 Lim x 22-23m V Tabbenor & N Brassington, Youlgrave
£1040 Devon 19-22m MG Mosley & Son, Rivelin
£1160 Lim x 20m MJ Burnett, Rowsley
£1210 Lim x 24m DJ Renshaw, Sandybrook
£1190 Lim x 23m DJ Renshaw, Sandybrook
£1155 Char x 22m S White, Tissington
£900 Hfd 21-22m DA & F Brown, Brassington
£850 Hfd x 18m JG & AM Spendlove, Belper
£910 Mont x 24m JG & AM Spendlove, Belper
£840 Norway x 24m JG & AM Spendlove, Belper
£1020 Hfd x 22-25m AP Pugh, Pilsley
£810 Hol 24m J & JW Furness, Baslow
£890 Hfd x 19m AW & D Gilman, Wetton
£1150 Br Blue x 23 m RS Torr, Tissington

83 Heifers – Overall average £711

A mixed bag, but with buyers present for all categories trade was as brisk, if not brisker than last week.

Typical returns:-

£625 Lim x 8m BE & TR Robinson, Tideswell
£805 Lim 11m D & LA Critchlow, Sheen
£355 Br Blue x 3-5m SJ & FE Walker, Dronfield
£670 Lim x 8-9m Conway & Mellor, Pikehall
£875 Br Blue x 22m AW & D Gilman, Wetton
£895 Angus 20-21m MG Mosley & Sons, Rivelin
£855 Char x 19-20m CS Edge, Ballidon
£1015 Lim x 26m DJ Renshaw, Sandybrook
£845 Sim x 21-22m FN Biggin, Dronfield
£885 Br Blue x 21-23m DA & AM Campeau, Crowdecote
£795 Sim x 21m Mrs L Renshaw & I Brassington, Church Broughton
£920 Br Blue x 24-25m JG & AM Spendlove, Belper
£870 Angus x 29m JG & AM Spendlove, Belper
£675 Sim x 11-13m AE Smith, Dalbury Lees
£700 Lim x 11-17m HC Gilbert, Edale

41 CALVES (Auctioneer Ivor Lowe)

Reduced numbers, a result of the snowy weather conditions but trade very strong for an entry generally lacking too much in the way of quality and strength.

B. Blue bulls topped proceedings at £395 with others £300 plus. Second quality calves well bid for with new purchasers around the ring and dairy bred calves a similar trade to last week.

A large gathering of purchasers looking for heifers and more could have been sold to vendors advantage.

Bulls Top Price (£) Average Vendor
Hfd £195.00 £195.00 Shirt Farms, Tideswell
Char £195.00 £156.25 SJ & FE Walker, Dronfield
Hols £58.00 £34.50 JE & CM Fletcher, Peak Forest
Mont £220.00 £207.50 GK & E Robinson, Wheston
Fri £54.00 £38.67 Shirt Farms, Tideswell
AA £170.00 £170.00 W Bradbury, Earl Sterndale
Br Blue x £395.00 £334.00 TN Palfreyman & Son, Flagg
Lim £110.00 £92.50 Shirt Farms, Tideswell
Heifers Top Price (£) Average Vendor
Hfd £130.00 £130.00 Shirt Farms, Tideswell
Char £195.00 £166.67 SJ & FE Walker, Dronfield
AA £150.00 £150.00 W Bradbury, Earl Sterndale
Br Blue x £235.00 £171.33 TA & KF Seals, Derbys
Lim £162.00 £128.50 Shirt Farms, Tideswell

2,106 SHEEP including 1,513 Lambs, 560 Ewes & Rams, 33 Store Sheep

(Auctioneer Peter Oven & Mark Elliott)

A total entry of 2,106 sheep included 1,513 lambs. Despite a very icy morning on the local roads vendors still attended well with the excellent quality Bakewell is accustomed to. David Williams topped the market at 270p/kg, top gross prices went to Mark Hambleton with his big lambs coming to £123.50. In general, best sorts over 240p/kg with total 10 pens over 250p/kg and the top 10 pens average an amazing 259p/kg. The overall market average 216.01p/kg which included the Mules and horned lambs.

Leading Prices:

34.4kg 229p/kg SD & M Swindell, Lincoln
35.0kg 218p/kg GP Farming, Burton
36.8kg 221p/kg RJ Beardsley, Little Eaton
37.1kg 230p/kg MJ Burnett, Rowsley
38.1kg 218p/kg R Moseley & Son, Elton
40.5kg 260p/kg D Williams, Leek
41.3kg 266p/kg J Fryer, Horton
41.5kg 270p/kg D Williams, Leek
42.9kg 269p/kg GJ Mellor & Partners, Doncaster
43.0kg 248p/kg M Wright, Hartington
44.1kg 247p/kg GJ Mellor & Partners, Doncaster
45.2kg 251p/kg D & P Gibbs & Son, Butterton
45.7kg 251p/kg D & P Gibbs & Son, Butterton
46.0kg 251p/kg D & P Gibbs & Son, Butterton
47.5kg 246p/kg AC Simpson, Bradwell
48.0kg 240p/kg M Hambleton, Alstonefield
52.7kg 206p/kg R Hodgson-Walker, Cauldwell
56.0kg 200p/kg J Gibbs, Hartington
60.0kg 198p/kg PE Yates, Quarndon
61.0kg 195p/kg SW Clarke, Dunstall
65.0kg 190p/kg M Hambleton, Alstonefield

Lamb averages:-

25.5kg – 32kg To 209p/kg Average 205.51p/kg
32.1kg -39kg To 230p/kg Average 208.59p/kg
39.1kg - 45.5kg To 270p/kg Average 219.07p/kg
45.6kg – 52kg To 251p/kg Average 222.19p/kg
52kg+ To 206p/kg Average 196.7p/kg

560 Ewes and Rams

In the cull sheep a total of 560 on offer saw brisk bidding for all types. Best Texel ewes from Dunstall topped at £124/head with the top 10 pens all over £100/head to average £109.50. Suffolk ewes sold to £97, Mules to £84, Masham to £71, Cheviots to £80, horned ewes to £74.

Ewes to £124/head average £71.31/head

Rams to £126/head average £90.79/head

33 Store Lambs

Just 33 store lambs on offer attracted very brisk bidding with small Texels topping at £68.

Auctioneers: Bagshaws, The Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell 01629 812777