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.
|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|
|£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.
|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|
|£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
|£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|
|£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.
|£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.
|£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.
|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|
|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