A reduced entry of 286 store and breeding cattle were on offer, as expected for the time of year, but there was a decent show of suckler cows with calves at foot, with buyers continuing to look for stock of all types and ages.
Top price for cows with calves at foot was £1380, which was paid for a Blonde D’aquitaine cow with a Blonde D’aquitaine steer calf at foot from Mrs Cheetham of Buglawton, with the same vendor having a Simmental cow with a Blonde D’aquitaine steer calf at foot for £1220.
A pedigree Simmental cow with a pedigree Simmental heifer calf at foot from P & M A Lovatt of Gillow Heath was well sold at £1370, with an entry from A W Kennerley & Son of Betley selling up to £1210 for a Limousin heifer with a young calf at foot, with other similar outfits from the same vendor at £1150 and £1140.
An entry from D Cope of Endon sold up to £1180 for an Aberdeen Angus cow, with a Hereford bull calf at foot, with others from the same vendor at £1150 and £1090 (twice).
In calf cows from G Stubbs of Wetton sold up to £900 for a British Blue in calf to the Simmental.
There was a shortage of young bulls, with the top price being £730 which was paid for a 28 month old Hereford from Mr Hemphill of Draycott in the Clay, with a pair of British Blue bulls being 12 months old from C Armstrong of Church Lawton at £665 and a further pair from the same vendor at £610.
A pair of 13 month old Limousins also from C Armstrong sold for £620.
There was a high proportion of younger sorts on offer which reduced the average to £340.65.
There were 104 steers on offer, with stronger cattle being in short supply. Top price for the steers was £1145 which was paid for a pair of 24 month old Herefords from J Jervis of Cheadle, with other Herefords from the same vendor being 25 months old up to £1010.
A group of three British Blue steers from M Jervis of Whiston sold up to £1120, with other British Blues up to £1045 for a 26 month animal from the same vendor and a group of four being 21 months old from B J & B W Brunt & Sons of Wincle exchanging hands for £1020.
A single Aberdeen Angus being 18 months old was well sold from M G & C Davenport of Leekbrook at £1105, with a group of three 20 month old Aberdeen Angus from B J & B W Brunt & Sons at £1060 and a further group of 19 month old Aberdeen Angus from new vendor, J R Bloor of Barnshaw, Crewe at £1025.
A pair of 21 month old Aberdeen Angus also from new vendor D H Jones & Sons of Holmes Chapel sold for £985.
Limousins being 25 months old sold up to £1090 for a group of three from J Jervis, with another group of three at 22 months from D Armstrong of Kidsgrove at £985.
Simmental steers being 14 months old from C Bowers & Sons of Bradley sold up to £1070, with a 14 month old Charolais from the same vendor at £1025 and a pair of 13 months old Charolais’ from the same vendor at £1020.
Simmental steers at 25 months old from J Jervis topped at £1050.
Friesian steers topped at £705 for a 21 month old animal from A Hemphill of Draycott in the Clay.
Younger sorts sold up to £625 for a group of 8 month old British Blue’s from Foker Grange Farms Ltd of Leek, with others from the same vendor being 7 months old at £610 and £605.
Overall average for steers was £726.20.
There were 112 heifers on offer, with a top price of £955, which was paid to new vendor G Oates of Wilmslow for a pair of 24 month old Herefords, with other Herefords from the same vendor selling to £915 for a group of three also being 24 months old and a single similar heifer at £895.
Limousin heifers from J Bebbington of Rushton sold up to £940 for a 21 month old heifer, with 22 month old Limousins from D Armstrong of Kidsgrove at £860.
A group of three 26 month old British Blues from J Jervis of Cheadle sold for £935, with Aberdeen Angus up to £910 for a pair of 20 month old heifers from B J & B W Brunt & Sons of Wincle.
Simmental heifers sold up to £895 for a pair of 27 month old heifers from D Burton of Rough Close.
Younger sorts sold up to £615 for a group of seven 8 month old British Blue heifers from Foker Grange Farms Ltd of Leek, with others of a similar age from the same vendor at £600 and £580.
Overall average achieved for heifers was £605.27.
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