Livestock & Dairy: Bakewell Market

Bakewell Market Report 08-04-2024

Back to normal after the Easter Bank Holiday break with 818 cattle and 1,637 sheep on offer.

After another rainy week, ground conditions are obviously causing concern for those wishing to plant crops and turn cattle out, and there is still more rain forecast for the next few days.

 

The Store & Breeding cattle section was well supported with 524 on offer and a total clearance effected.

Trade very slightly less than we have seen it over weeks.  Steers reached £1,810, heifers £1,460 and feeding bulls £1,220.  Some warm dry weather could make all the difference.

An excellent turnout of 149 finished cattle saw prices just a shade easier with top figures 345p and £2,377.  Our usual barometer of trade the average for the 77 heifers looked healthy at 289.3p and £1,761 per head.

 

And whilst the finished cattle were a shade less the 105 OTM cattle were dearer selling to 257p and £2,045 with the average looking particularly strong at 187.7 pence.

 

37 Calves on offer with bulls to £460 and heifers £380.

 

In the sheep section there were 71 Spring lambs forward selling to 600p/kg to average 507.9p and reach £228 per head.

The 1,191 hoggs sold on a solid trade with the price back on the week, but still offering a decent return at up to 440p/kg and £237.35 per head.  The SQQ average settled at 366.1 pence.

366 cull sheep with ewes to £178 to average £108.77.

2 sheep were sold for charity and were very generously bid for raising £3,100 for the Children with Cancer Charity.  Full details in the sheep report.

 

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

 

Thursday 11th April: Thursday Lunchtime Sheep Sale

Friday 12th April: Farm Sale at Overfield Farm, Tissington

Friday 19th April:  Darley Moor Collective Machinery Sale

 

Auctioneer:

Alastair Sneddon

Senior partner

Livestock, auctioneering and professional services

105 BARREN, OTM AND FEEDING COWS overall average 187.7p/kg or £1293

(Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)     

Good numbers although I expected a few more after a short entry last week due to the Bank Holiday.  Trade very sharp throughout with all the regulars keen to secure cattle and one of the best trades we have seen this year to date.  When trade is on the move, the best way to make the most of your cows is to market them on their legs and preferably in Bakewell Market.  Top today was an OTM Limmy heifer at 257p from Paul Willmott, Ashover with best cows being pure blues from TJ & EA Richardson at 255p (£2045) and 254p (£1971).  Best bred cows comfortably over 200p with a lot of feeding cows today that were well bid for by the farmers at ringside.

 

Results:

257p/kg 550kg Lim GE Willmott & Son, Ashover
255p/kg 802kg B Blue x TJ & EA Richardson, Yeaveley
254p/kg 776kg B Blue x TJ & EA Richardson, Yeaveley
238p/kg 596kg Sim G & GE Read, Over Peover
232p/kg 700kg Lim RM Hardy, Cauldon Low
230p/kg 722kg Lim BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
230p/kg 654kg Lim FW Hall & Sons, Sutton on the Hill
228p/kg 560kg Lim GE Willmott & Son, Ashover
226p/kg 822kg Lim J & J Mellor & Son, Kniveton
226p/kg 594kg Lim FW Hall & Sons, Sutton on the Hill
224p/kg 908kg Lim S & CM Jones, Belper
216p/kg 708kg Hfd C & FM Percival, Youlgreave
214p/kg 848kg Sim BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
214p/kg 618kg B Blue x NC Gregory, Blackwell

 

Gross Prices:

£2045.10 802kg B Blue x TJ & EA Richardson, Yeaveley
£2033.92 908kg Lim S & CM Jones, Belper
£1971.04 776kg B Blue x TJ & EA Richardson, Yeaveley
£1857.72 822kg Lim J & J Mellor & Son, Kniveton
£1814.72 848kg Sim BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
£1689.12 782kg Blonde x BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
£1660.60 722kg Lim BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor
£1624.00 700kg Lim RM Hardy, Cauldon Low
£1589.50 850kg Devon GA & SM Waterhouse, High Peak
£1563.10 770kg Hfd C & FM Percival, Youlgreave
£1562.52 898kg Hfd E Spencer, Kirk Langley
£1504.20 654kg Lim FW Hall & Sons, Sutton on the Hill
£1478.64 732kg Lim WH Burgess & Son, High Peak

 

41 Black & White and ex dairy cows ave 168.8p/kg

Dearer again with the averages up for the goods on offer.

2 OTM heifers 215-225p

10 better fed cows 180-191p

Big Holsteins with meat 170-180p

Smaller parlour style cows 150-165p

Plainest end 130-150p

 

 

The best today:

225p/kg £1467 Fries, 32 mnths GV Matkin, Kirk Ireton
215p/kg £1522 Fries, 31 mnths L Hadfield & Sons, Peak Forest
191p/kg £1531 Fries, 6 yrs C Beever, Alport
190p/kg £1466 Holst, 6 yrs RE Archer Farms, Bradley
190p/kg £1459 Fries, 4 yrs L Hadfield & Sons, Peak Forest
189p/kg £1368 Ayr, 4 yrs D & JK Mellor, Onecote
188p/kg £1319 Fries, 7 yrs RE Archer Farms, Bradley
187p/kg £1159 Fries, 9 yrs R Brough & Son, Monyash
187p/kg £1193 Fries, 3 yrs L Hadfield & Sons, Peak Forest
183p/kg £1270 Ayr, 4 yrs JD & B Broadley & Sons, Hartington
182p/kg £1386 Holst, 7 yrs D & JK Mellor, Onecote
180p/kg £1166 Holst, 6 yrs JP Wayne, Ible

 

8 OTM Bulls

223p/kg £1980 B Blue, 4 yrs B Langton, Belper
198p/kg £1904 Blonde, 6 yrs CE & SW Mycock, Flagg
186p/kg £1551 Fries, 4 yrs JF Sayles, Park Head

 

5 OTM Steers

240p/kg £1732 Devon E Spencer, Kirk Langley
228p/kg £1390 Hfd EA Gagie, Uttoxeter
225p/kg £1885 Holst RW Ardern, Buxton

Auctioneer:

Oliver Hiles

Market Associate

149 FINISHED CATTLE ave 276.1p/kg

(Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)

Very good numbers again a full complement of buyers keen to fill their wagons.  Trade the whole very similar, although a few cattle would look 2 or 3 pence less money in general.

 

19 Young Bulls ave 250.6p/kg

Not as many as expected as some producers are between batches at present or concentrating on clean cattle.  John Ottewell came up trumps with 2 weighted Blues at 296p (£2296) and 283p (£2377) with the best of the B/W’s to 230p.

 

Results:

296p/kg 776kg B Blue x JT Ottewell, Calow
290p/kg 634kg Lim D & SE Edge, Pike Hall
283p/kg 840kg Lim JT Ottewell, Calow
270p/kg 600kg Lim D & SE Edge, Pike Hall
264p/kg 550kg Lim P & E Watson, Ashover
254p/kg 588kg Hfd RR Mason & Son, Hulland

 

Gross Prices:

£2377.20 840kg Lim JT Ottewell, Calow
£2296.96 776kg B Blue x JT Ottewell, Calow
£1838.60 634kg Lim D & SE Edge, Pike Hall
£1620.00 600kg Lim D & SE Edge, Pike Hall
£1590.00 636kg B Blue x MT Sweetmore, Hollinsclough
£1576.24 646kg Others P & E Watson, Ashover
       

 

53 Steers ave 266.9p/kg

A solid trade, but a few more natives and B/W’s on offer today that had their effect on the average.  Best suckler bred quality topped at 328p for a Blue from Don Lownds with Mark Sweetmore at 320p.  15 Natives saw Angus to 288p and Hereford to 300p and 8 B/W’s had Fleckv to 248p, Friesians to 239 and Holsteins to 232p.

 

Results:

328p/kg 648kg B Blue x D Lownds, Reapsmoor
320p/kg 660kg Lim MT Sweetmore, Hollinsclough
316p/kg 660kg Lim NH Gaunt & Son, Dronfield
312p/kg 638kg Lim Belper Skip Hire, Moorwood Moor
304p/kg 722kg Blonde x C & D Jeffery, Pilsley
304p/kg 634kg Lim Belper Skip Hire, Moorwood Moor
302p/kg 574kg Lim Redgate Farms, Brinsley
302p/kg 602kg Lim Mallaber Partners, Drakelow

 

Gross Prices:

£2194.88 722kg Blonde x C & D Jeffery, Pilsley
£2187.00 810kg Lim C & D Jeffery, Pilsley
£2175.40 730kg Lim D Lownds, Reapsmoor
£2155.94 746kg Lim JA Mosley & Sons, Stannington
£2125.44 648kg B Blue x D Lownds, Reapsmoor
£2112.00 660kg Lim MT Sweetmore, Earl Sterndale
£2085.60 660kg Lim NH Gaunt & Son, Dronfield
£2084.88 714kg Others MT Sweetmore, Hollinsclough
£2039.04 708kg AA RG Bacon, Wadshelf
£2031.84 816kg Lim Moor Farmers, Flagg

 

77 Heifers ave 289.3p/kg

A tremendous good entry and some excellent quality at the top end but plenty of weight about today and plenty of natives which always seem to do well at Bakewell.  Superstar quality from Peter Gaunt who won the race to the top of the pile at 345p (£2180) with 7 others from various vendors at 330p and above.  Angus to 288p and Longhorn x to 285p.

Results:

345p/kg 632kg Lim NH Gaunt & Sons, Dronfield
338p/kg 596kg Blonde x MT Sweetmore, Earl Sterndale
337p/kg 668kg B Blue x RG Bacon, Wadshelf
332p/kg 602kg Lim P Brennand, Little Hayfield
330p/kg 646kg B Blue x NH Gaunt & Son, Dronfield
330p/kg 588kg Lim D Lownds, Reapsmoor
330p/kg 630kg Lim NH Gaunt & Son, Dronfield
330p/kg 598kg Lim K Harrop, Alport
328p/kg 622kg Lim K Harrop, Alport
327p/kg 630kg Lim NH Gaunt & Son, Dronfield
326p/kg 694kg B Blue x K Harrop, Alport
326p/kg 558kg B Blue x CM Wint, Stoke on Trent
324p/kg 540kg Lim NA Birch, Monyash

 

 

 

Gross Prices:

£2262.44 694kg B Blue x K Harrop, Alport
£2251.16 668kg B Blue x RG Bacon, Wadshelf
£2180.40 632kg Lim NH Gaunt & Son, Dronfield
£2173.50 690kg Blonde x C & D Jeffery, Pilsley
£2172.00 724kg Blonde x K Harrop, Alport
£2155.12 682kg B Blue x K Harrop, Alport
£2131.80 646kg B Blue x NH Gaunt & Son, Dronfield
£2112.00 660kg Lim NH Gaunt & Son, Dronfield
£2079.28 658kg Char Belper Skip Hire, Moorwood Moor
£2079.00 630kg Lim NH Gaunt & Son, Dronfield
£2073.50 650kg Blonde x NH Gaunt & Son, Dronfield
£2067.20 646kg Char NH Gaunt & Son, Dronfield
£2064.60 666kg Lim H & G Hollinshead, Lichfield

Auctioneer:

Oliver Hiles

Market Associate

STORE & BREEDING CATTLE – (Auctioneers Alastair Sneddon & Meg Elliott)

An excellent entry of 527 head sold on a solid trade with demand remaining firm from start to finish.

All this in the face of miserable weather and ground conditions.

Worries about arable cropping, the cost of straw and little prospect of turning stock out in many areas just took the edge off demand, but although buyers tried to buy them less the auctioneers both reported that eventual prices were very little lower.

The figures below will confirm this.

 

23 Feeding Bulls with sample prices as follows:

 

£960 S Horn x 10-12 mnths CJ Mallaber, Drakelow
£1100 Blonde x 12 mnths A Brown & Son, Bonsall
£1220 B Blue x 20 mnths JA Sowter, South Wingfield
£840 Lim x 8-9 mnths Garlick Partners, Kettleshulme
£850 Blonde 6 mnths FW Hawksworth, Ashover
£705 Sim 9 mnths JC Shepherd, Dungworth

 

282 Steers ave £1,013

A good selection with buyers present for all types.  Angus & Hereford just as popular and some continental crosses lifting the highlights.  Enormous price variation between the best and the worst in any particular category make valuation very difficult.  The only way to be certain of the price is when the hammer falls.

 

Sample Results:

£880 Dev 12 mnths Mrs E Spencer, Kirk Langley
£990 Lim x 8 mnths B Higginson, Rushton
£1060 Blonde x 7-9 mnths JT Cantrell, Macc Forest
£1070 Lim x 11 mnths JJ Turner, Okeover
£870 Lim x 7-8 mnths PG Kirkham, Hognaston
£750 Wagyu 9 mnths PA Hall, Mercaston
£770 Lim x 9-14 mnths PA Hall, Mercaston
£1050 Lim x 10 mnths Conway & Mellor, Pike Hall
£1050 Hfd x 10 mnths Miss N Beardsley, Muggington
£1300 B Blue x 11 mnths W Frith, Ashbourne
£1140 Lim x 10 mnths B Chadwick, Onecote
£950 B Blue x 10-15 mnths T Neville, Tansley
£875 AA x 11-12 mnths P Hill & Co, Rosliston
£990 Sim x 12-14 mnths JC Shepherd, Dungworth
£820 Lim x 9-10 mnths JW & AJ Dakin, Smalley
£1075 Char x 10-11 mnths CS Edge, Ballidon
£990 Saler x 9-13 mnths CS Edge, Ballidon
£1400 Blonde x 11 mnths TJ & MR Gould, Sheen
£1120 Blonde x 12 mnths FW Halksworth, Ashover
£900 Hfd x 12-15 mnths LA & H Burtonshaw, Middleton
£1580 Char x 13 mnths P Thickitt, Rotherham
£1080 AA x 14-15 mnths CV Whilock, Ipstones
£1000 Char x 13-16 mnths Riverside Farmers, Scropton
£1620 Lim x 15 mnths R Gratton, Ashwood Dale
£1000 B Blue x 13 mnths H Young, Peak Forest
£1385 B Blue x 17 mnths A & DJ Gregory, Litton
£1180 AA x 21 mnths C Whalley, Quarnford
£940 Hfd x 16-17 mnths Green Dales, Alderwasley
£1170 Sim x 20 mnths Mrs NC Gregory, Blackwell
£1100 B Blue x 20-22 mnths Mrs NC Gregory, Blackwell
£1210 Lim x 19-21 mnths SL Seabridge, Sandon
£1100 Hfd x 19 mnths JP & SL Hotchin, Parwich
£1320 AA x 20 mnths WB Moss, Rainow
£1440 B Blue x 19-20 mnths WB Moss, Rainow
£1670 Lim x 19 mnths JP Austin, Parwich
£1465 AA x 23 mnths JW Oakes, Bolehill
£1810 B Blue x 20 mnths CE Cowan, Belper
£1220 Hfd x 24 mnths SM Fletcher, Heathcote
£1235 AA x 18-21 mnths Leasows Partners, Uttoxeter
£1245 B Blue x 20 mnths PJ Harrison, Taddington
£1350 B Blue x 22 mnths JD & GR Follows, Dalbury Lees
£1800 Sim x 23 mnths DJ Hoult, Barton
£1640 Hfd x 21 mnths D Housley, Elton
£1330 Holst 25 mnths WJ Heathcote, Grange Mill
£1545 Lim x 24 mnths JA Mosley & Son, Stannington

 

215 Heifers ave £907

A very mixed entry with prices ranging from £130 to £1,460, but regardless of age, breed or quality there was a customer.

The following prices indicate the level of demand.

 

Sample Results:

£870 Blonde x 6-7 mnths C Nash, Dayhills
£910 Lim x 21 mnths B Higginson, Rushton
£820 Blonde x 7 mnths JT Cantrell, Macc Forest
£1070 B Blue x 11 mnths JJ Turner, Okeover
£1060 Lim x 10 mnths Conway & Mellor, Pike Hall
£820 Hfd x 10 mnths Miss N Beardsley, Muggington
£1030 Lim x 11 mnths B Chadwick, Onecote
£800 Lim x 10-11 mnths A Foster, Whaley Bridge
£1400 Char 10 mnths Mrs MJ Greener, Worksop
£830 Lim x 9-10 mnths S Lynam Whatstandwell
£1360 Lim x 22 mnths PW Lomas, Flagg
£750 S Horn x 9-12 mnths Mallaber Partners, Drakelow
£650 Hfd 10-11 mnths C Wild, Marple
£1420 Blonde x 11 mnths TJ & MR Gould, Sheen
£1360 Lim x 14 mnths RA & CW Bentley, Church Broughton
£780 Hfd x 11-13 mnths LA & H Burtonshaw, Middleton
£1090 Char x 12-13 mnths P Thickitt, Rotherham
£870 AA x 14-15 mnths CV Whilock, Ipstones
£1080 B Blue x 14 mnths H Young, Peak Forest
£930 Lim x 15-16 mnths HG Wild, Chinley
£1220 Lim x 15-16 mnths A & DJ Gregory, Litton
£1250 Char x 16 mnths A & DJ Gregory, Litton
£960 Hfd x 17 mnths Greendales, Alderwasley
£1330 B Blue x 25 mnths PG & AD Godber, Kimberley
£1260 Lim x 18-20 mnths DV Holland, Blore
£1280 B Blue x 19-21 mnths Mrs NC Gregory, Blackwell
£1180 Sim 21 mnths Mrs NC Gregory, Blackwell
£1100 Hfd x 17 mnths JP & SL Hotchin, Parwich
£1220 Lim x 21-22 mnths C Matthews, Castleton
£1460 AA x 20 mnths CE Cowan, Belper
£1380 Lim x 22 mnths AP Pugh, Pilsley
£1340 B Blue x 23-25 mnths JD & GR Follows, Dalbury Lees
£1380 Lim x 31 mnths T Brooks, Rolleston

Auctioneer:

Alastair Sneddon

Senior partner

Livestock, auctioneering and professional services

Meg Elliott

Auctioneer and Valuer, Market Associate

37 CALVES (Auctioneer Ivor Lowe)

Some excellent quality in the entry with a packed ringside of potential purchasers.

A smart B Blue Bull easily topped proceedings creating plenty of interest to top at £460 with others to £360 and £355.

A blue heifer from the same home peaked at £380 with others at £335 and £330.

Only a small entry of Black & White’s with a strong trade to £90.

 

Bulls

B Blue                 £460     TN Palfreyman & Son, Flagg

B Blue                 £360     GH Grass Conventors, Congleton

B Blue                 £355     GH Grass Conventors, Congleton

Sim                      £310     O Pilkington & Sons, Mayfield

Hfd                       £210     T & CJ Hadfield, Wheston

Holst                   £90        K Trickett, Rowsley

Hfrs

B Blue                 £380     TN Palfreyman & Son, Flagg

Auctioneer:

Ivor Lowe

Partner

Property and professional services

£3,100 RAISED FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER

2 sheep donated by Andrew & Katie Healey were sold to raise money for Children with Cancer, Katie’s chosen charity for her London Marathon run, raised a total of £3,100.  A Texel x ewe hogg realised £500 with a Texel barren ewe sold for £520 a re-sold a further 7 times.

We wish Katie all the best in running the marathon in 2 weeks time.

 

1263 LAMBS, 366 EWES & RAMS & 2 STORE SHEEP

(Auctioneers Peter Oven & Mark Elliott)

A very good entry of 1631 sheep included 71 new season lambs and 1192 old season lambs.  The demand for the new season lambs very brisk with a top of 600p/kg for lighter weight sorts and 570p/kg for the heavier types.  Top gross of £228/head and overall average 507.96p/kg.

 

Leading Prices: –

34.6kg 585p/kg R Brough & Sons
35.3kg 600p/kg Near Barn Buildings
36.7kg 585p/kg Near Barn Buildings
38.7kg 548p/kg R Swift & Sons
39.0kg 538p/kg R Swift & Sons
40.0kg 570p/kg R Brough & Sons
41.0kg 548p/kg R Swift & Sons
44.0kg 450p/kg JA Wootton

 

Averages:

 

Light To 585p/kg  
Standard To 600p/kg Average 531.27p/kg
Medium To 570p/kg Average 478.76p/kg

 

Old Season Lambs

In the old season lambs a total of 1192 forward still very much in demand despite some buyers not forward as they were preparing for Ramadan.  Best meated butchers lambs sold to 416p/kg with heavy weight butchers lambs to 440p/kg and overweights to 339p/kg with a top gross of £237.35/head with an average of £166/head.  The overall market average 366.16p/kg.

 

Leading Prices: –

37.1kg 392p/kg GH & PG Mallott
38.33kg 382p/kg GH & PG Mallott
40.8kg 416p/kg R Challinor
41.6kg 400p/kg R Challinor
42.58kg 410p/kg J & J Spillane
43.9kg 410p/kg R Swift & Sons
44.1kg 400p/kg MN Pickford
45.4kg 402p/kg R Swift & Sons
46.2kg 438p/kg R Swift & Sons
47.09kg 416p/kg R Swift & Sons
48.0kg 438p/kg R Swift & Sons
49.4kg 440p/kg R Swift & Sons
51.0kg 398p/kg MN Pickford
52.6kg 386p/kg R Swift & Sons
54.0kg 399p/kg P Langton
63.0kg 370p/kg AK Belfield

 

Averages:

Standard To 392p/kg Average 335.13p/kg
Medium To 416p/kg Average 373.1p/kg
Heavy To 440p/kg Average 375.69p/kg
Overweight To 399p/kg Average 340.09p/kg

 

366 Cull Sheep

A very good show of 366 cull ewes and rams saw a mixed trade with the very best sorts a slightly easier trade, but the rest still looked as dear as recent weeks.  Best Texels to £178, heavy Mules in the £110-£130 bracket and heavy horned ewes to £70.

 

Ewes to £178                Ave £108.76

Rams to £158                Ave £108.87

Auctioneer:

Peter Oven

Market Associate

Mark Elliott

Partner

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