THE change of clocks meant a lighter morning and assisted the delivery of stock, with 815 Cattle and 1,563 – and a great many farming families on a half-term outing to Bakewell Market.
The Store and Breeding Cattle mustered a useful turnout of 531 head. Forward stores remain a very decent trade with top figures of £1,210 for Steers and £1,240 for Heifers and £745 for Feeding Bulls. Quality cattle of any age or size remain a strong trade,
86 Finished Cattle on offer with a useful highlight of 260p and a top gross figure of £1,461.
The 110 OTM Cattle and Feeding Cows sold on a sharper trade with the best on offer to 158p and £1,391. The overall average at 103.4p was up on last week.
88 Calves with Bulls to £390 and Heifers £255. In the Sheep section there were 1,012 Finished Lambs which sold on a brisker trade with top figures of 220p and £97.79. The SQQ average was 167.8p and the overall 165.6p. A look at the archives shows that the SQQ was only 160p at the equivalent market in 2017.
The Cull Sheep section which had 538 head on offers. Ewes sold to £125 to average £59.62.
110 OTM, BARREN & FEEDING COWS
overall average 103.4p
Fewer than last week but an improved average this week by 5p. Cows peaked at 158p or £1,181 for a red Limousin, 7.5yrs from JW Foot & Sons, Parwich. Better cows 130p-plus with a number of keeping cows looking well sold.