Breeding Bulls, Beef Breeding Cattle, Calves, Cast Cows & Store Cattle
New Market Record Achieved at Inaugural 'May Fair Day’ Beef Breeding Sale
North West Auctions held its inaugural 'May Fair Day’ sale of beef breeding cattle which attracted buyers from throughout the Northern Counties keen to secure replacement stock. A feature of the sale was the pedigree and pure bred breeding bulls. A quality catalogued entry offered purchasers a wide variety of bulls with this sale format proving very popular.
The sale topped at £4000 which also set a new market record price achieved for a breeding bull at J36. This was for a pedigree Limousin bull ‘Wanthwaite Mighty’ from TW Bell, Keswick. The next top price was for another Limousin bull ‘Wanthwaite Morgan’, again from TW Bell, selling for £3000 which was closely followed by MA & JA Winn, Burneside who sold a home bred Limousin bull at £2800. JE Bellas & Son, Appleby travelled down with a pedigree British Blue bull ‘Croftends Lennox’ which sold for £2500. A pedigree Blonde from WR Nelson, Carnforth found a new home at £2400 and they also sold a Simmental at £1700.
Several native bred bulls sold to keen interest to £1900 for a pedigree Angus from RG Robinson, Farleton; also achieving this price was TLB & J Knowles, Selside for a pure Hereford bull.
Mature bulls sold to £1750 for a 5 year old Blonde from JA & G Gardner, Kirkham and a 5 year old Beef Shorthorn from J & MT Miller sold at £1100.
The sale of cows and calves attracted strong buyer interest with all keen to secure replacement stock and many leaving empty handed. The annual draft of Limousin x cows with Limousin calves at foot from KM & KJ Curwen of Abbeystead, sold to a top price of £1750 for a second calver, with others selling to £1600 and £1500. Older cows sold to £1320 for a Charolais x with an Angus calf from BJC Ltd Sedbergh. Others were achieving £980 - £1200.
There was only a handful of heifers forward today, selling to £1680 for a Limousin x followed by a British Blue x at £1600 and £1500, all with Limousin calves at foot.
An entry of bulling heifers from I & AJ Armer, Burneside sold to £1050 for British Blue x with others at £1030 and £1020.
The next sale of Beef Breeding Cattle is the “Great Annual Sale of Cows and Heifers with Calves at Foot” on Thursday 7 June. Also this day Breeding Bulls, In-calf cows/heifers and Bulling Heifers.
The fortnightly sale of store cattle saw an entry of predominantly younger suckler bred sorts forward with buyer’s ringside looking for grazing cattle to take advantage of the recent grass growth. Best steers sold to £1070 for a Limousin x from MW & MR Black, Staveley with others to £980 from GH Jones, Ambleside, others were generally £820 - £950 with smaller sorts at £750 - £800. Several native bred steers sold to £900 for a Hereford x from JL Bird, Flookburgh and £890 for Longhorns from A Bond, Sedbergh. Young Angus x from R Cowin & Sons, Mansergh sold to £550.
Heifers topped at £950 for Limousin x from JG & PJ Escolme, Killington. Nice yearlings generally sold to £750 - £820 selling to £890 for a Limousin x from HR & KA Hodgson, Barbon. An entry of Galloways from MB & JE Meredith, Coniston sold to £710 with others at £670.
The next sale of cattle is “Whitsuntide Fair” on Thursday 31st May.
Entries for the catalogue close on Wednesday 23rd May.
The strongest trade for some time was seen for calves at J36, with more desperately needed each week. The trade topped twice at £375 for heifers, firstly for a Blonde from CR Alderson and Son of Kirkby Stephen and secondly for British Blues from B Mallinson and Son of Levens. Bull calves topped at £360 for Herefords from Barker Farms of Warton. Beef calves saw strong calves regularly selling in excess of the £300 mark. Dairy Shorthorns topped at £110 from J Handley of Whinfell and black and white bulls to £100 from HJ Robinson and Son of Preston Patrick.
A larger entry of stirks created plenty of interest this week, Limousin heifers topped at £600 from R Gibson and Son of Kendal. Angus bullocks sold to £580 from Masons of Birkland Barrow with Angus bulls selling to £560 from RJ & J Gardner of Kendal, with British Blue steers to the same price from JK & A Bowness and Son of Milnthorpe.
Cast Cows and OTM Cattle
There was a similar number of cast cattle forward in the market today selling to a sharp trade with all keenly sought after. Topping the trade today at 149.5p/kg was a Limousin cow from J & M Wilson of Selside, closely followed by 141.5p/kg for a Limousin cow from GH Jones of Sawrey. Black and white cows sold to a top of 137.5p/kg from RG & J Clark of Endmoor. There was an overall market average of 123.5p/kg in which more could have easily been sold to the advantage of vendors.