The fortnightly sale of store cattle at NWA J36 saw another strong trade for all classes and types and many more could have easily been sold.
The sale topped at £980 for Aberdeen Angus x heifers from G Cuthbertson, New Hutton with a British Blue x from J & J Postlethwaite, Sedbergh achieving £920. Yearling heifers sold to £760 for a Blonde x from SJ & NS Wood, Windermere with others regularly at £700-£750. Steers sold to £895 for Blonde crosses, again, from SJ & NS Wood with others generally £780-£850.
There were several weaned sucklers forward (5-7 months old) which were easily sold with heifers to £690 and steers to £650 from DN Smith, Cartmel Fell. Young suckler bulls achieved £735 from R Keith, Grange over Sands.
Cast Cows/OTM Cattle
Well-fleshed cattle remain a competitive trade with beef bred cows generally 140p/kg – 100p/kg, peaking at 167.5p/kg for a Limousin x from Forest Hall Farm, Selside, with dairy cattle to 144.5p/kg from ME Wannop & Sons, Morecambe. Medium cows regularly sold 110-125p/kg with only the leanest less. Top grossing cow today was a Hereford cow from I & AJ Armer, Burneside achieving £1152.
All cows sold averaged 125p/kg.
A wonderful entry of calves were forward today with an abundance of buyers keen to secure replacement stock. Beef calves regularly sold between £280 and £340 for both heifers and bulls, native bred and Continentals.
The sale topped at £375 for a British Blue x heifer from DW Cottam, New Hutton with younger heifers at £275 to £300. Simental x heifers from ME Wannop & Sons, Morecambe sold to £288 with others at £260 to £275. Continental bull calves regularly sold over £300 with Simental x to £345, British Blue x to £338 and Limousin x to £330.
Several consignments of native sired calves were forward and eagerly bid for with Hereford x bulls to £355, again, from ME Wannop & Sons Ltd who sold heifers to £278 and Aberdeen Angus x heifers to £260. Younger native bred calves generally sold to £180 - £240.
Dairy bulls sold to £100 for Holstein Friesian from DW Cottam, mediums to £60 - £85 with smallest calves £25 - £45.