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After a very slight dip last week prime cattle prices are on the up again this week across all sectors according to AHDB figures. Steers are up 2.46p/kg to 189.88p/kg, heifers up 2.56p/kg to 194.29p/kg and young bulls are up 3.46p/kg to 184.50p/kg, giving an overall rise of 3.46p/kg.

Overall cull cows are at a similar level to last week, although beef sired cows have risen 2.97p/kg giving an overall average of 132.36p/kg.

Hoggs are up again, but just 1.60p/kg after last week’s sharp jump, with a SQQ of 214.55p/kg. As is probably to be expected with Easter approaching spring lambs have risen 5.80p/kg on the week giving an SQQ of 242.10p/kg. Cull ewes remain fairly static averaging £85.42 per head.

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 TOP price at the Farmers Guardian sponsored March Bristol Dairy Sale was 5,750gns (£6,037) with 80 per cent of the animals forward selling for 2,000 guineas or more.

Sale topper was Designer Jordan Oreo PI from Designer Holsteins, Essex, who had earlier been awarded the pre-sale show championship by judge, Michael George of the Brynhyfryd herd, Pembrokeshire. Out of a VG-89 Shottle dam with an EX-92 (6) 110 tonne grand-dam bred in the Hayleys herd by Peter Padfield, this one went to an undisclosed Welsh buyer.

Bev Baker, Usk, Monmouthshire, sold three heifers to average over £3,300, including the second top price of 4,000 guineas for Gatrog Ross Lilly, a black heifer by Plain-O Durham Ross, sold giving 38kg having been calved five weeks. The same herd also consigned BB Bolivia Mischief ET PI, bred from eight generations of VG/EX dams. She sold 10 weeks calved, giving 35kg to Nick Kay for his Salterton herd near Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Terry Cox, Shaftsbury, Dorset, consigned three superbly bred heifers from his Holmead herd and as on previous visits to Bristol he met a good trade. His Talent Ebony VG-872yr made 3,000gns and Goldwyn Pocohontis sold for 2,850gns, both travelling to Wales.

 Non-pedigree cattle sold well, averaging over £1,900, with a top of 2,300 guineas for a fresh heifer of traditional conformation from regular supporter Adrian Ratcliffe, Gloucester.

AVERAGES: 22 pedigree females, £2,653.63; 7 non-pedigree females, £1,927.50; 2 Brown Swiss cows, £1,732.50; overall 31 head, £2,430.

 Auctioneers: Norton and Brooksbank with Gwilym Richards and Co.

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The warm weather and the promise of grass encouraged a larger crowd of buyers at Lancaster this week with 179 forward. £100/life was achieved on several occasions with the best outfits £205 (£102.50/life) for Suffolk ewes with month old lambs from W.G. and E. Sutcliffe, Lathwaite.

Four crop Mules with Suffolk lambs sold to £198 from S.T. Birkett, Hall Croft and £195 from F.A. Nowell and Partners, Oak Head. Younger ewes with Texel lambs from J.R.. Hughes, Askew Hill sold at £178. Texel ewes with well shaped lambs sold to £200 again from W.G, and E. Sutcliffe.

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AVERAGES were up for both steers and heifers at Borderway’s Special March sale of Continental store cattle yesterday. Steers averaged £1,062, up £197 on the year and heifers £993, an increase of £128 on the year.

Topping the day’s prices at £4,800 was the black Limousin heifer, Private Dancer, from John Smith-Jackson, Hightown, Haltwhistle. By the home-bred bull, Hightown Dalglish, and out of a British Blue cross dam, Private Dancer made her show debut at Borderway’s 2011 Agri-Expo, standing first place in the Baby Beef heifer Class. She was purchased by Messrs Hyslop and Richardson, Girvan, Ayrshire.

Private Dancer from John Smith-Jackson

Private Dancer from John Smith-Jackson sold for £4,800

Messrs Trafford, Keswick, was also among the day’s highest prices with their six-month-old red Limousin heifer which realised £4,000. By Netherhall Emperor, it was bought by Tecwyn Jones, Ty Newydd, Nebo. Realising £3,900 was a Limousin heifer from Messrs Harrison, Appleby. She was out of a three-quarter bred British Blue cow and sired by the home-bred bull, Noble Buster. The buyer was Andrew Ewing on behalf of a client.

At £3,500 was a Limousin cross heifer calf from Messrs Dean, Lockerbie. By the AI sire Ampertaine Domino and out of a British Blue cross cow, this heifer was knocked down to N.W. Bunkum, Liskeard, Cornwall.

At the pre-sale show, judged by Katrina Donaldson, Huby, York, the steer and overall championship went to a black Limousin steer, by Ananas, consigned by Messrs Archer, Wark, Hexham which went on to sell for £2,400 to A. and A. Paul, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire.

Taking the female and reserve overall championship was Messrs Trafford, Keswick, with a black Limousin cross heifer , which was shown in the unhaltered class and later realised £2,800 to C.R. and C. L. Donaldson, Easingwold, Yorkshire. This entry was sired by Messrs Trafford’s stock bull Sabliet, out of a three-quarter bred Limousin cow.

The reserve female championship went to R.J .and K. Tiplady, Appleby for a red roan Limousin cross heifer, by Liscon Atom from a British Blue cross dam. It was purchased for £2,900 also by C.R. and C. L. Donaldson.

 The reserve steer championship went to Messrs Twentyman, Wigton for a Blonde cross steer by a Blonde cross son of Whistley Dollar, which went on to make £1,800 to C.N. Bentley, Thirsk, Yorkshire.

Borderway continental cross cattle

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington

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According to AHDB figures for auction markets up until mid-week, sheep are leading the way in livestock prices with old season hoggs showing a significant rise of 7.39p/kg on the week giving an SQQ of 213.34p/kg. New season lambs remain fairly static at 236.30p/kg. Cull ewes are also up, almost £5 per head to average 85.69 per head.

Cattle prices are almost unchanged. Steers and young bulls are very slightly down, but heifers are up a little giving an overall average of 187.69p/kg, down 0.15p/kg on the week. For the first time in many weeks cull cow prices have not risen and remain steady at 132.02p/kg.

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Greenslade Taylor Hunt Lady Day collective sale at Sedgemoor on Tuesday saw an exceptional demand for well-bred cattle. A March calved Lulu heifer from R.J Court, Davlea by Deslacs Shaquille with nine generations of EX or VG dams topped the day at 2,750gns to an undisclosed telephone bidder.

A Roxy from the same herd by Comestar Lyman sold for 2,500gns. Roland and Simon Bugler sold a two year old Oman daughter, Bettiscombe Tilly 159, for 2,420gns. They also topped the calved cow section selling second calver Bettiscombe Principal Tabatha for 2000gns. Their consignment of nine cows and heifers averaged £2,209.

Other calved heifers of note were Ian Dimond’s Dorset Samuelo Fairmaid 3 at 2,400gns, B Rose and Son’s Manor Zenith Fleece at 2,250gns and W.Green and Son’s ‘Birchwood Bolton Precious 3’ at 2,180gns.

 Cows for 2,000gns came from B.L Davies and Son with Davlea Master Nora and D.J. Norman’s Ciderhouse Tom Janke. In-calf heifers due April from R.J Jeanes and Son sold to 1,580gns and commercial heifers due May by Wa-Del Halden from L.S Pow and Sons sold to 1,550gns.

 Bulling heifers from Peachy Holsteins sold to 1,300gns for a Huddlesford’ bred ‘Betsy. Commercial heifers from M.R.E. and B.A. Hawker sold to 1,000gns. August 2011 born heifer calves from N. R. and D. Norris sold to 820gns for Sandyhills Marquise 25 by Ronelee SS Durable.

 Holstein bulls sold to 2,250gns for B.L Davies and Sons for Davlea Platinum by Goldwyn. F. G. Butler and Son’s cross bred yearlings sold to 650gns.

Averages Pedigree calved cows, £2007.25; pedigree calved heifers, £2109.00; pedigree bulls £1505.00; commercial in-calf heifers, £1403.25; pedigree and commercial bulling heifers, £917.96.

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THE first ever Speckle Park bull to be sold at auction in the UK went under the hammer at Sedgemoor. Columbpark Xfactor from Matt and Vicky Smith sold to Mrs C. Thorner, Bridport for £2,300.

Xfactor is 100 per cent Speckle Park, a breed has been developed in Canada since the late 1950’s and is an amalgamation of several native breeds including Aberdeen Angus, Shorthorn and White Park genetics. Speckle Park are naturally polled, hardy and able to thrive on forage alone. They produce beautifully marbled meat without excess fat from their medium size carcase. Speckle Parks are an eye-catching native breed and are very easy calving. Their calves are particularly vigorous and are up to suck very quickly.

Xfactor has all the qualities of the breed. He is naturally polled, has very good feet and legs and has an excellent temperament. Columbpark Xfactor is out of Glencardon Ursiline (ET), who was imported to the UK from Ireland by Matt and Vicky, making her one of a pair of the first Speckle Parks to ever set foot in the UK.

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