Archive for May, 2012

Plenty of lambs, some of them too heavy or too fat, imports from New Zealand, and the devaluing effects of the euro on exports, are all being put forward as contributing factors to a rather alarming fall in new season lamb values this week.

The tone was set at most of the Monday markets around the country and the AHDB average for six days up to Tuesday showed a 20p/kg drop to an average SQQ of 187.39p/kg lw. Extra weight was not adding up to extra money for most vendors.

Hobbs Parker at Ashford, Kent saw overall the average back some 25p/kg on the week and the bulk of the entry grossing £65 to £75/ ead. In common with other auctioneers the comment was that smart shapely lambs under 40kg were still capable of making in excess of 200p/kg. The average in Lancaster was 182p/kg while in the south west Sedgemoor reported a difficult trade for a very large entry that average £70.93/head.

At an average 131.4p/kg in live markets, cull cows were almost 3p/kg dearer on the week. AHDB’s GB average for dairy sired culls was 119.13p/kg and for beef types, 141.2p/kg.

Most markets have reported a firm trade, not least in Market Drayton where a big entry averaged 139p/kg across the board with ex dairy cows at 127p/kg. Ludlow auctioneers said they had plenty of cows over 140p/kg and returned an overall average of 138.1p/kg from a top of 164p/kg.

Bakewell too topped at 160/kg where black and whites averaged 119p/kg. An ex-dairy MRI made 144p/kg. In Kirkby Stephen black and whites reached 146.5p/kg and the best came to £1,050.88.


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At Gisburn Auction Mart’s recent annual general meeting, Slaidburn beef and sheep farmer, Tom Robinson was elected chairman, after four years of holding the position as vice chair, having had a long tradition with both the market and auctioneers, Richard Turner and Son. Mr Robinson of Catlow Farm currently holds the position of Vice Chairman of C District Swaledale Sheep Breeders Association and chairman of Slaidburn Parish Council.

John Mellin, Long Preston, was appointed the new vice chairman. A beef and sheep farmer and commercial show cattle guru, he runs 600 Mule and Texel ewes for prime lamb production, 30 pedigree Beltex ewes and 60 suckler cows at Mill House Farm, where his family have been farming since 1870. Having been on the board of directors for the past four years, he is keen to promote the livestock auction system to young farmers and build on the already established store cattle and primestock sales. Mr Mellin is a keen fundraiser of the Harry’s Star charity which provides Brain Tumour Research and Support in Yorkshire.

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Last Thursday at Gisburn Auction Marts the May show and sale of weaned stirks, saw scorching hot prices. Peter Fox, Withgill judged the two classes and awarded the champion ticket to the first prize heifer, a six- month-old British Blue from D.M. and R.E. Capstick, Hellifield which went on to make the day’s highest price of £1,200.

Reserve champion from Cropper and Mellin, Long Preston, was the first prize steer, an eight- month-old Limousin which sold for £1,060.

Also selling into four figures was the second prize heifer from Brian Nutter, Sabden at £1,170 a blue yearling. E. R. Hollingworth and Son, Middleton presented a fine run of 14 continentals, all going to pastures new in Norfolk – heifers to £905 and steers to £850.

At the other end of the scale black and white males were also much in demand averaging £353 right through for all quality.

Auctioneers Richard Turner & Son –

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Judging the National Spring Spectacular at Beef Expo was  Pearse McNamee from  County Donegal. Here are the results:

Supreme overall and sup. baby beef, T. Jones, Tequila; res., and sup. Continental sired, Sedgewick and Slack, Suarez.

Native sired, sup., G. Woollatt, Gupworthy Kiss (Longhorn); res., M. Read, Hemingby Treasure (Lincoln Red).

Continental sired sup. and sup. Continental steer, Sedgewick and Slack, Suarez; res. and res. Continental steer, M., M. and C. Alford, No Likey No Lighty.

Limousin sired heifer, sup. and sup. Continental heifer, D. Hughes, Sexy and I know It; res., D. Hughes, Sarah Jane.

British Blue sired heifer, sup. and res. Continental heifer, T.A. and C.L. Lyon and Son, Peace Maker; res., P. and S. Sellers, Double Trouble.

Charolais sired heifer, J. Craggs and K. MacGregor, Snow Queen; res., W. Owens, Beonce.

Any Other Continental breed sired heifer, sup., A.D. Bishop, Qucuega; res., J.M. and S.M. Rowlands. Limousin sired steer, sup., Sedgewick and Slack, Suarez; res., M., M., and C. Alford, No Likey No Lighty.

British Blue sired heifer, sup., T.A. and C. L. Lyon and Son, Barny; res., D. Hicks, Dirty Bit. Charolais sired steer, sup., W. Owens, Red Duke; res., A.D. Albutt, Pee Zee.

 Baby beef heifer and sup., T. Jones, Tequila; res., P. and S. Sellers, Miss Jones. Baby beef steer and res., T. A. and C. L. Lyon and Son, Rob Roy; res., T. Jones, Sambuca.

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TEQUILA took the Baby Beef championship at Beef Expo and then went on the take the overall title making it two supremes in a row and four in total for Tecwyn Jones and family, Llanrwst, Conwy.

The October 2011-born heifer, which weighed in at 299kg is by a Mas du Clo sired Netherhall Limousin bull, was bought on her mother at Carlisle in March from breeders, A. and M.J. Trafford, Cumbria. Mr Jones rates Tequila as one of best animals he has had to show, particularly at such a young age. Judge, Pearse McNamee from Convoy, County Donegal agreed saying ‘she is as good as it gets, she is very clean, has a lovely head and good second thigh.’

Reserve supreme was the Continental champion, Suarez from Neil Slack and Julie Sedgewick, Aycliffe, County Durham. The May 2011-born steer, weighing 514kg, by the Limousin bull, Rossignol is home-bred by Mr Slack and out of a cow bred by the Bells from Appleby, Cumbria which is a former Beef Expo baby beef champion. Suarez was commercial champion at Otley Show last week on its first outing and next goes to Northumberland County. Mr McNamee described it as ‘a very very stylish bullock which really walks out and has tremendous show ring presence.’

Reserve continental champion was No Likey No Lighty, a February 2011-born Limousin sired steer from Michael, Melanie and Charlotte Alford, Cullompton, Devon which was bought in Brecon market earlier in the year. Weighing 522kg it had won the Young Farmers class at Devon County show last week.

Continental heifer champion was Sexy and I know It from Yvonne and Dylan Hughes, Corwen, Denbighshire. By a Limousin and bred by R.D. Archer and Son, Northumberland this one was bought at Carlisle in March. The Hughes who run 40 suckler cows and 700 sheep have a show team of 10 for this season and intend to keep the heifer for breeding. Reserve continental heifer was the British Blue sired, Peace Maker from T.A. and C.L. Lyon and Son, Thurlby, Lincolnshire. Bought at Carlisle last September from Messrs Swallow, Northumberland, it weighed 538kg.

The Lyons who run 40 suckler cows and have a show team of 10 for this season also took the reserve baby beef championship with their winning steer, Limousin sired Rob Roy, by Bailea Umber which was bought privately from breeders, G.H.P. and N.M. Jones and Sons, Powys.

Taking the native sired championship was the pedigree Longhorn, Gupworthy Kiss from Mr and Mrs G. Woollatt, Minehead, Somerset. This April 2010-born heifer is in-calf to Gupworthy Jasper and next goes to the Bath and West.

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 Dairy Shorthorns established a new 5,300gns breed record in Kynnersley, Telford on Tuesday when Graham and Shirley Madeley dispersed their Rodway herd.

Sale leader was Rodway Sonnschein 15 classified VG 89, a red April calved cow in her fourth lactation by Kingsdale Libby’s Rebel. She secured the breed championship at the Royal Highland 2010. The buyers were R. and S. Crank, Ince, Chester.

Sonnschein’s daughter, Rodway Sonnschein 19, a two year old red little white by Treeton Pimp was among the leading heifers at 2,600gns selling to W.H. Rawlins, Figheldean, Salisbury.

The day’s second highest bid of 5,000gns went to Rodway Red Rose 36, Ex 91, a red little white Rebel daughter in her fourth lactation. She came from a successful line of show cows, completed 6,573 litres in her previous lactation and had a 21,340 litre LTY. She sold to N. Madeley, Monkhopton, Bridgnorth.

Leading the heifer trade at 4,600gns was Rodway Red Rose 42, a two year old red little white Treeton Pimp daughter and out of Rose 19 who was still continuing in her eleventh lactation with a 87,985 litres LTY. Rose 42 had run with Nejay Amadeus and was knocked down to N. Boote, Dunham Hill, Chester.

Two heifers shared a bid of 3,600gns. First to go was Rodway Marie 76, another red little white Treeton Pimp daughter run with Amadeus. She sold to HV Wright, Houghton, Tarporley. Minutes later, Rodway Lady Barrington 34, a two year old who had run with Amadeus secured the second 3,600gns call from SR Booth, Stewartstown, Northern Ireland. This heifer was by Nejay Ernie and out of a dam with a 78,419 litres LTY in 11 lactations.

The same buyer also went to 3,300gns for Rodway Barrington 101, another two year old Nejay Ernie daughter run with Armadeus. Rodway Jenna 2, VG88, a six year old red Rebel daughter scheduled to calve her fifth next month to Nejay Amadeus, made 3,400gns to G. Carter, Roscrae, County Tipperary. Jenna 2 yielded 8,416 litres in her fourth lactation and took the 2010 South West Dairy Show championship.

Minutes before, Rodway Lisbet 2, Ex 90, a fourth calver by Rebel with a 35,439 litre LTY made 3,300gns to C.D Malkin, Cotwalton, Stone.

AVERAGES 50 cows in-milk, £2,212.35; 9 dry cows, £2,131.50; 26 heifers in-milk, £2,366.54; 17 served heifers, £2,294.56; 38 maiden heifers, £1,250.88; 28 heifer calves-‘A’ lots £886.87; 4 young bulls, £853.12; 2 bull calves, £630.

Auctioneers: Frank Marshall

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Richard Spence from Sutton-in-Craven presented the title winner at Skipton Auction Mart’s May rearing calf show and sale on Monday. It was a Limousin-cross youngster that secured top honours for Mr Spence. By Conan, out of a home-bred British Friesian cow, sold for £430 to Messrs Vickers and Richardson, Bickley. Mr Spence was also responsible for the top price Limousin heifer calf, sold at £380 to G Abbott and Sons, Dacre. Top price in show of £452 went to the second prize British Blue bull calf from Shaun and Peter Sowray, Bishop Thornton. 93 calves averaged £184.62.

At the weekly primestock sales, 50 prime cattle were forward, with prices peaking at £1,243, or 200.5p/kg, for a British Blue cross steer from J. W. Hall, Darnbrook. Steers averaged 184.4p/kg. In the 30 to 48-month section, the overall average was 138.98p/kg, or £841.73 per head.

Cull cows averaged 113.46 p/kg, or £717.43 per head, peaking at £1,173 for an Aberdeen-Angus from Hurries Farm, Otterburn. The top price per kilo at 150.5p was a Limousin cross from K.A. and H.L. Fawcett, Barden.

With a turnout of 1,312 prime sheep, a larger show of new season lambs were a shade dearer on the week, with better quality twice crossed lambs up to 40kg generally making 220-230p/kg and first cross Suffolk lambs out of Mule ewes 200-215p/g.

The trade for hoggs and teeth up hoggs has slipped slightly, the best end achieving around 180p/kg. However, most were end of season sorts selling at around 150-160p/kg. . Spring lambs sold to an overall average of £85.41 each, or 209.54p/kg, with J.A. and J.M. Wade, Cononley, heading the per head prices at £101.50 with a pen of Suffolks, and J.D.and V. Towers, Farleton, the per weight prices at 230p/kg with a Charollais pen.

Hoggs and shearlings averaged £70.51 each, or 157.7p/kg. Cull ewes averaged £60.63, top price of £121 per head falling to D.C. Hall, Coniston Cold, while cast rams averaged £90.72. Breeding sheep prices peaked at £210 for a pen of Mule hoggs and single lambs from R.G. Johnson and Son, Felliscliffe.

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