Ringside at… Market Drayton Market, Shropshire.

Another huge entry at Monday’s (10 October) sale saw 432 barren cows through the ring. “Trade remains extremely brisk, especially for well-fleshed cattle,” said auctioneer Bernie Hutchinson. A greater number of plainer cattle saw the overall average price ease back to 118p/kg, with a top price of 191p/kg paid for an underage clean heifer.

A large dairy entry met a brisk trade, with a young Jersey cow topping at 163p/kg. Black and white cows peaked at 155p/kg, with the top 20 meat cows averaging 143p/kg and very light plain types selling from 59p to 105p/kg. Good suckler cows commanded a similar premium, selling to 183p/kg.

In the bull ring, a mixed entry with a large proportion of Friesians averaged 134.54p/kg.