Looking at market reports from sales centres across the UK in recent days and weeks its clear there has been no let up in store cattle trade and there’s not event a lot of grass about in many parts yet.

Bakewell Market on Monday this week saw 135 steers offered with auctioneer Norman Tweddle reporting all cattle well bid for regardless of age, size of shape. Topping the trade was a £1050 bid for British Blue steers from Mrs M Renshaw, Butterton, with Blondes from J T Cantrell, Macclesfield making up to £950. Among the heifers at the same venue the top call was £965 for Limousin sired entries from J Channer, Selston.

Topping the trade at Exeter last Friday were Limousin steers at £1090 from G R Vallance, Ashburton with more Limousins from M and J Hoskin reaching £1040 and South Devons not far behind at £1005 and British Blues making up to £900. Heifers were also a flyer in the south west with a top call of £902 paid for Aberdeen Angus crosses from R and R Retter, Honiton.

And the £1000 barrier was broken at Melton Mowbray on Tuesday too when Mr Sherratt, Swadlincote sold 24 month old Charolais steers at exactly that figure. Also selling well were Bazadais cross heifers at £865.

Finally, at Hexham last Friday the top price was a £1250 sale for a 3/4 Limousin cross steer from Lowfield Farm, Willington and at £1190 were Charolais cross steers from Barharrow, Castle Douglas.

It’s only to be hoped the prime trade keeps pace with these exceptional store prices and finishers are rewarded for the confidence they’re showing in the cattle sector.