As normal marketing resumed after the New Year Chelford market reported strong entries in all sections.

Dairy

Fresh calved dairy heifers were well received by a packed ringside selling to £1850 for a Melody Daughter from Messrs Hudson, a more angular Topgun heifer made £1,700 from the same vendor.

A smart run of youngstock from Messrs Salmon sold to £450 for an eight month maiden with younger sorts to £350. Beef Cows and calves sold very well once again, to a top of £1,200 for a Simmental x Heifer with young calf. Lesser outfits sold generally about £1,000.

Stores

Store trade appears to be going from strength to strength with new buyers once again in attendance.

Top call, a 34 month Angus x at £1130 with several other forward steers breaking the 4 figure barrier.

Prices exceeded expectations in the majority of cases. Friesian Steers to £970 and a Steer average of £767.86.

Forward heifers were very scarce, with strong shapey sorts selling to £825 and £800 with a big lot of heifers selling past £. Holstein bulls with flesh on sold to £650. Younger sorts sold to £590.

(CHELFORD)