The first spell of wintry weather last weekend (21 November) concentrated minds and sharpened appetites resulting in a decent trade for all the 478 cattle and 2,249 sheep on offer at Bakewell.

The finished cattle ring saw a significant increase in numbers to 119 and a very satisfactory trade with top figures of 250p/kg and £1,530 a head.

Over thirty months numbers were also well up with 141, with a solid trade prevailing – the best on offer to 180p and top gross £1,094.

Store cattle numbers have started drying up with only 184 forward, although some decent lots were forward report auctioneers Bagshaws. Heifers reached £1,200 and steers £1,255.

A decent sample of breeding cattle with in-calf Hereford cows sold to £780.

The cold weather kept the calves at home with only 34 venturing out, although there was plenty of demand with bulls selling to £392 and heifers £324.

Lambs were in demand for the 1,475 forward. Prices reached 198p and £103.70.