The strong trade of store cattle seems set to continue, as steers hit £1,235 and heifers reach £995 at a sale of more than 1,000 cattle at Frome Market last week (Friday 4 November).
Auctioneers Trevor Rowland and Lester Williams reported a “blistering trade” with many buyers present for the “quality entry”.
Trade for suckler cows and calves saw strong demand, with many units achieving more than £1,000.
In particular, South Devon cows with two-month-old bull calves from Messrs White, Glastonbury, sold to £1,100, £1,150 and £1,320. While the Hardwick Bros from Bridgwater had success with their South Devon cows and heifer calves selling to more than £1,000, their in-calf South Devon cows topping £980, and their Charolais x cow with her Angus heifer calf securing £1,040.
Trade of store bulls wasn’t as strong, with the entry mainly dominated by Holstein Friesians. Dairy-bred Herefords sold to £380 and Friesians to £240.
Trade picked up with the sale of young continentals – a run of 43 five to eight month old Charolais from SL & MV Mitchell, Dorchester saw steers top £750 and heifers hit £552. Other leading prices included Charolais steers from Jane Haw reaching £745 and heifers hitting £665. While eight-month-old Blonde steers from Bramble Farms, Langport hit £850.
The auctioneers remarked: “There was no let up in the high prices being achieved with most six to eight month old steers over £600 and the very best close to £800. Heifers saw keen bidding, with many good shaped types over £500 and the top grades to £640 to £670.”
Strong trade continued for forward continentals, with Charolais steers regularly reaching £1,000, with the top price of £1,235 going to 21-month-old steers from Steve Pinner, Andover.
The auctioneers said heifers met an “explosive trade with tremendous bidding throughout”. The top price on the day went to a Limousin from HRH Hansford, Sherborne, which achieved £955.
A total of 208 Angus went under the hammer with the top price of £1,065 going to a 17-month-old steer from Whitbusy Farm Stud Ltd.
Meanwhile, 77 Hereford sold, with the auctioneers reporting a short supply of 6-12month old heifers. The top price on the day went to a steer from Steve Pinner – this one secured £890.
232 Friesians went under the hammer, with more Holstein types put forward. The auctioneers reported an “insatiable demand” for deeper body types with the top price of £980 going to a steer from the Fooks Bros, Bridport.