Strong trade continues in to new year for dairy and stores

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)