Suckled calves sell to £880 at Knighton


Lot 33 £880 web.JPGBrecon and Radnor Suckled Calf Rearers Association has long been a source of top quality cattle and in line with the strong autumn trade buyers moved quickly into top gear at this week’s fixture.


Buyers paid up to £880 for a group Charolais-sired steers with the steer entry averaging 249p/kg (£784 a head). Michael and Sandra Morgan earned the top price with three eight-month-old steers consigned from their farm at Dutlas, Knighton that made 298p/kg to Mervyn Jenkins, Bacton, Hereford.


And more success came the way of the Morgan family when they were awarded the supreme championship with a spring-born Limousin-sired heifer out of a British Blue-bred cow.


“We want as little Holstein breeding in our suckler cows as possible so we’re always on the look out for good cows with plenty of shape. This heifer was out of a bought-in cow – but she had something really special about her from the start,” said Sandra Morgan.


The heifer weighed 395kg and was bought by Tony Evans from Suffolk who claimed 22 head on the day.


Quality was good, but it’s getting harder to find cattle. I thought prices were fair to both buyers and sellers, said Mr Evans who buys about 50 stores each autumn to supplement calves from his own 80 sucklers.


Beef finishers needing to fill-up yards with stores are facing a strong autumn market fuelled by firming finished cattle price and a shortage of stores and suckled calves. While the entry of 254 head at the BRSCRA sale at Knighton, Powys met buyers’ demands for quality among both commercial and potential show cattle, many more could have been sold.


Auctioneer Glyn Owens of McCartney’s said: “Trade was even better than we had expected and we had a particularly good show of Charolais crosses, but there were buyers around the ring who needed more cattle. Demand for stores is very strong.”


Heifers averaged 195p/kg (£583 a head) and reached 212p/kg for a bunch of six Charolais-cross heifers from J L Jones & Partners, Llanrhys. 


A seven-eighths-bred 10-month-old Limousin Steer weighing 400kg took the steer title for E H Hughes, The Cwm, Llanyre, Powys and made £860 to E W Jenkins & Son, Bacton, Herefordshire.



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Averages: 130 steers. 249p/kg; 103 heifers, 195p/kg (McCartneys)