Buoyant start to June store cattle trade

Firm store cattle demand has continued to hold into June after May’s upwards movement in deadweight values which hit a Great British prime average of 316p/kg.

Thainstone

Strong cattle were sharper on the week at Thainstone on Friday (3 June) with 223 heifers levelling at 215.7p/kg, almost 2p/kg up on the week, and 176 bullocks at 216.7p/kg, slipping 3p/kg.  

Cattle that had been on grass were in great demand as 20 bulls sold to 233.5p/kg with a 364kg Limousin-cross from Gaich, Grantown-on-Spey and to £1,070 on a headage basis for a 540kg Limousin from Greenfield, Rothes.

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Lighter cattle topped at 294.9p/kg with a pair of 312kg Limousin-cross bullocks from Firva, Scousburgh and at 265.7p/kg for a pen of 286kg Charolais-cross heifers from Cairdhillock, Kinsgswells.

A 702kg Charolais-cross bullock from Wester Leochel, Craigievar, topped the heavier trade at £1,350 gross. The lead grossing heifer was a 556kg Limousin-cross from Home Farm, Aberlour, knocking down at £1,200.

Knighton

A “very firm” trade was also reported that day at Knighton, with yearling cattle keenly sought after. Steers averaged 225.45p/kg and £933.48 a head and heifers levelled at 205.72p/kg and £844.10 a head as 298 stores went under the hammer.

A show potential Limousin-cross steer from AC Watts, Pytindu, weighing 395kg stood out on the day, achieving top weight and gross prices of 288p/kg and £1,080.

This was one of several lots from AC Watts that commanded the higher end of the trade, including a 335kg Limousin-cross steer at 310p/kg and £1,100 gross. The lead heifers also came from Pytindu, with a 365kg British Blue-cross heifer at 282p/kg and a 490kg Charolais-cross heifer to £1,240.

Young feeding bulls averaged 206.46p/kg and £1,012.50 a head selling to 226/kg for a 535kg Limousin-cross at £1,210 from A George & Son, Girfachrhiw.

Hallworthy

A 22-month-old Blonde D’Aquitaine-cross steer at £1,085 topped prices in Cornwall on Thursday (2 June) with a yearning of 222 head???

The sale leader was from Messrs J&C Phillips, Bridestow, who also saw a 22-month-old Blonde-cross steer at £1,035 and a heifer at £850.

A pair of 23-month-old Charolais-cross steers made £1,060 for PJS Parsons, South Petherwin, with a heifer seeing bids climb to £1,045.

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