UTM trade sees exceptional demand

Under Thirty month cattle met another insufficient entry resulting in an outstanding trade with all grades very dear. Many more would have sold well continuing the exceptional demand, report auctioneers at Frome Market. The best sold in advance of £2 a kilo.


Good quality Under Thirty Month Steers were in short supply with many more wanted to meet demand. Suckler bred and well fed types fetched between 190p-200p/kg.  A super heavyweight Limousin topped at 201.5p/kg (£1455) from P M and S A Bishop. Charolais sold to 192p/kg (£1288) from Robert Fear. Blues sold to 186.5p/kg (£1383) from M J and P J Madley. Good crossbred Continentals were dearer.  Herefords met a flyer to 182.5p/kg (£1261) from AG Sansum and Sons. 


UTM heifers topped the day at 217p/kg from Messrs Lee & Sons for their Limousin heifer. Strong Limousin heifers grossed £1155 from R Fear. Good Continental crossbreds sold from 185p/kg and many more urgently wanted.  Angus heifers to 184p/kg (£1097) from RG and A Dunford.  Friesian heifers to 160p/kg from Dunford Farming and RF Stratton and Co.


Overage Beef met another good entry and a very strong trade.  Over half the entry being Friesians steers which sold to a top of 159.5p/kg from  AG Phillips Son and £1342 (10 averaged £1228).  Good Continental steers were dear to 176p/kg from P M Bishop and S A Bishop.  Herefords to 171p/kg from A G Sansum and Sons and £1155 from G and D M Adams.  A Super Limousin heifer set a new Market record for overage at 193p/kg (£1299) from the Counsell Partnership.  Angus sold to 167.5p/kg from GHD Esain and £1061.95.  Friesians to 165p/kg from JD & JS Padfield.



Barren Cows and Bulls


A large entry of barren cows and bulls met a flying trade. Quality meat cows sold at a premium with an overall average of 110.23p/kg and £716 despite a high proportion of plain cows straight out of the dairy.


Prime lambs and cull ewes


Heavier lambs created more interested than previous weeks. A good run of 56 45kg+ from T Wheeler, Rode sold well to average £76.50 and topped at £79.50. 


A sizeable entry of cull ewes sold to a competitive trade throughout.  The few stronger fleshed ewes trading at slightly less money than recent weeks to top at £78 from Hopkins Developments; £76 from J F Watkins and £74.50 from S and D Carnie. Stronger sorts all sold to £65+.  Medium types met a very competitive demand for an entry of mainly Mules, which ranged from £45-£65.