Livestock show sees good trade

Exhibitors at last weekend’s English Winter Fair livestock showcase at Stafford saw a signicant increase in returns, according to auctioneers Bagshaws. The auctioneers put the increase down to a strong trade for beef, lamb and pork.

A total of 71 cattle were forwarded achieving an average of £3.17/kg liveweight. In the live cattle championship Phil & Sharon Sellers’ Zintec-sponsored Supreme Champion Miss Scarlet, a 575kg liveweight October 2010-born Limousin x Limousin, made £4150 (£7.22/kg liveweight) to Lee Machin of Derbyshire-based Manifold Valley Meats.

Andrew Bishop’s Reserve Supreme Champion Black Beauty, a 565kg liveweight August 2010-born Limousin x Limousin/BritishBlue, made £2720 (£4.81/kg liveweight) to Nottingham-based C Bowring.
Bagshaws’ Malcolm Gale, said: “It was a very good trade. We would expect strong commercial cattle in an auction mart to be around £2.20/kg liveweight and taking out the top champions the quality commercial cattle at the English Winter Fair achieved £2.30-£2.40/kg.”

Lambs also acheived a “good trade”, according to Gale. A total of 74 lambs were forwarded averaging £2.87/kg liveweight (£133/head). In the Live Lamb auction Steve & Sara Gibbons’ Blue Merle-sponsored Supreme Champion pen of lambs (Texel) sold for £590 (£11.39/kg liveweight) apiece to the day’s judge Martin Brown of Newton-le-Willows, North Yorks.

In the Live Pigs new exhibitor Mark Horsley from Skirpenbeck, North Yorkshire, saw his Pietrain pair make £170/head to fellow exhibitor Sue Hicks. The Reserve Supreme Champions were not offered for sale. Overall pigs averaged £1.20/kg liveweight (£98.38/head).
Turkeys sold to a top of £155/bird in favour of exhibitor R Butler; geese sold to £45 in favour of exhibitor T Folder.