Monday, 16th October 2023 was a significant day for livestock trading at Ross Market. The auction saw 40 finished cattle, 41 cull cows, 930 lambs, and 258 cull ewes and rams up for sale. The highlight was the sale of heifers that peaked at a price of £1969, adding zest to an already fast-paced trading atmosphere.
Auctioneer William Probert presided over the sale of finished cattle that started at 10:30 am. A reduced entry of clean cattle caught immediate attention, peaking at £1969 for well-fleshed Continental-cross heifers, offered at 292 pence per kilo. Steers and heifers weighing over 650 kg were in high demand, selling between £1840 and £1969.
The top vendors in the cattle category were DM & CS Andrews from Glen Court Farm and DE & SJ Cheacker from Ostbridge Manor Farm. Their offerings fetched prices ranging from £1958.36 to £1969.35, and pence per kilo figures stretching from 285p to 292p.
The sale was not limited to cattle. A large entry of cull cows also received keen interest, despite a declining deadweight price. Beef-cross cows were traded between 175p and 196p per kilo, while Friesian cows ranged from 140p to 170p per kilo. KJ Perry from Hay Farm and C & L Warner from Storesbrook Farm led in this category, with their cows fetching as much as £1429.35.
The lamb sale started at 9 am and was equally brisk. Lambs weighing between 38kg and 42kg were most in demand, their prices ranging from 270p to 289p per kilo. The overall average price of lambs stood at £117. Among the top vendors were WE & NJ Powell from Lower Blackhill and T S Badger from Yew Tree Farm, whose lambs fetched up to £136.50.
Cull ewes and rams also attracted strong interest, with prices peaking at £140 per head. Continental-cross ewes of better quality traded between £125 and £140, with an overall average price of £96. B E Arthurs from Trewarne Farm set the pace here, his ewes fetching as much as £140.
"All payments will reach you within 2 weeks from sale date," the organisers assured the vendors. The next livestock sale is scheduled for Thursday, 26th October, starting at 11:15 am.