Busy time for the quality beasts at town Cattle Market

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It was another busy Cattle Market at Louth with no empty pens in the cattle building for the third week in a row.

The trade was good in all sections with a large number of quality beasts forward for sale.

The prime ring saw a fast trade for all types with heifers averaging 235.49ppk and topping at 248.50ppk(£1538).

Bulls averaged 229.08ppk and topped at 230.50ppk(£1336) and steers averaged 215.68ppk and topped at 228.50ppk(£1483). The overall average was 227.84ppk(£1252).

The highest prime cattle average in England this week (FWI as at 26/4/2013).

A better entry of cull cows this week met a fast trade with an overall average of 161.45ppk and a top price of 180.50ppk(£1336).

This week saw a good entry for the Spring breeding sale with cows and calves selling to £1700, breeding bulls to £1780 and in-calvers selling to £1520 with bulling heifers selling to £1075.

The store cattle keep coming with another good entry of 150 with steers topping at £1500, heifers topping at £1270 and bulls topping at £850.

An entry of 130 prime sheep saw hoggs average 172.49ppk and top at 212ppk(£100)with a small entry of spring lambs average 204.85ppk and top at 227.00ppk (£100.00).

An entry of 30 cull ewes topped at £118. An entry of 13 store lambs topped at £86.

Young bulls: Thre bulls averaged 229.08ppk and topped at 230.50ppk(£1336).

Prime cattle: six strs averaged 215.68ppk and topped at 228.50ppk (£1483); 10 hfrs averaged 235.49ppk and topped at 248.50ppk (£1538).

OTM & OSTM: five cows averaged 161.45ppk and topped at 180.50ppk (£1335)

Breeding cattle: Two breeding bulls averaged £1440 and topped at £1780; 25 cows and calves averaged £1227 and topped at £1700; eight in calvers averaged £1316.88 and topped at £1520.

Store cattle: 71 steers averaged £845.08 and topped at £1500; 75 heifers averaged £870.40 and topped at £1270; four bulls topped at £850.

The top price heifer per kilo and per head was a Parthanais x from J B Coupland & Son from Great Steeping weighing 619kgs and selling for 248.50ppk(£1538) to A Wright & Son of Boston.

The top price steer per kilo was a Parthanais x from S H Rutter weighing 545kgs and selling for 228.50ppk (£1245) to David Sandham Trading Ltd.