Bakewell Market Record Calves Sell to £561

1st July 2013

An absolutely phenomenal calf trade saw the Bakewell market record price fall not just once, but three times, with two British Blue bull calves hitting over the £500 on Monday 24th June 2013.

With an increased entry came some superb animals and three blue bulls in particular. In third place came a 23 day old calf, a super animal from F Charlesworth, Bradbourne. Only thirty pounds behind, and the first at Bakewell to break the £500 barrier, was a 28 day old calf from Fotherby’s of Wormhill. However, the record didn’t last very long and with the penultimate lot of the day, a staggering £561 was paid for a 34 day old calf from Messrs Higginbottom of Holymoorside. This really was as good a calf as anyone had seen in the market. Regular purchaser of the very best Calves Tony Turner deserves a special mention for acquiring both animals.

Whilst the Blue bulls took all the plaudits, there were many other notable prices achieved. Simmental bulls from Matkin’s of Idridgehay sold to £350, with Limousin bulls from Charlesworth’s to £328. Of the Continental heifers, Belfield’s of Quarnford had a lovely calf at £366, with Simmental’s from G White of Ecclesfield to £282.

There were buyers present for all types and qualities, and many native bred calves sold as well as the Continentals. The 20 Friesian bulls averaged £88 peaking at £182 for the best of a strong entry from C Whilock & Sons of Ipstones, near Leek. The 16 Holsteins averaged £54 to a peak of £102. There were fewer other native breeds, but Naden’s from Glossop had Angus bulls to £205.

With Acknowledgments to Bagshaw – Uttoxeter.