Market Report 14th June

Many farmers out harvesting led to a seemingly quiet market but still good numbers throughout, especially in the sheep shed.

Spring lambs sold up to 348p/kg or £171.72 to average 301p/kg. Less hogget’s about but still in good demand selling up to 280p/kg or £159.96 and cull ewes up to £168.

Barren cows remain a strong trade selling up to 194p/kg or £1674.40 per head with clean cattle to 214p/kg for Black & White bulls.

Dairies sold well, topping at £2070 and £2060 for fresh heifers.

A extremely strong demand for pigs this week seeing averages up again, and fat pigs topping at 195p/kg or £184.30/head.

Calves a fantastic trade, with the best sorts up to £388 for a Charolais bull and heifers to £290.

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
Not enough numbers to satisfy demand this week! Top price of 194p/kg for a 680kg Longhorn cow from Reg Potter & Co, Yeaveley with Holsteins to 184p/kg for a 910kg Holstein from DJ & KL Leadbetter, Sudbury and a 845kg Friesian cow at 183p/kg for C W Pearce, Tean.

Other top prices include;
180p 455kg Holstein – H J Whitfield, Doveridge
179p 760kg Blonde – D & A Stonier, Eaton
178p 840kg Holstein – G E Brookes & Partners, Loxley
176p 820kg Holstein – DJ & KL Leadbetter, Sudbury
169p 565kg Hereford – M Beswick, Batham Gate
168p 695kg Hereford – M Beswick, Batham Gate
168p 815kg Holstein – DJ & KL Leadbetter, Sudbury
167p 565kg Friesian – R W Potter & Co, Yeaveley

Overall average of 164.32p/kg or £1113.30 per head.

Top headage price of £1674.40 for Holsteins from DJ & KL Leadbetter, with others at £1546.35, £1495.20, £1443.20 etc.

A small entry topped at 214p/kg for a 580kg Friesian bull from J E Archer & Sons, Hilton who also sold a 560kg Friesian at 200p/kg, and a 580kg Friesian at 195p/kg.

A 505kg Hereford heifer sold at 209p/kg and a 435kg Hereford heifer realised 198p/kg.

Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
Dairy trade continues to go from strength to strength with very few animals selling below £1700 despite the superb silaging weather and a mixed quality on offer.

John Stone of Onecote saw three of his four heifers pass the £2000 mark with British Friesians from Messrs Seabridge of Sandon over £1800. More numbers are needed to satisfy demand. Good entries are already forward for next weeks pedigree sale.

The catalogue will be online later in the week but it still no to late to get stock entered. Contact Meg Elliott on 07967 007049.

PIGS (111);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894).
An outstanding trade for pigs this Tuesday and the highest averages we have seen in a long time!

Pork pigs sold up to 190p/kg for a 75kg pig from J & B Fentem, who also sold a pair of 74kg pigs for 169p/kg.

Cutting pigs topped the day at 195p/kg for 81kg pigs from J & B Fentem, with Massie Farms selling 82kg and 84kg pigs at 193p/kg and also 190p/kg for 82kg pigs. Others sold at 190p/kg for 77kg pigs from the Fentem’s with plenty of pens 178p/kg and higher.

Bacon pigs topped at 193p/kg for 90kg pigs from Massie Farms who also sold 86kg pigs for 191p/kg and 92kg pigs for 187p/kg. The Fentem’s had 192p/kg for a 91kg pig along with 190p/kg, 185p/kg & 179p/kg for others.

Only 3 heavier pigs selling to 172p/kg for a 125kg pig from B E wain, Siddington, and 156p/kg for a 124kg pig from M R Banham.
Sows topped at 100p/kg for a 235kg sow from JA & B Minshull, Buxton and a 227kg sow at 77p/kg for Marsden & Paddock, Cheadle.

Two pens of stores sold up to £45 for 36kg from Abbotsholme School and £38 for 42kg stores from R P Wilson, Markeaton.

Pork Pigs (10); av 145.21p/kg or £101.07/head
Cutting Pigs (44); av 180.87p/kg or £146.96/head
Bacon Pigs (32); av 182.84p/kg or £168.73/head
Heavy Pigs (3); av 152.53p/kg or £181.51/head
Cull Sows (3); av 76.81p/kg or £170.76/head

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
A much increased entry, although over all less quality and a much higher proportion of ‘rushed’ lambs forward lacking the required finish and weight.

Trade significantly back on the week but well inline with other outlets, with the best types still very well bid for topping at 348p/kg and still plenty at 330p/kg and better. Top headage price of £171.72.

Overall average back at 301p/kg which is mostly due to the national trend, and partly due to the reduced quality on the week.

Thank you for your continued support! Please keep numbers coming!

Sample prices;
344p 38.2kg R Darlington, Beresford Dale
336p 38.4kg A Trigg, Longsdon
330p 38kg D Williams, Basford
348p 40.3kg J M Robinson, Swythamley
344p 41kg J M Robinson, Swythamley
339p 41.7kg FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate
331p 40.8kg RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks
330p 39.1kg SR & A Hall, Marchington Woodlands
330p 40kg C G Buckston, Sutton on the Hill
336p 48kg FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate
313p 48.8kg D V Holland, Blore
318p 54kg FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate

Short on numbers as expected but still an excellent trade, probably more demand them the spring lambs. Best selling to 280p/kg or £159.96.

Weight is not an issue, but meat is essential as very little demand for plain sorts which are at cull price.

Sample prices;
280p 41kg J M Robinson, Swythamley
278p 45kg Robinson Partners, Tatenhill
270p 44.1kg Messrs Greasley, Kedleston
266p 46.7kg J Price, Kettleshulme
252p 51kg L Shenton, Cocknage
278p 54kg D & Z Partners, Warslow
270p 58kg M & R Shimwell, Hulland Village

A better entry saw a similar trade and an identical average at £117/head.

Best Texel’s to £168 but leaner and half meated sorts looking by far the dearest on the day. Best Mules to £130/head and best horned ewes to £76.

CALVES (120);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
A few extra calves about and another fantastic trade throughout.

26 Continental Bulls
All shapes and sizes on offer including some good shaped strong calves. 9 best topped £340 with a high of £388 for a tremendous 12 days old Charolais from F J Gould & Son, Longnor. Mediums £240 – £310 with smaller bulls around £200.
26 Blues av £274 to £370 – P F Gilman
11 Sims av £232 to £370 – TD & DA Higginson
5 Lims av £266 to £310 – Rowland partners
1 Charolais to £388 – F J Gould & Son

30 Continental Heifers
Prices all over the place but generally better than what we have seen. Posh Limousin’s sold to £290 with Blues at the same money for strong calves. 11 better sorts over £250, mediums £200 – £245 and smaller sorts under £200.
21 Blues av £237 to £290 – DW & P Hulme
4 Sims av £184 to £225 – R Cooper & Son Ltd
3 Lims av £251 to £290 – Robinson Partners

20 Natives
Solid money as always at Leek.
Hereford Bulls to £180 – D I Ball & Son
Angus Bulls to £182 – EJ & VC Gilman
Hereford Heifers av £142 to £185 – P T Beswick
Angus Heifers av £120 to £182 – GR & D Hawkins

14 Black & White Bulls
Generally smaller calves today from £20 – £50.

10 Reared Calves
3 Angus Bulls (2mths) at £370 – C Jackson & Sons Ltd
Simmental Heifers (3mths) at £390 – Robinson Partners
Friesian Bulls (4mths) at £215 – G J Tideswell

Sale of 521 Store & Breeding Cattle
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