Market Report 16th March

A very busy day at Leek, hosting the monthly Pedigree Dairy Sale with some very good quality cattle forward selling up to £2290 for heifers and cows to £2100 with yearlings selling on an excellent enquiry selling to £1090.

A super trade for barren cattle again this Tuesday and more on offer, selling up to 160p/kg and £1312.50. More cattle required for the demand on offer!

Hogg’s still continue to sell on a unreal trade, with the SQQ average at 296.5p/kg and up to 355p/kg for the best quality sorts and £165.26 per head! Culls ewes also just as strong, albeit a bit less than last week up to £152.
Calves just as dear as they have been with many buyers looking to stock up, with bulls selling to £378 and heifers to £335.
A good entry of pigs sold on a solid trade, with bacon pigs to 150p/kg twice.

Barren Cows (60);

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

Another smashing trade for all barren cattle this Tuesday with buyers forward looking for numbers, and great to see a good turnout of stock from vendors.
Top price of 160p/kg for a 755kg Aberdeen Angus cow from P & D Smallwood, Middlewich who sold another at 156p/kg for a 730kg Aberdeen Angus cow. Blonde’s topped at 150p/kg for a 620kg cow from James Gilman, Bosley.
Black & white’s sold up to 151p/kg for a 735kg Holstein from T Swinson & Partners, Caverswall and 150p/kg for a 875kg Holstein from ET Hanson & Sons, Alford.

Other top prices include;
148p 605kg British Blue – S Allcock, Waterhouses
148p 870kg Holstein – WG & J Clark, Bradnop
148p 870kg Holstein – P F Hulse, Consall
146p 630kg Holstein – Foker Grange Farm, Leek
146p 780kg Holstein – AW & D Kennerley, Betley
145p 705kg Holstein – P W Godber & Sons, Kimberley
144p 510kg Simmental – J Roberts, Upper Hulme
144p 755kg Holstein – E Morten & Sons, Doveholes 144p 590kg Simmental – J Roberts, Upper Hulme
144p 860kg Holstein – E T Hanson & Sons, Alford
Overall average of 124.97p/kg or £874.49 per head.

Top headage price of £1312.50 for a Holstein from ET Hanson & Sons, with other Holsteins to £1287.60 and £1238.40 and Angus’ to £1208 and £1138.80.

Clean Cattle;

Selling time – 10:45am approx.
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

Two black & white bulls sold at 167p/kg for a 540kg Friesian and a 530kg Friesian at 165p/kg, both from J E Archer & Sons, Hilton.

Pigs (94);

Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

Another good entry and trade similar to last week. Cutting pigs up to 138p/kg three times for a pair of 81kg pigs, 79kg pigs and 84kg pigs from J & B Fentem.
Bacon pigs sold up to 150p/kg twice for 99kg and 94kg pigs from PF & PD Parsons, Whitchurch with 148p/kg paid for 92kg pigs from David Goldstraw, with the Fentem family selling bacon pigs at 140p/kg three times, and 136p/kg. a pair of 96kg pigs realised 1333p/kg for Bernard Minshull.
Heavy pigs sold up to 136p/kg for a 105kg pig from Bernard Minshull, Buxton, with 126p/kg for a pair of 107kg pigs from PF & PD Parsons who also sold a pair of 109kg pigs at 120p/kg, with a 111kg pig at 120p/kg for C & R Holtom.
Cull sows topped at 73p/kg for a 166kg sow from C & R Holtom, Coventry, with P J Barker selling three sows (260kg, 264kg & 245kg) all at 68p/kg and a 245kg sow at 66p/kg.

Cutting Pigs (16); – av 94.16p/kg or £77.50/head
Bacon Pigs (60); – av 121.23p/kg or £115.51/head
Heavy Pigs (9) ; – av 110.12p/kg or £120.27/head
Cull Sows (9); – av 63.69p/kg or £149.53/head

Dairies (138);

Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)

* HEIFERS TO £2290 * COWS TO £2100 * * COMMERCIALS TO £2180 * * YEARLINGS TO £1090 *
A tremendously busy day in the dairy shed saw a total entry of 138 which comprised 86 Milkers, 50 Youngstock together with 2 Stock Bulls.

Numerous milkers passed the £2000 mark with an exceptional heifer from Andrew & Joanna Bunting of Bakewell topping the day at £2290. Hot in pursuit were Edward & Dianne Bennett of Whiston with their Seagull- Bay MVP daughter at £2240. John Stone of Onecote had a lovely run of 7 heifers in that topped at £2030 to average £1960. Cows topped at £2100 for a second calver from Messrs Palfreyman of Flagg.

British Friesians from Stephen Seabridge of Stone reached £1890 with a Jersey second calver from Messrs Phillips of Winkhill to £1410.

The trade continued within the commercial section which saw Malcom Trevor-Jones of Oswestry top with a heifer at £2180 with a second to £2080. He also saw his Norwegian Red X second calver reach £1960. Other heifers from Andrew Mills of Leicester and Messrs Bennett of Hope Valley at £2080 and £2000 respectively. Cows topped at £1970 for a third calver from Messrs Clark of Bradnop.
The special entry of youngstock from the Havendale Herd of Messrs Flower met a scorching trade which saw yearlings to £1090, 8 month old heifers to £890 and 3 months to £590.

Young calves were much sought after with a run of Friesian types from David Wrench of Henbury to £280.

Two Simmental Stock Bulls 4 year and 27 months old sold well to £2050 and £1840.

Next week we have the Special Entry of Montbeliarde X Youngstock from the Sharman family. Some real quality, these are really well grown and are certainly worth a look.

Sheep Section;

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652) BUTCHERS HOGGET’S (438);

Overall average £129.29/head or 296.5p/kg.
A modest entry, as expected for the time of year saw another very fast trade for all types.
Best sorts selling at 320p/kg and better, topped at 355p/kg from Roger & Simon Bailey. Best big sorts
grossed £165.26. Many many more best meated hoggs
could have been sold to vendors advantage.

Sample prices;
332p 35kg J & GJ Fryer, Horton
332p 38kg J & GJ Fryer, Horton
355p 43kg R & S Bailey, Rushton Spencer
355p 42.7kg R & S Bailey, Rushton Spencer
338p 42.5kg GH & M Torr, Bradnop
332p 40.2kg GH & M Torr, Bradnop
337p 46.1kg D Williams, Basford
324p 49.6kg D Williams, Basford
307p 53.8kg R D Machin, Horton
302p 54kg D Williams, Basford
290p 55.1kg D Machin, Horton

Cull Sheep (152);

Another buoyant trade, albeit perhaps slightly back from last weeks flyer. Nevertheless, best Texel’s to £152, best Mules to £108 and best Suffolks to £132.
Overall average £91/head. More could be sold each week to the vendors advantage!

Calves (122);

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899);
A better show of calves today with trade actually dearer than last week. While the trade is so hot, it is surely the timer to sell some. If you want any advice on prices, please give me a call on 07801 530899.

25 Continental Bulls av £260.16
The best look dear but the second and third quality look the best sold. Very smart fresh blues from Will Wood, Rushton sold up to £378 with the top 10 all over £300; mediums £250 – £290 with a few smalls under £250.
10 Blues av £256 to £378 – W Wood & Son
5 Sims av £295 to £325 – S & M Huxley & Son
10 Lims av £247 to £318 – N E Goodwin & Son

29 Continental Heifers £206.14
Very very dear again with seasonal buyers fighting hard to secure numbers. Two super Blues from Andrew Hulme made £335 and £315 with posh fresh Blondes at £290 from Messrs Gilman, Buglawton. 10 Best over £230; mediums £190 – £220 with a few smalls under £180.
12 Blues av £208 to £335 – DW & P Hulme
5 Sims av £237 to £290 – S & M Huxley & Son
8 Lims av £160 to £235 – Foker Grange Farm
4 Blo/Char av £251 to £290 – EJ & VC Gilman

44 Natives
Best bulls look best sold with a smart Hereford to £314 for K W Powell with other good bulls over £250. Best of the heifers was a Hereford at £215 from Pete Beswick with only some spring calving heifers under £100.

7 Black & White Bulls
Best at £122 for Jim Hudson with others at £110 and Brown Swiss at £118.

17 Reared Calves from Three Vendors
A bunch of 4 Limousin heifers sold at £500 from Ian Gregson, Hanbury. Hereford bulls sold to £385 and heifers to £375 (both 6 mths) from Messrs Gleave, Holmes Chapel.

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