Market Report 25th May

A soggy Tuesday did not deter trade, with plenty of buyers for all stock at Leek.
A strong trade for barren cattle this week, with the averages creeping up week on week, topping at 156p/kg twice, with clean cattle selling up to 244p/kg for a smart Limousin heifer.
A small entry of Dairies sold on a very good trade for the quality forward with the best heifers selling up to £1950, with in-calf heifers to £1800.
Lambs continue to sell at a pace, with best quality always keenly bid for topping at 396p/kg or £180.42. Hoggs still coming forward and a strong demand for the best topping at 299p/kg and £173.88. More cull sheep about this week, and plenty of trade selling up to £149.
More fat pigs forward and selling on a strong trade, with a couple of returning buyers for fat pigs. Some super quality sorts selling to 178p/kg and 158p/kg, with sows to 82p/kg.
Calves just keep on giving with 5 bull calves over £410 to top at £435 and heifer calves to £320.


Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
Another superb trade for barrens with less about but some quality types about. Top price of 156p/kg twice for a 755kg Limousin from D & A Stonier, Eaton and for a 775kg Holstein from CJC Stone, Onecote.
Other black & white’s sold up to 152p/kg for a 725kg Friesian from James Warrington, Cocknage and also for a 785kg Friesian from F J Gould & Son, Longnor.
Other top prices include;
151p 720kg Friesian – N D Gibbs, Butterton
150p 730kg Friesian – F J Gould & Son, Longnor
150p 720kg Holstein – W E Turnock & Sons, Onecote
149p 895kg Simmental – JH & RH Ede, Fole
146p 655kg Holstein – W E Turnock & Sons, Onecote
140p 705kg Holstein – RG & AS Williamson
140p 620kg Angus – E G Slack & Sons, Buxton
139p 755kg Hereford – R & SE Poole, Winkhill
Overall average of 128.47p/kg or £859.58 per head.
Top headage price of £1333.55 for the 895kg Simmental from JH & RH Ede, Fole with Holsteins to £1209 from John Stone, and others at £1193.20, £1102 and £1095 with Limousins at £1177.80.
A 88 month old Limousin stock bull from EJ & DC Kidd, Flash realised 120p/kg, weighing 1080 kg to gross £1296.


Selling time – 10:45am approx.
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A small entry sold on a solid trade peaking at 244p/kg for a very smart 525kg Limousin heifer from Chris Barnsley, Morridge with a 555kg Limousin heifer at 216p/kg for F Swindells, Bosley who also sold a 715kg Limousin steer for 189p/kg.
A run of black & white bulls from J E Archer topped at 175p/kg for a 585kg Angus and a 595kg Friesian at 173p/kg and a 565kg Friesian at 170p/kg.
Top headage prices of £1351.35 for the Limousin steer with heifers to £1281 and £1198.80 with bulls to £1029.35 and £1023.75.


Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
All things considered a good trade for the quality forward with a top of £1950 for a heifer from Messrs Bennett of Whiston. Close behind at £1860 was a 24kg heifer from Ron Tomkinson.
In-calf heifers topped at £1800 from R Lomas of Calow with bullers from Messrs Cartledge of Buxton to £1100.

PIGS (122);

Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
An excellent trade received today with more buyers after fat pigs bumping up the prices.
Pork pigs sold up to 141p/kg for 62kg and 69kg pigs from Alan Worth, Marton, who also sold a 70kg pig at 126p/kg.
Cutting pigs sold to 148p/kg for a 82kg pig from D J Pope, Thame, with a trio of 80kg pigs at 126p/kg from J & B Fentem and 118p/kg for a 83kg pig from Alan Worth.
Bacon pigs in very good demand reaching a remarkable 178p/kg for a super trio of 96kg pigs from David Goldstraw, who also sold a trio of 99kg pigs at 158p/kg. Others sold at 148p/kg for 87kg pigs from PF & PD Parsons who sold other pens at 145p/kg twice, and the Fentems sold bacon pigs at 146p/kg, 140p/kg twice and 102kg pigs at 144p/kg for J G Belfield, Sheen.
Heavy pigs sold up to 150p/kg for a 108kg pig from J & B Fentem, with a 108kg pig at 134p/kg from S Bailey, Biddulph who also sold a pair of 109kg pigs at 130p/kg. an 118kg pig at 111p/kg for D J Pope, Thame.
Culls sows not as well sought after but the best to 82p/kg for a 280kg sow from Ray Rowlinson, Oakamoor and a 273kg sow at 55p/kg for D J Pope, Thame.
Pork Pigs (6); av 138.43p/kg or £94.37/head
Cutting Pigs (5); av 128.8p/kg or £104.84/head
Bacon Pigs (78); av 122.9p/kg or £116.70/head
Heavy Pigs (30); av 101.03p/kg or £117.91/head
Cull Sows (2); av 68.67p/kg or £189.88/head


Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
A strong trade for lambs with all qualities in demand, and plenty of buyers, selling up to 396p/kg for handy weight sorts, and top headage price of £180.42
Overall average of 347.62p/kg or SQQ 345.16p/kg.
Sample prices;
366p 39kg Archer & Bartram, Willington
396p 39.5kg A D Williams, Basford
384p 41.7kg R Brough & Son, Monyash
382p 41.7kg R Brough & Son, Monyash
376p 45kg G Brown, Moddershall
388p 46.5kg Archer & Bartram, Willington
388p 45.7kg E A Sessions & Sons, Dalbury Lees
A seasonal entry with the best quality a strong price as numbers start to dry up. Top price of 299p/kg and £173.88 per head.
The overall average of 221.92p/kg reflects the mixed quality of hoggs forward.
Sample prices;
292p 29kg Messrs Greasley, Kedleston
244p 35kg JM & SK Slack Bros, Macclesfield
228p 38.5kg B Shaw, Parwich
288p 45.3kg A D Williams, Basford
280p 41kg J Hudson, Waterhouses
274p 42kg D & JM Williams, Basford
299p 46.5kg P G Read Farming, Uttoxeter
280p 54kg A D Williams, Basford
256p 54.2kg M Payne, Barton Under Needwood
252p 69kg P G Read Farming, Uttoxeter
Good to see more about and a solid trade, with plenty of continental types £115 + topping at £149 with others at £136, £126, £124 etc.
Strong Mules generally £90 with leaner ewes £50 – £65.
Overall average of £86.60 for ewes and £114.24 for rams.

CALVES (70);

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899);
A smaller entry but plenty of potential buyers present resulting in very brisk bidding for all types. Keep the calves coming to fill demand.
27 Continental Bulls av £319
Five best bulls topped £410/head with a strong Limousin peaking at £435.
Blues av £325 to £412 – Woodward Partners
Lims av £310 to £435 – J & W Knight
Sims av £315 to £320 – R Cooper & Son
Monts av £179 to £260 – A C Mycock
27 Continental Heifers £255
Best three calves over £300/head with farmers bidding briskly for all types.
Blonde av £250 to £320 – W H Townsend & Son
Blues av £253 to £305 – W Wood & Son
Sims to £255 – J & C Hudson
Lims to £265 – DG & JA Ball
12 Natives
Named sires command top prices with rearing and farm shop buyers competing for all types.
Hereford Bulls av £266 to £288 – J & W Knight
Hereford Heifers av £260 to £270 – Foker Grange Farm
Angus Bulls av £235 to £308 – R J Clowes & Son
Black & White Bulls
Just three this week saw a top of £125 to average £97.
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