Market Report 30th March

The Easter Spring Lamb Show & Sale attracted a lovely show of lambs, and a strong trade for those on offer, with the Champion selling to 700p/kg, and the Reserve Champion at 640p/kg, both shown by Ian & Andrew Wilson, Hollington. Away from the show, another superb trade for both lambs, hogget’s and Ewes.

A strong trade for barren & clean cattle this Tuesday with plenty of buyers looking to secure numbers. Top price of 165p/kg for Holsteins with plenty above 140p/kg and fat heifers up to 218p/kg and bulls to 212p/kg.

Dairies sold up to £1880 twice for fresh heifers, with cows to £1780. Coming up next week a Dispersal of In- calf Heifers and Youngstock, not to be missed!

A huge demand for calves currently, with a super trade selling up to £425 for Limousin bull calves and heifers to £280.
A strong trade for pigs aswell, with numerous pens 130p/kg and above topping at 158p/kg for cutting pigs and bacon pigs to 153p/kg.

Barren Cows (41);

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

Another excellent trade for Barrens this Tuesday, and a strong entry forward and well fleshed types selling up to 165p/kg for a 590kg Holstein from JJ & PN Holdcroft, Brown Edge, who sold a 560kg Holstein at 158p/kg.
Friesians sold to 161p/kg for a 720kg cow from DR & A Shuker & Son, Bosley and 158p/kg for a 790kg Friesian from Foker Grange Farm Ltd, Leek.

Other top prices;
150p 760kg Holstein – W E Turnock & Sons, Onecote
149p 750kg Limousin – WJ & MA Bowyer, Cheadle
148p 670kg Holstein – MA & JC Corden, Draycott 148p 830kg Holstein – Red Earth Farms, Leek
148p 900kg Holstein – Red Earth Farms, Leek
146p 795kg Holstein – J Fernyhough, Swythamley
146p 855kg Holstein – Red Earth Farms, Leek
Overall average of 123.01p/kg or £835.72 per head.

Top headage prices of £1332, £1248.30 and £1228.40 for Holsteins with Friesians to £1248.20 and £1159.20.

Clean Cattle;

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

A decent entry forward this week, with top prices of 218p/kg for a 525kg Limousin heifer from Sam Clowes, Rudyard to gross £1144.50.

Young Bulls sold to 212p/kg for a 540kg Limousin from Chris Barnsley, Morridge Top who sold another at 208p/kg for a 585kg Limousin to gross £1144.80 and £1216.80 respectively.

A 800kg Simmental bull realised 184p/kg for a Rushton Spencer vendor to gross £1472.

Dairies (45);

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

Another unpredictable trade saw the best to £1880 twice over from Malcolm Trevor-Jones and Richard Lomas for two nice heifers both giving in excess of 30kg.

Cows reached £1780 for a British Friesian second calver from John Kirby of Oakham with another from Robert Hayes of Chesterfield at £1750.

Next week we have the Special Entry of In-calf Heifers and Youngstock from Messrs Reading & Kirby of Lechlade, see the advert below and the catalogue can be viewed on-line.

Pigs (125);

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

A very good number of pigs forward this Tuesday which met with a strong trade for all types with a couple of returning buyers. Pork pigs sold up to 136p/kg for 69kg pigs from A Worth, Marton, with others to 130p/kg and 127p/kg for 67kg pigs from DH Poulson, Llangadog.

Cutting pigs topped at 158p/kg for 82kg pigs from D H Poulson, Llangadog, who also sold 79kg pigs at 134p/kg. J & B Fentem sold cutters up to 139p/kg for 82kg pigs, who also sold others at 129p/kg twice and 110p/kg.

Bacon pigs sold up to 153p/kg for 89kg pigs from J & B Fentem, with the Parson family, Whitchurch selling bacon pigs up to 150p/kg twice. 87kg pigs sold at 144p/kg for J G Belfield, Sheen, who also sold 91kg pigs at 142p/kg. 142p/kg was paid for a pair of 97kg pigs from S Bailey, Biddulph and 140p/kg for 103kg pigs from J & B Fentem.
Heavy pigs sold up to 130p/kg for 119kg pigs from J G Belfield, who also sold heavies at 128p/kg and 126p/kg . PF & PD Parsons sold an 118kg pig at 123p/kg and a 109kg pig at 111p/kg.
Cull sows sold up to 93p/kg for a 216kg sow from Rosie Watson, with a 252kg sow at 91p/kg for DJ Pope, Thame. Others sold to 84p/kg for Ray Rowlinson, 80p/kg for Rosie Watson and two other sows at 78p/kg and 67p/kg for D J Pope.

Pork Pigs (9); av 130.75p/kg or £88.62/head
Cutting Pigs (16); av 133.97p/kg or £108.35/head
Bacon Pigs (70); av 126.81p/kg or £119.62/head
Heavy Pigs (21); av 112.58p/kg or £131.07/head
Cull Sows (9); av 72.27p/kg or £174.27/head

Sheep Section;

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)

Spring Lambs (50);

A superb entry for the Easter Show & Sale of Spring Lambs at Leek, meeting an excellent trade

Ian & Andrew Wilson & family dominated the show winners with a super run of lambs, taking both Champion and Reserve Champion Lambs. Other prize winners are listed below for reference.

The Champion being a single 33kg lamb went on to sell for 700p/kg (£249.60) to Lee Machin of Manifold Valley Meats,, who also purchased the Reserve Champion for 640p/kg (£231) for a single 39kg lamb.

The whole entry sold on a solid trade throughout, with demand for spring lambs becoming more apparent with demand expected each week from now.

Sample prices;
460p – 30.5kg – A Williams, Basford
440p – 31kg – AW & RA Mycock, Flagg
700p – 33kg – IE, M & A Wilson, Hollington
640p – 39kg – IE, M & A Wilson, Hollington
570p – 38kg – IE, M & A Wilson, Hollington
490p – 35kg – AW & RA Mycock, Flagg
460p – 36.5kg – IE, M & A Wilson, Hollington
460p – 36kg – RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks
480p – 41.5kg – IE, M & A Wilson, Hollington
440p – 41kg -IE, M & A Wilson, Hollington

Butchers Hogget’s (412);

A seasonal entry, as expected for the time of year and trade remains buoyant with prices still fetching over 330p/kg up to 366p/kg for a 47kg hogg from Rob

Overall average of 288.44p/kg and SQQ 291.56p/kg and headage price still an outstanding £126 per head!

Sample top prices;
270p – 32kg – R G Hall, Congleton
330p – 38.6kg – J & GJ Fryer, Horton
328p – 38.8kg – R D Machin, Horton
314p – 37.4kg – D Machin, Horton
352p – 41kg – A J Gilman, Elkstones
347p – 43.1kg – D Machin, Rudyard
335p – 42.7kg – FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate
366p – 47kg – R D Machin, Horton
334p – 46.6kg – FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate
327p – 48.8kg – T J Bloor & Son, Endon
323p – 50.5kg – J Stubbs, Ashbourne
326p – 56kg – R & S Bailey, Cloudside
241p – 74.5kg – D Williams, Basford

Cull Sheep (95);

A fast trade again, with the entry averaging £92.42 throughout, topping at £152 for Texel ewes, with numerous pens £120 +.

Calves (87);

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899);

One of the best trades ever experienced at Leek with all sorts looking very well sold.

23 Continental Bulls av £312.39
Wow, look at the average, way up and many more could have been sold with an army of potential buyers at the ringside. 13 bulls sold over £320 and selling to a high of £425 for a lovely fresh Limousin from N Gibbs, Butterton.
8 Blues av £290 to £375 – J B Plant
5 Sims av £326to £390 – S & M Huxley & Son
9 Lims av £316 to £425 – N D Gibbs
1 Blonde to £390 – EJ & VC Gilman

23 Continental Heifers £205.69
No where near enough to meet the demands of the buyers. 6 better heifers over £250 with a smart Simmental at £280 from Andrew Huxley.
12 Blues av £209 to £268 – DW & P Hulme
6 Sims av £207 to £280 – S & M Huxley & Son
5 Lims av £194 to £222 – F E Whittaker & Sons

33 Natives
12 Angus Bulls av £191 to £330 – T Swinson & Ptns
5 Hereford Bulls av £188 to £290 – T Swinson & Ptns
8 Hereford Heifers av £142 to £170 – Robertson Ptns
5 Angus Heifers av £178 to £218 – CS & J Prince

8 Black & White Bulls av £85.37
sold to £190 for a Friesian from Messrs Shuker, Bosley with others at £118 and £100. Smaller bulls £35 – £50.

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