Market Report 3rd August

Another busy day at Leek this Tuesday with a buoyant trade in the Dairy shed with the best quality heifers selling up to £2130 and £2100.
Lambs were a little less, as to be expected with the national trends this past week but still a solid price for the lambs on offer selling up to 249p/kg and £124.95. Ewes very much sought after selling to £147.
Barren cows sold well up to 144p/kg and £1159.20 but many more required each week!! Clean cattle also in good demand with a neat Limousin heifer at 229p/kg.
Calves continue to sell at a fast pace, with a packed ring of buyers for all sorts, selling up to £375 for both bulls and heifers today.
More pigs about this week, but prices down on the week. Top prices of 136p/kg for bacon pigs.

BARREN COWS (26);

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

Trade a little less but not as many cattle forward this week, but still selling at a solid level up to 144p/kg for a 805kg Friesian from RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks. Herefords sold at 140p/kg twice for a 565kg cow from T & B Beswick, Batham Gate and for a 585kg cow from B & BM Rowlinson, Bottomhouse.
Other top prices include;
139p 735kg Holstein – P R Lawley, Bagnall
139p 745kg Fleckveih – RG & AS Williamson
138p 745kg Holstein – S & J Ryder, Dilhorne
135p 765kg Hereford – M Hall, Brown Edge
135p 610kg Shorthorn – D S Harrison, Kingsley
134p 610kg Friesian – DR & A Shuker, Bosley
Overall average of 116.05p/kg or £732.45 per head.
Top headage price of £1159.20 from Friesians from RG & AS Williamson, who also had £1035.55 for the Fleckveih, with Herefords to £1032.75.

CLEAN CATTLE;

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

A good entry forward this Tuesday selling up to 229p/kg for a 530kg Limousin bull from Chris Barnsley, Morridge. A run of some excellent Simmental heifers sold at 222p/kg for a 680kg heifer, 220p/kg for a 655kg heifer, 218p/kg twice for 690kg and 640kg heifers from Rushton Spencer.
Steers sold up to 212p/kg for a 500kg British Blue from P Partington, Stanton and Bulls to 198p/kg for a 770kg Charolais from C & EJ Whilock, Werrington.
Top headage price of £1524.60 for the Charolais bulls with heifers at £1509.60, £1504.20 and £1441, and steers to £1235.20.

DAIRIES (45);

Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092);
The best continue to be a good trade with a 29kg heifer from Edward & Diane Bennett topping the days trade at £2130 to Ed Clowes of Kingsley.
Close behind at £2100 was a 30kg heifer from the Johnsons of Longnor which was clinched by Andrew Hulme of Basford.
Two smart heifers from the Philips’ of Winkhill both reached £2000 with others from Stuart Greenall at £1980 and another from the Johnsons at £1960.
Calves topped at £300 for a beautiful Shorthorn heifer from Bill Waters with other 8 month old heifers from Tom & Louise Allen to £640. Their Simmental bull also sold well with the hammer eventually falling at £1940.

PIGS (136);

Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
More pigs this week and trade down, being about 10 pence off last weeks prices.
Cutting pigs sold up to 122p/kg twice for 85kg and 78kg pigs from J & B Fentem who sold others at 118p/kg, and
113p/kg for a 80kg pig from Steve Bailey and 112p/kg for a 84kg pig from PF & PD Parsons.
Bacon pigs sold up to 136p/kg for a pair of 95kg pigs from Bernard Minshull, Buxton, and a 88kg pig at 125p/kg and 116p/kg for 98kg pigs from David Goldstraw, Meerbrook. The Parsons sold bacon pigs at 120p/kg, 118p/kg and 114pkg with the J & B Fentem selling bacon pigs at 119p/kg, 116p/kg and 114p/kg.
Heavy pigs sold at 124p/kg for a trio of 105kg pigs from David Goldstraw.
Cull sows sold up to 72p/kg for a 192kg sow from A Worth, Marton, with a 297kg sow at 68p/kg and a 296kg sow at 61p/kg from A J Green, Dronfield.
Averages;
Cutting Pigs (18); av 104.97p/kg or £86.36/head
Bacon Pigs (77); av 102.04p/kg or £95.39/head
Heavy Pigs (21); av 93.29p/kg or £101.61/head
Cull Sows (11); av 57.84p/kg or £153.05/head

SHEEP SECTION;

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

BUTCHERS LAMBS (964);
Another strong entry of lambs forward and thank you for the continued support and consistent numbers.
Trade was less, in line with national trends throughout the morning however it would be noted that trade improved as the sale went on with the last row of lambs looking dearest on the day.
Best lambs in short supple but topping at 249p/kg and plenty at 240p and above. Lightweight lambs (34-39kg) very good to sell and averaging 230p for a very mixed sample.
Big lambs still in short supply both in Leek and nationally, and therefor seeing competitive interest and bidding. Big lambs topping at 249p or £124.95. Many more 48kg + lambs are needed every week!!
Sample prices;
240p 37.5kg S J Pace & Co, Congleton
238p 35.7kg A Scott, Marthall
237p 37.1kg A Scott, Marthall
237p 37kg SR & A Hall, Marchington Woodlands
236p 38.7kg A Shaw, Sturston
247p 40kg J Gilman & Partners, Bosley
240p 39.7kg C G Buckston, Sutton on the Hill
240p 42.3kg J Gilman & Partners, Bosley
238p 39.7kg C G Buckston, Sutton on the Hill
236p 42.7kg Bagshaw (Caxterway) Ltd, Chelmorton
249p 47kg R J Critchlow, Grindon
245p 49kg M A Heath, Bradnop
238p 52.5kg E J Baskerville, Lichfield
230p 52.7kg T Hall, Radbourne

CULL SHEEP (224);
A solid entry saw a very fast trade.
No very best Texel’s forward but strong ewes from Mrs Grindey selling to £147. Very big Mules to £121 with average Mules generally £80 – £95. Best Suffolks to £130. Very lean ewes seeing a heavy discount and meat at a premium! Overall average for ewes at £94/head.
Best Texel Rams selling to £147 and plenty of Rams £120 + to average at £110/head.

CALVES (147);

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899);
A maximum entry of 147 calves sold to a packed ringside of buyers all looking for numbers with all shapes, sizes and breeds looking well sold.
44 Continental Bulls av £284.47
A few more on offer and generally a very similar trade although less best calves on offer and the third quality looking best sold. Best Simmentals to £375 for a smart, 16 day old from Robinson Partners, Rudyard. 10 best over £320; mediums £250 – £300 with smaller sorts under £240.
25 Blues av £283 to £342 – R Cooper & Son
13 Sims av £282 to £375 – Robinson Partners
5 Lims av £297 to £352 – R J Salt
35 Continental Heifers av £239.08
Generally a very strong price with numerous buyers at the ringside. A super British Blue x stole the trade and topped at £375 (33 days) from Dale Allen, Alfreton. 14 better sorts over £250; mediums £210 – £240 with 7 smaller calves under £200.
17 Blues av £247 to £375 – Hallen Farming
7 Sims av £219 to £350 – 3 Vendors.
10 Lims av £242 to £360 – E Moss & Sons
42 Natives
Very well sold as we have come to expect with vendors looking happy with their returns.
11 Hereford Bulls av £214 to £330 – Foker Grange Farm
11 AA Bulls av £255 to £320 – WB & DE Gyte
8 Hereford Heifers av £174 to £218 – P T Beswick
11 AA Heifers av £167 to £210 – WB & DE Gyte
20 Black & White Bulls av £55.60
Nearly all sold for rearing today. Friesians to £95; Holsteins to £70 and Monty’s to £158.
6 Reared Calves
Simmentals to £390 and Blues to £365, all 3-4 months from Robinson Partners, Rudyard.
ATTENTION TO ARLA PRODUCERS
We can handle our calves and satisfy your contracts. Please let us know if you are an Arla Farmer and we will do the rest.
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SATURDAY 7TH AUGUST – 10AM
Sale of Store & Breeding Cattle
Entries to Close Friday 30th July
Next Sale Saturday 7th & 21st August
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SATURDAY 7TH AUGUST – 11AM
Special Sale of Early Lambing Shearlings & Ewes
including Early Rams
MV and Non MV Sections
Entries Close Friday 30th July
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SATURDAY 7TH AUGUST – 10:30AM
Monthly Sale of Store & Breeding Pigs.
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TUESDAY 17TH AUGUST 2021
Monthly Pedigree Dairy Sale
Entries Invited
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TUESDAY 24TH AUGUST 2021
Dispersal Sale of the Entire Herd (Approx 200 Milking Head) on behalf of J B Plant, Stile House Farm, Bradnop, Leek, Staffs.
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THURSDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2021
Dispersal Sale of the Entire High Yielding Pedigree Inkersall Herd (200 Head) on behalf of D I & M R Crooks & Sons, Inkersall Farm, Staveley, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

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