Market Report 9th February

A bitterly cold day at Leek this Tuesday. Trade for hogget’s hit another level today, with SQQ average of 281p/kg and £118/head and strong demand for all qualities! Top price of 340p/kg and £146.96. Ewes are also a decent trade, selling up to £140.

Dairies met a buoyant trade, with a nice entry of milkers forward, selling up to £2090 for cows and heifers to £2070. Don’t forget, next week is the monthly Pedigree sale so keep an eye on our website for further details.
A small show of barren cattle sold on a solid trade up to 142p/kg for black & whites along with a small show of clean cattle but a real highlight being a 540kg Limousin heifer making 243p/kg for Mark Butler.

Pigs were a better trade this Tuesday with heavy pigs topping the day at 138p/kg and bacon pigs up to 136p/kg with numerous pens over 120p/kg.

Calves continue to sell very well, and more forward this week, topping at £410 for Blue bulls and heifers to £312.

Barren Cows (19);

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

Lack of numbers, mainly down to the cold weather spell, but a strong trade for those that showed stock, with Holsteins to 142p/kg for a 715kg cow from S & J Ryder, Dilhorne with other black & white’s at 134p/kg for a 830kg Holstein from RG & AS Williamson, and 132p/kg for a 745kg Holstein from J & C Hudson, Hollinsclough.

Other top prices;
130p 530kg Hereford – J & A Worthington, Welsh Row
129p 760kg Dairy Shorthorn – D J Wheeldon, Rudyard
128p 680kg Simmental – J & A Worthington, Welsh Row
128p 595kg Hereford – J & A Worthington, Welsh Row
124p 690kg Friesian – J E archer & Sons, Hilton
118p 620kg Hereford – J & A Worthington, Welsh Row

Overall average of 111.74p/kg or £742.48 per head.
Top headage price of £1112.20 for the Holstein from RG & AS Williamson, and other Holsteins to £1015.30 and £983.40.

Clean Cattle;

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

A small entry of clean cattle but an exceptional Limousin heifer at 540kg sold for 243p/kg from Mark Butler, Bagnall.
Bulls sold up to 204p/kg for a 605kg Limousin bull from Chris Barnsley, Morridge. Black & white bulls sold at 162p/kg for a 605kg Friesian and 155p/kg for a 585kg Friesian from J E Archer, Hilton.

A 665kg Hereford steer realised 185p/kg for J E Watkins, Horton and a 525kg Angus heifer made 173p/kg for D J Wheeldon, Rudyard.
Top headage price of £1312.20 for Mark Butlers heifer with bulls to £1234.20 and steers to £1230.25.

Dairies (57);

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

A superb entry of 52 milkers forward on Tuesday along with 5 calves met a solid trade for both heifers and cows with 3 passing the £2000 mark.

Topping the day at £2090 was a superb cow from the Clark family of Bradnop for a third calver giving 50kg. Their entry of 8 saw 3 other third and fourth calvers in excess of £1700 to average £1646 for the group which were all in their 3rd-5th lactations.

Heifers topped at £2070 for a 27kg heifer from Richard Lomas of Calow with another from the same home at £2010.
British Friesian heifers reached £1780 with British Friesian cows making £1710 from John and Leslie Kirby of Oakham.

A lovely run of 4 Dairy Shorthorn heifers from Gary Norbury topped at £270.
We have a great entry of 70 already entered for next weeks pedigree sale with a further 20-30 commercial milkers also expected. Catalogues will be on-line shortly!

Pigs (114);

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

A good entry of fat pigs this Tuesday and trade much improved on last week with averages up on the week.
Pork pigs sold up to 126p/kg for 68kg pigs from K C Dipple, Studley, who also sold other pork pigs at 123p/kg, 112p/kg and 110p/kg.
Cutting pigs topped at 124p/kg for 84kg pigs from J & B Fentem, Alsop, who sold 84.6kg pigs at 120p/kg and 76kg pigs at 113p/kg.
Plenty of Bacon pigs forward selling up to 136p/kg for 97kg pigs from J G Belfield, Sheen who also sold 91kg pigs at 136p/kg. 98kg pigs from PF & PD Parsons sold at 135p/kg and J & B Fentem sold bacon pigs at 134p/kg, 130p/kg and 128p/kg.
Heavy pigs topped the day at 138p/kg for a 106kg pig from R T Wilson, Oldham, who also sold 111kg pigs at 136p/kg with 119kg pigs at 133p/kg for J G Belfield who also sold 111kg pigs at 133p/kg and 126p/kg with 108kg pigs at 124p/kg for Bernard Minshull.

Sheep Section;

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652) BUTCHERS HOGGET’S (676);

A seasonal entry saw an exceptional trade from start to finish!

Best sorts regularly over 300p/kg and an abundance of lambs topping £130/head. Top prices of 340p/kg or £146.96. Many many more could have been sold to the vendors advantage! Overall average of 281p/kg or £118
per head, including a number of light weight and store types.

Sample prices;
315p 37.2kg H Hodgkinson & Sons, Earl Sterndale
340p 42kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
338p 40.4kg FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate
336p 43.4kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
336p 39.2kg R Tomkinson & Son, Butterton
333p 43.5kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
322p 41.2kg H Hodgkinson & Sons, Earl Sterndale
294p 45.8kg P Rowbottom, Ipstones
282p 47.6kg G W Myatt, Endon
278p 48.5kg DJ & P Smith, Rushton Spencer

Cull Sheep (125);

A small entry saw a solid trade topping at £140/head for best Texel’s. £128 for Charolais and £110 for best Suffolk ewes. Strong Mules generally £80 and most mules trading £65 – £75 head.
Overall average of £74.80.

Calves (118);

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

Better numbers again and a solid trade, very similar to last week although less buyers around the ring, possibly due to the wintery conditions.

32 Continental Bulls
All shapes and sizes and qualities on offer although less best calves than we should be having. Andrew Hulme maintained his place at the top of the leader board at £410 for a Blue with Messrs McCleavy at £385. 11 best over £300; Mediums £220 – £280 with a few smalls under £200.
20 Blues av £253 to £410 – DW & P Hulme
2 Sims av £210 to £290 – S & M Huxley & Son 10 Lims av £263 to £385 – DW & P Hulme

22 Continental Heifers
A little less money generally although less best and more second qualities on offer. Best of the Blues over £230 with a high of £312 for a super sort from Messrs Heath. Mediums £170 – £200 with a few smalls around £150.
18 Blues av £170 to £312 – C Heath & Sons
2 Sims av £157 to £170 – S & M Huxley & Son 2 Lims av £159 to £180 – C Heath & Son

42 Natives
Good money with buyers looking for calves. Angus bulls sold to £330 for a very smart sort from Will Brookes, Crakemarsh with 10 Angus bulls averaging £223. 26 Angus heifers averaged £105 with the best two at £200 and three others over £180.

8 Black & White Bulls
No good rearer’s today with most £25 – £40.

14 Reared Calves from 3 Vendors
C Heath & Sons sold a lovely run of Angus with bulls (3mths) at £430 and heifers 4mths at £340. A Beef Shorthorn heifer made £370 from ME Cawser.

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