Market Report Tuesday 12th September

It was starting to feel like the beginning of Autumn in Leek today with the rain barely letting up but this didn’t seem to dull the atmosphere.

240 Dairies on offer with a Herd Dispersal Sale from Bicester attracting a lot of attention. A second calver from Messrs Critchlow topped the market at £2500.

Barren entries were on the rise today with 34 entries seeing a shaper trade with some excellent prices acheived.

117 Pigs on offer today which is a lighter showing but still a solid trade with fats topping at 240p/kg.

A good number of Calves today at 169 with a good show of Farmers around the ring Topping the market was a Limousin from FE Whittaker & Son at £460.


Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

An increased entry with a sharper trade and some excellent prices.

Top price was 227p/kg for a 680kg Limousin Cow from AP Wain of Draycott with a 630kg Limousin from Messrs Bradbury of Ipstones selling at 198p/kg. Another 805kg Limousin  Cow from EJ Beech of Cellarhead was well sold at 187p/kg.

Black & White Cows topped at 179p/kg for a 430kg Cow from HJ Whitfield of Doveridge.

Other top prices include: –

177p/kg for an 855kg Black &White     WE Turnock & Sons, Leek

168p/kg for a 740kg Black & White       RJ & DJ Clement, Stoke on Trent

166p/kg for a 510kg Black & White       A & JE Goldstraw, Waterhouses

157p/kg for a 605kg Limousin               AJ Gilman, Elkstones

153p/kg for a 655kg Black & White       SJ Hooley, Butley


An increased entry with plenty of buyers around the ring ensuring a firm trade for the cattle on offer.

An entry of four Friesian Bulls from JE Archer & Sons of Hilton achieved up to 232p/kg for a 580kg Bull with others at 226p/kg for a 605kg Friesian Bull and 223p/kg for a 555kg Bull.

Other Cattle achieved up to 233p/kg for a 650kg Hereford Steer from Trevor Partington of Burton on Trent with over 30 month Hereford Steers from Rushton Spencer up to 224p/kg for a 690kg beast and others up to 214p/kg for a 660kg Hereford.

Top headage price was £1545.60 with Bulls up to £1367.30 and £1345.60

A 500kg Aberdeen Angus Heifer form Tony Gilman of Elkstones achieved 224p/kg to gross £1120.00

 PIGS (117);

Selling time –

Auctioneer –Ed Groves (07964 510145)

A lighter show of pigs sold on a solid trade. 117 head sold today fats topping at 240p on a few occasions.

Porkers A small show of porkers topped at 226p for boars from J&B Fentem.

Cutting pigs

Best cutters topped at 238px5 from J&B Fentem. PF&PD Parsons at 238p. Sam Harper, sold pigs to 225p.

Top at 240px2 from MC and EA Beattie run from the same home at 239p x2 and 238p. Massive farms also at topped at 240p, a run from the same home achieved 239p x4


Topped at 233p for 105 kg pigs from S Bailey. C Blackshaw had heavy Boars to 187p and 178p

Pig Averages.

Porkers (12) av.190.20p/kg or £130.92/head

Cutting Pigs (32); av 230.44p/kg or £183.20/head

Bacon Pigs (58); av 231.58p/kg or £218.09/head

Heavy Pigs (6)  av 173.17p/kg or £252.64/head

Cull Sows (8) av. 90p/kg or £234.32/head

DAIRIES (240);

Selling time – 11:30am

Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)


TOP OF £2500


A shed full of dairies attracted a large crowd of buyers with many turning out for the Herd Dispersal on behalf of the Bentley family of Marsh Gibbon, Bicester.

Trade for the commercial entry was sharp with a second calver from Phillip and Marilyn Critchlow topping at £2500 with another second calver from the same home reaching £2340 both heading to John Bayley of Nuneaton.

A solid trade for the herd dispersal saw a top price of £2140 for a fresh third calver by Goonhill Gabriel with numerous others in the £1800 – £2000 mark.

Entries are coming thick and fast for next weeks Pedigree Sale with towards 70 milkers entered together with a group of calves from the Meadowfold Herd of Messrs Poyser and 3 Pedigree Simmental Stock Bulls from two homes.


Selling time 11:00am

Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)

LAMBS (954);

A few less about seeing a stronger demand, generally in line with a modest improvement in demand this week nationally.

Very best Lambs probably no dearer, topping at 287p/kg but commercial quality Lambs seeing a useful lift, generally being 245-260p/kg and an overall average produced of 260p SQQ or 259p overall with average headage up at £110.20/head.

Top headage at £144.52

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Sample prices;

286p    36.9kg L Renshaw & I Brassington, Derby

286p    38.1kg L Renshaw & I Brassington, Derby

282p    38.7kg Bagshaw, Chelmorton

286p    41.4kg Bagshaw, Chelmorton

285p    42kg    AW Wilshaw, Meerbrook

285p    42kg    AW Wilshaw, Meerbrook

285p    42.3kg DR Flower & Son, Alstonfield

287p    43.2kg HD Simmonds, Ashbourne

282p    44.1kg DR Flower & Son, Alstonfield

282p    44.3kg HD Simmonds, Ashbourne

279p    46.1kg GA Peach, Ashbourne

266p    54.3kg TW Carnwell & Sons, Stoke on Trent


Another good entry seeing a strong trade, particularly for the best types, topping at £178 for Ewes and £167 for Rams. Heavy Ewes generally £135-£160, best Mules at
£110. Very plain light Ewes £20-£40.

Overall average at £93/head.

CALVES (169);

Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)

A very large shoe of calves this week with 169 on offer including some very smart calves that were certainly appreciated by the buyers.


Some super sorts at the top end and definitely dearer on the week. Five calves sold over £400 and a superb limousin topped the day at £460 For FE Whittaker &
Son who had his second at £380. Ten very best sold over £325 with medium £230-£300 but some younger and less well bred sorts under £200.

28 Blues av £230 to £450          DW&P Hulme

4 Sims av £169 to £230             RJ Clowes & Sons

4 Lim av £302 to £460              FE Whittaker & Sons

3 Char av £380-£400                D&G Tudor

2 Blondes av £307-£425                RG&AS Williamson


Extra buyers in attendance and looking better sold with the Blue Heifer average up £50 on the week but in fairness, some better sorts to go at.

A lovely well bred and nicely marked Charolais sold at £300 for Daz Tudor with ten British Blues selling at £250-£280, medium sorts £170-£230 with smaller sorts under £200 including a number under £100.


31 Blues av £177 to £280          DW&P Hulme

5 Lim av £194 to £260              FE Whittaker & Sons

5 Char  £300               D&G Tudor


Certainly dearer with more Farmers at the ringside looking for the best.


13 Here Bulls av £137 to £200  J&W Knight

23 Angus |Bulls av £119 to £305 RG&AS Williamson

10 Here Heifers av £123 to £195 J&W Knight

14 Angus Heifers av £64  to £125 DS Buxton & Son


Four young, well bred Montbeliarde averaged £266 and topped at £320 for WH Townsend & Son. Holstien to £142 with the majority of smaller calves £30-£50 today.



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Low Rish Area then cattle purchased onto that holding from a high-risk area (as
mapped at must be Post-Movement Tested. I.e.
Cattle must be Post-Movement tested 60 to 120 days after purchase on your
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movement test. For more details, please speak to our Market Office

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interval takes place in your parish so that we can pass this information onto
the purchasers.



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