Market Report Tuesday 15th August

A busy Tuesday which saw the monthly Pedigree Dairy sale and a bumper entry forward with a good mix of milkers & youngstock. A top price of £2320.

A good show of lambs this week and lots of quality selling on a solid trade. Best lambs up to 310p/kg and £147.50, to average 264p/kg overall. Cull sheep well sought after, with the best to £170 and average of £110.

Not enough barren cattle for the buyers and more required each week please! Top prices of 191p/kg for Holsteins.

Pigs continue to sell at a pace, seeing fat pigs up to 238p/kg for cutters and bacon pigs.

A bumper entry of calves this week, and plenty of buyers looing for numbers, seeing bulls to £440 for a Charolais bull and heifers to £335.

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A small entry sold on a decent trade selling up to 191p/kg for a 625kg Holstein from A Povey & Sons, Doveridge, with a 755kg Hereford at 184p/kg from B W Swindells, Onecote who also sold a 730kg Hereford at 166p/kg.

A 745kg Friesian sold for 166pkg from S J Hooley, Butley and a 690kg Angus from Chris Gabbott sold for 164p/kg and a 600kg Red Poll sold for 163p/kg from Jack Greatbatch, Wetley Rocks.

PIGS (114);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Ed Groves (07964 510145)
A buoyant trade throughout for fat pigs, topping at 238p/kg or £234.63. The averages very much speak for themselves. A good show sows topping at 94p/kg.

Porkers topped 229p/kg from SJ Booth, Lymm. DB Goldstraw topped at 228p/kg.

Cutting pigs topped at 238p/kg from DB Goldstraw who had others to 230p. J&B Fentem had a run to 237p, 236p x2 and 234p.

Baconers topped at 238p for Massie Farms who had a run to 237 x4, 236×2, 235 x2 & 234. J Ball had pigs to 237p and J G Belfield had pigs to 235p.

Heavies topped at 191p/kg from JG Belfield.

Sows topped at 94p x2 from DJ Pope, Buckingham who had others to 92p x2, 91p, 88p. R Rowlinson had sows to 93p & 91p. TH Mills, Bakewell had a sow to 78p.

Pig Averages.
Porkers (5); av 221.19p/kg or £148.64/head
Cutting Pigs (34); av 228.23p/kg or £181.78/head
Bacon Pigs (60); av 220.34p/kg or £205.43/head
Heavy Pigs (2); av 191.00p/kg or £221.56/head
Cull Sows (11); av. 88.35p/kg or £242.55/head

DAIRIES (162);
Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
* HEIFERS TO £2320 * 18 £2000+ *

A mammoth entry of Milkers for the August Pedigree Sale sold on a solid trade despite the continued disappointment in relation to milk price.

A number of vendors produced some real quality runs of cows and heifers giving purchasers an abundance of choice to get their teeth into.

Topping the day was the Weston family of Roston with an Optimal daughter giving 32kg. This bull really impressed yesterday with a number of his daughters selling on a strong trade. The heifer was eventually clinched by Andrew Hulme of Basford at £2320. The Weston family saw a number of others pass the £2000 mark including a Battlecry Bionic daughter at £2200.

Hot in pursuit at £2300 was a stylish Secretariat daughter from Michael & Caroline Wainwright of Buxton also to Andrew Hulme.

Some quality entries of Shorthorns however really stole the limelight. A superb heifer by Bushmills Jazz from Martin Tidmarsh had created a real buzz of interest prior to sale. This was rewarded with some strong bidding the heifer eventually being secured by the Thomasson family of Norbury at £2300. They also went on to take another very pretty heifer Burbrook Pure Class Meg from Richard Harper of Burland, Nantwich at £2200.

Overall a satisfying days trading. Plenty of sales coming up over the next month with further details coming out in due course.

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
A decent entry selling on a solid trade with demand generally similar. Best lambs very food to sell topping at 310p/kg and plenty of good types at 280p and better.

Best big lambs at £147.50/head.

Overall average of 264p/kg or £110.64.

Sample prices;
289p 36.1kg R E Smith, Basford
310p 42.4kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
300p 42kg RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks
294p 45.5kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
292p 40kg RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks
290p 41.1kg RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks
300p 47kg RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks
293p 46.5kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
290p 47kg D Slaney, Freehay

A reduced entry selling on a firm trade topping at £170 for strong Texels with heavy ewes generally £150.

Overall average at £110/head.

CALVES (181);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
A bumper entry of 181 calves for the returning auctioneer and a solid trade throughout with a large gathering of prospective purchasers at ringside.

62 Continental Bulls
Big numbers and plenty of trade with all shapes, breeds and ages looking well sold. Two bulls cruised over £400 with Daz Tudor topping the sale at £440 for his Charolais. 15 best over £330. Mediums generally £240 – £300 with smaller sorts under £200.
33 Blues av £262 to £410 – DW & P Hulme
11 Sims av £263 to £360 – S J Hooley
12 Lims av £180 to £345 – K W Twemlow
6 Char/Blo av £351 to £440 – D & G Tudor

70 Continental Heifers
The best heifer numbers for a while and the buyers were certainly ready for them and bid well for the offering. A run of stronger calves sold £320 to £430 with Messrs Gilman at the top with a Blonde. Best fresh young calves generally £240 – £290 with mediums £170 – £220 and smalls from £100 – £150.
44 Blues av £194 to £280 – MA & WJ Jolliffe
11 Sims av £283 to £330 – S J Hooley
11 Lims av £157 to £335 – E Moss & Son
2 Char av £240 to £255 – D & G Tudor

33 Natives
5 Hereford Bulls av £123 to £192 – Ellis Farming
11 AA Bulls av £110 to £205 – Grassland Farming
3 Hereford Heifers av £135 to £140 – PWJ & S Wilson
13 AA Heifers av £104 to £185 – R Wilkinson & Sons

16 Black & White Bulls
Mostly smaller sorts today and generally £30 – £60.

If your farm holding is in an Edge or 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 holding. If your farm is in a High Risk Area then you don’t need to post movement test. For more details, please speak to our Market Office
Customers selling Livestock at Leek Auctions must have fully completed movement forms which declare what TB-test interval takes place on your holding so that we can pass this information onto the purchasers.
SHOW 4:30PM – SALE 5:30PM
Special Sale on Behalf of the Beltex Society of Breeding Males & Females
Fortnightly Sale of Store & Breeding Cattle
Entries close Friday 18th August
**First Sale of the Season**
Catalogued Sale of Store & Breeding Sheep to Include Special Show & Sale of Shearlings
Sale to Commence 10am
Entries Close Friday 25th August
Dispersal of the 24 In-calf Heifers & 60 Youngstock on behalf of the Sigley Partnership, Park House Farm, Consall, S-O-T.
Sale of Store & Breeding Pigs – 10.30am
Sale of Store & Breeding Goats – 11am
Dispersal of the Entire NMR Recorded Herd (Approx 265 Head) On behalf of A C & M T Bentley, Ewelme Farm, Marsh Gibbon, Bicester, Oxon.

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