Market Report Tuesday 17th October

A fine but windy day in Leek saw a relatively strong trade throughout.

An increased entry on recent weeks for the Barren section, seeing a good trade with plenty of competition from the buyers.

A smaller entry of Lambs but a strong trade with best Lambs up to 310p/kg. A strong entry of Cull Sheep seeing the best to £150.

A good entry of Dairies seeing a top price of £2940 with all qualities and classes on better form.

More Pigs around, seeing 148 on offer meeting a strong trade throughout.

A few less Calves on offer but trade remains strong with the top of the market being £412 for a British Blue Bull.


Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

More Cows about this week and a firm trade with plenty of competition from the buyers.

Top price of the day was 187p/kg for a 600kg Friesian Cow from J & L Macpherson of Yoxall.

A 715kg Friesian from PN Holdcroft sold well at 168p/kg.

Other top prices included: –

745kg British Blue to 167p/kg   KD Burton

655kg British Blue to 164p/kg   JF Barber

685kg Friesian to 154p/kg         J & L Macpherson Ltd

865kg Holstien to 152p/kg        WE Turnock & Sons

Top headage price was £1314.80 for the Holstien from WE Turnock & Sons and £1244.15 KD Burton for his British Blue.

A 670kg Limousin Stock Bull sold at 174p/kg from KD Burton, £1165.80/head.


An entry of four good shaped Friesian Bulls from JE Archer & Son of Hilton were bid for keenly by four bidders to see a top price of 225p/kg paid for a 525kg and a 550kg with a 625kg Bull achieving 223p/kg.

A 645kg Hereford Steer from JS Hine of Biddulph Park sold for 210p/kg and a 615kg Hereford Steer sold for 196p/kg from the same vendor.

A 585kg Hereford Heifer from D & V Farms Ltd from Rushton sold for 198p/kg.

Top headage price was £1354.50 for Hereford Steers with Hereford Heifers up to £1158.30 and Friesian Bulls up to £1393.75.

PIGS (148).

Selling time – 9:15am

Auctioneer –Ed Groves (07964 510145)

Another bumper entry of pigs with 148 sold. Fats were met with a solid trade throughout with quality pigs on offer. A few more sows about with those best sows 100p+. The averages do speak for themselves here at Leek.

Porkers topped at 210p from J&B Fentem and 190p for PJ Saunders, Litchfield. 

Cutters sold to 220p PJ Saunders, Litchfield. J& B Fentem sold a run to 219, 218×2, 217×2. S Bailey, Knypersely sold pigs to 216p. J Davenport sold pigs to 213p. Boars generally 195-205p.

Bacon Pigs topped at 221p from J&B Fentem PF+PD Parsons, Whitchurch sold pigs to 219p, 214p & 212p. Massie Farms, Stafford sold a run to 219, 218, 217, 216×3,
215×2, 214×2, 213.

Heavies sold to 208p from JG Belfield, Sheen. J&B Fentem sold to 203p, PF+PD Parsons sold to 188p, 182p. PJ Saunders sold to 174p and 138p or £237.36 for a 172kg Boar. 

Sows sold to 140p for a 230kg sow from RAO Johnson or £322.00. A Lokett saw 112p for a 170kg sow, PJ Saunders saw 98p for a 192kg sow.

Pig Averages.

Porkers (4)       av. 195.17p/kg or £132.23/head

Cutting Pigs (41); av 211.00p/kg or £68.80/head

Bacon Pigs (77); av 209.78p/kg or £194.94/head

Heavy Pigs (20) av 178.70p/kg or £200.50/head

Sows (6)           av. 89.22p/kg or £165.66/head


TOP OF £2940

A much bouncier trade in the Dairy Section today saw the best reach £2940 with all qualities and classes on better form.

Topping the day was a GFG Neil daughter from the Shieldhouse Herd of Messrs Weston of Roston. Her dam had peaked at over 12700kg. Sold giving 27.2kg she went to the Bailey family of Brown Edge. A second Holstein Heifer from the same home by Soundbar reached £2380 also heading to the Baileys. Pedigree Ayrshires from the same stable were also much sought after reaching £2000.

A Sandy-Valley I Batman daughter from Messrs Mellor of Earl Sterndale reached £2240 to Messrs Broadbent.

In-calf heifers from Notts Uni topped at £1410 with youngstock from Messrs Clarke of Bradnop reaching £710. A lovely group of Line back Heifers from the same home reached £600.


Selling time 11:00am

Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)

LAMBS (801).

A smaller entry saw as very strong trade, firmer on the week.

Best Lambs up to 310p/kg and better sorts generally 285p/kg and better.

Big Lambs are sought after, selling at 296p/kg for heavies and 286p/kg for other weights. Top headage at £155/head and plenty at £130-£150.

Sample prices:

279p    36.6kg EW Lane, Upper Hulme

275p    38.6kg I Walker, Stone

310p    44kg    J Davies, Biddulph Moor

310p    44kg    R & S Bailey, Rushton Spencer

281p    44kg    D Machin, Rudyard

290p    44kg    J & W Knight, Horton

294p    47.2kg S & J Reeves, Edale

296p    51.2kg R & S Bailey, Rushton Spencer

286p    52.3kg J Drabble, Tideswell Moor


Another strong entry and competitive trade throughout. Best to £150 and heavy Ewes generally £130 and better.

Best Rams to £205 for Ben Shaw.

Overall average at £87/head, with generally a mixed show of breed and quality.

CALVES (100);

Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)       

A lot less on offer this week and trade remains very consistent.


All shapes, sizes and ages represented with the best a joy to sell. Five best topped £340 and sold to £412 for a British Blue from Messrs Fernyhough of Kidsgrove. Medium £210-£300 look easier to buy with the smaller sorts harder work.

28 Blues av £201 to £412          C Fernyhough & Son

4 Sims av £232 to £285             PN Holdcroft

5 Lim av £304 to £370              NE Goodwin & Son


A little bit harder to sell with better sorts generally £200 plus and sold to £225 for a British Blue from Andrew Hulme. Medium £120-£180 with smalls under £100.

20 Blues av £129 to £225          DW & P Hulme

8 Sim av £148 to £215              TD & DA Higginson

3 Lim av £130 to £175              WH Townsend & Son


Less on offer but the Bulls in particular looked good.

10 Angus Bulls to £235             KW Twemlow & Co

2 Here Bulls to £105                 MN Bailey

8 Angus Heifers to £158           KW Twemlow & Co


Almost a rare breed with the best at £72.


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



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