Market Report Tuesday 18th July

A very wet day in Leek didn’t dampen the trade with buyers galore.

Dairies, 145 sold, reaching a blistering top price of £2980 for JM & D Shepherd, Hassop

Lambs, an increased seasonal entry saw a competitive trade, topping at 328p/kg.

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Pigs, numbers down a little from last week but a very good trade throughout with Bacon types topping the market at 239p/kg from Massie Farms, Stafford.

Calves saw another strong day with buyers for all types and prices beyond all expectations. Best Bull peaked at £445 for M N Bailey, New Street.

Barren cows saw a slightly larger turnout this week, with the best at 180p/kg from KL Potts, Mottram St. Andrew.


Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

A few more about and all stock looking well sold.

Best on offer to 180p/kg from KL Potts, Mottram St. Andrew for a good Limousin X cow.

Best Dairy Cows to 178p from W E Turnock & Sons, Leek for a 760kg Holstein and G G Hall & Son, Uttoxeter for a 700kg Shorthorn.

Other top prices include:

172p for a Hereford Heifer from S J Hooley with others at 171p x 2, 169p, 168p x 2 and 167p.

Overall average at 149p/kg or £975/head, with as usual, the majority being Dairy Cows.


No best butcher cattle which is a shame as there are customers on hand looking for these.

Simmental bulls sold to 237p to gross £1173.15 PIGS (108); Selling time – 9:15am Auctioneer – Ed Groves (07964 510145) Numbers down on last week but trade very good throughout. Porkers were in demand topping at 232p/kg from M R Barnham, Bromsgrove for 73kg pigs, not so far behind were from J & B Fentem & Sons, Allsop en le Dale at 230p/kg for 76kg pigs and 228p/kg. Cutting pigs topped at 237p/kg from J & B Fentem, Allsop en le Dale for 76kg pigs and 235p/kg x 2 for the same vendor. Bacon pigs sold to 239/kg from Massie Farms, Stafford for 92 kg pigs, others from the same home to 238×2, 237 & 236×4. Heavies topped at 226p/kg for 109kg pigs from PF & PD Parsons & Partners, Redbrook Maelor, C Blackshaw, Sheffield saw a respectable 202p/kg for 114kg pig. Sows topped at 117p/kg for a 268kg pig from MC&E Beattie, Allostock, another 332kg sow from the same home to 102p/kg. Porkers (6); av 229.66p/kg or £166.88/head Cutting Pigs (28); av 227.83p/kg or £179.66head Bacon Pigs (67); av 227.64/kg or £216.77/head Heavy Pigs (5); av 194.13p/kg or £225.58/head Cull Sows (2); av 108.7p/kg or £326.10/head.

DAIRIES (145);

Selling time – 11:30am

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

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* 20 £2000+ * 9 £2500+ *

TOP OF £2980

A bl**dy fantastic day, that’s the only way to describe it. A really quality entry which was justly rewarded with a scorching trade throughout all categories.

The day started with a great run of calves nearly all of which were £300+ topping at £350.

The trade for milkers surpassed all expectations with a good proportion of the entry £2000 and above. Taking top honours was the Shepherd family fresh back from their successes at the Yorkshire Show. A Secretariat daughter giving 40kg caught the eye of Andrew Hulme who took her home to Basford at £2980. They also had a second heifer, a Westcoast Ardor daughter to £2750 to the Bradbury family of Earl Sterndale.

Hot in pursuit were the Critchlow family of Cubley who saw their best heifer reach £2920 to N Moss of Meerbrook. Their second heifer made £2780 to a regular purchaser. A second calver from the same home reached £2800 to L Neville of Matlock.

In-calf heifer topped at £1780 from G Forrester of Abbots Bromley with a Shorthorn In-calf heifer from Messrs Darwin of Sheffield to £1720.

We were fortunate to have a superb entry of youngstock from two very good Derbyshire herds. These were keenly sought after with 14-16 month old heifers repeatedly exceeding £1000 to top at £1130.

Plenty of sales being booked. Keep your eyes pealed on the Facebook page.


Selling time 11:00am

Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)

LAMBS (1101);

An increased seasonal entry saw a competitive trade throughout. Trade back slightly on the week but compares very well with other outlets on the same day with an SQQ of 278p/kg.

Best lambs very well bid for, to a top at 328p/kg and plenty of well-shaped well fleshed lambs at 300p and better.

Best big lambs averaging £159/head.

Although trade is less, the overall average still very encouraging at £116.50/head.

Sample Prices:

328p 45kg JM Robinson, Swythamley

323p 44.5kg D Williams, Basford

314p 39.5kg IE & M Wilson, Hollington

312p 37kg JM Robinson, Swythamley

309p 39.25kg I Walker, Stone

308p 42kg B Vernon, Rocester

303p 45.67kg D Williams, Basford

301p 37kg L Renshaw, Church Broughton

300p 53kg KA & KJ Shelley, Blythe Bridge

298p 37.5kg IE & M Wilson, Hollington

298p 52kg KA & JR Burgess, Heaton


Short on numbers but not on trade with all Ewes looking well sold. Best sort to £178 for Continental Ewes, best Mules to £130/head and very good sorts at £92/head.

Overall average at £103.43

CALVES (152);

Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)

A very good entry of calves on offer sold on a sharp trade throughout with buyers for all types. Best Bull peaked at £445 for M N Bailey, New Street, with 3 over the £400 barrier. In the heifers, best strong sorts peaked at £375 for the same vendor, with 4 over £300.

52 Continental Bulls

Demand very good throughout with plenty of farmer buyers operating, realising an average of £239.

14 Simmental av £269 to £445 M N Bailey, New Street

6 Limousin av £256 to £300 M N Bailey, New Street

32 British Blues av £222 to £415 H W Heath & Son, Stone.

31 Continental Heifers

As with Bulls, plenty of bidders with best strong sorts selling at a premium, with an average of £180.

9 Simmental av £225 to £340 M N Bailey, New Street

4 Limousin av £159 to £265 J Kirkham, Sutton

18 British Blue av £161 to £345 DW & P Hulme, Basford.

35 Natives

A mixed lot on offer with wide variety of prices recorded. A strong Hereford Heifer topped at £375 for M N Bailey, New Street.

7 Hereford Bulls av £137 to £278 SJ Hooley, Butley

13 Hereford Heifers av £129 to £375 M N Bailey

13 Aberdeen Angus Bulls av £122 to £285 RJ Allcock

4 Aberdeen Angus Heifers av £117 to £210 R&R Moss

15 Black & White Bulls

Friesian Bulls av £46 to £62 Misson Organic Farming

Friesian Heifers topped £68 Misson Organic Farming

Shorthorn Bulls av £81 to £185 R A Lomas

4 Reared Calves

Bidding still strong for all types with best rearing sorts over £100/head and processing calves in the £40-£60 range.



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