Market Report Tuesday 22nd August

A busy Tuesday in Leek with the Dairy section kicking off with some beautiful Calves topping at £275 for a 36 day old Heifer.

A good show of lambs this week and lots of quality selling on a solid trade. Best lambs up to 300p/kg and £140.16, to average 253p/kg overall. Cull sheep well sought after, with the best to £169 and average of £91.

 Not enough barren cattle for the buyers and more required each week please! Top prices of 169p/kg for Bazadaise.

Pigs continue to sell at a pace, Sows on fire to 145p and Stores to £104/head.

Less Calves on offer this week but sales still looking similar and plenty of buyers on hand.

 BARREN COWS (15); Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

Barren cows are in short supply but a firm trade up to 169p/kg for a 495kg Bazadaise cow for G Mason of Macclesfield.

 Other top prices:

149p/kg – 710kg Shorthorn       D Burton

147p/kg – 670kg Holstein         D & J Moseley Ltd

139p/kg – 680kg Holstein         C W Pearce

136p/kg – 685kg Holstein         R J Clowes & Sons

Top Headage Price £1057.90 for a Shorthorn for D Burton


An entry of cattle generally requiring further finishing saw good competition up to 224p/kg for a 460kg Aberdeen Angus Steer from E T Simpson and another 420kg
Aberdeen Angus Steer from the same vendor at 218p/kg

A 605kg Hereford Steer for T J Partington of Burton-on-Trent achieved 215p and a 590kg Hereford Steer from the same vendor 213p.

Top headage price £1300.75

PIGS (139);

Selling time – 9:15am Auctioneer – Ed Groves (07964 510145)

Well what a trade the averages very much do speak from themselves and long may it continue No fats below 210p today topping at 243p. Sows on fire to 145p and Stores to £104/head. 

Porkers toped at 236p fro J&B Fentem. DH & J Poulson, Carmarthen had porkers to 234p and R Watson, Chester had pigs to 230p.

Cutters topped at 242p from J&B Fentem who had others to 241p, 240p, 238p. DH&J Poulson had pigs to 239p R&L Vernon had boars to 227p.

 Baconer topped at 243p from Massie Farms who had others to 242p, 242×3, 240p x2. MC&EA Beattie had pigs to 241p x2, 240p, 239×2, DB Goldstraw had pigs to 240p and PF+PD Parsons had pigs to 239p.

Sows topped at 145p or £338 from DH&J Poulson who had another to 122p.

Abbotsholme School had a nice pen of 8 Store pigs weighing 40kg realising £104/head.

 Pig Averages.

Porkers (5);                  av 233.71p/kg or £152.38/head

Cutting Pigs (37);         av 231.94p/kg or £187.94/head

Bacon Pigs (87);           av 236.40p/kg or £222.11/head

Cull Sows (2);              av.132.18p/kg or £323.18/head

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

The sale commenced with some beautiful calves from Richard Toon and the Sigley Family at Consall. Topping at £275 for a 36 day old Heifer from the Sigley’s and Mr Toon topped at £245.

In the milkers, top call at £1800 twice for both cows and heifers.

Oliver Easom at Broom House Farm topped the cows with a pedigree second calver sold giving 43kg to PJ Yates at Kedleston.

The heifers, again at £1800 for the Riley’s of Longnor, sold giving 28kg and recently calved, caught the eye of Dave Clowes at Lower Above Park Farm.

Stronger British Friesian type heifers in the £1400 – £1500 range for those 25kg and above.

Several Herd Sales coming up.

 SHEEP SECTION Selling time 11:00am Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)


A good entry saw a lesser trade, but early indications show it looks well against other outlets on the same day.

Best sorts to 300p/kg for light weights and best type lambs still generally 275p/kg and better.

 Best big lambs at £140.16/head.

 Overall average of 253/kg.

 Sample prices;

300p    32kg    W Smith, Basford

280p    32kg    EF & JE Beswick, Grindon

286p    37kg    GG Burton, Repton

286p    38kg    KR Spencer & JD Jones, Butterton

294p    42kg    F Hudson, Stoke-on-Trent

292p    42.6kg F Hudson, Stoke-on-Trent

288p    45kg    FW & JF Brookes, Crakemarsh

270p    46kg    GG Burton, Repton

292p    48kg    S Johnson, Cheadle

265p    53kg    J Gilman & Partners, Bosley

 CULL SHEEP (303);

A surprising lift in numbers saw a solid trade again with best types at £169 for Texels and £128 for best mules, with best horned ewes at £70 plus.

 Overall average at £91 for a mixed quality entry.

 CALVES (111); Selling time – 10:00am Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)

Less on offer after the big show last week and trade generally similar with a few continental heifers looking easier to buy.

 27 Continental Bulls

Less numbers but a solid trade with the best particularly looking well sold. 5 best topped £360 with an Andy Williamson special at the top of the pile at £398 for
a Blue.

13 Blue Bulls av £263 to £398 – RG & AS Williamson

4 Sims av £162 to £280 – S & M Huxley

5 Lims av £253 to £370 – K W Cresswell

2 Char/Blo av £372 to £375 – D & G Tudor

2 X Bred INRA95 av £246 to £258 – J Hughes

 47 Continental Heifers

Generally, a little less money with the best good but some medium calves good to buy. 12 best topped £200 with a lovely Limousin for KW Cresswell at £290. Medium £130 – £170 with smalls around £100.

36 Blues av £150 to £235 – Woodward Partners

5 Sims av £150 to £230 – S & M Huxley

6 Lims av £145 to £290 – K W Cresswell

 23 Natives

Good to sell, native heifers better than the Continentals.

4 Hereford Bulls to £165 – GJ Tideswell

4 AA Bulls to £192 – PE Holmes & Son

4 Hereford Heifers to £120 – DI Ball

10 AA Heifers to £140 – PE Holmes & Son

 14 Black & White Bulls

Better sold throughout with more interest in all qualities. Friesians to £125; Holsteins to £105; Swedish to £100 and Monty’s to £210. Smaller sorts £33-£60 today.

Average £79.


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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. 



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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