Market Report Tuesday 25th April

Another busy Tuesday at Leek 335 cattle sold, 1,129 sheep and 144 Pigs. A strong trade seen in the barren section with prices up to 220p/kg and 218p/kg, with top headage price of £1701.70.

Quality dairies sold very well with lesser qualities harder to place. Top price of £2360 from the Procross dispersal on behalf of DHW Dashwood.

Sheep trade sharper than expected following the end of the festival. Good numbers forward which sold up to 398p/kg or £160.16 per head. Hogget’s to 348p/kg and £202.50 with cull ewes to £170.

Pigs an exceptional trade with 144 entered, selling up to 216p/kg for bacon pigs.

A good entry of calves forward and more buyers, with the best to £350 for British Blue bulls and Blue heifers to £245.

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
Another excellent trade and prices up to 220p/kg twice for a 755kg Simmental and a 650kg Charolais, both from Home Farm, Rushton Specner, who also sold at 550kg Angus for 218p/kg.

Herefords sold to 192p/kg for a 870kg cow from Marston Park Farm Ltd who also sold a 910kg Hereford for 187p/kg.

Other top prices;
186p 680kg Simmental – JH & KA Thornhill, Disley
185p 615kg Holstein – WG & J Clark, Bradnop
180p 760kg Holstein – S J Hooley, Butley
180p 740kg Holstein – J G Curtis & Son, Basford
179p 765kg Holstein – S J Hooley, Butley
176p 680kg Holstein – W E Turnock & Son, Onecote
176p 545kg Charolais – JH & KA Thornhill, Disley
176p 695kg Holstein – D & JK Mellor, Onecote

Overall average of 171.39p/kg or £1165.16 per head.

Top headage prices of £1701.70 and £1670.40, both for Herefords from Marston Park Farm Ltd. Simmentals to £1661, Holsteins to £1503.60 and Charolais’ to £1430.

A small entry and not best cattle forward but top price of 250p/kg for a 375kg Hereford steer from S & C Wintrip, Stockport and 248p/kg for a 400kg Hereford from the same home.

DAIRIES (164);
Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
A full shed of dairies at Leek on Tuesday saw the best a strong trade with lesser qualities a tad steadier.

Topping the day at £2360 was the last lot sold from the dispersal on behalf of DHW Dashwood. A fresh third calver by TW Goodwhore. She had given 10492kg in her second. She went to Messrs Roberts of Holywell. In-calf heifers topped at £1680 from Messrs Lomas of Calow.

A Montbeliarde second calver by Jeremiah calved in February reached £2240. Hot in pursuit was a milky heifer due in August at £2220. Numerous others were in excess of £2000.

Bulling heifers from Messrs Clark of Bradnop reached £880 with calves from the same home to £200.

PIGS (144);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer – Ed Groves (07964 510145)
An exceptional trade, all types very much in demand. Top price for fats 216p/kg or £212.00/head. A few more sows about topping at 71p/kg. Thanks to all the buyers and vendors, keep the numbers coming.

Porkers were in very strong demand today topping at 214p/kg for 73kg gilts from DB Goldstraw, Meerbrook. Others to 208p/kg for a 66kg pig & 203p/kg for a 63kg pig from C Blackshaw. The average speaks for itself.

Cutting pigs to 212p/kg for DB Goldstraw for 82kg pigs. PF+ PD Parsons, Whitchurch £1saw 207p/kg for 82kg pigs. J&B Fentem had 205p/kg for 77kg pigs and 202p/kg for 84kg pigs.

Bacon pigs topped at 216p/kg from DB Goldstraw for an 88kg pig. Massie farms, Stafford had a run topping at 210p/kg twice for 93 & 89kg pigs, others to 208p/kg x2 & 206p/kg. PF +PD Parsons saw 206p/kg for 86kg pigs. Numerous pens over the 200p/kg mark.

Heavies were also in demand topping at 200p/kg for 106kg pigs from R Rowlinson, Ramshorn. Heavy boars to 178p/g for a 106kg pig from the same home and 170p/kg for a 117kg pig from MR Banham, Bromsgrove

A 231kg clean gilt from R Rowlinson realised 136p/kg or £314.16 in the lump.

Sows topped at 71p/kg for DJ Pope, Buckinghamshire, a run of 5 from the same home realised 60p/kg.

Pig Averages.
Porkers (8); av.200.39p/kg or £143.78/head
Cutting Pigs (32); av 192.87p/kg or £157.31/head
Bacon Pigs (89); av 193.17p/kg or £179.43/head
Heavy Pigs (4); av 186.57p/kg or £202.90/head
Cull Sows (8); av. 59.79p/kg or £173.33/head

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
A modest entry, but numbers slowly increasing. Trade not as fast as expected, but good bidding throughout.

Best on offer to 398p from RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks. Best sorts generally 370p and better, an overall average of 360p.

394p 35.6kg R Brough & Son, Monyash
385p 37.0kg RG & AS Willaimson
388p 38.0kg C G Buckston, Derby
390p 38.3kg R Brough & Son, Monyash
398p 39.7kg RG & AS Willaimson
390p 40.6kg R Brough & Son, Monyash
352p 45.5kg SWP & JA Talbot, Uttoxeter

HOGGETS (780);
Another strong entry selling on a sharper post festival trade than expected. Best hoggs still very well bid for, topping at 348p/kg, and plenty 320p/kg and better.

Big hoggs are also very sharp, topping at £202.50/head, and plenty at £150/head and better.

An overall average of SQQ 303p/kg and 291p/kg overall.

348p 34.3kg IG Forrester, Trent Vale
345p 37.0kg D Hudson, New Mills
332p 38.5kg R Challinor, Dilhorne
338p 40.3kg SJ Pace & Co, Congleton
341p 42.0kg M Jones, Rudyard
336p 43.0kg RA+KD Day, Cheddleton
326p 47.6kg H Hodgkinson + Sons

A reduced entry and a reduced trade as expected.

Best ewes still well bid for, topping at £170/head for Texels, with heavy ewes generally £140 plus.

The overall average till at £100/head albeit £30 back on the week.

CALVES (138);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
Another good show of calves this Tuesday with an increasing number of seasonal buyers finding their way to Leek and looking for good rearing calves.
46 Continental Bulls
Good numbers but a lot of smaller calves on offer with the spring calving herds, still sending quality but young calves to market. Better tyres as always meet a premium and selling to a high of £350 for a Blue from Graham Turnock, Onecote with the better types generally north of £300. Medium bulls £180 – £270 look well sold with plenty of smaller sorts under £120.
29 Blues av £171 to £350 – W E Turnock & Sons
8 Sims av £272 to £325 – RG & AS Williamson
7 Lims av £232 to £340 – I Gregson
39 Continental Heifers
A similar story to the bulls with a lot of spring buyers looking for calves. Best topped at £350 for a Simmy from Andy Williamson with better sorts generally £220 plus. Mediums £140 – £200 with younger sorts under £100.
24 Blues av £137 to £245- W E Turnock & Sons
10 Sims av £201 to £250 – RG & AS Williamson
5 Lims av £142 to £198 – Foker Grange Farm
33 Natives
Always look well sold at Leek.
6 Hereford Bulls av £136 to £195 – R Cooper & Son
9 AA Bulls to £165 – Foker Grange Farm Ltd
8 Hereford Heifers av £92 to £110 – Rowland Partners
10 AA Heifers av £66 to £210 – CC & CJ Lovatt
12 Black & White Bulls
Friesians to £95 with the majority £15 – £50.
7 Reared Calves
A trio of Friesians sold at £330 from Ian Gregson, Hanbury.

Fortnightly Sale of 503 Store & Breeding Cattle
Catalogues Available Online
Fortnightly Sale of Ewes & Hoggs with Lambs at Foot – Please advise of entries! Sale at 11am.
Sale of Store & Breeding Pigs – 10.30am
Sale of Store & Breeding Goats – 11am

The next Peak Farmers Group event is Farm Health and Safety and will take place on Tuesday 9th May at Lower Plumpton Farm, Barmoor Clough, Dove Holes. We will be joined by Amy Gyte & Richard Archer. Amy will be discussing slurry gases and machinery health and safety and will be giving us advice on the topic. Richard will be talking to us about safe cattle handling and demonstrating cattle handling systems. The talk will start at 11am and close at 1pm when lunch will be served. To book a place please give Alice a call on 07904691457 or email

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