Market Report Tuesday 31st January

A busy Tuesday at Leek for the last day of January with 177 Cattle and 1049 sheep entered.

Barren cows a strong trade seeing the best to 200p/kg and £1542.75 per head. More required each week!!

Hoggs saw a varied trade and prices up and down depending on quality. Top price of 278p/kg and £139.92 per head with an overall average of 232.3p/kg. Cull sheep continue to sell well, seeing top prices of £175 and average of 91.28/head.

Dairies in short supply, saw the best cows to £2280 and heifers to £2160.

An uplift in prices for fat pigs this week, with an additional buyer seeing prices back over £2 to 206p/kg for bacon pigs.

A mixed show of calves this week, but the best quality a good price up to £442 for British Blue bulls and heifers to £295.

Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)
A good entry sold on a strong trade seeing the best to 200p/kg for a 615kg British Blue from D J Haynes, Stone and a 610kg Hereford at 191p/kg. A 825kg Hereford realised 187p/kg for A Turnock & Sons, Horton. A 585kg Fleckvieh sold for 190p/kg from Stapleton Farm Services Ltd and a 715kg Angus sold for 184p/kg from Home Farm, Rushton.

Other top prices;
184p 815kg Friesian – D J Wheeldon, Rudyard
180p 705kg Hereford – D B R Farming Services, Meir
179p 535kg Angus – A Turnock & Sons, Horton
177p 710kg Hereford – LAJ Turner & Son, Rownall
177p 715kg Friesian – JE Archer & Sons, Hilton
176p 580kg Montbeliarde – D J Wheeldon, Rudyard
173p 720kg Holstein – WG & J Clark, Bradnop
169p 710kg Angus – MK & DL Griffin, Alstonefield

Overall average of 156.64p/kg or £1011.17 per head.

Top headage price of £1542.75 for the 825kg Angus from A Turnock & Sons, Horton and Friesians to £1499.60; Angus to £1315.60; Cross Breds to £1292.85 and other Herefords at £1269 and £1256.70.

A 1145kg Hereford bull sold for 153p/kg to gross £1751.85 from C W Prime, Dilhorne.

Selling time – 11:30am
Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092)
Another tremendous trade for Dairies in a day when quality was in short supply.

A powerful second calver from the Darwin family of Oxspring, Sheffield topped the day at £2280. Giving 32kg she went to John Bayley of Nuneaton.

Heifers peaked at £2160 from Andrew Armett of West Leake, Leicester also to J Bayley with a second from the same home reaching £2000.

Aged cows were in demand with 4th-6th Calvers repeatedly hitting between £1500-£1700.

More are needed to satisfy demand. For confidential and practical advice call Meg Elliott on 07967 007049.

PIGS (79);
Selling time – 9:15am
Auctioneer –Ed Groves (07964 510145)
A much improved trade today top price 206p/kg for 86kg pigs from JA & B Minshull, Buxton. Averages up 20p/kg on the week. Sows in demand topping at 72p/kg.

Porkers topped at 183p/kg for a 67kg pig from MR Banham, Bromsgrove, who had others to 166p/kg. DH & J Poulson, Llangadog had 68kg pigs to 169p/kg,

Cutters sold to 191p/kg for an 83kg pig from MR Banham, Bromsgrove. DH & J Poulson had 81kg pigs to 190p/kg and 85kg pigs to 172p/kg. J & B Minshull, Buxton had a 78kg pig to 187p/kg, others from the same home realised 185p/kg & 184p/kg for 78kg and 82kg pigs.

Bacon Pigs topped at 206p/kg for 86kg pigs from JA & B Minshull, Buxton, others to 180p/kg from the same home. MR Banham, Bromsgrove saw 192p/kg for 89kg pigs and 186p/kg for 89kg pigs. J & B Fentem Allsop en-le Dale had 88kg pigs to 188p/kg

Just the one heavy pig weighing 111kg realised 174p/kg from DH & J Poulson, Llangadog.

Well meated sows met with strong demand topping at 72p/kg for a 157kg sow from PJ Barker, Charnwood. C Hine, Biddulph had a 278kg sow to 70p/kg.

One cull boar sold to 40p/kg for a 180kg boar from DH & J Poulson, Llangadog.

6 store pigs from C Wardle, Elworth realised £35/head.

Pig Averages.
Porkers (5); av 170.38p/kg or £120.29/head
Cutting Pigs (39); av 172.16p/kg or £138.74/head
Bacon Pigs (29); av 180.72p/kg or £166.70/head
Heavy Pigs (1); av 174.00p/kg or £193.14/head
Cull Sows (5); av 58.69p/kg or £123.01/head

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
HOGGETS (712);
A reasonable entry saw a steady but solid trade. Demand nationally is sluggish and results from today vary from 215-235p generally so overall average of 232p/kg looks very respectable.

Best lambs still wanted and well bid for topping at 280p/kg and numerous pens at 260p and better. There is however a good proportion of very plain sorts and in places these struggled to reach 200p/kg.

Big lambs still adding up well to a top of £139.92/head from Alan Wilshaw.

Sample prices;
274p 37.6kg H Hodgkinson & Sons, Earl Sterndale
270p 36.4kg H Hodgkinson & Sons, Earl Sterndale
270p 35.5kg M Jones, Rudyard
264p 38kg M S Lancaster, Congleton
278p 44kg RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks
274p 42kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
270p 43.7kg G H & M Torr, Bradnop
280p 48.6kg E A Sessions & Sons, Dalbury Lees
270p 49kg G H & M Torr, Bradnop
240p 53.6kg E A Sessions & Sons, Dalbury Lees
212p 66kg A W Wilshaw, Meerbrook

Another strong entry saw a solid trade for the best ewes but second quality harder to sell.

Best Texel’s at £175 from Roger & Simon Bailey. Very best Mules at £115 and very best Suffolks to £142.

Overall average at £91/head.

CALVES (109);
Selling time – 10:00am
Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)
Over 100 calves on offer but not a great deal of quality generally but a very fast trade for all calves on offer.

38 Continental Bulls
4 very smart Blues topped £380 and topped at £442 for a posh (33 days) sort from Sheila McCleavy, Grindley who’s other made £385. Andy Williamson had £415 for his best while Messrs Handford had £380 for their only Blue. Mediums calves £200 – £290 with smaller or plainer bulls under £200 but look well sold.
27 Blues av £209 to £442 – S M McCleavy
4 Sims av £197 to £285 – JA & HE Warrington
7 Lims av £210 to £320 – F E Whittaker & Sons

36 Continental Heifers
Some good sorts about but what a price for the mediums and smalls. Andy Williamson had £295 for his Blue with Andrew Hulme at £285 and £265. Mediums heifers £120 – £170 with just 5 under £100.
22 Blues av £153 to £295 – RG & AS Williamson
3 Sims av £131 to £170 – DG & JA Ball
11 Lims av £116 to £175 – K W Cresswell

10 Natives
A lot less about but strong money. Two Wagyu’s made £200 for a bull and £230 for a heifer.

18 Black & White Bulls
A Brown Swiss made £155; Friesians to £112 and a Dairy Shorthorn at £106. Bottom end sorts £22 – £50.

5 Reared Calves
British Blue Bull (5mths) – £380 C Wardle
Hereford Bull (4mths) – £380 S Clulow

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