Market Report Tuesday 3rd October

A rain and Sunshine mix for the start of October, seeing a good trade throughout in Leek.

147 Calves on offer, meeting with a brisk trade.

32 Dairies on offer with something for everyone

Once again, a good trade in the Barrens seeing a top price of 177p/kg.

Bumper entry of 164 Pigs with Fats topping at 228p

Another busy day in the sheep shed with 1100 Lambs


Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

A similar entry and trade with a 730kg Hereford Cow selling for 177p/kg from B W Swindells of Onecote with a 790kg Limousin for H G Nutter selling for 171p/kg and an 845kg Holstien from W E Turnock & Sons achieving 169p/kg .

Other top prices:
665kg Limousin to 169p/kg       H G Nutter

710kg Shorthorn to 165p/kg      S J Hooley

700kg Shorthorn to 164p/kg      D & G Moseley

710kg Limousin to 164p/kg       H G Nutter

650kg Friesian to 160p/kg         T Swinson & Partners

Overall average 141.13p/kg at £955.48/head.

A 905kg Hereford Stock Bull achieved 150p/kg, £1357.50


A small entry but plenty of bidders for the quality on offer.

A 720kg, 30 month old Shorthorn Steer from B J Bailey from Biddulph Park achieved 230p/kg to gross at £1656.00.

PIGS (164);

Selling time – 9:15am

Auctioneer –Ed Groves (07964 510145)

Bumper entry of pigs this Tuesday with 164 head sold. Fats sold to a solid trade topping at 228p, a few plainer, coloured and leaner sorts reflected in the averages.  More sows about with trade back on previous weeks topping at 100p.

Porkers topped at 226p from DB Goldstraw. A run from R Brough, Pikehall sold to 206p, 198p

Cutters sold to 221p from J&B Fentem who had others to 218p. 214p & 206p. R Brough sold pigs to 218p, 214p, 210p &192p.

Baconers sold to 228p from D B Goldstraw who sold others to 226, x2. Massie farms had a run to 224 x2, 222, 220×4. 

Heavies sold to 192p from Massie Farms. R Rowlinson sold a 130kg gilt to 186p.

Sows topped at 100p from R Rowlinson. Others to 84p, 80p & 50p.

Two pens of store pigs sold to £66 for 40kg stores from Robinson Partners, and 35kg stores to £61,

Pig Averages.

Porkers (10);                av 193.46p/kg or £136.58/head

Cutting Pigs (28);         av 201.81p/kg or £166.28/head

Bacon Pigs (82);           av 194.74p/kg or £181.47/head

Heavies (27);                av.162.09p/kg or £174.28/head

Sow(4);                        av.  68.70p/kg or £190.47/head


Selling time – 11:30am

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

A good entry of Dairy Cattle this week with something for everyone from older cows through to newly calved Heifers as well as In-Calf and youngstock.

A fresh Calved Heifer from P & M Critchlow from Cubley topped at £1740 for a pedigree Heifer. Three others topped £1600. A run of In-Calf Heifers from University of Nottingham sold for £1340 to £1440.


Selling time 11:00am

Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)

LAMBS (1100).

Another solid entry and demand stronger on the week with a solid trade throughout.

Best Lambs topping at 302p/kg and better sorts generally 275p and better.

Best big Lambs to £155/head. Heavy lambs generally much easier to sell.

Overall average at 257p/kg and overall headage at £110.40.

Sample prices:

278p    33kg    I Walker, Stone

282p    39kg    LE Shaw, Sturston

275p    41.4kg JF Kirkham, Buxton

276p    42kg    JW Bailey, Congleton

300p    43.7kg R & S Bailey, Rushton Spencer

275p    45.4kg Bagshaw, Chelmorton

302p    47kg    D Williams, Basford

278p    48.7kg PJ Harrison, Priestcliffe

278p    49.1kg J & W Knight, Horton

280p    49.4kg EA Sessions & Sons, Dalbury Lees

292p    53kg    EA Sessions & Sons, Dalbury Lees

287p    53kg    A Byatt, Leek


Less about and demand generally sharper, topping at £185 for very heavy Charolais Rams from R Wood of Bradnop.

Best Texel Ewes to £150 from K House.

Best Mules generally £95 to £110.

Overall average of £99/head.

CALVES (147);

Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)

A good show of 147 Calves met brisk bidding throughout.


Overall average of £238

An excellent show with best rearing sorts attracting brisk bidding to peak at £445 for British Blues and £425 for Charolais.

Blues av £215 to £445              DW & P Hulme

Char av £355 to £425                D & G Tudor

Lim av £250 to £360                 D & G Tudor

Sims av £263 to £350               S J Hooley


Overall average £167

Plenty of bidding for all types with a strong Simmental topping £295 and British Blues
to £315.

Blues av £165 to £315              DR & A Shuker

Lim av £192 to £235                 F E Whittaker & Sons

Sim av £165 to £295                 S J Hooley


Two Aberdeen Angus Bulls from Twemlows attracted brisk bidding to peak at £265.

Angus Bulls av £116 to £265    K W Twemlow & Co

Angus Heifers av £67 to £82     P & H Botham

Hereford Bulls £73 to £85         I & GE Gregson

Hereford Heifers av £44 to £62  G Baskerville & Co


Still plenty of demand for all types with Friesian Cross Continentals from the SaltFamily selling Bulls to £240 and Heifers to £165.



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.



Store & Breeding Cattle Sale



Store & Breeding Cattle Sale

Closing Date for Entries Friday 13th October



Store & Breeding Cattle Sale

Closing Date for Entries Friday 27th October


Veterinary Attestation Rule for farmers to be introduced on 13th December 2023

If you are Red Tractor Farm Assured, you do not need to complete the veterinary declaration. However, if you are not Red Tractor Farn Assured you need to contact your vet to obtain a signed declaration that you have received a vet’s visit to your farm within the last 12 months.

One way to achieve this is to enrol on the Government’s Animal Health & Welfare Pathway Scheme which provides funding for a vet’s visit to your farm.

Alternatively, your vet may be prepared to sign a declaration when attending the farm to do TB tests.

If you have any questions, please speak to our Market Office who will be pleased to help.

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