Leek Market for Tuesday 20th March 2018

A good day at Leek Market following the wintery weekend. The Pedigree Dairy Sale saw a nice entry forward to a top of £2180 for a fresh heifer from James Harrison of Cheadle.

Prime sheep were an electric trade today with a shortage of stock everywhere in the country. Top prices of 296p/kg and £156.60 per head for hogget’s to average overall 234.85p/kg and £110.14 per head. Ewes sold to £132 and Ewes with lambs to £165.

A shortage of Barrens for the trade that was on offer with cows to 160p/kg for Holsteins and overall average at 116.71p/kg or £679.84 per head. A neat Blue heifer realised 207p/kg in the clean section.

More bite to the calf trade this week with returning faces around the ring and averages up across the board. Top call of £395 & £380 for Simmental bull calves from John Fernyhough.

A solid trade for pigs with top prices of 140p/kg (£128.33 per head) for bacon pigs.

BARREN COWS (46);

Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

A cracking trade for barren cattle today with a top of 160p/kg for a 575kg Holstein from E Morley & Sons, Derby with others at 142p for a 660kg Holstein from the same home with another at 142p/kg for a 685kg Montbeliarde from E Morten & Sons, Barmoor Clough, who had another at 140p/kg for a 545kg Holstein.

A 625kg Blonde from W Nixon of Congleton sold well at 138p/kg with a 585kg Holstein from John Plant, Bradnop realising 134p/kg.

Other top prices include;

135p 835kg Hereford - Thorley Bros, Doveridge

135p 675kg Holstein - E Morley & Sons, Derby

131p 680kg Holstein - E Morley & Sons, Derby

130p 615kg Friesian - F J Gould & Son, Longnor

129p 755kg Holstein - R J Clowes & Son, Kingsley

128p 420kg Friesian - J Hill & Son, Luscoe

128p 690kg Limousin - A Shaw, Uttoxeter

Overall average of 116.71p/kg and £679.84.

Top headage prices as follows;

£1127.25 835kg Hereford - Thorley Bros

£973.95 755kg Holstein - R J Clowes & Son

£972.70 685kg Montbeliarde - E Morten & Sons

An overaged steer from N Waring sold for 130p/kg for a 640kg Holstein to gross £832.

A 1055kg Limousin bull from W Nixon, Congleton sold well at 129p/kg to gross £1360.95.

CLEAN CATTLE;

Selling time – 10:45am approx.

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

A small entry of clean today, with a British Blue heifer at 470kg realising 207p/kg for P & PD Okill, Marton who also for another British Blue heifer for 184p/kg weighing 555kg.

Friesian young bulls sold well to 179p (475kg), 174p (495kg) and 173p (500kg) for J E Archer & Sons, Hilton.

Top headage price today of £1021.20 & £972.90 for heifers with bulls to £865 and Friesian steers to £916.50.

DAIRIES (98);

Selling time – 11:00am

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

Although quality was distinctly lacking in the monthly pedigree sale this month the best sold exceptionally well with the best heifer just short of £2200 with numerous others £1900-£2000.

Topping the day was James Harrison of Cheadle with his heifer Newclose Ruth 105. By Morningview Levi her dam had given 8960kg back to a 11650kg G.Dam. Sold giving 35.5kg she caught the eye of Eric Parkes who took her home to Melton Mowbray. Her daughter by Topcroft Pesky Trix made £250 to Andrew Stone of Onecote. James also had his second heifer to £1920 to Keith and Heather Wilson of Crewe.

Cows peaked at £1900 for a second calver from the Broadley family of Hartington. She went to Messrs Mansell of Newport. Hot on her heels at £1880 was another second calver from the Stubbs family of Tissington.

Great support for the short notice herd dispersal saw an Ayrshire Cross heifer to £1100.

Next week we have the herd dispersal on behalf of the Ball family. A 50% block calving Autumn/Spring Herd the sale features many crossbreds including Fleckvieh and Norwegian Red.

1st Quality Heifers to £2180 av £2033

2nd Quality Heifers to £1600 av £1600

1st Quality Cows to £1900 av £1890

2nd Quality Cows to £1670 av £1564

PIGS (62);

Selling time – 9:15am

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

A small entry forward today but a solid trade for the stock on offer.

Pork pigs at 71kg sold to 116p/kg for W Gregson, Preston, to gross £82.36. Cutting pigs sold to 116p/kg (£ 89.32) at 77kg from J & B Fentem & Sons who also sold 80kg pigs to 110p/kg (£88).

Bacon pigs topped at 140p/kg (£128.33) for 91.5kg pigs from W Gregson who had another pen at 134p/kg (£118.37). The Fentem family sold bacon pigs to 126p/kg (100kg) & 122p/kg (101kg).

Heavy pigs sold to 102p/kg (109.3kg) and 98p/kg (111kg) for J & B Fentem & Sons.

Only 2 cull sows forward today selling to 60p/kg (243kg) and 51p/kg (224kg) for Marsden & Paddock, Cheadle.

SHEEP SECTION;

Selling time 11:00am

Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)

BUTCHERS HOGGETS (356);

A seasonal entry with numbers short everywhere. Trade was through the roof up to 296p/kg or £156.60/head.

Best types all 270p and above with the top 5 pens averaging 284.8p. Big lambs selling to 290p for 54kg. 52kg and over averaged 227p or £126/head.

Overall average of £110.14 per head of 234.85p/kg with only one pen below 200p!

Many more required every week!!

Sample prices;

275p 36.4kg FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate

296p 40kg A J Gilman, Elkstones

282p 45kg A J Gilman, Elkstones

277p 40kg FS & MJ Heath, Pipe Gate

294p 48.8kg R & S Bailey, Rushton Spencer

268p 45.8kg D Williams, Basford

290p 54kg R & S Bailey, Rushton Spencer

234p 57.9kg P A Hammersley, Thurvaston

CULL SHEEP (128);

An excellent trade throughout to a top of £132 from David Goldstraw of Meerbrook for Texel ewes with others at £122 from the Lancaster family. The top 5 pens averaged £123.40.

Best mules selling £80 - £98 per head; Suffolk’s to £105. Many more could be sold each week.

STORE SHEEP (17);

Unsurprisingly only a small entry saw ewes with twins to £165 per family.

Cade lambs sold to £10.

CALVES (148);

Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)

Similar numbers forward with more continental but less black & whites with a new buyer at the ringside pushing up prices across the board.

54 Continental Bulls av £286.37

More bite to the trade with improved orders at ringside. Best calves good to sell as always. 10 best bulls topped £350 with a high of £395 and £380 for Simmental bulls from John Fernyhough, Swythamley. Mediums £280 - £340 with smaller and younger sorts generally £240 - £270.

23 Blues av £299 to £380 - S & M Huxley & Son, Talke

16 Sims av £307 to £395 - J Fernyhough, Swythamley

15 Lims av £243 to £355 - J Kirkham, Sutton

39 Continental Heifers av £190.92

Trade slightly better, not as much as the bulls but still better! A super Blue topped at £300 for S & M Huxley, Tale. Half the heifers topped £200 with younger sorts generally £150 - £200.

15 Blues av £201 to £300 - S & M Huxley & Son, Talke

10 Sims av £210 to £245 - J Fernyhough, Swythamley

14 Lims av £166 to £230 - A Litchfield, Newborough

32 Native Hereford & Angus

Bulls a strong trade with Angus to £262 for F A Cotton, Tean who also had a heifer at £170. Steve Ryder had a Hereford heifer at £185.

23 Black & White Dairy Bulls av £58.47

Nearly all for processing today on four different accounts, therefore strong competition. Best bulls £65 plus and up to £115. Medium sorts £40 - £60 with 4 smaller bulls from £32.

Next Week

6 Blue & Limousin weanlings (3-5 mths) from a local farmer.

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TUESDAY 27TH MARCH 2018

Dispersal Sale of the Entire Herd 130 Head, (Many Norwegian Red & Fleckvieh x) on behalf of Mr I Ball, Three Nooks Farm, Horton, Nr Leek, Staffs.

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THURSDAY 29TH MARCH

RED MARKET

Fortnightly Sale of Barren & Clean Cattle

Entries taken from 2pm onwards

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Sale to Commence at 4pm

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SATURDAY 31ST MARCH

Catalogued Sale of Store & Breeding Cattle

Sale to Commence at 10am

Entries Close Friday 23rd March

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TUESDAY 3RD APRIL

Fortnightly Sale of Ewes with Lambs at Foot

To be sold following the usual Sheep entry (Approx. 12.30pm)

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TUESDAY 10TH APRIL

Easter Spring Lamb Show & Sale

Schedules Available

Show at 10.30am. Sale at 11am

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SATURDAY 14TH APRIL

Catalogued Sale of Store & Breeding Cattle

Sale to Commence at 10am

Entries Close Friday 6th April

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TUESDAY 17TH APRIL

Catalogued Pedigree Dairy Sale

Catalogues Available

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