Leek Market Report for Tuesday 14th January 2020

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A quieter Tuesday, but plenty of trade about, especially for sheep, with butchers hogget’s to 237p/kg with an SQQ average of 215p/kg! Ewes also in very high demand selling to £139.

Dairies sold to £2080 for a heifer from John Allan, Tutbury with cows to £1660. Don’t forget Pedigree week next Tuesday, catalogues will be available soon.

A good number of barren cattle forward, with black & whites to 120p/kg and bulls to 116p/kg, and average of 91.47p/kg.

A shortage of fat pigs, but those forward sold well topping at 138p/kg for bacon pigs and weaners to £50/head.

A real shortage of calves, but a superb trade for those who brought in stock with a top of £365 for a British Blue bull calf and Heifers to £300.


Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

A good number of cattle forward, and a decent trade for the qualities on offer. Shortage of better beef cattle forward, with black & whites to 120p/kg for a 690kg Friesian from R & M Green & Sons, with a 610kg Holstein realising 118p/kg for J & R Maydew, Consall.

Other top prices;

116p 675kg Friesian - B W Swindells, Onecote

116p 740kg Friesian - T Swinson & Partners, Caverswall

114p 705kg Shorthorn - R & M Green & Sons, Whiston

110p 800kg Holstein - P F Gilman, Thorncliffe

110p 935kg Holstein - G P Broadsmith, Lymm

110p 655kg Holstein - RG & AS Williamson

109p 745kg Holstein - S J Hooley, Butley

Top headage price of £1028.50 for the 935kg Holstein from G P Broadsmith, with others at £880.

Overall average of 91.47p/kg or £654.79.

A Simmental bull weighing 1060kg sold for 116p/kg (£1229.60) from John Fernyhough, Swythamley.


Selling time – 10:45am approx.

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

A real shortage of clean today, with a 460kg Limousin steer realising 159p/kg from FW & RC Hodgkinson, Gawsworth, and two Holstein bulls weighing 660kg to realise 149p/kg and 590kg to realise 148p/kg from AW Kennerley & Son, Betley.


Selling time – 11:00am

Auctioneers – Meg Elliott (07967 007049) & Mark Elliott (07973 673092) Quality was a little mixed on Tuesday with trade a touch easier than on previous weeks.

Top heifer however still passed the £2000 mark with a Monument Impression daughter from the Leaventhorpe herd of John Allan reaching £2080.

Other heifers were to £1870, £1820 and £1800 respectively from John Hollingworth, David Cotton and Andrew Mills.

Cows reached £1660 for a strong second calver from the Gallimore family, Kingstone.

In-calf heifers reached £1360 with a group of bulling heifers to £640, to average £626.

Next week is the Pedigree sale so look out for the catalogue online.

PIGS (89);

Selling time – 9:15am

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

As seen in other sections, there was a shortage of fat pigs on offer this Tuesday, with a large number of weaners making up the entry.

Pork pigs sold to 118p/kg for a 75kg pig from J & B Fentem, Alsop en le Dale.

Cutting pigs topped at 126p/kg for a 78kg pig from the Fentems, who sold other cutters at 124p/kg, 120p/kg and 118p/kg.

Bacon pigs sold to 138p/kg for a pair of 97kg pigs from J Davenport, Gawsworth, with others at 126p/kg for 87kg pigs from J & B Fentem, who sold others at 124p/kg twice and PF & PD Parsons, Whitchurch sold 102kg pigs at 122p/kg, and 122p/kg also being achieved for 98kg pigs from J Davenport.

Cull sows sold to 74p/kg for a 285kg sow from PF & PD Parsons, and two sows at 68p/kg and 64p/kg from JW & B Bennett, Abbots Bromley.


Pork Pigs (1) av 118p/kg or £88.50/head

Cutting Pigs (8) av 120.29p/kg or £98.94/head

Bacon Pigs (39) av 118.22p/kg or £110.70/head

Cull Sows (3) av 69.40p/kg or £153.15/head

Weaners sold to £50 for a pen of 10 34kg pigs from J Ball, Betchon. 20kg weaners sold at £25 for a pen on 9 from Angus Lockett, Rushton.


Selling time 11:00am

Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)


A seasonal entry, not helped by the adverse weather over the last couple of days.

Trade was exceptional from start to finish and more than double could have been sold, with many orders not entirely filled!

Best sorts regularly 225p - 237p/kg with S J Pace & Co,

Congleton topped the trade.

SQQ average of 215p/kg indicates the excellent level of demand throughout and an overall average of 209p/kg!!


Sample prices;

232p 39kg H White, Snelston

237p 40.6kg S J Pace & Co, Congleton

236p 40.3kg S J Pace & Co, Congleton

235p 41.4kg S J Pace & Co, Congleton

235p 40kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside

232p 40.5kg G & A Peach, Clifton

236p 46.3kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside

219p 50kg James Swindells, Elkstones.


Good to see more about and another solid trade. Best on offer topped at £139/head from R & S Bailey for good Texels.

Best Suffolk ewes to £110/head and best mules approaching £90. Overall average of £78.74.

CALVES (62);

Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)

Very disappointing numbers but trade fantastic with buyers wanting the calves.

21 Continental Bulls av £224.43

Trade very good as is the case at present. 5 best topped £330, all blues with a high of £365 for Messrs Clowes.

Mediums £200 - £280 with a handful of plainer sorts under £200.

12 Blues av £239 to £365 - R & T Clowes & Son

3 Sims av £261 to £295 - Woodward Partners

6 Lim/Cha av £188 to £275 - RG & AS Williamson

25 Continental Heifers av £183.20

Very strong money with the average up with all buyers operating. Blues topped at £300 for a posh month old calf from Andrew Hulme. 7 best over £230, mediums £160 -

£210 with smalls under £150.

14 Blues av £210 to £300 - D W & P Hulme

7 Lims av £145 to £235 - RG & AS Williamson

4 Char av £156 to £230 - D & G Tudor

11 Native Hereford & Angus

Only a handful but Angus bulls sold to £220 for P & H Botham and Angus heifers at £140 for D & W Davenport.

5 Black & White Bulls

From £30 to £50 for processing.




Fortnightly Sale of Barren & Clean Cattle

* NO SIX DAY RULE * Stock taken from 2pm

Next Sale: 30th January 2020



Monthly Sale of Store and Breeding Pigs

Entries Invited



Catalogued Sale of Store and Breeding Cattle

Entries Close Friday 10th January

Next Sale: 1st February 2020



Monthly Pedigree Dairy Sale

To Include Holsteins, British Friesians, Shorthorns

Entries Invited



Catalogued Sale of Store & Breeding Sheep

Entries Close Friday 31st January