Leek Market Report for Tuesday 20th November 2018

An excellent entry of dairies for the monthly pedigree sale attracted a great crowd, with buyers for all types. A top price of £2320 for an exceptional milky heifer from the Crooks family of Staveley.

Handy-weight lambs were in very good demand today with a top price of 203p/kg with heavier lambs being harder to sell.

Barrens were a little less on the week, but a good entry forward. Top price of 155p/kg for Herefords. Short supply of clean cattle with a top of 183p/kg. More required each week please!

Pigs were a good trade again this week, with a top of 124p/kg for bacon pigs. Weaners sold to £42/head.

A few less calves about this week with a higher proportion of plainer sorts about. Top price of £398 for a Limousin bull calf and Limousin heifers to £325


Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

Barrens were a little less this week but prices compare well to other outlets.

Two overage heifers sold a 155p/kg for a 580kg Hereford and 550kg Hereford for 150p/kg from Rushton Spencer.

Barrens sold to 112p/kg for a 650kg Holstein from IJ & AM Barks, Blackshaw Moor with a 635kg British Blue from CS, JJ & WE Bower, Hollingworth.

Other top prices;

100p 725kg Charolais - W B Moss, Rainow

97p 615kg Limousin - Oliver Brothers, Sheen

97p 795kg Holstein - W G & J Clark, Bradnop

94p 645kg Wagyu - CS, JJ & WE Bower, Hollingworth

93p 940kg Montbeliarde - FA & TM Cotton, Tean

92p 715kg Angus - N G Sidebottom, Marple

92p 645kg Friesian - Oliver Brothers, Sheen

Overall average of 78.65p/kg or £508.84 per head.

Top headage price of £899 for Herefords with Montbeliarde’s at £874.20.

Overage Hereford steers at 160p/kg for a 490kg beast from G A Wise, Audley with a 675kg Blonde at 127p/kg.


Selling time – 10:45am approx.

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

A small entry of clean cattle this week with trade similar to that of recent weeks.

Top price of 189p/kg for a 605kg Simmental bull from Rushton Spencer.

Steers topped at 183p/kg twice for two 625kg Angus’ from J R Hall of Endon.

Heifers topped at 162p/kg for a 535kg Hereford and 155p/kg for a 515kg Hereford from Rushton Spencer.

Top headage price of £1143.75 for the two steers with bulls to £1143.45 and heifers to £866.70.

DAIRIES (118);

Selling time – 11:00am

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

An amazing atmosphere in the dairy shed yesterday at Leek which was packed with both cows and purchasers. The ringside was buzzing at selling time with trade setting of at a fierce rate that continued right to the very end.

7 passed the £2000 barrier with the top 23 averaging a fantastic £1876 with vendors rewarded handsomely for showing quality stock.

Topping the day at £2320 for an exceptionally milky heifer was Stephen Crooks of Staveley for his Cangen Pinkman daughter. Giving 32kg she was eventually clinched by the Parker family of Haughton after spirited bidding. Stephen also had his second heifer to by the same bull to £2000 to Messrs Drabble.

Next in line at £2200 was an Apina Norman daughter from the Cubley Herd of Phillip and Marilyn Critchlow. She went to Andrew Hulme of Basford.

The entry of 5 heifers from regular vendors Messrs Easom of Oakerthorpe saw 2 pass £2000, a further 2 at £1940 and £1920 to average £1878.

First time vendors Messrs Manford of Kent saw there entry of 10 heifers top at £1900 with even some lighter weight types over £1500.

Superb numbers saw 118 pass through the ring with a 100% clearance with all milkers including those with faults averaging £1593.

Big numbers expected next week including another 10 fresh heifers from Ann Bodicote from her NMR recorded herd, 8 – 10 from regular vendor Andrew Mills (Non Milk Seller) and 6 – 8 from another vendor. It is also worth noting that we have reserved Tuesday 11th December for a Pedigree Herd Dispersal of 140 Head. Further details in due course.

Plans are coming together nicely for the Christmas Show and Sale on Tuesday 18th December. We are grateful to the Hargreaves family who have agreed to act as Master Judge.

We are also pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Autumn Show and Sale for the Shorthorn Society in October next year as part of the monthly pedigree sale. Anybody with any enquiries should not hesitate to give me a ring on 07967 007049.

1st Quality Heifers to £2320 av £1876

2nd Quality Heifers to £1630 av £1512

2nd Quality Cows to £1630 av £1548

All Milkers Av £1593


PIGS (119);

Selling time – 9:15am

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

Another similar trade for pigs, and vendors going away satisfied with prices achieved.

Only one pork pig at 75kg realising 108p/kg from J & B Fentem.

Cutting pigs sold to 120p/kg for a 76kg pig from J & B Fentem who sold a pair of 84.5kg pigs at 118p/kg and 84.6kg pigs at 116p/kg. S Bailey, Biddulph sold a pair of 85kg pigs for 115p/kg.

Bacon pigs sold to 124p/kg for 101.6kg pigs from R Wilson, Oldham who also sold a 99kg pig for 120p/kg. Steve Bailey sold 86.5kg pigs at 118p/kg with Chris Hine selling 96.5kg pigs at 118p/kg also.

Heavier pigs sold to 112p/kg for a 110kg pig from J W Bailey, Cloudside with a pair of 107kg pigs at 111p/kg from Chris Hine.

Cull gilts sold to 63p/kg for a 309kg gilt from H Salt & Son, Grindon who also sold a 284kg gilt at 60p/kg. Sows sold to 55p/kg for a 314kg sow from N S Burgin, Dronfield who also sold a 271kg sow at 48p/kg.


Pork Pigs (1) av 108p/kg or £81/head

Cutting Pigs (24) av 111.77p/kg or £92.21/head

Bacon Pigs (40) av 112.07p/kg or £107.96/head

Heavy Pigs (3) av 111.34p/kg or £120.25/head

Cull Sows (12) av 47.76p/kg or £96.93/head

Store pigs sold to £42/head for 35kg weaners from Phillip Nadin, Meerbrook.


Selling time 11:00am

Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)

LAMBS (644);

Disappointing not to have more forward, particularly in the 36kg - 42kg bracket, which were in very strong demand. On the other hand, heavy lambs were very difficult to sell, particularly if over fat and the 46kg and overs averaged 150p/kg.

Best handy weights saw spirited bidding at 190p + to a top of 203p/kg from Mosley & Son of Wormhill. Closely followed by Ben Robinson of Swythamley and James Gilman of Bosley.

More required each week please to satisfy continued demand.

Sample prices;

166p 30kg K B Hazlehurst, Doveholes

188p 37.3kg D Goldstraw, Meerbrook

187p 35.4kg R J Critchlow, Grindon

203p 39.9kg Mosley & Son, Wormhill

201p 40.4kg J M Robinson, Swythamley

200p 42.3kg J Gilman & Partners, Bosley

198p 40.5kg Smith & Wardman, Longnor

198p 41.4kg W H I Mellor, Stockport

187p 45.7kg L R & M J Lowe, Hulme End

186p 46.3kg Mosley & Son, Wormhill


Another strong entry saw a slightly more selective trade overall but the best selling to £110 for strong Texel’s from the Mifflin family of Bignall End.

Best mules achieving £70/head and plain end perhaps a little firmer at £20 - £40.

Overall average of £52.63 for a mixed sample forward.

CALVES (148);

Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)

A few less on offer and less good calves with a higher proportion of plainer sorts about.

33 Continental Bulls av £232.48

A similar story to last week with the best looking well sold but a big gap between the best and the rest. Bulls topped at £398 for a lovely Limousin from Brooklyn Farm Products. 10 best over £300 with medium £200 - £280 and smalls under £200. 18 Blues av £259 to £350 - NG, JMH & H Mellor 1 Sim to £320 - F & R Brassington 10 Lims av £228 to £398 - Brooklyn Farm Products.

45 Continental Heifers av £167.31

Possibly a little dearer on the week with the average up £20 but they still look very buyable with some good value about. A lovely fresh Blue sold at £270 for D Johnson with better calves generally over £180. A run of stronger Limousin heifers sold to £325 for a bunch of 4 (2 ½ mths). 16 Blues av £168 to £270 - D Johnson 7 Sims av £138 to £195 - J Gould & Son 19 Lims av £189 to £325 - F E Whittaker & Sons.

51 Native Hereford & Angus

Bigger numbers with Angus bulls looking well sold at £258 and £232 for C V Whilock & Sons, Ipstones. Heifers look better sold with Angus’ to £170 and £140 for Harehill Farms, Sudbury and Herefords to £145 for Brooklyn Farm Products.

17 Black & White Bulls £44.52

A tremendous British Friesian sold at £160 for S McCleavy with the processing calves generally £20 - £50 this week.

2 Monty Steers being 4 mths old sold at £405/head for J R Barker & Son, Findern.



Catalogued Sale of Store & Breeding Cattle

Sale to Commence at 10am

Entries Close Friday 16th November



Special Entry 10 Fresh Heifers from Messrs Bodicote, Leics. BVD Vacc & 9401kg Av Removed to Leek Dairy Centre for Sale Convenience



Fortnightly Sale of Store Lambs & Breeding Sheep

Entries Close: Friday 23rd November




Classes for All Butchers Cattle, Sheep & Pigs

3 x Trophies, Prize Money in All Classes & Champions

Schedules Available




Fortnightly Sale of Barren & Clean Cattle

Entries taken from 2pm onwards


Sale to Commence at 4pm

Next Sale: Thursday 20th December



Monthly Sale of Store and Breeding Pigs

To Include: Store Pigs, Weaners, In-Pig Gilts & Sows,

Breeding Boars, Gilts & Sows with Litters

Entries Now Invited

Next Sale: 5th January



Catalogued Sale of Store & Breeding Cattle

Sale to Commence at 10am

Entries Close Friday 30th November



Reserved for a Pedigree Herd Dispersal (140 Head)




To Include Holsteins, British Friesians, Shorthorns

Entries Invited

Entries Close: 10th December