Livestock & Dairy: Leek Market

Leek Market for Tuesday 15th October 2019 15-10-2019

An excellent Show & Sale on behalf of the Shorthorn Society as part of the monthly Pedigree sale this Tuesday. Top price of £2120 for a heifer from the Steeples family with the Shorthorns selling to £1860.

A good number of lambs about and trade still remaining firm. Top price of 200p/kg or £96.60/head with an overall SQQ average of 163p/kg. Cull sheep topped at £116.

Cull cattle trade remains hesitant, but a strong entry forward, with barrens selling to 129p/kg for a Hereford cow, with clean cattle to 176p/kg.

Less calves about and buyers about for them, but a top of £310 for a British Blue bull calf with heifers to £270.

A nice entry of pigs this Tuesday, with all qualities forward, selling to 128p/kg for cutters, and sows to 58p/kg.


Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

A larger number of cattle about this week and prices less due to a large number of cattle about nationally.

Top price of 129p/kg for a 740kg Hereford from EM & CP Naden, Cheddleton. Limousins sold to 115p/kg for a 655kg cow from JH & IEA Bennett, Brandside.

Other top prices;

111p 700kg Simmental – EM & CP Naden, Cheddleton

110p 630kg Hereford – EM & CP Naden, Cheddleton

109p 865kg Simmental – D Klucznik, Longsdon

108p 670kg Holstein – W E Turnock & Sons, Onecote

106p 715kg Holstein – IJ & AM Barks, Blackshaw Moor

106p 685kg Holstein – IJ & AM Barks, Blackshaw Moor

106p 785kg Hereford – HA & TR Mycock, Grindon

104p 690kg Limousin – GW & SM Pattinson, Weaver

103p 845kg Shorthorn – S Kirkham, Hartington

Overall average of 85.66p/kg or £575.21 per head.

Top headage price of £954.60 for the 740kg Hereford from Peter Naden, with Simmentals to £942.85 and Shorthorns to £870.35.


Selling time – 10:45am approx.

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

Trade still similar with a nice number forward. Top price of 176p/kg for a 515kg Limousin steer from Hambleton Bros. Other steers sold to 152p/kg for a 610kg Limousin from A W Kennerley & Son, Betley, with a 590kg Hereford from R G Chaddock, Gillow Heath.

Heifers topped at 164p/kg for a 540kg Limousin from E A Sessions & Sons, Dalbury Lees. Hereford heifers sold to 131p/kg and 130p/kg twice.

Top headage price of £927.20 for the Limousin steer from A W Kennerley, with others at £916.50 and £906.40, and heifers to £885.60.


Selling time – 11:00am

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

There was a tremendous atmosphere at the monthly Pedigree Sale at Leek on Tuesday which also incorporated the Autumn Shorthorn Society Show and Sale which attracted a fantastic entry of 57 Shorthorns.

The line up of Shorthorns was a very impressive sight and the judge for the day Robert Crank pulled out two outstanding animals from the Amber Herd of Messrs Hole for his Champion and Reserve (Photo below).

Taking the crown was a third calver Amber Lovely Lily 41. By Amber Sir Lancelot this 41kg cow attracted great interest in the ring but was eventually clinched by the judge for £1800.

However it was a Cotonhall heifer from Rob and Katie Kite that topped the Shorthorn entry at £1860. The Skyhigh Oscar daughter Cotonhall Oscar Marilyn boasted 2 generations VG and was sold giving 26kg. She went to join the Shropshire based Appleberry Herd. They also had a March born calf Cotonhall Joyland Rosepetal reach £610 to join the Weaverdale Herd of Messrs Pattinson and Kirkham.

The pedigree entry was lead by a superb heifer from Roger and Diane Steeples at £2120. Hot in pursuit at £2100 was a stylish heifer from Andrew Weston with Messrs Easom taking home £2080 for one of their milky Broomhouse heifers.

A great entry of Stock Bulls topped at £2010 for a pedigree Limousin from the Furness family of Peak Forest.


Meg Elliott

Auctioneer and Valuer, Market Associate

PIGS (99)

Selling time – 9:15am

Auctioneer – Graham Watkins (07976 370894)

Similar number of pigs about and trade a little less.

Pork pigs sold to 114p/kg for 73.5kg pigs from J & B Fentem.

Cutting pigs topped at 128p/kg for 85kg pigs from JA & B Minshull, Buxton, who sold others at 120p/kg for 83kg pigs and J & B Fentem sold others at 118p/kg and 117p/kg.

Bacon pigs sold to 124p/kg for a 96kg pig from JA & B Minshull, with a trio of 89kg pigs from J & B Fentem, and a pair of 90kg pigs at 118p/kg from Chris Hine, with 95kg pigs at 118p/kg from P J Bowers.

Heavy pigs sold to 110p/kg for an 106kg pig from Bernard Minshull and an 115kg pig at 104p/kg from the same home.

Cull sows sold to 58p/kg for an 220kg sow from Chris Hine, and a 292kg pig at 46p/kg for a G & I Middleton and 42p/kg for a 138kg sow from S Rayner, Macclesfield.


Pork Pigs (6) av 106.33p/kg or £76.56/head

Cutting Pigs (33) av 110.43p/kg or £88.35/head

Bacon Pigs (42) av 108.06p/kg or £98.75/head

Heavy Pigs (3) av 98.61p/kg or £113.73/head

Culls Sows (5) av 44.35p/kg or £91.46/head


Selling time 11:00am

Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)


Good to see more lambs about this week, and trade pretty firm on the week. Top price of 200p/kg, with an overall average of 157.6p/kg with plenty of heavy lambs forward affecting the average, but a very creditable SQQ average of 163p/kg.

Sample prices;

180p 38.5kg R J Critchlow, Grindon

178p 38.5kg M Jones, Rudyard

200p 40.5kg RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks

190p 43.7kg RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks

182p 39.5kg S A Flower, Pikehall

180p 45kg Mosley & Son, Wormhill

180p 47.5kg C E Smith, Longford

168p 49kg Smith & Wardman, Longnor

152p 56kg M Grindey, Rushton


A strong trade again this week, and continuing to sell well. Top price of £116 for rams from J & DM Mifflin, and £105 for ewes from Roger Bailey.

Best Mules sold between £65 – £80 and generally meated types £60+. Leaner sorts below £50.

Overall average of £58.38.

CALVES (137)

Selling time – 10:00am

Auctioneer – Oliver Hiles (07801 530899)

A few less on offer with trade very similar overall.

20 Continental Bulls av £167.15

Where have all the good bulls gone to with buyers wanting calves. Top bull today was £310 for a Blue from Messrs Hulme, Basford with only a handful better sorts over £250. Mediums £160 – £200 with small under £100.

17 Blues av £171 to £310 – DW & P Hulme

3 Lims av £142 to £200 – J Kirkham

38 Continental Heifers av £129.92

Similar money to last week with a good line up of buyers. A tremendous Blue sold at £270 from JR Johnson & Sons, Ipstones. 8 better sorts over £185, mediums £120 – £160 with smalls under £100.

24 Blues av £141 to £270 – J R Johnson & Sons

6 Sims av £134 to £198 – S Bailey

8 Lims av £92 to £198 – ME & DJ Gregory

45 Native Bred Calves

Best Angus bulls sold to £200 for T Swinson with better bulls over £160. Heifers topped at £165 and £170 for DA & PR Waring, Stafford with smaller calves less money.

34 Black & White Bulls

A few better calves about with Norwegians to £72; Swedish Red to £88 and Montys to £58. Processing bulls generally £10 – £30.



Catalogued Sale of Store & Breeding Sheep

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Next Sale: Saturday 2nd November




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Next Sale: 9th November



Oliver Hiles

Market Associate