Livestock & Dairy: Leek Market

Leek Market Report for Tuesday 29th September 2020 29-09-2020

A packed dairy shed, with a large herd dispersal, and large commercial entry, seeing two second calvers to £2340 and £2060, and a third calver to £2240.

A full sheep shed, and our continued thanks to our customers for their patience. Leading prices of 227p/kg twice, and £124.80/head with a very mixed entry forward. Cull ewes sold up to £142 for well meated Texels.

Calves continue to sell very well with plenty of buyers, with Blue bull calves up to £402 and heifers to £285.

Twice as many barren cattle this Tuesday and trade just as good, especially for those more meated types, selling to 134p/kg or £1130.50 and clean to 170p/kg.

Pigs sold on an excellent trade, selling to 146p/kg and averages up by 10-15p across the board.

A larger entry but a lot of leaner types forward taking affect on the average, but a solid trade throughout for all the qualities on offer.

Top price of 134p/kg for a 810kg Holstein from WG & J Clark, Bradnop, with Angus’ to 134p/kg for a 825kg cow from HA & TR Mycock, Grindon, and Shorthorns to 133p/kg for a 675kg cow from P J Simpson, Winkhill.

Other top prices;
133p 850kg Hereford – HA &TR Mycock, Grindon
132p 715kg Limousin – J W Hudson, Ipstones
132p 855kg Holstein – WG & J Clark, Bradnop
129p 780kg Hereford – P J Simpson, Winkhill
128p 735kg Holstein -ET & ME Pemberton, Cheadle
128p 825kg Angus – RE & KM Clowes, Cheadle
128p 435kg Blonde – B E Wain, Siddington
120p 645kg Norwegian Red – D Clement, Ball Green
119p 600kg Simmental – S Kidd Farmers, Longnor

Overall average of 101.46p/kg or £601.50, being less that usual do you a large proportion of small & lean dairy types forward.

Top headage price of £1130.50 for the 850kg Hereford from HA & TR Mycock, Grindon, with Holsteins to £1128.50 and £1085.40 and Angus’ to £1105.50.

Overage steers sold to 174p/kg for a 640kg Hereford and 139p/kg for a 640kg Friesian with overage bulls to 143p/kg for a 465kg British Blue from P J Simpson, Winkhill

A small entry sold up to 170p/kg twice for a730kg British Blue steer and a 700kg Limousin steer, with young bulls to 159p/kg for a 645kg British Blue from Alcock Bros, Ford who sold another 575kg Blue at 155p/kg.


**TOP OF £2340 **
Not a single standing or pen left in the dairy shed on Tuesday which saw 58 commercial milkers sold along with 3 In-calf heifers, 17 Youngstock, a stock bull and a herd dispersal.

Trade for 1st quality remains strong with consignments of some exceptional cows from the Broomhouse and Braemarhouse Herds topping the day.

Two second calvers from the Easoms Broomhouse Herd both passed the £2000 mark. The first a really superb cow giving 40kg reached £2340 with the second at £2060.

A third calver from the Braemarhouse Herd of Messrs Mellor reached £2240 with a second calver from the same home at £2160.

Heifers topped at £2000 from John Chamberlain of Marston Montgomery. A beautiful pedigree Shorthorn from Andrew Tunnicliffe made £1800.

Trade for second and third quality is starting to ease but overall can certainly be described as solid.

Next week we have the herd dispersal of 50 milkers on behalf of Terry and Rose Beardmore of Leasow Partners, due to ill health and 50 pedigree youngstock (3-14mths) from the high yielding Briley Herd of Messrs Brittlebank. Catalogues will be on-line shortly.


Meg Elliott

Auctioneer and Valuer, Market Associate


A superb trade for pigs this Tuesday, with more buyers about and some excellent quality forward, bringing the averages up over 10p on the week.

Cutting pigs sold up to 144p/kg for a pair of 82kg pigs from J & B Fentem who sold other cutting pigs at 132p/kg, 122p/kg and 104p/kg.

Bacon pigs topped at 146p/kg for a pair of 99kg pigs from PF & PD Parsons, Whitchurch who also sold bacon pigs at 144p/kg (twice), 142p/kg (twice) and 140p/kg. a pen of 99kg pigs from Bernard Minshull, Buxton sold at 144p/kg, with a trio of 96kg pigs at 142p/kg for J G Belfield, Sheen, and 141p/kg for 88.6kg pigs from J & B Fentem.

Heavier pigs sold up to 142p/kg for 108kg pigs from J G Belfield, Sheen who also sold a 105kg pigs at 138p/kg, with other heavies at 136p/kg for a 108kg pig from PF & PD Parsons, and 124p/kg for a pair of 106kg pigs from H Kelsall & son, Dean Row, and B Minshull selling heavy pigs at 119p/kg and 117p/kg.

Two cull sows sold up to 98p/kg for a 313kg sow from RAO Johnson, Hilltop and a 225kg sow at 74p/kg for J & B Fentem.

Cutting Pigs (12); av 121.98p/kg or £101.35/head
Bacon Pigs (79); av 128.12p/kg or £119.87/head
Heavy Pigs (17); av 120.29p/kg or £129.63/head
Cull Sows (2) av 87.96p/kg or £236.62/head

Selling time 11:00am
Auctioneer – Robert Watkins (07929 946652)
A very pleasing day with over 1650 sheep forward. Pens had to be erected outside due to a large entry of dairy cattle taking over the usual overflow pens. Many thanks to all vendors, staff and buyers for their patience and support.

A good entry in terms of numbers but probably the worst entry of the season in terms of overall quality. Those looking for best shop lambs had to work hard to find them, despite the numbers on offer. That said, some very good lambs within the entry and best sorts seeing the most competitive bidding up to 227p/kg (twice) and plenty of pens 210p and above.
Overall average a little down at 191p/kg but looking respectable on the day with the trade looking to be 188 – 195p elsewhere.

Big lambs still adding up well with plenty of heavy weights at 190 – 205p and topping £100/head. Top headage of £124.80.

Sample prices;
226p 38kg M Lancaster, Congleton
227p 43.3kg M Lancaster, Congleton
227p 43.2kg M Lancaster, Congleton
218p 44.3kg D Williams, Basford
214p 42.4kg RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks
227p 45.8kg M Lancaster, Congleton
222p 47kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
208p 51kg R & S Bailey, Cloudside
209p 53kg D Edgecox, Onecote
197p 54kg R J Critchlow, Grindon
195p 64kg RG & AS Williamson, Wetley Rocks

A bumper entry but to be expected at the time of year and the trad ewe have been experiencing. Trade would be back on the week but still competitive interest, particularly in the strong but not fat ewes.

Top prices of £142 for Texel ewes, £111 for Texel Mules and £104 for Beltex. Best mules at £70 – £75 but half meated sorts looking best sold at £65 – £70.

Cull rams another strong trade to £130 for Texel’s and £117 for Charollais.

CALVES (171)

Numbers remain constant with new and seasonal buyers around the ring and a solid trade throughout.

48 Continental Bulls av £237.83
Averages up a little with the best calves strong money and well bid for but mediums and smalls hard work! Best bulls topped £300 with a high of a magical £402 for a smart Blue (20 days) from Andrew Hulme, Basford. Mediums £220 – £290 with smaller sorts generally £180 plus.
34 Blues av £242 to £402 – DW & P Hulme
3 Sims av £255 to £320 – TD & DA Higginson
10 Lims av £211 to £318 – NG, JMH & H Mellor

47 Continental Heifers av £178.23
Possibly not just as dear as last week but still strong money and good competition. Best Blues topped £285 for Andrew Hulme (Topped both bulls and heifers today, well done!) . 16 best over £200, mediums £160 – £190 with only a few smaller sorts under £150.
35 Blues av £184 to £285 – DW & P Hulme
3 Sims av £196 to £210 – TD & DA Higginson
8 Lims av £133 to £200 – NG, JMH & H Mellor
1 Char to £280 – D & G Tudor

30 Natives
Angus’ dominated with Angus bulls averaging £244 to a top of £295 for Steve Ryder and £275 for JP Slack. Angus heifers topped at £250 for a fantastic calf from the Ryders.

44 Back & White Bulls
Generally smaller sorts today with big Holsteins up to £122 and smart Friesians at £102. Smaller bulls generally £22 – £40 today.

4 Lims av £128 to £238 – J & C Hudson

34 Continental Heifers av £161.37

Better money with a few extra buyers about. A handful of best topped £200 with fresh calves to £245 for Andy Williamson with stronger sorts to £295. Mediums £150 – £180 with smalls under £130.

19 Blues av £136 to £245 – RG & AS Williamson

8 Sims av £171 to £295 – J Gould & Son

6 Lims av £142 to £208 P I R Sales

22 Native Hereford & Angus

Only a few on offer with better Angus’ to £192 for Red Earth Farms and Herefords to £190 from John Ball.

12 Black & White Bulls

A Monty sold at £180 for Rueben Sales and a Friesian at £145 for R & D Hall. Processing bulls generally £20 – £40.

4 Reared Calves (2 ½ – 3 mths)

Sold to £408 for a Blue steer and £315 for a Limousin heifers from Foker Grange Farm, Leek.



Catalogued Sale of 502 Store and Breeding Cattle

Catalogues Available

Next Sale: 7th March 2020



Catalogued Sale of 2,400 Store & Breeding Sheep

*Last Sale of the Season*

Catalogues Available




Fortnightly Sale of Barren & Clean Cattle

* NO SIX DAY RULE * Stock taken from 2pm

Next Sale: 27th February



Monthly Pedigree Dairy Sale

To Include Holsteins, British Friesians, Shorthorns etc

Entries Invited



Oliver Hiles

Market Associate

Leek Fixters

Catalogued Sale of Store & Breeding Sheep
Sale to Commence 10am
Entries Close Friday 25th September
– Sale of 50 Cows & Heifers In-milk & In-calf on behalf of Leasow Partners, Uttoxeter.
– Special Entry of 50 Youngstock (3-14mths) from the Briley Herd of Messrs Brittlebank, Leigh, Uttoxeter.
Fortnightly Sale of Barren & Clean Cattle
Entries taken from 2pm onwards
Next Sale: 22nd October
Monthly Sale of Store & Breeding Pigs
Please Advise of Entries
Sale of Store & Breeding Cattle
Entries Close Friday 2nd October
Next Sale Saturday 24th October