36 Prime cattle comprising 31 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 5 Cast Cattle
2,422 Prime Sheep comprising 25 Spring Lambs, 2143 Prime Hoggs, 237 Cast Ewes & Rams & 17 Goats.
60 Rearing Calves
Next Monday we are open as usual for primestock and calves, and to assist us organise buyers, we ask that vendors please pre book stock for sale with the section auctioneer.
CATTLE – Jeremy Eaton 07747 780481
SHEEP – Ted Ogden 07855 958211
CALVES – Kyle Hawksworth 07538 539077
Further sales this week include 580 Store Cattle & Young Bulls on Wednesday (15th April)
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Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)
The Bank Holiday gave retail customers respite from busy shops and the chance to restock with a very good entry of suitable cattle at the weekly sale. George Cropper Jnr from Baxenden was into gear with the highest gross at £1455 a 595kg Limousin cross heifer from Charles and Richard Kitching of Threshfield which made 244.5p/kg. George also added the top priced p/kg heavy heifer at 249.5p/kg to his purchases this time a 505kg British Blue heifer from regular vendors RT&J Critchley&Sons of Hutton. DA Gregory and Sons of Bacup were also able to get away and accounted for two high priced Limousin cross heifers weighing only 435kg from Simon Bennett of Silsden Moor at 267.5p/kg and 249.5p/kg. Top priced steer at £1395 was 595kg Limousin cross from the farming partnership of CD&RF Kitching which sold to Barkers Yorkshire Butchers of Skipton for 234.5p/kg whilst RT&J Critchley&Sons headed up the by weight prices at 248.5p/kg for their 540kg Limousin cross which sold to Countrystyle Meats Ltd of Lancaster. Leading buyers at todays sale were Robertshaws Farm Shop of Thornton and Countrystyle Meats Ltd of Lancaster.
An entry of 31 clean cattle sold to a ready audience of retail butchers experiencing a surge in demand as interest in high quality meat with provenance with controlled access in retail shops reaches levels usually experienced at Christmas. Many of our retail customers now offer ordering by phone and delivery.
465-560kg to 248.5p/kg av.242.31p/kg
560kg+ to 237.5p/kg av. 235.82p/kg
400-480kg to 267.5p/kg av. 258.5p/kg
480kg+ to 249.5p/kg av. 229.65p/kg
Top Prices £ per head and p/kg
£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1395,1378, Hargreaves Farms (Limx) 1378, F&B Smith (Limx) 1345, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1342,1365
p/kg: RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 248.5, F&B Smith (Limx) 244.5,239.5, Hargreaves Farms (Limx) 237.5, J Middleton (Limx) 236.5
£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1455,1418,1383,1377, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1443,1365,(BBx) 1388, TP&EA Clayton (Limx) 1384
p/kg: SD Bennett (Limx) 267.5,249.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 249.5,(Limx) 244.5, Hargreaves Farms (Limx) 246.5, CD&RF Kitching
Overall Average 90.19p/kg £574.50
Black & White to 104.5p/kg av.90.19p/kg
Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)
£ per head: CN&SA Harrison 711, JC&DJ Marshall&Sons 675, JK Blackburn&Son 584
p/kg: CN&SA Harrison 104.5, JK Blackburn&Son 93.5, JC&DJ Marshall&Son 92.5
2,422 Prime Sheep comprising 25 Spring Lambs, 2143 Prime Hoggs, 237 Cast Ewes & Rams & 17 Goats.
A grand show of 2400 sheep for Easter Monday and very satisfactory trade across the board, especially for heavier types which sold well in front of expectations, many old season lambs 50kg to 60kg being £10 dearer on the week.
The sale started with Spring Lambs and an overall selling average of 288.3p/kg. Trade topped at 325.6p/kg for Texel crosses from CR&M Wilson, Wilpshire, Blackburn, and these sold to GJ Cropper for his Sandersons Butchers shop in Baxenden. Young George also paid the top price per head of £139 for Suffolk crosses from Mark Evans of Steeton. The second highest per head of £135 was paid by the same purchaser for Charollais from Robert Towers of Ingleton.
Lightweight Hoggs 30-37kg were a great trade today with nicer sorts at 220p to 240p, and this weight range topping at 246p for Texel Cheviot crosses from Haddon Farms in Meltham. Horned lambs in this weight range 185p to 195p.
The handyweight Hoggs 38kg to 43kg were equally as good to sell as last week, selling to 322.5p (40kg £129) for Continental crosses from TJ Blackwell, Silsden, purchased by Anthony Swales for Knavesmire Butchers in York. The Same purchaser also secured lambs at 309p (42kg £130) from JE Burrow of Kirkby Malham. Other best lambs 260p to 300p, whilst a commercial sort of lamb was 230p to 250p.
The next weight of Hoggs 44kg to 49kg saw JM Hall of Airton made 315p (46kg at £145) to Hartshead Meat Co in Mossley, whilst Knavesmire Butchers were in again at 313p (44kg £138) from A&K Kiernan in St Michaels, nice hoggs in this weight range for the Butchers and farm shops were 230p to 250p, and commercial sorts 200p to 225p. Michael Davis from Eldroth made £142 of Beltex crosses.
Heavy Hoggs took the best lift on the week, with 50kg to 56kg types about £10/£12 dearer on the week, and the very heavy sorts £5/£10 dearer.
Best of the hill bred sheep had Mules and Mashams 220p/210p up to 221p from DR Kayley, Halton West. Best Swales to 215.9p from Jim Baines when selling 44kg at £95. Bob Stubbs from Crowton, Cheshire sold Cheviots to 228p and Scotch Blackie to 215p.
Spring Lambs – Overall Average £119.72 per head or 288.3p/kg
36.0kg to 45.5kg to 325.6p/kg av 295.6p/kg or £118.85 per head
45.6kg to 52.0kg to 289.6p/kg av 263.2p/kg or £123.20 per head
Charollais average £114.71 per head or 277.2p/kg
£ per head: £135 £114 £110x2 RJ&J Towers;
p/kg: 287.0p 285.0p RJ&J Towers
Suffolk average £131.33 per head or 282.6p/kg
£ per head: 139 £133 ML Evans; £122 RJ&J Towers;
p/kg: 295.0p 289.0p ML Evans;
Texel average £119.73 per head or 301.5p/kg
£ per head: £128 RG&SJ Paul; £127 £120 £119 £115 CR&M Wilson;
p/kg: 325.0p 300.0p 294.0 CR&M Wilson; 297.0p RJ&SJ Paul;
Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £99.39 per head or 214.7p/kg
32.1kg to 35.9kg to 238.6p/kg av 210.2p/kg or £71.78 per head
36.0kg to 45.5kg to 322.5p/kg av 228.3p/kg or £95.71 per head
45.6kg to 52.0kg to 315.2p/kg av 213.3p/kg or £103.99 per head
52.1kg and over to 248.6p/kg av 192.3p/kg or £105.34 per head
Beltex average £118.58 per head or 270.7p/kg
£ per head: £145 JM Hall; £142 £121 MR Davis; £130x2 JE Burrow; £129 MJ&GC Dobson; £129 T Blackwell;
p/kg: 322.5p T Blackwell; 315.2p JM Hall; 309.5p 295.0p JE Burrow; 289.8p MR Davis; 273.8p MJ&C Thornber;
Suffolk average £99.52 per head or 212.6p/kg
£ per head: £109 E Simpson & Son; £105 J&C Wright; £105 AJ Shepherd; £104 £99 H Downs & Son; £103 S Dorey; £99 NA Bell;
p/kg: 227.1p E Simpson; 223.9p S Dorey; 223.4p J&C Wright; 215.2p H Downs & Son; 212.2p J Schofield; 211.1p RG Church;
Texel average £102.97 per head or 220.9p/kg
£ per head: £138 T Kiernan; £131 £129x2 £126x3 EP&JM Hutchinson; £130 RG Church; £128 MJ&GC Dobsob;
p/kg: 313.6p T Kiernan; 295.2p 274.5p 267.3p EP&JM Hutchinson; 275.6p TA Robinson;
Mule average £89.78 per head or 207.9p/kg
£ per head: £97 JE Burrow; £94.50 H Downs & Son; £94 CD&RF Kitching; £94 E&S Baines; £92.50 J Pickles;
p/kg: 221.1p DR Kayley; 213.8p J Pilling; 209.8p J Taylor; 208.9p CD&RF Kitching; 206.8p L Mellin; 206.8p Fair Place;
Charollais average £100.04 per head or 202.7p/kg
£ per head: £110 S Dorey; £110 MR Davis; £109 Toothill Bros; £106 H Downs; £105 IJ Pratt;
p/kg: 218.0p J Schofield; 212.0p H Downs & Son; 208.9p S Dorey; 204.3p 202.1p GW Thackray;
Masham average £93.56 per head or 205.1p/kg
£ per head: £94 S Dorey; £90 RG Church;
p/kg: 208.9p S Dorey; 200.0p RG Church;
Swaledale average £77.43 per head or 199.8p/kg
£ per head: £95 J Baines; £94 NPepper; £78 £75 S Horsfield; £67 Fair Place;
p/kg: 215.9p J Baines; 205.3p S Horfield; 197.1p 189.4p Fair Place; 184.4p Lambert – Mile House;
Cheviot average £90.69 per head or 223.8p/kg
£ per head: £95.50 W&M Oldfield; £95 Bob Stubbs; £90 L Mellin;
p/kg: 228.4p Bob Stubbs; 227.4p W&M Oldfield; 219.5p L Mellin;
254 Cull Ewes, Rams & Goats average £81.92
A much-improved trade seen this week. With heavy ewes especially mules a lump dearer. Best heavy mules £110+ selling to £121.50. Heavy Continentals also selling much better with buyers much more active for these goods. Heavy Continentals would be £125+ with best bred fed ewes selling up to £151.50. Lean goods also a better trade on the day with plain horned ewes selling to a limited market but continentals with frame selling to go both kill and feed on new active accounts.
Suffolk to £129.50, Texel to £151.50, BFL to £41.50, Mule to £121.50, Lleyn to £, Swaledale to £73.50, Masham to £97.50, Gritstone to £, Cheviot to £89.50, Beltex to £127.50, Lleyn to £88.50, Charollais to £131.50, Dalesbred to £55.50,
Lowland: £151.50 JP&KE Hartley; £139.50 S Spensley;
Mule/Masham: £121.50 £114.50 AJ Shepherd;
Horned: £73.50 M Ruder; £65.50 AL Dean;
Hill: £89.50 PJ&JE Bolland; £88.50 CD&RF Kitching;
Goats to £83.50 av £71
Cast Rams average £79.10
Texel to £47.50, BFL to £93.50, Cheviot to £67.50.
Rearing Calves to £400 (60)
First of all, a big thank you to all vendors that trusted us to sell their calves on their behalf and also bring the spec of calves I requested to fulfil buyers’ requirements. Top price calves today were two Blue Bulls first from JP+KE Hartley followed by another phenomenal calf by RM Spence, both selling to Mr BP Kaye of Stocksbridge. Blue Bulls looked to be getting dearer week on week with farmers turning out and now needing to fill shed space up with some quality. The black and whites also saw a good sale to come to n overall average of £68. Next onto the Blue Heifers, the top price of the day came from JP+KE Hartley again at £345 followed closely behind by Mr C Watson at £335.
For all Calf enquires do not hesitate to give Kyle a ring to discuss trade. Many thanks for your continued support. 07538539077
Limousin x (Av £) to £
Brit Blue x (Av £293) to £400 JP&KE Hartley
Aberdeen Angus (Av £240) to £310 JM Smith
Flekvieh (Av £172) to £205 C Watson
Hereford X (Av £137) to £160 JR Wellock
Shorthorn (Av £171) to £190 IRG Collins
Black & White (Av £68) to £132 RE Ayrton
Ab Angus (Av £100) to £115 KT Wood
Hereford (Av £80) to £90 IRG Collins
British Blue (Av £264) to £345 JP&KE Hartley
Limousin (Av £263) to £280 C&SB Whitelock
Skipton Auction Mart
Tel 01756 792375
Jeremy Eaton 07740 780481
Ted Ogden 07855 958211
Kyle Hawksworth 07538 539077