Forward: 81 Prime cattle comprising Clean Cattle 8 (under 30 mos), 4 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos), 3 Mature Bulls & 66 Cast Cattle 2,040 TOTAL HEAD OF SHEEP comp: 1,943 Prime Sheep comprising 1098 Spring Lambs, 230 Prime & Lightweight Hoggs, 586 Cast Ewes & 29 Cast Rams. 97 Breeding Sheep. 41 Rearing Calves. 3 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


Monthly Show –


1st TW Cowperthwaite                       2nd TW Cowperthwaite                      3rd JR Matcalfe


1st J Baines                                             2nd TW Cowperthwaite                      3rd J Baines

Champion – J Baines                           Reserve – TW Cowperthwaite


465-555kg                                             to 238.5p/kg       

560kg+                                                   to 233.5p/kg                        av 197.86p/kg

Keelham Farm Shop of Thornton nearly completed a clean sweep of all the prize winners at the June Show of Prime Cattle. Firstly buying the champion a 525kg British Blue cross heifer shown by Jim Baines of Trawden for 280.5p/kg (£1473) followed by the reserve champion a 575kg pure Limousin heifer from Bill Cowperthwaite of Malham Moor for 253.5p/kg(£1458). The Keelham buying spree was only interrupted by the sale of the third prize heifer another Jim Baines British Blue heifer weighing 485kg which was snapped up by RC Binns of Saltaire for 240.5p or £1166.


485kg+                                                   to 280.5p/kg                        av 227.54p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: TW Cowperthwaite(Lim) 1354,1328, JR Metcalfe(BBx) 1157, BR&JM Jarvis (B&W)869

p/kg: JR Metcalfe(BBx)238.5, TW Cowperthwaite (Lim) 233.5,19.5,BR&JM Jarvis(B&W)142.5


£ per head: J Baines (BBx)1473,TW Cowperthwaite(Lim)1458,J Baines(BBx)1166

p/kg: J Baines(BBx)280.5,TW Cowperthwaite(Lim)253.5,J Baines(BBx)240.5,GT Booth(B&W)146.5

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)              

Overall Average                                   124.20p/kg                           £703.26

£ per head: TB Moorhouse&Son (BBx) 849, N Parker (B&W) 848, J Roberts (B&W) 740

p/kg: TB Moorhouse&Son(BBx) 141.5, J Roberts (B&W) 126.5, N Parker (B&W) 119.5


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   124.2p/kg             £779.95


1st A&M Beecroft                 2nd G Abbot & Son               3rd J Wellock


1st KW Gamble                     2nd Twaite bros                     3rd JC&N Throup

Champion – KW Gamble                    Reserve – Thwaite Bros


Black & White                       to 130.5p/kg                        av 114.08p/kg

Jersey                                     to 118.5p/kg                        av 117.45p/kg

Dairy Shorthorn                   to 88.5p/kg

Swed Red                              to 122.5p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 142.5p/kg                        av 131.08p/kg

BBx                                         to 170.5p/kg                        av 140.66p/kg

Blondex                                 to 147.5p/kg

Simx                                       to 127.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 137.5p/kg                        av 120.31p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: G Abbott&Sons 972,954, A&M Beecroft 972,J Wellock 963,IR&DE Wellock 929,896, JP&KE Hartley 912

p/kg: IR&DE Wellock 130.5,125.5,124.5 A&J Carr&Son129.5,G Abbott&Sons 125.5,JSS Verity 124.5,CM&EM Gratton124.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: G Abbott&Son(Swed Red)839,G Boothroyd&Son(Jer)769

p/kg: G Abott&Son (Swed Red)122.5. G Boothroyd&Son (Jer) 118.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: Thwaite Bros 1241,KW Gamble 1202,D&S Hollings 1019

p/kg: KW Gamble 170.5,Thwaite Bros 165.5, TB Moorhouse&Son 146.5,


£ per head: Thwaite Bros 1012,J&CN Throup 948,913,B SpensleyLtd 854,CH&C Fearnley 834,816

p/kg:Thwaite Bros 142.5,JC&N Throup 141.5,141.5, JR Taylor&Son 134.5, B Spensley Ltd 134.5


£ per head: J Drinkall Ltd 853, DA Ogden&Son 825,H&SMD Lund 794

p/kg: J Drinkall Ltd 137.5, H&SMD Lund 134.5, JR Taylor&Son 122.5



Overall Average                                   100.5p/kg             £730.52

£ per head: H Downs&Son (B&W)879,C Winterburn(Hefd)864,JSS Verity(Jer)449

p/kg: H Downs&Son(B&W)100.5,JSS Verity(Jer)97.5, C Winterburn (Hefd) 96.5


97 Breeding Sheep

Todays entry consisted of 31 Sheep with 47 lambs and 19 Geld Gimmer Hoggs. Trade was generally a touch sharper for this late season sale and with numbers tightening fast there was a nice bit of competition at the ringside.

We continue to sell breeding sheep weekly and next weeks’ market has advance entries of 76 Swaledale Geld Gimmer Hoggs together with 40 Swaledale Ewes b/m with Mule and Continental lambs. Please advise further entries to the mart office by 12noon Friday for the online catalogue.


Masham Geld Hoggs            to £104

Mule Geld Hoggs                  to £122

Texel Ewes Crct + Twins     to £175

Mule Ewes Crct + Twins     to £168

Jacob Ewes + Twins             to £85

Mule Ewes BM + 1.5           to £120

Jacob Ewes Crct + 1.5         to £120

Suffolk Hoggs + Lambs        to £165

Masham Hoggs + Lambs     to £140

Mule Hoggs + Lambs           to £160

1,943 Prime Sheep

A great show of sheep with over 1,000 new season lambs penned for sale and a trade that was sharper than anticipated by most attending todays sale. The monthly prize show was very well supported, with this month’s champions chosen by Martin McIntyre of Bainbridge and being consigned by Robert Towers of Farleton, Lancaster. His 44kg lambs by a Beltex ram out of Charollais ewes scales 46kg and sold for £107 per head to James Robertshaw of Keelham Farm Shop.

Hogg numbers about done for the season now and anything with a bit of meat was ok to sell, whilst a very large show of cast ewes and rams were probably just a shade easier on the week.

Monthly Show

Continental x

1st JD&V Towers & Son – 46kg @ £107 to Keelham Farm Shop

2nd B&M Craven – 41kg @ £92 to Nick Dalby

3rd JD&V Towers & Son – 42kg @ £90 to Andrew Atkinson


Down x

1st ML Evans – 45kg @ £89 to Andrew Atkinson

2nd J&A Spensley – 43kg @ £82 to RC&B Binns

3rd ML Evans – 44kg @ £85.50 to Keelham Farm Shop

Champion – JD&V Towers & Son

Reserve – ML Evans


Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £79.11 per head or 187.11p/kg         

32.1kg to 39kg     to 221.1p/kg         av 189.18p/kg      or £72.82 per head

39.1kg to 45.5kg                 to 233.3p/kg         av 186.9p/kg         or £77.88 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 232.6p/kg         av 185.46p/kg      or £87.45 per head


Rouge De L’Ouest average £83.21 per head or 185.71p/kg

£ per head: £97, £95, £91, £87, £85, £84, £82.50, £82, £80 JA&JM Wade & Son

p/kg: 197.7p, 196.4p, 193.9p, 193.6p, 190.2p, 186.7p, 185.1p, 184.5p 179.1p JA&JM Wade & Son

Suffolk average £77.21 per head or 182.22p/kg

£ per head: £98 JA&JM Wade & Sons; £89x3 ML Evans; £87 TH Mellin; £85.50 ML Evans; £85 F Reeday & Sons; £85 JE Naylor

p/kg: 202.3p ML Evans; 200p JD&V Towers; 197.8p x2 ML Evans; 197.7p TH Mellin; 194.3p ML Evans; 194p S Coar

Texel average £78.77 per head or 189.92p/kg

£ per head: £95 TA Robinson; £95 J&J Garnett; £93, £92 JD&V Towers; £92, £91x2 TA Robinson; £90 A&SL Throup

p/kg: 225p B&M Craven & Son; 221.1p MB Townley; 219p TA Robinson; 216.7p L Bancroft; 215.9p TA Robinson;

Charollais average £84.81 per head or 198.4p/kg

£ per head: £107, £105 JD&V Towers & Son; £98 JR Dinsdale; £90x2, £88x2 JD &V Towers & Son; £84 D Calvert & Son 

p/kg: 233.3p, 232.6p, 220p, 214.3px2 JD&V Towers & Son; 208.5p JR Dinsdale & Sons; 205.3p Frankland Farms; 188.6p S Coar


Prime Hoggs  – Overall Average  £63.95 per head or 147.3p/kg                                                             

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 117.6p/kg         av 117.6p/kg         or £40 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 172.2p/kg         av 145.35p/kg      or £74.61 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 174p/kg            av 155.82p/kg      or £74.61 per head

52.1kg and over   to 143.4p/kg         av 129.83p/kg      or £75.86 per head

Beltex average £81.57 per head or 170.9p/kg

£ per head: £83.50, £70 PJ Brown

p/kg:174p, 152.2p P&J Brown & Son

Suffolk average £64.89 per head or 135.2p/kg

£ per head: £65 D&GM Scott; £64 MR&VL Parsons; £44 B&J Sutcliffe

p/kg: 135.4p D&GM Scott; 133.3p MR&VL Parsons; 118.9p B&J Sutcliffe

Texel average £64.53 per head or 150.3p/kg

£ per head: £83 MP Jennings; £82 P&J Brown & Son; £79 JR&PH Hodgson; £77.50 P&J Brown & Son

p/kg: 172.2p P&J Brown & Son; 170.8p P&J Brown & Son; 163p MP Jennings; 159.1p M Burrill; 147.1p JR&PH Hodgson

Mule average £48.91 per head or 131p/kg

£ per head: £68 J&T Simpson; £50 J&T Simpson; £50 JM&VJ Howard

p/kg: 134.7p WI Thwaite; 128.3p J&T Simpson; 122p JM&VJ Howard

Cheviot  average £72.81 per head or 158.2p/kg

£ per head: £75.50, £68.50 J Lord 

p/kg: 159.3p, 156.3p J Lord

Swaledale average £55.38 per head or 140.7p/kg

£ per head: £75, £74 K Dickinson; £70 JS Tennant; £60, £57, £56 M Burrill

p/kg: 146.2p, 142.9p, M Burrill; 142.9 JM&S Tennant; 137.5p B&J Sutcliffe;


Cull Ewes average £73.13

Suffolk to £68.50, Texel to £156.50, BFL to £99.50, Mule to £71.97, Lleyn to £74.50, Swaledale to £69.50, Rouge De L’ouest to £117.50, Dalesbred to £82.50, Cheviot  to £78.50, SBF  to £66.50, Charollais  to £129.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £156.50 W Watson; £136.50 W Watson; £127.50 T Harrison; £126.50 W Watson

Mule/Masham: £89.50 JP&KE Hartley; £84.50 CM Ryder; £78.50 S Spensley & Co; £77.50 CM Ryder  

Horned: £82.50, £69.50 A&N Fothergill & Sons; £69.50 K Dickinson;

Hill: £99.50 AJ Mason; £95.50 CM Ryder; £85.50 Westalls

Cast Rams average £107.64

Texel to £161.50 W Watson; Suffolk to £109.50 D Sayer; Charollais to £136.50 H Raw; BFL to £108.50 D Sayer; Beltex to £114.50 H Raw; Lonk to £95.50 JT Robinson



41 Rearing Calves to £545

B&W av £111 Cont av £419.7 Native av £263.7

A Fantastic trade for rearing calves today with calves in serious demand, anything well fleshed and looking good were unstoppable. The black and white trade was exceptional for the best calves with fleshy holsteins time after time well into £110 to £145 and topping at £170 for the third calf in the ring from Chris Harrison, Elslack and the same price for a sweet calf from Geoff and Margaret Booth, Lothersdale. They didn’t have to be old either with main of the top prices being 24 days to 1mth and 15 days old.

Two strong runs of calves from John Marshall at Monk Ings and Fred Houseman, Burton Leonard were well supported with mainly blues these two vendors had some tremendous prices with fred topping the bulls at £545 and John the heifers at £480. 


Natives were hard to stop also with 1 ½ Mth old calves touching mid £350’s and averaging £263 right through.


Trade looks set to continue with buyers adamant not to leave empty handed, farmers looking for Suckler replacements were also out in force adding further upward pressure to prices. Be sure to remember we have a vibrant Calf, Cast Cow and Dairy ring allowing you to sell and buy everything you require on one day.


Bull Calves

Brit Blue x (Av £460) to £545 Church Farm Enterprises                             

Ab Angus (Av £275) to £345 Church Farm Enterprises                                                              

Black & White (Av £111) to £170 CN&SA Harrison                     


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £322) to £355 JC Marshall                     

Brit Blue x (Av £411) to £480 JC Marshall                     

Ab Angus to £230 RE Ayrton