Forward: 33 Prime cattle comprising 17 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), & 16 Cast Cattle. 4,195 Prime Sheep comprising 3148 Spring Lambs, 1047 Cast Ewes, Rams, Hoggs & Goats. 40 Rearing Calves.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A decent show of Clean Cattle presented to a competitive ringside of buyers representing retail butchers, farmshops and wholesalers. Trade today saw 2 animals topside of 250p, peaking at 258.5p for a handyweight Limousin heifer presented by David Bailey of Long Lee and purchased by George Cropper for Sandersons Butchers of Baxenden. Following close on the heels at 257.5p for another Limousin heifer was RT&J Critchley & Sons from Preston again purchased by Sandersons Butchers.
Barkers Yorkshire Butchers from Skipton purchased top price per head from CD&RF Kitching when their Limousin Bullock grossed £1389. Messrs Kitching also had 2nd highest gross at with a Blue Heifer making £1375 purchased by Robertshaws Farmshop in Thornton, one of 5 cattle they bought on the day. 3rd in line at £1364 was F&B Smith of Westhouse with a Limousin Steer making up one of four purchases by Keelham Farmshop from Skipton.



400-480kg                             to 258.5p              av 258.5p

485kg +                                  to 257.5p              av 222.9p

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: £1375 £1339 £1319 CD&RF Kitching; £1319 £1313 RT&J Critchley & Sons; £1289 DJ Bailey.

p/kg: 258.5p 234.5p DJ Bailey; 243.5p(x2) 229.5p CD&RF Kitching; 257.5p 229.5p RT&J Critchley & Sons.



465kg to 555kg                    to 236.5p              av 234.6p

556kg +                                  to 241.5p              av 235.1p

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: £1389 £1347 CD&RF Kitching; £1364 £1288 F&B Smith; £1353 SD Bennett

p/kg: 241.5p 236.5p F&B Smith; 238.5p 235.5p CD&RF Kitching; 232.5p SD Bennett



Cull Cow Prices

A great trade for cull cows today, leading gross for Black & White cows was a massive £1128 from MP Jennings in Cowling, other black & Whites grossing £1032 from JD Taylor & Son, Broughton and £969 from JK Blackburn & Son in Storriths which was top price per kilo at 139.5p, followed by RM Spence of Cowling at 138.5p. All Black & Whites averaged 120.8p.
Leading gross price Beef cow was £1236 from SN&V Jowett in Queensbury, Limousin crosses levelling at £1142 or 160.4p.
Overall average today of 125.6p/kg or £848.91.


Overall Average                                   125.6p/kg             £848.91

Black & White                      to 139.5p/kg                        av 120.8p/kg

Red                                         to 113.5p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 161.5p/kg                        av 160.4p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)

B&W: av 120.8p/kg

£ per head: £1128 MP Jennings; £1032 JD Taylor & Son, £969 JK Blackburn, £915 RE Ayrton & Son, £883 MP Jennings

p/kg: 139.5p JK Blackburn & Son, 138.5p RM Spence, 133.5p 124.5p MP Jennings, 127.5p JD Taylor & Son,

Other Dairy

£ per head: £686 CN&SA Harrison

p/kg: 113.5p CN&SA Harrison

Lim: av 160.4p/kg

£ per head: £1236 £1049 S&NV Jowett

p/kg: 161.5p 159.5p SN&V Jowett




4,195 Prime Sheep (3148 Prime Lambs, 1047 Ewes Rams Hoggs & Goats)

3148 Prime Lambs presented and sold with a very strong average of 219.7p comparing very well on the day. Leading kilo price went to R&H Critchley of Preston, Lancs with 6 Beltex crosses at 298p to Hartshead Meat Co in Mossley. Hartshead also took the 2nd highest pen at 285p form D&L Coar in Darwen, Lancs, and 284p from M&B Allen in Staithes, North Yorks Moors. Robertshaws Farmshop in Thornton secured lambs at 284p from A Jenkinson, Langbar, Ilkley whilst 284p was paid to JM Hall in Airton, Skipton by Brayton Farmshop in Selby. Messrs Hill & Wright made the journey up from Doncaster with a large run of 120 lambs with the best pen making 275p purchased by Vivers Scotlamb in Annan.  
Per head there were some fantastic prices, £142 was the lead price paid to JM Hall by Brayton Farmshop. The same purchasers also getting lambs at £128 each from Grain Farms Ltd in Wadsworth, Hebden Bridge.

Four pens of lambs made £127.50 per head, they were from Annabelle Sugden of Laycock, Keighley selling to Robertshaws Farmshop in Thornton, M Crabtree of Kettlesing, Harrogate to Brayton Farmshop, J&R Paisley of Middleton, Ilkley to Brayton Farmshop, and P Crabtree & Son of Clifton, Otley to Keelhamshop in Skipton.
RKR Wood of Stokesley on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors made a weekly trip over to Skipton and was rewarded with £127 when selling to Kendalls Farm Butchers in Harrogate and Pateley Bridge. 12 other pens broke the £120 barrier.
As usual medium and heavy weights carrying plenty of flesh found a very ready market, with 46kg to 52kg averaging 223p.
Handyweight lambs were generally 215p to 225p, smarter end 235p to 260p, commercial types around 205/210p.
Hill lambs selling well, Mule wethers from 200p to 205p, better end 210p.


The 1,047 Cast Sheep & Hoggs sold to a strong trade this week with heavy ewes looking dearer on the week and plain ewes taking a slight drop in price! Nearly a third of the entry consisted of Horned and Hill Sheep with top price of £66.50 for a pen of Swaledales and some South Country Cheviots at £67.50. Heavy ewes well sort for with anything with flesh and weight getting away very well! Beltex to £132.50 from John Midgley, Luddendenfoot, Texels sold to £123.50 JM Wilson & Sons, Beckwithshaw followed behind by JM Hall £122.50! Any heavy ewes with style and weight once again £115+ with ewes with less style £100+. White faced ewes came to a very respectable avg of £81 considering the larger runs of plain old ewes that got sold to both feeding and slaughter outlets!
322 Mules sold to £86.50 meat ewes £73+ with lean meat not far behind in the mid 60’s and plain ewes anywhere from the 40’s upwards with the odd ones making less!



Prime Lambs – Overall Average £90.47 per head or 219.7p/kg              

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 264.7p/kg         av 212.9p/kg         or £73.50 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 298.7p/kg         av 219.5p/kg         or £89.79 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 284.0p/kg         av 223.2p/kg         or £106.67 per head

52.1kg and over   to 228.7p/kg         av 202.6p/kg         or £110.57 per head


Beltex average £95.35 per head or 249.5p/kg

£ per head: £127.50 £126.50 £116.50P Crabtree; £125.50 D&L Coar; £124.50 £119.50 Hill & Wright; £119 Ellis Bros; £115.50 M&B Allen;

p/kg: 298.5p R&H Critchley; 285.2p D&L Coar; 284.6p 275.0p M&B Allen; 275.6p 267.9p 265.6p Hill & Wright; 275.0p Ellis Bros;

Texel average £90.80 per head or 220.3p/kg

£ per head: £142 JM Hall, £128 Grain Farm, £127.50 M Crabtree £127.50 J Sugden, £127.50 J&R Paisley, £124 GB Moorhouse

p/kg: 284.9p A Jenkinson, 284.0p JM Hall, 273.2p Smith & Staveley, 272.2p JE burrow, 270.9p 270.5p P Crabtree & Son.

Suffolk average £90.51 per head or 215.6p/kg

£ per head: £122 B Spensley; £116.50 MJ&C Thronber; £108 MW Harrison; £105 A&ED Booth; £103.50 F Reeday; £103 AJ Shepherd;

p/kg: 247.9p 221.3p MJ&C Thronber; 244.0p 222.1p B Spensley; 227.1p HR&WJ Maudsley; 220.5p RA&M Earnshaw; 220.2p F Reeday;

Charolais average £84.04 per head or 209.5p/kg

£ per head: £97.50 JI M P Greenwood; £93.50 A&SL Throup; £90 P Shackleton; £88 D Bell; £85 JR&DL Ogden; £85 FM Shepherd;

p/kg: 232.1p JI M P Greenwood; 229.7p FM Shepherd; 222.6p A&SL Throup; 214.6p D Bell; 210.0p RM Shackleton;

Mule average £78.48 per head or 200.7p/kg

£ per head: £90.50 R&KA Burley; £90 KM&L Throup; £86 £83.50 JC&N Throup; £84 M&B Allen; £82.50 Ellis Bros; £81 A&SL Throup;

p/kg: 210.5p 202.6p R&KA Burley; 206.6p FG Throup; 206.3p Ellis Bros; 203.7p 201.3p JC&N Throup; 202.5p A&SL Throup;

Swaledale average £63.79 per head or 178.5p/kg

£ per head: £65 £63 SP Parker;

p/kg: 180.0p 162.5p SP Parker

Down average £81.43 per head or 202.3p/kg

£ per head: £97.50 SJ Robinson; £88.50 R Spencer; £82 MG Beckwith;

p/kg: 221.6p SJ Robinson; 205.8p R Spencer; 200.0p JJ Beckwith;

Blue de Maine average £108.06 per head or 236p/kg

£ per head: £127 £110 £108.50 RKR Wood;

p/kg: 249.0p 246.6p 233.0p RKR Wood;



Cull Ewes average £61.90

Suffolk to £117.50, Texel to £123.50, BFL to £72.50, Mule to £86.50, Lleyn to £71.50, Swaledale to £66.50, Gritstone to £63.50, Cheviot to £67.50, Beltex to £132.50, Lonk to £56.50, Charollais to £89.50, Jacob to £59.50, Teeswater to £70.50, Down to £118.50, Zwartable to £91.50, Kerry Hill to £64.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £132.50 J Midgley; £123.50 JM Wilson;

Mule/Masham: £86.50 KG Stapleton; £80.50 GB Moorhouse;  

Horned: £66.50 O Chapman; £57.50 AJ Mason;

Hill: £71.50 NI Robinson; £67.50 JH&SM Mason;  


Goats to £89.50


Cast Rams average £79.27

Texel to £119.50, BFL to £69.50, SBF to £57.50, Mule to £59.50, Jacob to £84.50, Kerry Hill to £74.50.



40 Rearing Calves to £465

Calves on fire! Looking dearer on the week. A nice entry of 40 calves forward with trade leading at £465 from RE Ayrton for a blue bull followed closely behind by another regular vendors PJ&JE Bolland selling their top price bull of £445 for a Blue! The same vendor also sold his Lim Bull for a top price of the breed of £400 for a 4 week old calf! Char Bulls sold very well to a top of £440 for a 4 week old calf from KT Wood & Son!

Purchasers out in force for the Blue Heifers. All Heifers just either side of 4 weeks old and selling to tops of 380 for Blue Heifer from RL Wright & Sons Airton.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £400) to £400                           PJ&JE Bolland                                                     

Brit Blue x (Av £367) to £465                           RE Ayrton                                                             

Aberdeen Angus (Av £268) to £330 ST&JE Foster       

Simmental (Av £340) to £340                          CN&SA Harrison                                 

Black & White (Av £104) to £170                    JC&DJ Marshall                   

Charollais (Av £390) to £440                            KT Wood                              


Heifer Calves       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £295) to £325 JP&KE Hartley                                                                                                     

Charolais (Av £310) to £310                             KT Wood                                              

British Blue (Av £312) to £380                         RL Wright                                             

Limousin (Av £347) to £380                              JC&DJ Marshall

Simmental (Av £325) to £325                          CN&SA Harrison                                 




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