Market Reports


Posted on 13/05/2019 by in reports primestock

Forward: 47 Prime cattle comprising 31 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 15 Cast Cattle. 1,879 Prime Sheep comprising 237 Spring Lamb, 1179 Prime Hoggs & 43 Mature Hoggs 420 & Cast Ewes & Rams. 60 Rearing Calves. 7 Dairy Cattle. 932 Breeding Sheep – 354 Ewes with 578 Lambs.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster accounted for the leading priced by weight animal and the leading gross in a 545kg British Blue cross heifer from Mesrs F&B Smith of Westhouse near Ingleton which made 265.5p/kg or £1447. Mesrs Smith also provided the second highest gross another 545kg Limousin cross, this time which sold for 262.5p/kg or 1431 to the same purchaser. Underbidder on each occasion was Keelham Farm Shop at Skipton which secured the highest priced heifer a Limousin weighing 505kg from Steve Walton of Phoenix Grain for 245.5p/kg and also the leading gross priced heifer a 590kg Limousin cross from Mesrs J&E Greenhalgh of Bashall Eaves for £1401 or 237.5p/kg.



465-560kg                             to 265.5p/kg                        av. 240.41p/kg

560kg+                                   to 199.5p/kg


400-480kg                             to 179.5p/kg

485kg+                                   to 245.5p/kg                        av. 199.31p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: F&B Smith (BBx) 1447, (Limx) 1431, SD Bennett ((Limx) 1292

p/kg: F&B Smith (BBx) 265.5, (Limx) 262.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 256.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 248.5


£ per head: J&E Greenhalgh (Limx) 1401,1389, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1392, 1377, (Blondex) 1373, R Wilson (Limx) 1354

p/kg: Phoenix Grain Ltd (Limx) 245.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 241.5,239.5, R Wilson (Limx) 239.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 237.5, J&E Greenhalgh (Limx) 237.5.


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos

Overall Average                                   116.5p/kg             £646.58

£ per head: M Baul&Sons Ltd (B&W Hfr) 647

p/kg: M Baul&Sons Ltd (B&W Hfr) 116.5     



Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   117.65p/kg           £766.77

Cast cattle trade very good with meated dairies 120p+ and some dairies in the steaking section close up to 120p/kg.  A few Continentals in the entry and up to 150.5p/kg or £1076 which was comparable to Wednesday feeding cow trade.

Black & White                      to 128.5p/kg                        av. 111.40p/kg

Blondex                                 to 116.5p/kg                        av. 102.50p/kg

Limx                                       to 150.5p/kg                        av.130.9p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: M Baul&Sons Ltd 1019, GB Moorhouse 950, G Pickersgill&Sons 867, E&KM Marshall 821, G&PS Fleetwood 764

p/kg: G Pickersgill&Sons 128.5, M Baul&Sons Ltd 123.5, E&KM Marshall 123.5, GB Moorhouse 119.5, G&PS Fleetwood 118.5,


£ per head: JR Carr (Limx) 1076,990, T&S Gamble (Limx) 954, BL&R Lund (Limx) 947,

p/kg: JR Carr (Limx) 150.5,142.5, BL&R Lund (Limx) 143.5, T&S Gamble (Limx) 118.5



1,879 Prime Sheep comprising 237 Spring Lamb, 1179 Prime Hoggs & 43 Mature Hoggs 420 & Cast Ewes & Rams

Still a good show of fat sheep for time of year and a great trade all round. First up were the Spring lambs and a show including a lot of first cross from Mule Ewes, these seeing the nicely finished 40kg Suffolk and Charollais cross Mules around £100 (240p to 250p), whilst a ¾ bred smarter sort was 250p plus topping at 292p (41kg £120) purchased by Countrystyle Meats Farmshop and Restaurant from Lancaster. Next up was Peter Ashby from Norwood at 277p (44kg £122) purchased by Andrew Atkinson.

The hoggs trade was very firm, handy weights 220p to 250p, topping at 263p (44kg £116) from James Drake, Denholme, these were closely followed at 261p by Ken Gamble Easingwold (44kg £115) and 261p was also achieved by D Harriot, West Sussex with 49kg at £128 which were top price per head for hoggs. James Howard, Holmfirth made 251p and 250p of hoggs. In the lump, other chief prices per head included M&G Dobson, Hartlington £124 and JA&JH Hewetson Bank Newton £121, B Watchorn & Son Weston £119.
A large show of 420 ewes were a strong average settling at £72.92 per head. Good hill bred ewes getting into the 70’s, and better Lowland types £90 to £110.


Spring Lambs – Overall Average £107.32 per head or 245.3p/kg           

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 292.7p/kg         av 248.0p/kg         or £103.43 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 267.4p/kg         av 247.0p/kg         or £118.17 per head

52.1kg and over   to 245.3p/kg         av 225.1p/kg         or £121.83 per head


Charollais average £100.09 per head or 251.67p/kg

£ per head: £120 GA Hewitt & Son; £100, £98, £97 x2 J Strange & Sons; £96 MJ&RH Wallbank;

p/kg:292.7p GA Hewitt & Son; 251.3p, 250p, 248.7p x2 J Strange & Son; 240p MJ &RH Wallbank

Suffolk average £107.5 per head or 246.74p/kg

£ per head: £128 A&EM Ashby & Son; £126, £124 J&F Nutter; £121x2 A&AR Phillipson; £121 J&F Nutter; £120 TH Mellin

p/kg: 269.8p, 268.9p A&AR Phillipson; 266.7p TH Mellin; 264.3p MJ&RH Wallbank; 263.8p J&F Nutter; 263p A&AR Phillipson;

Texel average £112.41 per head or 248.63p/kg

£ per head: £130 GH&G Emmott; £129 A&AR Phillipson; £124 J&F Nutter; £121x2 A&AR Phillipson; £121 J&F Nutter;

p/kg: 269.8p, 268.9p A&AR Phillipson; 266.7p TH Mellin; 264.3p MJ&RH Wallbank; 263.8p J&F Nutter; 263p A&AR Phillipson

Rouge average £114.20 per head or 234.02p/kg

£ per head: £121, £116, £105 JA&JM Wade & Son

p/kg: 246.8p, 244.2p 212.3p JA&JM Wade & Son

Hampshire average £96.60 per head or 220.55p/kg

£ per head: £111, £95 x2, £91 G Walters

p/kg: 227.5p, 217.6p, 215.9p x2 G Walters



Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £96.06 per head or 199.7p/kg              

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 191.4p/kg         av 177.1p/kg         or £62.00 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 263.6p/kg         av 212.3p/kg         or £88.92 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 261.2p/kg         av 208.8p/kg         or £101.09 per head

52.1kg and over   to 234.0p/kg         av 185.7p/kg         or £107.44 per head


Beltex average £117.25 per head or 239.29p/kg

£ per head: £124 MJ&GC Dobson; £110.5 T Blackwell;

p/kg: 245.6p T Blackwell; 234p MJ&GC Dobson;

Suffolk average £94.44 per head or 206.18p/kg

£ per head: £106, £106, £105 D Harriott Partnership; £102 JE Strainge & Sons; £100 A Calvert £98 JE Strainge & Son;

p/kg: 227.9p JE Strainge & Sons; 220.8p David Harriott Partnership; 214.4p JE Strainge & Son;

Texel average £98.6 per head or 206.45p/kg

£ per head: £128 David Harriott Partnership; £121 JA&JH Hewetson; £116 JA Drake; £116 W Crane; £115x2 D Harriott

p/kg: 263.6p JA Drake; 261.2p D Harriott & Partnership; 251.2p, 250p JM&VJ Howard Ltd; 241.9p JG Senior; 239.1p JE Strainge

Mule average £89.06 per head or 173.65p/kg

£ per head: £99 J Baker; £98 N&J&S Taylor; £98 JW Sayer & Son; £97, £91 JR Lancaster; £91, £87, £84, £83 MP Jennings

p/kg: 215.6p, 211.6p JR Lancaster; 204.2p N&J&S Taylor; 181.5p JW Sayer & Son; 173.7p J Baker; 172.9p MP Jennings

Charollais average £102.43 per head or 205.19p/kg

£ per head: £119 B Watchorn & Sons; £114, £112, £108.5 David Harriott Partnership; £106 JE Strainge & Sons

p/kg: 251.3p, 250p, 248.7p x2, 226.1p JE Strainge & Sons; 224.5p B Watchorn & Sons; 216.7p JM&VJ Howard Ltd 

Swaledale average £71.98 per head or 167.21p/kg

£ per head: £85 N&J&S Taylor; £83 C Nelson & Sons; £82 JG Senior; £80, £70.5 S Horsfield; £66 JW Sayer & Son;

p/kg: 200p JG Senior; 173.9p S Horsfield; 173.7p JW Sayer & Son; 173.5p 167.6p N&J&S Taylor; 161.1p JG&B Brown & Sons

Dalesbred average £66.30 per head or 172.66p/kg

£ per head: £80 Stocks Enterprises; £79 JG Senior; £70 K Lister & Sons

p/kg: 195.1p Stocks Enterprises; 192.7p JG Senior; 162.8p K Lister & Sons

Cheviot average £79.38 per head or 212.46p/kg

£ per head: £98 K Lister & Sons; £95 J Lord; £77 K Lister & Sons; 

p/kg: 227.9p K Lister & Sons; 220.9p J Lord; 202.6p K Lister & Sons;




Cull Ewes average £72.92

Suffolk to £99.50, Texel to £117.50, Blue to £80.00, Mule to £76.50, Dalesbred to £55.50, Swaledale to £75.50, Lonk to £73.50, Cheviot to £78.50, Charollais to £81.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £117.50 £107.50 KW Gamble; £99.50 J Strange;

Mule/Masham: £76.50 £75.50 J Strange;

Horned: £75.50 £60.50 C Nelson;

Hill: £78.50 AG Horn; £69.50 SR Petty;  


Cast Rams average £65.83

Texel to £87.50, Swaledale to £39.50, Herdwick  to £59.50.





Rearing Calves to £480 (60)

B&W av £62.88 Cont av £316.2 Native av £188.33


A nice show of calves a week before show week and a strong trade set also. Best Calves in the market came from James Cooper of Dacre with a couple of surplus Pure Limousin calves the best of which being a bull calf at 2 mths old selling for £480.


In the Blues Richard Spence of Sutton in Craven hit the top with the penultimate calf in the ring making £470, with Joss Lancaster of Horton in Craven not far behind with his best calves realising £450 and £445. Native bulls were a straight trade throughout today with Andrew Lee of Lothersdale topping at £190 however it was Native and Lim x heifers that were the trade of the day with Aberdeen Angus out stripping their male counterparts averaging £205 and topping with a sweet heifer from Chris Drake at £280. Limousin’s were topped once more by James Cooper at £390 and average £341.67.


Black and whites nice to sell with a ready audience for all types. Best again presented by Richard Spence of Sutton In Craven at £135 and a very respectable average of £62.88



Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £380) to £480 JM&SM Cooper                            

Brit Blue x (Av £322.67) to £470 RM Spence                                                

Aberdeen Angus (Av £180) to £195 AJ Lee

Hereford X (Av £160) to £160 EJ Fort

Dairy Shorthorn (Av £95) to £100 IRG Collins & Partners

Black & White (Av £62.88) to £135 RM Spence                           


Heifer Calves                       

British Blue (Av £297) to £350 M&R Smith

Lim (Av £341.67) to £390 JM&SM Cooper

Aberdeen Angus (Av £205) to £280 CJ&DD Drake                                                      

Hereford (Av £200) to £200 EJ Fort




Breeding Sheep – 354 Ewes and 578 Lambs

Plenty of outfits about today, 354 in total, even though last week was the show day. Nice show of hoggs and lambs, although missing the strong quality of last week, the better sorts on the day made £170-£180 per outfit. Shearlings and young ewes in good demand with better 2-4crop Continentals with twins up around £200 per outfits, Mule £170-£180 per outfit for twins. Some outfits with stronger singles topping at £165, other better sorts £130 to £160.
Todays sale included an entry of 60 Swaledale Ewes with Mule Lambs from CT Akrigg, topping at £140 with the majority making around £120.

Good show again for next week, entries to the mart office by Friday Lunchtime please.


Suffolk Ewe + Single                           to £128

Suffolk Ewe + Twin                             to £180

Suffolk Shlg + Single                            to £145

Texel Ewe + Single                               to £165 av £153

Texel Ewe + Twins                               to £205 av £190

Texel Ewe + Mixed                              to £178

Texel Shlg + Singles                             to £145

Texel Shlg + Twins                               to £200

Texel Hogg + Single                             to £190 av £173

Mule Ewe + Single                               to £128

Mule Ewe + Twins                               to £180 av £149

Mule Ewe + Mixed                              to £168

Mule Shlg + Twins                               to £175

Mule Hogg + Single                             to £182 av £170

Swale Ewe + Single                             to £105

Swale Ewe + Twins                              to £140 av £124

Chev Ewe + Single                               to £100

Chev Ewe + Twins                                to £140

BFL Ewe + Single                                  to £100

Char Ewe + Twins                                to £170

Texel Stores                                          to £95.00




Craven Dairy Auction (7 head)


 Not quite the exceptional show of last fortnight but a trade equivalent to it. A mixed show of cows and heifers found a ready audience ringside with the Champion a 2nd Calved MVP daughter from Brian Moorhouse found numerous bidders with the final bid eventually coming from Ken Throup of Woofa Bank. The reserve a wearing Friesian type heifer from Richard Close of Starbotton sold very nicely heading home with John Howard of Heslaker at £1600. 


Judge – Sam Naylor

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers: 1st RH&EA Close 2nd High Rails 3rd High Rails        

                                Newly Calven Cows: 1st GB Moorhouse 2nd A&G Midgeley        


                                Champion – GB Moorhouse                             Reserve – RH & EA Close


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1342.5 ): to £1600 RH&EA Close


Newly Calven Cows (av £1415): to £1650 GB Moorhouse