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Posted on 19/08/2019 by in reports primestock

Forward: 41 Prime cattle comprising 16 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 24 Cast Cattle. 3,740 Prime Sheep comprising 3466 Prime Lambs, 274 Cast Ewes & Rams. 70 Rearing Calves.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster were back at the ringside and notably accounted for the two leading p/kg prices in both the steer and the heifer sections. RT&J Critchley&Sons of Hutton scored in the heifers selling a 510kg British Blue cross to Countrystyle’s Alan Beecroft for 256.5p/kg or £1308 and Malham Moor’s Bill Cowperthwaite was the leading steer vendor with a Limousin cross at 550kg, 248.5p or £1367, to the same purchaser. Overall top gross was a 585kg British Blue heifer sold by Charles and Richard Kitching of Threshfield to Keelham farm Shop of Skipton for £1401 or 239.5p. Another compact, high quality show selling to 8 retail outlets witht eh leading buyer Keelham Farm Shop from Skipton.


465-560kg                                             to 248.5p/kg                        av. 244.6p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 240.5p/kg                        av.233.52p/kg


400-4800kg                                          to 124.5p/kg                        av.123.99p/kg

480kg+                                                   to 256.5p/kg                        av. 244.56p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1419, SR Bennett (Limx) 1389, TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 1367,

p/kg: TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 248.5, S&NV Jowett (Limx) 243.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 228.5


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1401, (Limx) 1372, 1371, JM Townsend (BBx) 1387, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1323

p/kg: RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 256.5, JM Townsend (BBx) 254.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 249.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 248.5 


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   112.5p/kg                             £765

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: TP&EA Clayton (Hefdx) 765

p/kg: TP&EA Clayton (Hefdx) 112.5


Cull Cow Prices

In a light show of cows 3 very plain girls may give the impression that cows were an easier trade. Suffice to say that cows with meat were a very similar trade the dairies circa 110p with the odd young cow at 127.5p, with any easing in price on the plain girls.


Overall Average                                   94.04p/kg             £595.06

Black & White                      to 127.5p/kg                        av.88.86 p/kg                                      

MRI                                         to 86.5p/kg

Fleckvieh                               to 111.5p/kg                       

Salerx                                     to 114.5/kg         

Blondex                                 to 113.5p/kg

Hefdx                                     to 111.5p/kg                        av.104.80p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: J Gooch 899, CN&SA Harrison 781, CJ&DD Drake 742,697, A&J Carr&Son 687, GB Moorhouse 646

p/kg: J Gooch 127.5, CJ&DD Drake 111.5, CN&SA Harrison 111.5, CJ&DD Drake 107.5, PJ7JE Bollnad 103.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: C Watson (Fleck) 636, (MRI) 528

p/kg: C Watson (Fleck) 111.5,(MRI) 86.5


£ per head: S&NV Jowett (Saler) 870, SD Bennett (Blondex) 829,

p/kg: S&NV Jowett (Saler) 114.5, SD Bennett (Blondex) 113.5


£ per head: TP&EA Clayton (Hefdx) 697,647,611

p/kg: TP&EA Clayton (Hefdx) 111.5,104.5,99.5


3,740 Prime Sheep
comprising 3466 Prime Lambs, 274 Cast Ewes & Rams

A great entry of sheep today, and as predicted, trade was up on the week levelling at 186.8p/kg or £81.19 per head for all breeds and weights. The trade set off at a crack and kept going all sale, with the smart export weights particularly good to sell. N&AD Boynton, Ripon topped at 261p (41kg £107) selling to Andrew Atkinson for Hartshead Meat Co, Mossley, the same combination also responsible for lambs at 245p (42kg £103). JC Marshall, Dacre topped at 259p (42kg £109) again to Hartshead Meats, with 2 more pens at 250p (44kg £110) and 242.2p (45kg £107) to Vivers Scotlamb. Messrs Hill & Wright, Doncaster had a good consignment of lambs with lambs at 254.8p (42kg £107), 248.8p (43kg £107) and 243.8p (40kg £97.50) all to Vivers Scotlamb. S&P Scrivin, Elslack were also in top prices with lambs at 247.7p (44kg £109). The next grade of ¾ bred lamb was generally 220p to 240p, and a nice sorts £2 to 220p. Commercial export 190p to £2.
Heavy lambs were keenly sought this week, tops at £113 for 51kg from T&C Robinson, Tosside purchased by Hartshead Meat Co. J Turner, Draughton topped his run at £111 for 54kg to Swaledale Foods, also selling 50kg at £109 and 53kg at £108. Owain Chapman, Skreholme sold Texels 51kg at £106 to Countrystyle Meats Farmshop and Restaurant, Lancaster. JC Marshall, Dacre had 46kg at £105, and 46kg at £104, Ellis Bros Addingham had 52kg at £105 and 46kg at £104.
Commercial Lowland Lambs weighing 42kg to 45kg were a much sharper trade today, especially if farm assured with additional accounts operating. This class of lamb was generally 185p to 195p, whilst nice Mule & Masham Wethers in a similar weight range found a very ready market making around £30 to £34 over the weight or 170 to 175p. A&SL Throup, Silsden sold a pen of 53kg at £93 and 2 pens of 44kg at £78 and 43kg at £76. C Nelson & Son Bordley 43kg £74.50, CD&RF Kitching, Threshfield 45kg £77, KM&L Throup Silsden 39kg £68.50, 41kg £72, 41kg £72. R&KA Burley Pateley Bridge had 45kg at £77. JA&JC Throup Silsden 43kg £73.50. KA&HL Fawcett, Barden topped a run at 46kg £78.50. FM Shepherd & Son Pateley Bridge 43kg £76. TH&A Pickard & Son Bolton by Bowland also weighed in with 50kg at £85.

Cast Sheep were a decent trade this week, tops at £107.50 for Texels from P Crabtree & Son, Otley, with decent Continental ewes in the 90’s. Best Mules mid to late £70’s and best horned ewes topping at £63.50. Overall average of £58.74 for 274 Ewes and Rams.


Tuesday 20th August

Show & Sale of 3,372 Gimmer Shearlings

Judging 8.30am. Sale 10.00am

Wednesday 21st August

Show & Sale of 9,439 Store Lambs

Annual Shows for Down cross lambs (Robert Morphet Memorial Trophy) &

Mule Wether Lambs (Stephen Foster Memorial Trophy) in pens of 50

Friday 23rd August

700 Breeding Sheep at 10:30am & 129 Rams at 12noon

Special “CRAVEN CONTINENTALS SALE” for Texel and Continental Gimmer Shearlings and Ewes.

This sale also includes a genuine reduction sale draft of 32 Pedigree Texel Females
from the Gillians Laithe Flock.

Followed by 600 Mule, Suffolk and other halfbred Ewes & Shlgs

Special August Sale for 129 Suffolk & Continental Rams

Tuesday 10th September

Opening Show & Sale of Mule Gimmer Lambs

Catalogue entries close 4pm Wednesday 21st August

Spring Lambs – Overall Average £81.19 per head or 186.78p/kg

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 261p/kg            av 187.07p/kg      or £79.41 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 228.3p/kg         av 186.8p/kg         or £88.26 per head

52.1kg and over   to 205.6p/kg         av 178.5p/kg         or £91.12 per head


Beltex average £88.92 per head or 208.25p/kg

£ per head: £113 T&C Robinson; £110 JC Marshall; £109 S&P Scrivin; £109x2 JC Marshall; £107 x2 T Hill & R Wright;

p/kg:261p N&AD Boynton; 259.5p JC Marshall; 254.8p T Hill & R Wright; 250p JC Marshall; 248.8p T Hill & R Wright;

Charollais average £77.98 per head or 181.51p/kg

£ per head: £92, £86 WM Hall; £83.5 A&AR Phillipson; £81.5 WM Hall; £76 WM Hall

p/kg:198.8p A&AR Phillipson; 182.9p JR&DL Ogden; 179.8p A Guy & Son; 179.2p WM Hall

Suffolk average £79.44 per head or 180.27p/kg

£ per head: £108 J Turner; £100 R Emmott; £96 x2 MJ Spensley; £94 TH Mellin; £91 SL&SD Lund;

p/kg:204.1p R Emmott; 203.8p J Turner; 200p TH Mellin; 192p MJ Spensley; 189.4p F Reeday & Son; 188.1p TH&A Pickard;

Texel average £81.13 per head or 185.97p/kg

£ per head: £111, £109 J Turner; £106 OM Chapman; £105 Ellis Bros; £100 J Turner; £100 A&AR Phillipson; £100 JC Marshall

p/kg: 236.8p J&R Paisley; 218p J Turner; 215.2p JC Marshall; 213.8p IMA&RJ Smith; 211.4p AF Harker; 210.2p R&E Pollard

Mule average £72.69 per head or 170.83p/kg

£ per head: £85 TH&A Pickard & Son ; £78.5 KA&HL Fawcett; £78 JA Throup; £77.5 R&KA Burley & Son; £77 CD&RF Kitching;

p/kg: 176.7p A&SL Throup; 175.6p x2 KM&L Throup; 173.3p JA Throup; 173.3p C Nelson & Son; 172.6p R&KA Burley & Son

Masham average £78.66 per head or 177.12p/kg

£ per head: £93, £78x2 A&SL Throup & Son; £77.5 A&EM Ashby & Son;

p/kg: 177.3p x2, 176.1p A&EM Ashby & Son; 175.5p A&SL Throup & Son




Cull Ewes average £58.74

Suffolk to £85.5, Texel to £107.5, Mule to £77.5, Lleyn to £58.5, Swaledale to £49.5, Lonk to £63.5.

Top prices:

Lowland: £107.5 P Crabtree & Son; £96.5 JR Carr;

Mule/Masham: £77.5 A Guy & Son; £73.5 SD Bennett;

Horned: £63.5 A Guy & Son;  £49.5 R&KA Burley & Son; £47.5 P Addyman & Son

Hill: £58.5 CD&RF Kitching;  



Rearing Calves to £375 (70)

B&W av £51.15 Cont av £283.33 Native av £203.33


A handy show of calves this morning with 70 presented for sale. Continental calves were a shade easier on the fortnight with bidding considerably less vigorous for continental heifers compared to bulls. Best bulls were still a handy trade despite not being quite the quality of a week ago, however a sweet month old bull from John and Rob Marshall of Dacre still managed a very respectable £375.


Continental heifers would sell to a straight price today with arguably no show stoppers but good honest calves making £240 - £280 topping with Edward Fort, Silsden Moor.


Native calves were out in stronger numbers today with a particularly good trade for Aberdeen Angus heifers with an average of £140 and topping at £210 from JM Smith, Carleton.  


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £330) to £330 G Pickersgill & Son                       

Brit Blue x (Av £306.5) to £375 JC Marshall                                                  

Aberdeen Angus (Av £263.33) to £275 JM Smith & Son

Charollais (Av £330) to £330 C Smith                            

Black & White (Av £51.15) to £80 Flasby Estates                        


Heifer Calves       

Charollais x (Av £215) to £230 C Smith                                                         

Ab Angus (Av £140) to £210 JM Smith & Son                                                              

British Blue (Av £225.42) to £280 EJ Fort

Lim (Av £253.33) to £280 DC Hall