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Posted on 03/12/2018 by in reports primestock

Forward: 39 Prime cattle comprising 20 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 19 Cast Cattle 3,280 Prime Sheep comprising 2956 Prime Lambs & 324 Cast Ewes & Rams 42 Rearing Calves 58 Dairy Cattle 4 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

560 kg+                                                  to 240.5p/kg                        av. 223.37p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 231.5p/kg                        av. 151.03p/kg

480kg+                                                   to 254.5p/kg                        av. 219.71p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


Still a little bit of trade for the right sorts of clean cattle with Jim Stockdale of JW Stockdale and Sons selling a 575kg Limousin cross heifer at £1463 or 254.5p/kg, also the days highest priced p/kg price to Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster. Top steer was £1395 for a 580kg Limousin cross from Mesrs CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield which sold to Stanforths Butchers for 240.5p/kg.

A couple of outside fed Dairy heifers in the mix which distort the lightweight heifer average, otherwise the usual u grade type cattle were a similar trade.

£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1395, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1369,

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 240.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 224.5,


£ per head: JW Stockdale&Sons (Limx) 1463, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1399, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1395, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1385

p/kg: JW Stockdale&Sons (Limx) 254.5,245.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 249.5, D&FJ Leeming (Limx) 248.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 245.5



Cull Cow Prices

Few heavy thick meated cows but a good ring full of buyers meant that cows got spread around quite widely and more could be sold even in the run up to Christmas when traditionally large factories switch over to clean cattle.

Overall Average                                   84.61p/kg             £544.63

Black & White                      to 80.21p/kg                        av. 99.5p/kg

Jersey                                     to 69.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 108.5p/kg                        av.105.00p/kg

BBx                                         to110.5p/kg



Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JK Blackburn&Son 681, PJ&JE Bolland 673, JSS Verity 637, JM Smith&Son 632

p/kg: JM Smith&Son 99.5, PJ&JE Bolland 95.5, JM Smith&Son 93.5, G Pickersgill&Sons 85.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: JSS Verity (Jer) 365

p/kg: JSS Verity (Jer) 69.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: J&D Barritt 729

p/kg: J&D Barritt 110.5


£ per head: P Shackleton (AA) 857, JN&J Rennard (AAx) 629, R&E Pollard (Hefdx) 467

p/kg: PS Shackleton 108.5, JN&J Rennard 101.5



3,280 Prime Sheep comprising 2956 Prime Lambs & 324 Cast Ewes & Rams

Numbers remaining constant today with nearly 3000 lambs and a good show of 324 ewes too. Lamb trade easily upkept last weeks rates, some classes a touch dearer. This was the case with the smart end, with tops at 278p from Messrs Scrivin, Park House. George Sunderland of Cragg Vale was in the mix at 267.6p,  Anthony Hewetson had pens at 266.7p and 241.7p, whilst James Garth & Son, Birk Knott had five pens from 265.9 to 241.5p, their trailer full of beltex lambs averaging 241.1p/kg. Messrs Hutchinson from Raven Hill topped the sale at £120 per head, these making 265.1p/kg. Beltex levelled at 225p across the board. The next grade of Continental handyweights were good to sell, nice ¾ types 200p-220p, commercials 180p to 200p.
Heavies upkept last weeks rates, with the smart Beltex Texel 47kg to 55kg types £100-£110, the nice skinned sorts in the £90’s, and good first crosses £83-£88.
Mule Lambs were dearer again on the week, more around £29-£32 over the weight, £75 to £80 for the good 44kg to 47kg. Swaledale/Dalesbred were a nice show with 150-160p the mark for nice lightweight wethers.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £79.91 per head or 180.77p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 217.6p/kg         av 165.09p/kg      or £58.64 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 278.0p/kg         av 187.11p/kg      or £78.47 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 250.0p/kg         av 171.58p/kg      or £83.69 per head

52.1kg and over   to 207.5p/kg         av 160.43p/kg      or £88.02 per head



Beltex average £93.44 per head or 225.1p/kg

£ per head: £120 £114 £107(x2) £106 EP&JM Hutchinson; £114 S&P Scrivin £110 RH&MR Ireland; £109 £106 James Garth & Son; £109 Ellis Bros; £105 WC Logan

p/kg: 278.0p S&P Scrivin; 267.6p G Sunderland; 266.7p 241.7p JA&JH Hewetson; 265.9p 253.8p 253.7p 243.9p 241.5p  James Garth & Son; 265.1p 250.0p EP&JM Hutchinson; 256.9p 248.7p F&R Fielden; 256.1p WC Logan; 253.8p 240.5p RH&MR Ireland; 245.0p Ellis Bros; 243.8p  A Jenkinson; 242.5p J&J Garnett;

Suffolk average £79.60 per head or 168.3p/kg

£ per head: £90£87.50  R Emmott; £888 JP&KE Hartley; £87.50 PN Hugill; £86.50 $84.50 G&MA Lawn; £85 J&C Wright

p/kg: 189.3p CD&RF Kitching; 183.3p JP&KE Hartley; 178.4p SM Russell & Son; 178.0p CH&F Fearnley; 172.4p G&MA Lawn

Texel average £80.34 per head or 180.9p/kg

£ per head: £103 £101 £99 £97 I Marsden; £102 T Walmsley; £101 MP Jennings; £98 D&A Livestock; £98 P Johnson; £97 A Butler; £96 W&J Parkinson.

p/kg: 242.5p A Butler; 236.8p JP&KE Hartley; 231.7p WC Logan; 222.5p IMA&RJ Smith; 222.5p J Greenwood; 220.0p F&R Fielden;

Mule average £74.23 per head or 167.7p/kg

£ per head: £80 R Smith; £79.50 JH Throup; £78.50 JI&MP Greenwood; £78 £76 P Addyman & Son; £77 JA Throup; £77 CD&RF Kitching; £76.50 WAVJ&JA Towler; £75.50 W Mason & Son; £75.50 G Hardiman

p/kg: 184.1p G Hardiman; 181.9p R Stubbs; 173.8p A Jenkinson; 171.4p R&KA Burley & Son; 170.7p JR Smith.

Charollais average £79.52 per head or 180.8p/kg

£ per head: £86 KJ Marston; £85.50 J Metcalfe;

p/kg: 215.0p 197.4p KJ Marston;

Lonk average £70.77 per head or 168.7p/kg

£ per head: £79 £72 £71 JT Robinson; £76 C Crowther; £71 S&P Scrivin

p/kg: 175.0p 171.0p J Greenwood; 171.3p C Crowther; 169.0 S&P Scrivin

Swaledale average £60.13 per head or 157.5p/kg

£ per head: £66.50 JH Throup; £66 WB Woodsworth; £64 DM&SV throup; £64 RW&B Chapman; £63.40 H Smith

p/kg: 168.4p RW&B Chapman; 167.1p 156.9p H Smith; 158.6 K Huck; 154.7p JH Throup.

Dalesbred average £59.00 per head or 163.9p/kg

£ per head: £59 K Lister & Son

p/kg: 163.9p K Lister & Son

Gritstone average £73.50 per head or 167.0p/kg

£ per head: S&P Scrivin

p/kg: 167.0 S&P Scrivin

Cheviot average £75.68  per head or 170.0p/kg

£ per head: £78.50 B Dibb; £75 C Crowther; £71 J Wood

p/kg: 177.5p J Wood; 170.5p C Crowther




Cull Ewes average £54.03

Suffolk to £61.50, Texel to £115, Mule to £70.50, Lleyn to £50, Swaledale to £26.50, Cheviot  to £59.50, Beltex  to £57.50, Lonk  to £.66.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £115 R.Smith,

Mule/Masham: £70.50 JM Townsend

Horned: £26.50 BW Appleton

Hill: £66.50 JT Robinson


Cast Rams average £70.50

Charollais to £99.50, Texel to £92.50, BFL to £51.50,

Top prices

Continental: £99.50 D Hargreaves, £92.50 JG Hall&Son




Rearing Calves to £420 (42)

Dairy av £76.88 Cont av £308.45 Native av £177.47

A quieter show of calves at CCM this morning following the Christmas Calf Show, however heady prices were still seen for the best of the calves today with Robert Metcalfe from Brearton topping at £420 for a lovely British Blue Heifer. A run of Continental stirks from A Twell & Co saw some healthy bidding reaching £650 twice for some Continental bullocks with a brace of Blue heifers at £600.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £310) to £320 RE Ayrton & Son                           

Brit Blue x (Av £305.75) to £380 JF Longster & Son                                                    

Aberdeen Angus (Av £195) to £290 JM Smith & Son

Simmental X (Av £250) to £250 JM Smith & Son

Norwegian Red (Av £44.67) to £48 J Gooch                

Black & White (Av £76.88) to £145 H&M Dugdale & Son                         


Heifer Calves                                                                       

Ab Angus (Av £157.5) to £160 JM Smith & Son                                                           

British Blue (Av £345.83) to £420 RD Metcalfe & Son

Lim (Av £206.67) to £290 RD Metcalfe & Son


Continental Stirks

British Blue Bullocks av £650 to £650 A Twell & Co

Limousin Bullock av £650 to £650 A Twell & Co

Limousin Heifer av £562 to £580 A Twell & Co

British Blue Heifer av £596.6 to £600 A Twell & Co   



Craven Dairy Auction (58 head)

Brian Moorhouse takes the Christmas Dairy Championship once again with his 31 litre Grafeeti Daughter, which went on to sell for £2220 to John Howard of Heslaker. The next in line was a sweet pedigree heifer from David Lawson of Arthington boasting 5 generations of VG or Ex sold for £1800 to Brian Blezard of Ribchester.


A large show of youngstock met a fluctuating trade with incalf heifers arguably a straight trade considering the current industry circumstances, however a healthy ringside of buyers meant for a healthy trade. Chris Drake took home the Frank Wade Perpetual Trophy for his Incalf heifer (due to the Aberdeen Angus for Feb) she sold for £1010 to David Shuttleworth of Gargrave.


The J Ibbotson Trophy for best maiden went to Peter Baul of Bishop Thornton with an Overside Dragon daughter topping his trade at £800 selling to Messrs Ishmael of Orrell.


Judge – Alan Throup

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:        1st GB Moorhouse               2nd A Lawson & Son             3rd A Lawson & Son

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st A Lawson & Son              2nd MD Parkinson                 3rd GB Jennings

                                Incalf:                                     1st 2nd 3rd CJ&DD Drake                      

                    Maiden:                                 1st & 2nd M Baul                    3rd CJ&DD Drake

                                Champion –          GB Moorhouse                     Reserve – A Lawson & Son


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (av £1644 ): to £2220 GB Moorhouse


Newly Calven Cows (av £1519): to £1700 A Lawson & Son  


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1280): to £1280 WR Ireland & Son


Incalf Heifers (av £943.33): to £1010 CJ&DD Drake


Pedigree Maiden Heifers (av £683.09) to £800 M Baul & Partners


Maiden Heifers (av £717.5) to £780 CJ&DD Drake


Heifer Stirks (av £248) to £300 DR Robinson