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Posted on 09/09/2019 by in reports primestock

Forward: 63 Prime cattle comprising 14 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 9 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 40 Cast Cattle. 3,590 Prime Sheep comprising 3057 Spring Lamb, 533 Cast Sheep (530 Ewes, 3 Rams). 106 Rearing Calves. 12 Dairy Cattle.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster continued to headline at the weekly sale accounting for the top price per kg a Limousin cross steer which weighed 550kg coming from Charles and Richard Kitching of Threshfield which made 256.5p/kg or £1411. George Cropper of Sandersons Butchers bought the highest priced heifer (p/kg) at 254.5p, a 555kg Limousin cross from Mesrs RT&J Critchley&Sons (£1412). The highest grossing animal was a 595kg Limousin cross steer at £1425 (239.5p) which joined Simon Barker of Stanforths Bucthers, Skipton, from Mesrs Kitching. Leading buyer with 4 was James Robertshaw buying for Keelham Farm Shop Skipton and Robertshaws Farm Shop, Denholme. Paul Ellison of Ellisons Butchers at Cullingworth accounted for 2.  Top end cattle were good to clear and a few more commercial types discounted the average this week steers av. wt. 583kg av. 220.77p/kg heifers av. wt.543kg av.219.2p/kg. 9 cattle made more than £1300 and 10 cattle made 235p and above.


465-560kg                                             to 256.5p/kg                        av. 246.05p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 239.5p/kg                        av. 198.63p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 120.5p/kg

480kg+                                                   to 254.5p/kg                        av. 239.05p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1425,1411, SD Bennett (Limx) 1283

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (LImx) 256.5,239.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 235.5


£ per head: RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1417,1412, 1412, 1329, CD&RF Kitching (Baz) 1401,(BBx) 1374,

p/kg: RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 254.5,246.5, 243.5, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 247.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 240.5, SD Bennett (LImx)239.5


Prime Cattle over 30 mos


Overall average                                   121.70p/kg                           £776.83

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: E&S Baines (Limx) 1066, RJ Ashworth (BBx) 844

p/kg: E&S Baines (Limx) 138.5, RJ Ashworth (BBx) 120.5                        


Cull Cow Prices


Overall Average                                   93.28p/kg             £628.91

An increased entry of mixed quality. Meat in short supply but the few heavy dairies were 110p but some worn cows a very good trade.The beef crosses saw a pure Angus from Brian Church at £1084 or 127.5p/kg and a Limosusin from JA&JM Wade & Son at 1025 or 138.5p.

Black & White                      to 111.5p/kg                        av.92.39p/kg

Dan Red                                 to 105.5p/kg                        av. 94.61p/kg

MRI                                         to 78.5p/kg                         

Limx                                       to 138.5p/kg                        av.118.63p/kg

BBx                                         to 95.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 127.5p/kg                        av. 118.10p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: I Wright 898, JSS Verity 853, E&KM Marshall 821, C Smith&Sons 816, ID&JC Briggs 816, M&R Smith 756

p/kg: I Wright 111.5, JSS Verity 111.5, E&KM Marshall 109.5, C Smith&Sons 109.5, ID&JC Briggs 108.5, HJ&KL Blackwell 108.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: JSS Verity (Dan Red) 749,481, C.Watson (MRI) 475

p/kg: JSS Verity (Dan Red) 105.5,81.5, C Watson (MRI) 78.5


£ per head: JA & JM Wade&Son (LImx) 1025, JSS Verity (BBx) 568

p/kg: JA&JM Wade&Son (Lim) 138.5, FW Horner&son (Limx) 93.5


£ per head: RG Church Ltd (AA) 1084, D&J Isherwood (AA) 911, B&D Stancliffe (Beef Sh) 710

p/kg: RG Church Ltd (AA) 127.5, D&J Isherwood (AA) 121.5


Overall Average                                   85.52p/kg             £688.41

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: C Miller (Lim) 922, RG Church Ltd (AA) 455

p/kg: C Miller (Lim) 96.5, RG Church Ltd (AA) 69.5


3,590 Prime Sheep comprising 3057 Spring Lamb, 533 Cast Sheep (530 Ewes, 3 Rams)

Plenty of sheep on offer today with 3,590 presented for sale and trade as expected was harder work. Again buyers showing a willingness to give a definite premium for lambs that have received some hard feed as against just grass fed sorts, this was very evident for the handy weighted types, where 40/41kg types were 10p/15p dearer for having been fed.
A few runs of smart handyweight lambs in the 220p to 250p region, nice sorts 190/210, plenty 170/185, but plain lambs similar to store price with buyers discounting these from a slaughter point of view. Best butchers type heavies were £100 to £110, and the nice sorts in the £90’s, commercial heavies in the £80’s. Overall average of 166p/kg or

Messrs Boynton from Ripon topped the trade again with Continentals at £113 each selling to Vivers Scotlamb and £106 to Robertshaw’s Farmshop in Thornton. Kevin Huck from Bordley made £109 to Vivers Scotlamb, Jim Greenwood from Addingham made £107 to Hartshead Meat Co, Mossley.

A nice trade for ewes with the overall average up some £8 on the week. Best ewes into 3 figures,

Spring Lambs – Overall Average £73.64 per head or 166.16p/kg           

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 253.7p/kg         av 166.33p/kg      or £70.88 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 231.9p/kg         av 166.2p/kg         or £79.36 per head

52.1kg and over   to 211.4p/kg         av 162.56p/kg      or £85.99 per head


Beltex average £79.07 per head or 183.97p/kg

£ per head: £113 N&AD Boynton; £109 K Huck; £108 HB Atkinson; £107 J Greenwood; £106 N&AD Boynton;

p/kg: 253.7p, 250p, 240p, 238.6p, 236.4p HB Atkinson; 231.9p K Huck; 226p N&AD Boynton; 225.6p Ellis Bros;

Texel average £73.08 per head or 165.07p/kg

£ per head: £100 RH&MR Ireland; £96 MP Jennings; £94 A Jenkinson; £94 RH&MR Ireland; £93.50 Fair Place Farm

p/kg: 217.4p Fair Place Farm; 200p A Jenkinson; 191.5p Fair Place Farm; 187.2p P Johnson; 184p RF Morphett;

Rouge average £84.56 per head or 170.16p/kg

£ per head: £94, £88, £86.50, £82.50, £80 JA&JM Wade & Son

p/kg:179.6p, 173p, 168.4p, 163.3p, 154.1p JA&JM Wade & Son 

Charollais average £67.99 per head or 160.98p/kg

£ per head: £84 LJ Clay; £78, £74.50 A Guy & Son; £73 JM Smith & Son; £65.50 T Priestley; £63 LJ Clay;

p/kg: 171.4p, 161.5p LJ Clay; 159.8p T Priestley; 155.3p JM Smith & Son; 155.2p, 152.9p A Guy & Son;

Suffolk average £70.81 per head or 159.46p/kg

£ per head: £90 JA&JM Wade & Son; £82.50 A&ED Booth; £80 RA&M Earnshaw; £80, £79 WD Douthwaite;

p/kg: 173.1p T&G McGarell; 170.2p WD Douthwaite; 167p M Hall; 163.6p JA&JM Wade & Son; 162p D&GM Scott;

Mule average £61.84 per head or 146p/kg

£ per head: £69 Fair Place Farm; £68.50 JM Daggett; £67.50 JR Smith; £67 J J Beckwith; £66 T&C Robinson; £65.50 PL Metcalfe

p/kg: 150p JR Smith; 148.9p JM Daggett; 146.5p JM&S Tennant; 145.6p PL Metcalfe; 145.5p FCN&M Walker;


Cull Ewes average £58.36

Suffolk to £90.50, Texel to £113.50, BFL to £79.50, Mule to £78.50, Lleyn to £73.50, Swaledale to £41.50, Masham to £75.50, Dalesbred to £44.50, Beltex to £46.50, Lonk to £43.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £113.50 MR&GP Beresford; £107.50 G Sunderland;

Mule/Masham: £78.50 P Shackleton; £75.50 T&G Mcgarrell

Horned: £44.50 M Hall; £43.50 Fair Place Farm

Hill: £79.50, £76.50 S Hutchinson; 73.50 N Speake

Cast Rams average £73.50

Charollais to £64.50, Texel to £82.50.



Rearing Calves to £370 (106)

B&W av £45.22 Cont av £260.42 Native av £188.8


106 calves entered and penned for this morning’s sale. Trade today was not quite as potent as the week before as a result of a few extra numbers and with a few less faces ringside. Best calves reached £380 for a super Charollais x bull from C Smith of Sutton in Craven and £370 for a 4 week old British Blue bull from Joss Lancaster, Horton in Craven.


Aberdeen Angus’s founded a couple of fresh bidders today with a bull average of £238 and a top of £340 for a stonking bull from Smith’s of Carlerton. Aberdeen Angus heifers averaged £138 and topped with Rob Wallbank, Embsay at £180.


Black and whites would be slightly less money this week however the best Holstein bulls were up to £85 for a strong bull from RL Wright & Son of Airton.  


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £208.5) to £240 Town Head Farm Products                     

Brit Blue x (Av £281.96) to £370 J&SA Lancaster                                                        

Aberdeen Angus (Av £238.33) to £340 JM Smith & Son

Flekvieh (Av £208.33) to £345 C Watson

Charollais X (Av £305) to £380 C Smith

Black & White (Av £45.22) to £85 RL Wright & Son                   


Heifer  Calves                      

Charollais (Av £206.67) to £240 C Smith                                                       

Ab Angus (Av £138.75) to £180 MH&DE Wallbank                                                     

British Blue (Av £205.37) to £280 MH&DE Wallbank

Lim (Av £179) to £230 Town Head Farm Products



Craven Dairy Auction (14 head)

 A handy trade in the dairy ring with a nice amount of bidders present. The Judging was carried out by Richard Crabtree of Clifton who swiftly went about his business and chose a superb 30kg heifer from Brian Moorhouse of Bell Busk which proceeded to sell for the sale high of £2000 to Brian Blezard of Ribchester. The next highest price came from the Fort family of Silsden Moor with a sweet 28kg heifer selling for £1900 to Mark Goodall of Tong.


Ian Parkinson of Barden continued his good run of newly calved cows with his 1st prize 2nd calver selling for £1800 MD Parkinson.  


Judge – Richard Crabtree

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:        1st GB Moorhouse               2nd MD Parkinson                 3rd GB Jenning

                                Newly Calven Cows:             1st & 2nd MD Parkinson


                                Champion –          GB Jennings                          Reserve – MD Parkinson


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (Av £1952): to £2000 GB Moorhouse


Newly Calven Heifers (Av £1760) to £1800 MD Parkinson


Newly Calven Friesian Heifers (Av £1380) to £1420 RH Lofthouse


Newly Calven Cows (Av £1505): to £1800 MD Parkinson


Incalf Heifers : to £1220 JLP Roberts






Hay                         Mini Heston

                                Small Bale