Forward: 43 Prime cattle comprising 12 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 2 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 29 Cast Cattle 4,076 Prime Sheep comprising 3,744 Prime Lambs, 332 Cast Ewes & Rams, 79 Rearing Calves, 27 Dairy Cattle, 9 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

One Farm Shop, one wholesaler and one retailer at the ringside now looking for stock for the New Year and the same will hold for next Mondays sale, the last before Christmas.


465-555kg                                             to 243.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 243.5p/kg                        av. 239.17p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 243.5p/kg                        av. 188.55p/kg


560kg+                                                   to 131.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JA Drake (Limx) 1366, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1341, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1230

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 243.5, 243.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 239.5, JA Drake (Limx) 235.5


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1376, CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 1299,1285, JA Drake (BBx) 1231

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 243.5, CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 242.5, 240.5, JA Drake (BBx) 234.5


£ per head: GB Jennings (AA) 796

p/kg: GB Jennings (AA) 131.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Cast cattle continue to buck the normal seasonal decline and remain a good trade. Similar can be expected next week before the larger factories shut over Christmas with a resumption in strong demand on Monday 2nd January 2017.

Overall Average                                   121.88p/kg           £773.93

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: GB Jennings (B&W Hfr) 874, RM Spence (B&W Hfr) 673

p/kg: GB Jennings (B&W Hfr) 133.5, RM Spence (B&W Hfr) 109.5                          


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   92.97p/kg             £579.76

Black & White                       to 109.5p/kg                        av. 90.21p/kg

Dairy Sh                                 to 99.5p/kg                          av. 88.67p/kg

Limx                                       to 104.5p/kg                       

BBx                                         to 153.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: AP Townsend 866, MP Jennings (Dairy) Ltd 849,784,646,618, AP Townsend 784, RD Metcalfe&Son 758


Other Dairy

£ per head: IRG Collins&Ptns (Dairy Sh) 575,527

p/kg: IRG Collins&Ptns (Dairy Sh) 99.5,90.5


£ per head: JGE Heseltine&Son (BBx) 875,(Limx) 643

p/kg: JGE Heseltine&Son (BBx) 153.5,(Limx) 104.5

4,076 Prime Sheep comprising 3,744 Prime Lambs, 332 Cast Ewes & Rams

Numbers still strong for the time of year with over 4,000 head penned and sold today. As expected, the handy weighted lambs were in comparison keenly sought on the day and more of these could easily have been sold. The heavier lambs however are becoming harder to place as the market place is over supplied. Quite a bit of trade for smart lambs today, Stephen Pepper topping the sale at 282p/kg with others at 245p and 242p. Mule lambs generally around the 150p to 160p for nice farm assured types and horned lambs a similar trade on the week. Cast sheep a touch sharper.

Sale as normal next week, but no sale Boxing Day (Mon 26th) then back to normal in the New Year with usual market on Monday 2nd Jan.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £70.30 per head or 161.3p/kg            

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 242.9p/kg         av 143.69p/kg      or £43.59 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 282.9p/kg         av 173.63p/kg      or £59.40 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 245.8p/kg         av 164.40p/kg      or £68.65 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 210p/kg            av 155.42p/kg      or £73.96 per head

52.1kg and over   to 161.1p/kg         av 148.32p/kg      or £78.45 per head

Beltex average £78.76 per head or 192.47p/kg

£ per head: £99 S Pepper; £93 HW Williams; £90.50 PW Simpson; £90 Ellis Bros; £88.50 S Pepper; £85 JA&JH Hewetson;

p/kg:282.9p, 245.8p, 242.9p S Pepper; 238.5p HW Williams; 220p S Pepper; 214.9p BR&L Lund; 214.3p Ellis Bros; 

Suffolk average £70.99 per head or 157.73p/kg

£ per head: £81 TR Thwaite & Son; £79.50 R&DA Earnshaw; £78.50 R Emmott; £76.50 RA&AC Wade; £76 TR Thwaite & Son

p/kg: 171.8p B&K Wellock; 168.6p CD&RF Kitching; 166.7p G&MA Lawn; 163.4p CH&C Fearnley; 163.3p RA&AC Wade; 

Texel average £70.72 per head or 164.09p/kg

£ per head: £105 HW Williams; £91 J Shuttleworth; £88 BL&R Lund; £87.50 J&M Blakey; £86 HW Williams; £86 T&G Mcgarrell;

p/kg:223p J&M Blakey; 214.6p BL&R Lund; 213.9, 210p HW Williams; 210p EJ Fort; 208.3p J&M Blakey; 202.2p J SHuttleworth

Mule average £66.76 per head or 151.79p/kg

£ per head: £76 CM Ryder; £76 J Baines; £74.50 M Ryder & Sons; £74 Ellis Bros; £73 JC&N Throup; £72.50 JH Throup;

p/kg:164.8p JC&N Throup; 160.7p PL Metcalfe; 159.5p S&P Scrivin; 158.5p JH Throup; 158.3p JC&N Throup; 157.1p JR Smith

Charollais average £71.93 per head or 162.76p/kg

£ per head: £80 R&A Jennings; £80 DC Hall; £76x2 RD Capstick; £75.50 HW Williams; £74.50 DC Hall; £73 Heptonstall farms

p/kg: 190.5p DC Hall; 167.8p HW Williams; 162.2p Heptonstall Farms; 162p DC Hall; 161.7p RD Capstick; 161.4p JR&DL Ogden

Lleyn average £65.63 per head or 157.03p/kg

£ per head: £68 CD&RF Ktiching; £65, £63 RG&SJ Paul;

p/kg: 161.9p CD&RF Ktiching; 154.8p, 153.7p RG&SJ Paul;

Swaledale average £50.18 per head or 133.52p/kg

£ per head: £72 Ellis Bros; £64 R Tennant; £60 K Huck; £60 Ashfield Farms; £57 R Tennant; £55 Ellis Bros; £54 JW Sayer & Son

p/kg:146.9p Ellis Bros; 139.5p K Huck; 139.1p, 139p R Tennant; 136.8p JW Sayer & Son; 136.8p RC Greenwood;



Cull Ewes average £50.25

Suffolk to £104.5, Texel to £95.50, Mule to £74.50, Lleyn to £56.50, Swaledale to £29.50, Gritstone to £56.50, Cheviot to £76.50, Cheviot to £76.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £104.50 R&DA Earnshaw; £95.50 CD Slinger

Mule/Masham: £74.50 D&J Carlisle; £73.50 JR & DL Ogden;  

Horned: £44.50 K Lister; £32.50 DA Robinson;

Hill: £76.50 Fleets Farms; £56.50 CD&RF Ktiching;  

Cast Rams average £75.50

Texel to £97.50 JA&JH Hewetson; Suffolk to £87.50 FM Shepherd; BFL to £89.50 Ellis Bros;



Rearing Calves to £400 (79)

B&W av £50.03 Cont av £332.8 Native av £184.75


Good trade for calves today with first quality calves selling away well. Johnny Moon from Wigglesworth topped the days trade with a run of ten calves peaking at £400 and all his bulls £370+ today. Black and Whites were not quite as fiery as last week but still good to sell with again first quality knocking on into £60+ were as second quality were penalised.


Heifers also good to sell with a number of handy buyers bidding well for all strong continental types with native heifers a similar trade on the week. 


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £295) to £300 JC Marshall                     

Brit Blue x (Av £354.1) to £400 JR&MJ Moon                                                              

Ab Angus (Av £210) to £265 J Wellock

Blonde D’Aquitaine (Av £328.33) to £390 N&R Sutcliffe                           

Black & White (Av £50.03) to £130 JP&KE Hartley                      


Heifer Calves                       

Simmental x to £360 HJ&JK Blackwell & Son                                                                

Ab Angus (Av £157.5) to £180 JC Marshall                                                   

Saler to £150 RL Wright & Son

British Blue (Av £302) to £345 JR & MJ Moon

Limousin (Av £295) to £335 RM Spence                                                        


Craven Dairy Auction (27 head)

 A quality show turned out for the December Dairy sale and met a similar trade to the last fortnight with all types much improved. Calvert Bros of Crathorne took top honours from the Judge Andrew Townsend with a Home bred heifer that had calved a month and milking 34kg sold for the sale top price of £2000 to the Sowray Family of Bishop Thornton with the second highest price of the day also getting knocked down to the Sowray’s at £1820.  The heifer, home bred 30 litres from Tony Swires of Stainburn was first in the ring and sold away well.


Certainly more interest ringside with a buzz about the place this morning, certainly the appearance of BPS and a welcome (but arguably not a massive) increase in the milk price saw some sharp bidding and an air of a brighter horizon.


Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.


NB Next Dairy Sale is the 9th January 2017      


Judge – Andrew Townsend

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st & 3rd Calvert Bros           2nd Jennings Farmers

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st DA Forth

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st WR Ireland       2nd & 3rd M Baul & Partners

Champion – Calvert Bros   Reserve – Jennings Farmers


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (av £1602): to £2000 Calvert Bros


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1553.75): to £1820 A Swires


Newly Calven Cows: to £1440 DA&SA Fort


Incalf Heifers (av £1055): to £1200 WR Ireland & Son