MARKET REPORT – MONDAY 13th JULY 2015 Forward: 50 Prime cattle comprising 3 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 47 Cast Cattle including 2 Mature Bulls. 3,923 Prime Sheep comprising 3205 Spring Lambs, 718 Cast Ewes & Rams. 65 Rearing Calves. A handful of clean cattle on a non- show week met a very good trade with Keelham Farm Shop keen to put the best regional beef on the counter in their farm shops by purchasing the highest priced beast a 540kg Limousin cross steer from Malcolm Metcalfe of Baldersby at 247.5pkg or £1337. Commercial cattle with finish were equally well bid with Stanforths Butchers of Skipton buying a 510kg Limousin Heifer from H Downs & Son of Bingley for 219.5p/kg or £1119. We require clean cattle every Monday, please contact the auctioneers for details.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


465-555kg                                             to 247.5p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 219.5p/kg

Bulls (over 16mos)

560kg+                                                   to 114.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: JR Metcalfe (Limx St) 1337, H Downs&Son (Limx Hfr) 1119, RE Ayrton&Son (B&W Bull) 842

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Limx St) 247.5, H Downs&Son (Limx Hfr) 219.5, RE Ayrton&Son (B&W Bull) 114.5        


Cull Cow Prices

A shortage of cattle carrying finish, as dairy cattle are inevitably moved on. Cattle remain good to sell with the young lean end supported by feeders and the shortage of finish keeping the top end a respectable if marginally less trade.


Overall Average                                   110.57p/kg           £692.05

Black & White                       to 124.5p/kg                        av 103.63p/kg

Ayrshire                                 to 106.5p/kg

Dairy Shorthorn                   to 102.5p/kg                        av 93.12p/kg

Swed Red                              to 117.5p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 176.5p/kg                        av 151.14p/kg

BBx                                         to 148.5p/kg                        av 138.88p/kg

Simx                                       to 118.5p/kg

AA                                           to 126.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: A Sowray&Son 1102,CM&EM Gratton 1021, JW Morrell 884,872,801, A&CL Gray 793, AP Townsend 790


Other Dairy

£ per head: JW Morrell (Sw Red) 764, N Parker (Ayr) 703, IRG Collins&Ptns (Sh) 554


Brit Blue:

£ per head: TB Moorhouse&Son 1077, JW Stockdale&Son 1007, C Lumb&Son 914, RJ Winterbottom 812

p/kg: JW Stockdale&Sons 148.5, TB Moorhouse&Son 134.5, RJ Winterbottom 133.5


£ per head: TB Moorhouse&Son 1077, JW Stockdale&Sons 1007, C Lumb&Son 914, RJ Winterbottom 812

p/kg: RJ Winterbottom 176.5, JW Stockdale & Sons 152.5, TB Moorhouse&Son 144.5, C Lumb&Son 139.5


£ per head: J&JA Preston 904

p/kg: J&JA Preston 126.5



Overall Average                                   91.5p/kg               £925.15


£ per head: H Downs&Son 924

p/kg: H Downs&Son 91.5


3,923 Prime Sheep

Lambs forward in larger numbers today and trade slipped on the week as a response to larger supply of lamb everywhere. Best lambs topped at 222.5p (40kg @ £89) from James Garth of Keasden. Handy weighted lambs were best to sell with nice 38kg to 42kg nearer 160p generally. Around 150p though was the mark for a commercial lamb, with heavy commercial lambs 140p to 155p, although a smarter skinned sort could make more with Alan Harker selling 48kg up to £86.

A big show of cast sheep were a straight trade with fleshed but lean ewes in strongest demand.


Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £64.22 per head or 153.1p/kg           

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 175.8p/kg         av 148.5p/kg         or £50 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 222.5p/kg         av 153.9p/kg         or £63.67 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 200.0p/kg         av 148.9p/kg         or £69.59 per head

52.1kg and over   to 161.1p/kg         av 152.6p/kg         or £79.84 per head

Beltex average £70.93 per head or 179.5p/kg

£ per head: £89 £78 James Garth & Son; £85 £79 P Crabtree; £76 E&M Townley; £75 MP Jennings; £75 JJ Beckwith; £75 H Atkinson;

p/kg: 222.5p 205.3p James Garth & Son; 208.3p JJ Beckwith; 197.7p P Crabtree; 197.4p H Atkinson; 191.0p R Ogg; 189.7p MP Jennings;

Texel average £64.14 per head or 153.7p/kg

£ per head: £86 AF Harker; £84 SPA Rushton; £84 FW&JM Edington; £80 TR Thwaite; £80 D Sayer; £80 J Frankland;

p/kg: 195.5p AF Harker; 195.0p Frankalnd Farms; 189.3p WA&VJ&JA Towler; 181.3p P Johnson; 180.5p H&M Dugdale;

Charollais average £61.75 per head or 156.5p/kg

£ per head: £83 £70 P Crabtree; £70 E&M Townley; £59 £58.50AE Stubbs;

p/kg: 166.7p E&M Townley; 162.7p P Crabtree; 155.3p 153.9p AE Stubbs;

Suffolk average £64 per head or 148.4p/kg

£ per head: £82 JH&SM Mason; £74.50 £70 J Turner; £74.50 £71 £70x2 G&MA Lawn; £72 I Barrett; £70 S&PE Bowker; £70 JP&KE Hartley;

p/kg: 160.8p JH&SM Mason; 160.8p JM&VJ Howard; 159.3p RA&M Earnshaw; 158.5p G&MA Lawn; 157.0p TH Mellin;

Mule average £57.03 per head or 137.5p/kg

£ per head: £63 £55 JK Wilson; £60 TE Walker; £59 R&KA Burley; £56 £55 JC&N Throup; £56 KM&L Throup; £55 AJ Mason;

p/kg: 147.5p R&KA Burley; 143.2p 134.1p JK Wilson; 136.4p TE Walker; 134.1p AJ Mason; 132.5p FG Throup;

Lleyn average £63 per head or 150.0p/kg

£ per head: £63 CD&RF Kitching;

p/kg: 150.0p CD&RF Kitching;

p/kg: 135.3p W Banks & Son; 127.7p Lambert- Milehouse;


Cull Ewes average £60.48

Suffolk to £107.50, Texel to £107.50, BFL to £82.50, Mule to £72.50, Lleyn to £75.50, Swaledale to £54.50, Masham to £62.50, Gritstone to £41.50, Cheviot  to £75.50, Beltex  to £78.50, Dalesbred  to £31.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £107.50 M Crabtree; £107.50 S Spensley & Co; £106.50 J Turner  

Mule/Masham: £72.50 H&M Plews; £66.50 J Sugden; £65.50 KM&L Throup

Horned: £54.50 KM&L Throup; £52.50 Lambert – Milehouse; £52.50 RW&B Chapman

Hill: £75.50 J Binns; £75.50, £70.50 CD&RF Kitching;

Cast Rams average £77.81

Texel to £138 AV Caton; Swaledale to £69.50 JC Drewery; Blue Faced Leicester to £117.50 AV Caton



Rearing Calves to £510 (65)

B&W av £125.97 Cont av £375.6 Native av £258.45

A handy show of 65 calves met the unrelenting trade with some small calves making some serious prices. Black and Whites were a pleasure to sell with no less than 8 different purchasers battling it out for the goods. Topping with a cracking Friesian calf was Michael Heron of Bramhope which hit £270, with a lot of good Holstein calves above £150 with just a few planer sorts pulling the average down to £125.97.


In the continentals heifers were the choice of the day with Blue Heifers averaging £441.43 with a noticeable attendance of Suckler Cow purchaser nudging the trade to a strong average.

Aberdeen Angus bulls had a flyer averaging £323.33 and topping at £375 with heifers averaging £227 but with a lesser show compared.


Calf ages today averaged 33 days of age for Black and Whites and British Blues averaged 39 days.


Please Contact Sam Bradley 07538539077 for any information. 

Bull Calves                            

Brit Blue x (Av £376) to £450 JP&KE Hartley                

Blonde x to £285 N&R Sutcliffe                                                       

MRI (Av £180) to £185 N&R Sutcliffe

Shorthorn to £275 DL DM J Heron

Aberdeen Angus (Av £323) to £375 AP Townsend                                     

Black & White (Av £125.97) to £270 DL DM J Heron                  


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £280) to £440 JC Marshall & Son                         

Brit Blue x (Av £441) to £510 AP Townsend                 

Aberdeen Angus (Av £227) to £290 DL DM J Heron