Forward: 48 Prime cattle comprising 12 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos.), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos.) & 35 Cast Cattle. 3804 Prime Sheep comprising 3280 Old Season Lambs, 524 Cast Ewes & Rams. 54 Rearing Calves. 9 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A lighter show of clean cattle with quality at a premium. A new customer at the ringside and cattle spread around 7 separate buyers and the highest price per kg falling to Edwards Butchers of Padiham, a 520kg Limousin cross heifer from Mesrs CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield which made 248.5p/kg.



465-555kg                                             to 243.5p/kg        av. 234.19p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 230.5p/kg        av. 227.51p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 248.5p/kg        av. 224.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JM Townsend (BBx) 1324,(Limx) 1291, JA Drake (Blondex) 1314, CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 1268

p/kg: JM Townsend (Limx) 243.5,(BBx) 238.5, JA Drake (Blondex) 230.5


£ per head: SD Bennett (Limx) 1447,1276, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1292, JA Drake (Limx) 1249, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 1205

Clean Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   104.5p/kg             £809.88


Cull Cow Prices

Cast cattle continued trading at similar levels with leaner dairies and steaking cows very good to sell. A pure British Blue cow from Mers E&A Townend of Scapegoat Hill was one of only two Continentals on offer and made £1535 or 177.5p/kg.


Overall Average                                   93.16p/kg             £626.69

Black & White                       to 103.5p/kg                        av. 88.89p/kg

Jersey                                     to 76.5p/kg

Swed Red                              to 93.5p/kg                          av. 85.27p/kg

Limx                                       to 109.5p/kg                       

BBx                                         to 177.5p/kg

Hefdx                                     to 102.5p/kg                        av. 97.09p/kg

Shorthornx                           to 103.5p/kg                        av. 93.78p/kg

Belted Gall                            to 98.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: J Gooch 794, G Abbott&Sons 777,687, CM&EM Gratton 707,688,687, MP Jennings (Dairy) Ltd 678,666

p/kg: CM&EM Gratton 103.5,99.5,97.5, N&SA Fort 101.5, J Gooch 100.5,98.5, H Downs&Son 96.5, G Abbott&Sons 96.5  

Other Dairy

£ per head: H Downs&Son (Swed Red) 626, H Downs& Son (Dairy Sh) 576, JSS Verity (Swed Red) 550,(Jer) 440,

p/kg: H Downs&Son (Swed Red) 93.5, H Downs&Son (Dairy Sh) 83.5, JSS Verity (Swed Red) 77.5,(Jer) 76.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: E&A Townend 1535

p/kg: E&A Townend 177.5


£ per head: E&A Townend 580

p/kg: E&A Townend 109.5


£ per head: A. Beresford (Hefd) 800, 753, A&A Bradley (Sh) 756, T Boothman (Belt Gall) 512

p/kg: A&A Bradley (Sh) 103.5, A Beresford (Hefd) 102.5,92.5, T Boothman (Belt Gall) 98.5

Prime Sheep

An increased show of sheep met with, as predicted, a slightly reduced trade on the week, but maybe slightly stronger than we had thought at the end of last week, recording a good overall average of 189p, or £80.70 per head. A few runs of good fed hoggs now coming on to the market, Chris Crowther having Texels from Cheviot ewes at 217p, and Tony Kienan having Cheviot bred clipped hoggs at 211p upto 223p (44kg at £98.50), and the trade was set from the start as Walter Parkinson from Garstang was first man in the ring, 100 Continentals ranging from 200p to 215p. Paul Simpson again showed a marvellous run of Beltex bred lambs, best end over £110 upto £120, matched by M Taylor & Son of Tosside. Hayley Baines also had several pens top side of £110 and Ron Wartigg with Texels at £113.50. Cast ewes were a good show for quality and a sharper trade for the heavy sorts.


Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £80.70 per head or 189.1p/kg   

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 263.6p/kg         av 168.3p/kg         or £57.91 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 295.0p/kg         av 193.9p/kg         or £80.03 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 260.9p/kg         av 183.9p/kg         or £88.69 per head

52.1kg and over   to 203.6p/kg         av 160.7p/kg         or £92.14 per head

Beltex average £93.59 per head or 245.0p/kg

£ per head: £120 M Taylor; £120 £118 £117x2 £115 £114 £113 PW Simpson; £117 £115 £114 K Saffery;

p/kg: 295.0p 284.6p 282.5p 280.5p 278.6p 278.0p PW Simpson; 292.5p 280.5p K Saffery; 276.3p 278.0p CT&EM Hammond;

Suffolk average £86.85 per head or 184.8p/kg

£ per head: £95 BR&JM Jarvis; £94 £93.50 Wilson Bros; £94 N&M Hugill; £90 H Rigby; £89.50 RL Wright;

p/kg: 197.8p S Dorey; 197.6p CD&RF Kitching; 194.3p DW&CJ Towler; 193.3p N&M Hugill; 187.0p Wilson Bros;

Texel average £82.64 per head or 195.8p/kg

£ per head: £114 £104 K Saffery; £113.5 R Wartigg; £104 RA&SE Spink; £104 G Dowse; £104 E&S Baines; £103 DA Livestock;

p/kg: 246.7p R Wartigg; 238.5p 231.1p K Saffery; 236.4p RA&SE Spink; 236.4p G Dowse; 234.5p P&J Brown; 229.5p TH Mellin;

Mule average £72.25 per head or 173.5p/kg

£ per head: £100 Manorlands; £81.50 SM Towler; £81 GJ&G Schofield; £80 DW&CJ Towler; £80 BR&JM Jarvis; £80 R&C Greenwood; £80 S Dorey;

p/kg: 192.3p Manorlands; 177.5p x4 176.8p 173.9p S Dorey; 173.9p JK Wilson; 173.8p AL Dean; 173.2p SM Towler;

Charollais average £81.81 per head or 193.1p/kg

£ per head: £95 I Marsden; £90 RG Church Ltd; £77 £74 TA&N Whitfield;

p/kg: 209.3p RG Church Ltd; 206.5p I Marsden; 187.8p TA&N Whitfield; 183.8p Watson Livestock;

Lleyn average £77.75 per head or 191.9p/kg

£ per head: £79 CD&RF Kitching; £76.50 R&A Jennings;

p/kg: 192.7p CD&RF Kitching; 191.3p R&A Jennings;

Swaledale average £55.26 per head or 150.8p/kg

£ per head: £76.50 JM&S Tennant; £73 £69 W Mason & Son; £70 AJ Mason; £69.50 M Burrill; £68 JK Wilson;

p/kg: 170.0p JK Wilson; 169.8p W Mason & Son; 169.5p M Burrill; 156.9p AL Dean; 155.7p R&C Greenwood;

Dalesbred average £61.02 per head or 151.1p/kg

£ per head: £76.50 £73 JC&DJ Marshall; £67 CT&EM Hammond; £60 JM Brown;

p/kg: 173.9p 143.1p JC&DJ Marshall; 167.5p CT&EM Hammond; 146.3p JM Brown;

Lonk average £69.09 per head or 176.9p/kg

£ per head: £72.50 £65.50 C Crowther;

p/kg: 177.0p 176.8p C Crowther;

Masham average £67.40 per head or 175.3p/kg

£ per head: £75 £64 S Dorey;

p/kg: 178.6p 173.0p S Dorey;

Cheviot average £84.32 per head or 195.7p/kg

£ per head: £93x2 £92.50 T Kiernan; £85.50 Grain Farms

p/kg: 211.4p 210.2p 202.2p T Kiernan; 194.3p Grain Farms

BFL average £76 per head or 148.6p/kg

£ per head: £89 JW Stockdale; £85 £70 ID Mellin; £69 R Mawson;

p/kg: 162.8p ID Mellin; 156.1p JW Stockdale; 150.0p R Mawson;



Cull Ewes average £67.27

Suffolk to £121.50, Texel to £140.50, BFL to £81.50, Mule to £66.50, Lleyn to £61.50, Swaledale to £58.50, Herdwick to £41.50, Gritstone to £52.50, Cheviot  to £59.50, Rough Fell  to £46.50, Lonk  to £52.50, White Faced to £27.50, Dalesbred to £38.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £140.50 Watson Livestock; £126.50 H Atkinson;

Mule/Masham: £66.50 N Pepper; £66.50 J&M Calvert;  

Horned: £58.50 R&C Greenwood; £56.50 WB Woodsworth;

Hill: £61.50 C Mellin; £59.50 J Binns;

Cast Rams average £64.90

Texel to £99.50. Suffolk to £7.50. Swaledale to £32.50 BFL to £85.50. Herdwick to £38.50. Rough Fell to £46.50. Beltex to £65.50



Rearing Calves to £375

B&W av £85 Cont av £294 Native av £163


B&W bull calves were a strong trade today with 6 buyers competing strongly. Friesian types were £100+ Holsteins £70-£105. A pen of MRI Bull calves from L&A Watson was particular well bid topping at £162. Continental heifers in short supply headed up by GT Booth with a Blue heifer at £340. Continental Bulls well supported with top end calves £360-£375 for British Blue crosses and Limousin cross bull calves £290-£350.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £318) to £350           RD Metcalfe                         

Brit Blue x (Av £316) to £375           HJ&KL Blackwell                  

Hereford (Av £216) to £230              C Watson

MRI (Av £154) to £162                      C Watson        

Ab Angus (Av £135) to £150             DA Fort

Saler (Av £178) £178                          RL Wright

Simmental (Av £205) to £220           CN&SA Harrison                  

Black & White (Av £85) to £130       RD Guy                  


Heifer Calves                       

Hereford (Av £190) to £195             C Watson                        

Brit Blue x (Av £340) to £340           GT Booth                              

Ab Angus (Av £136) to £175             JT Thornber                                                          

Saler (Av £185) to £185                     JT Thornber                                                          



Mini Heston Wheat Straw                 to £10

Small Bale Hay                                      to £2.20

Mini Heston Hay                                  to £30.50

2nd quality Hay                                      to £53 per ton