Forward: 69 Prime cattle comprising 18 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 50 Cast Cattle. 2,704 Prime Sheep comprising 64 Spring Lambs, 2245 Old Season Lambs & 395 Cast Ewes & Rams. 33 Rearing Calves. 630 Breeding Sheep. 7 Loads of produce.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Keelham Farm Shop purchased both leading gross priced steer and gross priced heifer. The steer was a 695kg Limousin cross from Simon Bennett of Silsden Moor which made 218p/kg or £1515 and the heifer, a 585kg British Blue cross from Malcolm Metcalfe of Balderby made 247.5p or £1448. The leading prices on p/kg were both bought by Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster both from Mesrs AA&E Critchley&Son of Hutton a 450kg Limousin cross heifer making 261.5p (£1412) and a Blonde cross heifer weighing 535kg making 259.5p/kg (£1388).


465-555kg                                             to 184.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 238.5p/kg                        av. 227.12p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 252.5p/kg                        av. 223.00p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 261.5p/kg                        av. 239.98p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: SD Bennett (Limx) 1515, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1407, (Blondex) 1382

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 238.5,(Blondex) 226.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 218        


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (BBx) 1448, AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 1435,1432,1412,1388, SD Bennett (Limx) 1407

p/kg: AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 261.5, (Blondex) 259.5,(Limx) 258.5,253.5, CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 248.5, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 247.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   159.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: DA&S Fort (B&W Hfr) 941

p/kg: DA&S Fort (B&W Hfr) 159.5

Cull Cow Prices

A good day to sell lean and plain cows with strong demand for manufacturing meat and the average on paper unable to convey the strength of trade just as good with a lot of steaking type cows well into the 120ps and the odd heavy dairy 130p and the average on paper reflects the percentage of plain cattle.

Overall Average                                   114.67p/kg           £747.88

Black & White                       to 131.5p/kg                        av. 115.09p/kg

Jersey                                     to 108.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 135.5p/kg                       

BBx                                         to 134.5p/kg                        av. 115.62p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JN&J Rennard 1124, 1037, J Caygill&Ptns 1052,969,923,920,902, RD Metcalfe&Son 980, GB Moorhouse 922,882

p/kg: JN&J Rennard 131.5, 126.5, J Caygill&Ptns 131.5,130.5,128.5,127.5,126.5,124.5,123.5, IR&DE Wellock 126.5, RD Metcalfe&Son 126.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: JSS Verity (Jer) 618

p/kg: JSS Verity (Jer) 108.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: CH&OF Hammond 868

p/kg: CH&OF Hammond 134.5


£ per head: L Bamforth&Sons 752

p/kg: L Bamforth&Sons 135.5



2,704 Prime Sheep

As expected, the levels of trade seen last week could not be maintained, or sustained by the industry for that matter, and so there was a revaluation. Although it may look a fair fall of 39p, down to 241p, in real terms for the time of year we should bear in mind that it is still a very strong trade compared to previous years, and back to where we were just 2 weeks ago. So smart lambs were £3 or just over, good fed hoggs could still command a fair premium above mart average by making 260p-280p, but those lacking flesh are avoided by processing customers and so selling to store buyers and going for a months feed. Best Hill Hoggs few and far between, more around the 220p mark this week.

Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £119.71 per head or 293.91p/kg       

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 309.8p/kg         av 291.39p/kg      or £119.15 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 314.6p/kg         av 305.77p/kg      or £143.10 per head

Texel average £98.68 per head or 291.62p/kg

£ per head: £122 SJ Phillips; £108, £106, £100x2 D&A Livestock

p/kg:294.4p, 291.9p D&A Livestock; 283.7p SJ Phillips, 277.8px2 D&A Livestock

Charollais average £128.91 per head or 297.16p/kg

£ per head: £151, £150, £144, £134, £133, £131 JD&V Towers & Son; £142, £140 , £129, £127 CW Marwood & Son

p/kg: 314.6p, 313p,306.1p, 304.5p, 295.6p  JD&V Towers & Son; 309.8p, 307.1p  304.3p, 302.1p 300p CW Marwood & Son

Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £103.38 per head or 241.35p/kg              

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 303p/kg            av 217.68p/kg      or £74.71 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 331.6p/kg         av 244.53p/kg      or £101.74 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 308.5p/kg         av 242.58p/kg      or £116.74 per head

52.1kg and over   to 257.1p/kg         av 231.09p/kg      or £132.2 per head


Beltex average £114.23 per head or 276.19p/kg

£ per head: £150, £145, £144x2, £140 EP&JM Hutchinson; £131 RL&AR Phillips; £130 K Marshall; £130 HB Atkinson;

p/kg:331.6p RL&AR Phillips; 324.3p, 321.6p HB Atkinson; 308.5p EP&JM Hutchinson; 306.4p, 303p K Marshall

Suffolk average £103.75 per head or 230.09p/kg

£ per head: £143 B Watchorn  & Son; £140 GW Houseman & Partners; £128.5 GW Thackray; £125 G Beresford & Son;

p/kg: 245.6p GW Houseman & Partners; 244.7p HB Atkinson; 239.8p, 235p CR Brittain; 231.4p S Dorey; 230.6p B Watchorn & Son

Texel average £105.73 per head or 240.96p/kg

£ per head: £142 R Wartig; £142 PA&NS Tattersall; £140 JC Marshall; £140 MR&GP Beresford; £139x3 R Wartigg;

p/kg: 297.9p MR&GP Beresford; 297.4p EP&JM Hutchinson; 289.8p PA& NS Tattersall; 286.4p EP&JM Hutchinson;

Mule average £88.87 per head or 210.54p/kg

£ per head: £136 GW Houseman & Partners; £120 J Baines; £115 M Ryder & Sons; £108 G Beresford & Sons; £100 S Dorey;

p/kg:222.2p, 219p, 217.4p S Dorey; 217p JK Wilson; 216.3p WA&VJ&JA Towler; 216.36p JR Lancaster; 215.9p GW Houseman

Charollais average £105.38 per head or 235.10p/kg

£ per head: £135 EP&JM Hutchinson; £135 S Dorey; £134, £120, £101.5 B Watchorn & Son; £99 A&AR Phillipson; 

p/kg:244.9p, 241.7p B Watchorn & Sons; 236.8p EP&JM Hutchinson; 236.8p S Dorey; 235.1p B Watchorn

Swaledale average £53.43 per head or 177.72p/kg

£ per head: £90 GW Houseman & Partners; £87 W Mason & Son; £70, £68 Fair Place; £59 W Mason & Son; £58 JK Wilson

p/kg: 205.9p,200p Fair Place; 197.7p, 184.4p W Mason & Son; 181.3p JK Wilson; 181.3p JK Wilson; 181.3p JK Wilson;

Dalesbred average £72.42 per head or 197.65p/kg

£ per head: £77, £68.5, £65 R Naylor & Sons;

p/kg: 202.6p, 195.7p, 151.2p  R Naylor & Sons;

Cheviot average £103.93 per head or 239.44p/kg

£ per head: £119, £114.5, £110, £109, £108x2, £107, £106, £102 GW Thackray; £104 HB Atkinson;

p/kg:260p HB Atkinson; 246.5p, 243.2p, 242.9p, 242.2p 240p x2, 239.1p 238.5p, 237.2p GW Thackray;

Lonk average £88.95 per head or 211.91p/kg

£ per head: £100 GW Thackray; £96 A&AR Phillip; £93.5 S Dorey; £85, £56 C Crowther;

p/kg:222.2p GW Thackray; 217.4p S Dorey; 213.3p A&AR Phillips; 207.3p C Crowther; 



Cast & Feeding Sheep

A more mixed show for quality but still a fair trade given the shortage of heavy sheep. Best sorts £125-£130, Mules into 3 figures as were Cheviots.

Ewes average £62.95

Suffolk to £131.50, Texel to £131.50, Hampshire to £109.50, BFL to £82.50, Mule to £107.50, Lleyn to £55.50, Swaledale to £71.50, Masham to £66.50, Jacob to £77.50, Zwartbles to £76.50,Cheviot  to £113.50, Beltex  to £109.50, Lonk  to £77.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £131.50 ML Evans, £131.50 JD Taylor&Son, £129.50 G&MA Lawn, £128.50 JC Marshall

Mule/Masham: £107.50 AJ Shepherd, £103.50 JD Taylor&Son

Horned: £77.50, £68.50, £59.50, C Crowther,£71.50 F Reeday&Son , £61.50 M Ryder&Son, £57.50 KM&L Throup

Hill: £ 113.5, £79.50 PJ&JE Bolland

Cast Rams average £62.65

Suffolk to £87.50, Texel to £75.50, Oxford Down to £125.50, Swaledale to £49.50, Cheviot  to £84.50



630 Breeding Sheep (235 Sheep with 362 Lambs at foot, 33 Store Hoggs)

Numbers steadily on the rise and more customers at the ringside as grass starts to appear, trade was up for the smart outfits by around £10-£15, older ewes with lambs £5-£10 dearer. Keep entries coming and pre-enter with office by 12noon Friday prior to sale for inclusion in catalogue listing, Thankyou.

Today we held a show of sheep with lambs at foot, kindly judged by Mr N Tattersall.


Show Results –

Pens of 5

1st A&G Midgley

2nd RG Johnson


1st R&VJ Towers

2nd DM White


Sheep with Lambs at foot (per outfit)

Texel Ewes + Twins to £240 (av £212) AN Throup

Texel Ewes + Singles to £168 (av £115) P&AM Simpson

Texel Shlgs + Twins to £235 (av £206) A&G Midgley

Texel Shlgs + Singles to £175 (av £132) NM Parker

Suffolk Ewes + Singles to £122 RG Johnson & Son

Charollais Ewes + Twins to £220 (av £218) JD Towers & Son

Charollais Ewes + Singles to £140 (av £140) JD&V Towers & Son

Charollais Shlgs & Twins to £210 JD&V Towers & Son

Mule Ewes + Twins to £165 (av £154) DM White

Mule Ewes + Singles to £122 (av £117) T Lund

Mule Shlgs & Singles to £130 NM Parker

Swaledale Ewes + Twins to £92 (av £87) S Hodgson

Swaledale Ewes + Singles to £100  (av £84) S Hodgson

Jacob Ewes + Twins to £110 K Woodhouse

Store Hoggs

Suffolk to £92 (av £88) R&J Bradley

Texel to £74 (av £73) GR Danvers

Swaledale to £53 GR Danvers

Herdwick to £45 M Hutchinson


Rearing Calves to £450

B&W av £59 Cont av £341 Native av £320

Well it seemed only british blues were on the menu this morning with 90% of the calves British blue on the passports. Top price calf of the day was the first one in the ring from John and Rob Marshall of Dacre when it sold for £450, Martyn Jennings of Cowling was next in line with another cracker at £430. British blue heifers averaged £280 however topped at £350 for an entry from Church Farm Enterprises and £330 for another strong calf from Martyn Jennings.


Dairy Sale next week so more calves expected.  


Bull Calves

Brit Blue x (Av £364.38) to £450 JC Marshall; £430 MP Jennings                                                            

Aberdeen Angus (Av £320) to £320 A Sowray & Son;

Black & White (Av £59) to £60 AP Townsend                               


Heifer Calves       

British Blue (Av £280) to £350 Church Farm Enterprises



Hay                                         Small Bale                              Grade1                                   to £5.50 per bale

                                                                                                Grade 2                                  to £2.90 per bale

                                                Mini Heston                                                                          to £75 per bale                    av £70.50

Haylage                                  Mini Heston                                                                          to £60 per bale

                                                Heston (picked up on farm)                                               to £38 per bale