Forward: 68 Prime cattle comprising 20 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 2 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 46 Cast Cattle 2,988 Prime Sheep comprising 2,511 Prime Hoggs, 477 Cast Ewes & Rams 81 Rearing Calves 4 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A near full complement of retailers back at the ringside and a good show of cattle. Trade slightly firmer on the week with the extra demand Keelham Farm Shop (Thornton&Skipton) bought the leading gross animal a Limousin cross steer weighing 600kg making 235.5p/kg or £1413 from James Drake of Carleton. Top grossing heifer was  575kg British Blue Heifer from BL&R Lund of Walshaw which made 245.5p/kg or £1412 when selling to Countrystyle Butchers of Lancaster.


465-555kg                                             to 245.5p/kg        av. 240.80p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 246.5p/kg        av. 240.42p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 247.5p/kg        av. 227.38p/kg


465-555kg                                             to 152.5p/kg        av. 150.01p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 150.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JA Drake (Limx) 1413, S&P Scriven (BBx) 1405,1363, R Wood (Blondex) 1353, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1333

p/kg: S&P Scriven (BBx) 246.5, 245.5, BL&R Lund (BBx) 245.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 244.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 239.5,238.5


£ per head: BL&R Lund (BBx) 1412, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1374, 1300, JR Metcalfe (Charx) 1312, TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 1274

p/kg:CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 247.5, 238.5,231.5, BL&R Lund (BBx) 245.5, JA Drake (Limx) 232.5, TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 229.5


£ per head: GJ&G Schofield (Montx) 858, (Swed Red) 824,789

p/kg: GJ&G Schofield (Swed Red) 152.5, 147.5, (Montx) 150.5

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   136.33p/kg           £743

Top Prices £ per head or p/kg

£ per head: FM Shepherd & Son (BBx) 822, N&SA Fort (B&W) 664

p/kg: FM Shepherd&Son (BBx) 140.5, N&SA Fort (B&W) 131.5

Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   101.15p/kg           £674.07

90% of the entry dairies with best cows up again on the week and plain cows 85-90p. Top dairy culls £850 + comfortably and the sale headed by a British Blue cow from BL&R Lund at £1003.

Black & White                       to 119.5.5p/kg                    av. 98.55p/kg

Limx                                       to 133.5p/kg                        av. 122.93p/kg

BBx                                         to 140.5p/kg       

AAx                                         to 108.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: GT Booth 876, E&KM Marshall 860, NA Bell 847, AL Dean&Son 842, J Wellock 807, JC Marshall 804

p/kg: E&KM Marshall 119.5, AL Dean&Son 114.5, NA Bell 111.5, JC Marshall 110.5, MD Parkinson&Son 109.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: BL&R Lund 1003, JM&S Tennant 871

p/kg: BL&R Lund 135.5, JM&S Tennant 118.5


£ per head: JM&S Tennant 935, P Fortune 658

p/kg: JM&S Tennant 133.5, P Fortune 110.5


£ per head: KW&EJ Browes 651

p/kg: KW&EJ Browes 108.5



2,988 Prime Sheep comprising 2,511 Prime Hoggs, 477 Cast Ewes & Rams

A very mixed show of sheep today, and certainly not of the overall quality that we usually see and so 164p was a good result on the day, which in reality was dearer on the week. Handy weighted well fleshed lambs were a decent trade all day with 38kg to 42kg receiving better attention than the previous week. Smart Continental 36kg-37kg sold well too. The heavier lambs for home kill are meeting a bit of resistance now, especially if overfat, so best to move these before they get too thick.

Mule lambs similar, handier weights of 42kg to 44kg better per kg than heavier types.

A larger show of ewes were similar to the previous week, some decent meated selling ewes finding a good enquiry and heavy sorts well bid for.



Prime Hoggs  – Overall Average  £70.11 per head or 163.9p/kg             

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 196.8p/kg         av 149.26p/kg      or £44.39 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 160.6p/kg         av 137.44p/kg      or £47.18 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 225.6p/kg         av 168.93p/kg      or £70.13 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 226.1p/kg         av 160.2p/kg         or £75.62 per head

52.1kg and over                  to 170.4p/kg         av 149.08p/kg      or £74.42 per head

Beltex average £81.44 per head or 190.50p/kg

£ per head: £104, £99 HB Atkinson; £97, £92 WA&VJ&JA Towler; £90 Ellis Bros; £90 HB Atkinson; £89 MJ&GC Dobson;

p/kg:226.1p HB Atkinson; 225.6p DW&CJ Towler; 220p HB Atkinson; 216.2p BL&R Lund; 197.8p MJ&GC Dobson 

Suffolk average £71.93 per head or 159.08p/kg

£ per head: £86 KW Browes; £83.50 W Stapleton £80 KW Browes; £79 MP Jennings; £79 A&ED Booth; £78 CD&RF Kitching

p/kg:169.8p DW&CJ Towler; 166.7p Ashfield Farms; 165.6p CD&RF Ktiching; 165p T Atkins; 162.5p RA&SE Spink;

Texel average £73.21 per head or 168.04p/kg

£ per head: £92 T Kiernan; £92 MJ&GC Dobson; £92 T Boothman; £90 K Saffrey; £90 HB Atkinson; £88 W Stapleton

p/kg:209.3p HB Atkinson; 197.7p GT Booth; 196.8p J&ME Carr; 195.7p MJ&GC Dobson; 193.2p Stocks Enterprises

Mule average £63.03 per head or 151.29p/kg

£ per head: £78 C Nelson & Sons; £73.50 L Mellin; £71 RM Crabtree; £70.50 CD&RF Ktiching; £70.50 M Burrill;

p/kg: 156.8p JC&N Throup; 154.8p FM Shepherd & Son; 154.7p CD&RF Ktiching; 153.3p CD&RF Kitching;

Charollais average £69.64 per head or 159.52p/kg

£ per head:£78 M Mallinson; £75 HW Williams; £75 Stocks Enterprises; £75 DG Boothman; £74 Stocks Enterprises;

p/kg:178.6p HW Williams; 170p M Mallinson; 163p, 157.4p Stocks Enteprises; 156.8p A Guy & Son; 156.3p DG Boothman     

Swaledale average £53.97 per head or 140.69p/kg

£ per head:£78 C Nelson & Sons; £70.50 T Boothman; £64 G&MA Lawn; £64 K Huck; £63 R Tennant; £63 JM&S Tennant;

p/kg:152.5p J&JA Preston; 150p CM Ryder; 150p K Huck; 150p AL Dean & Sons; 150p T Boothman; 148.6p RC Greenwood



Cull Ewes average £56.67

Suffolk to £83.50, Texel to £110.50, BFL to £72.50, Mule to £69.50, Lleyn to £67.50, Swaledale to £44.50, Masham to £64.50, SBF to £56.50, Cheviot  to £70.50, Beltex  to £73.50, Dalesbred to £32.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £110.50, £108.50 HB Atkinson; 106.50 RH&MR Ireland

Mule/Masham: £69.50 M Ryder & Sons; £68.50 JR Taylor & Sons

Horned: £56.50, 54.50 C&SB Whitelock;

Hill: £70.50 HB Atkinson; £67.50 B&LN Dibb;  

Cast Rams average £53.45

Texel to £109.50 HB Atkinson; Suffolk to £39.50; Charolais to £80.50 M Mallinson; BFL to £64.50 CM Ryder; Zwartbles to £74.50 J Pighills



Rearing Calves to £460 (81)

B&W av £73.06 Cont av £357.49  Native av £212.45

A cracking calf by Chris and Thomas Harrison of Elslack took the top honours at the New Years Calf Show with a Simmental Bull. The calf which was 5 weeks old went on to sell to the Judge Simon Thompson of Driffield for £460. Fred Houseman had a cracking show of bulls on show today also with his 6 Bulls averaging £420 and his 3 British Blue heifers at £420, £410 and £380. Colin Whitelock of Gargrave was also on the receiving end of somke strong bidding with his young calves topping at £410.


Natives were topped by Bowkers, Earby at £290 and with Church Farm at £280 and a brace from Alan Middleton at £260.


Friesian prices have slowly being creeping up since the new year with RL Wright & Son, Airton with three at £125, £110 and £100. Overall average today was £73.06 with even most bobby calves into £30 -£40.   


Champion – CN&SA Harriosn                            Reserve – Church Farm Enterprises


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £301) to £340 C&SB Whitelock                            

Brit Blue x (Av £388.45) to £430 Church Farm Enterprises                                                       

Ab Angus (Av £233.57) to £290 S&PE Bowker & Sons

Saler (Av £235) to £390 Townhead Farm

Simmental to £460 CN &SA Harrison                             

Black & White (Av £73.06) to £125 RL Wright & Son                 


Heifer Calves                       

Simmental x to £330 CN&SA Harrison                                                           

Ab Angus (Av £158.33) to £220 S&PE Bowker & Sons

British Blue (Av £335) to £420 Church Farm Enterprises

Limousin (Av £222.50) to £310 RD Metcalfe

Hereford to £225 RM Spence                                                          

Saler to £380 Townhead Farm                                                        


Annual New Year Sale

Class 2 – Brit Blue Heifer

1st Church Farm Enterprises

Class 3 – Limousin Bull

1st C&SB Whitelock              2nd RD Metcalfe & Son

Class 4 – Limousin Heifer

1st RD Metcalfe & Son

Class 5 – Other Cont Bull

1st CN&SA Harrison

Class 6 – Other Cont Heifer

1st CN&SA Harrison

Class 7 – Native x Bull

1st & 2nd JP&KE Hartley

Class 8 – Native x Heifer

1st F Spence

Class 9 – B&W Bull

1st GB Moorhouse

Class 10 – Cont x Male Stirk

1st & 2nd Church Farm Enterprises    3rd S&PE Bowker

Class 11 – Cont x Heifer Stirk

1st & 2nd Church Farm Enterprises    3rd C&SB Whitelock

Class 12 – Native Stirk

1st Church Farm Enterprises              2nd & 3rd S&PE Bowker



Hay                                         Mini Hestons                        to £18 per bale