Forward: 28 Prime cattle comprising 12 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 16 Cast Cattle. 3,120 Prime Sheep comprising 2660 Prime Lambs, & 460 Cast Ewes & Rams. 34 Rearing Calves.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Another good trade for clean cattle with a leading gross of £1628 achieved by CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield whose 620kg Limousin cross steer sold to Ralph Pearson of Bradford for 262.5p/kg. Leading heifer at £1584 was also a Limousin from Mesrs Kitching which weighed 590kg and made 268.5p/kg when selling to Keelham Farm Shop of Skipton. 268.5p/kg was the joint top price per kg on the day with the second highlight a 565kg Limousin cross steer from S&C Thompson of Longridge which sold to Ralph Pearson for a gross price of £1517. Christmas Primestock show is Monday 30th November 2020 with a classes judged in the pens.



465-555kg                                             to 267.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 268.5p/kg                        av.263.57p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 268.5p/kg                        av.263.77p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx)1628,1506, (BBx) 1533, TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 1528, S&C Thompson 1517,1500

p/kg: S&C Thompson (Limx) 268.5,265.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 267.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 266.5, TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 263.5


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1584,1502,1394, (BBx) 1562, S&P Scriven (Limx) 1357

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 268.5,263.5, 260.5, (BBx) 262.5, S&P Scriven (Limx) 263.5,



Cull Cow Prices

A noticeable reduction in interest in cast cattle representing a drop in export demand and concentration on Christmas trade by factories. Lean and plain cows got away well by comparison with the odd heavy dairy in the mid 90s.

Overall Average                                   84.86p/kg                             £556.14

Black & White                      to 93.5p/kg                           av.78.26p/kg

Fleck                                       to 101.5p/kg

Belt Gall                                 to 120p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JD Taylor&Son 778,574,538, N&SA Fort 594, IRDE Wellock 593, JT Rushton 507, ID&JC Briggs 504

p/kg: N&SA Fort 93.5, JD Taylor&Son 90.5, 78.5, IR&DE Wellock 86.5,79.5, IR&JC Briggs 77.5,75.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: N&SA Fort (Fleck) 619

p/kg: N&SA Fort (Fleck) 101.5


£ per head: T Boothman (Belt) 762

p/kg: T Boothman (Belt) 120



Overall Average                                   89.5p/kg                               £1038.20

Aberdeen Angus

£ per head: P Shackleton 1038

p/kg: P Shackleton 89.5



3,120 Prime Sheep comprising 2660 Prime Lambs, & 460 Cast Ewes & Rams


There were less lambs forward on the week, but to be fair, a better quality show, and the sale average was up 9p to stand at 214p overall, or £94.45 per head.
Lowland lambs would be sharper to sell for all classes whilst the smartest end were up a fair way on the week, Mule Wethers were just a shade sharper, and Horned Lambs same as last week.
At the top of the tree there were some outstanding prices, with Hayley Baines of Horton in Craven presenting some wonderful pens of homebred Beltex cross lambs, making £180 (49kg 367.3p) £172 (46kg 373.9p) £170 (50kg 340p and 51kg at 333.3p) £140 (55kg 254.5p) purchased by Brayton Farmshop. The total consignment of 20 lambs from this farm averaged £135.25 each.
George Sunderland from Cragg Vale topped his run today at £160 for 44kg Beltex (363.6p) selling to Knavesmire Butchers shop in York.
James Garth & Son from Keasden were in the top prices when selling a pen of 45kg Beltex at £134 each, again to Knavesmire Butchers.
Ellis Bros from Addingham Moorside topped their quality run with 43kg Beltex at £131 or 304pkg to Vivers Scotlamb. Ellis Bros also lambs at £130 £128 to Vivers Scotlamb and £127 to Kendall Farm Butchers Pateley Bridge.
E&M Townley & Son from Clapham also hit £130 on two occasions, first with 39kg at 333.3p, and then with 43kg at 302p. Both pens went to Knavesmire Butchers.
In total 15 pens over 300p today, and 50 pens 250p to 298p, whilst 6 pens were from £140 to £180, 6 pens in the £130’s and 14 pens in the £120s.
Commercial lowland lambs were keenly sought, handy weights 215p to 230p, mediums 205p to 220p, heavies either side of £2.
Mule lambs were very similar on the week, with a few more pens sneaking over £2 this week, CD&RF Kitching made 208.1p with a pen of 22 Wethers at 43kg £89.50, S&P Scrivin with 10 weighing 46kg at £95 or 206p, and 7 other pens £2kilo or above.
Horned Wethers a decent trade again, topping 197.7p from D Breaks, Slaidburn, and others to 190p from JC&N Throup.


Poor show of ewes with heavy best ewes in short supply with a high demand behind them. White faced ewes avg £81. Best ewes £110-£119.50. Smaller well bred cont ewes full flesh still the £80-£90 mark. Some Beltex types and Texels exceeding this making £95-£105. Big Mules in short supply £85.50 top price with £76+ being the price for the better end. £68-£72 for the lean meat ewes and £45-£50 for the small leaner end. Good run of hill Cheviots at £50-£55. Lonks avg £71.50. No massive Swales in the entry best on the day at £49.50. Best ewes £42-£49.50. Lean meat either side of £35 with plain end better than last week in the late teens to mid £20’s.

More ewes required next week.


For more details on Prime & Cast Sheep trade ring either of our auctioneers, Ted Ogden 07855 958211 or Kyle Hawksworth on 07538 539077.


Prime Lambs – Overall Average £94.45 per head or 214.0p/kg              

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 363.6p/kg         av 209.4p/kg         or £71.62 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 363.6p/kg         av 221.2p/kg         or £93.05 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 373.9p/kg         av 204.3p/kg         or £97.42 per head

52.1kg and over   to 254.5p/kg         av 193.2p/kg         or £102.74 per head


Beltex average £106.55 per head or 254.7p/kg

£ per head: £180 £172 £170 £140 H Baines; £160 G Sunderland; £134 James Garth & Son; £131 Ellis Bros; £130 HB Atkinson; £130 E&M Townley;

p/kg: 373.9p 367.3p 340.0p 333.3p H Baines; 363.6p 361.1p 328.9p Hb Atkinson; 363.6p G Sunderland; 333.3p E&M Townley;

Texel average £94.13 per head or 213.3p/kg

£ per head: £120 J Howard; £115 JCD Farming; £114 CD&RF Kitching; £112 E&M Townley; £111 J Barrett; £109 HB Atkinson; £109 FG Throup; £109 T Blackwell; £109 GH&G Emmott;

p/kg: 265.0p 243.0p CD&RK Kitching; 259.5p D Reay; 253.7p E&M Townley; 253.5p T Blackwell; 245.2p E&M Townley; 242.2p HB Atkinson;

Suffolk average £89.49 per head or 204.5p/kg

£ per head: £112 Ashfield Farms; £105 JCD Farming; £99.50 GW Thackray; £98 TH Mellin; £98 RA&M Earnshaw; £97.50 S&PE Bowker;

p/kg: 223.3p CD&RF Kitching; 220.7p A Butler; 218.2p JP&KE Hartley; 214.0p MJ&C Thornber; 212.5p F Townson; 211.4p S Spensley;

Charolais average £95.46 per head or 207.5p/kg

£ per head: £113 JCD Farming; £109 £104.50 £98.50 £98 £97 GW Thackray;

p/kg: 222.5p LJ Clay; 220.5p 213.0p GW Thackray; 215.9p RH&B Lofthouse;

Mule average £89.44 per head or 195.4p/kg

£ per head: £96.50 JCD Farming; £96 AJ Taylor; £95 W Furniss; £95 S&P Scivin; £94 JH Throup; £94 D Breaks; £92.50 Flasby Estates;

p/kg: 208.1p CD&RF Kitching; 206.5p S&P Scrivin; 203.5p A&SL Throup; 202.4p RH&EA Close; 200.0p JC&N Throup; 200.0p JK Wilson; 200.0p D Breaks;

Masham average £86 per head or 205.0p/kg

£ per head: £86 AS&L Throup;

p/kg: 205p A&SL Throup;

Cheviot average £90.41 per head or 202.6p/kg

£ per head: £102 Flasby Estates; £92.50 PL Metcalfe; £92.50 DW&CJ Towler; £91 W Holden; £87.50 MJ&C Thronber;

p/kg: 211.6p W Holden; 203.5p MJ&C Thornber; 201.1p DW&CJ Towler; 196.8p PL Metcalfe; 196.2p Flasby Estate;

Blue du Maine average £98.75 per head or 224.5p/kg

Swaledale average £59 per head or 175.3p/kg

£ per head: £85 D Breaks; £85 RH&EA Close; £84 £73 G Huck & Son; £80 JC&N Throup; £74.50 Lambert Mile House; £71.50 Jh Throup;

p/kg: 190.50 JC&N Throup; 188.9p D Breaks; 188.2p JH Throup; 184.8p RH&EA Close; 181.6p AL Dean & Son; 178.8p JM&S Tennant;

Dalesbred average £75 per head or 175.3p/kg

£ per head: £78 £77 RH&EA Close; £73 D&C Newhouse;

p/kg: 183.3p 169.6p RH&EA Close; 173.8p D&C Newhouse;

£ per head: £103.50 D Asquith; £94 TP&EA Clayton;

p/kg: 235.2p D Asquith; 213.6p TP&EA Clayton;



Cull Ewes average £65.71

Suffolk to £83.50, Texel to £119.50, Mule to £85.50, Lleyn to £70.50, Swaledale to £49.50, Dalesbred to £38.50, Scotch BF to £41.50, Masham to £75.50, Gritstone to £, Cheviot to £55.50, Beltex to £88.50, Lonk to £73.50,Char to £58.50, Zwart to £70.50, Tees to £45.50, Easycare to £63.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £119.50                G. Blacklidge Bros

Mule/Masham: £85.0         S&PE Bowker&Sons

Horned: £73.50                    JT Robinson

Hill: £70.50                           D&C Wood


Cast Rams average £81.28

Suffolk to £95.50, Texel to £99.50, BFL to £111.50, Cheviot to £67.50, K.Hill to £95.50, Tees. to £58.50, Wens to £91.50



34 Rearing Calves to £400


Cracking trade today with a shortage of calves with vendors holding them back for next week’s show. Black and Whites up a gear with small younger end goods £30-£50 and then 8-week-old british friesians selling to £380 for a pen of 2 from G Hayton & EC Stocks followed by £295 from RM Spence and £260 from the same vendor. Angus bulls all £200+ some nice rearing calves in the entry at £250-£270 with slightly younger £210-£220. Flek bull calves at £270 from C Watson with his run of 9 selling at £240-£270 for the thicker end of them and £120-£200 for the rest. Blue Bulls all from £240-£400 for all shapes and sizes. Top price calf from Percy and Janet Bolland at £400. Best end £320-£400 next grade £280-£320 with young blues at £240. Only 1 blue heifer in at £250. Angus heifers good o sell again with an average of £171.


Bull Calves

Brit Blue x (Av £308) to £400                           PJ&JE Bolland                                                      

Aberdeen Angus (Av £242) to £270 JM Smith              

Fleckvieh (Av £201) to £270                             C Watson              

Black & White (Av £162) to £380                    Hayton & Stocks                 


Heifer Calves       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £171) to £185 JP&KE Hartley                                                                                                     

British Blue (Av £250) to £250                         JP&KE Hartley                                     





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