Forward: 32 Prime cattle comprising 4 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 27 Cast Cattle 3,897 Prime Sheep comprising 3,360 Spring Lambs, 537 Cast Ewes & Rams 187 Rearing Calves

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Dick Binns of Saltaire secured the highest priced p/kg beast at 267.5p/g or £1297, a 485kg British Blue cross heifer from Malcolm Metcalfe of Baldersby. Mr Metcalfe followed this with the highest priced gross animal a 595kg Limousin cross steer which joined Keelham Farm Shop of Thornton and Skipton for £1461 or 245.5p/kg


465-555kg                                             to 242.5p/kg        av 229.34p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 245.5p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 267.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1461,1188, J Drinkall Ltd (Char) 1185

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 245.5,242.5, J Drinkall Ltd (Char) 217.5


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (BBx) 1297

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (BBx) 267.5

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   129.5p/kg             £822.33

£ per head: CM&EM Gratton (B&W) 822

p/kg: CM&EM Gratton (B&W) 129.5


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   100.37p/kg           £681.25

Black & White                       to 114.5p/kg                        av 92.36p/kg

Dairy Shorthorn                   to 105.5p/kg

Blondex                                 to 114.5p/kg                       

BBx                                         to 133.5p/kg                        av 109.25p/kg

AAx                                         to 138.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: G Abbott&Sons 899, JC Marshall 769, RD Metcalfe&Sons 735,709, RW Marston&Son 726, CM&EM Gratton 680

p/kg: G Abbott&Sons 114.5,CM&EM Gratton 110.5,110.5,JC Marshall 107.5, RW Marston&Son 107.5, RD Metcalfe&Son 103.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: RW Marston&Son (Sh) 644

p/kg: RW Marston&Son (Sh) 105.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: R&CR Mitchell 879,K&J Marshall 748, PJ&RH Wallbank 608

p/kg: K&J Marshall 133.5, PJ&RH Wallbank 111.5, R&CR Mitchell 93.5


£ per head: R Caton 790

p/kg: R Caton 114.5


£ per head: J Drinkall Ltd 1212

p/kg: J Drinkall Ltd 138.5


3,897 Prime Sheep

Trade for Prime Lambs was exactly the same as last week with a full ringside of buyers present producing a very fast selling trade. The best end were especially good to sell, as the top prices for Beltex and Texel cross lambs shows. Nice export types were around 150p-160p whilst a commercial sort was 140p to 150p. Heavier lambs were a very similar to previous weeks.

Cast sheep were generally of slightly better quality than last week and prices reflect this.


3,360 Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £62.61 per head or 146.4p/kg

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 220.0p/kg         av 135.8p/kg         or £47.08 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 207.7p/kg         av 147.8p/kg         or £62.02 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 166.0p/kg         av 140.6p/kg         or £66.44 per head

52.1kg and over   to 156.6p/kg         av 141.2p/kg         or £73.67 per head

Beltex average £70.74 per head or 173.6p/kg

£ per head: £81 K Saffrey; £81 £80 R Ogg; £80 WA,VJ&JA Towler; £77 J&J Garnett; £72.50 M Thornber; £72 JR Hemmingway

p/kg: 220.0p J&J Garnett; 207.7p 195.1p 190.3p R Ogg; 202.5p K Saffrey; 186.0p WA,VJ&JA Towler; 184.6p JR Hemmingway.

Texel average £63.55 per head or 148.4p/kg

£ per head: £83 G Airey; £82 IMA&RJ Smith; £81 TR Thwaite & Son; £79 J Hopkinson; £79 James Garth & Son; £79 P&J Brown & Son; £78.50 G&SE Parker & Son; £78 FG Throup; £78 R&CR Nowell; £78 GB Moorhouse; £78 F&R Fielden.

p/kg: 200.0p IMA&RJ Smith; 192.7p James Garth & Son; 190.2p R&CR Nowell; 190.0p G&SE Parker & Son; 188.1p P&J Brown & Son; 186.9p G&SE Parker & Son; 185.4p 177.6p FG Throup; 178.6p A Guy & Son; 175.7p J&J Garnett.

Charollais average £62.89 per head or 143.1p/kg

£ per head: £73 £69 HW&F Wilkinson & Son; £70 £65.50 P Crabtree & Son; £67 P Fortune; £66 CJ&ET Harrison;

p/kg: 162.8p 148.9p P Crabtree & Son; 152.6p C Wellock & Son; 150.0p A Parnaby; 149.0p HW&F Wilkinson & Son

Suffolk average £61.84 per head or 143.8p/kg

£ per head: £74 TH Mellin; £68.50 A Guy & Son; £67.20 A&ED Booth; £66 D Feather; £65.20 RA&E Earnshaw & Son

p/kg: 168.2p TH Mellin; 156.1p 153.8p GR&SM Wearmouth; 154.1p RG Church Ltd; 152.6p JW Barker & Son; 152.2p A Guy & Son

Mule average £55.01 per head or 130.5p/kg

£ per head: £68 JI&MP Greenwood; £62 JC&N Throup; £60 WA&A Booth; £59 H Horsfield & Son; £58.50 JK Wilson;

p/kg: 144.7p JI&MP Greenwood; 138.9p 131.4p TE Walker; 133.3p WA&A Booth; 131.9p 131.0p JC&N Throup;

Lleyn average £62.08 per head or 144.9p/kg

£ per head: £65 HW&F Wilkinson & Son; £62.50 NG Bailey & Co; £62.20 RG&SJ Paul

p/kg: 153.0p DC Wood; 145.3p NG Bailey & Co

Cheviot average £61.24 per head or 146.3p/kg

£ per head: £77 T&C Robinson; £73 LJ Penter;

p/kg: 154.0p T&C Robinson; 148.7p Grain Farms; 142.7p LJ Penter


537 Cull Ewes average £52.48

Texel to £120.50, Mule to £61.50, Lleyn to £85.50, Swaledale to £42.50, Masham to £26.50, Gritstone to £53.50, Cheviot  to £50.50, White Faced  to £36.50, Lonk  to £29.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £120.50, £115.50, £113.50 WH&MA Keighley; £82.50 S Spensley; £81.50 GR&SM Wearmouth; £81.50 JR Carr

Mule/Masham: £61.50 T Kiernan; £61.50 DJ Halliday; £60.50 KM&L Throup

Horned: £42.50 JC&N Throup; £40.50 JK Wilson; £40.50 G&MA Lawn;

Hill: £85.50 H&M Dugdale & Son; £53.50 JE Cowperthwaite;

Cast Rams average £57.50

Texel to £67.5 S Robinson; Charollais to £57.50 D Gray; Dalesbred to £47.50 JH&J Ryder; BFL to £53.50 JH&J Ryder



Rearing Calves to £660 (187)

B&W av £108.22 Cont av £390.93 Native av £257.56

A fantastic show of calves with 187 on offer, despite favourable weather conditions calves were out in force with a bunch of fresh faces taking advantage of the good trade. In the pre-sale show David Smith of Sutton Craven took top honours with a fantastic British Blue bull which ended up selling for an eye watering £650 with the Reserve Champion, a British Blue Heifer from regular supporters the Sowray Brothers topping the sale at £660. British Blues averaged £442 for bulls and £401 for Blue heifers.


Right through trade remained good with Black and White calves again topping at £260 for a Hols/Friesian bull from Hartley’s at Bolton Abbey. Black and whites averaged £108.22 with good calves romping into £120-£150 and beyond.


Natives were on form with a run of some fine Herefords out of MRI’s reaching £370 and averaging just over £300.


Black and calves today averaged 31 days of age with all continental calves averaging exactly 42 days of age.  


BB Bull Calf

1st C Smith

2nd A Sowray & Son

3rd A Sowray & Son


BB Heifer Calf

1st A Sowray & Son

2nd Church Fm Enterprises

3rd GT Booth

Limousin Heifer Calf

1st RH&EA Close

2nd JC Marshall

Limousin Bull Calf

1st CN&SA Harrison

2nd G Pickersgill & Son

Native Bull Calf

1st CN&SA Harrison

2nd JC Marshall

3rd DL DM & J Heron


Native Heifer Calf

1st F Spence

2nd Church Fm Enterprises

3rd DL DM &J Heron

Black and White

1st JP&KE Hartley

2nd Church Fm Enterprises

3rd GB Jennings

Continental Bull Stirk

1st A Sowray & Son

2nd JC Marshall

3rd JC Marshall

Champion: C Smith

Reserve : A Sowray & Son


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £330.63)

£455 CA Harrison, Elslack; £410 RD Metcalfe, Brearton; £400 A Sowray & Son, Bishop Thornton;                   

Brit Blue x (Av £442.02)

£650, £560 C Smith, Sutton in Craven; £615, £510 A Sowray & Son, Bishop Thornton; £570, £530, £520x3, £500, £480, £470 Church Farm Enterprises, Burton Leonard; £530 FA Holmes & Son, Castley; £480 H Raw, Eastburn;                        

Blonde x to £250 N&R Sutcliffe, Eastwood    

Charolais x (Av £382.5)

£525 A Sowray & Son, Bishop Thornton; £240 G Abbott & Son, Dacre                                    

MRI (Av £220)

£220x2 L&A Watson, Eastwood

Aberdeen Angus (Av £241.88)

£275, £265 CM Hall, Shelley; £260 Chadwick & Leaver, Southfield; £250 DL DM & J Heron, Bramhope; £245 JC Marshall & Son

Hereford (Av £300.50)

£370, £340, £330, £310x2, £280x2, £275 L&A Watson, Eastburn; £260 HJ&K Blackwell, Gargrave                                 

Black & White (Av £108.22)

£260 JP&KE Hartley & Son, Bolton Abbey; £250 Church Farm Enterprises, Burton Leonard; £200, £180 G Pickersgill & Son, Hawksworth; £165 GB Jennings, Ripley                  


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £247.5)

£300 RH&EA Close, Starbotton; £295, £265, £255, £250 JC&DJ Marshall & Sons, West End; £285 G Abbott & Sons, Dacre;      

Brit Blue x (Av £401.77)

£660, £410 A Sowray & Son, Bishop Thornton; £600 James Fortune, Tosside; £510 Church Farm Enterprises, Burton Leonard; £435x2, £420x2 H Raw, Eastburn; £430 C Smith, Sutton In Craven; £425 J&G Huck, Hubberholme                 

Aberdeen Angus (Av £216)

£300 F Spence, Sutton In Craven; £270 C&SB Whitelock, Gargrave; £245 Church Farm Enterprises, Burton Leonard;