73 Prime cattle comprising 23 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 3 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 47 Cast Cattle. 1535 Prime Sheep comprising 1118 Prime Lambs, 239 Prime Hoggs & 178 Cast Ewes & Rams. 46 Rearing Calves. 18 Dairy Cattle.
Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)
A very good show of cattle with Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster stepping up to put locally sourced beef in their counter with the 2 highest priced p/kg steers secured from Mesrs F&B Smith of Westhouse. The two homebred Limousin crosses weighing 525kg and 535kg made 269.5p/kg (£1415) and 257.5p/kg (£1378). The highest gross was a 595kg British Blue cross heifer from Mesrs CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield which made 239.5kg or £1425 when selling to Stanforths Burchers of Skipton. Keelham Farm Shop of Skipton and Thornton secured the highest priced p/kg heifer amongst their 9 top classes purchases a 460kg Limousin cross at 258.5p/kg from JM Townsend of Laneshawbridge.
465-555kg to 269.5p/kg av. 243.5p/kg
560kg+ to 246.5p/kg av. 240.84p/kg
400-480kg to 258.5p/kg av. 244.65p/kg
485kg+ to 263.5p/kg av. 230.03p/kg
Top Prices £ per head and p/kg
£ per head: F&B Smith (Limx) 1415, 1378, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1413, SD Bennett (Limx) 1335,1312,
p/kg: F&B Smith (Limx) 269.5,257.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 249.5, 238.5, AA&E Critchley&Son (BBx) 246.5
£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1425, AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 1347,1344, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1325
p/kg: JM Townsend (Limx) 263.5, 249.5,247.5, (BBx) 250.5, JM Townsend (Limx) 258.5, L Bamforth&Sons (Limx) 244.5,
Overall Average 138.64p/kg £901.76
To Prices £ per head and p/kg
£ per head: JN&J Rennard (B&W Str) 1229, (B&W Hfr) 992, E&KM Marshall (B&W Hfr) 942,
p/kg: E&KM Marshall (B&W Hfr) 154.5, 131.5, JN&J Rennard (B&W Str) 145.5, (B&W Hfr) 131.5.
An increased entry and continuing strong trade although best dairies a shade easier on the week. Heavy dairies still continued at 125p+ and the large percentage of Channel Island crosses got away well along with the plain lightweights.
Overall Average 118.62p/kg £752.05
Black & White to 137.5p/kg av. 116.93p/kg
Swed Red to 126.5p/kg av. 114.96p/kg
Jer to 107.5p/kg av. 103.56p/kg
Dairy Shorthorn to 125.5p/kg av. 121.73p/kg
Brown Swiss to 107.5p/kg
Limx to 149.5p/kg av. 140.25p/kg
BBx to 146.5p/kg
AAx to 119.5p/kg
British White to 115.5p/kg av. 109.46p/kg
Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)
£ per head: GT Booth 1208, JSS Verity 1086, GB Moorhouse 1019, JP&KE Hartley 1004,969, JC Marshall 971,
p/kg: JP&KE Hartley 137.5,127.5, GT Booth 133.5, GB Moorhouse 131.5, JC Marshall 129.5, JSS Verity 128.5,
£ per head: JSS Verity (Swed Red) 848, (Jer) 634, IRG Collins & Ptns (Dairy Sh) 747,678, RD Metcalfe&Son (Brown Swiss) 629,
p/kg: JSS Verity(Swed Red) 126.5, (Jer) 107.5, IRG Collins&Ptns (Dairy Sh) 125.5,118.5, RD Metcalfe&Son (Brown Swiss) 107.5
£ per head: IRG Collins&Ptns 732,
p/kg: IRG Collins & Ptns 146.6
£ per head: L Bamforth&Sons 1032, 954, B Spensley Ltd 974
p/kg: L Bamforth&Sons 149.5,144.5, B Spensley Ltd 147.5
£ per head: C Winterburn (Brit White) 739,492,
p/kg: C Winterburn (Brit White) 115.5,101.5
Overall Average 131.03p/kg £1274.29
To Prices £ per head and p/kg
£ per head: D&J Isherwood (AA) 1145, CM&EM Gratton (B&W) 1020
p/kg: D&J Isherwood (AA) 133.5, CM&EM Gratton (B&W) 127.5
Lamb numbers once again increasing sharply, but a very pleasing average of 256.8p/kg was recorded for 1,118 head. As predicted, anything a bit heavier and well finished was a good trade on the day, and the 46kg to 52kg bracket was again the best average showing an average of 269.5p/kg. It was from this bracket that the top price lambs came from, John Turner of Ellenber had continental crosses weighing 47kg and making £154 each to Vivers Scotlamb. Vivers also secured the next highest price of £151 from Richard Crabtree of Otley. John Turner was back again selling lambs at £149 to J&E Medcalf & Sons, and £145 to J Penny & Sons, Rawdon. J Penny & Sons also purchased lambs at £145 from A Sharp, Blackburn, and 2 pens at £143, first from Donald Sunderland, Bramham House and then from A&P Fletcher, Oldham. Swaledale Foods were in at £148 for lambs from Mark evans of Steeton and then £143 for Texels from John Turner.
On a Pence Per Kilo basis, it was Richard Crabtree who dominated the sale with pens at 335p 326p 323p 319p 303p all to Vivers Scotlamb, and a further 2 pens at 300p to Countrystyle Meat Farmshop & Restaurant of Lancaster. Vivers purchased other highest priced lambs at 327p form John Turner, 314p from Dave & Laura Coar, Darwen, 309p from Ellis Bros, 300p Tom Walmsley and 300p Luke Mellin. Andrew Atkinson got on the score sheet with lambs at 326p from Tony Kiernan, Hamlets Butchers had lambs at 302p form Peter Dakin, Bolton by Bowland. Other smarter bred lambs were 270p to 300p, and there were plenty of other nice lambs selling at £130 to £140.
The next grade of lambs, mainly those either twice crosses or with a bit more weight on board (40kg to 45kg) were generally 250p to 265p, whilst a plainer or under finished first cross sort was 225p to 240p.
Still a few hoggs and teeth up sheep about, some good sorts over 200p and up above £100, up to £123 from Aimee Beresford of Halton West.
A lighter show of ewes were a sharp trade, Lowland sheep up to £115.50 for Texels from Peter Dakin of Bolton by Bowland, whilst horned ewes saw good Swaledales to £77.50 from Richard Grange, Beamsley and an overall selling average of £70.58 for the whole sale.
Prime Lambs – Overall Average £108.05 per head or 256.8p/kg
32.1kg to 35.9kg to 223.5p/kg av 213.9p/kg or £73.8 per head
36.0kg to 45.5kg to 335.6p/kg av 254.76p/kg or £104.54 per head
45.6kg to 52.0kg to 327.7p/kg av 269.5p/kg or £129.62 per head
52.1kg and over to 273.6p/kg av 249.1p/kg or £138.43 per head
Texel average £108.54 per head or 258.13p/kg
£ per head: £154 J Turner; £145 A Sharp; £145 J&F Nutter; £143 J Turner; £143 DW Sunderland; £142 A Sharp;
p/kg: 327.7p J Turner; 302.5p G&MM Dakin & Son; 300p T Walmsley; 300p L Mellin; 297.9p DW Sunderland;
Charollais average £100.17 per head or 244.99p/kg
£ per head: £135 DN Smith; £132 KJ Marston; £132, £128 T Kiernan; £120.5 J Turner; £119 T Kiernan; £109.5, £109 KJ Marston;
p/kg: 287p KJ Marston; 284.4p, 275p T Kiernan; 272.5p KJ Marston; 267.9p FM Shepherd & Sons; 264.4p T Kiernan
Beltex average £125.99 per head or 293.54p/kg
£ per head: £151 RC Crabtree; £142 T Kiernan; £137 T Kiernan; £137 P Crabtree & Son; £136 T Kiernan; £136 Ellis Bros;
p/kg: 335.6p RC Crabtree; 326.2p T Kiernan; 326.2p, 323.1p, 319.5p P Crabtree & Son; 314.3p D&L Coar; 309.1p Ellis Bros
Rouge average £121.78 per head or 273.32p/kg
£ per head: £124, £120 JA &JM Wade & Son;
p/kg: 281.8p, 266.7p JA&JM Wade & Son;
Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £71.42 per head or 171.72p/kg
£123 A Beresford; £106 Hayton & Stocks; £104 GW THackray; £93.5 A Beresford; £92 DA Pratt; £88 GW Thackray;
p/kg; 212p 190.5p, 190p GW THackray; 205p A Beresford; 204.9p RJ Gardt
£99, £94, £90 A Beresford; £90 B&J Sutcliffe; £88 T Kiernan; £84 GW Thackray;
p/kg; 194.3p GW Thackray; 184.3p, 183.7p A Beresford; 182.5p GW Thackray;
Suffolk to £96.5, Texel to £115.50, Zwartbles to £87.5, Mule to £92.50, Lleyn to £72.5, Swaledale to £77.5, Masham to £80.5, Charollais to £103.5, Lonk to £62.5.
Lowland: £115.5 L Mellin; £115.5 G&MM Dakin;
Mule/Masham: £92.5 R Emmott; £89.5 G&MM Dakin
Horned: £77.5 GB&G Grange; £66.5 FG Throup
Hill: £72.5 CD&RF Kitching;
Cast Rams average £59.5
Swaledale to £59.5
Rearing Calves to £450 (46)
B&W av £77.96 Cont av £366.54 Native av £338.33
Continental calves were a very healthy trade today with both bulls and heifers making heady prices. Norman Fort of Silsden had a tremendous British Blue bull calf today which sailed to £450 with no fewer than 7 different vendors over £400 in the Blue Bull section. Continental heifers were a similar story with a British Blue average of £398 and topping twice at £420 for a brace from Church Farm Enterprises.
Native calves were in short supply and were very highly sought after with a tremendous Aberdeen Angus bull from JP&KE Hartley reaching £415 and Heifers from Hartley’s again and C Watson, Horton in Craven at £300 twice. In the Black and Whites, a few plainer calves pulled the average but some fleshy calves from Chris Harrison of Elslack topped at £115 for 3 week old calves.
NB: Calf Show Next Week 25th June. Please contact Sam with likely entries.
Limousin x (Av £311) to £360 C Watson
Brit Blue x (Av £380.83) to £450 N&SA Fort
Aberdeen Angus (Av £415) to £415 JP&KE Hartley
Flekvieh (Av £172.5) to £175 N&SA Fort
Dairy Shorthorn (Av £53.6) to £80 IRG Collins
Simmental (Av £295) to £295 CN&SA Harrison
Black & White (Av £77.96) to £115 CN&SA Harrison
Simmental x (Av £330) to £330 CN&SA Harrison
Ab Angus (Av £300) to £300 C Watson; £300 JP&KE Hartley
British Blue (Av £398) to £420 x2 Church Farm Enterprises
Lim (Av £340) to £410 G Pickersgill & Sons
Craven Dairy Auction (18 head)
A healthy trade for the milkers on offer today and a strong average to match with all milkers averaging £1860. Sally Wellock of West House Farm, Oakworth topping the days sale at £2080 for a 28kg, 8 day calved heifer. Brian Moorhouse of Hesper Farm, Bell Busk was next with his Grafeeti heifer selling to £2020.
A run of maidens from WA Brown, Earby had a little too much age for size however they made some very respectable prices averaging £571.8 and topping at £760.
Judge – Rob Marshall
Prize Awards: Newly Calven Heifers: 1st J Wellock 2nd J Wellock 3rd GB Moorhouse
In-Calf Heifers: 1st 2nd 3rd WA Brown
Champion – J Wellock Reserve – J Wellock
Newly Calven Heifers (av £1860): to £2080 J Wellock
Maiden Heifers (av £571.8): to £760 WA Brown