Forward: 27 Prime cattle comprising 10 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 3 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 14 Cast Cattle. 3,346 Prime Sheep comprising 6 Spring Lambs, 3026 Old Season Lambs & 314 Cast Ewes & Rams. 148 Breeding Sheep. 84 Rearing Calves. 8 Loads of produce.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A few vendors tied up with the weather and lambing sheep resulting in a light show of cattle. Top call was £1411 paid by Hamlets Butchers of Garstang for a 570kg Blonde cross heifer purchased from Mesrs AA&E Critchley&Son of Hutton for 247.5p/kg. Leading p/kg price was 259.5p/kg  for a 520kg Limousin cross heifer also presented by Mesrs Critchley which sold to Keelham Farm Shop. Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster secured the highest priced steer at 252.5p/kg for a 545kg Limousin cross from Mesrs CD&RF Kitching and the second highest gross a 570kg British Blue cross heifer at £1399 or 245.5p/kg from Mesrs Kitching.



465-555kg                                             to 252.5p/kg                        av. 247.48p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 240.5p/kg                        av. 237.50p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 259.5 p/kg                       av. 248.14p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 1395, JA Drake (BBx) 1384, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1376, AA&E Critchley&Son (BBx) 1334

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 252.5, AA&E Critchley&Son (BBx) 242.5, TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 240.5, JA Drake (BBx) 234.5


£ per head: AA&E Critchley&Son (Blondex) 1411, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1399, AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 1387,1349

p/kg: AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 259.5, 254.5, (Blondex) 247.5, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 245.5, JA Drake (Limx) 244.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   145.27p/kg                           £874.06

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: JD Taylor&Son (B&W Hfr) 1168, RD Metcalfe (B&W Hfr) 757,697

p/kg: JD Taylor&Son (B&W Hfr) 164.5, RD Metcalfe&Son (B&W Hfr) 141.5,124.5


Cull Cow Prices

With a strong trade predicted a weather affected entry comprised mainly very lean, worn dairies with a good average for the sample. An odd heavier dairy 120p+ but meat in short supply and the trade the same on the week.

Overall Average                                   109.35p/kg           £717.02

Black & White                       to 124.5p/kg                        av. 105.35p/kg

Limx                                       to 151.5p/kg                       

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: G Abbott&Sons 894, 809, N&J Thwaite 851, FA Holmes&Son 790,747, RD Metcalfe&Son 726

p/kg: FA Holmes&Son 124.5, 123.5, G Abbott&Sons 122.5,115.5, N&J Thwaite 113.5, RD Metcalfe&Son 113.5


£ per head: J&K Harker 1204

p/kg: J&K Harker 151.5


3,346 SHEEP comprising 6 NEW SEASON LAMBS, 3026 OLD SEASON LAMBS and 314  CAST SHEEP

Another fantastic trade today with 3,026 Old Season Lambs selling to an overall average of 261.55p/kg. There was a good quality show of best lambs alongside the usual entry of Mule and Horned/Hill bred lambs. There were some fair runs of fed hoggs today with one of the better end coming from Andrew Phillips of Burton Leonard, who had top price per kilo at 364p and had 51 lambs all sell for 350p or more and topped the market at £151 per head with another 3 pens at £149 and 2 pens at £148. Mr Phillips run of 112 lambs averaged 337.2p/kg and £135.70 per head. There were 755 lambs today classified as Beltex selling to a breed average of £122.88 and 308.7p/kg. 1,417 Texel crosses topped £146 from Paul Baines and 324.4p/kg from Charles and Richard Kitching of Threshfield with a breed average of £110.18 or 260.2p/kg. Suffolks topped £143 from J&F Nutter of Hurst Green, Charollais £142 from Gary Senior of Cumberworth or 273p from John Lord of Littleborough with Mules to £116 each from Bryan Dibb of Menston and £115 from Brian Church of Askwith, with Mr Dibb selling Griststones to £123 each or 241p, Gary Senior of Cumberworth sold top price Lonks at £114 each or 253.3p whilst Keith Slater of Goosnargh had top price Scotch Blackfaced at £112 or 265.0p

The first Spring Lambs of the season were forward from Robert Towers of Farleton and sold to £146 per head or 291.5p/kg purchased by Countrystyle Meat of Lancaster, with three further lots at £141 purchased by J Penny & Sons of Rawdon.

Cast sheep were again a sharp trade, best heavy ewes £125 to £140 each, medium ewes £85-£115 and light ewes £55 to £80. Overall selling average of £88.51 each for the 314 Cast Sheep.

Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £141.67  per head or 263.16p/kg      

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 291.5p/kg         av 283.6p/kg         or £139.00 per head

52.1kg plus           to 261.8p/kg         av 254.2p/kg         or £143.00 per head


Charollais average £141.67 per head or 263.16p/kg

£ per head: £146 £144 £141x3 £137 JD&V Towers

p/kg: 291.5p 276.5p 261.8p 261.1p 256.4p 239.3p JD&V Towers

Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £108.19 per head or 261.44p/kg              

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 331.4p/kg         av 246.2p/kg         or £84.92 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 364.1p/kg         av 264.0p/kg         or £107.97 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 310.9p/kg         av 258.9p/kg         or £122.33 per head

52.1kg and over   to 259.3p/kg         av 233.8p/kg         or £131.14 per head

Beltex average £122.88 per head or 308.7p/kg

£ per head: £151 £149x3 £148x2 £146 £144 £143 £142 £140x3 £139 RL&AR Phillips; £143 RJ Lambert; £139.50x2 H Atkinson; £139 PW Simpson;

p/kg: 364.1p 360.0p 359.0p 356.4p 356.1p 354.8p 353.8p 352.4p 350.0px2 346.5p 344.2p RL&AR Phillips; 351.4p 343.2p K SaffrEy; 351.3p WA VJ JA Towler;

Suffolk average £113.36 per head or 254.0p/kg

£ per head: £143 £136 J&F Nutter; £129 J&D Barritt; £123 PL Metcalfe; £121 £118.50 CR Brittain; £119 B Dibb; £119 R&KA Burley;

p/kg: 277.6p J&F Nutter; 265.9p 263.0p CR Brittain; 264.4p R&KA Burley; 163.6p RJ Lambert; 263.3p J&D Barritt; 260.5p CD&RF Kitching;

Texel average £110.18 per head or 260.2p/kg

£ per head: £146 £142 J Baines; £144 M Crabtree; £143 DG Johnson; £141 JG Senior; £140 MP Jennings; £138 PW Simpson; £138 J&F Nutter;

p/kg: 324.4 CD&RF Kitching; 307.3p H Atkinson; 304.8p 302.3p 297.5p RJ Bailes; 296.3 JG Senior; 295.8p J Baines; 294.6p Brafferton Manor;

Mule average £101.77 per head or 230.1p/kg

£ per head: £116 B Dibb; £115 RG Church; £110 A&N Fothergill; £110 R&KA Burley; £109 J&F Nutter; £106 JR Lancaster; £105.50 J Pickles;

p/kg: 240.9p JR Lancaster; 236.8p W&M Bland; 234.7p RG Church; 234.4p 233.0p J Pickles; 232.6p CD&RF Kitching; 231.9p J&F Nutter;

Charollais average £120.26 per head or 257.9p/kg

£ per head: £142 JG Senior; £134 Brafferton Manor; £123 J Lord; £118 CR Brittain; £108 RG Church;

p/kg: 273.9p J Lord; 268.2p CR Brittain; 251.2p RG Church; 249.1p JG Senior; 231.0p Brafferton Manor

Swaledale average £77.99 per head or 206.1p/kg

£ per head: £105£78.50x4 JL&J Pate; £102 £75 SM Towler; £92.50 J baines; £85 £75  S&D Robinson; £76 PL Metcalfe;

p/kg: 220.2p J Baines; 218.8p 212.2px4 JL&J Pate; 217.0p 214.3p SM Towler; 202.7p 202.4p S&D Robinson; 197.0p JG&B Brown;

Dalesbred average £70.12 per head or 187.3p/kg

£ per head: £82 £64 R&VJ Brown; £76 £69 £65 JG&B Brown;

p/kg: 191.7p 190.0p 185.7p JG&B Brown; 178.3p 177.8p R&VJ Brown;

SBF average £96.83 per head or 244.8p/kg

£ per head: £112 £109 £108.50x2 £106 £97 J&E Slater; £98.50 B Dibb;

p/kg: 265.0p 264.6p 264.6p 259.5p 248.9p 248.7p 244.7p J&E Slater; 223.9p B Dibb;

Lonk average £91.56 per head or 220.3p/kg

£ per head: £114 JG Senior; £100 £85 SP&VM Morris; £100 £93.50 £92 B Dibb;

p/kg:253.3p JG Senior; 224.4p 222.6p 217.4p B Dibb; 217.4p 202.4p SP&VM Morris;



Cull Ewes average £88.48

Suffolk to £143.5, Texel to £141.5, Mule to £109.5, Lleyn to £55.5, Swaledale to £57.5, Charollais to £76.5, Gritstone to £78.5, Cheviot to £88.50, Beltex  to £63.5.

Top prices:

Lowland: £143.5 D&A Livestock; £141.5 M Crabtree

Mule/Masham: £109.5 M Crabtree; £98.5 CR&M Wilson

Horned: £57.5 S Breare; £46.5 S Hodgson

Hill: £88.50 J Caygill & Partners; £78.5 SW&JE Ryder & Son  

Cast Rams average £89.71

Texel to £95.50, Charollais to £127.50, Gritstone to £94.50, Beltex  to £95.50.




148 Breeding Sheep

A smaller entry of store and breeding sheep sold to a stronger trade on the week. Next week there is a special show and sale of sheep with lambs at foot including an entry of 50 Texel Shearlings and 2 Shear Ewes with Beltex lambs from Thomas Boothamn and 25 Charollais (Ped and Pure) Young Ewes MV Acc with Beltex lambs from Robert Towers of Farleton.

Texel + Single       to £120 av £95                     RG Johnson & Son

Texel + Twins        to £195 av £177                  RJ Umpleby

Mule + Single        to £122 av £102                  H Carr & Son

Mule + Twins        to £140                                  RG Johnson & Son

Suffolk + Twins     to £190 av £180                  RJ Umpleby

Texel Stores          to £76 av £58                       IMA &RJ Smith




Rearing Calves to £420 (84)

B&W av £43 Cont av £311 Native av £198

More calves around today with a good straight trade for all types through the ring. Despite the inclement weather a decent ringside of buyers were in attendance and made some heady prices throughout the sale. Mark Chadwick of Chadwick and Leaver from Southfield, near Burnley presenting the top priced calf with cracker of a British Blue bull at £420 selling to Tom Watson of Sawley. Some large consignments of 10 day to fortnight B&W’s from Spring calving farms found a straight trade between £25 - £85 with some strong friesians from Michael Heron of Bramhope hitting £160.     


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £326.25) to £340 C Watson, Horton in Craven                                

Brit Blue x (Av £335) to £420 Chadwick & Leaver, Southfield                                                  

Aberdeen Angus (Av £210) to £360 DE&MA Booth, Lothersdale 

Hereford X (Av £320) to £320 R Wood, Crossroads

Longhorn (Av £155) to £185 AP Townsend, Southfield                             

Black & White (Av £43) to £160 DL DM J Heron, Bramhope                     


Heifer Calves                       

Ab Angus (Av £134) to £190 DE&MA Booth, Lothersdale                                                         

Longhorn (Av £145) to £200 AP Townsend, Southfield

British Blue (Av £316.25) to £380 S&PE Bowker & Sons, Earby

Lim (Av £281) to £340 GCL Stephenson, Kirkby Lonsdale



Haylage                                  2016                       Round                    to £32 per bale

                                                2017                       Round                    to £34 per bale

Hay                                                                         Mini Heston          to £72 per bale

Wheat Straw                                                        Round                    to £30 per bale