Forward: 102 Prime cattle comprising 28 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 5 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 69 Cast Cattle. 2,748 Prime Sheep comprising 2,535 Old Season Lambs, 213 Cast Ewes & Rams. 51 Rearing Calves. 10 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Monthly Show

Champion at the February Show of Primestock was a 475kg British Blue Heifer consigned by Malcolm Metcalfe of Baldersby which sold to Keelham Farm Shop for 265.5p/kg. Top price per kg was the second prize Continental heifer a British Blue sold by Roger Wood of Crossroads which weighed 515kg and sold to Mesrs D&A Gregory of Bacup for 270.5kg. Highest gross was an unplaced Limousin cross steer from Malcolm Metcalfe’s pen which tipped the scales at 590kg and sold to Keelham Farm Shop for £1519 or 257.5p/kg.


Heifer –                                 1st JR Metcalfe                      2nd R Wood                            3rd J Drake

Bullock –                              1st J Drake                              2nd H Downs & Son              3rd JM Townsend

Champion – JR Metcalfe                     Reserve – J Drake


465-555                                                 to 255.5p/kg                        av. 251.93p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 257.5p/kg                        av. 221.90p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 265.5p/kg                        av. 249p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 270.5p/kg                        av. 218.19p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1519, JA Drake (Limx) 1430, A Bradley (Blondex) 1368, H Downs&Son 1342,

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 257.5, JM Townsend (Limx) 255.5, H Downs&Son (Limx) 248.5, JA Drake 246.5


£ per head: A Bradley (BBx) 1485, R Wood (BBx) 1393,1372, SD Bennett (Blondex) 1354, H&S Maudsley (BB) 1351

p/kg: R Wood (BBx) 270.5,249.5, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 265.5, H&S Maudsley (BBx) 252.5, JM Townsend (BBx) 252.5

Cull Cow Prices

Monthly Show

Dairy –   1st MP Jennings                    2nd E Fort                               3rd G&PS Fleetwood

Beef –    1st H&S Maudsley                 2nd K&HL Fawcett                3rd AJ Mason

Overall Average                                   94.31p/kg             £638.90

Black & White                       to 103.93p/kg                      av. 85.93p/kg

Jersey                                     to 79.50p/kg                        av. 72.53p/kg

Mont                                       to 90.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 161.5p/kg                        av. 137.79p/kg

BBx                                         to 159.5p/kg                        av. 135.58p/kg

Simx                                       to 111.5p/kg                        av. 106.82p/kg

Blondex                                 to 166.5p/kg

Gelbvieh                                to 106.5p/kg

Pathanais                               to 122.5p/kg

Hefdx                                     to 93.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 93.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: MP Jennings (Dairy)Ltd 854, Church Farm Enterprises 818, G Pickersgill&Sons 740, M Burrill 739,


Other Dairy

£ per head: R Dakin (Mont) 624, P Pogson (Jer) 457,


Brit Blue:

£ per head: H&S Maudsley 1364, BL&R Lund 871,



£ per head: AJ Mason 1141, H&S Maudsley 1114,


Other Contx

£ per head: KA&HL Fawcett (Blonde) 1399, BL&R Lund (Path) 943, R Wood (Simx) 831

p/kg: KA&HL Fawcett (Blonde) 166.5, BL&R Lund (Path) 122.5, R Wood (Sim) 111.5


£ per head: TH&A Pickard&Son (Hefd) 734, J Nelson (AAx) 659

p/kg: TH&A Pickard&Son (Hefd) 93.5, J Nelson (AAx) 93.5.



Overall Average                                   99.21p/kg             £709.33

Top Prices £ per head  and p/kg

£ per head: AJ Lee 551, MW Harrison (BB) 868

p/kg: MW Harrison (BB) 129.5, AJ Lee (AA) 72.5


2,748 Prime Sheep

A good quality show of lambs were presented before judge James Dewhirst, Livestock buyer for Swaledale Foods based in Skipon. His choice as champions were a pen of Beltex from Ellis Bros, Addingham Moorside, whilst Paul Simpson of Forest Becks took reserve champion honours. Both pens were purchased by James Robertshaw, who along with sister Victoria, owns and operates the Keelham Farm Shops at Thornton and Skipton. The quality lambs were a very sharp trade today, 43 separate pens of lambs exceeded £100 each today, whilst 250p/kg was topped on 31 occasions up to 302.7p from Martin & Val Brown and 300p from Paul Simpson, whilst a further 86 pens sold from 200p to 249p. The overall average for every lambs sold was 189p/kg.


Monthly Show

Continental –

1st Ellis Bros; 50Kg £102 to Keelham Farm Shop

2nd P Simpson; 38kg £114 to Keelham Farm Shop

3rd H Baines; 39kg £116 to Keelham Farm Shop

Suffolk –

1st CD&RF Kitching; 43kg £88 to Millstones Restaurant

2nd RL Wright; 58kg £88 to Andrew Atkinson

3rd S Dorey; 45Kg £88 to Woodhead Bros

Mule –

1st  J&JH Ryder; 41kg £69 to Andrew Atkinson

2nd JK Wilson; 47kg £78.50 to Paul Watson

3rd CD&RF Kitching; 44kg £75 to St Merryn

Horned -

1st BS Simpson 50kg £87 to Swaledale

2nd JE Slater 42kg £84 Woodhead Bros

Champion – Ellis Bros          Reserve – P Simpson


Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £79.21 per head or 189.78p/kg (SQQ 192.7p/kg)

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 160.7p/kg         av 133.75p/kg      or £39.83 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 194.3p/kg         av 163.22p/kg      or £56.32 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 302.7p/kg         av 194.92p/kg      or £79.53 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 223.9p/kg         av 180.58p/kg      or £86.49 per head

52.1kg and over                 to 190.9p/kg         av 160.18p/kg      or £91.34 per head

Beltex average £99.57 per head or 254.0p/kg

£ per head: £116, £115 x2 K Saffrey; £114 PW Simpson; £113 Stocks Enterprises; £113, £112 PW Simpson; £112 AM&HV Brown

p/kg: 302.7p AM&HV Brown; 300p PW Simpson; 297.4p PW Simpson; 297.4p, 295px2, 291.9p K Saffrey;

Suffolk average £79.09 per head or 185.81p/kg

£ per head: £102 ML Evans; £98 S Walmsley; £92.50 S Dorey; £90 S Walmsley; £90 ML Evans; £90 RG Church Ltd

p/kg: 207p S Dorey; 204.8p D Pennington; 204.7p CD&RF Kitching; 203.7p D Pennington; 203.6p GW Houseman & Partners

Texel average £82.33 per head or 195.06p/kg

£ per head: £115 RA&SE Spink; £114x2 JS Eddleston; £113, £110 K Saffrey; £110 W Crane; £109 RA&ES Spink; £108 JS Eddleston

p/kg: 292.3p JS Eddleston; 286.8p RA&ES Spink; 285p JS Eddleston; 284.2p W Crane; 282.5p K Saffrey; 268.3p W Crane;

Mule average £73.85 per head or 172.69p/kg

£ per head: £90 BS Simpson; £84 R Bell; £80 JW Sayer; £79 BS Simpson; £79 R&C Greenwood; £79 Ellis Bros; £78.50x2 JK Wilson;

p/kg: 182.9p x3, 182.1p S Dorey; 178.8p FW Pybus; 177.4p J Drinkall Ltd; 176.7p Ellis Bros; 176.3p MR Burrill

Charollais average £82.57 per head or 194.61p/kg

£ per head: £95 S Walmsley; £91 DG Boothman; £88.50 A Guy & Son; £86 S Walmsley; £79.50 PL Metcalfe

p/kg: 198.8p PL Metcalfe; 196.7p A Guy & Son; 193.6p DG Boothman; 190p S Walmsley; 179.2p T Walmsley

Lleyn average £77 per head or 183.33p/kg

£ per head: £77 CD&RF Kitching

p/kg: 183.33p CD&RF Kitching

Swaledale average £60.46 per head or 154.92p/kg

£ per head: £87, £74.50 BS Simpson; £70 Ellis Bros; £69 JW Sayer & Son; £69 AG Horn; £68.50 JW Sayer & Son;

p/kg: 174p BS Simpson; 168.3p, 167.1p JW Sayer & Son; 167.1p PL Metcalfe; 166.7p JW Sayer & Son; 162p BS Simpson

Dalesbred average £48.81 per head or 144.27p/kg

£ per head: £51 DA Robinson; £50.50, £49.50 RH&EA Close; £28.50 DA Robinson

p/kg: 145.6p RH&EA Close; 141.7p DA Robinson; 140.3p RH&EA Close; 129.5p DA Robinson

SBF average £72.18 per head or 182.06p/kg

£ per head: £84, £75, £72x2, £70.50x2, £63.50 J&E Slater;

p/kg: 200p, 180.8p x2, 180px2, 176.4p, 174.4p J&E Slater;

Cheviot average £81.20 per head or 192.05p/kg

£ per head: £86, £85 Grain Farms Ltd; £84 T Kiernan; £83.50 Stocks Enteprises; £78.50 GW Houseman & Partners;  

p/kg: 198.8p Stocks Enterprises; 197.7p Grain Farms Ltd; 186.7p T Kiernan; 183p Grain Farms; 182.6p GW Houseman & Partners


Cull Ewes average £68.64

Suffolk to £85.50, Texel to £140.50, Mule to £57.50, SBF to £59.50, Swaledale to £33.50, Masham to £50.50, Gritstone to £45.50, Cheviot  to £78.50, Beltex  to £87.50, Lonk  to £38.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £140.50 £129.50 JW Mellin; £125.50 H Atkinson;

Mule/Masham: £57.50 J Howard; £57.50RM Crabtree;  

Horned: £59.50 JR Taylor; £45.50 J Cheetham;

Hill: £78.50 £68.50 Grain Farms;

Cast Rams average £45.71

Texel to £79.50; Suffolk to £80.50; Swaledale to £18.50; Lonk to £52.50; BFL to £26.50



Rearing Calves to £450 (51)

B&W av £69.71 Cont av £301.92  Native av £236.67

Calves were a stronger a trade than last week with a couple of new faces putting some impetus into the bidding. The better end of the black and whites were hard fought over with John Blackwell of Gargrave receiving the highest price of £165 for his Friesian entry. In the continentals Richard Spence of Sutton in Craven topped the day’s trading with a strong Limousin Bull at £450 with the continental heifers being topped by Martyn Jennings with a strong blue heifer selling to £360.


A measure of the trade was that the average age of all calves sold today was 38 days.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £307.5) to £450 F Spence                     

Brit Blue x (Av £333) to £352 J Gooch                            

Simmental x to £345 CN&SA Harrison                                                                           

Ab Angus (Av £236.67) to £290 AP Townsend                            

Black & White (Av £69.71) to £165 HJ&K Blackwell                    


Heifer Calves                       

Sim x to £200 CN&SA Harrison                        

Brit Blue x (Av £282.14) to £360 MP Jennings                                                                                             

Saler to £200 RL Wright & Son                                                        



Hay                                         Mini Heston                          to £24 per bale

Hay 2nd Crop                          Mini Heston                          to £26.50 per bale

Haylage                                  Round                                    to £14 per bale

Barley Straw                         Mini Heston                          to £16 per bale

Wheat Straw                        Round                                    to £11.50 per bale