MARKET REPORT – MONDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2015 - Forward: 56 Prime cattle comprising 4 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 51 Cast Cattle. 2,618 Prime Sheep comprising 2,246 Prime & Lightweight Hoggs, 360 Cast Ewes & 12 Cast Rams. 51 Rearing Calves. 24 Dairy Cattle. 21 Loads of produce. Sheep numbers remain strong with feeders now getting into gear and presenting good types. The best again stretching top side of £3 per kilo, but it was the commercial types and hill lambs that were far better to sell this week, Mule lambs averaging 184.9p. Well presented lambs if clean, belly clipped and farm assured can command a good premium regardless of type.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


501- 590kg                                            to 189.5p/kg        av 181.95p/kg

590kg+                                                   to 168.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: B Spensley Ltd (AAx) 1118,1026,985,(MRI)834

p/kg: B Spensley Ltd (AAx) 189.5,178.5,177.5 (MRI) 168.5

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   131.5p/kg             £1012.55

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: CM&EM Gratton 1013

p/kg: CM&EM Gratton 131.5           

Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   121.27p/kg           £814.54

Black & White                       to 131.5p/kg                        av 116.33p/kg

Dairy Shorthorn                   to 139.5p/kg

Beef Shorthorn                    to 139.5p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 142.5p/kg                        av 133.77p/kg

BBx                                         to 142.5p/kg

Charx                                      to 145.5p/kg

Stab                                        to 137.5p/kg                        av 135.30p/kg

AAx                                         to 123.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: ML&JE Kayley & Son £1065 Church Farm Ent. £1037 J Caygill&Ptns  £970 £937, D&C Cockburn Bros £923

p/kg: ML&JE Kayley & Son 131.5p J Caygill&Ptns 128.5p 127.5p DE&MA Booth 128.5p (twice) RD Metcalfe & Son 127.5p

Dairy Shorthorn

£ per head: IRG Collins £830 £728

p/kg: IRG Collins 118.5p 109.5p

Brit Blue:

£ per head: B Lund £941

p/kg: B Lund 142.5p


£ per head: J&K Harker £1055 £990 WB Woodsworth £930 AV Caton £907 £803

p/kg: J&K Harker 142.5p 138.5p AV Caton 138.5p 138.5p WB Woodsworth 126.5p H&SMD Lund 117.5p


£ per head: D Beck £1273

p/kg: D Beck 145.5p

Beef Shorthorn

£ per head: Fleets Farms £928 £902 £765

p/kg: Fleets Farms 139.5p 128.5p 123.5p


£ per head: Fleets Farms £1138, £1038, £868

p/kg: Fleets Farms 137.5p ,135.5p ,132.5p


Overall Average                                   139.5p/kg             £1129.95


£ per head: I Barrett & Son £1130

p/kg: I Barrett&Son 139.5p


2,618 Prime & Cast Sheep

Numbers remain strong with feeders now getting into gear and presenting good types. The best again stretching top side of £3 per kilo, but it was the commercial types and hill lambs that were far better to sell this week, Mule lambs averaging 184.9p. Well presented lambs if clean, belly clipped and farm assured can command a good premium regardless of type.


Prime Hoggs  – Overall Average  £82.28 per head or 194.1p/kg                                                             

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 201.6p/kg         av 180.99p/kg      or £56.22 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 314.7p/kg         av 199.22p/kg      or £68.59 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 319.4p/kg         av 198.78p/kg      or £82.27 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 217.4p/kg         av 186.69p/kg      or £89.55 per head

52.1kg and over   to 181.1p/kg         av 162.1p/kg         or £87.78 per head

Beltex average £101.67 per head or 265.3p/kg

£ per head: £120 £118 £115(x2) £110.50 £108 £107(x2) PW Simpson; £117 WA,VJ&JA Towler; £114 I&M Lancaster; £109 FG Throup

p/kg: 319.4p 314.7p(x2) 302.6p 300.0p 290.8p 281.6p 280.5p PW Simpson; 286.5p Lea & Son; 278.6p WA,VJ&JA Towler; 276.5p I&M Lancaster

Suffolk average £86.48 per head or 190.84p/kg

£ per head: £94 RG Church Ltd; £92 WA&VJ&JA Towler; £92 MP Jennings; £92 BR&JM Jarvis;

p/kg: 208.8p CD&RF Kitching; 206.8p, 205.8p JM&VJ Howard ltd; 204.4p BR&JM Jarvis;

Texel average £85 per head or 195.87p/kg

£ per head: £102.5 J Drinkall Ltd; £100 B Lund; £100 T Harrison; £100 JS Eddleston;

p/kg: 238.9p JS Eddleston; 231.7p FA Holmes; 223p GW Houseman & Partners; 218.9p TB Drake;

Mule average £78.51 per head or 184.94p/kg

£ per head: £89.50 G&MA Lawn; £89 C&SB Whitelock; £88.50, £87.50 N&J&S Taylor; £87 R Caton

p/kg: 196.6p JK Wilson; 194.4p N&J&S Taylor; 194p DW&CJ Taylor; 192.4p N&J&S Taylor

Charollais average £85.57 per head or 196.17p/kg

£ per head: £103 Lea & Son; £98, £94x2 I Marsden; £92.50 JM&VJ Howard; £89.50 RG Church Ltd; £88.50 PW Simpson

p/kg: 264.1p Lea & Son; 210.2p JM&VJ Howard ltd; 205.8p PW Simpson; 200p I Marsden; 198.9p R Caton

Swaledale average £65.19 per head or 166.47p/kg

£ per head: £83 C Nelson & Son; £80 R Tennant; £77 JE Cowperthwaite; £76 SM Towler; £75.50 FG Throup

p/kg: 187.5 JE Cowperthwaite; 184.3p GB&G Grange & Son; 182.9p DW&CJ Towler; 179.5p GW Houseman & Partners

Dalesbred average £62.75 per head or 169.59p/kg

£ per head: £70 JK Wilson; £66.50 FG Throup; £48 RG Church Ltd

p/kg: 179.7p FG Throup; 175p JK Wilson; 141.2p RG Church Ltd

Lonk average £82.06 per head or 185.44p/kg

£ per head: £89 J Drinkall Ltd; £82 B Dibb; £73, £47 SP&VM Morris

p/kg:197.8p J Drinkall Ltd; 182.2p B Dibb; 178p 111.9p SP&VM Morris

Gritstone average £85 per head or 173.47p/kg

£ per head: £85 B Dibb

p/kg 173.47p B Dibb

Cheviot average £79.89 per head or 196.01p/kg

£ per head: £90 T Kiernan; £89.50 FA Holme; £88.50, £85.50, £83.50 LJ Penter; £85 T Kiernan;

p/kg: 202.4p, 195.7p T Kiernan; 201.6p R Greenwood; 201.1p, 198.8p LJ Penter; 198.7p J Drinkall ltd

Scotch Black Face average £60 per head or 193.55p/kg

£ per head: £60 JE Greenwood & Son

p/kg:193.55p JE Greenwood & Son

Jacob average £72.13 per head or 184.23p/kg

£ per head: £89, £82.50, £74 M&R Smith; £67, £64 BG&LM Hawksworth

p/kg: 192.4p LEA & Son; 189.4p, 187.5p 185p M&R Smith

Lleyn average £79.06 per head or 197.64p/kg

£ per head: £83.50 CD&RF Kitching; £79 RG&SJ Paul; £78 CD&RF Kitching

p/kg: 208.8p, 200p CD&RF Kitching; 192.7p RG&SJ Paul


Cull Ewes average £68.10

Suffolk to £125.50, Texel to £149.5, BFL to £94.5, Mule to £96.50, Lleyn to £85.50, Swaledale to £74.50, SBF to £47.5, Cheviot  to £93.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £149.50 W Watson; £142.50, £128.50 PC Longdin; £127.5 JP Broadwith;

Mule/Masham: £96.50 S Spensley & Co; £94.50 MJ&GC Dobson; £94.50 D Calvert;

Horned: £74.50 J Hirst; £70.50 DM Smith;

Hill: £94.50 AG Horn; £93.50 S Towler; £93.50 J Caygill;

Cast Rams average £77.67

Texel to £129.50 SD Bennett, Charollais to £107.50 DW&CJ Towler, Swaledale to £60.50 R Tennant, Jacob to £72.50 BG&LM Hawksworth




Rearing Calves to £440

B&W av £115 Cont av £343 Native av £170

Calves were a strong trade today with black and whites a serious price with an average of £115 with some cracking sorts from the likes of John Blackwell and Ralph Guy making strong money at £130 and £120 but Graham Hayton topped with a 9 wk Friesian at £240. British Blues could march easily into the £400’s and topping £440 for Church Farm Enterprises with bulls averaging £360.

Limousin’s would be the straightest price on the day with 5 averaging in the late £280’s with calves only 4-5 weeks old.  


 Worth noting the age of these calves when comparing types.

Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £250) to £250 JC&DJ Marshall                              

Brit Blue x (Av £360) to £440 Church Farm Enterprises                             

Simmental x (Av £302) to £360 DL Leeming                                                

Black & White (Av £115) to £240 G Hayton & EC Stocks                            


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £282) to £290 JC&DJ Marshall                              

Brit Blue x (Av £308) to £390 A Sowray & Son                             

Ab Angus (Av £170) to £170 DA Fort                                                             



Craven Dairy Auction (24 head)


Judge – Richard Crabtree

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st A Lawson & Son              2nd H Bradley & Son             3rd A Lawson & Son

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st H Downs & Son

                                Champion – A Lawson & Son            Reserve – H Bradley & Son


1st Class Newly Calven Heifers (10):  av £1561 to £1740 ASE Crisp

2nd Class Newly Calven Heifers (7):  av £1330 to £1480


Newly Calven Cows (3): av £1420 to £1600 H Downs & Son  


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (4): av £1672 to £1820 H Bradley & Son  




Hay                                                         Quads                     to £20 per bale

                                Meadow                Quads                     to £24.50 per bale

                                                                Mini Hestons        to £16.50 per bale              av £15.25

                                                                Hestons                 to £17.50 per bale

                                                                Small Bale              to £2.70 per bale               av £2.25 per bale

Wheat Straw                                        Round                    to £10 per bale

                                                                Quads                     to £11.50 per bale

Barley Straw                                         Mini Hestons        to £11.50 per bale