Forward: 52 Prime cattle (comprising 1 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 7 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 44 Cast Cattle) 3,101 Prime & Cast Sheep (comprising 2,747 Prime & Lightweight Hoggs, 324 Cast Ewes & 30 Cast Rams) 62 Rearing Calves 15 Dairy Cattle 10 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


501- 590kg                                            to 175.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: B Spensley Ltd 1000

p/kg: B Spensley Ltd 175.5

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                   135.62p/kg           £884.46

£ per head: B Spensley Ltd (Limx) 1164, (BBx) 1002, RD Metcalfe&Son (B&W) 949, J Caygill&Ptns 883

p/kg; B Spensley Ltd (Limx) 192.5,(BBx)177.5, RD Metcalfe&Son (B&W) 139.5, J Caygill&Ptns 118.5


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   100.76p/kg           £682.71

Black & White                       to 115.5p/kg                        av 99.08p/kg

Jersey                                     to 101.5p/kg                        av 97.85p/kg

Limx                                       to 121.5p/kg

Ayr                                          to 94.5p/kg

Dairy Shorthorn                   to 107.5p/kg                        av 97.89p/kg                       

BBx                                         to 142.5p/kg                        av 132.81p/kg

Blondex                                 to 127.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 115.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: RD Metcalfe&Son 912,EJ Fort 890, JD Crabtree&Son 874, NA Bell 826, J Caygill &Ptns 825

p/kg: SW&JE Ryder 115.5,JD Crabtree&Son 113.5, J Caygill&Ptns 111.5, RD Metcalfe&Son 110.5, EJ Fort 108.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: IRG Collins&Ptns (Sh) 758,682, G Boothroyd&Son (Jer) 709,700,RH Lofthouse (Ayr) 633

p/kg: IRG Collins&Ptns (Sh) 107.5,102.5, G Boothroyd&Son (Jer) 101.5,94.5, RH Lofthouse (Ayr) 94.5

Brit Bluex:

£ per head: SD Bennett 1169,777

p/kg: SD Bennett 142.5,120.5


£ per head: TB Moorhouse&Son 851

p/kg: TB Moorhouse&Son  121.5


£ per head: JM Smith&Son 803.

p/kg: JM Smith&Son 107.5, M Fewster 89.5


Overall Average                                   95.5p/kg               £926.35


£ per head: RD Metcalfe&Son 926

p/kg: RD Metcalfe&Son 95.5


Prime Sheep

Hogg numbers on the increase again today, and the trade was better than many, including us, had anticipated, an overall average for all breeds, weights, and grades was 187.6p/kg was the end result.

Increasing uncertainty and turmoil in the Eurozone has resulted in the £-Euro exchange rate rising 4 cents from the middle of last week alone, trading opening at 1.346Euro to £1 on Monday morning, which is not helping exports from the UK, causing our lamb to look dearer to foreign customers. Export led buyers were understandably quieter today and this class of lamb saw a fall on the week with the 36kg to 45kg bracket down 7.4p/kg on the week.

There were some excellent lambs on offer today, Ellis Bros lead the way with 40kg Beltex at £116 each or 290p, the same vendor also achieving 271.1p. Paul Simpson showed his usual good run of lambs, topping at 273.1p, whilst Sarah Eddleston had 271.9p.

Heavy lambs didn’t match last weeks flyer, this weight category showing a 10p fall on the week, however 50kg plus lowland lambs were generally £92 to £94, Ralph & Val Crabtree topping the section at £110 with Beltex’s weighing 46kg.

Mule lambs were a couple of £ cheaper, the Mule lamb average down 4p on the week to 177p, the general trade for 43kg to 46kg was £33 to £35 over the weight.

Over 700 Mule & Horned lambs were in today’s entry, and lightweight Horned Wethers proved good to cash, with ethnic trade helping push most nice 34kg to 35kg weights to £60 or just over.

Cast sheep trade again proved good, with an average for ewes of £84 for ewes and £94 for rams recorded.

Prime Hoggs  – Overall Average £78.31 per head or 187.6p/kg                                                              

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 271.9p/kg         av 168.1p/kg         or £50.40 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 240.0p/kg         av 186.2p/kg         or £63.37 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 290.0p/kg         av 190.5p/kg         or £78.30 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 239.1p/kg         av 182.0p/kg         or £86.89 per head

52.1kg and over   to 203.3p/kg         av 175.6p/kg         or £93.22 per head

Beltex average £88.72 per head or 212.2p/kg

£ per head: £116 Ellis Bros; £110 JR Crabtree; £109 D Wood; £106.50 £105 PW Simpson; £106 WA,VJ&JA Towler;

p/kg: 290.0p 271.1p Ellis Bros; 273.1p 262.5p PW Simpson; 271.9p S Eddleston; 256.4p DW&CJ Towler

Suffolk average £81.89 per head or 182.1p/kg

£ per head: £97 N&M Sutcliffe; £95 JC Drewery; £93 JB Bancroft; £89 £88 JA&JM Wade; £88.50 G Mellin;

p/kg: 206.3p Stocks Enterprises; 198.8p CD&RF Kitching; 191.3p Ashfield Farms; 190.0p H Raw; 190.0p JC Drewery;  

Texel average £81.88 per head or 190.1p/kg

£ per head: £106 £100 CT&EM Hammond; £104 D Wood; £101 E&KM Marshall; £101 £98 JS Eddleston; £98 S&S Richardson;

£98 MIR Heseltine;

p/kg: 251.3p 224.4p JS Eddleston; 238.5p Ellis Bros; 231.9p 225.0p F&R Fielden; 225.6p R Wartigg; 225.5p CT&EM Hammond;

Mule average £75.81 per head or 177.7p/kg

£ per head: £87 JK Wilson; £86 £81 J Drinkall; £85 AM&HV Brown; £82 G&MA Lawn; £79.50 K Dickinson; £79.50 G Beresford;

p/kg: 189.1p JK Wilson; 188.6p 182.1p Ashfield Farms; 182.9p RH&EA Close; 182.5p 181.0p H Raw; 181.0p AL Dean & Son;

Charollais average £80.12 per head or 188.8p/kg

£ per head: £98.50 R Emmott; £93 RC Lee; £88 N Speake; £86 R Emmott; £84 M Wynne; £84 JG Senior; £82 H Downs;

p/kg: 200.0p 197.1p 190.9p 189.2p JG Senior; 193.8p RC Lee; 190.7p H Downs; 187.0p R Emmott; 186.9p J Roberts;

Swaledale average £61.38 per head or 164.0p/kg

£ per head: £79.50 S&D Robinson; £77 K Huck; £74 R Tennant; £74 K Dickinson; £74 JE Cowperthwaite;

p/kg: 184.8p FM Thompson; 184.8p AG Horn; 179.4p S Booker; 175.0p N&M Sutcliffe; 175.0p H Smith; 175.0p JC Drewery;

Dalesbred average £51.55 per head or 168.5p/kg

£ per head: £49.50 RH&EA Close; £45.50 K Marshall;

p/kg: 175.0p RH&EA Close; 162.5p K Marshall;

Cheviot average £82.43 per head or 185.5p/kg

£ per head: £98.50 £81.50 £79.50 LJ Penter; £76.50 £69.50 R&T Postlethwaite;

p/kg: 193.1p 191.3p R&T Postlethwaite; 189.3p 185.2p 175.9p LJ Penter;

 Lleyn average £75.16 per head or 191.6p/kg

£ per head: £85.50 H&M Dugdale; £80.50 £79.50 Hurries Farm; £77 CD&RF Kitching; £74.50 GM&SC Pickles; £74.50 GM&SC Pickles;

p/kg: 213.8p H&M Dugdale; 203.8p 201.3p Hurries Farm; 191.7p GM&SC Pickles; 189.7p CD&RF Kitching;


Cull Ewes average £84.49

Suffolk to £128.5, Texel to £140.5, BFL to £, Mule to £94.50, Lleyn to £110.50, Swaledale to £63.50, Cheviot  to £105.5, Beltex  to £128.5.

Top prices:

Lowland: £140.5 S&S Richardson; £133.50 S Spyrou; £128.50 H Brown

Mule/Masham: £94.50 S Spensley & Co; £94.50 CA Foster; £93.50 S Spyrou

Horned: £63.50 AM&HV Brown; £61.50 R&T Postlethwaite; £60.50 AW&EN Wade

Hill: £105.50 DR Findlay; £103.50 AM&HV Brown;

Cast Rams average £94.10

Texel to £123.50 S Booker; Charolais to £96.50 R Emmott; Swaledale to £69.50 DM White; Dalesbred to £72.50 D Wood; BFL to £82.50 CD&RF Kitching; Lleyn to £94.50 T Riley; Beltex to £79.50 S Booker.



Rearing Calves to (62) £440

B&W av £71.95 Cont av £380.29 Native av £183.6

A strong show of rearing calves today, with mainly continentals on show with over half British Blue’s. With Suckler men in attendance trade was particularly strong for sweet British Blue heifers topping at £430 and 16 British Blue’s over £400.


Strong show of calves needed for next week  with buyers looking for strong well fleshed calves in all classes.   

Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £355) to £420 RD Metcalfe & Son                       

Brit Blue x (Av £395) to £440 JR&MJ Moon & Church Farm Enterprises                

Ab Ang x (Av £185) to £255 JR&MJ Moon                                                     

Saler  to £240 RL Wright & Son                                       

Black & White (Av £71.95) to £150 JC&DJ Marshall                    


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £273) to £300 JC&DJ Marshall                              

Brit Blue x (Av £369) to £430 Church Farm Enterprises                             

Ab Angus (Av £168) to £190 JC Marshall                                                       


Craven Dairy Auction (15 head)

 A stronger ringside of buyers with a good portion ringside on lookers competing hard for milkers though a few heifers struggled to breach the £1800 barrier. The champion another sweet heifer from Peter Baul of Watergate farm, Bishop Thornton and first in the ring set the tone for the day ending up at £2000 which was bought by Mr Williams of Cheshire. Reserve Champion from Brian Moorhouse managed to do one better with a Windbrook Daughter giving 32 kgs and reached the top price of the day of £2020 to Mr Williams again.


Judge – Aubrey Greenhalgh

Prize Awards:      

Newly Calven Heifers:         1st M Baul & Son        2nd GB Moorhouse          3rd SJ Sugden

Newly Calven Cows:            1st J Wellock

Champion – M Baul & Son Reserve – GB Moorhouse


Newly Calven Heifers (7):  av £1458 to £1720 ASE Crisp


Newly Calven Cows (1): to £1450


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (6): av £1866 to £2020 GB Moorhouse


Pedigree Holstein Bull to £1500 A Lawson & Son




Barley Straw Round Bales                  to £19.50

Small Bale Hay                                      to £4.10

Wheat Straw                                        to £10.00