Forward: 43 Prime cattle; comprising 13 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 2 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 28 Cast Cattle. 2,885 Prime Sheep comprising 2,666 Prime Hoggs, 201 Cast Ewes & 18 Cast Rams. 52 Rearing Calves. 16 Loads of produce. Paul Baines of Trawden lead the way at the February Primestock Show taking both Champion and Reserve. His Champion a 540kg British Blue Heifer was picked up by Keelham Farm Shop of Thornton for 269.5p/kg or £1455. The reserve a Limousin cross heifer made 239.5p/kg or £1257 when selling to Simon Duerden of Blacko. The monthly lamb show was kindly judged by Mr Jim Holden, Livestock buyer for Woodhead Bros of Colne. His choice of champion pen was a pen of 5 Beltex crosses from Martin Brown of Bedale, weighing 42kg they sold for £125 each to Vivers Scotlamb, Annan.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


Str:         1.S Bennett          2&3 JE Greenwood

Hfr:         1&2 P Baines        3 B Lund

Cast Cattle

Dairy       1,2&3 JD Taylor&Son

Beef        1. M Bentham      2&3 T&J Smith


551-650kg                                             to 243.5p/kg

650kg+                                                   to 198.5p/kg        av 180.66p/kg


501- 590kg                                            to 269.5p/kg        av 253.36p/kg

590kg+                                                   to 259.5p/kg        av 248.8p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

Contx Str

£ per head: SD Bennett(Limx) £1424, GJ&G Schofield (Jersx) £1166

p/kg: SD Bennett(Limx) 243.5p, E Greenwood (Limx)198.5p 174.5p, GJ&G Schofield (Jersx) 171.5p

Contx Hfr

£ per head: PW Simpson (BBx) £1616, BS Simpson (BBx) £1609, £1419, B.Lund (BBx) £1588, JM.Townsend (BBx) £1490, J.Baines (BBx) £1455

p/kg: J Baines(BBx) 269.5p, JM.Townsend (BBx)268.5p, BS.Simpson(BBx)259.5p, PW Simpson (BBx)254.5p               

Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   107.85p/kg           £734.38

Black & White                       to 122.5p/kg                        av 104.82p/kg

Jersey                                     to 58.5p/kg

Path                                        to 155.5p/kg

Simx                                       to 122.5p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 115.5p/kg                        av 104.89p/kg

BBx                                         to 125.5p/kg                        av 123.42p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: S&PE Bowker & Sons £979,£831, RD Metcalfe & Son £940, JD.Taylor & Son £914,£908,£816

p/kg: RD Metcalfe & Son 122.5p,120.5p,116.5p, S&PE Bowker & Sons 114.5p, M Baul & Sons Ltd 114.5p, JD Taylor & Son 113.5p(x2)


£ per head: M Bentham £1252

p/kg: M Bentham 155.5p

Brit Blue:

£ per head: TB Moorhouse & Son £887, T&J Smith £847

p/kg: T&J Smith 125.5p, TB Moorhouse & Son 121.5p


£ per head: R&KA Burley & Son £721

p/kg: T&J Smith 115.5, R&KA Burley & Son 113.5p


£ per head: T&J Smith £827

p/kg: T&J Smith 122.5p



Overall Average                                   128.5p/kg             £1227


£ per head: DL Mudd £1227

p/kg: DL Mudd 128.5p


2,885 Prime & Cast Sheep

Sheep trade was very similar on the week. A huge line up of buyers were present for lambs, representing nearly every type of end user from retail butcher, wholesalers, ethnic trade, exporters and large throughput processors. The quality on offer was rather more mixed, with 60% of the entry being lowland lambs and 40% Mule, Masham and horned lambs, so an average of 186p looks a fair result on the day.

The monthly lamb show was kindly judged by Mr Jim Holden, Livestock buyer for Woodhead Bros of Colne. His choice of champion pen was a pen of 5 Beltex crosses from Martin Brown of Bedale, weighing 42kg they sold for £125 each to Vivers Scotlamb, Annan.

There were nice runs of Beltex and three quarter bred Texel lambs in today, Paul Simpson selling 6 pens over £100 per head and John Eddleston had 3 pens, Richard Ireland 2 pens, Jim Baines 4 pens, D Poulter and Harry Raw both with 1 pen over £100.

Hill lambs were decent to sell and generally along similar lines to last week. Cast sheep were way short of requirements and a strong average of £78 was recored for just 219 Ewes and Rams.




1st AM&HV Brown, Bedale. 42kg @ £125 to Vivers Scotlamb

2nd AM&HV Brown, Bedale. 37kg @ £100 to Vivers Scotlamb

3rd JS Eddleston, Gt Harwood. 39kg @ £100 to Vivers Scotlamb


1st CD&RF Kitching, Threshfield. 38kg @ £77 to Woodhead Bros

2nd RG Church Ltd, Askwith. 46kg @ £83 to A Atkinson


1st BS Simpson, Pateley Bridge. 47kg @ £79 to Stanforth Bros

2nd BS Simpson, Pateley Bridge. 44kg @ £75.50 to M Pratt

3rd RG Church, Askwith. 41kg @ £70 to A Atkinson


1st JH Ryder, Haverah Park. 36kg @ £65 to Riley Bros

2nd JK Wilson, Blubberhouses. 36kg @ £64.50 to J Brown

3rd JH Ryder, Haverah Park. 37kg @ £65 to A Atkinson


1st S Dorey, Norton Disney. 52kg (Mule) @ £88 to J Brown.

2nd RG Church, Askwith. 45kg (Masham) @ £86 to Stanforth Bros

3rd S Dorey, Norton Disney. 42kg (Masham) @ £81 to Woodhead Bros


1ST C Crowther, Greenfield. 44kg @ £83 to A Atkinson

2nd RG Church, Askwith. 43kg @ £79 to A Atkinson




Prime Hoggs  – Overall Average  £76.43 per head or 186.1p/kg                                                             

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 186.7p/kg         av 171.8p/kg         or £53.60 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 198.6p/kg         av 178.6p/kg         or £60.57 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 297.6p/kg         av 189.0p/kg         or £77.51 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 214.3p/kg         av 182.8p/kg         or £87.19 per head

52.1kg and over   to 194.3p/kg         av 160.5p/kg         or £92.26 per head

Beltex average £93.46 per head or 227.3p/kg

£ per head: £125 AM&HV Brown; £110, £106, £105(x2), £103, £101 PW Simpson; £103, £100 JS Eddleston;

p/kg: 297.6p AM&HV Brown; 273p, 272.2p, 271.1p PW Simpson; 270.3p AM&HV Brown;

Suffolk average £79.97 per head or 179.0p/kg

£ per head: £94 JG Senior; £92.50 PC Longdin; £91 R Emmott; £91(x2) G Bell

p/kg:202.6p CD&RF Kitching; 193.2p(x2) AL Dean & Son; 191.7p S Pepper; 187/5p DR&FE Wallbank;

Texel average £80.61 per head or 189.6p/kg

£ per head: £114(x2) RH&MR Ireland; £107 £105 £103(x2) J Baines; £101 D Poulter; £100 H Raw; £100 JS Eddleston

p/kg: 250.p JS Eddleston; 224.4p 214.3p 212.2p J Baines; 215.9p CT&EM Hammond; 212.8p RH&MR Ieland; 211.9p I Marsden

Mule average £74.73 per head or 175.2p/kg

£ per head: £89.50 £82 H Raw; £88 £80 S Dorey; £85 GW Houseman & Ptnrs; £84 RG Church;

p/kg: 181.8p 179.8p 179.1p(x5) 178.6p(x2) S Dorey; 179.8p MRP Critchlow; 178.0p 176.7p CD&RF Kitching

Masham average £78.55 per head or 186.9p/kg

£ per head: £86 RG Church Ltd; £81 S Dorey; £76.50 RG Church; £72.50 S Dorey

p/kg: 192.9p, 185.9p S Dorey; 191.1p

Charollais average £74.10 per head or 184.9p/kg

£ per head: £94 I Marsden; £92 R Emmott; £89.50 I Marsden; £89 AL Thompson; £87 R Emmott

p/kg: 202.3p AL Thompson; 198.9p I Marsden; 196.6p Lea & Son; 192.2p PC Longdin

Swaledale average £60.15 per head or 170.1p/kg

£ per head: £79, £75.50 BS Simpson; £75 AJ Mason; £72.50 JS&M Pate

p/kg:186.7p AG Horn; 181.8p JK Wilson; 177.4p T&A Hird; 177.3p T Atkins;

Dalesbred average £63.56 per head or 171.98p/kg

£ per head: £78 JC&DJ Marshall; £78 RH&EA Close; £75 JC&DJ Marshall; £72 TA Hird

p/kg: 180.6 JH&J Ryder; 180.3p T&A Hird; 179.2p, 175.8p JK Wilson

Lonk average £75.38 per head or 184.4p/kg

£ per head: £83 C Crowther; £73.50 B Dibb; £73.50 C Crowther; £62.50 Lea & Son

p/kg: 188.6p, 188.5p C Crowther; 175p B Dibb; 164.50p Lea & Son

Gritstone average £78 per head or 176.1p/kg

£ per head: £82 B Dibb; £79 JS&M Pate; £78 B Dibb; £75.50 Lea& Son

p/kg 183.7p JS&M Pate; 179.8p Lea & Son; 177.3p, 157.7p B Dibb

Lleyn average £69.08 per head or 182.7p/kg

£ per head: £77 A Robinson; £74.50 CD&RF Kitching; £73 A Robinson; £70 GM&SC Pickles;

p/kg: 190p, 184.2p GM&SC Pickles; 186.3p CD&RF Kitching; 183.8p HW&F Wilkinson & Sons

Scotch Black Faced average £74.64 per head or 179.5p/kg

£ per head: £79, £74.50 RG Church Ltd; £74x2, £72.50 JE Greenwood; £68 H Raw;

p/kg: 185.9p, 185p JE Greenwood; 183.7p RG Church Ltd; 172.1p JE Greenwood;


Cull Ewes average £78.12

Suffolk to £113.50, Texel to £125.50, BFL to £120.50, Mule to £94.50, Charolais to £62.50, Swaledale to £77.50, Dalesbred to £70.50, Cheviot  to £112.50, Beltex  to £105.50, Zwartbles  to £115.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £125.50 S Asquith; £119.50 P Leeming; £119.50 D Asquith

Mule/Masham: £94.50 J Baker; £93.50 WA&VJ& JA Towler; £93.50 Lea &Son

Horned: £77.50 N Richardson; £75.50 JC Crabtree & Son; £70.50 GW Houseman & Partners

Hill: £112.50 JC Crabtree & Son; £107.50 Lea & Son;  

Cast Rams average £78.28

Texel to £118.50 RG Johnson & Son; Suffolk to £84.50 AN Bolland; Charolais to £94.50; Swaledale to £74.50 JH&K Dewhirst; Zwartbles to £116.50 PI & TJ Harsley; Lleyn to £62.50



Rearing Calves to £395

B&W av £67.79 Cont av £281.5 Native av £202.5


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £212) to £240 PJ Bolland                       

Brit Blue x (Av £316.8) to £395 A Sowray & Son                         

Aberdeen Angus x (Av £211.25) to £225 DL DM J Heron                                                          

Saler to £220 RL Wright & Sons                                      

Black & White (Av £67.79) to £250 Hayton & Stocks                  


Heifer Calves                                                       

Brit Blue x (Av £288) to £390 A Sowray & Sons                           

Aberdeen Angus (Av £160) to £200 M Mosley                                                            

Saler to £140 Town Head Farm Products                                                      



Fodder Beet                                                         to £20 per tonne

Wheat Straw                        Round Bale            to £11.50 per bale

                                                Quads                     to £11 per bale