Forward: 67 Prime cattle comprising 25 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 3 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 39 Cast Cattle. 1865 Prime Sheep comprising 50 Spring Lambs, 1576 Old Season Lambs &239 Cast Ewes & Rams. 31 Rearing Calves. 187 Breeding Sheep. 6 Loads of produce


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Hamlets Butchers of Garstang in their search for the best secured the leading gross priced animal at £1473, a 525kg British Blue cross steer consigned by F&B Smith of Westhouse which was also the leading priced animal by weight at 280.5p/kg. Buyer Tim Hamlet then bought the second highest priced beast a heifer at 265.5p/kg or £1460 from Mesrs CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield. A larger show with a few more commercial cattle in the mix which got away well. Leading buyerS were Keelham Farm Shop (Skipton, Thornton) and Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster.



465-555kg                                             to 280.5p/kg                        av. 261.78p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 235.5p/kg                        av. 223.71p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 187.11p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 265.5p/kg                        av. 235.61p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: F&B Smith (BBx) 1473, (Limx) 1391, CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 1378

p/kg: F&B Smith (BBx) 280.5, (Limx) 262.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 240.5,


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1460, (Limx) 1452, R&VM Clarke (Limx) 1430, (Baz) 1413, AA&E Critchley (Limx) 1430

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 265.5,252.5, AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 258.5, 254.5, Mesrs Phoenix Grain Co Ltd (Limx) 252.5,249.5,245.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   132.81p/kg                           £785.81

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: A Thompson Farms Ltd (BBx Hfr) 1025, M Baul&Sons Ltd (B&W Hfr) 864,

p/kg: A Thompson Farms Ltd (BBx Hfr) 147.5, M Baul&Sons Ltd (B&W Hfr) 146.5            



Cull Cow Prices

A larger entry of plain cows causing a lower average but the odd heavy dairy with finish was slightly easier on price.

Overall Average                                   114.75p/kg           £740.14

Black & White                      to 128.5p/kg                        av. 112.10p/kg

Swed Red                              to 116.5p/kg                        av. 110.32p/kg

MRI                                         to 118.5p/kg                        av. 116.63p/kg

Montx                                    to 126.5p/kg

Fleck                                       to 138.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 119.5p/kg                       

BBx                                         to 129.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 124.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: M Baul&Sons Ltd 1029, JD Taylor&Son 995,978, RD Metcalfe&Son 970, JC&DJ Marshall 946, N&J Thwaite 932

p/kg: N&J Thwaite 128.5, RD Metcalfe&Son 128.5, JD Taylor&Son 127.5, M Baul&Sons Ltd 125.5, PA Whitaker 124.5, JC&DJ Marshall&Sons 124.5.

Other Dairy

£ per head: SW&JE Ryder&Son (Fleck) 1080, (Montx) 727,

p/kg: SW&JE Ryder&Son (Fleck) 138.5,(Mont) 126.5.

Brit Blue:

£ per head: RH&MR Ireland 740, A Thompson Farms Ltd 680.

p/kg: A Thompson Farms Ltd 129.5, RH&MR Ireland 127.5


£ per head: JE Greenwood 687

p/kg: JE Greenwood 119.5


Overall Average                                   111.5p/kg             £802.80


£ per head: RM Spence 802

p/kg: RM Spence 111.5


Prime Sheep

Spring Lamb short of numbers and last weeks trade easily upkept, Mark Evans topping the sale at £163 per head and 362p purchased by Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster. Robert Towers was next in line at £160 again selling to Countrystyle Meats. John Nutter of Hurst Green sold to 352p purchased by Andrew Atkinson.
Old season lambs were forward in similar numbers and were up 18p/kg on average to level at 257p. Tops of 320.9p/kg for a nice pen of Beltex from R Lennox, Colchester purchased by Keelham Farmshop. The same vendor selling lambs at 314p 308p 306p 300p. William and Mick Oldfield had some Beltex to lead their run at 306p, Stuart Beeforth of Chopgate 305p, Henry Atkinson 300p and 3 pens at 304p. Top price per head was £159 for heavy Suffolks from A Gill & Son of Knaresborough with others at £150. John Nutter of Hurst Green hit £157, Messrs Lennox made £156 £152 £151 of Continental crosses, Raymond and Robert Johnson also made £156 of Texels, whilst George and John Stapleton had pens at £152 and £150.

Cast sheep were a stronger trade on the week with numbers tighter and more are needed for a good line of buyers.

Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £133.78 per head or 317.41p/kg

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 362.2p/kg         av 316.69p/kg      or £130.14 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 334.0p/kg         av 328.27p/kg      or £155.60 per head

Texel average £153.50 per head or 331.41p/kg

£ per head: £155, £152 J&F Nutter;

p/kg:352.3p, 310.2p J&F Nutter;

Charollais average £142.84 per head or 338.83p/kg

£ per head: £160, £157, £150, £144 JD&V Towers & Son; £144, £136, £133 CW Marwood & Sons

p/kg: 360p, 348.8p, 334p, 280.7p JD&V Towers & Son; 351.2p 341p 331.7p CW Marwood & Sons

Suffolk average £140.77 per head or 332.73p/kg

£ per head: £163, £156, £155 ML Evans; £126 D Calvert & Son;

p/kg:362.2p, 360.5p 331.9p ML Evans; 315p D Calvert & Son;

Down x average £129.67 per head or 326.89p/kg

£ per head: £137, £126 D Calvert & Son;

p/kg: 334.1p, 323.1p D Calvert & Son;



Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £115.10 per head or 261.33p/kg             

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 276.5p/kg         av 223.71p/kg      or £76.43 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 320.9p/kg         av 256.62p/kg      or £106.29 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 319.1p/kg         av 271.47p/kg      or £132.51 per head

52.1kg and over   to 281.5p/kg         av 251.87p/kg      or £146.66 per head


Beltex average £124.6 per head or 296.51p/kg

£ per head: £145, £138 R Lennox; £138 HB Atkinson; £135 R Lennox; £120, £114, £113, £94, £93 Stocks Enterprises;

p/kg:320.9p, 314p, 308.5p R Lennox; 307.7p Stocks Enterprises; 293.6p HB Atkinson; 285p 282.5p 276.5p Stocks Enterprises

Suffolk average £129.20 per head or 262.26p/kg

£ per head: £159 A Gill & Son; £156 R Lennox; £146 HB Atkinson; £145 A Gill & Son; £140 R Lennox; £138 B Dibb;

p/kg: 281.6p, B Dibb; 272.7p G Beresford; 270.4p HB Atkinson; 270p FI Ibbottson; 269p R Lennox; 264.7p FA Holmes & Son

Texel average £118.24 per head or 261.58p/kg

£ per head: £156 RG Johnson; £155 J&F Nutter; £152 KG Stapleton; £152, £151 R Lennox; £150 KG Stapleton; £150 A Gill;

p/kg:319.1p KG Stapleton; 310.2p J&F Nutter; 306.3p R Lennox; 305p S Beeforth; 304.3p, 304p HB Atkinson; 300p R Lennox

Mule average £107.57 per head or 238.28p/kg

£ per head: £157 J&F Nutter; £125 GW Thackray; £125 JW Sayer & Son; £125 J&F Nutter; £125 JR Lancaster; £125 G Beresford

p/kg: 270.7p, 255.1p J&F Nutter; 255.1p G Beresford & Son; 250p JW Sayer & Son; 246.2p FI Ibbotson; 245.1p JR Lancaster;

Charollais average £102.82 per head or 256.73p/kg

£ per head: £136 S Dorey; £118 R Lennox; £115 S Dorey; £113, £107, £102 L Throup; £96 R Lennox; £89 L Throup;

p/kg: 283.3p S Dorey; 274.4p R Lennox; 248.8p, 248.8p , 237.5p, 235.4p 234.2p L Throup; 228.6p R Lennox

Swaledale average £86.81 per head or 223.76p/kg

£ per head: £107 T Boothman; £100 J&F Nutter; £99 x2 J Baines; £94 S Horsfield; £90 AN Fothergill; £88 J Pickles;

p/kg: 247.5p J Baines; 235p S Horsfield; 232.6p J&F Nutter; 227p R&VJ Brown; 226.3p, 225.6p J Pickles;

Cheviot average £116.05 per head or 269.78p/kg

£ per head: £137 A Gill; £120 C Middleton; £117.5, £116, £115.5 GW Thackray; £115, £105 FA Holmes & Son;

p/kg:275p GW Thackray; 273.8p FA Holmes & Son; 273.3p, 269.8p GW Thackray; 269.2p FA Holmes & Son;

SBF average £111.86 per head or 265.18p/kg

£ per head: £115.5, £113, £110, £85 GW Thackray; £68 FI Ibbotson;

p/kg:275.6p, 268.3p, 262.5p, 184.8p GW Thackray; £226.7p FI Ibbotson; 



Cull Ewes average £70.23

Suffolk to £141.5, Texel to £131.5, BFL to £119.5, Mule to £112.5, Swaledale to £76.5, Charollais to £97.5, Dalesbred to £67.5

Top prices:

Lowland: £131.5 T Boothman; £128.5 R&M Towell;

Mule/Masham: £112.5 CR&M Wilson; £107.5 JA&JH Hewetson;  

Horned: £76.50 T Boothman; £72 JA&JH Hewetson

Hill: £119.5 JW Sayer & Son; £77.50 B Bretton & Son   

Cast Rams average £103.88

Suffolk to £, Texel to £139.5, BFL to £80.5, Wensleydale to £137.5, Swaledale to £93.5, Beltex  to £109.5.




Breeding Sheep

The best trade of the season so far with a full ring of customers and all keen for sheep. Best Texel Shearlings with twins £240 to £270 and good Mule Shearlings with twins £240-£255. A few lots of Mule Hoggs and Singles £160-£170, and older sheep with strong lambs a cracking trade, even broken Mouth twins £180-£200.


Texel Ewe +Single                               to £180 av £159  S&RE Williamson

Texel Ewe + Twins                               to £240 av £213  J Atkinson

Texel Ewe + Mixed                              to £210 av £196  S&RE Williamson

Texel Shlg + Single                               to £165 av £154  S Beeforth

Texel Shlg + Twin                                 to £270                  SD Bennett

Texel Shlg + Mixed                              to £265 av £240  SD Bennett

Mule Ewe + Single                               to £140 av £133  RD Metcalfe

Mule Ewe + Twins                               to £200 av £186  R Caton

Mule Shlg + Twins                               to £255 av £248  D&J Coates

Mule Hogg + Single                             to £170 av £165  RG Johnson & Son

Chev Ewe + Single                               to £135                  RG Johnson & Son

Suffolk Ewe + Twins                            to £220 av £196  B&M Craven

Herdwick Ewe + Mixed                      to £85                    BR Field



Rearing Calves to £455 (31)

B&W av £88.73 Cont av £328.5 Native av £252.37

Quiet show of calves today but a healthy trade seen right through. Best prices were seen for black and whites calves with 6 different buyers bidding away freely for the goods on offer, best sorts from Wellock’s of Seat House were well fought over with their two straight Holstein Bulls at £180 and £160. A nice show of Aberdeen Angus calves met some fierce bidding with Michael Heron of Leeds and Paul & Janet Bolland of Airton on the receiving end with calves at £305 and £330 respectively.


Bull Calves                            

Brit Blue x (Av £382.5) to £455 PJ&JE Bolland                                                             

Aberdeen Angus (Av £260.57) to £330 PJ&JE Bolland

Black & White (Av £87.93) to £180 J Wellock                              


Heifer Calves                       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £195) to £195 DL DM & J Heron

British Blue (Av £273) to £330 N&SA Fort



Hay                                         Mini Heston                          to £68 per bale

                                                Small Bale                             to £3.60 per bale