Forward: 57 Prime cattle comprising 23 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 2 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 32 Cast Cattle. 3,016 Prime Sheep comprising 2752 Prime Lamb, 264 Cast Ewes & Rams. 75 Rearing Calves. 4 Loads of produce.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

George Cropper of Baxenden secured the Champion and Reserve at the November Prime Show. The Champion was a 520kg Limousin cross heifer shown by Bill Cowperthwaite of Malham Moor which made 252.5p/kg. The reserve came from Mesrs CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield, the second prize heifer, a Limousin cross weighing 500kg which made the top price per kg at 259.5p. Amongst the other prize winners Robertshaws Farm Shop of Thornton bought the first prize steer a 555kg Limousin cross from RT&J Critchley&Sons of Hutton for 238.5p/kg or £1324.

A sharper trade and a good ring full of customers which included Keelham Farm Shop, Skipton, Barkers Yorkshire Meats, Ellisons Butchers of Cullingworth,and Andy Sanderson of Baxenden.


November Prime Show
Bullocks -              1st RJ&C Critchley                2nd CD&RF Kitching             3rd TW Cowperthwaite

Heifers -                 1st TW Cowperthwaite       2nd CD&RF Kitching             3rd S&P Scrivin

Champion – TW Cowperthwaite                     Reserve – CD&RF Kitching



465-560kg                                             to 238.5p/kg                        av.216.98p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 244.5p/kg                        av. 203.28p/kg


480kg+                                                   to 259.5p/kg                        av. 216.59p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 1377, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1369,1324, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1336

p/kg: RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 244.5,238.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 233.5, TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 229.5.

£ per head: RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1388, (BBx) 1328, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1363,1340, SD Bennett (BBx) 1337

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 259.5, TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 252.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 250.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 247.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                                   112.5p/kg                             £765.12

£ per head: M Baul&Sons Ltd 969, PJ&JE Bolland 561

p/kg: M Baul&Sons Ltd 127.5, PJ&JE Bolland 93.5    


Cull Cow Prices

Lots of cold meat and plain cows out today with the leaner end an improved trade. The few dairies carrying flesh were 95-100p and the Beef crosses 100-112p without any standout feeding cows in the entry.


Overall Average                                   85.97p/kg             £545.26

Black & White                      to 100.5p/kg                        av. 78.04p/kg

MRI                                         to 94.5p/kg                         

Stab                                        to 107.5p/kg                        av.90.54p/kg

Short                                      to 107.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 111.5p/kg                        av.107.94p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head and p/kg)


£ per head: CM&EM Gratton 736,590, GB Moorhouse 698, M Baul&Sons Ltd 650, N&SA Fort 642,515, N&R Sutcliffe 543

p/kg: N&SA Fort 100.5 CM&EM Gratton 97.5,91.5,88.5,87.5, GB Moorhouse 89.5, M Baul&Sons Ltd 88.5, N&R Sutcliffe 87.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: N&R Sutcliffe (MRI) 695

p/kg: N&R Sutcliffe (MRI) 94.5


£ per head: T Riley (Short) 876, J Cheetham (AAx) 786,749, P Shackleton (AA) 754,620

p/kg: J Cheetham (AAx) 111.5,108.5, P Shackleton (AA) 107.5,102.5, T Riley (Short) 107.5.


£ per head: Fleets Farms 774,671,596,517.

p/kg: Fleets Farms 107.5,107.5,104.5,91.5


3,016 Prime Sheep comprising 2752 Prime Lamb, 264 Cast Ewes & Rams

A much increased trade today with the sale levelling at 180.1p across the board, with an SQQ for the export weights of 190.2p, and lambs generally £5-£6 a piece dearer on the week. The Monthly Show was very well supported and our judge for the day Mr Mick Etherington picked some quality lambs from Richard and Mark Ireland as his champions. These weighed 43kg and sold for £116 or 269.8p/kg to Vivers Scotlamb. This was topped by a pair of lambs form the same home which weighed 40kg at 272.5p (£109) again to Vivers Scotlamb. Messrs Ireland sold further lambs at 37kg £93 or 251p.  JM Hall of Airton sold 12 Beltex crosses weighing 39kg at 256.4p or £100 and 5 weighing 43kg at £110 each. DN&D Capstick from Bolton by Bowland had the reserve champion pen of 5, these weighed 45kg at 246p or £111 each. George Sunderland from Sykes Gate topped at 245p (42kg £103) as did Tony Kiernan for 46kg at £113. James Towler from Grindleton was also amongst the prices with Beltex to £111. Plenty of other smart pens of butchers lambs in three figures, or 230p/kg plus.
Commercial Export lambs were a good trade today, 190p to 210p a regular price, with next grade at 180p to 190p. Heavys were better as well, 170p to 180p a regular price range for the commercial types, smart sorts 190p to 220p.
Hill bred lambs were much dearer on the week, best Mules £27-£30 over the weight, whilst Horned lambs were short of numbers and would be £2-£4 dearer on the week. All in all a very pleasing day and hopefully a sign of an improved lamb trade going forward. Keep in touch with Ted for more details and our weekly requirements.

Ewes continue to improve a shade each week, with nice fleshed but lean Continental crosses very good to sell. Numbers very short today and an average of £61 was recorded.

November Primestock Sale

Cont x

1st & Champion RH&MR Ireland 43kg £116 Vivers Scot Lamb

2nd & Reserve DN&D Capstick 45kg £111 A Atkinson for Hartshead Meats

3rd DN&D Capstick 45kg £110 M Etherington for Kitsons Ltd

Down x

1st J&C Wright 54kg £86 A Atkinson for Farmers Fresh

2nd JP&KE Hartley 48kg £81 A Atkinson for Farmers Fresh

3rd J&C Wright 51kg £84 A Atkinson for Farmers Fresh


1st JK Wilson 50kg £75 A Atkinson


Spring Lambs – Overall Average £81.08 per head or 180.12p/kg           

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 272.5p/kg         av 190.8p/kg         or £79.90 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 245.7p/kg         av 171.5p/kg         or £82.50 per head

52.1kg and over   to 217.9p/kg         av 164.6p/kg         or £87.40 per head


Beltex average £95.21 per head or 220.2p/kg

£ per head: £113 £108 T Kiernan; £111 £98  WA VJ JA Towler; £111 £110 DN&D Capstick; £110 £100 JM Hall; £98 JA&JH Hewetson;

p/kg: 256.4p 255.8p JM Hall; 246.7p 244.4p DN&D Capstick; 245.7p 240.0p T Kiernan; 240.5p J&J Garnertt; 236.8p BL&R Lund;

Texel average £81.63 per head or 182.3 p/kg

£ per head: £116 £109 RH&MR Ireland; £106 A Jenkinson; £105 G Sunderland; £105 S Robinson; £105 A Jenkinson;

p/kg: 272.5p 269.8p 251.4p RH&MR Ireland; 245.2p 238.6p G Sunderland; 238.6p 238.5p A Jenkinson ; 238.1p T Walmsley;

Charollais average £82.11 per head or 174.8 p/kg

£ per head: £90 T Kiernan; £85 S Spensley; £84 E&S Baines; £82 £81 JR&DL Ogden;

p/kg: 191.5p T Kiernan; 181.6p JJ Beckwith; £174.5p 172.3p JR&DL Ogden; 170.0p S Spensley;

Blue du Maine average £75 per head or 182.9p/kg

£ per head: £75 TP&EA Clayton

p/kg: 182.9p TP&EA Clayton;

Suffolk average £83.35 per head or 164.7p/kg

£ per head: £96 £88 JA&JM Wade; £95 £87 TH Mellin; £92.50 A&ED Booth; £89 RA&M Earnshaw; £86.50 D&GM Scott;

p/kg: 188.1p CD&RF Kitching; 181.9p TH Mellin; 174.0p JA&JM Wade; 172.3p PL Metcalfe; 170.0p RA&M Earnshaw;

Mule average £71.75 per head or 159.6p/kg

£ per head: £78 £77 £76 JC&N Throup; £78 KG Stapleton; £75x2 JK Wilson; £75 PL Metcalfe; £75 JA&JH Hewetson;

p/kg: 166.3p JR Taylor; 163.6p C Nelson & Son; 163.0p PL Metcalfe; 162.8p JM&S Tennant; 162.2p KM Hawksworth;

Swaledale average £55.59 per head or 136.9p/kg

£ per head: £56 AJ Mason; £55 RH&EA Close;

p/kg: 137.5p RH&EA Close; 136.6p AJ Mason;



Cull Ewes average £61.09

Suffolk to £109.50, Texel to £110.50, BFL to £66.50, Mule to £63.50, Lleyn to £, Swaledale to £35.50, Dalesbred to £37.50, Beltex to £87.50, Lonk to £75.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £110.50 S Robinson; £109.50 HB Atkinson;  

Mule/Masham: £ 63.50 JR&DL Ogden; £63.50 EJ Fort; £63.50 A&ED Booth;

Hill: £75.50 JT Robinson; £75.50 SP&VM Morris;  

Cast Rams average £78.17

Beltex  to £75.50, Hampshire  to £103.50.





Rearing Calves to £375 (75)

B&W av £51 Cont av £ Native av £


A very mixed show of calves today with top end Blue calves selling very well, same as the best end of B&W, Angus & Lims. Young smaller calves were harder to place. 15 B&W averaged £51 got away well and topped at £192. Same applys as last week, it pays bringing strong sorts. Blue Bulls top end £320-£375 mediums £220- £285. Small young sorts either side of £200. Topping at £375 was a cracking calf from Chadwick & Leaver followed behind at £360 from M&R Smith. Blue heifers, same as these past weeks and the better end around the £200 mark with mediums either side of £180. Some very small young calves included in the average of £180 with the blues getting away well at around £150.


Please ring Kyle Hawksworth 07538 539077 with entries or for any buying/selling requirements.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £207) to £230                           RE Ayrton                             

Brit Blue x (Av £280) to £375                           Chadwick & Leaver                                                            

Aberdeen Angus (Av £142) to £280 FD SA Smith

Flekvieh (Av £117) to £220                               C Watson

Hereford X (Av £65) to £65                               GT Rawson

Saler (Av £50) to £50                                          RL Wright                             

Black & White (Av £51.93) to £192                 RM Spence


Heifer Calves       

Hereford (Av £45) to £45                                  GT Rawson                                                           

Ab Angus (Av £88) to £150                               J Wellock                                                              

Saler (Av £50) to £80                                          RL Wright

British Blue (Av £180) to £220                         Church Farm Enterprises







Straw                     Mini Heston Wheat            to £14 per bale

                                Mini Heston Barley             to £16 per bale