MARKET REPORT – MONDAY 5th DECEMBER 2016 Forward: 61 Prime cattle comprising 27 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 4 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 30 Cast Cattle including 2 Cast Bulls 4,048 Prime Sheep comprising 3,683Prime Lambs, 365 Cast Ewes & Rams 81 Rearing Calves B&W av £61.90 Cont av £375.83 Native av £188 1 Load of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Clean cattle remain a good trade with buyers taking advantage of the last good show before Christmas. Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster were leading buyers securing 8 cattle with heifers to 253.5p/kg (555kg) and steers to 252p/kg (520kg) both from Simon Bennett of Silsden Moor. Top gross was Ben Townsend of Laneshawbridge whose 555kg Limousin heifer made 257.5p/kg or £1429. This sold to Martin Brown on behalf of a customer.



465-555kg                                             to 252.5p/kg        av. 241.36p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 243.5p/kg        av. 213.53p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 257.5p/kg        av. 231.27p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JA Drake (BBx) 1412, SD Bennett (BBx) 1366, 1365, GW&EJ Parker (Hefdx) 1330, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1330

p/kg: SD Bennett (Limx) 252.5, G&SE Parker (Limx) 248.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 244.5,  JA Drake (BBx) 243.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 241.5.


£ per head: JM Townsend (Limx) 1429, SD Bennett (BBx) 1365, G&SE Parker (Limx) 1404, JA Drake (Limx) 1394, S&P Scriven (BBx) 1271

p/kg: JM Townsend (Limx) 257.5, SD Bennett (BBx) 253.5,  JA Drake (Limx) 253.5,  G&SE Parker&Son (Limx) 248.5, S&P Scriven(BBx) 244.5.

Prime Cattle

Overall Average                                   130.89p/kg           £813.14

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: D Glassbrook (Blondex) 1077, E&KM Marshall (B&W) 765, CM&EM Gratton (B&W) 723,687

p/kg: D Glassbrook (Blondex) 147.5, CM&EM Gratton (B&W) 131.5, 119.5, E&KM Marshall (B&W) 121.5,   


Cull Cow Prices


Overall Average                                   95.34p/kg             £630.07

Cast cattle numbers reducing nationally and trade for manufacturing meat remains strong despite the usual seasonal preference for clean cattle. Cattle forward carrying more finish but all classes were 5p up on the week.

Black & White                       to 104.5 p/kg                       av. 90.03p/kg

Brown Swiss                         to 107.5p/kg

Mont                                      to 113.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 101.5p/kg                        av. 76.08p/kg

Limx                                       to 135.5p/kg                       

Saler                                       to 119.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: Booth Bros 843, AS&EA Jeanes 747, 709, CM&EM Gratton 729, RD Metcalfe&Son 657, N&SA Fort £649.

p/kg: AS&EA Jeanes 104.5, 103.5, RD Metcalfe&Son 103.5,  CM&EM Gratton 98.5, Booth Bros 97.5, PJ Bolland 92.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: N Parker (Mont) 885, D&P Brown (Brown Swiss) 683

p/kg: N Parker (Mont) 113.5, D&P Brown (Brown Swiss) 107.5


£ per head: DW&CJ Towler (Lim) 901, SD Bennett (Sim) 809, R Caton (Sim) 756, CH&OF Hammond (Saler) 765

p/kg: DW&CJ Towler (Lim) 135.5, SD Bennett (Sim) 122.5, CH&OF Hammonf (Saler) 119.5, R Caton (Sim) 110.5


£ per head: PJ Henfrey 721  

p/kg: P Henfrey 101.5


Overall Average                                   110.42p/kg           £875.04

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg)

£ per head: W&M Bland (Longhorn) 913, D Pawson&Sons (Sim) 837

p/kg: W&M Bland (Longhorn) 140.5, D Pawson&Sons (Sim) 89.5


4,048 Prime Sheep comprising 3,683 Prime Lambs, 365 Cast Ewes & Rams

A larger show of sheep than anticipated met with what was probably a slightly better trade than we had thought might have been the case. Handy weighted lowland lambs were comparatively a nice trade all day long with 38kg to 41kg lambs good to sell. Heavy lambs were definitely better than expected generally with customers keen so long as not over fat. Mule lambs turned out to be a decent trade too, although horned lambs were clearly less money with a lot of lightweight types in the entry.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £71.19 per head or 165.27p/kg         

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 192.9p/kg         av 157.05p/kg      or £49.11 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 219.1p/kg         av 152.12p/kg      or £51.82 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 225p/kg            av 167.66p/kg      or £70.21 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 225.5p/kg         av 162.31p/kg      or £77.08 per head

52.1kg and over                   to 180p/kg            av 145.35p/kg      or £71.08 per head

Beltex average £80.74 per head or 187.72p/kg

£ per head: £115 RJ Lambert; £102 DN&D Capstick; £99 T Boothman; £95 James Garth & Son; £95 R&VM Clarke;

p/kg: 225.5p RJ Lambert; 225p JS Eddleston; 219.1p S Pepper; 218.8p D Asquith; 216.7p PW Simpson;  

Suffolk average £72.63 per head or 160.5p/kg

£ per head: £88 RJ&SM Wallbank; £81.50 T Walmsley; £80 GW Houseman & Partners; £79 RJ Lambert; £77.50 TH Mellin

p/kg: 183.7p RJ Lambert; 175p TH Pickard; 173.9p DW&CJ Towler; 170.9p F Reeday & Son; 168.2p MP Jennings;

Texel average £73.03 per head or 170.3p/kg

£ per head: £94 T Boothman; £93 D Pawson & Sons; £92 DN&D Capstick; £89 T Kiernan; £88 TR Thwaite & Son; £88 WC Logan

p/kg: 215p DW&CJ Towler; 207.1p JM Blakey; 206.1p RH&MR Ireland; 204.4p DN&D Capstick; 200p JS Eddleston; 200p JM Blakey

Mule average £68.89 per head or 156.7p/kg

£ per head: £80 JC&N Throup; £77 CD&RF Ktiching; £77 WM Hall; £77 J Baines; £76 JH Throup; £75 GW Houseman & Partners

p/kg: 167.1p R&KA Burley; 165.5p DW&CJ Towler; 165.5p x2 R&KA Burley; 162.2p, 161.4p Ellis Bros; 160.7p JA Throup

Charollais average £72.12 per head or 168.39p/kg

£ per head: £89 T Atkins; £80 GW Houseman & Partners; £76 CD&RF Ktiching; £73 A Guy & Son; £72, £68.50 SF&S Hartley

p/kg: 176.7p CD&RF Kitching; 171.4p, 167.1p SF&S Hartley; 163.3p GW Houseman & Partners; 162.2p A Guy & Son;

Lleyn average £72.11 per head or 170.78p/kg

£ per head: £77 , £74, £73.50 CD&RF Kitching; £62 J Attey; £59 N Speake;

p/kg:175p CD&RF Kitching; 172.2p J Attey; 172.1p, 170.9p CD&RF Kitching; 140.5p N Speake

Swaledale average £53.69 per head or 136.63p/kg

£ per head: £68.50 x2 R Tennant; £67 R Bell; £65 R Tennant; £60 WJ&E Harker & Son; £60 F&R Fielden; £60 JE Cowperthwaite

p/kg: 150p F&R Fielden; 148.9p R Tennant; 148.9p R Bell; 144.4p R Tennant; 142.9p JE Cowperthwaite; 141.5p P Addyman & Son

Cheviot average £75.92 per head or 170.04p/kg

£ per head: £80, £79, £75.50, £73, £72 T Kiernan;

p/kg: 173.9p, 171.6p, 165.9p, 163.6p 161.2p T Kiernan



Cull Ewes average £45.15

Cast sheep trade ok, with trade similar on the week.

Suffolk to £71.50, Texel to £121.50, Mule to £74.50, Lleyn to £45.50, Swaledale to £46.50, Masham to £69.50, Gritstone to £53.50, Beltex to £62.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £121.50 J Watson; £95.50 B Shepherd

Mule/Masham: £74.50 R&E Pollard; £69.50 S Pepper

Horned: £62.50 AD Crampton; £46.50 AJ Mason

Hill: £53.50 JE Cowperthwaite; £45.50 J Attey


Cast Rams average £50.60

Texel to £93.50 RH&MR Ireland; Swaledale to £51.50 K Dickinson; BFL to £63.50 KM&L Throup; Lonk to £49.50 JT Robinson;



Rearing Calves to £520 x2 (81)

B&W av £61.90  Cont av £375.83  Native av £188

A fantastic day for the Craven Cattle Marts Christmas Calf Show with Geoff and Margaret Booth of Dowshaw Farm, Lothersdale taking the Champion rosette and also the top price of the day with their superb British Blue bull calf selling for £520 to N&M Mason of Lincolnshire. The Booth family who are strong supporters of Craven Cattle Marts were awarded the prize by Robert Foster of Wetherby. Reserve Champion went to a cracking entry from Sowray Bros of Bishop Thornton selling to Mr Mason again for £500.  Fred Houseman of Church Farm Enterprises was also in the mix with his best bull reaching £520 also. A total of 13 bulls over £400 and an average of £401.75 for 26 Blue bulls sold. 


Friesians were better this week with a couple extra faces around making a better trade with £61.90 being the average of the day. RL Wright & Son of Airton were the ones with the highest price at £140 for a cracking calf.


The best heifers were well fought after today with the first prize heifer from RD Metcalfe of Brearton selling to £450 with an entry from Sowray Bros selling to a sale high of £480 and Fred Houseman receiving £460 for his consignment, with a total of 4 heifers over £400 and an overall average £344 for Blue heifers.


A cracking consignment of Flekvieh x MRI bull calves from C Watson, Horton Pasture saw his 8 bulls average £245 for some well fleshed dairy calves. A superb day had by all.


NB: We have sales on the 12th and 19th December and then it will be the New Year with the first sale on the 2nd December.  


Christmas Show -

Class 1 – BB Bull

1st GT Booth                          2nd A Sowray & Son             3rd A Sowray & Son

Class 2 – BB Hfr

1st RD Metcalfe & Son         2nd A Sowray & Son             3rd Church Farm Enterprises

Class 3 – Lim Bull

1st A Sowray & Son              2nd C Watson                         3rd C Watson

Class 5 – Other Bull

1st CN&SA Harrison

Class 7 – Native Bull

1st T&C Robinson

Class 8 – Native Hfr

1st Church Farm Enterprises

Class 9 – B&W

1st C Watson                         2nd C Watson                         3rd C Watson

Class 10 – Cont Male Stirk

1st Church Farm Enterprises              2nd Church Farm Enterprises             3rd A Sowray & Son

Class 12 – Native Stirk

1st D&P Brown


Champion – GT Booth (Blue Bull)                     Reserve – A Sowray & Son (Blue Bull)


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £300) to £330 C Watson                       

Brit Blue x (Av £401.75) to £520 x2 GT Booth and Church Farm Enterprises                                                        

Ab Angus (Av £230) to £230 AP Townsend

Saler (Av £150) to £150 RL Wright & Son

Simmental to £300 CN&SA Harrison

Hereford to £250 T&C Robinson

Lincoln Red to £280 D&P Brown                     

Black & White (Av £61.90) to £140 RL Wright & Son                 


Heifer Calves                       

British Blue x (Av £344.23) to £480 A Sowray & Son                                                  

Ab Angus (Av £162) to £170 JM Smith & Son                                                               

Limousin (Av £230) to £230 R&YM Wood


Margaret Booth of Lothersdale and David Minish of Show Sponsor Cogent.



Mini Heston Barley              to £70 per ton