Forward: 62 Prime cattle comprising 23 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 38 Cast Cattle. 3326 Prime Sheep comprising 3031 Prime Hoggs, 295 Cast Ewes & Rams. 100 Rearing Calves. 6 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

February Primestock Show- James Robertshaw from Keelham Farm Shop found his champion in the pen of Jim Baines of Trawden in a 550kg Limousin cross heifer which made 267.5p/kg or £1471 when selling to Keelham. Reserve and yet another purchase for Keelham Farm Shop was Malcolm Metcalfe’s Limousin cross steer which weighed 510kg and made 245.5p/kg or £1252.


465-555kg                                             to 250p/kg            av. 242.07p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 246.5p/kg        av. 225.99p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 199.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 267.5p/kg        av. 219.93p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JA Drake (Blondex) 1393, CD&RF Kitching (Limx)  1365, (Blondex) 1348, SD Bennett (Limx) 1328

p/kg: SD Bennett (BBx) 250, JA Drake (Blondex) 246.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 245.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 241.5


£ per head: J Baines (Limx) 1471, BL&R Lund (BBx) 1427, CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 1412, JA Drake (Limx) 1392

p/kg: J Baines (Limx) 267.5,  BL&R Lund (BBx) 259.5,  SD Bennett (Limx) 254.5,  JA Drake (Limx) 248.5,  CD&RF Kitching

(Blondex) 245.5, (Limx) 240.5.

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   128.5p/kg             £462.60

Top Prices £ per head or p/kg

£ per head: BG&LM Hawsworth (Dextx) 463

p/kg: BG&LM Hawksworth 128.5


Cull Cow Prices

Cast cattle trade very strong with only the odd Beef cross in the mix against a show of dairies of varying quality and finish.

Overall Average                                   102.77p/kg           £684.55

Black & White                       to 119.5 p/kg                       av. 99.60p/kg

Swed Red                              to 106.5 p/kg                       av. 106.02p/kg

MRI                                         to 105.5p/kg                        av. 100.28p/kg

Limx                                       to 116.5p/kg                        av. 102.67p/kg

BBx                                         to 132.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: WA&A Booth 933, J Caygill&Ptns 891, 883, 834, 813, G Abbott&Sons 801, S&PE Bowker&Sons 800,796

p/kg: G Abbott&Sons 119.5, J Caygill&Ptns 114.5,113.5,112.5,110.5, JD Crabtree&Son 108.5, AL Dean7Son 107.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: N&R Sutcliffe (MRI) 665, 539, M Fewster (Swed Red) 655,596

p/kg: M Fewster (Swed Red) 106.5,105.5, CT&EM Hammond (BBx) 132.5


£ per head: BL&R Lund (Path) 956, N&R Sutcliffe (BBx) 956, R&E Pollard (Limx) 741

p/kg: BL&R Lund (Path) 137.5, CT&EM Hammond (BBx) 132.5,  C Miller (Limx) 116.5


Prime Sheep

A much larger show of lambs today and a decent trade as well, with a lot more hill bred lambs getting into the entry and the lowland lambs saw a large amount of 47kg plus weights, but an overall average of 168p looks a very good result.  

The Monthly Show brought out some good lambs, and the prizes awarded by our judge for the day, Mr Martin McIntyre of Bainbridge, are listed below. His Champions were a pen of Beltex crosses from Michael Thwaite of Crakemoor, Airton, selling for the 2nd joint highest price of day at £121 each (46kg @ 263p/kg) to Country Style Meats of Lancaster. Rob Lambert of Wigglesworth topped the sale though with a tremendous pen of 5 Beltex crosses selling for £145 each (40kg @ 362.5p/kg) to SA Swales for Knavesmire Butchers in York. Henry Atkinson form Kettlesing had a great run of lambs today, his best pen weighting 37kg and selling for £121 each or 327p/kg. However this was beaten at 342.9p/kg by another pen from Rob Lambert when his pen of 5 Beltex weighing 35kg sold for £120. Other prices per head were Ian & Mary Lancaster from Clitheroe £118, Mick Hewitt from Giggleswick £118, Henry Atkinson from Kettlesing £115, JM Andrews from Thirsk £114, John Eddleston from Great Harwood £111, Henry Atkinson £110, Mike Allen from Staithes £110, Nick Capstick from Bolton by Bowland £110. Other leading prices per kilo were 292p from John Eddleston, Henry Atkinson 290.9p (33kg@£96) 280p and 277p, JM Andrews 281.6p K Saffrey 265.5p. Overall Beltex Lambs averaged 228p/kg.

Commercial Continental lambs were generally a much heavier selection than last week, with one third of the sale entry today scaling 46kg or more, and this weight range although not a dear on paper as last week, still got away well at 165p average.

Hill bred lambs were forward in much larger numbers, a well presented Mule lamb at a handy weight of 40kg to 43kg were around 160p to 165p, best from Steve Dorey at 169.2p.
Horned lambs were forward in much larger numbers on the week, although prime weighted wethers 150p to 155p, tups and lightweights were less money

Monthly Show

Cont x

1st M Thwaite 46kg £121 Countrystyle Meats 

2nd JG Hall & Son 47kg £109 A Atkinson for Hartshead Meats

3rd GA Hewitt & Son 50kg £118 Countrystyle Meats

Down x

1st S Dorey 46kg £77 McIntyre Meats

2nd CD&RF Kitching 43kg £75 Yorkshire Halal

Other Hill

1st J Greenwood 48kg £83 McIntyre Meats

2nd S&P Scrivin 42kg £71 Dunbia


1st R Tennant 48kg £74 McIntyre Meats

2nd BS Simpson 42kg £65 Dunbia

3rd W Mason & Son 44kg £65 Dunbia


1st JK Wilson 53kg £80 A Atkinson

2nd J Pickles 50kg £78 A Atkinson

3rd RG Church 47kg £78 McIntrye Meats


Champion – M Thwaite

Reserve – J Greenwood


Prime Hoggs  – Overall Average  £72.39 per head or 167.7p/kg             

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 232.8p/kg         av 138.66p/kg      or £43.25 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 342.9p/kg         av 174.26p/kg      or £59.96 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 362.50p/kg       av 170.68p/kg      or £70.74 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 263p/kg            av 164.43p/kg      or £80.57 per head

52.1kg and over                 to 207.5p/kg         av 149.50p/kg      or £84.32 per head

Beltex average £94.48 per head or 228.94p/kg

£ per head: £145 RJ Lambert; £121 M Thwaite; £121 HB Atkinson; £120 RJ Lambert; £118 I&M Lancaster; £118 GA Hewitt & Son

p/kg: 362.5p, 342.9p RJ Lambert; 327p HB Atkinson; 292.1p JS Eddleston; 290.9 HB Atkinson; 281.6p JM Andrews;

Suffolk average £71.44 per head or 161.2p/kg

£ per head:£83 Thwaite Bros; £83 R Emmott; £82.50 FA Holmes & Son; £82 ID&JC Briggs; £81.50 N&M Hugill

p/kg:174.4p CD&RF Kitching; 170.7p S Dorey; 169.6p T Walmsley; 167.4p S Dorey; 166.3p P Keyes; 166.3p N&M Hugill

Texel average £74.59 per head or 171.14p/kg

£ per head:£106 JA&JH Hewetson; £104, £103 J Greenwood; £101.50 GA Hewitt & Son; £100.50 JG Hall & Sons;

p/kg:260.5p L Simpson & Sons; 242.5p D&A Livestock; 241.9p J Greenwood; 241.7p D&A Livestock; 233.7p JG Hall & Son

Mule average £70.04 per head or 160.52p/kg

£ per head:£80, £79 JK Wilson; £78 J Pickles; £78 RG Church Ltd; £76.50 M&R Smith; £76 JK Wilson; £76 B Lancaster

p/kg:169.2p, 166.7p S Dorey; 166p RG Church Ltd; 165.9p , 165.6p S Dorey; 165.2p B Lancaster; 165p x2 S Dorey;

Charollais average £70.41 per head or 160.03p/kg

£ per head: £82 JR Lancaster; £80 H Rigby; £79 RG Church Ltd; £77 T Walmsley; £75 FA Holmes & Son; £74.50 D Reay

p/kg:179.1p T Walmsley; 173.3p D Reay; 170.5p FA Holmes & Son; 167.3p JR Lancaster; 163.3p H Rigby;

Masham average £77.17 per head or 160.7p/kg

£ per head: £84 M&B Allen; £78 MJ Spensley; £74 S Dorey; £73 EJ Redmayne;

p/kg:176.2p S Dorey; 166p MJ Spensley; 158.7p EJ Redmayne; 137.7p M&B Allen

Lleyn average £69.81 per head or 172.06p/kg

£ per head: £77, £73.50 CD&RF Ktiching; £65 RG&SJ Paul;

p/kg:183.3p, 175p CD&RF Ktiching; 166.7p RG&SJ Paul;

Swaledale average £57.21 per head or 143.5p/kg

£ per head: £74 R Tennant; £70 W Mason & Son; £70 B Lancaster; £65 BS Simpson; £65, £63.50 W Mason & Son

p/kg: 154.8p BS Simpson; 154.2p R Tennant; 152.2p B Lancaster; 151.2p R Tennant; 151.2p B Lancaster;

Dalesbred average £57.56 per head or 148.6p/kg

£ per head: £65 JC&DJ Marshall; £42 RH&EA Close;

p/kg: 158.5p JC&DJ Marshall & Son; 123.5p RH&EA Close

SBF average £53.77 per head or 150.60p/kg

£ per head: £64.50, £64, £42.50 JE Greenwood;

p/kg: 165.4p, 156.1p, 137.1p JE Greenwood



Cull Ewes average £55.24

Suffolk to £89, Texel to £103.50, BFL to £78.50, Mule to £67.50, Lleyn to £8.50, Swaledale to £37.50, Gritstone to £63.50, Cheviot to £66.50, Lonk  to £55.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £103.50 RH&MR Ireland; £102.5 AW&N Wade

Mule/Masham: £67.50  JA&JH Hewetson; £65.50 GT Booth

Horned: £55.50 JL&J Pate; £37.50 JW Sayer & Son

Hill: £66.50 RH&MR Ireland; £63.50 JL&J Pate

Cast Rams average £60.17

BFL to £69.50 A Barnes; Swaledale to £49.50 JW Sayer



Rearing Calves to £465 (100)

B&W av £65.47 Cont av £332.48 Native av £171.45

100 Calves through the door this morning with a cracking show of continental calves, with some good numbers consigned from JR & MJ Moon Wigglesworth, A Sowray & Son Harrogate, C&M Hall Huddersfield, GT Booth Lothersdale and MP Jennings, Cowling. The 39 British Blue bulls saw well reared calves on the end of some fierce bidding with 9 over £400 and 23 over £350 for the genuine 4-8wk old bull calves we had on offer.


British Blue heifers were also flying off the shelves with an average of £345.45 and topping at £400 for a nice dark heifer from Shaun and Peter Sowray, with10 others over £330.


On average a young show of black and white calves today but prices were good yet again with shiny, well fleshed black and white calves regularly into £75 to £100 with a 3 week old Friesian from Michael Heron of Bramhope topping the trade at £115.


Keep the strong numbers coming, with more and more buyers wishing to buy TB4 and TB1 Low Risk well reared calves. For Info on calf sales ring Sam Bradley 07538539077   


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £303.57) to £350 JM Smith                  

Brit Blue x (Av £352.57) to £465 A Sowray & Son                                                       

Ab Angus (Av £181.25) to £220 JR&MJ Moon

Saler (Av £235) to £235 RL Wright & Son

Flekvieh X (Av £220.5) to £240 C Watson                     

Black & White (Av £65.47) to £115 DL DM &J Heron                 


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £256) to £325 A Sowray & Son                                                            

Ab Angus (Av £141.25) to £155 AP Townsend                                                            

Saler to £145 RL Wright & Son

British Blue (Av £345.45) to £400 A Sowray & Son                                                     



Hay                                                         Mini Hestons                        to £31 per bale

Haylage                                                  Quads                                     to £30 per bale                    av. £27.50 per bale

Barley Straw                                         Rounds                                   to £16.50 per bale              av. £15.25 per bale