Forward: 79 Prime cattle comprising 28 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 44 Cast Cattle 3,311 Prime Sheep comprising 2910 Prime Lambs & 401 Cast Ewes & Rams 127 Rearing Calves 7 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos) Sale Every Monday at 12noon

The New Year got off to a flying start for Mesrs F&B Smith of Westhouse who produced both Champion and Reserve. Leading the way in the gross prices was their overall Reserve Champion and first prize steer a 580kg Limousin cross which sold to Keelham Farm Shop for their Thornton shop at £1482 or 255.5p/kg. Their Supreme Champion was a 500kg Limousin cross heifer which sold to Countrystyle Meats Ltd of Lancaster, not far away from the Westhouse farm where the heifer was fed.  Countrystyle Meats Ltd also secured the highest priced p/kg steer the 520kg Limousin cross second prize steer from Mesrs RT&J Critchley&Sons of Hutton at 260.5p/kg or £1355.

Heavy heifers were up amongst the other leading gross prices with Mesrs BL&R Lund of Walshaw at £1467 for a 645kg Limousin cross heifer selling to Mesrs J&E Medcalf of Halifax for £1467 or 227.5p/kg and Mesrs CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield with a 615kg Limousin cross at £1436 or233.5p/kg selling to Hamlets Butchers of Garstang.


Prize Awards (Judge Frank Wrathall)

Steers                                    1.F&B Smith         2. RT&J Critchley&Sons      3. RT&J Critchley&Sons

Heifers                                   1. F&B Smith        2. RT&J Critchley&Sons      3. S&P ScrivIn



465-555kg                                             to 260.6p/kg                        av. 223.25p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 255.5p/kg                        av. 241.5p/kg


480-560kg                                             to 277.5p/kg                        av. 217.7p/kg


Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: F&B Smith (Limx) 1482, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1436, R Wilson (Limx) 1418, RT&J Critchley&Son (Bazx) 1371

p/kg: RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 260.5, F&B Smith (Limx) 255.5, CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 249.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Bazx) 238.5


£ per head: BL&R Lund (Limx) 1467, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1436, S&P Scriven (BBx) 1421, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1401

p/kg: F&B Smith  (Limx) 277.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 264.5,241.5,239.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 251.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 233.5




Cull Cow Prices

Cast cows a sharper trade with an increased entry and more cattle carrying finish on the market. 9 buyers at the ringside and cows spread around everyone with steaking cows look the best sold in the mid 90s. An odd 27 month old headed up the dairies at 131.5p/kg. Plenty of cows available nationwide and no indication of any major uplift in values in the short term however plenty of customers to purchase cattle at the ringside.


Overall Average                                   93.93p/kg             £62816

Black & White                      to 131.5p/kg                        av.90.27p/kg

Limx                                       to 109.5p/kg                        av.108.83p/kg

Simx                                       to 100.5p/kg                        av.97p/kg

Belt Gall                                 to 119p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: M Baulk&Sons 884, RD Metcalfe&Son 822, JM Smith&Son 796, CN&SA Harrison 753,740, G Pickersgill&Sons 731

p/kg: JM Smith&Son 131.5, CN&SA Harrison 107.5,107.5, G Pickersgill&Sons 101.5,100.5, N&SA Fort 98.5, GD&A Midgley 97.5


£ per head: DG Boothman (Limx) 819,738, CN&SA Harrison (Simx) 668,

p/kg: L Bamforth&Sons (Limx) 109.5, DG Boothman (Limx) 108.5,108.5


£ per head:  T Boothman (Belt Gall) 809,744 DA&B&SD Ogden (AAx) 711,707

p/kg: T Boothman (Belt Gall) 119,119, DA&B&SD Ogden (AAx) 104.5,102.5



Prime Sheep - Sale every Monday at 1:00pm


A good start to the new year as a large entry of sheep sold to another sound trade. Best lambs in good demand, topping at £142 for the Champion Pen of lambs in this Months Prize Show. They were exhibited by Ellis Bros of Addingham Moorside and purchased by show judge George Cropper for his retail shop trading as Sanderson’s Butchers in Baxenden. The remainder of the best end from 240p to 275p, the next grade of Beltex 220p to 240p.

Handy weight commercial lambs were a good trade with 38kg to 42kg mainly trading from 205p to 225p, odd pens of plainer bred sorts around 200p. Heavier commercial lambs were good to sell, 46kg to 52kg from £88 to £100, this weight range averaging £91.46.

Hill bred lambs were forward in large numbers as more horned wethers and tup lambs come forward for sale. The Mules were a very fast trade selling to a top of 189p to an average of 180p, or £35 over the weight. Best end were around £40 over, with Steve Dorey selling 45kg at £87, Kevin Wilson selling 46kg at £87, Jack Berry 47kg at £86.50, Colin Ryder 47kg £85.50 and David Towler 46kg at £84.50.
Horned lambs saw better end around 170p to 180p, sample prices 42kg £81, 47kg Swale tups £79, 30kg £53, 35kg £63, 40kg £70, 39kg £68, 50kg £82, 34kg £59.

A good entry of cast sheep were keenly contested by a very busy ringside of buyers, and an overall selling average for the 401 head of £65.50 was recorded, topping at £135.50 for Texel Ewes from Geoff Booth of Lothersdale.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £84.94 per head or 199.54p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 220.6p/kg         av 170.9p/kg         or £57.8 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 322.7p/kg         av 204.54p/kg      or £84.87 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 276.6p/kg         av 190.85p/kg      or £91.46 per head

52.1kg and over   to 205.7p/kg         av 175.54p/kg      or £94.76 per head


Cont x

1st & Champion Ellis Bros 44kg £142 to Sanderson Butchers

2nd & Reserve J Blakey 44kg £117 to Kitson & Sons Ltd

3rd J Towler 45kg £128 Sanderson Butchers


Suff x

1st J Wright 53kg £95 Andrew Atkinson

2nd S Dorey 44kg £85 J Bowling

3rd S Dorey 46kg £88 Andrew Atkinson



1st M Ryder 47kg £85.50 N Dalby

2nd BS Simpson 53kg £83.50 A Atkinson

3rd CD&RF Kitching 42kg £72.50 A Atkinson



1st J Greenwood 42kg £81 Countrystyle Meats

2nd S Dorey 37kg £77 Yorkshire Halal


Beltex average £98.05 per head or 236.7p/kg

£ per head: £142 £120 £115 £105 Ellis Bros; £130 Taylor Bros; £128 £109 £107 WA,VJ&JA Towler; £117 J&MBlakey; £115 GA Hewitt & Son; £113 T&C Robinson; £109 A Jenkinson; £109 JGE Heseltine & Son; £108 J Greenwood; £106 JS Eddleston; £104.50 JC Marshall

p/kg: 322.7p Ellis Bros; 284.4p WA VJ JA Towler; 276.6p Taylor Bros; 273.8p GA Hewitt; 270.0p J Greenwood; 265.9p J&M Blakey; 259.5p A Jenkinson; 259.5p KGE Heseltine; 248.8p 245.0p S Robinson; 248.8p W&J Parkinson; 247.5p RH&MR Ireland; 245.0p K Marshall;

Suffolk average £88.09 per head or 191.6p/kg

£ per head: £98.50 £96 £93 DJ&LJ Holt; £95 £94.50 £94 J&C Wright; £94.50 D&A Livestock; £92.50 NA Bell; £92 B&J Sutcliffe

p/kg: 208.8p D&A Livestock; 206.19 CD&RF Kitching; 203.8p 198.8p 198.2p S Dorey; 195.5p PL Metcalfe;

Texel average £89.46 per head or 204.6p/kg

£ per head: £109 £104 MP Jennings; £105 £101 KG Stapleton; £105 BL&R Lund £104(x2) J&M Blakey; £104 T Blackwell; £102 JL&M Pate; £102 £101 A Lambert; £101 DJ&LJ Holt; £101 DJ Halliday; £101 SD Bennett;

p/kg: 272.2p T Walmsley; 244.7p JR Crabtree; 238.6p BL&R Lund; 236.6p 234.1p MP Jennings; 231.6p S Dorey;

Mule average £78.53 per head or 180.3p/kg

£ per head: £87 JK Wilson; £87(x2) £83 WM Hall; £86.50 JH Throup; £86 TE Walker; £85.50 M Ryder & Son; £85 JI&MP Greenwood; £84.50 DW&CJ Towler; £84 £83.50 BS Simpson;

p/kg: 189.1p JK Wilson; 185.7p W Mason & Son; 184.0p JH Throup; 183.7p DW&CJ Towler; 183.7p DW&CJ Towler; 183.7p M Ryder & Son;

Masham average £82.33 per head or 188.6p/kg

£ per head: £87 £80 SR Dorey

p/kg: 193.9p 186.0p S Dorey;

Charollais average £86.19 per head or 191.1p/kg

£ per head: £96 WM Hall; £93.50 PN Hugill; £90 SB&C Harrison; £90 D Clarke; £86 D&A Livestock; £84 JW Barker & Son; £83.50 D Bolton.

p/kg: 209.3p D Clare; 208.8p D Bolton; 198.8p B Shackleton; 194.8p PN Hugill; 191.1p D&A Livestock; 190.9p JW Barker;

Swaledale average £61.30 per head or 170.4p/kg

£ per head: £82 £72 K Huck; £79 WB Woodsworth; £70 J&R Paisley;

p/kg: 180.0p 175.0p J&R Paisley; 176.7p AG Horn; 175.0p D&S Hollings;

Dalesbred average £ per head or 170.7p/kg

£ per head: £72 JK Wilson; £47 DA Robinson;

p/kg: 174.1p DA Robinson; 167.4p JK Wilson;

Lonk average £81.00 per head or 192.9p/kg

£ per head: £81.00 J Greenwood

p/kg: 192.9p J Greenwood;

Cheviot average £80.43 per head or 201.1p/kg

£ per head: £94 DJ&LJ Holt £82.50 JL&M Pate

p/kg: 208.1p S Dorey; 196.4p JL&J Pate;




Cull Ewes average £65.42

Suffolk to £107.50, Texel to £135.50, BFL to £84.50, Mule to £83.50, Swaledale to £53.50, Charollais to £47.50, Beltex to £61.50, Lonk  to £48.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £135.5 GT Booth; £133.5 J Watson

Mule/Masham: £83.5 S Spensley; £75.5 F Reeday & Son  

Horned: £53.5 A Jenkinson; £53.5 JK Wilson;

Hill: £84.5 BS Simpson; £83.5 CD&RF Kitching;  


Cast Rams average £73.50

Suffolk to £40.5, Texel to £95.5, BFL to £80.5, Beltex  to £90.50




Rearing Calves to £460 (127) - Sale every Monday at 10:45am

Dairy av £69 Cont av £303.65 Native av £170.5


A strong consignment of calves presented this morning after the three week Christmas break. However even more packed than the pens was the ringside of purchasers with no fewer than 25 different purchaser’s ringside.


The pre-sale judging was carried out by the regular ringside face of Tom Heseltine of Bolton Abbey. The Champion was chosen from the pen of British Blue bulls with Shaun Sowray’s tremendous British Blue bull taking the top honours and the sale top price of £460. Throughout the sale calves were a good steady trade with the better end of the Continental cross bulls regularly past £400. Middle road of the continentals were a straight trade this morning however a lot less buyers on this type of calf today.


Continental heifers peaked at £410 for the Reserve Champion from Church Farm Enterprises selling to the Abbott brothers of Dacre, with best heifers £350 - £400 all day long, although smaller plainer types were harder to place with prices ranging from £180- £240


Native bull calves were a straight trade today with more interest on heifers too today with bulls averaging £206 and heifers £135.


Dairy bull calves were well supported today despite a two tier show of calves. The best of the calves were either side of £100 with John Dugdale of Settle peaking at £150.



Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £283.75) to £360 RE Ayrton & Son                     

Brit Blue x (Av £330.63) to £460 A Sowray & Son                                                       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £205.91) to £250 JP&KE Hartley & Son

Dairy Shorthorn (Av £76.33) to £120 Flasby Estates

Hereford X (Av £155) to £155 ID&JC Briggs

Black & White (Av £66.89) to £150 H&M Dugdale & Son                         


Heifer Calves                       

Ab Angus (Av £134.55) to £200 JP&KE Hartley                                                            

British Blue (Av £274.77) to £410 Church Farm Enterprises

Lim (Av £285) to £350 M&R Smith


Champion: A Sowray & Son              Reserve Champion: Church Farm Enterprises


BB Bull

1st A Sowray & Son

2nd A Sowray & Son

3rd C&SB Whitelock

BB Heifer

1st Church Fm Enterprises

2nd A Sowray & Son

3rd JP&KE Hartley


Lim Bull

1st M&R Smith

2nd C&SB Whitelock


Lim Heifer

1st M&R Smith


Native Bull

1st JP&KE Hartley

2nd JP&KE Hartley

3rd JR Wellock


Native Heifer

1st JP&KE Hartley

2nd A Sowray & Son

3rd JR Wellock


B&W Bull

1st ID&JC Briggs

2nd JR Wellock







Produce - Sale every Monday at 11:45am

Hay                                                         Mini Heston                          to £48 per bale

Haylage                                                  Quads                                     to £36 per bale

Hay/Wheat Straw Mixed                   Round                                    to £32 per bale

Wheat Straw                                        Mini Heston                          to £19 per bale