Forward: 27 Prime cattle comprising 15 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 2 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 10 Cast Cattle. 3,319 Prime Sheep comprising 2,719 Prime Lambs, 600 Cast Ewes, Hoggs & Rams. 30 Rearing Calves. 4 Loads of produce.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

The August Prime Show saw a 495kg Blonde cross heifer pulled out as Champion by the judge George Cropper from Baxenden, a beast which he subsequently bought for 277.5p/kg or £1374.  Reserve was the 550kg Limousin cross steer shown by Malcolm Metcalfe of Baldersby which made 252.5p/kg or £1388 when selling to Mick Etherington. Top gross price was a 585kg British Blue cross steer sold by Mesrs CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield to Stanfoths Butchers for 240.5p/kg or £1407.

Prize Awards

Steer                      1. JR Metcalfe                       2. J Baines                             3. AA&E Critchley&Son

Heifer                     1. AA&E Critchley&Son      2. J Baines                             3. E&M Townley&Son


465-555kg                                             to 254.5p                              av. 248.06p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 240.5p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 261.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 277.5p/kg                        av. 233.35p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1407, AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 1400, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1389,1323

p/kg: AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 254.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 252.5, J Baines (BBx) 244.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 240.5


£ per head: AA&E Critchley&Son (BBx) 1383, (Blondex) 1374, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1308, J Baines (Limx) 1291

p/kg: AA&E Critchley&Son (Blondex) 277.5, J Baines (Limx) 263.5, 242.5,241.5,


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   138.07p/kg                           av. £811.14

£ per head: JP&KE Hartley (B&W Hfr) 918, RD Metcalfe &Son 705

p/kg: JP&KE Hartley (B&W Hfr) 144.5, RD Metcalfe&Son (B&W Hfr) 130.5



Cull Cow Prices

A light show of cast cattle and trade a touch firmer. Cattle with finish still scarce and the plain cattle holding up well.

Overall Average                                   103.81p/kg           £654.53

Black & White                       to 114.5p/kg                        av. 97.09p/kg

Char                                        to 109.5p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 118.5p/kg

Salerx                                     to 133.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: FA Holmes7Son 802,801,736, JM Smith&Son 600

p/kg: FA Holmes&Son 114.5,107.5,107.5, RE Ayrton&Son 97.5, JM Smith&Son 94.5


£ per head: KJ Marston (Limx) 830, R Caton (Saler) 768, (Char) 569

p/kg: R Caton (Saler) 133.5, KJ Marston (Limx) 118.5, R Caton (Charx) 109.5



3,319 Prime Sheep

A solid lamb trade today with more numbers (up 27%) and overall averages up by 7p, levelling at 191.55p/kg, but it fair to say there was a better show for weight, with no lambs in the 32kg to 35kg weight range this week and more about weighing over 40’s, and the crowd of buyers responded to the offering with sharp bidding.
Todays Monthly Prize Show of Lambs was kindly judged by Mr George Cropper and there were 34 pens in the three classes for him to make his choice from. It was Richard and Jonathan Frankland of Rathmell that came out with Champion and Reserve pens today, at 41kg and 43kg respectively, both sold to the judge at £100 each.

The smart lamb trade today was not vastly different to recent weeks, Best end of Beltex crosses making 230p to 250p, other 200p to 230p, but it was the prime and commercial lambs 42kg to 48kg that were very good to sell, mainly 185p plus, with well fleshed Texel first crosses either side of 190p, and better ¾ bred types either side of 200p. More Mule Wether lambs about, and averaging 170p/kg, anything with a bit extra weight adding up well in the lump.

Cast Ewes were a much larger entry (600 head) and nearly 1/3 were hill bred, and of the lowland ewes there were plenty of worn types, but an average of £52 was a solid result with the leaner end being dearer on the week, and heavy ewes were short of buyers requirements, best Continentals into 3 figures, and best Mules £80-£90.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £81.51 per head or 191.55p/kg         

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 253.8p/kg         av 190.76p/kg      or £79.46 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 221.7p/kg         av 196.66p/kg      or £93.09 per head

52.1kg and over   to 203.8p/kg         av 183.58p/kg      or £96.98 per head


Prime Lamb Show

Class 1 5 Cont x lambs

1st Frankland Farms; 5 Beltex at 43kg £100 to GA Cropper

2nd Frankland Farms 5 Beltex at 41kg £100 to GA Cropper

3rd JM Hall 5 Beltex at 38kg £86 to Vivers Scot Lamb


Class 2 Suff X Lambs

1st JC Wright 5 Suffolk at 49kg £98 to Swaledale Foods

2nd RA&M Earnshaw & Son 5 Suffolk at 47kg £94 to Andrew Atkinson

3rd JP&KE Hartley 5 Suffolk at 44kg £83.50 J&E Medcalf Ltd


Class 3 Mule Lambs

1st JK Wilson 10 Mules at 47kg £84 to Yorkshire Halal

2nd JC&N Throup 10 Mules 43kg £70.50 to P Watson

3rd JA Stoney 10 Mules 45kg £74 to Yorkshire Halal


Beltex average £87.86 per head or 210.14p/kg

£ per head: £105 DG Boothman; £103 TA Robinson; £102 Ellis Bros; £102 DG Boothman; £101 JA&JH Hewetson;

p/kg: 251.3p GA Hewitt & Son; 243.9p RJ Lambert; 243.9p Frankland Farms; 240p James Garth & Son;

Suffolk average £81.76 per head or 187.5p/kg

£ per head:£106 BL&R Lund, £104 TH Mellin; £98 J&C Wright; £97 J Robinson; £94 RA&M Earnshaw & Son; £92.5 J&C Wright

p/kg:208p TH Mellin; 200p J&C Wright; 200p D&A Livestock; 200p RA&M Earnshaw; 197.8p x2 TH Mellin; 196.7p MJ Spensley;   

Texel average £81.30 per head or 191.33p/kg

£ per head: £108 J Turner; £108 TH Mellin; £106.5 SD Bennett; £106 J Turner; £106 TA Robinson; £105 AR Sutcliffe;

p/kg:253.8p F&R Fielden; 238.6p AR Sutcliffe; 231.6p RH&MR Ireland; 230.2p F&R FIelden; 219.5p GA Hewitt;

Mule average £74.37 per head or 170.98p/kg

£ per head: £90 K Dickinson; £85 FG Throup; £85 ASE Crisp; £84 JK Wilson; £76 JA Throup; £76 J Sugden; £74 JA Stoney & Son;

p/kg:180.9p ASE Crisp & Sons; 178.7p JK Wilson; 178.7p ASE Crisp & Son; 176.7p JA Throup; 176.7p J Sugden;

Charollais average £76.31 per head or 184.35p/kg

£ per head: £104 WM Hall; £96.5 KJ Marston; £95 EP&JM Hutchinson; £91 R&E Pollard; £88 D&A Livestock Ltd; £75 ST Gardner;

p/kg:206.5p EP&JM Hutchinson; 205.3p KJ Marston; 200p WM Hall; 195.6p D&A Livestock; 189.7p JM Smith & Son;

Swaledale average £57 per head or 150 p/kg

£ per head: £57 TE Walker;

p/kg:150p TE Walker;




Cull Ewes average £52.09

Suffolk to £96.50, Texel to £111.50, Mule to £90, Lleyn to £, Swaledale to £48.50, Charollais to £91.50,  Beltex  to £89.50, Lonk  to £49.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £111.50 N Hanson; £111.50 SM Collinson

Mule/Masham: £90 SM Collinson; £85.50 M&B Allen

Horned: £49.50 KJ Marston £48.50 AR Sutcliffe;

Hill: £55 SK Watson  


Cast Rams average £71.75

Texel to £93.50, Beltex  to £64.50, Lonk  to £67.50.





Rearing Calves to £425 (30)

B&W av £60.71 Cont av £301.25 Native av £204.80


Good trade for calves today with Natives, Continental bulls and Black and whites on the receiving end of a good trade.  A mixed show was present this morning however a strong ringside of buyers meant for a healthy trade with Robert Metcalfe of Brearton topping at £425 and Richard Spence from Sutton in Craven at £410 and £405. Native well bid for throughout with bulls averaging £290. And topping at £330 for a strong Aberdeen Angus bull from JP & KE Hartley.


Black and whites had six buyers chasing them and forcing a healthy trade with an average of £60.71. More calves wanted every week to maintain buyer attendance and with decent trades like today more should be coming through the door.  


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £185) to £185 JC&DJ Marshall                              

Brit Blue x (Av £356.25) to £425 RD Metcalfe                                                             

Aberdeen Angus (Av £290) to £330 JP&KE Hartley

Flekvieh (Av £158.33) to £180 C Watson

Black & White (Av £60.71) to £85 RD Metcalfe                           


Heifer Calves                       

Ab Angus (Av £140.33) to £230 x2 JP&KE Hartley                                                      

British Blue (Av £192.5) to £225 RD Metcalfe

Lim (Av £263.33) to £280 JC&DJ Marshall