67 Prime cattle comprising 12 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 54 Cast Cattle including 2 Mature Bulls. 2,775 Prime Sheep comprising 55 Spring Lambs, 2417 Prime Hoggs, 303 Cast Sheep (293 Cast Ewes & 10 Rams). 734 Breeding Sheep comprising 269 Sheep with 465 lambs at foot. 68 Rearing Calves B&W av £70.05 Cont av £336.45 Native av £182.5. 20 Dairy Cattle. 8 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Honours equal with both Keelham Farm Shop and Stanforths Butchers the main buyers at today’s sale.  Top gross was £1306 or 219.5p/kg paid by Stanforths Butchers for a Limousin cross steer from CD&RF Kitching from Threshfield. Top price p/kg was a British Blue Steer weighing 460kg sold by JR Metcalfe of Baldersby to Keelham Farm Shop for 238.5p/kg.


465-555kg                                             to 222.5p/kg        av. 204.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 238.5p/kg        av. 204.8p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 210.5p/kg        av. 163.10p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1306, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 1263, JA Drake (Limx) 1202

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (BBx) 238.5, JA Drake (Limx) 222.5,(BBx) 214.5, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 221.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 219.5


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1105

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1105


560kg+                                                   to 142.5p/kg        £876.38

£ per head: GW&EJ Parker (Hefdx) 876

p/kg: GW&EJ Parker (Hefdx) 142.5

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   109.5p/kg             £640.58

£ per head: A Fisher (Brit Wh) 641

p/kg: A Fisher (Brit Wh) 109.5


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   90.62p/kg             £568.03

Cast cattle a shade easier on the week with a high percentage of worn dairies which care comparatively good to sell with most from 65-75p. Dairies carrying finish 92-104.5p.

Black & White                       to 104.5p/kg                        av. 89.22p/kg

Limx                                       to 113.5p/kg                        av. 111.24p/kg

BBx                                         to 96.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 100.5p/kg                        av. 97.00p/kg

Hefd                                       to 94.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: PJ Bolland 789, J Gooch 779, E&KM Marshall 777, PJ Bolland 772, JR Dinsdale & Son  750, KM&L Throup & Son 721

p/kg: M Ryder & Son 104.5,101.5, J Gooch 104.5, PJ Bolland 104.5,101.5, KM&L Throup 101.5, S&PE Bowker & Son 98.5.

Brit Blue:

£ per head: E&A Townend 651

p/kg: E&A Townend 96.5


£ per head: D&J Isherwood 806, JGE Heseltine &Son 764

p/kg: D&J Isherwood 113.5, JGE Heseltine & Son 111.5, H&SMD Lund 109.5


£ per head: JA Knowles (Hefd) 699, G&PS Fleetwood (AAx) 638

p/kg: G&PS Fleetwood (AAx) 100.5, H&SMD Lund (AAx) 95.5, JA Knowles (Hefd) 94.5


Overall Average                                   88.00p/kg             £864.40


£ per head: A&SL Throup & Son 877, A&M Beecroft 848

p/kg: A&SL Throup & Son 89.5, A&M Beecroft 86.5


734 Breeding Sheep (comprising 269 Sheep with 465 lambs at foot)

A much larger entry sold away to a better trade this week with a good crowd of buyers assembled looking for sheep. Two pens shared the top price of £265 per outfit, the first were Texel cross Shearlings with Twins from David White at Hebden, and this was equalled by Rosie Dunn from York who consigned a pen of 2&3 crop Texels with strong lambs. General trade was £2 to £5 per life better on the week, but there was a smaller proportion of those outfits with young lambs as vendors look to bring strength.






Texel Cross

Hoggs with Singles to £168 DC Hall.

Shlgs and Twins to £265 DM White.

Shlgs and Singles to £150 RE Metcalfe & Son.

2 Shr and Twins to £265 AP&RA Dunn.

2 Shr with Singles to £150 RE Metcalfe & Son.

Correct and Twins to £188 J Watson.

Correct and Singles to £114 M Bland.

b/m with Twins to £132 B&ME Craven.

Incorrect with singles to £138 RE Metcalfe & Son.



Shlg with Twins to £170 E Berry.

2 Shear with twins to £180 RE Metcalfe & Son.

3 crop with twins to £160 DM White.

Correct and Twins to £158 S Breare & RD Metcalfe & Son. .

Correct and Singles to £130 AP&RA Dunn.

b/m and twins to £140 B&ME Craven & RD Metcalfe & Son & MAC Iveson Partners.


Correct with twins to £142 M Barker.

Correct with singles to £90 M Barker.

b/m with Twins to £122 S Sleightholme.


Correct & Twins to £128 M Barker.


Shlgs & Twins to £180 AP&RA Dunn.



Shlgs with Twins to £178 A&G Midgley

Correct with twins to £160 Ivanhoe Livestock.

Correct with singles to £110 J Watson.

b/m with twins to £160 S Sleightholme.


Shlg with Single to £100 A&G Midgley


2,775 Prime & Cast Sheep

Sheep numbers holding well for the time of year. With 55 Spring lambs forward it again produced choice for the buyers, but vendors with “inside” lambs are coming towards the end of their runs and we await the first men with lambs from outside. Charles Marwood had tops of 280p/kg (41kg £115) purchased by Lane End Farm Shop in Tong, Bradford, whilst the same vendor had a top price per head of £120 again purchased by Lane End Farm Shop. Robert Towers, of Farleton, Lancaster, stepped up with the top gross price £122 per head Charollais pen sold to Kendall’s Farm Butchers in Harrogate and Pateley Bridge. The same vendor also hit £120 per head with another Charollais pen, these claimed by Shipley retail butcher John Kearns Ltd.

Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £101.76 per head or 240.6p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 180.0p/kg         av 180.00p/kg      or £63.00 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 280.5p/kg         av 251.04p/kg      or £101.77 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 255.3p/kg         av 224.36p/kg      or £109.75 per head

52.1kg and over   to 193.7p/kg         av 193.70p/kg      or £122.00 per head

Suffolk average £100.25 per head or 212.17p/kg

£ per head: £105, £101, £90 ML Evans

p/kg: 233.3p, 194.2p, 191.5p ML Evans

Texel average £97.83 per head or 252.92p/kg

£ per head: £100, £97, £94 CR&M Wilson

p/kg: 263.2p, 254.1p, 242.5p CR&M Wilson

Charolais average £113.03 per head or 255.08p/kg

£ per head: £122, £120, £119x3 £114x2 JD&V Towers; £120, £115x2, £112 CW Marwood & Son;

p/kg: 280.5p, 273.2p, 267.4p, 262.5p, 260.5p 256.1p CW Marwood & Son; 255.3p, 253.3p, 247.9p, 242.6p JD&V Towers  & Son


2,415 Hoggs saw everything less money on the week by around 10p, however they would generally be  dearer than late last week, and dearer than other morning markets across the region, recording an overall average of 184.7p/kg for all hoggs, Eblex shows a range of 165p to 171p for the morning competition.

Top end hoggs 230p to 268p, good meat types either side of 200p, heavier hoggs 175p – 190p for meat, but anything a bit plainer was less. A few lacking flesh still making their way out as stores at the moment.

Ewes again a nice trade with meated but lean types in best demand.

Hoggs  – Overall Average  £ per head or 185.5p/kg   

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 151.7p/kg         av 135.8p/kg         or £40.45 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 198.5p/kg         av 177.2p/kg         or £59.71 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 268.3p/kg         av 191.8p/kg         or £78.98 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 234.0p/kg         av 184.6p/kg         or £89.48 per head

52.1kg and over                  to 184.3p/kg         av 161.8p/kg         or £87.24 per head

Beltex average £85.86 per head or 210.1p/kg

£ per head: £117 £113 £111 £110 £103 H Atkinson; £109 £100 Frankland Farms; £105 £102 RL&AR Philips;

p/kg: 268.3p 245.2p 234.0p H Atkinson; 256.1p 231.8p RL&AR Philips; 247.7p Frankland Farms; 237.0p D&J Coates;

Suffolk average £86.52 per head or 170.3p/kg

£ per head: £92 G Bell; £91.50 D&J Isherwood; £91 £90 £89.50 S Dorey; £90 FW Pybus;

p/kg: 179.6 D&J Isherwood; £178.4 D Bell; £176.0p S Dorey; £175.6p RG Church; 174.5p D&GM Scott;  

Texel average £83.39 per head or 190.0p/kg

£ per head: £111 £108 Frankland Farms; £104.50 £102 £101 H Atkinson; £103 D&J Coates; £103 J Baines;

p/kg: 243.0p 226.2p x2 H Atkinson; 239.5p J Baines; 230.8p RL&AR Philips; 228.9p D&J Coates; 228.0p 226.3p Brafferton Manor

Mule average £78.78 per head or 170.5p/kg

£ per head: £86.50 £84.50x2 £84 GW Thackray; £84 AP Percival; £82 £81 S Dorey; £80.50 J Baines;

p/kg: 185.2p S Dorey; 179.5p 179.1px2 178.6p J Pickles; 176.5p £175.0p GW Thackray; 175.0p J Baines;

Masham average £75.67 per head or 180.8p/kg

£ per head: £79.50 S Dorey; £56.50 Lambert-Milehouse;

p/kg: 184.9p S Dorey; 156.9p Lambert-Milehouse;

Lonk average £74.45 per head or 174.6p/kg

£ per head: £79 GW Thackray; £78 £67 S&P Scrivin; £66.50 M Carefoot;

p/kg: 177.3p 171.8p S&P Scrivin; 175.6p GW Thackray; 170.5p M Carefoot;

Swaledale average £60.06 per head or 155.6p/kg

£ per head: £74 R Tennant; £72x2 £70 J Baines; £70.50 D&S Hollings; £70 GW Houseman;

p/kg: 172.0p D&S Hollings; 168.4p R Nutter; 167.4p x2 J Baines; 163.2p R Tennant; 159.1p GW Houseman;

Gritstone average £82.11 per head or 174.7p/kg

£ per head: £86.50 GW Thackray; £78 S&P Scrivin; £70 GW Houseman;

p/kg: 177.3p S&P Scrivin; 173.0p GW Thackray; 170.7p GW Houseman;

SBF average £70.79 per head or 174.0p/kg

£ per head: £73.50 Brafferton Manor; £69.50 M Carefoot

p/kg: 183.8p Brafferton Manor; 169.5p M Carefoot;

Beulah average £65.39 per head or 167.9p/kg

£ per head: £76 £62 £58.50 FM Shepherd;

p/kg: 176.7p 167.6p 158.1p FM Shepherd;



Cull Ewes average £70.97

Suffolk to £78.50, Texel to £120.5, Mule to £79.50, Lleyn to £79.50, Swaledale to £42.50, Masham to £62.50, Gritstone to £68.50, Charolais to £74.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £120.5 JW Mellin; £119.50 W Watson

Mule/Masham: £79.50 GB Moorhouse; £78.50 C&SB Whitelock;  

Horned: £42.50 A Jenkinson; £35.50 KM&L Throup

Hill: £79.50 C Mellin; £68.50 S&P Scrivin

Cast Rams average £90.90

Texel to £121.50 GB Moorhouse; Charolais to £98.50 G&A Gaythorpe; BFL to £125.50 KM&L Throup



Rearing Calves to £440 (68)

B&W av £70.05 Cont av £336.45 Native av £182.5

Healthy show of calves on a dairy day with 68 on offer and some strong averages right the way through.  Black and Whites definitely felt dearer than the average with anything looking like doing well on towards £100 with Fewster’s of Cleckheaton having one of theirs at £130 but Stephen Marshall, West End topped at £150 with a pure Friesian. Blue Bulls were a good trade again today with again the average not reflecting the trade. David Hall of Conistone Cold topped with cracking bull at £440 and Fred Houseman, Church Farm Enterprises £430 twice and £420.


Limousin heifers outstripped blue heifers today by £16 on average however John Marshall, Dacre topped at £365 with his blue consignment and James Gooch on top with his Limousin heifer at £340.


Calves again look young and a strong trade when comparing, with today’s average age of calves 39 days old.   


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £337.5) to £365 JC&DJ Marshall & Son                              

Brit Blue x (Av £372) to £440 DC Hall                                                                                             

Simmental to £275 K&M Berry

Ab Angus (Av £220) to £240 Church Farm Enterprises

Saler (Av £205) to £225 RL Wright & Sons                    

Black & White (Av £70.05) to £150 JC &DJ Marshall & Sons                      


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £306.67) to £340 J Gooch                     

Brit Blue x (Av £289.50) to £365 JC Marshall                               

Ab Angus (Av £171.23) to £195 JR Dodgson & Sons                                                                                                                   


Craven Dairy Auction (20 head)

Judge Brian Blezard chose David Lawson’ s pair of strong heifers as his champion and reserve with another of his quartet taking the third prize rosette which is no mean feat. The trade was certainly not as brisk as previous weeks for the middle of the road goods with many around and below the £1000 mark however the top end made up for this with 1st rate heifers averaging well into £1400’s.


Principle Prices:

£1520, £1480, £1480 A Lawson & Son; £1320 M Baul & Partners; £1320, £1220 Jennings Farmers Ltd £1220 GB Jennings


Judge – Brian Blezard

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st 2nd and 3rd A Lawson & Son

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st DL Leeming Ltd 2nd B Haigh


                                Champion – A Lawson & Son            Reserve – A Lawson & Son


Newly Calven Heifers (17): av £1170 to £1520 A Lawson & Son


Newly Calven Cows (2): av £610 to £640 DL Leeming Ltd


Incalf Heifers (1): to £720 Thimbleby Farms