MARKET REPORT – MONDAY 12th JANUARY 2015. Forward: 64 Prime cattle comprising 11 Clean Cattle & 53 Cast Cattle. 2,580 Prime & Cast Sheep comprising 2,025 Prime & Lightweight Hoggs, 555 Cast Ewes & Rams. 71 Rearing Calves. 16 Dairy Cattle. 13 Loads of Produce. A much busier day than expected at CCM Skipton today given the atrocious weather over the weekend and early this morning. Good entries across the board and primestock prices stronger than expected.



Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


501- 590kg                                            to 178.5p/kg        av 170.87p/kg

590kg                                                     to 186.5p/kg        av 155.43p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: B Spensley Ltd (BBx) 1128,(AAx) 1000, (MRI) 948, JM Smith&Son (B&W) 1061

p/kg: B Spensley Ltd (BBx) 186.5,(AAx) 178.5, (MRI) 163.5,JM Smith & Son 150.5             

Cull Cow Prices

Much less meat available this week coinciding with a slackening in demand as the Christmas backlog last week enabled plants to rapidly fill up their depleted stocks.


Overall Average                                   95.26p/kg             £611.30

Black & White                       to 112.5p/kg                        av 90.51p/kg

Dairy Shorthorn                   to 108.5p/kg                        av 91.37p/kg

Brown Swiss                         to 118.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 125.5p/kg                        av 122.63p/kg

AAx                                         to 126.5p/kg                        av 103.15p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: M Baul&Sons Ltd £830, JC Marshall £803, DA Fort £777, CM&EM Gratton £748, RD Metcalfe&Son £743

p/kg: RD Metcalfe&Son 112.5p, CM&EM Gratton 112.5p, 105.5p JC Marshall 108.5p, M Baul&Sons Ltd 108.5p,

Other Dairy

£ per head: JF Longster&Son (Brown Swiss) £740, IRG Collins&Ptns (Sh) £656, £571, £555

p/kg:JF Longster&Son (Brown Swiss) 118.5p, IRG Collins&Ptns (Sh) 108.5p 94.5p 90.5p

Brit Blue:

£ per head: Turner Farms Ltd £936, IRG Collins&Ptns £848

p/kg: IRG Collins & Ptns 161.5p Turner Farms Ltd 115.5p


£ per head: MD Farms Ltd £922, S Littlewood £807

p/kg: MD Farms Ltd 125.5p, S Littlewood 119.5p




Overall Average                                   89.5p/kg               £1033.73


£ per head: JC Marshall £1034

p/kg: JC Marshall 89.5p


2,580 Prime & Cast Sheep

Given the atrocious weather this last few days it was amazing to see such a good of sheep turn out for sale, and vendors who braved the conditions were rewarded with a sharper trade on the week, the overall average standing at 196.25p (the SQQ weight range – up to 45kg – averaged 198.7p/kg). The smarter lambs on the day sold really well, with Ian & Mary Lancaster of Pendleton near Clitheroe leading the way at 270.0p or 40kg at £108 each. They also sold further pens at £115, £109 and £102. And it was generally Lancashire vendors that were to the fore with Duncan Cowking of Slaidburn selling Beltex crosses at 269.2p, William Oldfield of Newsholme 268.9p, Robert fielden of Todmorden at 267.1p and John Eddleston of Great Harwood at 265.8p. Ellis Bros led the way for Yorkshire at 264.7p. whilst John Mellin of Hellifield topped the sale with Texels at £118 each. The Beltex sale average was 231.p/kg.

Heavy lambs sold to an increased trade this week, the 46kg to 52kg weight bracket averaging £91.99 each and the over 52kg bracket standing at £94.94 each.

Export lambs were generally around £2 kilo or just over, the 36kg to 45kg bracket averaging 201.49p/kg, and this category saw numbers way short of buyers requirements.

Hill lambs saw farm assured Mule wethers quite nice to sell, top priced Mules at 200p.

Cast sheep were a more varied selection, but trade was very much along similar lines to previous weeks.


Prime Hoggs  – Overall Average  £81.16 per head or 196.25p/kg                                                          

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 171.5p/kg         av 155.02p/kg      or £46.47 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 267.1pp/kg       av 185.66p/kg      or £63.21 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 270.0p/kg         av 201.49p/kg      or £81.92 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 226.1p/kg         av 192.2p/kg         or £91.99 per head

52.1kg and over   to 217.0p/kg         av 172.26p/kg      or £94.94 per head

Beltex average £93.80 per head or 231.99p/kg

£ per head: £115, £109, £108 I&M Lancaster; £105x2 JS Eddleston; £103 CT&EM Hammond

p/kg: 270.0p I&M Lancaster; 269.2p JJ&D Cowking; 267.1p F&R Fielden; 265.8p JS Eddleston

Suffolk average £86.22 per head or 197.67p/kg

£ per head: £97.50 PN Dalby; £97 WA&VJ&JA Towler; £97 G Mellin; £94.50 NM Sutcliffe

p/kg: 236.6p WA&VJ&JA Towler; 210.0p CD&RF Kitching; 205p TH Mellin; 204.9p Stocks Enterprises

Texel average £87.07 per head or 201.13p/kg

£ per head: £118 JW Mellin; £109 Ellis Bros; £106 H Smith; £106 JS Eddleston

p/kg: 268.9p Stocks Enterprises; 258.5p JS Eddleston; 244p AM Binns; 239.5p WA&VJ&JA Towler

Mule average £79.42 per head or 190.23p/kg

£ per head: £87 JK Wilson; £85.50 S&D Robinson; £85 BS Simpson; £85 J&K Harper

p/kg: 200p W&J&E Harker & Son; 195p BS Simpson; 193.2p J&K Harker; 191.7p SM Towler

Charollais average £104 per head or 226.9p/kg

£ per head: £104 TH Heslop &Sons

p/kg: 226.9p TH Heslop & Sons

Swaledale average £57.86 per head or 169.78p/kg

£ per head: £75.50 JW Sayer & Son; £74.50 S&D Robinson; £70 JW Stockdale & Son; £68 FC&N&M Walker

p/kg: 188.8p JW Sayer & Son; 186.3p S&D Robinson; 184.2p, 183.3p JW Stockdale & Sons

Dalesbred average £67.55 per head or 176.07p/kg

£ per head: £70, £66 RH&EA Close; £63 A Parnaby

p/kg: 178.4p, 175p RH&EA Close; 170.3p A Parnaby

Lonk average £74.72 per head or 187.97p/kg

£ per head: £76.50 F&R Fielden; £74.50 B Dibb; £74 F&R Fielden;

p/kg: 196.2p, 194.7p F&R Fielden; 186.3p B Dibb;

Gritstone average £74.50 per head or 186.3p/kg

£ per head:£74.50 B Dibb

p/kg 186.3p B Dibb

Lleyn average £75.59 per head or 194.68p/kg

£ per head: £91 C Thompson; £89, £83, £83 N Speake; £82 C Thompson; £75.50 GA Fort

p/kg:202.3p N Speake; 200p C Thompson; 198.7p GA Fort; 194.6p, 193.2p GM&SC Pickles

Scotch Blackface average £74.54 per head or 189.11p/kg

£ per head: £76, £73.50 JE Greenwood;

p/kg:190p, 188.5p JE Greenwood


Cull Ewes average £85.11

Suffolk to £130.50, Texel to £140.50, BFL to £116.50, Mule to £100.50, Lleyn to £104.50, Swaledale to £70.00, Charolais to £93.50, Welsh Mountain to £50.50, Cheviot  to £106.50, Beltex  to £88.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £140.50, £135.50 JW Mellin; £133.50, £131.50 T Boothman

Mule/Masham: £100.50 B Spensley Ltd; £98.50 RG Greenwood & Sons; £96.50 T Mcgarrell  

Horned: £70 Ellis Bros; £69.50 FG Throup; £69.50 KM&L Throup;

Hill: £106.50 B Bretton & Sons; £104.50 R&A Jennings; £102.50 M Middleton;  

Cast Rams average £89.76

Texel to £116.50 D Reay; Suffolk to £109.50 P Keyes; Swaledale to £66.50 GA Parker; Dalesbred to £90.50 A&SL Throup; BFL to £113.50 A&SL Throup; Zwartbles to 89.50 A&N Fothergill & Sons



Rearing Calves to £420

B&W av £61.77 Cont av £275.8 Native av £215.9

A good show of calves to follow last weeks prize show with yet again a strong trade throughout with continentals a touch lighter on the week. On the day natives were the dearest with well made bulls and heifers easily into the 200’s and into the early 300’s.

Trade set to continue over the next few weeks with people looking to fill sheds. Please forward enter if possible thanks Sam.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £273) to £355 AP Townsend                

Brit Blue x (Av £325) to £420 J Wood                            

Blonde x to (Av £222.5) to £300 N&R Sutcliffe                                                            

MRI (Av £132.5) to £165 N&R Sutcliffe

Saler to £245 RL Wright & Sons

Aberdeen Angus (Av £248) to £325 AP Townsend                                     

Black & White (Av £61.77) to £100 RL Wright                             


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £272.5) to £355 AP Townsend                            

Brit Blue x (Av £325) to £420 J Wood                            

Aberdeen Angus (Av £193) to £225 JR Dodgson & Son

Simmental (Av £220) to £250 J Wood                                                                                                                          


Craven Dairy Auction (16 head)

 A small show of dairy cows today, which was probably best for the trade that was at hand, however it was not quite as dire as expected with some good heifer moving quite freely throughout the sale most of all the Champion heifer from Robert Crisp at Calton which trundled its way to a straight price of £1980 for a commercial heifer giving 6 ½ Gallon.


Other cattle got away slowly with Peter Baul the best of the rest with his second prize pedigree heifer reaching £1840 with a good portion of the rest from £1350 to £1700. Enough bidders to sneak an average trade with all things considered.   


Judge – John Dodgson

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st ASE Crisp & Son 2nd M Baul & Partners 3rd H Bradley & Son      

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st  A Lawson & Son 2nd GB Moorhouse

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st MGT Corner

                                Champion – ASE Crisp         Reserve – A Lawson & Son  


Newly Calven Heifers (9): to £1980 ASE Crisp av £1457


Newly Calven Cows (2): to £1630 A Lawson & Son  av £1575


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (4): to £1840 M Baul & Partners  av £1497  


Incalf Heifers (1): to £1040 MGT Corner



Barley Straw                         Quads                     to £70 per tonne                

                                                Mini Hestons        to £19 per bale

                                                Rounds                   to £16 per bale

Wheat Straw                        Mini Hestons        to £12 per bale

Hay                                         Mini Hestons        to £21 per bale