Forward: 54 Prime cattle comprising 15 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 3 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 36 Cast Cattle 1,879 Prime Sheep comprising 1472 Spring Lambs, 141 Old Season Lambs & Mature Hoggs, 266 Cast Ewes & Rams 67 Breeding Sheep 65 Rearing Calves

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Keelham Farm Shop purchased the leading price per kg in a 540kg Limousin cross heifer shown by Jim Baines of Trawden which made 258.5p/kg or £1396.  Top gross was £1437 a 600kg British Blue cross steer sold by Malcolm Metcalfe of Baldersby for 239.5p/kg to Martin Brown of Newton le Willows.


465-555kg                                             to 239.5p/kg                        av. 232.33p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 239.5p/kg                        av. 238.84p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 258.5p/kg                        av. 228.17p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (BBx) 1437, CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 1389, SD Bennett (AAx) 1377

p/kg: J Baines (Limx) 239.5, SD Bennett (AAx) 239.5, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 239.5, CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 237.5


£ per head: J Baines (Limx) 1396, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1354,1320, JM Townsend (Limx) 1260, D&A Livestock Ltd (Limx) 1244,1200

p/kg: J Baines (Limx) 258.5, JM Townsend (Limx) 254.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 248.5, D&A Livestock Ltd (Limx) 247.5,246.  

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   128.07p/kg                           £776.95

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: A&J Carr&Son (B&W Hfr) 874,856, GD&JC Holme&Son (B&W Str) 601

p/kg: A&J Carr&Son (B&W Hfr) 147.5,131.5, GD&JC Holme&Son (B&W Str) 104.5


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   117.62p/kg           £733.96

Less meat about in the cast cattle and demand very strong with a lighter show. A young Simmental cross cow from John and Alison Spensley (B Spensley Ltd) was the top price at 188.5p/kg or £1169. Plenty of plain cows at 100p plus and steaking cows able to nudge 120p.

Black & White                       to 136.5 p/kg                       av. 112.23 p/kg

Limx                                       to 153.5p/kg                        av. 138.33p/kg

Simx                                       to 188.5p/kg                        av. 158.89p/kg

AAx                                         to 133.5p/kg                        av. 122.81p/kg

Hefd                                       to 121.5p/kg                        av. 115.06p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: WP Gratton 1089,1035,1006,822, N Parker 879, H Downs&Son 868, S&PE Bowker&Son 867,846

p/kg: EJ Fort 136.5, WP Gratton 133.5,131.5, 125.5,124.5, H Downs&Son 129.5, S&PE Bowker&Son 127.5, N Parker 126.5


£ per head: B Spensley (Simx) 1169, M Mallinson Ltd (Limx) 898, G Hardiman (Limx) 821

p/kg: B Spensley Ltd (Simx) 188.5, M Mallinson Ltd (Limx) 153.5,141.5,


£ per head: M Mallinson Ltd (AAx) 708, C Winterburn (Hefd) 674, H Downs&Son (AAx) 619,

p/kg: M Mallinson Ltd (AAx) 133.5, C Winterburn (Hefd) 121.5,



Overall Average                                   94.5p/kg               £746.55


£ per head: M&R Smith (B&W) 747

p/kg: M&R Smith (B&W) 94.5


67 Breeding Sheep

More numbers about this week and a sharp trade for what was on offer, with a few batches of older sheep with lambs maintaining recent trade, and younger sheep dearer than of late.


Usual Weekly Sale Next Monday at 12noon
Entries to the Mart Office by 12noon Friday please
2 Consignments of Mule & Texel Ewes with Lambs at foot already entered

Suff Ewe with Twins                            to £190

Texel Ewe with Twins                         to £175

Texel Shlg with Single                         to £138

Texel Shlg with Twins                         to £160

Texel Hogg with Single                       to £152

Mule Ewe with 1.5                              to £135

Mule Shlg with Twins                          to £175



1,879 Prime Sheep

Numbers of New Season Lambs up again this week and trade in the main was very similar to last week, heavy lambs way short of requirements and some great prices per head for anything 44kg-45kg or more, smart lambs 260p plus, commercial lambs 39kg to 41kg in very strong demand, anything lighter 33kg-37kg and good meat got away 240p-260p although anything lacking that extra finish was just a shade easier than last week. The 1,472 lambs averaged 249p across the board, the strength of the trade at the moment is highlighted by a comparison to the same week last year where the average was 185p, with the overall selling average up £14 per head, but lambs definitely being sold at lighter weights this spring with todays average weight under the seasonal average at only 39.2kg.
John & James Dugdale of Stackhouse topped the sale at £133 per head selling to Keelham Farm Shop. Thomas Fall from Middleham, Leyburn sold lambs to a top of £131 per head selling to Andrew Atkinson. The same purchaser bought lambs at £130 from John Nutter of Hurst Green, whilst £130 was achieved on two other occasions, first from Simon Spensley of Gargrave selling to Country Style Meats and then from George Emmott of Steeton selling to Kendalls Farm Butchers of Pateley Bridge and Harrogate. Tony Kiernan from Longridge topped the sale at 292.7p/kg selling to Thomas Shepherdson, closely followed on two separate occasions by a price of 292.1p/kg achieved by Chris Craven from York and Kevin Marshall from Darley, both pens purchased by Vivers Scotlamb. Robert Lambert from Wigglesworth sold to 287.8p, Alex Brown from Darwen to 286.8p, Tim Robinson from Longridge to 286.4p and Thomas Fall to 284.8p.

Old Season Lambs were a fantastic trade for the 141 Hoggs and teeth up sheep, and way beyond anyones expectations at this time of year, settling at 207p across the board. Sandy Harrison from Cowling topped at £118, Stocks Enterprises £115 & £113, Bryan Dibb to £115, James Drake £112, John Thackray £111, Robert Lambert £110 and Thomas Fall £110.

Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £97.85 per head or 249.53p/kg

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 237.9p/kg         av 234.71p/kg      or £73.70 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 276.50p/kg       av 236.56p/kg      or £80.90 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 292.70p/kg       av 249.27p/kg      or £98.70 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 284.8p/kg         av 255.20p/kg      or £122.71 per head

52.1kg and over                 to 240.00p/kg       av 240.00p/kg      or £84.00 per head


Suffolk average £101.46 per head or 248.73p/kg

£ per head: £130 J&F Nutter; £129, £126x2 ML Evans; £125 B&M Craven; £124 T Priestley; £124 TH Mellin; £123 ML Evans; 

p/kg: 280p, 279.1p ML Evans; 276.7p JP&KE Hartley; 270p TH&K Wood; 269.9p TH Mellin; 267.4p ML Evans; 265.9p Ellis Bros;

Texel average £97.53 per head or 249.39p/kg

£ per head: £133 H&M Dugdale & Son; £131 D Fall & Sons; £130 S Spensley; £130 GH&G Emmott; £129 TH&K Wood;

p/kg: 292.1p B&M Craven; 287.8p RJ Lambert; 286.8p A Brown; 284.8p, 281.8p D Fall & Sons; 279.1p H&S Maudsley;

Beltex average £100.51 per head or 263.23p/kg

£ per head: £126 TA Robinson; £120 T Kiernan; £118 K Marshall; £113 P Crabtree & Son; £112.50 PR Simpson; £111.50 Frankland

p/kg:292.7p T Kiernan; 292.1p K Marshall; 286.4p TA Robinson; 283.3p DJ Grassam; 282.1p TA Robinson; 281.6p Frankland

Mule average £79.50 per head or 220.11/kg

£ per head: £86, £77.50 JC&N Throup

p/kg:220.5p, 220p JC&N Throup 

Charollais average £106.13 per head or 246.32p/kg

£ per head: £111 GH&G Emmott; £104.50 S Spensley; £102.50 R&E Pollard; £99 D&A Livestock

p/kg: 253.8p D&A Livestock Ltd; 252.3p GH&G Emmott; 238.4p R&E Pollard; 237.5p S Spensley;

Jacob average £106.40 per head or 229.31p/kg

£ per head: £110, £104 JH Baker; 

p/kg:234p, 226.1p JH Baker;


Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £83.20 per head or 207.78p/kg

£ per head:£118 TA Harrison; £115 B Dibb; £115, £113 Stocks Enterprises; £112 JA Drake; £111 GW Thackray

p/kg:221.6p Stocks Enterprises; 218.8p GW Thackray; 217.1p H&M Plews; 217.1p B Dibb; 217.1p JA Drake



Cull Ewes average £75.53

The trade for Cull Sheep followed that of the hoggs, with all classes easily being dearer on the week, and a good show of mainly heavier ewes helped to push the overall average to over £75.

Suffolk to £113.50, Texel to £122.50, BFL to £69.50, Mule to £84.50, Lleyn to £73.50, Swaledale to £52.50, Dalesbred to £34.50, Charollais to £88.50, Cheviot  to £42.50, Beltex  to £105.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £122.50 J&ME Carr; £119.50 A Brown

Mule/Masham: £84.50 J&C Wright; £79.50 S&JS Thompson

Horned: £52.50 JC&N Throup; £42.50 GJ Throup

Hill: £73.50 CH&OF Hammond; £69.50 JG&B Brown & Sons

Cast Rams average £87.05

Texel to £127.50 S&JS Thompson; Suffolk to £99.50 B&M Craven & Son; Lonk to £82.50 J Lord; BFL to £JG&B Brown & Sons


Rearing Calves to £515

B&W av £65 Cont av £386.39 Native av £241

£515 was the top price of the day for the Champion calf from the Sowray Brothers of Bishop Thornton, the calf which was 6 ½ Weeks old was bred By Brennand General (A Bull bred JC Walker & Son, Dunsop Bridge) sold to Andrew Houseman of Harrogate. The Sowray’s also saw their first price heifer reach £450 selling to Nigel Garth, Addingham. A handy number of calves were on show today for the Summer Calf Show with Tony Binns of Clint doing the Judging Honours. British Blue bulls saw the best of the trade with 11 over £400 and averaging £406.92. Heifers again were a pleasure to sell with Continental heifers averaging £371, with Suckler buyers bidding fiercly for replacement heifers. 


Black and Whites a tad easier overall due to a lot of plain young calves around however anything well fleshed and thriving was keenly bid past £100 and onwards, which is where the top price B&W bull from Alan and Susan Throup ended up, making a nice price of £145.


And don’t forget the natives £241 average with a stylish Hereford from JM Smith of Sutton in Craven reaching £310 and David and Dee Holmes of Castley at £280 for an Aberdeen Angus.

Champion – A Sowray & Son £515

Reserve – FA Holmes & Son £425


Bull Calves

Brit Blue x (Av £406.92) to £515 A Sowray & Son

Limousin x (Av £330) to £330 EJ Fort                                                                                             

Aberdeen Angus (Av £280) to £280 FA Holmes & Son

Hereford X (Av £257.50) to £310 JM Smith & Son

Shorthorn (Av £89) to £175 Flasby Estates                   

Black & White (Av £64.28) to £145 A&SL Throup                       


Heifer Calves                       

Ab Angus (Av £230) to £230 IR&DE Wellock                                                

British Blue (Av £369.62) to £450 A Sowray & Son

Lim (Av £390) to £390 RM&LJ Throup

Shorthorn (Av £180) to £180 A Sowray & Son


Monthly Calf Show

Brit Blue Bull

1st A Sowray & Son                              2nd FA Holmes & Son                           3rd G Booth

Brit Blue Hfr

1st A Sowray & Son                              2nd A Sowray & Son                             3rd Church Farm Enterprises

Native x Bull

1st FA Holmes & Son

Native x Hfr

1st I Wellock

B&W Bull

1st M&R Smith                                      2nd M&R Smith

Cont x Stirk          

1st RM&LJ Throup                                2nd RM&LJ Throup                                3rd Church Farm Enterprises