Forward: 24 Prime cattle comprising 8 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 14 Cast Cattle. 4,401 TOTAL HEAD OF SHEEP including :- 3,354 Prime Sheep comprising 189 Spring Lambs, 2549 Old Season Lambs, 616 Cast Ewes & Rams. 1,047 Breeding Sheep comprising 350 Ewes with 585 Lambs and 112 Geld Gimmer Hoggs. 44 Rearing Calves. 6 Loads of produce.




Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


650kg+                                   to 175.5p/kg


501-590kg                             to 247.5p/kg                        av 219.37p/kg

590kg+                                   to 134.5p/kg                        av 128.46p/kg

Second Easter Show of Prime Cattle

Brian Lund took first and second prize at the second Easter Show of Prime Cattle with his 515kg Champion Limousin cross heifer heading the prices at 247.5p/kg or £1275 when selling to Keelham Farm Shop of Thornton. 3rd prize was the 570kg Charolais heifer from John and Alison Spensley of Thorlby bought by Stanforths Butchers, Skipton.

Top Prices

Limx Hfr

£ per head: B Lund £1275

p/kg: B Lund 247.5p

Charx Hfr

£ per head: B Spensley Ltd £1217, £1150

p/kg: B Spensley Ltd 213.5p, 200.0p

Red Poll Str

£ per head: BR&JM Jarvis £913

p/kg: BR&JM Jarvis 175.5p

Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   106.45p/kg           £753.36

Black & White                       to 120.5p/kg                        av 107.35p/kg

Jersey                                     to 93.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 113.5p/kg                       

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)

B&W: av p/kg

£ per head: J Caygill&Ptns £870,£849 CM&EM Gratton £868,£859,£836, J Whittaker £714.

p/kg: CN&EM Gratton 120.5p,118.5p,111.5p,107.5p J Caygill&Ptns 109.5p,105.5p,102.5p

3,354 Prime Sheep

A tremendously busy day in the sheep market today, with over 3,000 cast and prime sheep for the 2nd week in April. Today was the Easter show & Sale of Spring lambs, a quality show was kindly judged by Mr Mick Etherington who gave the awards below. Robert Towers from Farleton, Lancaster again took championship honour with Bowland Foods, Meat Wholesalers purchasing the pair of 44kg lambs for £148 each. Mick Etherington stepped up to buy the reserve champions from the same farm at £130 each on behalf of Dan Woodends retail butchers in Adel, Leeds.


Spring Lamb Show

Judge by Mick Etherington.


Class 1 - Pair Continental Lambs

1st JD&V Towers weighed 44kg @ £148 to Bowland Foods

2nd JD&V Towers weighed 46kg @ £135 to Woodends Butchers

3rd S&M Craven weighed 42kg @ £129 to S Howarth

Class 2 – Pair Suffolk Lambs

1st ML Evans weighed 48kg @ £143 to Kendal Butchers Pateley Bridge & Harrogate

2nd ML Evans weighed 54kg @ £130 to Stanforths


Champion - JD&V Towers weighed 44kg @ £148 to Bowland Foods

Reserve - JD&V Towers weighed 46kg @ £135 to Woodends Butchers

Spring Lambs  – Overall Average £113.70 per head or 266.4p/kg

Texel average £113.53 per head or 278.4p/kg

£ per head: £131 £130 CR&M Wilson; £129 TA Robinson; £129 S&M Craven;

p/kg: 310.5p 307.1p S&M Craven; 304.7 302.3 CR&M Wilson;

Suffolk average £118.58 per head or 280.4p/kg

£ per head: £143 ML Evans; £118 Lea & Son; £118x2 S&M Craven;

p/kg: 297.9 ML Evans; 295.0p Lea & Son; 395.0px2 S&M Craven;

Charollais average £118.43 per head or 272.3p/kg

£ per head: £148 £135 JD&V Towers; £138 DN Smith;  £131 RJ Tindall;

p/kg: 336.4p JD&V Towers; 317.9p 317.5p R Ogg; 311.9p RJ Tindall;

Down average £94.59 per head or 225.4p/kg

£ per head: £117 M Oldfield;  £101 J Gray;  £100 JW Mellin;

p/kg: 285.4 M Oldfield; 250.0p JW Mellin;



An increased show of Hoggs were a sharp trade, anything with a good covering a of meat and well finished was good to sell, Mule hoggs would be a shade easier in price on the week. Still a very good overall average of 206p/kg (SQQ 213p) was recorded.                                                                           

Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £90.49 per head or 206.6p/kg                                                   

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 271.4p/kg         av 202.1p/kg         or £69.99 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 305.1p/kg         av 214.7p/kg         or £88.77 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 250.0p/kg         av 196.9p/kg         or £94.82 per head

52.1kg and over   to 208.9p/kg         av 177.4p/kg         or £95.64 per head

Beltex average £104 per head or 258.7p/kg

£ per head: £118.50 £116 £113 A Atkinson; £117 £111.50 £108 RL Phillips; £113 £104 PW Simpson; £107 TA Robinson; £104 H Raw; £103.5 RG Church;  

p/kg: 292.5p RL Phillips; 288.9p 271.4p PW Simpson; 282.1p 269.8p 269.0p A Atkinson; 265.4p RG Church; 253.7p H Raw;

Texel average £92.56 per head or 213.2p/kg

£ per head: £121 JW Mellin; £120 £114x2 RL Phillips; £119 GT&BF Blezard; £115 J Baines;

p/kg: 305.1p GT&BF Blezard; 285.7p Lea & Son; 266.7p 242.6p RL Phillips; 250.0p J Baines;

Suffolk average £93.12 per head or 198.6p/kg

£ per head: £106.50 PC Longdin; £100 £98.50 G Bell; £99 JM Smith; £98.50 JG Senior;

p/kg: 217.5p CD&RF Kitching; 214.0p RG Church Ltd; 206.1p G Bell; 206.0p JM Brown; 204.4p S Dorey;

Charollais average £94.45 per head or 215.2p/kg

£ per head: £105 £102.50 D Calvert; £102 Heptonstall Farm; £99.50 B Watchorn; £98.50 J Lord;

p/kg: 292.9p 284.5p D Calvert; 231.8p Heptonstall Farm; 225.6p B Watchorn; 223.1p FI Ibbotson;

Mule average £85.52 per head or 192.8p/kg

£ per head: £94 £88.50 £88 S Dorey; £93 H Raw; £91.50 £87 G Bell; £90 G Pickersgill; £89 £87.50 Kedzie Farm; £88 JS&M Pate; £87 D&P Spence; £86.50 CD&RF Kitching

p/kg: 227.6p 205.4p 205.0p CD&RF Kitching; 211.4p H Raw; 204.7p 201.1p 200.0p S Dorey; 201.4p Lea & Son; 198.9p 197.8p Kedzie Farm; 197.7p D&P Spence;

Swaledale average £68.83 per head or 180.9p/kg

£ per head: £86.50 £77 RG Church; £83 JS&M Pate; £80 K Dickinson; £78 TM Harrison; £77 £74 B Dibb; £71 A&PM Hall;

p/kg: 202.6p 188.0p RG Church; 188.6p JS&M Pate; 187.8p B Dibb; 182.9p Lea & Son; 182.1p A&PM Hall; 179.7p T Atkins;

Dalesbred average £74.79 per head or 177.8p/kg

£ per head: £83 £77 £69 JM Brown; £80 DC&DJ Marshall; £76.50 T&H Kilby; £74 £62 JA Stoney & Son;

p/kg: 194.7p 182.4p JA Stoney & Son; 192.5p 186.5p 184.4p  JM Brown; 186.6p T&H Kilby; 180.6p MJ ODonnell;

Lonk average £79.67 per head or 198.1p/kg

£ per head: £90 £86 £80 CA&A Crowther; £84.50x2 B Dibb; £83 J Drinkall;

p/kg: 209.8p 205.1p 197.1p 191.5p CA&A Crowther; 202.4p J Drinkall; 201.2p 196.5p B Dibb;

Gritstone average £87.69 per head or 205.6p/kg

£ per head: £95 £94 E Simpson & Son; £91 C Middleton;  £88.50 £87.50 B Dibb;

p/kg: 218.8p 210.7p B Dibb; 208.9p 206.5p E Simpson & Son; 208.6p Lea & Son;

Masham average £76.69 per head or 189.9p/kg

£ per head: £85 N Hanson; £81 TA&N Whitfield; £78.50 S Dorey; £73.50 RG Church Ltd;

p/kg: 201.3p S Dorey; 193.4p RG Church Ltd; 188.9p N Hasnon; 184.1p TA&N Whitfield;

Cheviot average £89.34 per head or 203.3p/kg

£ per head: £100 B Watchorn; £97 £94.50x2 £93 C Middleton; £96.50 TA Robinson; £95.50 D&SJ Pinder; £95 J Lord;

p/kg: 229.8p 228.4p 222.0p TA Robinson; 215.9p J Lord; 214.3p JS Pepper; 212.2p D&SJ Pinder; 211.9p Lea & Son;  

SBF average £78.92 per head or 209.8p/kg

£ per head: £85 £81 H Raw; £63.50 MJ Odonnell;

p/kg: 223.7p 202.5p H Raw; 186.8 MJ Odonnell;

White Faced Woodland average £72.82 per head or 173.3p/kg

£ per head: £84 £81.50 Lea & Son; £78.50 B Dibb;

p/kg: 191.5p B Dibb; 170.6p 168.0p Lea & Son;


A huge show of cast ewes this week again attracted an active ringside of 11 buyers this week and trade was every bit as good as the previous week. Heavy ewes especially good to sell.


Cull Ewes average £73.12

Suffolk to £121.50, Texel to £147.50, Charollais to £93.50, SBF to £47.50, Mule to £88, Beltex to £107.50, Cheviot to £91.50, Lonk to £62.50, Lleyn to £97.50, Swaledale to £63.50, Dalesbred to £48.50. Masham to £72.50, Swaledale to £63.50,

Top prices:

Lowland: £147.50 FC N M Walker; £139.50 DA Towell; £136.50 PC Longdin;

Mule/Masham: £88 M Preston; £84.50 JM Smith & Son; £83.50 B&M Craven;

Horned: £63.50 FC N M Walker; £62.50 KM&L Throup; £62.50 £61.50 J Drinkall;

Hill: £97.50 HW&F Wilkinson; £91.50 D Gray; £80.50 Fleets Farms;

Cast Rams average £97.07

Suffolk to £113.50, Texel to £133.50, Charollais to £125.50, Swaledale to £58.50.

Top Prices:

£133.50 JW Sayer; £125.50 S Spyrou; £125.50 D&C Newhouse; £119.50 T Metcalfe;



1,047 Breeding Sheep

The largest show of the season so far with 350 outfits and over 100 geld hoggs on offer.

Young sheep were in great demand, David White of Hebden topping the sale with Texel Shearlings and twins at £255, Andrew Bailey from Eldroth had £232 for a pen of 10 Mule Shearlings with twins. Another notable price was Chris Craven of Kexby with a lovely pen of Texel Ewes with singles lambs selling away £196 the outfit. Another nice show of geld Mule gimmer hoggs averaged £130 each.




Texelx Shlgs/twins                              to £255  av £242                 

Texelx Ewes 2shr/twins                     to £218  av £204

Texelx Ewes cor/twins                       to £228  av £179

Texelx Ewes/singles                            to £196  av £139

Texel Ewes b/m /twins                      to £182  av £139

Texel Ewes b/m/singles                     to £155  av £140

Blue Tex Ewes cor/twins                    to £175

Suffx Ewes cor/ twins                         to £198

Mule Shlgs/twins                                to £232  av £211

Mule Slgs/sings                                    to £150

Mule Ewes 2Shr/twins                       to £155

Mule Ewes 3Shr/twins                       to £190  av £178

Mule Ewes 4Shr/twins                       to £170

Mule Ewes cor/twins                          to £180  av £157

Mule Ewes b/m/twins                       to £165  av £150

Mule Ewes b/m/sings                         to £114  av £103

North Country Chev Ewes/sings      to £140

Chev Ewes b/m/twins                        to £138  av £130

Chev Ewes b/m/sings                         to £118  av £95

Welsh Mule Ewes b/m/twins           to £156  av £150

Swale Ewes cor/twins                        to £140  av £125

Swale Ewes b/m/twins                      to £58

Mule Gimmer Hoggs                           to £140  av £130

Dalesbred Gimmer Hoggs                  to £70

Rearing Calves to £430

B&W av £74.88 Cont av £342 Native av £189

Good show of rearing calves forward with a strong trade to boot. All breeds and classes selling to a strong trade in particular a fantastic run of Angus calves from Duncan Holme, Storiths. Top price fell to regular supporters Church Farm Enterprises for a superb British Blue bull which eventually realised £430. It was noticed that a number of farmer buyers were prominent ringside looking especially for strong calves fit for grazing later in the spring.  


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £350) to £400 RD Metcalfe

Brit Blue x (Av £326) to £430 Church Farm Enterprises

Charolais to £395 F Spence

Aberdeen Angus (Av £210) to £240 JM Smith & Son 

Black & White (Av £74.88) to £195 HF Stapleton


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £220) to £240 N&J Thwaite                  

Brit Blue x (Av £291) to £310 Church Farm Enterprises                             

Aberdeen  Angus (Av £168) to £245 Church Farm Enterprises                                                



Hay                                         Small Bale                              to £3.40 per bale                                av £2.80 per bale

Wheat Straw                        Round                                    to £17.50 per bale