Forward: 56 Prime cattle comprising 15 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 40 Cast Cattle. 3,641 Prime Sheep comprising 2,976 Prime Lambs & 665 Cast Ewes & Rams. 94 Rearing Calves.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Keelham Fram Shop were in good form buying 6 quality cattle from a slightly lighter show of prime cattle. A Charolais cross steer form James Drake of Denholme lead the prices weighing 570kg and selling to Keelham Farm Shop for 250.5p/kg or £1428.

Leading p/kg price was a 510kg Limousin cross heifer shown by Malcolm Metcalfe of Baldersby which sold for 258.5p/kg to Keelham or £1318.  Highest gross priced heifer was a Limousin cross from Mesrs CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield a 540kg heifer which also went to Keelham farm Shop for £1347 or  249.5p/kg.


465-555kg                                             to 251.5p/kg                        av. 244.77p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 250.5p/kg                        av. 245.32p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 184.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 258.5p/kg                        av. 217.18p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JA Drake (Charx) 1428, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1371, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1358

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 251.5, 249.5,  JA Drake (Blondex) 257.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 250.5


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1347, (Char) 1333, SD Bennett (Limx) 1328, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1318

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 258.5, JA Drake (Blondex) 257.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 250.5,  CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 249.5

Prime cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   183.5p/kg                             £1036.78

Top Prices £ per head or p/kg

£ per head: T&A Hird (BBx) 1037

p/kg: T&A Hird (BBx) 183.5


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   120.4p/kg             £756.28

A few  worn cattle about equally good to sell with most 100p and upwards. Dairies carry flesh from 125-145p and more beef crosses forward with the best a pure Limosusin cow £1475 or 172.5p from Mesrs C Lumb&Son whilst lean beef crosses still in demand.

Black & White                       to 144.5 p/kg                       av. 112.39p/kg

Dairy Shorthorn                   to 131.5p/kg

Blondex                                 to 127.5 p/kg                       av. 122.53p/kg

Limx                                       to 172.5p/kg                        av. 144.87p/kg

BBx                                         to 142.5p/kg                        av. 136.5p/kg

AA                                           to 136.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head:  N&J Thwaite 1017,983, A Sowray&Son 974,867, JSS Verity 848, A&J Carr&Son 831, RD Metcalfe&Son 821


Other Dairy

£ per head: G&PS Fleetwood (Dairy Shorthorn) 828

p/kg: G&PS Fleetwood (Dairy Shorthorn) 131.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: TB Moorhouse&Son 812,770

p/kg: TB Moorhouse&Son 142.5, 130.5.


£ per head: C Lumb&Son 1475, K&J Marshall 1111, 928

p/kg: C Lumb&Son 172.5, JR Carr 146.5,146.5, K&J Marshall 141.5,133.5


£ per head: TB Moorhouse & Son 812,

p/kg: TB Moorhouse & Son 127.5


£ per head: J&JA Preston & Son 1051

p/kg: J&AJ Preston & Son 136.5


3,641 Prime Sheep

A much larger show of lambs with just shy of 3,000 sold at a very similar average of 197p, however the quality of the entry was not just as good with no show sheep this week so trade is seen to be slightly dearer on the week. Heavy lambs continue to sell very well with TH Mellin selling 55kg Suffolks at £113, Thomas Binns 54kg Texels at £117, Simon Bennet 54kg Texels at £112, Ian Marsden 54kg Texels £107, TH Mellin 50kg Suffolks at £107 and John Turner 49kg Texels at £110 and £108.
Smart lambs were a sharp trade again without seeing the out and out quality of last week, the better end around 230p to 250p with Rob Marshall of Dacre topping at 252.3p selling to Keelham Farmshop. Other top prices per head saw Tony Kiernan sell to £116, Simon Bennett £112, Rob Marshall £111, W Watson £110, Ian Marsden £109, Ellis Bros £108.
Mule Wethers again sold well, especially anything well fleshed, 3 pens over £90 with Richard Stockdale of Oat Croft topping at £94, Simon Barker of Airton £93 and Trevor Stoney with Dales Mules to £91. Mark Ewbank sold Swaledales to £74 and Ellis Bros to £65.
A large show of cast sheep were a solid trade, with a large proportion of sucked and fresh weaned ewes in the entry levelling at a similar trade to last week.

Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £82.34 per head or 197.12 p/kg

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 197.1p/kg         av 191.56p/kg      or £66.31 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 252.3p/kg         av 196.67p/kg      or £81.47 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 246.8p/kg         av 202.01p/kg      or £95.71 per head

52.1kg and over                 to 216.7p/kg         av 194.72p/kg      or £106.90 per head


Beltex average £95.16 per head or 231.36p/kg

£ per head: £116 T Kiernan; £108 Ellis Bros; £104, £103.50 JA&JH Hewetson; £102 E&M Townley & Son; £101, £100 Ellis Bros;

p/kg: 246.8p T Kiernan; 246.3p Ellis Bros; 245.5p Ellis Bros; 240p RC Crabtree; 238.1p Ellis Bros; 237.5p F&R Fielden

Suffolk average £83.07 per head or 195.43p/kg

£ per head: £117 T&S Binns; £113, £107 TH Mellin; £104 JW Barker & Son; £103 J Turner; £99 RA&M Earnshaw; £92.50 TH Mellin

p/kg: 216.7p T&S Binns; 214p TH Mellin; 214p RA&M Earnshaw; 212.2p JW Barker & Son; 210.2p TH Mellin; 207p A Guy;

Texel average £82.61 per head or 198.09p/kg

£ per head: £112 S&D Bennett; £111 JC Marshall; £110 W Watson; £110 J Turner; £109, £107, £107 I Marsden;

p/kg:252.3p, 239.5p JC Marshall; 238.6p J Turner; 238.1p T Kiernan; 237.8p DN&D Capstick; 237p I Marsden; 235.6p JC Marshall

Mule average £74.63 per head or 182.24p/kg

£ per head: £94 JW Stockdale; £93 JW Barker & Son; £91 JA Stoney & Son; £88 Ellis Bros; £83 K&G Stapleton; £81 JA Stoney & Son

p/kg:195.8p JW Stockdale; 193.6p, 188.4p JA Stoney & Son; 187.5p J&JA Preston; 187.5p R&KA Burley & Son; 187.2p Ellis Bros;

Charollais average £76.30 per head or 190.18p/kg

£ per head: £108 J Turner; £89 JW Barker; £83.50 A Guy & Son; £75 JD Simpson; £74 S Richardson, £72 LJ Clay

p/kg:220.40p J Turner; 198.8p A Guy & Son; 192.3p JD Simpson; 191p S Richardson; 189.4p JW Barker & Son; 184.6p LJ Clay

Swaledale average £44.05 per head or 142.11p/kg

£ per head: £74 MR Ewbank; £65 Ellis Bros; £62 JA Stoney & Son; £42.50 MR Ewbank; £37.50 G Banks;

p/kg: 172.2p JA Stoney & Son; 172.1p MR Ewbank; 171.1p Ellis Bros; 138.9p G Banks; 137.1p MR Ewbank

Rannock average £62 per head or 172.2p/kg

£ per head: £62 JA Stoney & Son

p/kg: 172.2p JA Stoney & Son


Cull Ewes average £53.55

Suffolk to £91.50, Texel to £107.50, BFL to £90.50, Mule to £79.50, Swaledale to £50.50, Masham to £65.50, Charollais to £95.50, Beltex  to £66.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £107.50 JD Simpson; £107.50 DG Boothman

Mule/Masham: £79.50 AJ Taylor; £78.50 J Howard

Horned: £50.50 K Huck; £48.50 T&C Robinson;

Hill: £90.50 JG Pears; £74.50 JH Throup  

Cast Rams average £68.80

Texel to £94.50 Charollais to £94.50 JD Simpson; BFL to £54.50 JH Throup


Rearing Calves to £455 (94)

94 calves through the ring today, with a 4 month old Stirk from George and Pauline Fleetwood topping the day at £660. Fred Houseman topped the female calves at £455 for a tremendous British Blue heifer selling to regular buyers Stephen and Malcom Abbott. A run of Flekvieh calves on offer today met a strong trade with Colin Bentley of Thirsk selling the top price of £255.

Natives were the most hard fought over with Michael Heron topping the bulls at £300 for a 26 day old bull and Richard Spence of Sutton in Craven topped heifers at £305 for a Angus heifer out of a Friesian.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £398) to £660 G&PS Fleetwood                          

British Blue x (Av £345.67) to £410 Church Farm Enterprises  

Simmental x (Av £250) to £250 A&SL Throup                                              

Aberdeen Angus (Av £201.29) to £300 DL DM & J Heron

Flekvieh (Av £240) to £255 CN Bentley

Norwegien x (Av £79) to £90 J Gooch

Black & White (Av £61.39) to £185 F Spence                               

Cont av £353.09 Native av £201.29


Heifer Calves                                                                                       

Ab Angus (Av £192.78) to £305 F Spence                                                     

British Blue (Av £336.82) to £455 Church Farm Enteprises

Lim (Av £302.28) to £360 CN Bentley

Cont av £322.27 Native av £192.78