MARKET REPORT – MONDAY 14th MARCH 2016 Forward: 63 Prime cattle comprising 13 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 3 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 47 Cast Cattle incl. 2 Mature Bulls. 3,033 Prime Sheep comprising 22 Spring Lambs 2,693 Old Season Lambs, 318 Cast Ewes & Rams. 440 Breeding Sheep. 64 Rearing Calves B&W av £69 Cont av £318.42 Native av £223.4 to £435. 27 Dairy Cattle: Newly Calven Heifers (18): av £1188 to £1780 M Baul & Partners. 13 Loads of produce.






Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Top price of 253.5 p/kg was the 465kg Limousin cross heifer represented by Ben Townsend trading as JM Townsend, Laneshawbridge which sold to Saltaire Butchers RC Binns. Top gross was a British Blue x Steer weighing 565kg from JR Metcalfe of Baldersby which sold to Keelham Farm Shop at 238.5p/kg or £1348.


465-555kg                                             to 237.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 238.5p/kg        av. 215.19p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 253.5p/kg        av. 244.91p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 239.5p/kg        av. 214.02p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (BBx) 1348, JA Drake (Limx) 1259, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1226,1171

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (BBx) 238.5, JA Drake (Limx) 237.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 209.5, 198.5


£ per head: JA Drake (Blondex) 1307, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 1245, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1239, JM Townsend (Limx) 1176

p/kg: JM Townsend (Limx) 253.5, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 239.5,(Limx) 236.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 231.5, JA Drake (Blondex) 223.5 Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   113.90p/kg           £618.85

Top Prices £ per head or p/kg

£ per head: GB Jennings (B&W) 853, SR Petty (Limx) 547,457

p/kg: GB Jennings (B&W) 124.5, SR Petty (Limx) 110.5,101.5 


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   89.82p/kg             £594.01

Cast cattle a very similar trade on the week with the overall average distorted by a pen of very lean Beef cows. The B&W average of 90.77p (66% of sale comprised dairies) against 91.23p/kg last week confirms continued firm demand in the face of heavy marketing of dairy culls.


Black & White                       to 115.5p/kg                        av 90.77p/kg

Charollais                               to 74.50p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 105.5p/kg                        av 87.64p/kg

BBx                                         to 111.5p/kg

Aberdeen Angus                  to 104.5p/kg

Blonde                                   to 111.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: £830.7 H Downs & Son; £820.88 AL Dean &Sons; £799.43 G Abbott & Sons; £753.53 AL Dean & Sons

p/kg: 115.50p DA Fort; 107.5p Frankland Farms; 106.5p H Downs & Son; 104.5p G Abbot & Sons

Brit Blue:

£ per head: £886.43 MW Harrison

p/kg: 111.50p MW Harrison


£ per head: £743.78, £697.13 R&KA Burley

p/kg: 105.5p, 97.5p R&KA Burley & Son; 49.5p CA Foster


£ per head: £808.38 J Cheetham

p/kg: 111.50 J Cheetham



Overall Average                                   106.44p/kg           £939.34

Top Prices £ per head or p/kg

£ per head: JC Marshall (AA) 986, H Downs&Son (B&W) 892

p/kg: H Downs&Son (B&W) 107.5, JC Marshall (AA) 105.5



440 Breeding Sheep


An increased entry of 440 head for this week’s sale as numbers begin to grow quickly. The entry was slightly more varied and trade also as well. Anything with strong lambs was good to sell as buyers definitely look towards quality and these would generally upkeep last week’s trade. However anything with young lambs at foot were cheaper on the week. Another good entry promised for next week, and there is a show and sale in two week’s time on Easter Monday.


Texel Cross

Shlgs and Single to £115 TWH Farming.

Shlgs and Twins to £162 RJ Umpleby.

2Shr and Singles to £170 Watson Livestock.

2shr ad Twins to £175 Watson Livestock.

Correct and Twins to £158 RJ Umpleby.

Correct and Singles to £170 RJ Umpleby.

B/M and Twins to £185 JGE Heseltine & Son.

B/M with Singles to £145 H Carr & Son.


Shlg with Twins to £150 S Sleightholme.

Shlg with Singles to £165 RJ Umpleby.

Correct and Twins to £180 JR&DL Ogden.

Correct and Singles to £122 JR&DL Ogden.

b/m and Twins to £170 F Reeday & Son.

b/m and 1.5 lambs to £105 B&M Craven & Son.

b/m and singles to £105 JR&DL Ogden



3,033 Prime Sheep


Prime Sheep numbers keep coming forward well for the middle of March and the first of this seasons Spring Lambs were forward. Robert Towers topped the sale at £123 and £122 per head, the former purchased by Lane Ends Farm Shop in Tong and the latter by RC&B Binns and Daughter who run a retail butchers shop in Saltaire. Charles Marwood from Whenby had the top prices per kilo, both for pens of 43kg Charollais lambs, the first at 279p or £120 per head to RC&B Binns and Daughter, and 274p or £118 per head to Lane Ends Farm Shop. 22 Spring lambs overall average of 258.7p/kg or £116.32 per head.


Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £116.32 per head or 258.75p/kg       

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 279.1p/kg         av 265.9p/kg         or £115 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 254.2p/kg         av 247.9p/kg         or £121 per head

52.1kg and over   to 215.1p/kg         av 215.1p/kg         or £114 per head


Charollais average £116.32 per head or 258.75p/kg

£ per head: £123, £122, £120, £118, £115, £114x2 JD&V Towers & Son; £120, £118 CW Marwood & Son  

p/kg: 279.1p 274.4p, 261.9p, 251.2p CW Marwood & Son; 266.7p, 262.2p JD&V Towers  


Old Season Lambs were up another gear, overall average of 196p/kg, the highest of this season, or £83.69. Nick Capstick of Bolton by Bowland had top price of £123 per head purchased by Skipton regular Thomas Shepherdson, closely followed at £122, £119 and £116 from K Saffrey, and £120 on three occasions, £119, £118, £117 twice and £115 from Paul Simpson. Walter Parkinson had two pens at £114 and Tim Robinson also sold a pen at £114. Ralph and Val Crabtree saw their run of lambs top at £113. 53 pens in total sold for £100 or more.

Paul Simpson had 315p, 310p twice, 300p and 297p twice for Old season lambs, whilst K Saffrey topped at 305p and 297p.

Commercial types of lambs saw handy weights 200p to 220p, and heavies 185p to 210p depending on quality. 46kg to 52kg lambs averaged 193p for all breeds, including a large amount of Mule wethers. Mules topped at 198p and £93 per head on two occasions from Steve Dorey, Thomas Atkins was close behind on 197p. Horned and Hill bred wethers again stepped up a gear, Swaledales topped at 186p from Peter Houseman, Dalesbred 181p from JC&DJ Marshall, Gritstone 186p from Jim Greenwood, Cheviots 223p from Tony Kiernan, and Scotch Black Faces 199p from Thomas Atkins.


Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £83.69 per head or 196.67p/kg

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 194.3p/kg         av 178.6p/kg         or £61.80 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 315.8p/kg         av 202.94p/kg      or £83.73 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 245.7p/kg         av 192.94p/kg      or £92.72 per head

52.1kg and over   to 203.6p/kg         av 177.66p/kg      or £94.49 per head


Beltex average £98.81 per head or 243.7p/kg

£ per head: £122 K Saffrey; £120x3 £119, £118 x2 PW Simson; £119 K Saffrey

p/kg: 315.8p, 310.8p, 310.5p PW Simpson; 305p K Saffrey; 300p PW Simpson; 297.5p PW Simpson; 297.5p K Saffrey

Suffolk average £86.71 per head or 193.27p/kg

£ per head: £104 SF&S Hartley; £95.50 W Watson; £95 SM Collinson; £93.50 AC Simpson; £93.50 T Kiernan;

p/kg: 210.2p T Kiernan; 202.5p W Watson; 198.9p T Kiernan; 197.9p T Atkins; 197.8p AC Simpson; 197.6p T Charnley

Texel average £86.84 per head or 201.81p/kg

£ per head: £123 DN&D Capstick; £116 K Saffrey; £114 TA Robinson; £114 x2 W&J Parkinson; £113 JR Crabtree;

p/kg: 269.8p K Saffrey; 265.1p x2, 260.5p W&J Parkinson; 256.8p WH&JW Hartley; 248.8p R Crabtree & Son;

Mule average £85.14 per head or 190.26p/kg

£ per head: £93 x2, £91.50, £90, £88 S Dorey; £88 BS Simpson; £87 AC Simpson;

p/kg: 198.9p, 197.7p, 196.6p, 195.7p, 195.6p, 194.3p, 193.2p S Dorey; 197.7p T Atkins;

Lleyn average £75.07 per head or 190.4p/kg

£ per head: £77, £63.50 RG&SJ Paul

p/kg: 192.5p, 176.4p RG&SJ Paul

Swaledale average £64.36 per head or 171.7p/kg

£ per head: £88 C Nelson & Sons; £83.50 GW Houseman & Partners; £80 K Huck; £80 Hayton & Stocks; £77.50 J Baines

p/kg: 186.3p, 185.6p GW Houseman & Partners; 184.5p J Baines; 182.1p GW Houseman & Partners; 180p Ellis Bros;

Dalesbred average £61.06 per head or 161.4p/kg

£ per head: £81 K Lister & Sons; £80 JC&DJ Marshall; £78 T Atkins; £77 Hayton & Stocks; £75 DM&SV Throup;

p/kg: 181.8p JC&DJ Marshall; 180.5p K Lister & Sons; 178.4p DM&SV Throup; 173.3p T Atkins; 171.8p Hayton & Stocks;

SBF average £73.53 per head or 183.90p/kg

£ per head: £92, £79.50 JE Slater; £79.50 T Atkins; £76.50, £73 J&E Slater; £69 AR&CA Parkinson

p/kg: 198.8p T Atkins; 191.7p, 187.2p J&E Slater; 187.2p T Atkins; 186.6p, 184.9 J&E Slater

Cheviot  average £93.58 per head or 194.32p/kg

£ per head: £98x2 £97.50x2 £96, £95 C Middleton; £94, £93 T Kiernan;

p/kg: 223.2p 219p 216.3p, 215.1p 213.6p T Kiernan; 201.2p G&JN Booth; 198.9p, 196.7p C Middleton




Cull Ewes average £53.38

Suffolk to £94.50, Texel to £143.5, BFL to £104.5, Mule to £73.5, Lleyn to £73.5, Swaledale to £50.5, Dalesbred to £42.50, Cheviot  to £61.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £143.5, £121.5 W Watson; £96.50 CN&SA Harrison

Mule/Masham: £73.50 FG Throup; £71.50 DJA Thompson

Horned: £50.50 JK Wilson; £50.50 C Nelson & Sons

Hill: £73.50, £68.50 N Speake; £63.50 Fleets Farms


Cast Rams average £53.22

Texel to £94.50 N Walker; Suffolk to £74.50 B Shepherd; Swaledale to £51.50; Dalesbred to £55.50 JM Brown; Teeswater to £56.50 RH&EA Close; Beltex to £84.50 R&VM Clarke 



Rearing Calves to £435 (64)

B&W av £69 Cont av £318.42 Native av £223.4

Calves still finding an Insatiable trade once again with not the best show of calves forward but they were met with a blistering prices for what they were.  Blues topped the day’s trade with John Blackwell, Gargrave topping with a Bull at £435 and one of Johnny Moons of Wigglesworth run of 8 at £415. More even show of Limousin’s saw the top price of £395 from Graham Hayton help the average up to £360 for bulls. British Blue heifers were well fought over by numerous bidders with 7 of 13 over £300 to top at £385 from JP&KE Hartley with some small calves tempering the average back to £282.


With 90% of the calves beef bred the few black and whites were hard fought over and sold to a strong average for what was on offer, more needed.


Interesting to note when comparing the average age of today’s calves was 47 days.


NB: Calf Show Next Week with the Best Calves up for Grabs. Show 10.30am and Sale 11am




Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £360) to £395 Hayton & Stocks                           

Brit Blue x (Av £350.88) to £435 HJ&K Blackwell                        

Simmental x to £365 CN&SA Harrison                                                           

MRI to £175 N&R Sutcliffe

Ab Angus (Av £236) to £275 JM Smith & Son

Hereford X to £235 J Wellock

Saler (Av £232) to £300 JT Thornber                              

Black & White (Av £69.17) to £100 ML&JE Kayley & Son                           


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x  to £250 JC Marshall                      

Brit Blue x (Av £282.31) to £385 JP&KE Hartley                          

Ab Angus (Av £210.83) to £255 JC Marshall

Blonde x (Av 252.50) to £280 N&R Sutcliffe

Simmental x to £255 CN&SA Harrison                                                           

Saler (Av £217.5) to £235 JT Thornber                                                          



Craven Dairy Auction (27 head)

 All the signs this morning were for a dire trade with no one in the shippon until 5 minutes prior to the sale and miraculously turned into a better trade than the last two sales. Pre Sale show Champion from Peter Baul of Bishop Thornton  calved 21 days and giving 32kgs went on to top the sale at £1780 with Robin Jennings taking the Reserve Champion Rosette with a heifer bred by the Late John Whittaker of Laneshawbridge and giving 33kgs at 18 days calved and sold for £1700.


Incalf heifers were also a good trade with the 4 on offer averaging £1058 and selling to £1120 for a big strong heifer from David and Jill Pennock.


Judge – James Kayley

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st M Baul & Partners 2nd GB Jennings 3rd Thimbleby Farms

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st  WR Ireland 2nd N Parker 3rd WR Ireland

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st I Olivers and Partners 2nd and 3rd E Pennock & Son

                                Champion – M Baul & Partners        Reserve – GB Jennings


Newly Calven Heifers (18): av £1188 to £1780 M Baul & Partners


Newly Calven Cows (2): av £840 to £900 WR Ireland


Incalf Heifers (4): av £1058 to £1120 E Pennock & Son


Heifer Calves (3)  av £180 to £180 C Watson



Hay                                         Mini Hestons                        to £49.50 per tonne or £20.50 per bale

                                                Small Bale                              to £2.30 per bale

Wheat Straw                        Mini Hestons                        to £11 per bale

                                                Quads                                     to £57 per tonne

Barley Straw                         Round                                    to £12.50 per bale

                                                Small Bale                              to £1.90 per bale