Forward: 70 Prime cattle comprising 24 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 6 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 40 Cast Cattle 1,578 Prime Sheep comprising 345 Spring Lambs, 949 Old Season Lambs, 284 Cast Ewes & Rams 474 Breeding Sheep 24 Rearing Calves

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Messrs AA&E Critchley of Hutton near Preston made it another successful visit with the leading gross a 550kg British Blue Heifer at £1416 or 257.5p/kg and leading price per kg with a Limousin cross heifer weighing 515kg which made 260.5pkg with both sales snapped up by Alan Beecroft of Lancaster’s Countrystyle Butchers.



465-555kg                                             to 240.5p/kg        av. 239.48p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 229.5p/kg        av. 206.42p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 234.5p/kg        av. 232.08p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 260.5p/kg        av. 230.21p/kg


560kg+                                                   to 138.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1343, JA Drake (BBx) 1276, JM Townsend (Char) 1268, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1253.

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (BBx) 240.5, JA Drake (BBx) 238.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 229.5, JM Townsend (Charx) 224.5


£ per head: AA&E Critchley&Son (BBx) 1416,(Limx) 1342, 1327, JA Drake (Limx) 1315, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1290

p/kg: AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 260.5,257.5,245.5, JA Drake (Limx) 243.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 240.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx)234.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   160.45p/kg           £1004.16

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: RG Church Ltd (AAx Hfr) 1288, JN&J Rennard (AAx Hfr) 1116, H Downs&Son (B&W Hfr) 976,975

p/kg: JN&J Rennard (AAx Hfr) 178.5, RG Church Ltd (AAx Hfr) 169.5, M Baul&Sons Ltd (B&W Hfr) 154.5, H Downs&Son 9B&W Hfr) 153.5,152.5,150.5             


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   118.79p/kg           £746.51

Cast cow continues in a very strong vein with a high proportion of worn dairies in the mix very well. Beef cows on offer were halfbred 130p+.

Black & White                       to 128.5p/kg                        av. 109p/kg

Limx                                       to 153.5p/kg                        av. 139.93p/kg

BBx                                         to 148.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 137.5p/kg                        av. 131.19p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: M Baul&Sons Ltd 942, 854, GB Moorhouse 893, H Downs&Son 892, JC Marshall 874, N&SA Fort 741

p/kg: JC Marshall 128.5, GB Moorhouse 127.5, M Baul&Sons Ltd 127.5, RD Metcalfe&Sons 122.5, H Downs&Son 120.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: JA Stoney&Son 1054

p/kg: JA Stoney&Son 148.5


£ per head: D Wells 1151, 1026, JA Stoney&Son 1144, BS Simpson 894

p/kg: JA Stoney&Son 153.5, D Wells 148.5,144.5, BS Simpson 136.5,135.5,


£ per head: B&LN Dibb 1169, J Drinkall Ltd 923,861,828

p/kg:B&LN Dibb 137.5, J Drinkall Ltd 132.5, 128.5, 126.5,E&E Metcalfe&Son 129.5,



Overall Average                                   147.5p/kg             £1109.94


£ per head: B&LN Dibb (Char) 1392, JC&N Throup (BB) 828

p/kg: JC&N Throup (BB) 192.5, B&LN Dibb (Char) 129.5


1,578 Prime Sheep

Spring Lambs were forward in much larger numbers and attracted a huge ringside of 14 customers covering local butchers, retailers, local wholesalers and large processors. The 345 head were easily dealt with and sold to an average of 238p/kg and highs of 326p/kg or £137 per head for a pen four continentals from GA Hewitt & Son of Giggleswick selling to Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster. Richard & Thomas Ogg made the long run from Scunthorpe and topped at 315p/kg or £126 of their best pen to Vivers Scotlamb who made their first foray into the new season lamb market. They sold further pens at 283p 282p 279p and 278p. Robert Towers was up the top of the prices as usual and made 292p to Hartshead Meat Company of Mossley, whilst Tom Walmsley of D&A Livestock in Haverah Park made 285p and JA Stoney & Son 282p. Outwith the top prices per head mentioned above, Mark Evans made £125 to Swaledale Food, GA Hewitt £125 to Harthead Meats, Mark Evans £123.50 to Tom Shepherdson. Keelham Farmshop also purchased new season lambs, the best of which were £122 from Robert Towers.

Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £102.16 per head or 238.29p/kg         

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 326.2p/kg         av 240.28p/kg      or £99.15 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 265.2p/kg         av 224.30p/kg      or £108.58 per head


Suffolk average £99.41 per head or 232.08p/kg

£ per head: £125, £123.50 ML Evans; £123, £122 JD &V Towers; £121 TH Mellin; £121x2, £120x2 ML Evans;

p/kg: 292.9p JD&V Towers; 277.8p ML Evans; 275p TH Mellin; 275p, 274.4p ML Evans; 273.8p JD&V Towers & Son

Texel average £105.69 per head or 242.76p/kg

£ per head: £137 GA Hewitt; £126 R Ogg; £125 GA Hewitt & Son; £122 JD&V Towers; £122 TA Robinson; £120x2 D&A Livestock

p/kg: 326.2p GA Hewitt; 315p R Ogg; 285.7p D&A Livestock; 283.8p R Ogg; 282.1p JA Stoney; 282.1p R Ogg

Charollais average £99.75 per head or 239.65p/kg

£ per head: £117, £110, £108 JD&V Towers; £109 D&A Livestock; £104 B&M Craven & Son; £100 D&A Livestock;

p/kg: 275p, 272.1p JD&V Towers & Son; 260p B&M Craven & Son; 259.5p D&A Livestock; 257.1p JD&V Towers & Son 


Old Season Lambs were a fantastic trade, especially the heavy hogs, 46kg to 52kg hogs averaged 205p and overall the hogs stand at 194p. John Thwaite of Horton Hall made £113 of 52kg Texels to Swaledale Foods, Jimmy Baines £110 & £109 of two pens of Texels to the same buyer. Plenty of good fleshed hoggs regardless of breed weighing 48kg to 50kg selling for £102 to £106 or 195p to 215p, meat sold well, with Banks Farms selling four pens of Mules for over £100 each!. Top price per kilo 231p from K Saffrey selling to Hartshead Meats


Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £90.20 per head or 194.8p/kg             

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 175.0p/kg         av 145.59p/kg      or £43.11 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 171.4p/kg         av 163.62p/kg      or £81.56 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 231.1p/kg         av 197.72p/kg      or £81.56 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 220.7p/kg         av 205.89p/kg      or £101.29 per head

52.1kg and over                  to 213.2p/kg         av 174.41p/kg      or £97.97 per head

Beltex average £90.16 per head or 374.66p/kg

£ per head: £108 C Sargeant; £104, £103, £98 K Saffrey; £97 K Marshall; £96.50 C Sargeant; £90 H Baines

p/kg: 231.1p, 217.8p, 214.6p, 212.8p K Saffrey; 219.3p C Sargeant; 215.6p K Marshall; 270.7p C Sargent;

Suffolk average £99 per head or 197.69p/kg

£ per head: £109 J Baines; £106.50, £106 C Sargent; £106 TA Robinson; £106 K Marshall; £106 Banks Farm Ltd;

p/kg:210.2p, 210p,  209.8p Banks Farms Ltd; 202p FW Pybus; 200.9p, 194p C Sargeant; 176.6p SP&VM Morris

Texel average £94.94 per head or 198.43p/kg

£ per head:£113 TR Thwaite & Son; £110 J Baines; £109 J Baines; £107 D Garstang; £106.50 C Sargeant;

p/kg:220.7p, 220.5p, 214.8p K Marshall; 216.3p TA Robinson;216.3p Banks Farms Ltd; 214p MJ&GC Dobson; 213.8p J Lord;

Mule average £88.78 per head or 186.84p/kg

£ per head: £103.5, £103 x2, £102, £82 Banks Farms; £80 R&KA Burley & Son; £80 Banks Farms Ltd; £79 D&P Spence & Son

p/kg:208.2p, 207p, 206p, 190.7p Banks Farms Ltd; 193.6p H&M Plews; 177.5p D&P Spence & Son; 173.7p S Dorey; 

Charollais average £105.23 per head or 208.27p/kg

£ per head: £107, £106x2, £97, £89 C Sargeant;

p/kg:214p 207.8p, 204p, 194p C Sargeant;

Swaledale average £71.16 per head or 159.84p/kg

£ per head: £84 R&KA Burley & Son; £83 G&MA Lawn & Son; £83 BW Appleton; £77 T Boothman; £77 R&KA Burley & Son;

p/kg: 187.5p S Dorey; 184.4p BW Appleton; 183.3p R&KA Burley & Son; 175.6p H&M Plews; 175p, 173.7p BW Appleton

Cheviot average £99.59 per head or 213.57p/kg

£ per head: £106, £99.50, £97, £70 J Lord;

p/kg: 216.3p, 215.6p, 207.8p, 170.7p J Lord

Lonk average £81.42 per head or 193p/kg

£ per head: £86.50, £85.50, £82.50, £82 Bryan Dibb; £80 SP&VM Morris; £79.50, £76.50 Bryan Dibb; £75 K Marshall;

p/kg:201.2p, 200p, 194.3p, 193.9p, 191.9p, 186.6p Bryan Dibb; 182.9p K Marshall; 177.5p SP&VM Morris;



Cull Ewes average £56.70

Suffolk to £114.50, Texel to £118.50, Lonk to £61.50, Mule to £72.50, Lleyn to £64.50, Swaledale to £58.50, Herdwick to £41.50, Hampshire to £91.50, Lonk  to £61.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £118.50, £113.50 R Newby

Mule/Masham: £72.50 Ashfield Farms; £69.50 AG Horn;  

Horned: £61.50x2 SP&VM Morris; £58.50 Ashfield Farms

Hill: £64.50, £61.50 CD&RF Kitching; £41.50 R Farmer

Cast Rams average £67.10

Texel to £111.50 RA&E Smith; Charollais to £68.50 SP&VM Morris; Swaledale to £52.50 AG Horn; Beltex to £79.50 T Boothman; Lonk to £76.50 SP&VM Morris;



Breeding Sheep


A slightly smaller show of sheep with lambs met with a blistering trade, with all classes up on the week, and an army of buyers looking for outfits. Still plenty of trade. Thomas Boothman had hoggs and lambs at £200 as did Robert & Raymond Johnson. Neil Heseltine hit £195 for shearling and twins, whilst ewes with single lambs were keenly sought all sale long, especially anything with power, Mark Lewis having 3 packets of sheep all at £158, Frank Throup £150 and plenty of others at £135-£140. Please advise the mart office of entries by Friday Lunchtime. Thankyou.


Suffolk Ewe with Single      to £120

Texel Ewe with Single         to £150

Texel Ewe with Twins         to £185

Texel Shlg with Single         to £158

Texel Hogg with Single       to £200 av £153

Texel Hogg with Twins        to £165

Mule Ewe with Single         to £158 av £134

Mule Ewe with Twins         to £160 av £147

Mule Ewe with 1.5              to £130

Mule Shlg with Single         to £125

Mule Shlg with Twins          to £195

Mule Hogg with Single        to £200 av £165

Mule Hogg with Twins        to £145

Swale Ewe with Twins        to £85

Beltex Ewe with Twins       to £190



Rearing Calves to £400

B&W av £88.30 Cont av £354.67 Native av £230

Quiet show forward this week however again trade flying for these handy calves. Straight black and whites flying off the shelves with Richard Spence at £155 for his B&W bull at 4 weeks and Chris Drake at £145 for a 5 week old Holstein bull calf.


Blues pretty potent also however it was a strong limousin bull from Chris Watson of Horton Pasture that topped the days trade at £400 with John and Rob Marshall making the most of the strong trade and hitting £385 for a sweet 4 week old bull.


Calves continue to be in strong demand and the auction offers the best place to maximise price. Please come and drop some of and find out.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £345) to £400 C Watson                       

Brit Blue x (Av £358.75) to £385 JC Marshall                                                                                               

Black & White (Av £88.30) to £155 RM Spence                           


Heifer Calves       

British Blue (Av £353.33) to £380 J Gooch

Hereford (Av £200) to £200 JC Marshall

Shorthorn to £260 JC Marshall