MARKET REPORT - MONDAY 18TH DECEMBER 2013 42 Prime Cattle comprising 3 Clean Cattle & 39 Cast Cattle 3,267 Prime sheep comprising 2938 Prime Lambs, 329 Cast Ewes & Rams 67 Rearing calves 20 Dairy cattle 1 Loads of produce


42 Prime Cattle comprising 3 Clean Cattle & 39 Cast Cattle

3,267 Prime sheep comprising 2938 Prime Lambs, 329 Cast Ewes & Rams

67 Rearing calves

20 Dairy cattle

1 Loads of produce


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


650+kg                   to 213.5p/kg        av 211.46p/kg


501-590kg             to 225.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

B Spensley Ltd                      BBx Hfr                   £1184                    225.5p

TH&A Pickard & Son            Blonde x Str          £1152                    209.5p

TH&A Pickard & Son            Blonde x Str          £1131                    213.5p

Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                   105.43p/kg           £676.98

Cast cows a sharp trade in the last full week of trading. It is likely that there will be demand on Monday 30th December as processors look to secure supplies for the New Year.


Black & White                       to 146.5p/kg                        av 103.17p/kg

MRI                                         to 109.5p

Limx                                       to 129.5p/kg                        av 117.61p/kg

AAx                                         to 127.5p/kg                        av 102.38p/kg

Charx                                      to 106.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head)

Limousin: £997 £950 J Drinkall Ltd, £871 JC&N Throup

B&W: £896 £859 SW&JE Ryder&Son, £841 £808 £804 J Caygill & Ptns, £825 AL Dean&Sons, £825 K&M Berry&Sons


Top Prices (p/kg)

Limousin: 129.5p J Drinkall Ltd, 123.5p JC&N Throup, 119.5p   S&T Fawcett                                         

AAx: 127.5p J Drinkall Ltd 

B&W: 146.5p IR&DE Wellock, 121.5p 118.5p J Caygill&Ptns, 119.5p 118.5p 114.5p SW&JE Ryder&Son



3,267 Prime Sheep

A very similar trade on the week for most classes. Smart lambs the usual good trade with butchers, wholesalers and exporters all competing strongly. The commercial export lambs were all 180p to 190p, whilsy heavier lowlambs lambs were generally £30 to £35 over the weight, smarter end generally £40 to £45 over. Hill lambs were forward in much larger numbers with just over 1,000 Mule and horned lambs in the entry which makes the overall average of 170p look even more remarkable. Mule and horned lambs would general be a shad dearer. Most Swaledale lambs £20 to £25 over the weight, Mule lambs £26 to £28 over the weight. Cast ewes were a much sharper trade with additional buyers competing at the ringside.                                                                                                                                        

Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £73.10 per head or 170.46p/kg                                                         

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 181.7p/kg         av 171.3p/kg         or £54.42 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 248.5p/kg         av 169.5p/kg         or £57.71 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 265.0p/kg         av 174.2p/kg         or £73.02 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 226.1p/kg         av 162.2p/kg         or £77.52 per head

52.1kg and over   to 187.8p/kg         av 157.1p/kg         or £81.51 per head

Beltex average £81.46 per head or 207.6p/kg

Top prices: £106 or 265.0p/kg S Eddleston

Texel average £76.13 per head or 175.p/kg

Top prices: £90 Ellis Bros or 214.3p/kg G Sunderland

Suffolk average £77.61 per head or 168.9p/kg

Top prices: £85 H Raw or 183.0p/kg MJ Spensley

Charollais average £74.48 per head or 172.5p/kg

Top prices: £105 or 233.3p/kg Stocks Enterprises

Mule average £70.85 per head or 158.9p/kg

Top prices: £77 N&M Sutcliffe or 168.6p/kg KM&L Throup

Zwartable  average £78.00 per head or 181.4p/kg

Top prices: £78 or 181.4p/kg AL Thompson

Swaledale average £59.50 per head or 159.21p/kg

Top prices: £72 R Tennant or 173.4p/kg T Atkins

Cheviot average £73.81 per head or 167.4p/kg

Top prices: £75 or 174.4p/kg B Dibb

Lleyn average £71.24 per head or 177.97p/kg

Top prices: £74.80 CD&RF Kitching or 183.8p/kg HW&F Wilkinson

Beulah average £68 per head or 154.5p/kg

Top prices: £68 or 154.5p/kg K Marshall


Cull Ewes average £56.32

Suffolk to £110.50, Texel to £120, Charollais to £89.50, BFL to £, Mule to £64.50, Gritstone to £, Cheviot to £66.50, Lonk to £42.50, Lleyn to £58.50, Swaledale to £41.50, Beltex to £102.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £120 JA Drake; £110.50 F Reeday & Son

Mule/Masham: £64.50 J Turner; £60.50 B&K Wellock

Horned: £42.50 CA&A Crowther; £41.50 JA Drake

Hill: £66.50, £60.50 P Watson

Cast Rams average £82.14

Suffolk to £70.50, Texel to £77.50, Bleu Du Maine to £121.50, BFL to £95, Lonk to £52.50.

Top Prices: £95 K&GJ Huck; £82.50 AL Thompson; £77.50 A Fisher; £75.50 W Mason; £70.50 J Dibb



67 Rearing Calves to £365

B&W av £82 Cont av £286 Native av £170

The final calf sale of 2013 was very well supported with a number of fresh faces around the ringside to snap up some quality calves. Black and whites were in high demand with all standards being considerably dearer than previous weeks. Continentals were also well followed with even the planer sorts being hard fought over.


Thank you all very much for the support and look forward to seeing you all next year and increasing the numbers once more.

Bull Calves

Limousin x                             to £365                  av £317                  AP Townsend                      

Brit Blue x                             to £350                  av £313                  DL Leeming Ltd                   

Simmental                            to £300                  av £280                  DL Leeming Ltd

Aberdeen Angus                  to £235                  av £191                  Church Farm Enterprises

Hereford                               to £250                                                  K&M Berry & Son

Saler                                       to £175                                                  P Sharp & Son

Black & White                       to £148                  av £82                    Church Farm Enterprises


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x                             to £260                                                  A&SL Throup                       

Brit Blue x                             to £340                  av £276                  RL Wright & Son                 

Ab Angus                               to £162                  av £138                  DL DM & J Heron                                                


Craven Dairy Auction (20 head)

A small show of animals met a tremendous trade with 11 of the 17 milkers making over two thousand pounds. The show kindly judged by Mr Stuart Verity found the winner to be a home bred heifer from Robert Crisp, Calton who also luckily drew his own number in the BOCM prize raffle, the heifer that had been calved a week and giving 5 gallon was eventually purchased by returning purchaser Mr Blockley of Cheshire. Other notable prices were Jeremy Taylor at £2320, A Lawson & Son £2350, GB Moorhouse £2320, £2250 M Baul & Partners, £2100 & £2080 Jennings Farmers and two more from Robert Crisp at £2400 and £2200. All in all a great day had by all and a big thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout the Year.



Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st ASE Crisp & Son                              2nd & 3rd Jennings Farmers

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st & 2nd MD Parkinson & Son            3rd D&P Brown


            Sponsors of

   The Craven Dairy Auction


                                Maiden Heifers:                   1st 2nd & 3rd M Baul & Partners

Champion – ASE Crisp & Son                             Reserve – Jennings Farmers


Newly Calven Heifers:        to £2450 av £2350             

Newly Calven Cows:           to £1980 av £1886.67

Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers: to £2350 av £2140

Pedigree Newly Calven Brown Swiss: to £1950 av £1735

Bulling Heifers: to £920 av £910




Meadow Hay Quads                            to £31.50 per bale