MARKET REPORT – MONDAY 1st DECEMBER 2014 Forward: 78 Prime cattle comprising Clean Cattle 3 (under 30 mos), 2 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 73 Cast Cattle. 3,359 Prime Sheep comprising 2,906 Prime Lambs, 453 Cast Ewes & Rams. 92 Rearing Calves (inc Christmas Show). 6 Loads of produce. Todays Sale incorporated the Christmas Prize Shows and Sales of Rearing Calves, Cast Cattle and Cast Sheep. All sections were very well supported and the prize awards and prices are contained within the following report.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


501kg                                                     to 193.5p/kg

501- 590kg                                            to 188.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

Cont x Hfr

£ per head: B Spensley Ltd 961,909,904

p/kg: B Spensley Ltd 193.5,188.5,161.5

Cull Cow Prices

Christmas Cast Cattle Show

Native – 1st J&JA Preston   2nd & 3rd JW Hall

Continental – 1st B Lund     2nd M Bentham     3rd JH Throup

Dairy Bred – 1st P Bolland   2nd GT Booth         3rd G Abbott & Son

Champion – B Lund                             Reserve – M Bentham


Overall Average                                   100.26p/kg           £696.76

Black & White                       to 116.5p/kg                        av 93.85p/kg

MRI                                         to 93.5p/kg                          av 89.34p/kg

Limx                                       to 155.5p/kg                        av 133.32p/kg

BBx                                         to 169.5p/kg                        av 137.79p/kg

Parth                                      to 186.5p/kg                        av 170.54p/kg

Blondex                                 to 153.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 121.5p/kg                        av 113.69p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: PJ Bolland 1019,RE Ayrton&Son 903,GT Booth 876,867,G Abbott&Sons 873,WP Gratton 860

p/kg: PJ Bolland 116.5, G Abbott&Sons 108.5, G Pickersgill&Sons 107.5, JC Marshall 107.5, WP Gratton 107.5, RE Ayrton 107.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: KW Gamble 1076, A Priestley 715

p/kg: : KW Gamble 169.5, A Priestley 107.5



£ per head: JH Throup 155.5, TE Walker 126.5, J&G Huck 113.5

p/kg: JH Throup 1236, TE Walker 936, J&G Huck 721


£ per head: B Lund 1361,1205

p/kg: B Lund 186.5, M Bentham 155.5


£ per head: D&J Isherwood 953,J&JA Preston 863,824

p/kg:J&JA Preston 121.5,118.5,D&J Isherwood 113.5


Overall Average                                   121.5p/kg             £1129.95


£ per head: B Lund 1130

p/kg: B Lund 121.5


3,359 Prime Sheep

Numbers much tighter than anticipated this week and as a result the trade was significantly up on the week as buyers competed hard for the sheep on offer. Even though we held the Christmas Show yesterday, there were still some excellent runs of smart lambs forward for the regular weekly sale, and 250p plus was where the best end generally got to, up to 292.5p for Beltex from Paul Simpson.

Commercial sheep were short of requirements and 42kg to 45kg nice Texels and Continentals 190p to 200p, straight sorts 180p. Mule lambs were a tremendous trade, Joe Throup leading todays sale at £83.50 for a pen weighing 44kg’s (189p). Heavy lambs were also significantly dearer on the week by around £5-£7 per head.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £81.92 per head or 188.53p/kg                                                         

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 218.8p/kg         av 156.15p/kg      or £47.76 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 234.5p/kg         av 186.57p/kg      or £63.59 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 292.5p/kg         av 194.62p/kg      or £81.43 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 215.2p/kg         av 177.31p/kg      or £85.49 per head

52.1kg and over                  to 181.8p/kg         av 160.19p/kg      or £88.47 per head

Beltex average £107 per head or 232.4p/kg

£ per head: £119, £117, £114, £109 PW Simpson; £113, £112 James Garth & Son; £111 M Hall;

p/kg: 292.5p, 285p, 283.3p PW Simpson; 282.5p, 266.7p James Garth & Son; 258.1p M Hall

Suffolk average £82.34 per head or 181.6p/kg

£ per head: £99 SD Bennett; £95.50 AL Thompson; £91 N&M Sutcliffe; £89.50, £88.50 RL Wright & Son

p/kg: 196.5p TH Mellin; 194.3p DW&CJ Towler; 193.9p x2 CD&RF Kitching; 191.9p S Spensley & Co

Texel average £82.01 per head or 187.9p/kg

£ per head: £102 PW Simpson; £102 DN&D Capstick; £97 AL Thompson; £97 L Simpson & Son

p/kg: 240.8p DW&CJ Towler; 232.1p K Marshall; 220.9p J Sugden; 220.2p B&K Wellock; 215.5p MP Jennings

Mule average £75.93 per head or 171.28p/kg

£ per head: £83.50 JC&N Throup; £82, £80.50 GW Houseman & Partners; £80x2 BS Simpson

p/kg: 189.7p JC&N Throup; 186.4p, 185.7p, 184.1p, 183p, 181.8p GW Houseman & Partners; 182.4p JJ Beckwith & Sons

Charollais average £83.02 per head or 187.97p/kg

£ per head: £100, £93, £92 C Marwood & Son; £93 JG Senior; £91 Yorcot Farm Partners; £87.5 AJ Bancroft

p/kg: 202.2p Yorcot Farm Partners; 195.5p JA&JH Hewetson; 193.8p, 191.7p, 190p CW Marwood & Son

Swaledale average £60.88 per head or 161.97p/kg

£ per head: £70 R Mawson; £67 DH Heseltine; £65 Ellis Bros; £64.50 DS Hollings; £63.50 GB&G Grange & Son

p/kg: 179.2p DS Hollings; 171.1p Ellis Bros; 167.1p GB&G Grange & Son; 158.8p JW Sayer & Son

Teeswater average £169.67 per head or 77.63p/kg

£ per head: £81, £72 CW Marwood & Son

p/kg 171.4p, 168.8p CW Marwood & Son

Lleyn average £78.31 per head or 189.5p/kg

£ per head: £79.50, £77.50 CD&RF Kitching; £74.50 N Speake;

p/kg: 193.9p, 189p CD&RF Kitching; 173.3p N SPeake

BFL average £77.85 per head or 158.23p/kg

£ per head: £87 JC&N Throup; £85, £78 Ellis Bros; £75.50 Ashfield Farms

p/kg: 162.5p Ellis Bros; 159.6p F Reeday & Son; 157.3p Ashfield Farms



Cull Ewes average £60.75

Suffolk to £106.5, Texel to £117.5, BFL to £101.5, Mule to £79.5, Lleyn to £60.50, Swaledale to £47.50, Charolais to £97.50, Dalesbred to £26.50, Beltex  to £114.50, Lonk  to £70.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £117.50 M Hall; £114.50 KW Gamble; £114.50 AL Thompson

Mule/Masham: £79.50 JW Stockdale & Son; £79.50 MP Jennings; £79.50 AL Dean & Sons

Horned: £70.50 SP&VM Morris; £47.50 C Nelson & Sons; £45.50 I Dowbiggin

Hill: £101.50 R&J Stockdale; £60.50 CH&OF Hammond; £60.50 BW Appleton

Cast Rams average £82.65

Texel to £129.50 RG Greenwood & Son; Suffolk to £124.50 RA&M Earnshaw; Swaledale to £62.50 R&J Stockdale; BFL to 100.5 W Mason; Lleyn to £84.50 H&S Maudsley; Beulah to £69.50 FM Shepherd & Sons


Cull Ewe Show

A full alley of 450 ewes forward for the Christmas Show and judging was split into 3 classes. Mr Mohammed Alam of Lancashire Direct Halal Meat kindly undertook the job of judging and gave the following prizes.


1st AL Dean

2nd J Turner

3rd JW Stockdale



1st K Gamble

2nd AL Thompson

3rd K Gamble



1st SP&MV Morris

2nd I Dowbiggin

3rd C Nelson & Son


92 Rearing Calves to £530

B&W av £68.42 Cont av £324 Native av £204

A great show of calves at today’s Christmas Show and thank you to Mathew Dibb for carrying out the judging duties. He awarded the following prizes

Christmas Calf Show

Class 1 – BB x Bull

1st & 2nd A Sowray & Son                    3rd Church Farm Enterprises

Class 2 – BB x Hfr

1st C&SB Whitelock              2nd JP&KE Hartley                 3rd A Sowray & Son

Class 3 – Lim x Bull

1st F Spence

Class 4 – Lim x Hfr

1st F Spence           2nd Al Dean & Son

Class 7 – Native Bull

1st JR C & D Drake                2nd S&PE Bowker

Class 8 – Native Hfr

1st D&J Herd          2nd JP&KE Hartley 3rd JR C&D Drake

Class 9 – B&W Bull

1st & 2nd PA Whitaker          3rd JP&KE Hartley

Class 10 – Cont x Male Stirk

1st M&R Smith      2nd Church Farm Enterprises             3rd IRG Collins & Partners

Class 11 – Cont x Hfr Stirk

1st Church Farm Enterprises


Champion – A Sowray & Son                             Reserve – F Spence


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £271) to £410 M&R Smith                    

Brit Blue x (Av £345) to £530 A Sowray & Son                             

Shorthorn x (Av £193) to £230 FA Holmes                                                   

Aberdeen Angus (Av £140) to £190 S&PE Bowker & Sons                                        

Black & White (Av £68.42) to £150 JP&KE Hartley                      


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £257) to £350 F Spence                         

Brit Blue x (Av £322) to £410 C&SB Whitelock                            

Ab Angus (Av £277) to £280 JP&KE Hartley                                                  

Shorthorn to (Av £190) to £190 FA Holmes & Son                                                     



Hay                         Quads                     to £22 per bale