MARKET REPORT - MONDAY 20TH JANUARY 2014 48 Prime cattle comprising 1 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 6 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 41 Cast Cattle 2,479 Prime Sheep comprising 2,226 Old Season Lambs, 253 Cast Ewes & Rams 44 Rearing Calves 9 Loads of produce


48 Prime cattle comprising  1 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 6 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 41 Cast Cattle

2,479 Prime Sheep comprising 2,226 Old Season Lambs, 253 Cast Ewes & Rams

44 Rearing Calves

9 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


590kg+                                   to 193.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

J Drinkall Ltd                         BBx Hfr                   £1180                    195.5p

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   124.10p/kg           £733.21

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

E&KM Marshall                     B&W Hfr                £822                       126.5p

J Roberts                                B&W Hfr                £785                       136.5p

EB Webster                           Sim Hfr                   £731                       130.5p

FN Addyman&Son                B&W Hfr                £727                       114.5p


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   106.67p/kg           £706.98

Cast cattle no less on week although slightly higher percentage of fed cattle forward. Steaking cows good to sell and plain cattle possibly firmer.

Black & White                       to 129.5p/kg                        av 101.94p/kg

Jersey                                     to 106.5p/kg

Brown Swiss                         to 104.5p/kg                        av 101.08p/kg

Hefdx                                     to 104.5p/kg                        av 101.01p/kg

BBx                                         to 134.5p/kg                        av 117.98p/kg

Blondex                                 to 125.5p/kg

Sim                                         to 119.5p/kg                        av 98.48p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head)

Brit Blue: SD Bennett £955

Lim: SD Bennett £814

B&W: M Baul&Ptns £839

Sim: EB Webster  £914

Top Prices (p/kg)

Brit Blue: SD Bennett 134.5p

Lim: CT&EM Hammond 131.5p

B&W: FN Addyman&Son    129.5p

Sim: EB Webster  130.5p

2,479 Prime Sheep

An increased entry of sheep met with a stronger trade to average 8p/kg up on the week at 182.2p/kg overall, with an SQQ of 184p/kg.

Smart lambs were, as predicted, good to sell. The best of these came from Stephen Pepper whose pen of 3 Beltex crosses weighing 40kg made £123 each purchased on behalf of Hartshead Meat Company. The very best end made 250p plus, nice Beltex types trading away around 220p. In the lump, Stephen Pepper also made £106 & £101, Ellis Bros £112 & £108, John Mellin £109 & £102 with Kevin Marshall weighing in at £100.

Commercial export lambs were a good trade. Continental and Suffolk crosses weighing 37kg to 39kg making 190p to 205p, whilst the 40kg to 43kg were making 180p to 195p. The average for Texels 36kg to 45kg was 189p/kg. Compare this to the 46kg to 52kg lambs where the average dropped to 174p/kg, and producers should decide whether it is economic to add extra weight to sheep if it pushes them overfat. Hill Bred lambs were a similar trade as last week, but not just as much weight about with the Mule lambs, mainly 38kg to 43kg. Averaging 165p/kg.

Cast sheep were forward in less numbers with trade seen to be slightly sharper on the week topping £126.50 averaging £58.63.


Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £73.78 per head or 182.1p/kg                                                   

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 218.3p/kg         av 157.5p/kg         or £48.35 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 242.4p/kg         av 179.7p/kg         or £60.72 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 307.5p/kg         av 185.7p/kg         or £75.55 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 225.0p/kg         av 171.7p/kg         or £82.43 per head

52.1kg and over   to 183.0p/kg         av 161.9p/kg         or £92.30 per head

Beltex average £85.31 per head or 216.4p/kg

Top prices: £123 or 307.5p/kg s Pepper

Texel average £78.09 per head or 185.8p/kg

Top prices: £109 JW Mellin or 234.6p/kg H Baines

Suffolk average £76.11 per head or 172.5p/kg

Top prices: £91 R Emmott or 190.2p/kg WA VJ JA Towler

Charollais average £69.16 per head or 182.6p/kg

Top prices: £92 or 191.7p/kg Ellis Bros

Lleyn average £68.11 per head or 185.0p/kg

Top prices: £77 CD&RF Kitching or 188.6p/kg GM&SC Pickles

Mule average £67.28 per head or 165.0p/kg

Top prices: £73 AJ Taylor or 175.0p/kg T Atkins

Swaledale average £52.66 per head or 151.7p/kg

Top prices: £62 W Mason & Son or 161.8p/kg N&M Sutcliffe

Dalesbred average £47 per head or 148.3p/kg

Top prices: £50 or 151.5p/kg T&A Hird

Cheviot average £79.78 per head or 189.1p/kg

Top prices: £82 or 190.7p/kg DR&DG Findlay

Cull Ewes average £58.63

Suffolk to £96.50, Texel to £126.50, BFL to £84.50, Mule to £64.50, Beltex to £80.50, Cheviot to £74.50, Lleyn to £84.50, Swaledale to £43.50,

Top prices:

Lowland: £126.50 £99.50 JW Mellin; £96.50 AN Bolland;

Mule/Masham: £64.50 AN Bolland; £60.50 CM Ryder

Horned: £43.50 W Banks & Son; £41.50 PL Metcalfe;

Hill: £84.50 PL Metcalfe; £74.50 DR&DC Findlay

Cast Rams average £69

Suffolk to £69.50, Texel to £113.50, Lleyn to £54.50, Swaledale to £49.5.

Top Prices: £113.50 DC&EM Sayer; £81.50 B Spensley Ltd

Rearing Calves to £450 (44)

B&W av £110.38 Cont av £369.23 Native av £132.50

The smallest entry for a long time but one of the most electric atmospheres, all calves were a pleasure to sell with black and whites were on fire with buyers in abundance looking for good well fed calves that they have struggled to source elsewhere.

Mark Houseman of Church Farm Enterprises topped black and white calves with 1 ½ month Holstein Bull for £140 but was closely run by David Booth, Broom House, Earby who had another Holstein at £135 with 15 of the 21 Black and Whites realising over £100 Despite only 14 Blues being forward 6+ buyers were all competing hard for those top quality continentals.  A good trade for Natives also considering the size and age, all sold to a good price. Dairy Sale Next week with calves wanted.

Bull Calves

Brit Blue x (Av £379) to £450 G Booth

Ab Angus (Av £152.50) to £200 Church Farm Enterprises

Saler (Av £230) to £230 RL Wright

Brown Swiss (Av £117.50) to £140 E Bradley & Son                   

Black & White (Av £110) to £140 Church Farm Enterprises


Heifer Calves                       

Brit Blue x (Av £336) to £350 Church Farm Enterprises                             

Ab Angus (Av £91.50) to £115 DL DM J Heron                                                             

Black & White (Av £32) to £32 G Booth



Small Bale Hay                                      to £4.00 per bale

Hay Quads                                             to £28 per bale

Wheat Straw Quads                            to £15 per bale

Wheat Straw Mini Hestons               to £18 per bale

Pea Straw Quads                                 to £16 per ton