Forward: 25 Prime cattle comprising 22 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 3 Cast Cattle. 2,105 Prime Sheep comprising 1,563 Prime Lambs & 542 Cast Ewes & Rams. 14 Rearing Calves. 2 Loads of Produce.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

With access to sales curtailed by holidays falling towards the end of the week buyers were keen to secure supplies for 2 weeks with Robertshaws Farm Shop at Thornton very keen to put beef away for the New Year. Owner and buyer James Robertshaw secured both highest priced steer and heifer by weight with the highest price in the market 278.5p/kg (£1546) paid for a 555kg Limousin cross heifer from RT&J Critchley&Sons of Hutton and 275.5p/kg (£1501) for a 545kg Limousin cross steer from Simon Bennett of Silsden Moor. Ralph Pearson Wholesdale Butchers from Bradford were once again amongst the highest gross prices with the overall top a 625kg British Blue cross steer from CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield, leading the way, a beast which grossed £1678. With less local slaughtering capacity open next week there will be no sale for prime cattle or cows on Monday 28th December.


465-555kg                                             to 275.5p/kg                        av.267.68p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 269.5p/kg                        av. 267.12p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 253.5p/kg

480kg+                                                   to 278.5p/kg                        av.268.15p/kg


Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1678,1489, (Limx) 1606, RT&J Critchley&Son (Limx) 1563, J Baines (Limx) 1504,SD Bennett (Limx) 1501

p/kg: SD Bennett (Limx) 275.5, RVCM Agriculture (Limx) 274.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 269.5,264.5, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 268.5


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1592,1586,1515,1509, RT&J Critchley&Son (Limx) 1546, JW Stockdale&Son (Limx) 1490

p/kg: RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 278.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 274.5,274.5,273.5,263.3, JW Stockdale&Sons (Limx) 268.5



Cull Cow Prices

A handful of cast cows and the price on the increase as demand changes to manufacturing meat in the New Year. A heavy dairy at 116.5p/kg and a 2005 purebred Limousin cow grossed up to £1233.


Overall Average                                   121.47p/kg                           £933.31

Black & White                      to 116.5p/kg                        av. 110.76p/kg

Lim                                         to 138.5p/kg




Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: Rainhall Farm Ltd 973, JP&KE Hartley 595

p/kg: Rainhall Farm Ltd 116.5, JP&KE Hartley 102.5


£ per head: AJ Mason (Lim) 1233

p/kg: AJ Mason (Lim) 138.5



2,105 Prime Sheep comprising 1563 Prime Lambs, & 542 Cast Ewes & Rams


A different sort of day today with European export restrictions threatening to dampen trade for certain classes of lambs, as a direct result this making us 4 buyers down on the week, but by giving out sound advice to customers pre-sale we managed the situation fairly well and had a reasonable trade throughout for the total entry, with retail lambs for butchers shops and supermarket orders looking a straight trade, heavies selling to a similar trade on the week, and ethnic trade being quite sparky pre Christmas.

Some premium prices today for quality lambs, with Colin Doney of Dacre leading the sale at £138 per head for Continentals and they are no heading to Robertshaws Farmshop at Thornton Bradford.
A trio of vendors at £124 per head, first Frank Throup, Silsden Moor with Continentals selling to Kendalls Farm Butchers in Pateley Bridge and Harrogate, and then from JR Crabtree, Otley and these selling to Robertshaws Farmshop. Finally at £124 was J&M Blakey, Bolton by Bowland who’s pen of 7 Continentals (48kg 258p) sold to Paul Watson of Hellifield, with the same combination responsible for 48kg Continentals at 256p or £123 per head.
Paul Simpson from Bolton by Bowland topped his run at £123 per head (46kg 267p) these going to Robertshaws Farmshop, who also purchased lambs from JR Crabtree Otley at £122 and from JE Burrow at £120 per head (45kg 266p).

Per kilo it was Kevin Marshall of Darley that took top spot at 319p (36kg £115) and 300p (39kg £117).
JE Burrow made 281.1p (37kg £104) and Hayley Baines made 280.5p (41kg £115) who also made 267.5p. A&K Kiernan from St Michaels pitched in with a usual consignment of well fed types and the best of these made 272.1p.

Handyweight lambs found a decent enquiry with ethnic trade picking up a good portion of these, prices generally around 215p for commercial types, 225p for decent sorts, and 240 plus for smartest end.
Heavies would be a similar trade on the week, whilst Mules and hill lambs although a shade less on the week returned nicely with tops at 203p from M Ryder & Son Harrogate and a solid breed average of 192p.

All should be back to normal next week, and as ever, we will endeavour as usual to keep you informed with relevant information.

Ewes met to a serious trade with 542 sold. 298 white faced ewes sold to average £100 straight through with Thomas Boothman selling some belting ewes at £147.50 and £139.50 followed by AL Thompson selling a single ewe at £138.50. Big well-bred heavies selling in the £125-£130. Heavy crossbreds £115-£125. Medium ewes sold very well with flesh selling £95-£100. Lean ewes £78-£90. Suffolks £115-£127.50 for best with mediums £100+ with the breed average being £113. Swales sold to £85.50 from T Boothman followed by £73.50 from the same vendor. Ellis Bros, Ilkley then sold swales to £62.50. Leaner ewes in the £50’s with not much plain about. Small ewes with less meat £31.50+. Lonks sold £74.50,£60.50. Small hill cheviots well fleshed £65.50-£61.50. BFL sold to £116.50 from CD&RF Kitching, Skipton. Mules sold similar best end £90-£99.50. Mediums £78-£80 lean smaller ewes in the £60’s. Goats sold at £69.50-£82.50. More required next week and the following with orders strong at the minute and many active buyers ringside.


Prime Lambs – Overall Average £94.32 per head or 216.7p/kg              

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 233.3p/kg         av 200.9p/kg         or £69.83 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 319.4p/kg         av 222.5p/kg         or £92.81 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 267.4p/kg         av 209.8p/kg         or £100.23 per head

52.1kg and over   to 234.0p/kg         av 194.0p/kg         or £100.71 per head


Beltex average £103.12 per head or 252.6p/kg

£ per head: £138 C&C Doney; £123 £116 PW Simpson; £120 JE Burrow; £117 A&K Kiernan; £117 £115 K Marshall; £115 H Baines;

p/kg: 319.4p 300.0p K Marshall; 281.1p JE Burrow; 280.5p 267.5p H Baines; 272.1p A&K Kiernan; 267.4p PW Simpson;

Texel average £96.58 per head or 220.4p/kg

£ per head: £124 £123 J&M Blakey; £124 FG Throup; £124 £122 JR Crabtree; £119 R Emmott; £118 J Howard; £118 RA&E Smith;

p/kg: 258.3p 256.3p J&M Blakey; 257.8p 253.5p J Howard; 257.5p SP Woolhouse; 255.0p 254.8p K Marshall;

Suffolk average £96.25 per head or 212.3p/kg

£ per head: £103 R&A Jennings; £102 JR Crabtree; £96 W Holden; £95 RG Church; £94 S Breare; £89 R Morphet;

p/kg: 235.0p S Breare; 218.2p W Holden; 212.5p JR Crabtree; 210.2p R&A Jennings; 207.1p HJ&KL Blackwell;

Mule average £84.73 per head or 193.6p/kg

£ per head: £94 £90.50 J Baines; £93 £90 M Ryder; £88 J&K Harker; £88 J&C Wright; £87 Ellis Bros; £86.50 JK Wilson;

p/kg: 203.6p 200.0p 197.9p M Ryder; 196.7p J Baines; 193.2p CD&RF Kitching; 192.1p RH&EA Close; 191.7p W Mason;

Swaledale average £74.58 per head or 154.5p/kg

£ per head: £85 £76 £75 £72.50 G Huck & Son; 80 T Boothman; £75 £73.50 JM&S Tennant; £72 RH&EA Close;

p/kg: 190.5p T Boothman; 189.5p RH&EA Close; 187.1p JM&S Tennant; 186.8p Addyman; 185.9p G Huck & Son;

Dalesbred average £74.54 per head or 181.7p/kg

£ per head: £86 £76.50 £72 RH&EA Close; £70 JA Stoney;

p/kg: 189.5p 182.1p 156.4p RH&EA Close; 184.2p JA Stoney;

BFL average £88.67 per head or 175.2p/kg

£ per head: £91 J&K Harker; £87.50 M Ryder;

p/kg: 194.4p M Ryder; 146.8p J&K Harker;



Cull Ewes average £93.60

Suffolk to £127.50, Texel to £147.50, BFL to £116.50, Mule to £99.50, Charollais to £130.50, Swaledale to £85.50, Lleyn to £93.50, Cheviot to £65.50, Beltex to £122.50, Lonk to £74.50, Down to £106.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £147.50 £139.50 T Boothman;

Mule/Masham: £99.50 RM Shackleton; £97.50 J Greenwood;  

Horned: £85.50 £73.50 T Boothman;

Hill: £116.50 £93.50 CD&RF Kitching;


Goats to £82.50 av £77.90


Cast Rams average £85.90

Suffolk to £90.50, Texel to £123.50, BFL to £128.50, Swaledale to £73.50, Beltex to £117.50,



14 Rearing Calves to £400


Calves Small show as expected with sellers keeping hold for the New Year Show and Sale. Angus bulls £370,£300,£220 Hereford Bulls topped at £225. Sim Bulls sold from AL Dean at £270, £245. Blue heifers only 3 in 215-£250 for young models. Nice weaned Black and Whites from G Hayton & EC Stocks sold at £250. Lim bull from the same farming sold at £400.Please let Kyle know on a weekly basis of calves coming in to relate information to buyers.
Many thanks to you all for your support and custom over the last 12 months and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
** NEW YEAR** Show and Sale 4th January.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £400) to £400                           Hayton & Stocks                                                 

Aberdeen Angus (Av £296) to £370 Hayton & Stocks 

Simmental (Av £257) to £270                          AL Dean & Son                                    

Black & White (Av £145) to £250                    Hayton & Stocks                 

Hereford (Av £225) to £225                              JR Wellock                            


Heifer Calves       

Hereford (Av £170) to £170                              JR Wellock                                            

British Blue (Av £235) to £250                         P&RM Sutcliffe                                   

Limousin (Av £210) to £210                              P&RM Sutcliffe                                   





Hay                         Quads                     £18 per bale

Wheat Straw        Quads                     £120 per tonne




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