MARKET REPORT – MONDAY 23rd MARCH 2015 - Forward: 39 Prime cattle comprising 1 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 38 Cast Cattle. 3,845 Prime Sheep comprising 10 Spring Lambs, 3621 Prime & Lightweight Hoggs, 221 Cast Ewes & 4 Cast Rams. 224 Breeding Sheep. 50 Rearing Calves. 18 Dairy Cattle. 11 Loads of produce.




Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


485kg+                                   to 134.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

Dairy Hfr

£ per head: DL Leeming Ltd £800

p/kg: DL Leeming Ltd 134.5p          


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   106.61p/kg           £700.43

Black & White                       to 123.5p/kg                        av 105.5p/kg

Brown Swiss                         to 87.5p/kg

Swedish Red                         to 110.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 117.5p/kg                       

BBx                                         to 137.5p/kg

Hefdx                                     to 114.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: WP Gratton £972, £889, PJ Bolland £944, GB Moorhouse £920, E&KM Marshall £847, RE Ayrton & Son £845

p/kg: GB Moorhouse 123.5p, WP Gratton 121.5p 118.5p, PJ Bolland 119.5p, JC Marshall 118.5p, MP Jennings (Dairy) 115.5p

Other Dairy

£ per head: IR&DE Wellock  £702, DL Leeming Ltd £494

p/kg: IR&DE Wellock  110.5p, DL Leeming Ltd 87.5p

Brit Blue:

£ per head: B Lund £976

p/kg: B Lund 137.5p


£ per head: PL Metcalfe £702

p/kg: PL Metcalfe 117.5p


£ per head: R&KA Burley & Son £698

p/kg: R&KA Burley & Son 114.5p



3,845 Prime Sheep

A very similar sized show of sheep included the first Spring lambs of this season. Consigned by Robert Towers of Farleton they topped at £130 per head or 260p/kg and averaged £120.50 or 241.4p/kg.

A more mixed show of Old Season Lambs were definitely harder to place, especially the heavier ones, with buyers cautious of buying over fat sheep and so it was the 40’s to 45’s that were best to sell, often making as much as a 48kg. Handy weighted sheep maintained last weeks’ trade.


Prime Hoggs  – Overall Average  £82.41 per head or 191.54p/kg                                                          

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 253.3p/kg         av 168.45p/kg      or £50.78 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 288.2p/kg         av 183.84p/kg      or £62.48 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 313.2p/kg         av 197.96p/kg      or £80.77 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 226.0p/kg         av 186.64p/kg      or £90.40 per head

52.1kg and over   to 201.9p/kg         av 171.12p/kg      or £93.56 per head

Beltex average £94.43 per head or 240.23p/kg

£ per head: £128, £121, £119, £118 K Saffery; £114.50 Frankland Farms; £113 JJ&JD Cowking; £106 Frankland Farms

p/kg: 313.2p, 302.5p, 290.9p K Saffery; 288.9p, 288.2p, 286.8p PW Simpson; 274.4p K Saffery; 272.6p Frankland Farms

Suffolk average £84.18 per head or 189.95p/kg

£ per head: £100x2 G Curtis; £97, £95 AM&HV Brown; £94.50 G Curtis; £92 H Raw; £91 T Kiernan: £90 G Bell

p/kg: 205p CD&RF Kitching; 201.2p JM&VJ Howard Ltd; 200p x2 H Raw; 197.7p K&DE Bowes; 197.4p H Raw

Texel average £85.99 per head or 195.13p/kg

£ per head: £113, £110, £108, £107, £106 J Baines; £102 E&M Heys; £99 Frankland Farms; £99 D&J Coates;

p/kg:236.4p K Saffery; 231p H Raw; 226p J Baines; 222.7p D&J Coates; 221.4p RL Phillips; 220.5p, 220p D&J Coates

Mule average £82.08 per head or 181.75p/kg

£ per head: £91 J Pickles; £88.50 SM Collinson; £88 K Saffery; £87.50x2 CN Patchett; £87.50 J Pickles; £87 G Pickersgill & Sons

p/kg: 197.7p S Dorey; 192.3p CD&RF Kitching; 192p AM&HV Brown; 191.1p CN Patchett; 190.07p, 190p S Dorey

Charollais average £88.27 per head or 201.02p/kg

£ per head: £100 G Curtis; £97 Frankland Farms; £94.50, £94, £93 G Curtis

p/kg: 220.5p Frankland Farms; 214.8p G Curtis; 203.6p JM&VJ Howard Ltd; 201.2p, 200p GW Thackray;

Swaledale average £62.16 per head or 167.2p/kg

£ per head: £81 J Pickles; £76 FC N&M Walker; £75.50 GW Houseman & Partners; £74 H Raw; £73 RG Church Ltd

p/kg: 189.7p H Raw; 184.1p J Pickles Ltd; 180p MIR Heseltine; 178p RG Church Ltd; 176.6p DW&CJ Towler

Dalesbred average £61.85 per head or 166.96p/kg

£ per head: £77.50, £61 RG Church Ltd; £54 T&A Hird

p/kg: 179.4p, 161.5p RG Church Ltd; 158.8p T&A Hird

Lonk average £75.25 per head or 184.59p/kg

£ per head: £83, £82.50 C Crowther; £80, £77 SP&VM Morris; £75 C Crowther;  £72 J Drinkall Ltd

p/kg: 193p, 189.5p, 187.5p C Crowther; 180p J Drinkall Ltd; 179.1p SP&VM Morris; 168.4p C Crowther

SBF average £73.02 per head or 184.98p/kg

£ per head: £84 RG Church Ltd; £80 H Raw; £70 GW Thackray; £68, £43.50 Lea & Son

p/kg; 195.1p H Raw; 190.9p RG Church Ltd; 189.2p GW Thackray; 170p, 167.3p Lea & Son

Lleyn average £65.89 per head or 182.44p/kg

£ per head: £76, £74.50 CD&RF Kitching; £66 J&J Garnett; £55 A&PM Hall; £52 GMSC Pickles

p/kg: 196.1p, 194.9p CD&RF Kitching; 177.4p A&PM Hall; 173.7p J&J Garnett; 157.6p GM&SC Pickles

Cheviot average £81.58 per head or 191.61p/kg

£ per head: £98 AM&HV Brown; £94.50 T Kiernan; £92, £90.50x3 C Middleton; £90 F&M Parkinson

p/kg: 203.9p, 202.6p, 200p x7 GW Thackray; 200p J Lord; 193.3p F&M Parkinson


Cull Ewes average £80.85

Suffolk to £114.50, Texel to £130.50, BFL to £109.50, Mule to £106.50, Lleyn to £102.5, Swaledale to £85.50, Masham to £98.50, Gritstone to £54.50, Cheviot  to £78.50, Beltex  to £148.50, Lonk  to £58.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £148.50 J&J Garnett; £130 W Watson; £126.5 FT Shackleton; £124.5 IR Lampkin

Mule/Masham: £106.50 GW Thackray; £105.5 JR Carr; £104.50 KM&L Throup; £100.50x2 RG Johnson   

Horned: £85.50 JW Sayer; £74.50 Swinbank & Briggs; £71.50 KM&L Throup

Hill: £102.50, £87.50, £82.50 CD&RF Kitching; £78.50 K Stuart & Sons;   

Cast Rams average £114.75

Charolais to £143.50 JR Smith, BFL to £117.50 JH&K Dewhurst



Breeding Sheep (224 Head)

A similar sized show of sheep with lambs was very much a tale of 2 halves. Any young ewes with strong lambs were good to sell, up to £248 for a pen of Texels with Twins from Jonny Metcalfe of Linton. Any older ewes with strong lambs also found a good following, but lesser quality types, especially those with younger lambs seemed harder to cash.




Correct with Twins - £248 £235 RE Metcalfe & Son, £242 £225 P&AN Simpson.

Correct with Singles - £148 RG Johnson & Son.

B/M with Singles - £165 W Crane, £115 RG Johnson & Son


Correct with Singles - £120 RG Johnson & Son.


Correct & Twins - £228  P&AN Simpson.

Correct & Singles - £150 RG Johnson & Son

Correct & 1.5 lambs - £140 J Hodgson

B/M with Singles – £180 J Hodgson




Rearing Calves to £470 (50)

B&W av £86.78 Cont av £376 Native av £235


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £160) to £230 PJ Bolland                       

Brit Blue x (Av £410) to £470 JR&MJ Moon                  

Shorthorn x (Av £185) to £210 FA Holmes & Son                                                       

Aberdeen Angus to £300 AP Townsend                                        

Black & White (Av £86.78) to £160 JR & MJ Moon                      


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £195) to £195 PJ Bolland                       

Brit Blue x (Av £308.30) to £350 Church Farm Enterprises                       

Ab Angus (Av £270) to £270 JP&KE Hartley                                                  

Saler av £230 to £240 RL Wright & Son                                                         


Craven Dairy Auction (18 head)

More promising signs than seen of late, with certain stamps of milkers making strong money. Frank Wrathall was judge for todays For Farmers prize Show and Sale with a sweet heifer from Peter Baul of Bishop Thornton taking top honours and reaching the sales top price of £2050 to Brian Blezard of Ribchester. Robin Jennings a strong supporter of Skipton Dairy Sales received a better trade than previous weeks with his reserve champion homebred heifer £1780 to regular buyer Mark Goodall of Tong. Brian Moorhouse of Bell Busk and Keith Downs, Bingley were both on the end of strong trades reaching £1780 and £1740 respectively.


Winner of the For Farmers £50 Feed Voucher was Sally Wellock. 


Judge –Frank Wrathall

Prize Awards:      

Newly Calven Heifers:         1st M Baul & Partners                          2nd GB Jennings                     3rd  FA Broadwith

Newly Calven Cows:            1st H Downs & Son                               2nd J Wellock                         3rd J Wellock


                                Champion – M Baul  & Partners       Reserve – GB Jennings


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (4):  av £1795 to £2050 M Baul & Partners


Newly Calven Heifers (7): av £1412 to £1520 H Downs & Son


Newly Calven Cows (6): av £1382 to £1740 H Downs & Son



Hay                                         Small Bale              to £1.90 per bale                                av £1.70 per bale

Barley Straw                         Small Bale              to £1.90 per bale