MARKET REPORT - Monday 25th August 2014

Forward: 40 Prime cattle comprising 1 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) 2 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 37 Cast Cattle 3807 Prime Sheep comprising 3234 Prime Lambs, 573 Cast Ewes & Rams 90 Rearing Calves 49 Dairy Cattle Inc 7 Pedigree Bulls 2 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


501-590kg                                             to 124.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

JP&KE Hartley       B&W                       £728       124.5p


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   113.82p/kg           £726.09

Black & White                       to 124.5p/kg                        av 102.26p/kg

Limx                                       to 151.5p/kg                        av 127.23p/kg

Blondex                                 to 149.5p/kg                       

BBx                                         to 127.5p/kg                        av 119.95p/kg

AAx                                         to 138.5p/kg                        av 113p/kg

Simx                                       to 103.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)

Brit Blue:

£ per head: R Caton 1000,945, Wormold Farms 880,

p/kg: Wormold Farms 127.5, R Caton 123.5,117.5


£ per head:  CT Akrigg 1136,1047,JR Carr 901, J Drinkall Ltd 881,844

p/kg: CT Akrigg 151.5,147.5, J Drinkall Ltd 144.5, 139.5, JR Carr 132.5


£ per head: J Drinkall Ltd 1004,880, R Caton 847

p/kg: J Drinkall Ltd 138.5,137.5, R Caton 118.5

B&W: av p/kg

£ per head: PJ Bolland 1046, M Ryder&Sons 837, N&R Sutcliffe 785,

p/kg: PJ Bolland 124.5, N&R Sutcliffe  115.5,112.5 M Ryder & Son 115.5

Mature Bulls

Overall Average                                   129.5p/kg             £1372.70

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JE Cowperthwaite 1372

p/kg: JE Cowperthwaite 129.5

Prime Sheep


A good entry for Bank Holiday and numbers short around the country caused lambs to hold the value of the end of the previous week at 164.4p/kg. Lambs at optimum weight of 42 to 44kg carrying farm assurance proved difficult to come by making £70+ and averaging close on 170.0p/kg premium lambs in demand from export and retail customers. Beltex lambs averaged 193.0p in both middle weight bands, top price went to Will Wildman 232.6p/kg and Richard and Mark Ireland heading the Texels with 43kg lambs at 227.9p. Improved demand for light weight lambs carrying finish and of particular interest was a pen of Swaledale lambs weighing 35kg making £56.50 (161.4p) from Alan Robinson.

Commercial trade remains focused on lambs carrying finish and farm assurance in the 40-44kg range while demand for premium lambs was underlined by 11 pens of Beltex Lambs and 5 pens of Texel Lambs in excess of 200.0p/kg.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £69.72 per head or 164.4p/kg                                                            

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 197.1p/kg         av 167.5p/kg         or £57.56 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 232.6p/kg         av 165.6p/kg         or £69.43 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 200.0p/kg         av 158.4p/kg         or £74.62 per head

52.1kg and over   to 165.6p/kg         av 155.8p/kg         or £74.78 per head

Beltex average £78.23 per head or 193.4p/kg

£ per head: £100 W Wildman; £99 S Spensley; £96 £93x2 G Sunderland; £88 Stock Enterprises; £88 A Beresford

p/kg: 232.6p W Wildman; 230.2p S Spensley; 227.6p J&J Garnett; 225.6p A Beresford; 218.2p G Sunderland;

Texel average £70.39 per head or 164.8p/kg

£ per head: £98 £94 £93.50 £91.50 £88.50 RH&MR Ireland; £95 JM Townend; £87 TR Thwaite; £87 F&R Fielding;

p/kg: 227.9p 217.4p 203.3p 200.0p  RH&MR Ireland; 207.1p F&R Fielden; 197.1p GR Danvers; 195.2p A Beresford;

Suffolk average £67.69 per head or 157.8p/kg

£ per head: £80 GB Moorhouse; £74.50 TH Mellin; £74.50 £73.50 W Crane; £74 J&JA Preston; £74 A Beresford;

£73.50 MP Jennings

p/kg: 173.3p W Crane; 170.9p MP Jennings; 170.0p RM Spence; 168.8p CD&RF Kitching; 166.7p AW E N Wade;

166.7p TH&A Pickard

Charollais average £72.42 per head or 164.9p/kg

£ per head: £77 JR Smith; £76.50 JA&JH Hewetson; £74 PL Metcalfe; £73.50 A Guy; £75 FI Ibbotson

p/kg: 172.1p PL Metcalfe; 167.0p A Guy; 166.3p JA&JH Hewetson; 162.5p TL MM GT Haynes; 159.8p FI Ibbotson;

Lleyn average £65.79 per head or 156.4p/kg

£ per head: £70 RG&SJ Paul; £68 Fleets Farm; £67 £66.50 CD&RF Kitching;

p/kg: 163.4p CD&RF Kitching; 162.2p 152.4p 150.0p Fleets Farms; 148.9p RG&SJ Paul;

Mule average £60.15 per head or 144.1p/kg

£ per head: £65.50 PL Metcalfe; £64.50 Ellis Bros; £63 J&JA Preston; £63x2 H Horsfield;

p/kg: 152.8p 147.4p AW E & N Wade; 149.5p W Wildman; 146.6p Ellis Bros;144.2p JC&N Throup;

Swaledale average £54.42 per head or 155.4p/kg

£ per head: £56.50 DA Robinson; £54 WB Woodsworth; £53.50 T Middlemiss;

p/kg: 161.4p DA Robinson; 153.1p W Banks & Son; 153.0p T Middlemiss;


Cull Ewes average £60.12

Suffolk to £82.50, Texel to £92.50, BFL to £81.50, Mule to £76.50, Lleyn to £75.50, Swaledale to £49.50, Masham to £61.50, Gritstone to £58.50, Scotch Black Face to £42.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £92.50 G Sunderland; £90.50 J Turner; £90.50 FM Shepherd

Mule/Masham: £76.50 J Turner; £76.50 JA&JH Hewetson; 

Horned: £59.50 A Guy & Son; £49.50 W Wildman; £40.50 CT Akrigg; £38.50 R&C Greenwood

Hill: £81.50 WB Woodsworth; £73.50 K DIckinson

Cast Rams average £72

Texel to £74.50 F Townson; £64.50 B Shepherd; Suffolk to £93.50 AJ Shepherd.



90 Rearing Calves to £450

B&W av £52.35 Cont av £303.14 Native av £145

Good show of calves considering the show the previous week. With plenty of calves and a bank holiday crowd trade was buoyant. Calves were not quite as flash as the week before particularly Black and Whites with some selling calves too young and under fleshed, but any on the money and just either side of a month old were snaffled up by a number of buyers and would go well into the £80’s. The best black and white was shown by Messrs Atkinson of Bishop Thornton reaching the heights of £135 for a well fleshed Holstein Friesian calf.


Continentals were once again on fire with anything well made reaching well into the £400’s topping with a strong blue calf from David Holmes, Castley. Natives were also well supported with Alan Middleton topping at £180 for a 1 ½ mth old bull and Robert Lofthouse, Addingham reaching the same for a smart Angus Heifer.   


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £370) to £440 M Shaw

Brit Blue x (Av £323) to £ 450 FA Holmes

Shorthorn (Av £145) to £145 JR CJ & D Drake

Ab Angus (Av £139) to £180 JP&KE Kitching

MRI (Av £121) to £155 N&R Sutcliffe                             

Black & White (Av £52) to £135 JR&M Atkinson

Brown Swiss (Av £40) E Bradley & Son


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £250) to £270 Townhead Farm Products                          

Brit Blue x (Av £282) to £355 A Sowray & Son                             

Ab Angus (Av £155) to £180 RH Lofthouse                                                   



Craven Dairy Auction (49 head)

 A big entry once again though trade sticky compared to previous sales with many good heifers struggling to reach the late teens clearly this milk drop is hitting home. Good trades were received however with Brian Moorhouse and Robert Swires reaching the joint top price of £2300 and further high prices of £2100 for Swires and £1900 for Robin Jennings, South Stainley.


Heifers would have been dearer had not it been for some a run of 2nd Class heifers, however these sold to a straight trade for what they were, ranging from £950 to £1350.


Bulls were in high demand with  6 of the 7 bulls selling to a busy ringside with the top price landing at 1850gns for a fine pedigree Holstein from Jennings farmers ltd. 


Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st M Swires 2nd GB Moorhouse 3rd M Swires

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st M Swires

                                Pedigree Bulls                      1st A Dickinson 2nd R&E Butterfield 3rd Jennings Farmers

Champion – M Swires         Reserve – GB Moorhouse


Newly Calven Heifers:  to £2300 av £1684 M Swires  


Newly Calven Cows: to £1800 M Swires


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers: to £2300 av £1820 GB Moorhouse


Holstein Bulls: to £1850gns av £1523gns Jennings Farmers Ltd


British Friesian Bull: to £1180gns ER Howard 

Chief Prices

£2300 GB Moorhouse; £2300, £2100, £1950, £1800 M Swires; £1910 FA Broadwith; £1900, £1780, £1750 H Downs & Son.


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Small Hay £2.20

Small Straw £2.30