Forward: 21 Prime cattle comprising 14 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 6 Cast Cattle 1,211 Prime Sheep comprising 570 Spring Lambs, 489 Old Season Lambs, 152 Cast Ewes & Rams 532 Breeding Sheep 36 Rearing Calves

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A light Bank Holiday entry and a firm demand with Keelham Farm Shop making the most of the opportunity and buying 9 of the entry of 14. This included the leading p/kg priced animal, a 525kg Blonde cross heifer consigned by James Drake of Denholme and the leading gross a Limousin cross Steer weighing 580kg sold by Charles and Richard Kitching of Threshfield for £1337 or 230.5p/kg.


465-555kg                                             to 242.5p/kg                        av. 235.42p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 230.5p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 234.5p/kg                        av. 229.66p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 249.5p/kg                        av. 230.6p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1337, 1260, JA Drake (BBx) 1265, JA Gardner (Shx) 1213,

p/kg: JA Gardner (Shx) 242.5, JA Drake (BBx) 236.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 235.5,230.5.


£ per head: JA Drake (Blondex) 1310, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1288, (BBx) 1161, JM Townsend (BBx) 1187,

p/kg: JA Drake (Blondex) 249.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 238.5, JA Gardner (Blondex) 236.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 234.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   141.5p/kg             £877.30

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: JR Taylor&Son (B&W Hfr) 877

p/kg: JR Taylor&Son (B&W Hfr) 141.5


Cull Cow Prices

The usual bank holiday enforced light show brought a handful of worn and non-farm assured cows and also a pen of assured dairy steaking type cows which proved a very good trade selling to 117.5p/kg or £816 for Mesrs IR&DE Wellock of Kirby Malham.


Overall Average                                   109.24p/kg           £757.43

Black & White                       to 117.5p/kg                        av. 114.46p/kg

Limx                                       to 125.5p/kg                        av. 108.27p/kg

BBx                                         to 94.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: IR&DE Wellock 816,781,721

p/kg: IR&DE Wellock 117.5,113.5,112.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: T Blackwell 581

p/kg: T Blackwell 94.5


£ per head: G&A Gaythorpe 847, SL&SD Lund 799

p/kg: G&A Gaythorpe 125.5, SL&SD Lund 94.5


Breeding Sheep

A very good show of 215 outfits with 319 lambs at foot forward for the weekly sale which incorporated the Annual Show & Sale of Single Sheep with Lambs at foot. Hill sheep were kindly judged by Mr Charles Kitching, whilst lowland sheep were judged by Mr R Donaldson and Mr Howard Kitching. John Bland took a clean sweep in the hill sheep class, and his first prize Swaledale Ewe with Mule Gimmer Lamb at Foot made £205, however the second prize outfit was a Swaledale Shearling with Swaledale Gimmer Lamb which topped the sale at £290 the outfit. Thomas Boothman of Linton had first and second prize Hogg with lambs and made £200 and £195 the outfit. James Hall made £190 of the third prize, a Mule Hogg with single lamb.
Outwith the show, anything with strong lambs was keenly contested, JP Stirke making £200 of Texel Shearlings with Singles and £190 of Texel Hoggs with Twins, TA Sutcliffe from Horton in Ribblesdale made £200 of Zwartbles Shearlings with Twins, John Stapleton made £195 of Texel Hoggs with Singles, and John Handley £190 of Mule Hoggs with Singles. Commercial types of outfits however could still be bought with the equivialent of £45 to £50 per life.


Usual Weekly Sale Next Monday at 12noon
Please advise the mart office of entries by Friday Lunchtime. Thankyou.


Mule Hoggs & Singles                          to £190 JW Hall
Texel Hoggs & Singles                         to £200 T Boothman
Texel Hoggs & Twins                           to £190 JP Stirke
Suffolk Hoggs & Singles                       to £162 RG Johnson
Zwartbles x Hoggs & Twins                to £160 JW Stockdale & Son
Zwartbles Shearlings & Twins           to £200 TA Sutcliffe
Jacob Shearlings & Twins                    to £150 S Moore
Texel Shearlings & Singles                  to £200 JP Stirke
Swaledale Shearlings & Singles         to £290 JH&J Bland & Son
Mule Ewes Correct & Twins              to £180 SM Towler
Texel Ewes Correct & Twins              to £200 JP Stirke
Dalesbred Correct & Twins                to £88 D Charnley
Jacob Correct & Twins                        to £135 S Moore
Herdwick Correct & Twins                 to £100 D Charnley
Zwartbles Correct & Twins                to £200 TA Sutcliffe
Mule Ewes Correct & Singles            to £110 FG Throup
Swaledale Ewes Correct & Singles    to £205 JH&J Bland & Son
Texel Ewes Correct & Singles            to £175 JP Stirke
Masham Ewes Correct & Singles      to £150 RW Hebdon
Herdwick Ewes Correct & Singles     to £85 S Moore
Mule b/m & Twins                              to £165 SM Towler
Texel b/m & Twins                              to £170 H Metcalfe
Swaledale b/m & Twins                     to £138 JH&J Bland & Son
Mule b/m & Singles                            to £95 AG Horn
Cheviot Ewes b/m & Singles             to £95 RW Hebdon

Prime Sheep


There were 570 Spring Lambs in the entry today but not just as much quality as seen last week, but the overall selling average was 247.3p/kg, a very pleasing result on the day. Best end of lambs were arounds 270p to 300p, with Chris Craven of York topping the sale with 37kg at £111 to Vivers Scotlamb and 282p or £110 for 39kg selling to Keelham Farmshop. David Grassam from Stockeld Park made 286p or £123 per head of 43kg lambs selling to Hartshead Meat Co of Mossley whilst Trevor Stoney of Pateley Bridge made 285p or £114 each of 40kg Texels selling to Keelham Farmshop. 17 pens in total sold for 270p or more. Nice ¾ bred types around the 245p to 265p mark, and commercial end of lambs 230p to 245p.
Richard Frankland had top price per head with a pen of Beltex Texel crosses making £131 each selling to Liam Broster.


Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £99.65 per head or 247.3p/kg           

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 300.0p/kg         av 247.8p/kg         or £99.28 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 267.3p/kg         av 242.1p/kg         or £114.46 per head


Suffolk average £101.03 per head or 244.3p/kg

£ per head: £123 £118 £117 £116.50 ML Evans; £120 £111 J&F Nutter; £115 L Mellin; £115 £111 TH Mellin; £111 GT Carr;

p/kg: 273.3p 268.2p 265.9p 253.3p ML Evans; 270.7p GT Carr; 261.4p 253.5p 251.2p TH Mellin; 255.3p J&F Nutter;

Texel average £99.04 per head or 246.7p/kg

£ per head: £120 GH&G Emmott; £118 B Spensley; £117 TA Robinson; £117 TH Mellin; £116 JL&S Peacock; £115 ML Evans;

p/kg: 300.0p 282.1p  B&M Craven; 285.0p JA Stoney; 278.6p TA Robinson; 275.0p Frankland Farms; 274.4p DJ Grassam;

Charolais average £95.26 per head or 236.2p/kg

£ per head: £105 £90 DN Smith; £101 B&M Craven; £97.50 S Spensley & Co; £96 £89 GW Houseman;

p/kg: 259.0p B&M Craven; 240.0p 234.2 GW Houseman; 237.8p S Spensley; 219.5p 211.1p DN Smith;

Beltex average £101.17 per head or 268.1p/kg

£ per head: £131 £115 £109 £100 £97 Frankland Farms; £123 DJ Grassam; £96 £92 R Ogg

p/kg: 286.0 DJ Grassam; 279.5p 273.8p 270.3p 267.3p 262.2p Frankland Farms; 266.7p 225.6p R Ogg;

Rouge average £101 per head or 242.2p/kg

£ per head: £116 H&S Maudsley; £97 JB Bancroft;

p/kg: 242.5p JB Bancroft; 241.7p H&S Maudsley;


Old Season Lambs were a very varied selection as would be expected at this time of year. Top price hoggs were 232p or £100 each for 43kg selling to Swaledale Foods, top price per head was £120.50 for heavy Texels from Glen Bell of Dibbles Bridge. Good Hoggs with a bit of weight on board were again over £100, up to £110. Handy weighted nice hoggs 210p to 220p.


Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £90.47 per head or 204.5p/kg   

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 202.9p/kg         av 196.4p/kg         or £67.55 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 232.6p/kg         av 197.5p/kg         or £79.40 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 231.9p/kg         av 213.2p/kg         or £103.68 per head

52.1kg and over                  to 220.2p/kg         av 199.9p/kg         or £105.4 per head

Suffolk average £103.88 per head or 210.5p/kg

£ per head: £109 FW Pybus; £108 £100 G Curtis; £74 D&GM Scott;

p/kg:212.8p 207.7p G Curtis; 180.5p D&GM Scott; 178.7p FW Pybus;

Texel average £95.74 per head or 209.2p/kg

£ per head: £120.50 G Bell; £112 JL&S Peacock; £110 B&LN Dibb; £109.50 G Curtis; £109 MJ&GC Dobson;

p/kg: 232.6p B Shepherd; 231.9p MJ&GC Dobson; 228.0p 227.7p G Curtis; 227.7p G Bell;

Mule average £76.50 per head or 156.9p/kg

£ per head: £85 JH Throup; £77 BR&JM Jarvis; £67 H&M Plews;

p/kg: 179.1p BR&JM Jarvis; 176.3p H&M Plews; 119.7p JH Throup;

Charollais average £214.2 per head or 103.3p/kg

£ per head: £107 £105 £101.50 £100 G Curtis;

p/kg: 220.7p 217.4p 210.0p 209.8p G Curtis;

Swaledale average £66.33 per head or 164.0p/kg

£ per head: £97 CT Akrigg; £78 £77 £68 R&KA Burley; £75 Bob Lancaster; £69 H&M Plews; £69 GW Houseman;

p/kg: 187.5p 173.0p Bob Lancaster; 177.3p R&KA Burley; 176.9p 168.8p GW Houseman; 168.3p H&M Plews; 167.6p JW Sayer;  

Cheviot average £73.46 per head or 202.8p/kg

£ per head: £87 B Dibb; £81 GW Thackray; £69 £65 J Lord;       

p/kg: 207.7p GW Thackray; 202.9p 185.7p J Lord; 202.3p B Dibb;



Cull Ewes average £61.73

Suffolk to £78.50, Texel to £105.50, BFL to £85.50, Mule to £74.50, Swaledale to £52.50, Kerry Hill to £47.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £114.50, DN Smith, £105.50, T Smith

Mule/Masham: £74.50, B Shepherd, £72.50, RJ&RM Clarkson

Horned: £53.50, JK Wilson, £52.50, JW Sayer&Son

Hill: £85.50, £72.50, R&KA Burley&Son

Cast Rams average £80.43

Texel to £100.50, Swaledale to £62, Blue Faced Leicester to £83.50

Top Prices:

Lowland: £100.50, N Walker, £93.50 T Smith

Hill: £83.50, D Charnley

Horned: £62 JH&K Dewhurst



Rearing Calves to £475 (£258.55)

B&W av £104.25 Cont av £343 Native av £202

A reduced Bank Holiday entry and a ringside full of buyers ensured a flying trade with most buyers short of numbers by sale end. Quality Black and Whites in very short supply in a section topped by RL Wright&Sons with a Holstein Friesian bull at £172. Continental cross bulls and steers headed up by R&CM Mitchell’s suckler bred 28 day old steer which made £475. With month old calves making up the majority of the entry a pen of British Blue cross calves was headed up by M Fewster for a bull calf at £380. Sire identified Native breeds continue to be sought with £298 the pick for an Aberdeen Angus cross bull from JM Smith&Son.

Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £358) to £475                           R&CR Mitchell                     

Brit Blue x (Av £354.40) to £380                     M Fewster                                                           

Aberdeen Angus (Av £210) to £298                JM Smith&Son

Saler (Av £290 )                                                   RL Wright&Son                   

Black & White (Av £104.25) to £172               RL Wright&Son                   


Heifer Calves                       

Simmental x (Av £270)                                       HJ&KL Blackwell&Son                                                        

Ab Angus (Av £193.75) to £230                       JM Smith&Son                                                     

British Blue (Av £343.89) to £430                   S&PE Bowker&Son