Forward: 70 Prime cattle comprising 32 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 6 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 28 Cast Cattle. 3697 Prime Sheep comprising 3334 Prime Lambs & 363 Cast Ewes & Rams. 55 Rearing Calves. 3 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster landed 7 quality purchases at todays sale including the highest priced p/kg steer and heifer. The heifer a 545kg Limousin cross from Mesrs AA&E Critchley&Son made a sale topping 255.5p/kg or £1392 whilst the steer also from Mesrs Critchley weighed 565kg and made 248.5p/kg or £1404. Anthony Kitson from Five Houses Farm Shop, Yarm secured the two highest gross priced animals both British Blue heifers weighing 630kg which made 239.5p/kg £1509 and 238.5p/kg £1503 from Jim Baines of Trawden. An excellent show of mainly retail cattle met a very good trade with a number of customers failing to secure a purchase.


465-555kg                                             to 230.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 248.5p/kg                        av. 195.84p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 242.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 255.5p/kg                        av. 215.47p/kg


560kg+                                                   to 134.5p/kg                       

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: AA&E Critchley&Son (BBx) 1404, SD Bennett (Limx) 1336, GW&EJ Parker (Hefdx) 1294,1248,1141

p/kg: AA&E Critchley&Son (BBx) 248.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 238.5, Phoenix Grain Co. (Limx) 230.5


£ per head: J Baines (BBx) 1509, 1503, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1420,1407, (BBx) 1369, AA&E Critchley&Son 1393

p/kg: AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 255.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 253.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 253.5, S Jowett (Limx) 247.5


£ per head: D Jeffrey (AAx) 908

p/kg: D Jeffrey (AAx) 134.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)              

Overall Average                                   134.82p/kg                           £788.72

£ per head: BL&R Lund (BBx Hfr) 1190, N&SA Fort (B&W Hfr) 869, M Baul&Sons (B&W Hfr) 775,767

p/kg: BL&R Lund (BBx Hfr) 184.5, N&SA Fort (B&W Hfr) 148.5, M Baul&Sons (B&W Hfr) 139.5


Cull Cow Prices


Overall Average                                   91.32p/kg             £593.56

Black & White                      to 102.5p/kg                        av.87.54p/kg

Limx                                       to 108.5p/kg                       

Sim                                         to 116.5p/kg                        av. 111.79p/kg

Gall                                         to 118p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: G Abbott&Sons 805,675, M&R Smith 793, CM&EM Gratton 677, 668,664,659,

p/kg: CM&EM Gratton 102.5, 100.5, 100.5,97.5,G Abbott&Sons 102.5, M&R Smith 98.5


£ per head: EB Webster (Sim) 792,765,757, G Huck&Son (Limx) 656

p/kg: EB Webster(Sim 116.5,110.5,108.5, G Huck&Son (Limx) 108.5


£ per head: T Boothman (Gall) 193

p/kg: T Boothman (Gall) 118



3,697 Prime Sheep

More lambs about today than we had anticipated, but trade was also better than expectations for all classes. The Smart end were very good to sell, the commercial handy weights receiving strong bidding, meated lightweights best trade for a while, heavy’s 2p-5p better and hill bred lambs 5p up the week with both Mule and Horned Wethers a sharp trade.  

At the top end James & Simon Garth from Birk Knott, Keasden had top price per kilo at 258.5p (41kg @ £106) and 255.8p (43kg @ £110) both pens selling to Vivers Scotlamb who secured other pens at 255.8p (43kg @ £110) from Kevin Huck of Bordley and 251.4p (37kg @ £93) from JP&KE Hartley of Bolton Abbey. Robert Fielden from Todmorden had 248.7p (39kg @ £97) to Worsley Wholesale Meat whilst Michael Hall of Airton made 240.7p  (43kg @  £103.50) purchased by West Scottish Lamb and 238.6 p (44kg @ £105) purchased by Hartshead Meats Ltd.

Heavy lambs were a nice trade, 53kg at £112 from Ken & Hazel Gamble for The Addington Fund, purchased by Keelham Farm Shop, £108 from Kevin Marshall to Swaledale Foods, £104 from Richard & Mark Ireland to Kitson Ltd, and £104 from Tony Kiernan to Kendalls Farmers Butchers.

Handy weights were regularly over 175p with nicer sorts 185p to 195p. Hill Bred Lambs saw best Mules (44kg to 48kg) £25-£28 over the weight, upto £78 from Joe Throup and John Hopkinson. Good Lightweight horned wethers 140p to 150p.

Ewes were a bit better trade, with best Mules in the 70’s and best horned ewes £30’s and £40’s.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £75.96 per head or 168.27p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 167.1p/kg         av 151.67p/kg      or £51.86 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 258.5p/kg         av 172.17p/kg      or £74.51 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 221.7p/kg         av 163.52p/kg      or £79.16 per head

52.1kg and over   to 211.3p/kg         av 158.14p/kg      or £82585 per head


Beltex average £83 per head or 191.61p/kg

£ per head: £112 Addington Fund (KW Gamble), £110 K Huck; £110 J Garth & Son; £108 K Marshall; £106 J Garth & Son

p/kg: 258.5p J Garth & Son; 255.8p K Huck; 255.8p J Garth & Son; 251.4p JP&KE Hartley & Son; 248.7p F&R Fielden; 

Suffolk average £71.81 per head or 160.85p/kg

£ per head: £88, £88, £84, J&C Wright; £83 J Marshall; £80.5 R&M Towell; £80 FG Throup; £79 W Stapleton & Son;

p/kg:177.5p J Wilson; 173.2p CD&RF Kitching; 171.1p MR&VL Parsons; 168.3p PJ&JE Bolland; 167.6 MR&VL Parsons;

Texel average £74.09 per head or 168.14p/kg

£ per head: £98x2 TR Thwaite & Son; £98 S&D Bennett; £97, £94 RH&MR Ireland; £93 S&D Bennett; £91.5 JR Crabtree;

p/kg: 220p Ellis Bros; 213.6p RH&MR Ireland; 207.1p Ellis Bros; 195.1p J Greenwood; 195.1p A Butler; 194p RH&MR Ireland;

Mule average £67.21 per head or 152.68p/kg

£ per head: £78x2 JC&N Throup; £78 Fair Place Farm; £77 RG Church Ltd; £76 JH Throup; £75 JC&N Throup;

p/kg: 158.5p WA&VJ&JA Towler; 156.5p, 156.4p, 156.3p 156p JC&N Throup; 156p R&KA Burley & Son; 155.4p JH Throup

Charollais average £73.5 per head or 169.47p/kg

£ per head: £82 A Lambert; £74 T Kiernan; £73.5 KJ Marston; £72 RH&MR Ireland; £70 D Reay;

p/kg: 175p D Reay; 175p KJ Marston; 171.4p RH&MR Ireland; 160.9p T Kiernan; 157.7p A Lambert;

Dalesbred average £51 per head or 150p/kg

£ per head: £51 K Lister & Son

p/kg: 150p K Lister & Son

Swaledale average £50.92 per head or 135.19p/kg

£ per head: £62.5 S&D Robinson; £57.5 Hayton & Stocks; £54 S&D Robinson; £54 WA Brown; £52.5 MR Ewbank;

p/kg: 147.4p Hayton & Stocks; 142p S&D Robinson; 141.2p TH Atkins; 138.9p S&D Robinson; 138.9p AJ Mason;



Cull Ewes average £39.79

Suffolk to £79.50, Texel to £97.50, Mule to £79.50, Horned to £67.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £97.50  JR&PH Hodgson, £92.50 P Crabtree & Son,

Mule/Masham: £ 79.50 JME McKenzie, £76.50 AM Binns, £74.50 JA Throup, £72.50 J Sugden.

Horned: £67.50 £47.50 JT Robinson, £44.50 Hayton & Stocks, £39.50 WA Brown.

Cast Rams average £45.95

Texel to £89.50, Swaledale to £60.50, Rough Fell to £55.50, Lonk  to £62.50.




Rearing Calves

Dairy av £32.3 Cont av £214.21 Native av £221

A show of calves lacking the quality seen in previous weeks, with a lot of young continentals dampening the averages. Natives saw another nice trade on the Aberdeen Angus Bulls with an average of £248 topping at £350 for a 9 week old bull from Hayton and Stocks.  


A plain show of black and whites was clear to see with the average at £32.3. Continentals on offer today were certainly younger than normal, with a lot of straight fortnight old bulls and heifers, selling between £150 and £200 with a handy bull from Throup’s of Skipton topping the bulls at £315 with heifers topping at £310 for a 3 ½ week old heifer from Anthony Bolland the Arches.


NB: Next week is the Craven Dairy Sale with entries closing on Wednesday 12 noon.   


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £195) to £270 M&R Smith                    

Brit Blue x (Av £221) to £315 RM&J Throup                                                

Aberdeen Angus (Av £248.33) to £350 Hayton & Stocks

Blonde (Av £253.33) to £270 N&R Sutcliffe

Black & White (Av £32.3) to £75 Wood Bros                               


Heifer Calves       

Ab Angus (Av £140) to £140 DLDM&J Heron                                                               

British Blue (Av £178) to £310 AN Bolland

Lim (Av £167.14) to £210 M&R Smith



Wheat Straw                        Quads                     to £85 per tonne