Forward: 78 Prime cattle comprising 19 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 4 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 55 Cast Cattle. 3,189 Prime Sheep comprising 60 Spring Lambs, 2805 Prime Hoggs, 324 Cast Ewes & Rams. 343 Breeding Sheep. 50 Rearing Calves. 11 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

April Primestock Show

Strs         1. JA Drake            2. JA Drake            3. JR Metcalfe

Hfrs         1. JM Townsend   2. JA Drake            3. JA Drake

Champion was a 510 kg British Blue Steer consigned by James Drake of Carleton which made 243.5p/kg or £1242 when sold to D&A Gregory and Sons of Bacup. Highest price on the day was a 505kg British Blue cross Heifer from Ben Tonwsend of Laneshawbridge which again joined D&A Gregory & Sons for 259.5p/kg or £1310.


465-555kg                                             to 252.5p/kg        av. 244.42p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 208.5p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 250.5p/kg        av. 236.4p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 259.5p/kg        av. 168.47p/kg


560kg+                                                   to 168.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JA Drake (BBx) 1364,1364, 1241,(Limx) 1278, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1240,1164, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1188

p/kg: JA Drake (BBx) 252.5,252.5,243.5,(Limx) 234.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 245.5, 237.5    


£ per head: JM Townsend (BBx) 1310,1067,(Limx) 1042, JA Drake (BBx) 1202,1130, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1090

p/kg: JM Townsend (BBx) 259.5,234.5,(Limx) 231.5, JA Drake (BBx) 250.5,235.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 229.5


£ per head: C Crowther (Limx) 775

p/kg: C Crowther (Limx) 168.5

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   103.06p/kg           £648

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: WP Gratton (B&W) 784,750,727

p/kg: WP Gratton (B&W) 126.5,109.5,104.5

Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   95.00p/kg             £660.58

There remains a strong underlying trade for cast cattle although best dairy types were slightly easier on the week. Lean plain cattle very good to sell.

Prize Awards

Dairy       1. K&M Berry &Sons           2. CM&EM Gratton             3. J Caygill&Ptns

Beef        1. BL&R Lund                        2. J Drinkall Ltd                    3. J Drinkall Ltd

Black & White                       to 127.5p/kg                        av. 89.06p/kg

Ayr                                          to 94.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 114.5p/kg                        av. 105.43p/kg

BBx                                         to 131.5p/kg                        av. 122.77p/kg

Pathanais                               to 137.5p/kg                       

Char                                        to 127.5p/kg

Blondex                                 to 126.5p/kg

Gelbx                                      to 105.5p/kg

Hefdx                                     to 101.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: J Caygill&Ptns 872,795, G Abbott&Sons 816, WA&A Booth 801,794, AN Bolland 764, GB Moorhouse 759

p/kg: G Abbott&Sons 127.5, CM&EM Gratton 107.5, KM&L Throup 103.5, AN Bolland 102.5,100.5,99.5,J Caygill&Ptns 98.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: K&M Berry&Son (Ayr) 713

p/kg: K&M Berry&Son (Ayr) 94.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: B Spensley Ltd 860,815

p/kg: B Spensley Ltd 131.5,115.5


£ per head: J Drinkall Ltd 852, M Ryder7Sons 792, JC&N Throup 733, BL&R Lund 687

p/kg: JC&N Throup 114.5, M Ryder&Sons 111.5, J Drinkall Ltd 104.5

Other Contx

£ per head: TE Walker (Char) 982, BL&R Lund (Path) 942, J Drinkall Ltd (Blondex) 923,

p/kg: BL&R Lund (Path) 137.5, TE Walker (Char) 127.5, J Drinkall Ltd (Blondex) 126.5



3,189 Prime Sheep

Spring lambs forward in greater numbers and trade very level on the week averaging just over 250p/kg with an additional retail butcher in attendance sourcing lambs from Skipton helping to move the entry of 60 head.

Some great runs of Lowland Hoggs today with anything well finished gaining a good price on the day, very smart types up around 300p, Keving Marshall topping the sale at 330p/kg (36kg at £119) purchased by Vivers Scotlamb, whilst in the lump it was Nick Capstick from Bolton by Bowland who topped the sale at £136 per head for 56kg Beltex cross hoggs, Messrs Atkinson’s run of 300 Beltex Texels topped at £128 whilst Paul Simpson’s last round up for this season topped at £123.

Commercial Lowland lambs were from 190p to 225p depending on weight and quality.

Hill bred hoggs were a great trade again, especially good Mule Hoggs, which were keenly contested. Some runs of good horned hoggs adding up well too. Cast sheep really picking up a few gears now as well with numbers tightening fast.


Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £112.69 per head or 251.3pp/kg       

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 282.1p/kg         av 265.51p/kg      or £108.77 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 273.9p/kg         av 238.82p/kg      or £115.57 per head

52.1kg and over   to 230.2p/kg         av 230.2p/kg         or £122 per head

Charollais average £112.43 per head or 250.98p/kg

£ per head: £126, £122, £120x2 JD&V Towers & Son; £115, £114, £110 CW Marwood

p/kg: 282.1, 252.4p, 250p CW Marwood ; 273.9p, 266.7p, 253.3p JD&V Towers; 

Suffolk average £113.8 per head or 250.14p/kg

£ per head: £118x2 ML Evans; £115, £113 J Key;

p/kg: 275.6p J Key; 266.7p D&A Livestock; 245.8p ML Evans

Texel average £103.8 per head or 264.8p/kg

£ per head: £108, £101 CR Wilson;

p/kg: 265.8p, 263.4p CR Wilson



Hoggs  – Overall Average  £86.97 per head or 197.2p/kg         

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 281.3p/kg         av 174.7p/kg         or £54.77 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 242.9p/kg         av 172.5p/kg         or £58.23 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 330.6p/kg         av 205.6p/kg         or £85.70 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 267.4p/kg         av 188.6p/kg         or £89.88 per head

52.1kg and over   to 242.9p/kg         av 173.5p/kg         or £94.79 per head


Beltex average £109 per head or 260.9p/kg

£ per head: £136 £123 DN&D Capstick; £128 £123 £120 H Atkinson; £123 PW Simpson; £119 K Marshall;

p/kg: 330.6p 302.7p K Marshall; 307.7p 290.2p H Atkinson; 292.3p 291.7p 290.8p PW Simpson;

Suffolk average £89.30 per head or 194.9p/kg

£ per head: £104 Wilson Bros; £95 T Walmsley;

p/kg: 200.0p T Kiernan; 197.8p S Forshaw

Texel average £87.09 per head or 195.9p/kg

£ per head: £118 £117 £114 £110 I Marsden; £114 £113.50 H Atkinson; £113 DN&D Capstick;

p/kg: 265.8p 263.4p CR&M Wilson; 251.2p 145.5p T Kiernan; 240.9p S Forshaw; 239.0p PW Simpson;

Masham average £77 per head or 182.2p/kg

£ per head: £82 S Dorey; £77 JL&J Pate; £75 C Hanson;

p/kg: 190.7p S Dorey; 187.8 JL&J Pate; 178.6p C Hanson

Mule average £83.03 per head or 182.2p/kg

£ per head: £92 £87.50 S Dorey; £90.50 G Pickersgill; £89 J Pickles; £87 £86.50x2 GW Thackray;

p/kg: 193.2p 192.0p 188.9p 188.0p x2 186.2p S Dorey; 187.5p CD&RF Kitching; 185.2p J Pickles;

Swaledale average £62.47 per head or 165.7p/kg

£ per head: 77.50 £67.50x2 £64 GW Houseman; £67.50 JC Pate; £67 JL&J Pate; £62 S Horsfield;

p/kg: 176.1p 173.1p x2 168.4p GW Houseman; 168.8p JC Pate; 167.5p JL&J Pate;

Dalesbred average £56.39 per head or 166.7p/kg

£ per head: £60 GW Houseman; £53.50 JK Wilson;

p/kg: 166.7p GW Houseman; 162.1p JK Wilson;

SBF average £79.57 per head or 183.9p/kg

£ per head: £90 £78.50 J&E Slater; £83 AR&CA Parkinson;

p/kg: 195.7p 186.9p J&E Slater; 176.6p AR&CA Parkinson;

Lonk average £73.10 per head or 173.4p/kg

£ per head: £84 GW Thackray; £78 A Moorhouse; £76.50 J Drinkall; £72 C Crowther;

p/kg: 182.6p GW Thackray; 182.1p J Drinkall; 177.3p A Moorhouse; 171.4p C Crowther;

Gritstone average £78 per head or 187.2p/kg

£ per head: £82.50 J Lord; £81.50 £76.50 JM&FM Gillett; £68.50 JL&J Pate;

p/kg: 191.3p 185.2p JM&FM Gillett; 187.5p J Lord; 175.6p JL&J Pate;

Cheviot average £83.84 per head or 190.9p/kg

£ per head: £97x2 £90.50 C Middleton; £96 £93 £92.50 T Kiernan;

p/kg: 234.1p 216.3p 215.5p 214.3p 210.2p T Kiernan; 200.0p GM&A Jackson;



Cull Ewes average £68.54

Suffolk to £94.50, Texel to £129.50, BFL to £72.50, Mule to £80.50, Lleyn to £85.50, Swaledale to £57.50, Masham to £73.50, Gritstone to £, Cheviot  to £66.50, Beltex  to £111.50, Lonk  to £57.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £129.50 HB Atkinson; £118.50 H Barker

Mule/Masham: £80.50 KM&L Throup; £80.50 S&PE Bowker & Sons

Horned: £57.50 Ellis Bros; £57.50 SP&VM Morris

Hill: £85.50 CD&RF Kitching; £66.50 J Caygill & Sons  


Cast Rams average £73.83

Texel to £97.50 T Priestley Cheviot to £75.50 T&G McGarrell






Breeding Sheep


343 Head comp 129 Sheep with 214 lambs at foot.

A smaller entry this week and probably a sharper trade with a few different buyers at the ringside looking to source stock. Young Ewes with strong lambs keenly bid for, topping at £225 for 2 shear Texel Ewes with Twins from Johny Metcalfe of Linton, whilst older outfits were £5 per life dearer on the week.








Texel Cross

Shlgs and Twins to £172 M Burton

Shlgs and Singles to £125 A&G Midgley

2 Shr and Twins to £225 RE Metcalfe & Son

Correct and Twins to £200 J Watson

Correct and Singles to £138 A&G Midgley

Correct with 1.5 Lambs to £180 I Deighton



Hoggs with Singles to £180 L Simpson & Son

Shlg with Twins to £200 L Simpson & Son

Shlg with Singles to £145 M Burton

Correct and Twins to £180 Frankland Farms

Correct and Singles to £108 M Barker

b/m with 1.5 Lambs to £122 DA Gibbon


b/m with Twins to £130 M Barker


Correct and Singles to £85 JC Roberts

Correct & Twins to £148 JC Roberts


Correct & Twins to £155 A&G Midgley

Correct & Singles to £120 A&G Midgley



Shlgs with Twins to £178 A&G Midgley



Shlg with Single to £100 A&G Midgley



Rearing Calves to £405 (50)

B&W av £84.04 Cont av £327.49 Native av £350

Another fresh face for Black and Whites today with the predominantly Holstein bred calves receiving a strong trade to average £84.04 and top at £120 on 3 occasions, 1 of those from Johny Moon, Wigglesworth and 2 from Paul and Janet Bolland of Airton. Blue bulls again set the pace with Martyn Jennings hitting £405 with a sweet bull taking the average to £368.30. David Brown saw a roaring trade again for his Lincoln Red sired calves averaging £350 for the only native entries of the day.


NB: Once again our calves averaged 38 days of age and still a strong trade.  


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £300) to £300 PJ Bolland                       

Brit Blue x (Av £368.3) to £405 MP Jennings                               

Lincoln Red x to £360x2 D&P Brown                                                                              

Saler (Av £240) £250 RL Wright & Son                          

Black & White (Av £84.04) to £120 JR&MJ Moon & PJ Bolland X2                           


Heifer Calves                       

Lincoln Red x to £330 D&P Brown                  

Brit Blue x (Av £284.29) to £340x2 MP Jennings                                                                                         

Saler (Av £205) to £220 RL Wright & Son                                                     



Hay                                         Mini Hestons                        to £23 per bale

                                                2 crop seed Small                to £1 per bale

Barley Straw                         Quads (6 band)                     to £25 per bale

                                                Quads                                     to £22 per bale

Oat Straw                              Quads                                     to £52 per tonne