Forward: 59 Prime cattle comprising 22 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 2 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 35 Cast Cattle. 3,396 Prime Sheep comprising 2,652 Old Season Lambs and 742 Cast Ewes & Rams. Rearing Calves. 10 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

The 2016 Prime Show season opened up with a high quality entry and a good attendance of retail customers. The champion was a 545kg Limousin heifer consigned by Jim Baines of Trawden which sold to Keelham Farm Shop for 271.5p/kg or £1479

Prize Awards

Steer:     1) A Lodge                             2) JR Metcalfe                       3) J Baines

Heifer:   1) J Baines                             2) JR Metcalfe                       3) JM Townsend


560kg+                                                   to 248.5p/kg        av. 232.67p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 254.5p/kg        av. 251.96p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 271.5p/kg        av. 221.33p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: A Lodge (BBx) 1483, J Baines (Baz) 1443, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1416, JA Drake (BBx) 1352, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1239

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 248.5, J Baines (Baz) 244.5, JA Drake (BBx) 241.5, A Lodge (BBx) 216.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 215.5


£ per head: JM Townsend (Blondex) 1484, J Baines (Limx) 1480, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1395, KA&HL Fawcett (BBx) 1372, JA Drake (Blondex) 1319

p/kg: J Baines (Limx) 271.5, KA&HL Fawcett (BBx) 256.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 254.5, JM Townsend (Blondex) 251.5,(Limx) 249.5,          

Cull Cow Prices

Prize Awards:

Dairy:     1) MP Jennings (Dairy) Ltd 2) DA Fort             3) G Pickersgill&Sons

Beef:      1) KA&HL Fawcett                               2) R Caton             3) I Barrett&Son

Overall Average                                   100.79p/kg           £675.47

Black & White                       to 128.5p/kg                        av. 95.48p/kg

Dairy Short                            to 117.5p/kg                        av. 102.73p/kg

Brown Swiss                         to 61.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 128.5p/kg                        av. 111.93p/kg

BBx                                         to 185.5p/kg                        av.128.04p/kg

Blondex                                 to 146.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: MP Jennings (Dairy) Ltd 855,841,814, GB Moorhouse 781, WA&A Booth 777,746, IR&DE Wellock 724

p/kg: MP Jennings (Dairy) Ltd 128.5,110.5,106.5,97.5,G Pickersgill &Sons  103.5,100.5, DL Leeming Ltd 99.5,

Other Dairy

£ per head: H Downs & Son (Sh) 811,689

p/kg: H Downs & Son (Sh) 117.5,89.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: I Barrett & Son 1094, R Caton 872, J Hopkinson 838

p/kg: I Barrett & Son 185.5, J Hopkinson 112.5, R Caton 112.5


£ per head:  J&K Harker 798, R Caton 777,726

p/kg: R Caton 128.5,107.5, J&K Harker 116.5


3,396 Prime Sheep

The opening sale of the new year produced a sharper trade on the week for all classes showing an overall average of 169p against an SQQ of 170.8p. It was the heavy lambs that took a good lift, with most 48kg-50kg heavies grossing £80 to £88 up to £95 from Anthony Thompson. Outwith the show most smart lambs were 220p to 240p with a top of 268p for the sale coming for the champion pen form Brian and Lisa Hall of Gargrave who made £118 purchased by Vivers Scotlamb, other vendors grossing over £100 were John Beckwith and Ellis Bros. . Plenty of export lambs 180p to 190p, with a more commercial type 165p to 175p.

Mules were good to sell averaging 158p, whilst horned lambs were £2 to £3 dearer on the week.

Another large show of ewes maintained recent rates with heavier ewes better to sell.


Monthly Prize Show Results – Judge Mr Michael Winchester

Continental Cross (Pens of 5)

1st JG Hall & Son, Gargrave 41kg Beltex @ £118 each to Vivers Scotlamb, Annan

2nd Ellis Bros, Addingham Moorside 42kg Beltex @ £102 each to Vivers Scotlamb, Annan

3rd WA,VJ, JA Towler, Grindleton 42kg Beltex @ £96 to T Shepherdson

Down x (Pens of 5)

1st CD&RF Kitching, Threshfield 41kg @ £76.50 to Woodhead Bros

2nd RL Wright, Airton 57kg @ £83 each to A Atkinson

Horned (Pens of 10)

1st J Shuttleworth & Son, Rhylstone 40kg @ £60 to Paul Watson


Mule/Masham (Pens of 10)

1st JC&N Throup, Draughton 43kg @ £69 to P Watson

2nd JH&J Ryder, Haverah Park 42kg @ £68.50 to J Bowling

3rd CD&RF Kitching, Threshfield 44kg @ £70.50 to J Bowling




Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £71.26 per head or 169.3p/kg (SQQ 170.8p)         

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 168.8p/kg         av 140.4p/kg         or £43.76 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 220.6p/kg         av 156.1p/kg         or £53.50 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 268.2p/kg         av 172.8p/kg         or £71.42 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 217.4p/kg         av 164.4p/kg         or £80.18 per head

52.1kg and over   to 179.2p/kg         av 150.3p/kg         or £83.58 per head

Beltex average £87.69 per head or 215.5p/kg

£ per head: £118 JG Hall & Son; £104 JJ Beckwith & Son; £102 £100 Ellis Bros; £97 £93.50 HB Atkinson; £96 P Crabtree & Son; £96 £93 WA,VJ&JA Towler; £95 DC Hall;

p/kg: 268.2p JG Hall & Son; 247.6p JJ Beckwith & Son; 243.6p DC Hall; 242.9p Ellis Bros; 240.0p P Crabtree & Son; 233.8p 225.6p  HB Atkinson; 232.5p 228.6p WA,VJ&JA Towler; HB Atkinson; 232.4p K Marshall; 222.0p Thwaite Bros;

Suffolk average £74.20 per head or 165.8p/kg

£ per head: £85 R Emmott; £84.50 £83 RL Wright & Sons; £82 C&SB Whitelock; £82 A&M Beecroft; £81.50 TR Thwaite & Son; £80.50 A Guy & Son.

p/kg: 190.7p C&SB Whitelock; 186.6p CD&RF Kitching; 185.2p TR Thwaite & Son; 178.0 RA&M Earnshaw & Son; 177.8p MP Jennings;

Texel average £74.03 per head or 175.2p/kg

£ per head: £95 AL Thompson; £95 K Marshall; £95 £91 £90 J Baines; £94 AJ Haggas; £91 D Clarke; £91 Thwaite Bros; £91 FG Throup; £90 T Kiernan; £90 WA,VJ&JA Towler; £90 M&B Allen;

p/kg: 222.0p Thwaite Bros; 220.6p JJ&D Cowking; 214.3p J Baines; 213.5p P Hargraves; 211.1p K Marshall; 209.3p T Kiernan; 204.7p T&C Robinson;

Charollais average £78.29 per head or 172.4p/kg

£ per head: £95 K Marshall; £83.50 R Barnes; £78.50 K Stuart & Son

p/kg: 237.5p K Marshall; 175.6p 175.0p R Barnes

Rouge average £84.00 per head or 195.3p/kg

£ per head: £84 Ellis Bros

p/kg: 195.3p Ellis Bros

Cheviot average £79.45 per head or 175.2p/kg

£ per head: £82 JD Stockill; £80 T Kiernan

p/kg: 186.0p 171.1p T Kiernan

Mule average £68.63 per head or 157.8p/kg

£ per head: £78.50 GW Houeman; £78.50 WM Hall; £77 M Ryder & Son; £76.50 £76 JK Wilson; £76 M Ryder & Son

p/kg: 166.3p 162.8p; Ellis Bros; 164.1p JC&N Throup; 163.4p FG Throup; 163.4p 163.1p JH&J Ryder; 163.1p 162.8p GW Houseman

Swaledale average £50.24 per head or 138.3p/kg

£ per head: £63.50 AG Horn; £60 K Dickinson; £56 R Tennant; £56 JM&S Tennant; £54 J Shuttleworth & Son

p/kg: 148.4p 143.6p JM&S Tennant; 147.7p AG Horn; 145.2p HB Atkinson; 142.9p K Dickinson; 142.1p J Shuttleworth & Son

Scotch BlackFaced average £65.40 per head or  150.5p/kg

£ per head: £79 £65 KR&J Flintoff

p/kg: 151.9p KR&J Flintoff


Cull Ewes average £64.92

Suffolk to £96.50, Texel to £104.50, BFL to £64.50, Mule to £72.50, Lleyn to £69.50, Swaledale to £44.50, Masham to £64.50, Gritstone to £59.50, Cheviot  to £81.50, Beltex  to £78.38, Lonk  to £50.52.

Top prices:

Lowland: £104.50, £103.50 HB Atkinson; £98.50 HM Dugdale & Son; 

Mule/Masham: £72.50 AJ Taylor; £68.50 HB Atkinson; 

Horned: £61.50 C Crowther; £48.50 J Greenwood

Hill: £81.50 W Watson; £77.50 HB Atkinson; 

Cast Rams average £77.02

Texel to £119.50 W Mason & Son; Suffolk to £109.50 JC Crabtree & Son; Charolais to £107.50 Teeswater to £99.50; Lleyn to £87.50; Beltex to £67.50 T&C Robinson



Rearing Calves to £400 (123)

B&W av £74.29 Cont av £311.9 Native av £194.8

 A strong show of calves for the New Year Show and Sale with Joe Ogden of Cowling Judging the pre sale show. Through the ring Hartley’s of Bolton Abbey took the top price of £400 with a big british blue bull. Fred Houseman of Church Farm Enterprises chased close behind with another run of quality calves topping at £395. No storming record breakers this time but a strong trade right through the sale made for some healthy averages for the 123 on offer.  


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £266) to £305 EJ Fort                             

Brit Blue x (Av £335.25) to £400 JP&KE Hartley                          

Saler x to (Av £171.6) to £360 P Sharp & Son                                                              

Mont Belliard to £240 JT Thornber                                 

Black & White (Av £74.29) to £165 RL Wright & Son                 


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x to £190 EJ Fort                               

Brit Blue x (Av £301.1) to £355 JC Marshall                  

Ab Angus (Av £165) to £205 JP&KE Hartley                                                  

Saler (Av £155) to £260 P Sharp & Son                                                          



Hay                         Quads                     to £28 per bale

Barley Straw         Quads                     to £24 per bale

Wheat Straw        Quads                     to £20 per bale