MARKET REPORT - MONDAY 6TH JANUARY 2014 93 Prime cattle comprising 12 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 2 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 79 Cast Cattle 2,381 Prime sheep comprising 2,115 Prime Lambs, 261 Cast Ewes & Rams 135 Rearing calves 6 Loads of produce


93 Prime cattle comprising 12 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 2 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 79 Cast Cattle

2,381 Prime sheep comprising 2,115 Prime Lambs, 261 Cast Ewes & Rams

135 Rearing calves

6 Loads of produce

PRIME CATTLE (Under 30 mos)  

A good show of cattle at the opening sale of primestock for 2014 saw Keelham Farm Shop who open new premises in Skipton this year step up and buy the Supreme Champion from Mesrs JH Stevenson & Son of Farnley  whose 630kg British Blue cross Steer for 272.5p/kg or £1717. James Robertshaw also added the reserve champion to his purchases from Bernard Simpson of Heathfield, a 575kg Limousin cross heifer, which made 268.5p/kg or £1544.


Monthly Show –

Heifers –

1st B Simpson        2nd J Baines            3rd J Baines


1st TR Stephenson                2nd B Townend      3rd Ellis Bros


1st GW Coates & Son

Champion – TR Stephenson              Reserve – B Simpson


551-650kg                             to 272.5p/kg


501-590kg                             to 268.5p/kg        av 227.79p/kg

590kg+                                   to 249.5p/kg        av 230.06p/kg


Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

JH Stevenson  & Son            BBx Str                   £1717    272.5p

BS Simpson                            Limx Hfr                 £1544    268.5p

R Wood                                  Blondex Hfr           £1414    217.5p

BS Simpson                            Limx Hfr                 £1394    260.5p

R Wood                                  Blonde x Hfr          £1388    227.5p

J Baines                                  BBx Hfr                   £1385    249.5p

J Baines                                  BBx Hfr                   £1156    224.5p

PRIME CATTLE (Over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   129.89p/kg                           £990.44

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

GB Moorhouse                     B&W Hfr                £1024    136.5p

M Bentham                           Parthanais             £957       123.5p



Strong opening trade for the first sale of 2014 and vendors rose to the task with a good show of cattle including a good number of cattle held over and carrying finish. Interest also from feeding cattle buyers looking to secure supplies with  renewed interest in manufacturing meat from processors.

Overall Average                                   111.34p/kg                           £728.32


Monthly Show –


1st RD Metcalfe & Son         2nd K Downs & Son               3rd K Downs & Son


1st J Sheard            2nd E&SL Harker                    3rd JH Throup

Champion – J Sheard                          Reserve – E&SL Harker

Black & White                       to 124.5p/kg                        av 106.24p/kg

Dairy Shorthorn                   to 117.5p/kg                        av 104.29p/kg

Ayrshire                                 to 87.5p/kg

Jersey                                     to 75.5p/kg

Montbelliarde                      to 122.5p/kg                        av 121.04p/kg

Brit Blue                                                to 131.5p/kg                        av 127.84p/kg

Limx                                       to 135.5p/kg                        av 122.79p/kg

Blondex                                 to 137.5p/kg                        av 133.88p/kg

Simx                                       to 113.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 116.5p/kg                        av 112.78p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head)

J Sheard                                 Blondex                 £1055

E&SCL Harker & Son            Limx                        £1043

M Baul & Ptns                       B&W                       £1034

MP Jennings (Dairy) Ltd      B&W                       £999

SM&MT Stapleton                B&W                       £965

JH Throup                              Limx                        £955

JH Throup                              Blondex                 £927

DA Fort                                  B&W                       £926

JW Stockdale & Sons           BBx                         £925

J Caygill & Ptns                      B&W                       £914


Top Prices (p/kg)

ML Evans                               Blondex                 137.5p

E&SCL Harker & Son            Limx                        135.5p

BS Simpson                            Limx                        134.5p

J Sheard                                 Blondex                 133.5p

H Downs & Son                     BBx                         131.5p

BS Simpson                            BBx                         131.5p

JH Throup                              Blondex                 131.5p

H&S Maudsley                      BB                           130.5p

SW&JE Ryder&Son              Montx                    130.5p

JW Stockdale & Son             BBx                         128.5p


Prime Sheep


2,381 Prime Sheep

A lighter show of sheep were £2 to £4 each dearer on the week and sold away well to an active ringside of 18 separate buyers. The monthly prize show produced a wonderful show of quality Continental  cross lambs from which the Judge Mr Paul Watson found his champion and reserve champions. The Champions were presented by Brian & Lisa Hall of JG Hall & Son, Scaleber Farm and weighing 42kgs they sold for £130 each or 309p/kg to Anthony Swales for Knavesmire Butchers in York, who also purchased the Reserve Champions from Hayley Baines at £116 weighing 40kg. Anthony Swales made it a clean sweep when purchasing the 3rd prize pen from Jimmy Towler of Grindleton at £96 each.

Hill Bred lambs were a sharper trade on the week, especially heavier Mule lambs. Prize winners in the show lambs were tops in each section, but commercial lambs were also good to sell


Monthly Show


1st JG Hall weighing 42kg selling for £130 to SA Swales

2nd H Baines weighing 40kg selling for £116 to SA Swales

3rd J Towler weighing 41kg selling for £96 to SA Swales


1st B Lund weighing 41kg selling for £82.50 to Woodhead Bros

2nd B Lund weighing 42kg selling for £82.50 to Woodhead Bros

3rd C Kitching weighing 42kg selling for £80 to P Watson


1st JK Wilson weighing 47kg selling for £75 to P Watson


1st WA&A Booth weighing 42kg selling for £72 to P Watson

2nd A Crisp & Son weighing 44kg selling for £75 to P Watson

Champion – JG Hall

Reserve – H Baines


Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £76.04 per head or 181.8p/kg                                                   

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 170.0p/kg         av 166.3p/kg         or £50.68 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 211.8p/kg         av 165.3p/kg         or £56.61 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 309.5p/kg         av 187.3p/kg         or £77.67 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 193.5p/kg         av 167.1p/kg         or £80.73 per head

52.1kg and over   to 163.4p/kg         av 152.4p/kg         or £87.17 per head


Beltex average £92.12 per head or 222.4p/kg

Top prices: £130 or 309.5p/kg JG Hall & Son

Texel average £78.32 per head or 183.8p/kg

Top prices: £116 or 290.0p/kg Hayley Baines

Suffolk average £78.18 per head or 175.6p/kg

Top prices: £91 PW Houseman or 201.2p/kg B Lund

Charollais average £81.56 per head or 185.6p/kg

Top prices: £92 DJA Thompson or 191.3p/kg

Mule average £72.48 per head or 168.3p/kg

Top prices: £100 Manorlands Hospice or 185.7p/kg Rosie Whitaker

Swaledale average £58.56 per head or 164.8p/kg

Top prices: £75 ASE Crisp & Son or 171.4p/kg WA&A Booth

Lonk average £69.50 per head or 187.8p/kg

Top prices: £69.50 or 187.8p/kg B Dibb

Gritstone average £71.50 per head or 178.8p/kg

Top prices: £71.50 or 178.8p/kg B Dibb

Cheviot average £71.50 per head or 174.4p/kg

Top prices: £71.50 or 174.4p/kg J Caygill



Cull Ewes average £57.35

Suffolk to £67.50, Texel to £117.50, Charollais to £87, BFL to £56.50, Mule to £68.50, Gritstone to £, Cheviot to £72.50, Woodland to £61.50,  Lleyn to £74.50, Swaledale to £51.50, Zwartbles to £70.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £117.50 £106.50 £99.50 R Newby; £111.50 JJ Beckwith & Son; £98.50 D Pawson; £93.50 JJ Beckwith & Son

Mule/Masham: £68.50 P Shackleton; £67.50 PW Houseman; £66.50 S&PE Bowker & Son; £65.50 JW Sayer & Son

Horned: £51.50 Naddle Farm; £45.50 £41.50 FW&JM Eddington; £42.50 J Hopkinson; £41.50 KM&L Throup; £40.50 D&S Hollins

Hill: £74.50 £67.50 H&M Dugdale & Son; £72.50 Naddle Farm


Cast Rams average £71.38

Suffolk to £56.50, Texel to £101.50, Charollais to £67.50, BFL to £56.50.

Top Prices: £101.50 RJ&CM Clarkson; £100 FW&JM Eddington; £88.50 TF Whittaker & Son; £87.50 G Wareing.



Forward : 135 Rearing Calves to £500 av £209.55

B&W av £115 Cont av £305 Native av £195

Mesrs A Sowray & Son, Bishop Thornton started 2014 in fine style wining bothe Championship and Reserve. Their champion the first prize British Blue Bull a 34 day old calf by Fleuron sold to Lincolnshire buyers N&M Mason for £470. The reserve champion consigned from Mesrs Sowray was also awarded the first prize in the British Blue heifer calf and the 33 day old calf by a Norbreck Greenhill sire joined South Yorks buyer S Vodden for £350.


Calf Show

Class 1 – Brit Blue Bull

1st 2nd & 3rd A Sowray & Son

Class 2 – Brit Blue Hfr

1st A Sowray & Son              2nd JP&KE Hartley                 3rd A Sowray & Son

Class 4 – Lim Hfr

1st A Shepherd & Son

Class 5 – Other Cont Bull

1st F Spence

Class 7 – Native x Bull

1st Church Farm Enterprises              2nd D&J Herd         3rd DL DM & Heron

Class 8 – Native x Hfr

1st 2nd & 3rd JR CJ & D Drake

Class 9 – B&W/Other Dairy Bull

1st Church Farm Enterprises

Class 10 – Cont Male Stirk

1st G Booth            2nd C &SB Whitelock            3rd Church Farm Enterprises

Class 11 – Cont Hfr Stirk

1st Chruch Farm Enterprises              2nd F Spence          3rd C&SB Whitelock

Class 12 – Native Bull/Hfr Stirk

1st F Spence

Champion & Reserve – A Sowray & Son


Bull Calves

Limousin x                             to £375                  av £285                  JC&DJ Marshall                    

Brit Blue x                             to £500                  av £361                  Church Farm Enterprises                  

Charolais                                to £405                                                  F Spence

Simmental                            to £405                  av £328                  HJ&K Blackwell                                                    

Aberdeen Angus                  to £270                  av £201                  Church Farm Enterprises

Saler                                       to £235                  av £192                  RL Wright & Son                 

Black & White                       to £258                  av £115                  F Spence & Son                   


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x                             to £270                  av £227                  F Spence & Son                   

Brit Blue x                             to £350                  av £290                  A Sowray & Son                  

Shorthorn                             to £175                  av £169                  JR CJ & D Drake                   

Ab Angus                               to £240                  av £180                  JM Smith & Son

Hereford                               to £225                                                  J Whittaker                                          





Barley Straw Square Bales                 to £83 per ton

Barley Straw Round Bales                                  to £20 per bale

Barley Straw Quad Bales                                    to £80 per ton

Small Bale Hay                                                      to £3.20 per bale

Fodder Beet                                                         to £26 per ton