Forward: 38 Prime cattle comprising 15 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 2 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 21 Cast Cattle. 3,661 Prime Sheep comprising 3201 Prime Lamb, 460 Cast Ewes & Rams. 42 Rearing Calves. 2 Loads of produce.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Phil Gregory of DA Gregory &Son were in attendance at the October Prime Show to secure the very best for their Bacup shop in the Supreme Champion, a 600kg Limousin cross heifer which had been shown all summer by the Jowett family of Queensbury, £1587 or 264.5p/kg. Gregory’s also secured the reserve a 575kg British Blue heifer from the weekly consignment of RT&J Critchley&Sons of Hutton which made the leading p/kg price of 270.5p and grossed at £1555. Plenty of retail customers at the ringside ensured that a very good show of cattle met a very good trade. Increased weight in the steers which included a couple of grass fed bullocks 4 av.613kg av. price £1182. Heifers 11 av. wt. 547kg av. price £1378. Leading buyer in terms of quantity was Keelham Farm Shop of Skipton closely followed by DA Gregory&Sons, Countrystyle Meats Ltd, Lancaster, Robertshaws Farm Shop, Thornton, Ellisons Butchers, Cullingworth, and Stanforths Butchers, Skipton.


Steers – 1st & 2nd CD&RF Kitching

Heifers – 1st & Champion S&NV Jowett         2nd & Reserve – RT&J Critchley        3rd SD Bennett



465-560kg                                             to 158.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 236.5p/kg                        av. 205.46p/kg


480kg+                                                   to 270.5p/kg                        av.249.26p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1395, 1378

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 236.5,235.5.


£ per head: S&NV Jowett (BBx) 1587, RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 1555, TW Cowperthwaite (BBx) 1469, SD Bennett (LImx) 1342

p/kg: RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 270.5,264.5,256.5, S&NV Jowett (BBx) 264.5, TW Cowperthwaite (BBx) 255.5, (Limx) 250.5


Prime Cattle

Overall Average                                   145.02p/kg                           £924.49

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: JR Carr (Limx) 962, CM&EM Gratton (B&W) 887

p/kg: JR Carr (Limx) 164.5, CM&EM Gratton (B&W) 128.5


Cull Cow Prices

Cast cows were a sharp trade. A few young cows on offer today meant the top of the dairies at 126.6p for Wood Bros whilst meated heavy dairies were in the same slot of 105-110p. An occasional plain cow in the 70s but most in the 80s in this category. Steaking cows were 95p.


Overall Average                                   97.66p/kg             £616.44

Black & White                      to 126.5p/kg                        av. 97.77p/kg

Nor Red                                 to 87.5p/kg

MRI                                         to 86.5p/kg                          av.79.38p/kg

Fleck                                       to 109.5p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 119.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: CM&EM Gratton 886,807,747, Wood Bros 831,829, C Smith&Sons 743, J Wellock 669

p/kg: Wood Bros 126.5,119.5, C Smith&Sons 108.5, CM&EM Gratton 105.5,104.5,99.5, N&SA Fort 99.5,99.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: N&SA Fort (Fleck) 635, N&SA Fort (Nor Red) 560, C Watson (MRI) 423

p/kg: C Watson (Fleck) 108.5, N&SA Fort (Nor Red) 87.5, C Watson (MRI) 86.5


£ per head: KD&W Midgley (Limx) 717, (BBx) 634

p/kg: KD&W Midgley (Limx) 119.5, (BBx) 106.5


3,661 Prime Sheep
comprising 3201 Prime Lamb, 460 Cast Ewes & Rams

As predicted, sheep were a much sharper trade on the week, with fed lambs receiving a strong enquiry from the full contingent of buyers ringside. George Sunderland of Sykes Gate took the championship rosette awarded by Judge Paul Watson at this months prize show and sale. They weighed 45kg and sold at £106 each to Vivers Scotlamb. Top price on the day was £111 paid to N&AD Boynton Ripon for Beltex purchased by Hartshead Meat Co, whilst D&A Livestock made £110 each selling to Kitson and Sons Butchers of Yarm. Richard and Mark Ireland had a strong run of lambs topping at £108 to Kendalls Farm Butchers in Pateley Bridge and Harrogate who also purchased lambs at £107 from D&A Livestock in Haverah Park. Ellis Bros had a great consignment of lambs topping at £106 to Vivers Scotlamb, who also bought a second pen at £106 from George Sunderland. John and Rob Marshall of Dacre sold two pens of lambs both at £106 to Kendalls Farm Butchers. Brayton Farmshop near Selby secured lambs at £104 each from N&AD Boynton. Top price per kilo was 245p for Beltex from JG Hall & Son Gargrae to Vivers Scotlamb. Lowland lambs that have been creep fed received a good enquiry, handyweights 180-190, smarter goods £2 plus, heavies generally 170p, smarter sorts 180-190p.
Hill bred lambs were better to sell, strong Mules to £77.50 JR Taylor & Son and also £77.50 and £77 from AJ Mason, £77 JH Throup, whilst per kilo the top price was 155.8p/kg from P&SN Smith & Sons, Lofthouse and others at 154.4p from JH Throup Silsden Moor and 152p AJ Mason. Horned lambs were in larger number, and as requested were generally well fleshed lambs weighing 34kg to 37kg selling from £48 to £53, up to £54 from Sheila Mason Keasden Head.

Cast Sheep were a larger show and heavier types would be better to sell, whilst lightweight ewes were a similar trade.


Cont x

1st G Sunderland 45kg £106 Vivers Scot Lamb

2nd D&A Livestock 50kg £110 Kitson Butchers

3rd Ellis Bros 43kg £103 Ellis Bros

Down x

1st J&C Wright 53kg £88 A Atkinson

2nd RA&M Earnshaw 48kg £84 M Etherington


1st WA&A Booth 49kg £73 A Atkinson

2nd JC&N Throup 51kg £73 P Watson

3rd JK Wilson 47kg £69 N Dalby

Champion – G Sunderland

Reserve – D&A Livestock 

Prime Lambs – Overall Average £75.90 per head or 170.2p/kg              

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 245.2p/kg         av 174.3p/kg         or £74.50 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 241.3p/kg         av 166.4p/kg         or £79.50 per head

52.1kg and over   to 204.4p/kg         av 161.4p/kg         or £83.67 per head


Beltex average £87.17 per head or 208.0p/kg

£ per head: 110 £104 D&A Livestock; £107 £103 Ellis Bros; £106 G Sunderland; £104 N&AS Boynton; £103 JG Hall; £101 EP&JM Hutchinson;

p/kg: 245.2p JG Hall; 239.5p 232.6p Ellis Bros; 237.5p 231.6p HB Atkinson; 235.7p A Jenkinson; 235.6p G Sunderland; 227.3p RJ Lambert;

Suffolk average £76.20 per head or 160.9p/kg

£ per head: £88 £85.50 £83 £80 J&C Wright; £87.50 £84 RA&M Earnshaw; £85x2 TH Mellin;

p/kg: 175.0p RA&M Earnshaw; 171.1p CD&RF Kitching; 169.8p PJ&JE Bolland; 166.0p J&C Wright; 165.6p D&A Livestock;

Texel average £75.97 per head or 170.4p/kg

£ per head: £111 N&AD Boynton; £108 RH&MR Ireland; £107 D&A Livestock; £106x2 JC Marshall; £100 EP&JM Hutchinson;

p/kg: 241.3p N&AD Boynton; 230.2p D&A Livestock; 225.6p H&S Maudsley; 223.8p A Jenkinson; 222.5p J&J Garnett;

Charollais average £74.88 per head or 164.5p/kg

£ per head: £88 T Kiernan; £82.50 £80 JR Taylor; £75 H&S Maudsley;

p/kg: 174.4p H&S Maudsley; 166.0p T Kiernan; 164.0p CH&OF Hammond;

Mule average £67.86 per head or 148.0p/kg

£ per head: £77.50 JR Taylor; £77.50 £77 AJ Mason; £77 JH Throup; £73 JC&N Throup; £73.00 £71.50 WA&A Booth;

p/kg: 155.8p P&SN Smith; 154.4p 151.0p JH Throup; 152.0p 151.0p  AJ Mason; 150.0p JK Wilson; 150.0p FG Throup;

Masham average £65.63 per head or 152.6 p/kg

£ per head: £67.50 A&SL Throup; £60 R&E Pollard;

p/kg: 157.0p A&SL Throup; 139.5p R&E Pollard;

Swaledale average £48.50 per head or 134.9p/kg

£ per head: £54 JH&SM Mason; £54 RW&B Chapman; £53 Hayton & Stocks; £52.50 W Mason & Son; £52 AJ Mason;

p/kg: 140.6p 139.5p Hayton & Stocks; 138.2p W Mason & Son; 136.8p AJ Mason; 135.7p JH&SM Mason; 135.0p RW&B Chapman;



Cull Ewes average £58.12

Suffolk to £95.50, Texel to £104.50, Jacob to £28.50, Mule to £63.50, Lleyn to £57.50, Swaledale to £30.50, Easy Care to £55.50, Beltex to £65.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £104.50 JH&SM Mason; £104.50 HB Atkinson;

Mule/Masham: £63.50 J Sugden; £62.50 JH&SM Mason;

Horned: £30.50 J Cheetham;

Hill: £57.50 DC Wood;

Cast Rams average £93.17

Texel to £125.50, Swaledale to £27.50.





Rearing Calves to £335 (42)

With the big show of calves last week a nice number of calves forward this week. Aberdeen Angus Bulls topped at £330 from Mr E.J Fort. The sale consisted of a third of them being black and whites topping at £105. Rearing Black and Whites calves selling very well, with the second-rate Black and Whites making either side of £40 with some younger calves less.

Best Blues over the £300 mark and the next grade of Blues making £220-£260.


Bull Calves

B&W av £ Cont av £ Native av £

Limousin x (Av £270) to £270                           C&SB Whitelock                  

Brit Blue x (Av £244) to £335                           J&SA Lancaster                                                   

Aberdeen Angus (Av £267) to £330 EJ Fort

Flekvieh (Av £167) to £185                               C Watson

Black & White (Av £42) to £105                      RM Shackleton                    


Heifer Calves       

Cont av £ Native av £        

Charollais x (Av £220) to £240                         C Smith                                                 

Ab Angus (Av £150) to £150                             M&R Smith                                                          

British Blue (Av £250) to £290                         C Smith

Lim (Av £270) to £295                                        C&SB Whitelock




5 loads of Produce


Wheat                    Mini Heston                         £18 per bale

Hay                         Small Bale                             £3.50 per bale