MARKET REPORT – MONDAY 8th JUNE 2020 **ONLINE MACHINERY SALE ** – TUESDAY 30th JUNE & WEDNESDAY 1st JULY Entries close - Tuesday 16th June. Items MUST be entered. Speak to Ted or Kyle for more information. Forward: 49 Prime cattle comprising 24 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 24 Cast Cattle 2,106 Prime Sheep comprising 1731 Spring Lambs, 128 Prime Hoggs inc 30 Mature Sheep, 247 Cast Ewes & Rams 38 Rearing Calves. 15 Breeding Sheep. 5 Dairy


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Another high-quality entry of clean cattle at the weekly sale and no let up in the trade. The Farm shops of Robertshaws at Thornton, Keelham at Skipton and Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster were in the hunt for stock as trade settles into usual seasonal demand and the possibility that demand may improve as people return to work. Charles and Richard Kitching of Threshfield headed up the top gross priced steer and heifer both making £1407, their steer a Limousin cross weighing 600kg selling at 234.5p/kg to J&E Medcalf of Halifax and their 580kg Limousin cross heifer selling to Robertshaws Farm Shop at Thornton for 242.5p/kg. Mesrs Kitching also achieved the third highest priced animal by weight at 247.5p/kg, a 565kg blonde cross heifer which sold to Keelham Farm Shop of Skipton. The same buyer also bought the leading priced steer a 560kg Limousin cross from F&B Smith of Masongill for 243.5p/kg or £1364. The leading price per kg was a 520kg Limousin cross heifer consigned by RT&J Critchley&Sons of Preston which sold to Countrystyle Meats Ltd of Lancaster for 248.5p/kg or £1292.



560kg+                                                   to 243.5p/kg                        av.221.19p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 248.5p/kg                        av.231.57p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1407, (Blondex) 1394, RTJ Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1389, F&B Smith (Limx) 1364

p/kg: F&B Smith (Limx) 243.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 239.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 234.5, R Wilson (Limx) 233.5


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1407, (Blondex) 1398, (Limx) 1378, R Wilson (Limx) 1366, TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 1355

p/kg:Rt&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 248.5, (Charx) 239.5,CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 247.5,(BBx) 242.5,(Limx) 238.5, F&B Smith (Limx) 239.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   147.5p/kg                             £1210

Top prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: AB Gill (BBx Str) 1210

p/kg: AB Gill (BBx Str) 147.5





Cull Cow Prices

The injection into the cull cow trade continues with tight numbers and queues outside drive through takeaways confirming the improved demand for manufacturing beef. Heavy dairies were 125-130p. Steakers 120p and plains 90p/kg. First cross beef cows to 138.5p/kg. A good entry of Beef cross feeding cows at Wednesday’s store cattle sale.

Overall Average                                   122.2p/kg                             £858.71

Black & White                      to 130.5p/kg                        av.121.37p/kg

Dan Red                                 to 126.5p/kg

Simx                                       to 138.5p/kg                       

BBx                                         to 134.5p/kg                        av.124.31p/kg

Saler                                       to 127.5p/kg                        av.116.81p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: GT Booth 1114, 1097, AN Bolland 1092,917, JD Taylor&Son 954,921, CN&SA Harrison 946, JP&KE Hartley 878.

p/kg: CN&SA Harrison 130.5, GT Booth 129.5,127.5, AN Bolland 126.5,125.5, D&SA Fort 125.5, JP&KE Hartley 124.5, JD Taylor&Son 124.5, N&J Thwaite 124.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: CN&SA Harrison (Dan Red) 791

p/kg: CN&SA Harrison (Dan Red) 126.5


£ per head: FA Holmes&Son (BBx) 1042, M Mallinson Ltd (Simx) 1032, AB Gill (Saler) 727

p/kg: M Mallinson Ltd (Simx) 138.5, FA Holmes&son (BBx) 134.5, AB Gill (Saler) 127.5,



2,106 Prime Sheep comprising 1731 Spring Lambs, 128 Prime Hoggs inc 30 Mature Sheep, 247 Cast Ewes & Rams


Spring Lamb trade continues along good lines with today seeing 1,731 lambs sold, a 15% rise in numbers on last week, and trade up £1.23 a head on average. These numbers equate to 770 more lambs sold than the same week last year and at 28p/kg or £8.46 per head more, these figures certainly underline the strength of the live market trade at the moment and why I encourage producers to look to the live marts as their chosen medium for marketing their stock instead of other direct options.
Premium prices achieved today include Messrs Beckwith of Holme House, Gargrave topping the sale at 340.0p kg with a pair of great Continental crosses weighing 35kg making £119 each to Vivers Scotlamb who also secured 38kg Continentals at 331.6p £126 from HR&WJ Maudsley of Rathmell. M Crabtree from Kettlesing sold at 297p (42kg £125) to Andrew Atkinson, CD&RF Kitching, Threshfield made 297p (38kg £113) to Vivers Scotlamb, whilst JB&AH Coates, Cowan Bridge, Carnforth made 296p (32kg £95) to Vivers Scotlamb, whilst Brayton Farmshop purchased lambs at 295p (44kg £130) from A&AR Phillipson, Briercliffe, Burnley.
J&F Nutter, Hurst Green, Clitheroe topped the sale at £137 per head with Continentals selling to Brayton Farmshop, whilst Messrs Nutter sold further lambs at £130 to Robertshaws Farmshop in Thornton, Bradford. Kendalls Farm Butchers of Harrogate & Pateley Bridge secured lambs at £128 on two occasions, first from MJ Spensley, Elslack and then from A&SJ Sugden, Laycock. JA&JM Wade & Son in Cononley topped their run at £128 with others at £127, followed at £126 twice by HR&WJ Maudsley, Rathmell.

Heavy lambs were a sharp trade today with the 46kg to 52kg bracket averaging £111.89 and over 52kg averaging £120.80, whilst export weights were keenly contested levelling at 238p across the board.

Hoggs selling away well with a lot of tail enders in. An overall average of 181ppk with good bred hoggs handy weight reaching £2 and heavies and tail enders less but teeth up hoggs very similar trade, with ewes getting dearer through the week.

Ewes much dearer on the week with an overall average of £82.50. Heavy ewes looking much dearer on the week with lean ewes and heavy mules very similar.

Texel bred ewes came to an overall average of £97.49 with a top price of £133.50. Best bred heavy meat in the region of £115+. Well fleshed cont ewes getting away regular £90+ with grazing lean sorts in the £76-£85 bracket. Suffolks same again getting well above £100+ for the heavy meat and lean meat in the region of £85. Meat Swales £55+ plain £25+£35 and lean £42-£50. Goats selling well again with an active bidding audience for them. Top price from £81.50 with all selling between £60.50 upwards. Mule ewes selling to a top of £84.50 with a breed average of £69.50.




1,731 Prime Lambs – Overall Average £98.66 per head or 237.6p/kg (SQQ 238.0p)         

25.5kg to 32.0kg to 296.9p/kg          av 296.9p/kg         or £95.00 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 340.0p/kg         av 243.1p/kg         or £83.73 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 331.6p/kg         av 237.9p/kg         or £97.41 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 274.0p/kg         av 236.2p/kg         or £111.89 per head

52.1kg and over   to 245.3p/kg         av 220.2p/kg         or £120.80 per head


Beltex average £96.96 per head or 264.6p/kg

£ per head: £126 HR&WJ Maudsley, £107 K Marshall

p/kg: 331.6p HR&WJ Maudsley, 289.2p K Marshall, 243.2p L Bancroft

Texel average £99.95 per head or 240.6p/kg

£ per head: £137 £130 J&F Nutter, £130 £121 A&AR Phillipson, £128 £123 MJ Spensley, £128 A&SJ Sugden, £126 M&B Allen, £125 M Crabtree, £122 JT Rushton

p/kg: 340.0p JJ Beckwith & Son, 297.6p M Crabtree, 297.4p CD&RF Kitching, 296.9p JB&AH Coates, 295.5p 276.2p A&AR Phillipson, 286.3p 281.0p Hill & Wright, 278.0p JR Paisley, 275.6p E Pennock & Son.

Suffolk average £97.75 per head or 232.4p/kg

£ per head: £123 MJ Spensley, £122 £118 £116 J&F Nutter, £119 JA&JM Wade & Son, £117 £116 £114 ML Evans, £114 K&J Marshall.

p/kg: 256.3p MJ Spensley, 253.3p 248.0p 246.8p(X2) ML Evans, 251.1p 244.0p JF Nutter, 244.2p A&AR Phillipson, 243.9p HR&WJ Maudsley

Charolais average £98.58 per head or 231p/kg

£ per head: £128 £127 £109 £98.50 JA&JM Wade & Son, £119 TA Robinson, £100 JR&DL Ogden, £100 A Calvert & Son.

p/kg: 276.6p TA Robinson, 251.0p 240.2p 231.9p JA&JM Wade & Son, 243.2p L Bancroft, 238.1p 235.0p JR&DL Ogden

Down average £107.50 per head or 217.9p/kg

£ per head: £118 JDA&CM Jones; £97 MJ Beckwith

p/kg: 225.6p MJ Beckwith, 210.7p JDA&CM Jones

Rouge average £99.91 per head or 236.5p/kg

£ per head: £126 HR&WJ Maudsley, £102.50 JA&JM Wade & Son,

p/kg: 262.5p HR&WJ Maudsley, 234.1p MJ&RH Wallbank, 233.0p JA&JM Wade & Son

Zwartbles average £91.50 per head or 218p/kg

£ per head: £103 C Eccleston

p/kg: 234.1p C Eccleston, 200p MJ Beckwith


Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £86.79 per head or 181.3p/kg              

Texel to £99, Mule to £93.50, Swaledale to £79, Beltex to £95, Charollais to £95.50


30 Mature Sheep to £93 30 av £75.92



247 Cull Ewes average £82.50

Suffolk to £119.50, Texel to £133.50, Mule to £84.50, Swaledale to £58.50, Beltex to £85.50, Wensleydale to £69.50, Dalesbred to £72.50, Lleyn to £74.50, Beulah to £64.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £133.50 J Barnes; £128.50 G&MM Dakin;

Mule/Masham: £84.50R&E Pollard; £80.50 RA&E Spink  

Horned: £72.50 KA Liddle; £58.50 JA Drake;

Hill: £74.50 SD&RF Kitching;  


Goats to £81.50 av £68.40


Cast Rams average £63.75

Texel to £95.50, BFL to £79.50, Swaledale to £92.50.




Rearing Calves to £410 (38)


Calves still a flyer yet again with a sale of proper rearing calves. Check out how selling calves younger can maximise the price per head at Skipton Blue Bulls topped the market at £410 from RE Ayrton with an average for Blue Bulls of £371. Blue Heifers topped at £400 from PJ+JE Bolland with an overall average of £338. Angus bulls regular £270-£330 with EJ Fort taking the top trade. Angus Heifers topped at £250 with an average of £208 which looked very respectable for the youngsters on offer. Black and Whites topped at £235 from RM Spence with an overall average of £85 including bobbys.


Bull Calves

Brit Blue x (Av £371) to £410                           RE Ayrton                                             

Aberdeen Angus (Av £265) to £330 EJ Fort

Hereford X (Av £180) to £190                          C&A Morton

Black & White (Av £85) to £235                      RM Spence           


Heifer Calves       

Ab Angus (Av £208) to £250                             EJ Fort                                                                                   

British Blue (Av £338) to £400                         PJ&JE Bolland                      




15 Breeding Sheep

Herdwick Shlgs + Mixed Lambs                        to £78



5 Dairy

Today’s top priced heifer at the fortnightly Craven dairy sale was Aireburn Crackshot Fantastic selling for £2380. She was already giving 34litres and was one of two heifers from Brian and Judith Moorhouse at Bellbusk - she joins Kevin Midgeley and family, Malton. Thanks to vendors the Booth’s of Lothersdale, Petch’s of Great Ayton and the Moorhouse’s on another display of quality milk heifers, and to our buyers (including a few fresh faces) - demand still exceeds supply so get in touch with Sarah Liddle on 07710 795585 if you have stock to sell. The sale saw a total clearance in the ring with an average of £1946 on the five heifers forward, selling to four buyers with others leaving empty trailered.

Pedigree Newly Calven Heifer                         to £2380 av £1946




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