Forward: 36 Prime cattle comprising 12 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), & 24 Cast Cattle 2,939 Prime Sheep comprising 2264 Prime Lambs, 15 Hoggs & 660 Cast Ewes & Rams 10 Rearing Calves 2 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Leading buyer with 4 purchases was Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster which included the leading priced p/kg animal a 560kg Limousin cross heifer purchased from Mesrs AA&E Critchley&Son of Hutton which made 256.5p/kg or £1436. Top gross was a 625kg Limousin cross steer making £1478 or 236.5p/kg when sold by Mesrs CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield to Stanforths Butchers of Skipton.


465-555kg                                             to 241.5p/kg                       

560kg+                                                   to 236.5p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 255.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 256.5p/kg                        av. 234.41p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1478, J Baines (BBx) 1340

p/kg: J Baines (BBx) 241.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 236.5


£ per head: AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 1476,1436, A&P Fletcher (Lim) 1461, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1442,1383.

p/kg: AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 256.5,255.5,254.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 251.5,246.5,             



Cull Cow Prices

A quieter trade but all processors reporting a steady trade for manufacturing meat brought on by holidays on the continent and weather at home supressing demand. A high percentage of lean cows once again in the average.


Overall Average                                   102.75p/kg           £633.48

Black & White                      to 121.5p/kg                        av.96.90p/kg

AAX                                        to 128.5p/kg                        av. 104.82p/kg

Beef Shorthorn                    to 114.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 130.5p/kg                        av. 122.6p/kg

BBx                                         to 123.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: AS&EA Jeanes 984,849, JG Hall&Son  838, AN Bolland 735,718.

p/kg: JG Hall&Sons 121.5, AS&EA Jeanes 118.5,115.5, AN Bolland 110.5,106.5,104.5


Brit Blue:

£ per head: JJ Beckwith&Sons 778

p/kg: JJ Beckwith&Sons 123.5


£ per head: Ellis Bros 796,709

p/kg: Ellis Bros 130.5,, JJ Beckwith&Sons 125.5


£ per head: TM Harrison 912, Hurries Farm 715

p/kg: TM Harrison 128.5,109.5, Hurries Farm 113.5,



Overall Average                                   155.5p/kg             £1415.05


£ per head: PA Whittaker (AA) 1415

p/kg: PA Whitaker (AA) 155.5



Prime Sheep

Harder work today, as was widely expected, levelling at 188p across the whole sale. Best lambs were still a reasonable trade making 220p to 250p as a general rule, an odd couple of pens at more than this, L Simpson & Son, Westfield Farm, Pateley Bridge topping at 258p (43kg £111) to Vivers Scot Lamb, whilst the same purchasers had the next top of 252p (42kg £106) from J&R Paisley of Westmoor House Farm, Ilkley. KA&HL Fawcett, Barden made 246p, S&P Scriven Elslack 242p, CD&RF Kitching 241p, Ellis Bros 241p and D&A Livestock Haverah Park 240p. Heavier lambs were also a decent trade, as buyers looked to stick to meat, so anything 42/43kg upwards was in comparison to lighter lambs a decent trade. Brian Moorhouse Bell Busk made £119 of 57kg Texel to Swaledale Foods, with the same buyers securing 52kg at £117 from L Simpson & Son, Rob Paisley made £115 of 50kg to Countrystyle Meats Farm Shop & Restaurant Lancaster, whilst Norman Moon Malham made £115 of 54kg to Swaledale Foods. The 46-52kg weight bracket averaged 203p £96.52 and the over 52kg averaged 201p or £110.20.
A middle of the road prime lamb, well covered, weighing 42kg upwards was generally 190p to 205p, and the smart lighter lambs could match this, but anything just lacking that final finish, or a commercial type lamb 38kg to 41kg was generally in the 170’s.

The undoubted highlight of today’s sale was the donation of a prime lamb by Tony & Kay Kiernan which was sold and all the proceeds going to the “Thumbs up for Charlie” campaign, helping to raise money for a family friends son who needs Proton Beam Therapy in an effort to beat a rare brain tumour affecting him. The lamb was first sold for £460 and purchased by West Scottish Lamb of Carlisle, who re-offered the lamb for sale, at 2nd time of selling it made the same price this time to Andrew Atkinson, who again re-offered the lamb and then finally to Morgan Helliwell for £360, a total of £1280 and added to £220 of other generous donations on the day a total of £1500 was raised towards this worthy cause. A big thankyou to all involved.



Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £80.39 per head or 188.56p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 197.1p/kg         av 181.6p/kg         or £62.56 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 258.1p/kg         av 187.2p/kg         or £78.60 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 239.1p/kg         av 203.2p/kg         or £96.52 per head

52.1kg and over   to 213.0p/kg         av 201.4p/kg         or £110.20 per head


Beltex average £94.36 per head or 228.3p/kg

£ per head: £111 L Simpson & Son, £103 A&K Kiernan, £100 Ellis Bros, £98 £97 S&P Scriven, £94 Ellis Bros

p/kg: 258.1p L Simpson & Son, 242.5p 239.0p S&P Scriven, 241.0p Ellis Bros,

Suffolk average £76.17 per head or 180.9p/kg

£ per head: £99 AJ Shepherd, £96 R&A Jennings, £95 TH Mellin, £94 £93.50 D&A Livestock, £93 JR Airey, £92.50 CD&RF Kitching

p/kg: 204.8p 204.7p 204.4p MJ Spensley, 2043p 203.3p D&A Livestock, 202.1p TH Mellin, 201.1p JA&JM Wade & Son, 201.1p CD&RF Kitching.

Texel average £80.99 per head or 194.1p/kg

£ per head: £119 £113 GB Moorhouse, £117 £113 L Simpson & Son, £115 J&R Paisley, £115 N Moon, £112 P&J Brown,

p/kg: 252.4p J&R Paisley, 246.4p KA&HL Fawcett & Son, 241.9p 239.1p CD&RF Kitching, 240.0p D&A Livestock 237.8p L Mellin

Mule average £70.81 per head or 166.8p/kg

£ per head: £96 GR&SM Wearmouth,

p/kg: 195.9p GR&SN Wearmouth, 165.8p E&AM Simpson & Son

Charollais average £74.30 per head or 187.9p/kg

£ per head: £97x2 £94 £88.50 £88x3 A&K Kiernan, £95 A&P Fletcher,

p/kg: 220.5p 205.8p 204.7p A&K Kiernan

BFL average £78.50 per head or 168.4p/kg

£ per head: £87 JC&N Throup

p/kg: 174p JC&N Throup

Rouge average £94.00 per head or 207.8p/kg

£ per head: £94 H&S Maudsley

p/kg: 223.8p 191.8p H&S Maudsley




Cull Ewes average £46.24

Suffolk to £81.5, Texel to £99.5, BFL to £77, Mule to £71.50, Lleyn to £44.5, Swaledale to £53.5, Masham to £44.5, Beltex  to £58.5.

Top prices:

Lowland: £99.5 W Watson; £94.5 W Watson

Mule/Masham: £71.5 RA&M Earnshaw & Son; £69.5 JC&N Throup  

Horned: £53.5 JA&JM Wade & Son, £46.5 KM&L Throup

Hill: £77 AC Hutchinson, £75 AC Hutchinson

Cast Rams average £59.72

Texel to £60, Zwartbles to £74.5.




Rearing Calves to £370

Edward Fort topped the calf trade this morning with a sweet British Blue heifer at £370 with a run of Shorthorns from Flasby Estate topping at £130. Black and whites to £60. More calves expected next week with Yorkshire show out of the way and seasonal calves begin to roll in.


Next week a consignment of 20 Cont, Beef Bred Stirks TB4. Sale start Monday 10.45am. 

Bull Calves

Hereford (av £240) to £240 EJ Fort

Shorthorn (Av £72.2) to £130 Flasby Estates               

Black & White (Av £55) to £60 EJ Fort                           


Heifer Calves                       

British Blue (Av £370) to £370 EJ Fort