Market Report – Monday 18th February 2013

FORWARD: 55 PRIME CATTLE comprising Cattle (under 48 mos), Cast Cattle 3784 PRIME SHEEP comprising 3230 Prime Lambs, Cast Ewes & 554 Rams 46 REARING CALVES 23 DAIRY CATTLE 8 LOADS OF PRODUCE MONTHLY FODDER & CROP SALE- 1965 Bales (730 Bales Sold)

PRIME CATTLE (under 30 mos)


650kg+                                   to 168.5p/kg


590kg+                                   to 180.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

GD&JC Holme&Son                              B&W Str                 £927       168.5p

Mrs CA Foster                                       Limx Hfr                 £875       180.5p


PRIME CATTLE (30mo to 48mo)

Overall average                                    125.13p/kg or £724.96

Black & White                                       to 137.5p/kg        av 120.37p/kg

Blonde x                                                to 147.5p/kg

Top prices £ per head and p/kg

DG Boothman                                       Blondex                 £1195    147.5p

JD Crabtree&Son                                  B&W                       £922       137.5p

JR CJ&D Drake                                      B&W                       £766       125.5p

SW&JE Ryder&Son                               B&W                       £662       128.5p



Overall Average                                   129.16p/kg           £852

Black & White                       to 138.5p/kg                        av 121.67p/kg

Brit Blue                                                to 153.5p/kg                        av 142.57p/kg

Limx                                       to 158.5p/kg

Saler                                       to 148.5p/kg

Welsh Black                           to 135.5p/kg

Longhorn                               to 141.5p/kg                        av 139.90p/kg





Top Prices (£ per head)

Mrs CA Foster                                       Limx                        £1213

T Blackwell                                           BBx                         £1060

JC Marshall                                          B&W                       £1045

KM&L Throup                                       B&W                       £1042

JD Crabtree & Son                                B&W                       £1038

EJ Fort                                                    B&W                       £1036

R&K Gemmell                                       Saler                       £1032

T Metcalfe                                             BBx                         £997

H Downs & Son                                    BBx                         £991

H Downs & Son                                    BBx                         £990


Top Prices (p/kg)

Mrs CA Foster                                       Limx                        158.5p

H Downs&Son                                      BBx                         153.5p

T Blackwell                                           BBx                         152.5p

RG Church Ltd                                       BBx                         149.5p

R&K Gemmell                                       Saler                       148.5p

T Metcalfe                                             BBx                         147.5p

RG Church Ltd                                       BBx                         145.5p

T Metcalfe                                             BBx                         145.5p

RG Church Ltd                                       BBx                         141.5p

JW Hall                                                  Longhorn               141.5p



PRIME SHEEP (3,784 Head)

A much increased show of prime sheep consisted of 2,099 Lowland bred hoggs and 1,129 Hill Bred & Horned Hoggs. Quality types a similar trade, Taylor Bros 225p or £85.50, Thwaite Bros 221.4p or £93, Fox Farms 218.8p or £87.50, R Carlisle 217.9p or £85, JS Stephenson 217.9p or £85. Commercial Texel around 38kg to 43kg were a good trade at 180p to 190p, with plainer Continental lambs and Suffolks 175p to 180. Heavy sheep were better to sell, averaging 158p, but the increased proportion of hill hoggs masks the truth that all classes were actually dearer on the week. Mule Hoggs £23 to £26 over the weight, whilst nice horned wethers were £2 to £3 dearer on the week.

A very plain show of ewes were a similar trade on the week, but out of a big show a high proportion were lean Mule or Swale ewes.

PRIME LAMBS  – Overall Average  £67.62 per head or 164.15p/kg                                                         

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 212.1p/kg         av 150.0p/kg        or £51.01 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 225.0p/kg         av 168.5p/kg        or £68.36 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 197.9p/kg         av 158.4p/kg        or £75.76 per head

52.1kg and over   to 175.9p/kg         av 143.3p/kg        or £82.16 per head


Beltex average £74.83per head or 196.98p/kg

TOP PRICES: £95 S Pepper or 225.0p/kg Taylor Bros

Texel average £71.28per head or 169.0p/kg

TOP PRICES: £95 J Baines or 221.4p/kg Thwaite Bros

Suffolk average £72.57per head or 192.5p/kg

TOP PRICES: £81.50 RTL Horsfall or 192.5p/kg AM&HV Brown

Charollais average £70.59per head or 162.0p/kg

TOP PRICES: £90 CW Marwood or 180.5p/kg Lea & Son

Mule average £64.79per head or 152.4p/kg

TOP PRICES: £71 J Dibb or 162.0p/kg J Polkinghorne

Zwartable  average £67.75per head or 139.6p/kg

TOP PRICES: £70.50 or 154.8p/kg R Naylor

Swaledale average £52.18per head or141.2p/kg

TOP PRICES: £67 or 159.5p/kg H Raw

Dalesbred average £49.22per head or 136.3p/kg

TOP PRICES: £63 or 150.0p/kg K Lister

Gritstone average £68.31per head or 172.9p/kg

TOP PRICES: £72.20 or 180.5p/kg B Dibb

SBF average £70per head or 175.0p/kg

TOP PRICES: £71.20 or 178.0p/kg J&E Slater

Lleyn average £61.20per head or 159.54p/kg

TOP PRICES: £70 GM&SC Pickles or 172.0p/kg DC Wood

Cheviot average £70.75per head or 162.4p/kg

TOP PRICES: £77 or 172.6p/kg K Lister & Son

Masham average £61.15per head or 157.6p/kg

TOP PRICES: £63 or 161.5p/kg JK WIlson





CULL EWES average £42.89

Suffolk to £99.50, Texel to £113.50, Charollais to £94.50, BFL to £43.50, Mule to £54.50, SBF to £35.50, Cheviot to £49.50, Lonk to £37.50,  Lleyn to £61.50, Swaledale to £37.50, Dalesbred to £26.50, Masham to £54.50.


LOWLAND: £113.50 A Atkinson

MULE/MASHAM: £54.50 S Spensley & E Moore

HORNED: £37.50 A&SL Throup & JA&E Metcalfe

HILL: £49.50 JC Crabtree


CAST RAMS average £49.25

Texel to £77.50, Teeswater to £60, BFL to £71.50, Lonk to £48.50, Swaledale to £30, Dalesbred to £43.50.

TOP PRICES: £77.50 JR Crabtree; £71.50 A&SL Throup



REARING CALVES to £395  average £164

The Calf ring was once again full to the rafters, with bidders all around the ringside. Trade for black and white calves was once again buoyant (maybe due to the nice weather). Demand for calves remains strong, with black and white calves in demand for next week along with strong Aberdeen Angus’ hope to see you all on the 25th.



Limousin x                             to £370                  av £247                  F Spence                               

Brit Blue x                             to £395                  av £333                  G Booth                

Brown Swiss                         to £48                                                    E Bradley & Son                                                   

Aberdeen Angus                  to £230                  av £216                  JP&KE Hartley

Murray Grey                         to £110                                                  WA Brown                           

Black & White                       to £130                  av £77                    F Spence                               


HEIFER CALVES                    

Limousin x                             to £212                  av £195                  JC&DJ Marshall                    

Brit Blue x                             to £310                  av £260                  A Sowray & Son





CRAVEN DAIRY AUCTION (23 head av £2127.39)

A smaller entry than was hoped met a rip roaring trade for the BOCM and Yorkshire Foot Trimmers’ sponsored Show and Sale of Dairy Cattle. The show, kindly judged by Malcolm Abbott of Dacre, produced once again a Pedigree Heifer from Mr Jeremy Taylor of Smallhouse as Champion. The trade set by the first vendor into the ring Mr Richard Walker of East Morton who averaged over £2000 for his 3 entrys. The champion was fourth into the ring, raced to £2400 and was knocked down to a fond supporter of the Smallhouse herd Mr Daniel Reed. From then on trade seemed unstoppable with vendors such as Stephen Coates of Baildon and carried right through to David Lawson of Arthington. The flying trade topped with a Newly Calven 2nd Calver, giving 50 Litres from Robert Swires, Haverah Park which sold to the Kellett Family of Bishop Thornton for £2700.

Next Sale 4th of March.


BOCM Prize Draw was won by Tony Swires.   


Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st J Taylor 2nd RW&M Walker 3rd GW&M Coates

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st 2nd & 3rd M Swires

CHAMPION –         J Taylor                  RESERVE –              RW&M Taylor

Sponsors of
The Craven Dairy Auction



Newly Calven Heifers           to £2600 av. £2143


Newly Calven Cows              to £2700 av. £2233.33


Newly Calven Pedigree Heifer to £2420 av. £2143.75



£2700, £2600, £2400 x 2, £2350, £2250, £2150, £2080 £2050, £1850 M Swires & Son; £2420, £1980 GW&M Coates; £2400 JD Taylor; £2300 A Lawson & Son; £2200, £1980, £1600 RG Johnson; £2100, £2050, £1920 RW&M Walker; £2010, £1960 ASE Crisp & Sons; £1180 WB Brewster.





Wheat Straw Quads                            £64 per tonne

Wheat Straw Heston                          £73 per tonne

Small Bales Hay                                    to £4 per bale

Spring Barley Round                            £19.50 per bale

Haylage Mini Hestons                         £30 per bale




Considerable interest again with local consignments getting away well. Fewer customers looking for top of the range horse haylage at this month’s sale. More interest in fodder for suckler cows with a number of customers failing to secure purchases.

Next Sale is Monday 18th March 2013.

Haylage                                                  to £25 per bale                    av £24.31 per bale

Silage                      2nd Quality             to £15.50 per bale              av £9.91 per bale

Hay Round Bale    2nd Quality             to £15 per bale                    av £13.67 per bale

Hay Small Bale                                      to £1.80 per bale