Market Report – Monday 18th March 2013

FORWARD: 32 PRIME CATTLE comprising 2 Clean Cattle (Over 30 mos), 30 Cast Cattle 3,302 PRIME SHEEP comprising 3,003 Prime Hoggs, 299 Cast Ewes & Rams 48 REARING CALVES 52 DAIRY CATTLE 6 LOADS OF PRODUCE 2,385 BALES OF PRODUCE

PRIME CATTLE (Over 30mos)

Overall average                                    187.78p/kg or £1098.53

Black & White                                       to 184.5p/kg

Lim                                                         to 192.5p/kg

Top prices £ per head and p/kg

JG Hall&Son                          B&W                       £1273                    185.5p

JJ Beckwith & Sons              Lim                          £924                       192.5p



Trade for Cast cattle and over 30 months clean remains as strong as ever. Entry slightly reduced by weather conditions and cattle carrying meat hard to come by. Lean cattle however continue to sell well.


Overall Average                                   128.65p/kg           £829.56

Black & White                                       to 139.5p/kg                        av 121.61p/kg

Brit Blue                x                                              to 156.5p/kg

Simx                                                       to 155.5p/kg

MRI                                                         to 126.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head)

AJ Mason                               Lim                          £1280

G Lumb&Son                         Simx                       £1260

F Glassbrook                        BBx                         £1056

G Lumb&Son                         Simx                       £1045

G Lumb&Son                         Simx                       £1019

DC Hall                                  B&W                       £1000

RD Metcalfe&Son                B&W                       £981

JG Hall&Son                          B&W                       £970

DC Hall                                  B&W                       £969

JR Dinsdale & Son               B&W                       £963



Top Prices (p/kg)

AJ Mason                               Lim                          176.5p

F Glassbrook                        BBx                         156.5p

G Lumb&Son                         Simx                       155.5p

G Lumb&Son                         Simx                       155.5p

G Lumb&Son                         Simx                       151.5p

JR Dinsdale&Son                 B&W                       139.5p

RD Metcalfe&Son                B&W                       139.5p

JG Hall&Son                          B&W                       138.5p

DC Hall                                  B&W                       137.5p

G France                                B&W                       136.5p


PRIME SHEEP (3,299 Head)

Sheep trade was up another level today, especially the Beltex and ¾ Texels types which were trading at almost unprecedented levels with several wholesale companies out bidding the retail butchers. 2 pens topped £3 per kilo, Hayley Baines had a pen of 7 Beltex at 305.1p/kg (39kg £119) and Paul Simpson sold a pen of 11 Beltex at 301p (39kg £117.50) Others at 296.3p and 292.7p from Hayley Baines, 294.9p from RL Handy, 293.1p from Ian Lancaster, 292.5p form Kevin Marshall, 292.3p from Fox Farms and 292.1p from John Stephenson. A further 20 pens sold at 250p to 290p/kg and 37 pens form 230p to 250p/kg. In the lump, best price was £126 from JW Stockdale & Son, £121 (43kg) Paul Simpson and £120 (42kg) from Hayley Baines. Commercial Export lambs easily up kept last weeks improved rates, whilst hill lambs were dearer, especially Swaledales, best end over 200p, James Drake at 206p Rita Heseltine making 202p (£83 of 41kg) Roy Nelson topping at £94 with 48kg wethers. A good run of 120 Scotch BlackFaced Hoggs topped 228p from Keith Slater, Goosnargh to average 218p. Mules again remained good to sell, top end 212p from Steven Towler, Malham Moor, Steve Dorey selling a large of Mule & Masham Hoggs from 205p to 210p, Kevin Wilson, John Thackray and Phillip Metcalfe also in this price bracket. All this helped to produce an overall average of 209p/kg up some 6p/kg on the week. Cast Sheep were a much improved trade especially for the heavy sorts.


PRIME HOGGS  – Overall Average  £86.60 per head or 209.32p/kg                                                         

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 225.7p/kg         av 190.5p/kg        or £65.44 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 305.1p/kg         av 215.2p/kg        or £87.46 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 239.1p/kg         av 201.2p/kg        or £95.99 per head

52.1kg and over   to 206.7p/kg         av 172.5p/kg        or £101.7 per head


Beltex average £105.39per head or 260.3p/kg

TOP PRICES: £121 PW Simpson or 305.1p/kg H Baines

Texel average £88.16per head or 210.2p/kg

TOP PRICES: £124 JW Stockdale or 292.7p/kg H Baines

Suffolk average £91.98per head or 119.7p/kg

TOP PRICES: £105 G Bell or 217.4p/kg G Beresford

Charollais average £87.43per head or 212.0p/kg

TOP PRICES: £105 RF&JP Critchlow or 232.5p/kg K Marshall

Mule average £82.63per head or 197.2p/kg

TOP PRICES: £95 H Baines or 212.8p/kg S Towler

BFL  average £84.70per head or 145.2p/kg

TOP PRICES: £91 or 175.0p/kg JW Stockdale

Swaledale average £66.05per head or 182.1p/kg

TOP PRICES: £94 C Nelson & Son or 206.3p/kg JA Drake

Dalesbred average £61.67per head or 176.1p/kg

TOP PRICES: £66 JK Wilson or 189.4p/kg K Lister & Son

Masham average £80per head or 210.5p/kg

TOP PRICES: £80 or 210.5p/kg S Dorey

Lonk average £70.43per head or 186.6p/kg

TOP PRICES: £76 J Lord or 201.4p/kg FG Throup

Gritstone average £78.30per head or 201.7p/kg

TOP PRICES: £81 or 207.7p/kg B Dibb

SBF average £90.52per head or 217.9p/kg

TOP PRICES: £93.50 or 228p/kg J&E Slater

Jacob average £84.21per head or 192.0p/kg

TOP PRICES: £93 or 195.1p/kg M&R Smith

Lleyn average £72.30per head or 194.9p/kg

TOP PRICES: £82 or 205.0p/kg DC Wood



CULL EWES average £57.23

Suffolk to £127.50, Texel to £112.50, Charollais to £, BFL to £68.50, Mule to £72.50, Cheviot to £58.50, Lonk to £37.50, Lleyn to £83.50, Swaledale to £45.50, Dalesbred to £35.50, White Faced to £76.50, Teeswater  to £69.50, Beltex to £115.50.


LOWLAND: £127.50 TH Heslop & Son; £115.50 KG Stapleton

MULE/MASHAM: £72.50 TR Thwaite; £70.50 KG Stapleton

HORNED: £76.50 Lea & Son; £74.50 C Wray

HILL: £83.50 & £62.50 J Caygill;


CAST RAMS average £72.09

Texel to £134.50, Charollais to £57.50, Teeswater to £103.50, Cheviot to £49.50, Swaledale to £44.50, Dalesbred to £65.50.

TOP PRICES: £134.50 Lea & Son; £103.50 K Lister & Son



REARING CALVES to £372  average £146.38



Limousin x                             to £372                  av £285                  AP Townsend

Brit Blue x                             to £295                  av £246                  M Mosley                                                                             

Aberdeen Angus                  to £216                                                  Church Farm Enterprises

Black & White                       to £202                  av £87                    Church Farm Enterprises                  


HEIFER CALVES                    

Limousin x                             to £255                  av £187                  AP Townsend                                      

Hefd x                                    to £120                                                  HJ&KL Blackwell

Aberdeen Angus                  to 216                                                    Church Farm Enterprises                                                  




With snow in the air and Spring seemingly a long way off, trade was a little quieter. Judge Tom Dodgson of Bank Newton was on hand to pick a fine champion from Messrs H Downs & Son and a reserve from Mesrs GW&M Coates of Baildon, both easily surpassing £2000. A run of strong incalf heifers from Lincolnshire (Brown Swiss x Holstein) topped at £1400 for a May calver. All in all a touch easier but still plenty of bidders in the dairy department.


Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:        1st H Downs & Son

                                                                                2nd GW&M Coates

                                                                                3rd M Swires

                                Newly Calven Cows:           1st M Swires

                                                                                2nd H Downs & Son

                                                                                3rd M Swires

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st J Rigg & Son

                                                                                2nd J Lawn

                                                                                3rd J Rigg & Son


Sponsors of
The Craven Dairy Auction

CHAMPION – H Downs & Son            RESERVE – GW&M Coates


Newly Calven Heifers:                        to £2300               Av £1706               H Downs&Son


Newly Calven Cows:                           to £1980               Av £1709              M Swires


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers:       to £2260               Av £1958             A Lawson&Son

Incalf Heifers                                         to £1400               Av £1208               J Lawn

Heifer Calves:                                       to £350                  Av £286                 J Lancaster



N/C Heifers           H Downs&Son £2300, £2180,£2050,£1980,£1820x2

                                M Swires £2120,£1980,£1950,£1820

                                DR Robinson £1900,£1900

N/C Cows              M Swires £1980

                                H Downs&Son £1980,£1980,£1940,£1780

Ped N/C Heifers   A Lawson&Son £2260,£1740

                                GW&M Coates £2150,£1800

                                M Baul & Ptns £2100,£1880

                                RG Johnson&Son £1780

Maiden Heifer      J&SA Lancaster £350x3,£270



Barley Straw                         Quads                     to £80 per tonne

Wheat Straw                        Hestons                 to £70 per tonne or £17.50 per bale



Despite the weather conditions, a limited demand for produce in the on farm sale. The few lots that sold changed hands locally with some post sale interest in the clamp silage.

Round bale Haylage             to £20 per bale