Market Report – Monday 1st July 2013

FORWARD: 42 PRIME CATTLE comprising 6 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 2 Young Bulls, 5 Cattle (over 30mos) & 29 Cast Cattle 2,689 PRIME SHEEP comprising 2030 Spring Lambs, 302 Prime & Mature Hoggs, 357 Cast Ewes & Rams 71 REARING CALVES 20 DAIRY CATTLE

PRIME CATTLE (under 30 mos)

James Robertshaw and Keelham Farm Shop stepped up to the ring and added both Champion and Reserve to their list of purchases at the July Primestock Show. The champion came from Jim Baines of Trawden whose British Blue cross heifer weighing 575kg made 251.5p or £1446 gross. The reserve was a British Blue cross heifer weighing 540kg from John and Alison Spensley of Thorlby which made 239.5p or £1293.

Monthly Show

Heifer –

1st – JT Baines        2nd J Spensley        3rd JT Baines

Bull –

1st – M Bentham                  2nd – SD Gill


501-590kg                             to 251.5p/kg                        av 240.19p/kg

590kg+                                   to 179.5p/kg


551-650kg                             to 213.5p/kg

650kg+                                   to 216.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

J Baines                                 BBx Hfr                   £1446                    251.5p

M Bentham                           Parth Bull              £1418                    216.5p

B Spensley Ltd                      Limx Hfr                 £1357                    244.5p

B Spensley Ltd                      BBx Hfr                   £1294                    239.5p

B Spensley Ltd                      Limx Hfr                 £1260                    235.5p

SD Gill                                    BB Bull                   £1238                    213.5p

PRIME CATTLE (Over 30 mos)

Overall average                    187.55p/kg                           £1063.39

B&W                                       to 181.5p/kg                        av 177.58p/kg

Blondex                                 to 209.5p/kg                        av 208.45p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

AN Bolland                            B&W                       £1216                    181.5p

AN Bolland                            B&W                       £1108                    174.5p

JD Crabtree&Son                  B&W                       £1085                    176.5p

K&J Marshall                       Blondex                 £996                       207.5p

K&J Marshall                       Blondex                 £911                       209.5p


More cows carrying finish available this week and similar strong trade with 58% of the entry dairy bred. Nigel Garth of Addingham headed up the p/kg averages with a British Blue slip which made 181.5p. Heavy dairy cows hitting 144.5p a Friesian cow for G Pickersgill of Hawksworth while in the lump £1131 stopped another Friesian type for DA Fort of Malsis.

Monthly Show

Dairy Bred

1st  DA Fort            2nd  G Booth          3rd G Pickersgill&Son

Beef Bred

1st  RG&S Paul       2nd RG&S Paul       3rd K&J Marshall

Champion              RG&S Paul             Res.         RG&S Paul

Overall Average                                   132.78p/kg           £801.08

Black & White                       to 144.5p/kg                        av 121.91p/kg

Dairy Shorthorn                   to 154.5p/kg

Brit Blue                                                to 181.5p/kg                        av 156.77p/kg

Limx                                       to 155.5p/kg                        av 150.41p/kg

Herefordx                             to 133.5p/kg

Welsh Black                           to 149.5p/kg                        av 148.09p/kg

Montbeliarde                       to 134.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head)

JR Taylor&Son                      BBx                         £1151

DA Fort                                   B&W                       £1131

H Downs&Son                      B&W                       £1042

RG&SJ Paul                           Welsh                    £1024

G Pickersgill & Sons           B&W                       £1017

G Booth                                  B&W                       £1015

N Parker                                                B&W                       £997

G Booth                                  B&W                       £977

J Caygill & Ptns                    B&W                       £952

K&J Marshall                       Limx                        £944


Top Prices (p/kg)

N Garth                                  BBx                         181.5p

K&J Marshall                       Limx                        155.5p

CH&C Fearnley                     BBx                         154.5p

JR Taylor&Son                      Dairy Shorthorn   154.5p

RG&SJ Paul                           Welsh                    149.5p

JR Taylor&Son                      BBx                         149.5p

K&J Marshall                       Limx                        147.5p

CH&C Fearnley                     BBx                         146.5p

RG&SJ Paul                           Welsh                    146.5p

G Pickersgill & Sons           B&W                       144.5p


PRIME SHEEP (2,689 Head)

The Monthly Prime Sheep show was very well supported and judging undertaken by Mr Nick Dalby. There were some excellent lambs forward and the champion and reserves were both consigned by Mr Neil Tattersall of Ellerton, York selling at £139 and £126 each both lots purchased by James Robertshaw of Keelham Farm Shop, Thornton.

A much increased show this week as vendors begin drawing at lambs, and the season taking its toll with the average weight only being 39.3kg, some 2kg lighter than normal for the time of year, but with averages standing at 227.7p/kg right through it looks a very wise choice by those vendors who chose to consign lambs to market today when the by head average is £89.61 (£16 per head or 44p/kg in front of the same week in 2012). Vast majority of commercial lambs regardless of weight around 220p to 225p/kg, prime lambs 230p to 240p and the smart end generally 250p to 300p, a few pens getting top side of 300p.

Cast sheep were a shade sharper trade on the week with less horned sheep in the entry this week.

July Monthly Show

Continental x

1st – PA&N Tattersall, Ellerton. 37kg (375.7p/kg) £139 each purchased by Keelham Farm Shop, Thornton

2nd – PA&N Tattersall, Ellerton. 38kg (331.6p/kg) £126 each purchased by Keelham Farm Shop, Thornton

3rd – JD&V Towers & Son, Farleton. 41kg £103 each purchased by Keelham Farm Shop, Thornton

Suffolk x

1st – ML Evans, Steeton. 46kg £107.50 each purchased by J&E Medcalf Ltd

2nd – ML Evans, Steeton. 43kg £99 each purchased by J&E Medcalf Ltd


Mule Wethers

1st – KM&L Throup, Silsden Moor. 37kg £74 each purchased by A Atkinson

2nd – AW Wade, Bradley. 36kg £72 each purchased by A Atkinson

3rd – AW Wade, Bradley. 33kg £64 each purchased by J&E Medcalf Ltd

Champion & Reserve – PA&N Tattersall, Ellerton


PRIME LAMBS – Overall Average £89.61 per head or 227.7p/kg                                                             

25.5kg to 32.0kg to 241.9p/kg         av 226.6p/kg        or £70.98 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 271.4p/kg         av 222.0p/kg        or £76.38 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 375.7p/kg         av 228.2p/kg        or £90.90 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 247.8p/kg         av 228.8p/kg        or £107.17 per head

Beltex average £105.80 per head or 307.9p/kg

TOP PRICES: £117 or 307.9p/kg JM&S Tennant

Texel average £90.11 per head or 231.2p/kg

TOP PRICES: £139 or 375.7p/kg PA&N Tattersall

Suffolk average £89.05 per head or 220.2p/kg

TOP PRICES: £109 or 242.2p/kg SD Bennett

Charollais average £97.73 per head or 231.9p/kg

TOP PRICES: £107 MJ Liddle or 256.1p/kg JD&V Towers

Mule average £71.51 per head or 196.8p/kg

TOP PRICES: £84 or 204.9p/kg JC&N Throup

Rouge de L’Ouest average £91.87 per head or 224.1p/kg

TOP PRICES: £94 or 229.3p/kg JA&JM Wade & Son

Lleyn average £84.80 per head or 220.7p/kg

TOP PRICES: £85 or 227.0p/kg G&A Fort



PRIME HOGGS  – Overall Average  £65.32 per head or 161.8p/kg

To £99 LS Mawer or 178.0p/kg JS&M Pate

MATURE HOGGS  – Overall Average  £66.49 per head or 142.2/kg

To £84 A Atkinson or 179.0p J Teal

CULL EWES average £54.92

Suffolk to £89.50, Texel to £98.50, Charollais to £, Masham to £32.50, Mule to £71.50, Gritstone to £55.50, Wensleydale to £58.50, Gritsone to £55.50, Lleyn to £58.50, Swaledale to £67.50, Dalesbred to £39.50, BFL to £68.50, SBF to £55.50.


LOWLAND: £98.50 SD Bennett; £94 PN Dalby

MULE/MASHAM: £71.50 SD Bennett; £69.50 S Spensley

HORNED: £67.50 FG Throup; £55.50 A Atkinson

HILL: £68.50 Ellis Bros; £59.50 CD&RF Kitching

CAST RAMS average £59.08

Texel to £83.50,

TOP PRICES: £8350 JA Robinson; £83.50 JE Naylor


REARING CALVES to £490  average £138.41


Blonde x                                to £350                  av £311                  Top – A&SL Throup                             

Brit Blue x                             to £490                  av £311                  Top – Church Farm Ents                     

Shorthorn                             to £88                                                    Top – DW&SI Throup                                                          

Aberdeen Angus                  to £204                  av £157                  Top – JP&KE Hartley

Simmental                            to £368                  av £284                  Top – DL Leeming Ltd                        

Saler                                       to £250                                                  Top – RL Wright & Son

Black & White                       to £120                  av £63                    Top – J Caygill & Partners                  


HEIFER CALVES                    

Limousin x                             to £10                    av £                         Top – AJ Ogden

Brit Blue x                             to £395                  av £311                  Top – RL Wright & Son

Blonde x                                to £245                  av £166                  Top – A&SL Throup                             

Saler x                                    to £250                                                  Top – RL Wright & Son                                                       

Simmental                            to £134                  av £131                  Top – DL Leeming Ltd

Aberdeen Angus                  to £160                  av £135                  Top – JP&KE Hartley                                                           



A far larger entry forward on the day than the pre-sale catalogue indicated with overall quality not as good as at previous sales. Regardless of this cattle were general cheaper than of late.

Judge Mr Frank Wrathall awarded the following prizes.

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st Church Fm Ents               2nd RG Johnson & Son         3rd GB Jennings

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st T&DM Bell & Son            2nd AP Lumb                           3rd T&DM Bell & Son


CHAMPION – Church Farm Enterprises           RESERVE – RG Johnson & Son


Newly Calven Heifers:        to £1920 av £1523.35       


Newly Calven Cows:           to £1520 av £1248.00



£1920 £1680 Church Farm Enterprises

£1750 RW&M Walker

£1620 GB Jennings

£1580 GD&JC Holme & Son

£1580 DE&MA Booth

£1520 T&DM Bell & Sons