Market Report – Monday 25th March 2013

FORWARD: 10 PRIME CATTLE comprising 10 Cast Cattle 2,599 PRIME SHEEP comprising 28 Spring Lambs, 2,317 Prime Hoggs, 254 Cast Ewes & Rams 65 REARING CALVES 127 EWES & LAMBS 6 LOADS OF PRODUCE


Overall Average                                   127.07p/kg           £854.56

Adverse weather put paid to any surplus of numbers and as a result the anticipated easing of price for cast cows, in the run up to Easter, failed to materialise. Cow trade exceptional with dairy cows carrying meat all 143p+.

Black & White                       to 147.5p/kg                        av 127.07p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head)

RD Metcalfe&Son                                B&W                       £1055

D&C Cockburn Bros                             B&W                       £1005

RD Metcalfe&Son                                B&W                       £990

JSS Verity                                              B&W                       £939

Top Prices (p/kg)

JSS Verity                                              B&W                       147.5p

D&C Cockburn Bros                             B&W                       143.5p

RD Metcalfe&Son                                B&W                       143.5p

RD Metcalfe&Son                                B&W                       143.5p



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PRIME SHEEP (2,599 Head)


The Easter Lamb show was held today with judging carried out by Mr Harry Wood

of Bowland Foods. The Championship fell to Robert Towers of Camp House, Farleton

and was purchased was purchased at £155 by George Cropper of Huntleys Country Store at Samlesbury. The reserve Champion from Mark Evans sold at £146 to Riley Bros, Dunnockshaw.

The average hogg price was down on the week. Meated hoggs maintained the recent good levels, best Beltex getting over 300p, meated export hoggs 220p to 235p, but hill hoggs and lean lowland lambs were easier in price this week. Cast sheep continue to rise in price as numbers begin to tighten countrywide.


Class 1 – Pair of Continental x

1st – JD&V Towers 38kg @ £135 to Huntleys Country Store

2nd – JD&V Towers 39kg @ £130 to Bowland Foods


Class 2 – Single Continental x

1st – JD&V Towers 49kg @ £155 to Huntleys Country Store

2nd – JD&V Towers 46kg @ £136 to Bowland Foods

Class 3 – Pair of Down x

1st – ML Evans 42kg @ £143 to A Atkinson

2nd – R&EB Kenworthy 40kg @ £107 to A Atkinson

3rd – R&EB Kenworthy 43kg @ £101 to A Atkinson

Class 4 – Single Down x

1st – ML Evans 52kg @ £146 to Riley Bros


CHAMPION – JD&V Tower (Single)

RESERVE – ML Evans (Single)


SPRING LAMBS – Overall Average 284.59p/kg

Texel average £130.0 per head or 304.0p/kg

TOP PRICES: £155 or 316.3p/kg JD&V Towers

Charollais average £133.6 per head or 311.4p/kg

TOP PRICES: £143 or 355.3p/kg JD&V Towers

Suffolk average £108.3 per head or 280.2p/kg

TOP PRICES: £146 or 340.5p/kg ML Evans

Down x average £100.5 per head or 236.5p/kg

TOP PRICES: £100.5 or 240.5p/kg R&EB Kenworthy



PRIME HOGGS  – Overall Average  £83.69 per head or 201.5p/kg                                                           

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 288.6p/kg         av 164.3p/kg        or £56.56 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 351.3p/kg         av 207.1p/kg        or £84.58 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 252.0p/kg         av 197.4p/kg        or £94.60 per head

52.1kg and over   to 190.6p/kg         av 170.3p/kg        or £94.11 per head


Beltex average £105.24per head or 267.1p/kg

TOP PRICES: £137 or 351.3p/kg TA Robinson

Texel average £89.30per head or 210.5p/kg

TOP PRICES: £109.5 B Watchorn or 255.0p/kg JE Burrow

Suffolk average £86.68per head or 198.0p/kg

TOP PRICES: £100.5 R Savry or 211.8p/kg S Dorey

Charollais average £ per head or p/kg

TOP PRICES: £ or p/kg

Mule average £72.13per head or 179.3p/kg

TOP PRICES: £84.50 N&J&S Taylor or 192.5p/kg JJ Beckwith

Swaledale average £59.17per head or 160.2p/kg

TOP PRICES: £82.50 N&J&S Taylor or 180.3p/kg AG Horn

Masham average £69.50per head or 187.8p/kg

TOP PRICES: £69.50 or 187.8p/kg S Dorey

Cheviot average £76.16per head or 201.9p/kg

TOP PRICES: £108 AG Horn or 226.9p/kg H Downs & Son

Jacob average £65.94per head or 166.2p/kg

TOP PRICES: £92 or 187.8p/kg M&R SMith

Lleyn average £91.10per head or 178.6p/kg

TOP PRICES: £95 or 180.6p/kg West Berwick Farm



CULL EWES average £53.85

Suffolk to £107.50, Texel to £119.50, SBF to £28.50, BFL to £82.50, Mule to £73.50, Gritstone to £40.50, Beltex to £68.50, Masham to £18.50,  Lleyn to £80.50, Swaledale to £38.50, Zwartable to £49.50.


LOWLAND: £119.50 PC Longdin; £117.50 Lea & Son

MULE/MASHAM: £73.50 D Hargreaves; £69.50 JJ Beckwith

HORNED: £38.50 DM White; £37.50 JM&VJ Howard

HILL: £82.50 JJ Beckwith; £80.50 West Berwick Farm


CAST RAMS average £79.33

BFL to £86.50,

TOP PRICES: £86.50 PL Metcalfe; £84.50 Spencer Davies



REARING CALVES to £520  average £215.95


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The Monthly Calf Show


At the Craven Farmers Spring Rearing Calf Show a weather affected event saw slightly reduced

numbers than anticipated forward and one or two buyers unable to unable to attend. The show

classes were well supported with a number of top draw entries giving  judges Tony Binns and Richard

Umpleby a difficult task in picking their champion, a 36 day old British Blue Bull from

Messrs DN&RM Smith. The calf headed up the sale when selling to Andrew Summers

of Clayton. Reserve Champion was another British Blue Bull this time a 41 day old calf from the

Sutton in Craven farm of DN&RM Smith selling to Lincolnshire customers N&M Mason for £470.

Continental calves a very good trade along with the strong Black and White bull calves. Young

Dairy bull calves slightly less on recent weeks due to snow preventing  attendance of one or two buyers.




 Brit Blue Bull

1st C Smith, £520                  2nd C Smith, £470                 3rd A Sowray & Son, £470

 Brit Blue Heifer

1st A Sowray & Son, £332                   2nd RD Metcalfe & Son, £330             3rd Church Farm Enterprises, £355

 Limousin Bull

1st F Spence, £495                                2nd RH&EA Close, £270

 Limousin Heifer

1st F Spence, £252

Native or Dairy Bull Calf

1st & 2nd Church Farm Enterprises,£168, £148              3rd M&R Smith, £118

Native Breed Heifer

1st Church Farm Enterprises, £265

Cont x Bull Stirk

1st JD Crabtree&Son, £495                 2nd&3rd MP Jennings

Cont x Heifer Stirk

1st Church Farm Enterprises, £345                  2nd G Booth, £315                3rd MP Jennings,

Native Male of Heifer Stirk

1st Church Farm Enterprises £248






Limousin x                             to £495                  av £383                  F Spence                               

Brit Blue x                             to £520                  av £358                  DN&RM Smith

Hereford x                            to £162                  av £116                  M DB&J Ashworth                                                              

Aberdeen Angus                  to £248                  av £152                  Church Farm Enterprises                  

Black & White                       to £238                  av £89                    F Spence                               


HEIFER CALVES                    

Limousin x                             to £252                  av £194                  F Spence                               

Brit Blue x                             to £355                  av £297                  Church Farm Enterprises

Aberdeen Angus x               to £265                  av 150                    Church Farm Enterprises                                                  

Hefd x                                    to £95                    av £78                    M DB&J Ashworth                              






Hay Mini Quads                                    to £48

Hay Small Bales                                    to £3.30

Hay Quads                                             to £26

Hay Heston                                           to £35

Wheat Straw                                        to £74 per ton

Wheat & Barley Straw Rounds         to £19




On a weather affected wintery sale morning; a small entry of 45 ewes with 76 lambs at foot were presented for sale. Majority were older ewes correct below but broken mouthed. Mule twins £120 to £125 per outfit for 4 pens sold, with a pen of singles at £111. Overall average of £122 per outfit or £43.52 per life.


Vendors please advise the office of entries and numbers by 12noon Friday prior to each Monday Sale for entries to be included in the online catalogue. This helps us greatly in advising buyers travelling distance of anticipated sale entries. Thankyou


Texel  x Ewes BM with Twins                             to £142 av £131

Texel x Ewes BM with Singles                            to £100

Mule Ewes BM with Twins                                 to £125 av £121

Mule Ewes BM with Singles                               to £113