Market Report – Monday 4th March 2013

FORWARD: 43 PRIME CATTLE comp 6 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 5 Cattle (under 48 mos), 32 Cast Cattle 3,198 PRIME SHEEP comp 2,878 Prime Lambs, 320 Cast Ewes & Rams 52 REARING CALVES 34 DAIRY CATTLE 206 BREEDING & STORE SHEEP Comp 57 Ewes with 95 Lambs at foot also 54 Store Hoggs 9 LOADS OF PRODUCE

March Primestock Show.

Str           1. JJ Beckwith & Sons

Hfr          1. P Baines             2. B Lund               3. R Wood

Cast Cow

Dairy       1. M Swires           2. M. Swires          3. RD Metcalfe & Son

Beef        1. B Lund               2. JR&DL Ogden


PRIME CATTLE (under 30 mos)


551-650kg                             to 188.50p/kg

650kg+                                   to 245.5p/kg                        av 214.55p/kg


501-590kg                             to 249.5p/kg

590kg+                                   to 235.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

Roger Wood                          BBx Hfr                   £1578                    235.5p   Purchased by KS Luck

B Lund                                    Limx Hfr                 £1435                    249.5p   Puchased by Keelham Farm Shop

GW&EJ Parker                      Hefdx Str                £1093                    188.5p   Purchased by J Thompson

JJ Beckwith&Sons                                Limx Str                  £1092                    245.5p   Puchased by R&C Binns



PRIME CATTLE (30mo to 48mo)

Overall average                                    142.83p/kg or £879.83

Black & White                                       to 185.5p/kg

Sim x                                                      to 147.5p/kg

AAx                                                         to 136.5p/kg

MRI                                                         to 122.5p/kg

Top prices £ per head and p/kg

CM&EM Gratton                  B&W                       £1206                    185.5p

A Thompson Farms Ltd       AAx                         £1160                    136.5p





Exceptional trade for cast cows with all classes in demand. Champion cow was a British Blue cross cow consigned by Brian Lund of Walshaw which made top price p/kg on the day of 169.5p. Malcolm Swires presented the 1st and 2nd prize dairy cast cows with his 3 cows topping at £1404 and averaging £1313. The Black and White cast cow average was 128.20p/kg or £891.02. Meated dairy cows 135p+. Steakers 127p+ Plains to 112p. Beef x Meated to 169.5p, Feeders to 140.5p


Overall Average                                   131.37p/kg           £883.89

Black & White                       to 147.5p/kg                        av 128.20p/kg

Brit Blue                                                to 169.5p/kg                        av 166.49p/kg

Hefdx                                     to 139.5p/kg

Sim x                                      to 140.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 141.5p/kg

Welsh Black                           to 119.5p/kg

Charx                                      to 134.5p/kg

Shorthorn                             to 123.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head)

M Swires                               B&W                       £1404

M Swires                               B&W                       £1357

B Lund                                    BBx                         £1220

JR&DL Ogden                        BBx                         £1185

M Swires                               B&W                       £1178

RD Metcalfe & Son              B&W                       £1154

S&PE Bowker & Sons           B&W                       £1018

S&PE Bowker & Sons           B&W                       £1016

CM&EM Gratton                  B&W                       £995

A Thompson Farms Ltd       B&W                       £969


Top Prices (p/kg)

B Lund                                    BBx                         169.5p

JR&DL Ogden                        BBx                         163.5p

M Swires                               B&W                       147.5p

M Swires                               B&W                       145.5p

M Swires                               B&W                       144.5p

RD Metcalfe & Son              B&W                       142.5p

PJ&RH Wallbank                 Limx                        141.5p

M Mallinson Ltd                  Simx                       140.5p

G&PS Fleetwood                  Hefdx                      139.5p

A Thompson Farms Ltd       B&W                       137.5p



Sponsors of the Monthly Prime Sheep Show

PRIME SHEEP (3,198 Head)


Another large show of sheep presented for sale today and what a trade to match.

Best Beltex lambs averaging 216p overall or £87, Commercial export lambs were selling

at 185p/kg to 200p/kg all sale long, with Texel of all weights averaging 187p today. Good Mule lambs £30 to £33 over the weight, a pen of exceptional 52kg Lonks from Roger Naylor sold at £87 whilst Heavy sheep were good to sell all sale long. Cast sheep were a shade dearer on the week, with big Ewes £100 plus and Mashams topping £70. The results of our March Prime Sheep show are as follows and we thanks our judge for the day Mr George Cropper, Head butcher at Huntleys Country Store, Samlesbury, Preston and Guy Machinery Ltd our sponsors.


Continental Pens of 5

1st R&J Farrington 41kg @ £106 Huntleys Country Store

2nd Fox Farms 42kg @ £99 Huntleys Country Store

3rd R&J Farrington 35kg @ £79 Vivers Scot Lamb

Down Pens of 5

1st S Dorey 53kg @ £88.50 A Atkinson

2nd S Dorey 49kg @ £90.50 A Atkinson

3rd CD&RF Kitching 49kg @ £79.50 Woodhead Bros

Mule Pens of 10

1st S Dorey 41kg @ £74 P Watson Dunbia Preston

2nd S Dorey 47kg @ £78 A Atkinson

3rd N&J&S Taylor 49kg @ £78 P Watson Dunbia Preston

Horned Pens of 10

1st R Naylor 52kg @ £87 J Bowling

2nd MIR Heseltine 42kg @ £68 P Watson Dunbia Preston

3rd MIR Heseltine 40kg @ £67 Stanforth Butchers


CHAMPION – R&J Farrington 41kg @ £106 Huntleys Country Store

RESERVE – Fox Farms 42kg @ £99 Huntleys Country Store


PRIME LAMBS  – Overall Average  £73.41per head or 179.38p/kg                                                          

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 235.3p/kg         av 156.6p/kg        or £53.41 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 258.5p/kg         av 183.8p/kg        or £74.71 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 227.2p/kg         av 177.4p/kg        or £85.23 per head

52.1kg and over   to 171.7p/kg         av 150.5p/kg        or £85.66 per head


Beltex average £87.53per head or 216.7p/kg

TOP PRICES: £106 Taylor Bros or 258.5p/kg R&J Farrington

Texel average £78.48per head or 187.8p/kg

TOP PRICES: £105 R Naylor or 236.3p/kg JE Burrow

Suffolk average £79.43per head or 177.8p/kg

TOP PRICES: £90.50 S Dorey or 201.3p/kg CD&RF Kitching

Charollais average £78.41per head or 184.2p/kg

TOP PRICES: £104.50 or 227.2p/kg S Dorey

Mule average £68.93per head or 165.8p/kg

TOP PRICES: £81.50 RG Church or 177.4p/kg S Dorey

Zwartable  average £76.38per head or 155.8p/kg

TOP PRICES: £76.50 or 159.4p/kg R Naylor

Swaledale average £56.45per head or 150.1p/kg

TOP PRICES: £82 C Nelson or 170.5p/kg MIR Heseltine

Masham average £69.24per head or 176.7p/kg

TOP PRICES: £74 or 180.5p/kg S Dorey


Dalesbred average £48.73per head or 144.8p/kg

TOP PRICES: £59.50or 160.8/kg JK Wilson

Lonk average £73.76per head or 172.2p/kg

TOP PRICES: £87 or 178.8p/kg R Naylor

Gritstone average £67.31per head or 170.6p/kg

TOP PRICES: £81 Taylor Bros or 182.1p/kg R Naylor

Cheviot average £70 per head or 189.2p/kg

TOP PRICES: £70 or 189.2p/kg H Downs & Son

SBF average £76.05per head or 191.4p/kg

TOP PRICES: £79.50 or 197.4p/kg J&E Slater

Lleyn average £67.81per head or 178.2p/kg

TOP PRICES: £74 or 189.7p/kg CD&RF Kitching



CULL EWES average £46.12

Suffolk to £105, Texel to £119.50, Charollais to £107.50, BFL to £86.50, Mule to £65.50, Gritstone to £59.50, Masham to £70.50, Lonk to £28.50,  Lleyn to £50.50, Swaledale to £37.50, Dalesbred to £34.50.



LOWLAND: £119.50 MP Jennings; £105 R&DA Earnshaw

MULE/MASHAM: £70.50 TA&N Whitfield; £65.50 MP Jennings

HORNED: £37.50 G&MA Lawn; £35.50 W Banks & Son

HILL: £86.50 DA&JM Robinson; £75.50 R Mawson


CAST RAMS average £57.39

Suffolk to £54.50, Texel to £102.50, Beltex to £81.50, BFL to £79.50, Zwartable to £59.50, Swaledale to £53.50.

TOP PRICES: £102.50 FW&JM Edington; £91 KW&EJ Browes


Sponsors of
The Craven Dairy Auction



REARING CALVES to £400  average £156.63

A quality turn out of calves for the start of the month set the trade off on the right foot. 

With buyers a plenty and with one eye on the nearing spring every type of calf was in demand.

Geoff and Margaret Booth of Lothersdale had the trade of the day with an exceptional Blue Bull

calf at £400. Month old Black and White Calves were also enjoying an upsurge in demand with

an 8 week old calf from Church Farm Enterprises reaching £165 and one at £145 with an Overall average of £80.07.

Aberdeen Angus calves buyers took the trade to an average of £223 for bulls and £207.50 for Heifers. Show and Sale

on the 25th March though a good number of buyers expected next week.      



Limousin x                             to £360                  av £259                  CD&RF Kitching

Brit Blue x                             to £400                  av £289                  G Booth

Simmental                            to £102                                                  JF Longster                                                           

Aberdeen Angus                  to £250                  av £223                  Church Farm Enterprises                  

Black & White                       to £165                  av £80                    Church Farm Enterprises

Saler                                       to £250                                                  RL Wright & Son                 


HEIFER CALVES                    

Blonde                                   to £250                                                  A&SL Throup & Son                            

Brit Blue x                             to £335                  av £269                  Church Farm Enterprises                  

Saler x                                    to £185                  av £182                  RL Wright & Son                                                 

Aberdeen Angus                  to £220                  av £207                  Church Farm Enterprises                  



Sponsors of
The Craven Dairy Auction



Despite the fine weather buyers from all local regions were out in force with very few missing the

chance to watch the Dairy Sale. Trade for all cattle was a little lighter from a fortnight ago

though the champion from Brain Moorhouse (Ped N/C Hfr out of Regan Crest Baltimore) still

managed a respectable price of £2350. Commercial Heifers were slower to the boil but still

managed an average of £1761 and a top £2200 for a classy, deep heifer from HJ&K Blackwell,

Gargrave. In-calf Heifers av £1520 with both entered from Peter Baul of Ripon. A breath of fresh air was the consignment of 12 Hol/Frie Heifer calves which were sold to a wide variety of purchasers with a top of £330 and an av of £290.83. Next Sale 18th March. 


Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st GB Moorhouse, 2nd HJ&K Blackwell, 3rd ASE Crisp

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st TD&M Bell, 2nd RG Johnson, 3rd BC Lawn & Sons

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st & 2nd M Baul & Partners

CHAMPION – GB Moorhouse, Bell Busk          RESERVE – HJ&K Blackwell, Gargrave


Newly Calven Heifers:        to £2200 HJ&K Blackwell, Gargrave. Av £1761            


Newly Calven Cows:           to £1700 TD&M Bell, Normanby. Av £1568


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers: to £2350 GB Moorhouse, Bell Busk. Av £2064

Pedigree Newly Calven Brown Swiss Heifer: £1650 D&P Brown


Pedigree Newly Calven Cow: £1750 RG Johnson & son 


Heifer Calves: 12 Hol/Frie to £330 Av £290.83 J&SA Lancaster, Horton-in- Craven



£2300 GB Moorhouse; £2200 HJ&K Blackwell; £2120, £1950 RE Ayrton; £2100, £1700 TD&M Bell; £2000, £1580 RH&EA Close



A tidy entry for the opening weekly sale drew a full ringside of potential customers. Correct outfits with strong twins sold at £150 to £174 per outfit (£50 to £58 per life), whilst commercial outfits were around £120 (£40 per life). A few lots with just young lambs at foot but which looked like growing into money were making around equivalent of £34 to £38 per life for singles & twins.




Ewes with Twin Lambs

Texel x Crct           to £174  av £146

Suffolk x Crct        to £118

Char x Crct            to £122

Mule B/M              to £115

Mule Crct              to £165

Ewes with Single Lambs

Suffolk x Crct        to £85

Texel x Crct           to £90    av £83

Store Hoggs

Char x                    to £55

Texel x                    to £57    av £54




Hay                         Quads                     to £27 per bale

Wheat Straw        Quads                     to £67 per tonne

Barley Straw         Round                    to £20 per bale