Forward: 64 Prime cattle comprising 21 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 3 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 40 Cast Cattle including 3 Cast Bulls. 3,746 Prime Sheep comprising 3,523 Prime Lambs, 223 Cast Ewes & Rams. 44 Rearing Calves B&W av £44.42 Cont av £261.3 Native av £221. 7 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

The Farm Shops of Countrystyle of Lancaster and Keelham of Skipton and Thornton were the leading buyers at the weekly sale of prime cattle. Countrystyle secured the leading gross and p/kg animal a 545kg British Blue Heifer consigned by Silsden Moor’s Simon Bennett which made 244.5p/kg or £1333. Countrystyle also secured the highest priced p/kg steer on the day a Limousin cross from Malcolm Metcalfe of Baldersby which weighed 515kg and made 240.5p/kg or £1239.

Keelham Farm Shop secured 7 high quality purchases of which a smart homebred British Blue steer lead the way from Mesrs S&P Scriven of Elslack making 239.5p/kg or £1305.


465-555kg                                             to 240.5p/kg        av. 228.86p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 229.5kg            av.214.02p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 244.5p/kg        av. 200.31p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JA Drake (Blondex) 1331,1309, S&P Scriven (BBx) 1305, SD Bennett (Limx) 1290,  JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1251

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 240.5,225.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 239.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 234.5, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 232.5, D&FJ Leeming (BBx) 227.5


£ per head: SD Bennett (BBx) 1333, S&P Scriven (BBx) 1267, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1155, JM Townsend (BBx) 1142,1140

p/kg: SD Bennett (BBx) 244.5, JM Townsend (BBx) 235.5,223.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 228.5,226.5,

Prime Cattle (over 30mos)

Overall Average                                   129.72p/kg                           £696.15

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: T&J Smith (Limx Hfr) 950, JK Blackburn&Son (B&W Hfr) 800

p/kg: T&J Smith (Limx Hfr) 154.5, JK Blackburn&Son 134.5, 84.5            


Cull Cow Prices

Numbers reducing nationwide and a much sharper trade with continued price distortion from lean dairy cows which are also better to sell on the week.  More beef crosses in the mix and plenty of feeding buyer interest.

Overall Average                                   90.71p/kg             £586.70

Black & White                       to 95.50 p/kg                       av. 83.90p/kg

Swed Red                              to 89.50 p/kg

Montx                                    to 92.50p/kg

Limx                                       to 121.50p/kg                      av. 111.66p/kg

BBx                                         to 127.50p/kg                      av. 111.33p/kg

AAx                                         to 87.50p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: WP Gratton 856,708,694, CM&EM Gratton 707,610, G Pickersgill&Sons 594,586

p/kg: CM&EM Gratton 95.5, G Pickersgill&Sons 94.5, 93.5, JC&DJ Marshall & Sons 94.5, WP Gratton 93.5,92.5


Other Dairy

£ per head: G Abbott&Sons (Swed Red) 640, SR Petty (Montx) 583

p/kg: G Abbott&Sons (Swed Red) 89.5, SR Petty (Montx) 92.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: D&S Hollings 938,893, T&J Smith 911

p/kg: D&S Hollings 127.5,116.5,  T&J Smith 117.5,


£ per head: D&S Hollings 771, D&D Prince 747, E&AM Simpson&Son 741

p/kg: R Caton 121.5, D&S Hollings 120.5, D&D Prince 119.5, E&AM Simpson&Son 111.5



Overall Average                                   98.40p/kg             £918.35

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: G Mellin (Sim) 996, D&D Prince (Lim) 925, G Abbott&Sons (B&W) 834

p/kg: D&D Prince (Lim) 109.5, G Abbott&Sons (B&W) 100.5, G Mellin (Sim) 88.5



3,746 Prime Sheep comprising 3,523 Prime Lambs, 223 Cast Ewes & Rams

The last two weeks have been like chalk and cheese. Today there was much more demand at the ringside and tight numbers countrywide in the morning caused by poor weather and lower prices last week made that demand even stronger in the afternoon. Average up by £8 per head and 19p/kg. Smart lambs were a great trade, R Emmott of Howden Park, Silsden led the sale at £113, Nick Capstick of Bolton by Bowland was in at £109, Anthony Hewetson £109, Henry Atkinson £108 and William Shuttleworth of Rylstone £107. Henry Atkinson showed a tremendous run of lambs making 250p 244p 242p 235p and 234p. William Shuttleworth made 232p.

Commercial lambs were significantly dearer with all weights keenly contested. Mule lambs were a grand trade all day, £30 to £34 over the weight for heavier sorts (Mid 40’s) £27-£30 over for lighter end (40’s), all Mule Lambs averaged 168p. Horned wethers were also about 10p dearer on the week.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £78.77 per head or 179.39p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 208.6p/kg         av 163.59p/kg      or £56.7 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 250p/kg            av 182.05p/kg      or £76.33 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 234.8p/kg         av 175.79p/kg      or £83.67 per head

52.1kg and over   to 194.6p/kg         av 169.55p/kg      or £91.60 per head


Beltex average £87.05 per head or 203.93p/kg

£ per head: £109 JA&JH Hewetson; £108 HB Atkinson; £107 J Shuttleworth; £104, £100 JA&JH Hewetson; £100 MB Allen

p/kg: 250p, 244.4p, 242.1p, 235.9p, 234.8p HB Atkinson; 232.6p J Shuttleworth; 228.6 JA&JH Hewetson; 226.8p DN&D Capstick

Suffolk average £76.16 per head or 174.75p/kg

£ per head: £90 Ashfield Farms; £88 MJ Spensley; £87 TR Thwaite & Son; £85 JA Throup; £84.50 JA&JH Hewetson;

p/kg:187.5p JR Metcalfe; 186.7p CD&RF Kitching; 186.6p C&GA Guy; 186p DW&CJ Towler; 184.4p, 182.5p GW Houseman

Texel average £80.06 per head or 179.71p/kg

£ per head: £113 R Emmott; £109 DN&D Capstick; £99 FG Throup; £98 T Blackwell; £96 WA&VJ&JA Towler; £96 RA&ES Spink;

p/kg: 220p FG Throup; 217.5p RJ Lambert; 215.4p T&C Robinson; 213.2p DE Wood; 204.9p FW&JM Eddington;

Mule average £73.48 per head or 168.31p/kg

£ per head: £81 R&KA Burley & Son; £80 AJ Taylor; £78.50 BS Simpson; £78 JH Throup; £78 S&P Scrivin; £78 ID Mellin;

p/kg: 181.7p, 179.1p, 176.1p R&KA Burley & Son; 175.6p GW Houseman & Partners; 174.4p JH Throup

Charollais average £83.66 per head or 176.51p/kg

£ per head: £105, £101 CW Marwood & Son; £93.50 TH Mellin; £92 CW Marwood & Son; £90 CW Marwood & Son

p/kg:207.8p TH Mellin; 191.1p RA&ES Spink; 191px2 S Asquith; 182.9p A Guy & Son; 181.8p GW Houseman & Partners  

Lleyn average £77.26 per head or 181.9p/kg

£ per head: £84.50 CD&RF Kitching; £75.50, £74.50, £70 RG&SJ Paul;

p/kg: 192p CD&RF Kitching; 179.8p, 177.4p, 170.7p RG&SJ Paul

Swaledale average £60.70 per head or 156.64p/kg

£ per head: £75 M&R Smith; £72 C Mellin; £68 J Claxton; £66 R&KA Burley & Son; £65 K Dickinson; £62 GW Houseman & Partners

p/kg: 163.2p GW Houseman & Partners; 163p M&R Smith; 162.5p C Mellin; 161.9p J Claxton; 161.8p JM&S Tennant

Dalesbred average £62.15 per head or 160.9p/kg

£ per head: £71.50, £70, £67.50 K Lister & Sons; £57 GW Houseman & Partners; £54 K Lister & Sons

p/kg: 164.6p, 162.8p, 162.5p, 158.8p K Lister & Sons; 154.1p GW Houseman & Partners

Lonk average £69.18 per head or 180.90p/kg

£ per head: £74 S&P Scrivin; £70 x2, £64 C Crowther;

p/kg:184.2px2 168.4p C Crowther; 168.2p S&P Scrivin



Cull Ewes average £46.49

Suffolk to £120.5, Texel to £117.5, BFL to £, Mule to £67.50, Lleyn to £23.5, Swaledale to £38.50, Dalesbred to £31.50, Teeswater to £69.50, Cheviot to £69.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £120.5 W Watson; £117.5 W Watson;

Mule/Masham: £67.50 PJ&RH Wallbank; £66.50 MJ&CR Ellison

Horned: £38.50, £34.50 P Addyman & Son;

Hill: £69.50 K Lister & Sons; £69.50 J Caygill & Partners


Cast Rams average £56.9

Texel to £97.50 J&JA Preston;




Rearing Calves to £335 (44)

B&W av £44.42 Cont av £261.3 Native av £221

Black and whites better to sell with a full contingent of buyers looking for some handy numbers. Continentals not quite the standard of last week but still a good trade with John Blackwell of Gargrave topping the Bulls and Heifers with a Limousin and a Simmental respectively at £310 and £335. A bit more demand for calves than recent  weeks and a good number of buyers to fill up. It is the Christmas Dairy Show next week and then the Christmas Calf Show on the 5th December.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £290) to £310 HJ&K Blackwell                              

Brit Blue x (Av £265) to £320 RL Wright & Sons                                                          

Ab Angus (Av £272.5) to £285 DA&S Fort

Saler (Av £130) to £135 RL Wright & Son                     

Black & White (Av £44.24) to £85 EJ Fort                     


Heifer Calves                       

Simmental x (Av £335) to £335 HJ&K Blackwell                                                          

Ab Angus (Av £181) to £245 J Wellock                                                          

Saler to £135 RL Wright & Son                                                        




Hay                         Round bale                            to £14 per bale