Forward: 63 Prime cattle comprising 22 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 41 Cast Cattle; 3,035 Prime Sheep comprising 2455 Prime & Lightweight Hoggs & 580 Cast Ewes & Rams; 30 Rearing Calves.

22 Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

The Bacup butchers, DA Gregory & Sons were back at the ringside to secure the two leading prices of the day, both 260.5p/kg and both high quality retail heifers. The first was a 560kg Limousin cross from RT&J Critchley & Sons of Hutton which amounted to £1459 followed by a 535kg British Blue cross from David Bailey of Keighley which grossed up at £1394. Robertshaws Farm Shop from Thornton purchased the leading steer a 595kg Limousin from CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield which made 254.5p/kg or £1514. With more weight in the entry these days the top gross animal was one of a pen purchased by Robert Pearson on behalf of Ralph Pearson, wholesale butchers in Bradford. Top call was a 645kg Limousin cross heifer from Mesrs RT&J Critchley & Sons which came to £1583 or 245.5p/kg and she joined the leading steer another Limousin from F&B Smith of Masongill which weighed 610kg grossed £1540 and made 252.5p/kg.



560kg+                                                   to 254.5p/kg                        av.244.76p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 260.5p/kg                        av.242.09p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: F&B Smith (Limx) 1540,1522, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1514,1431, SD Bennett (Limx) 1348



£ per head: RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1583, SD Bennett (Limx) 1552, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1534,1533,1532,1502,1484, S&P Scriven (BBx) 1466

p/kg: DJ Bailey (BBx) 260.5,259.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 260.5,254.5, F&B Smith (Limx) 259.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 257.5,253.5,252.5,251.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 254.5



41 Cull Cows - Prices

Cast cattle are a sharp trade and a useful entry of cattle carrying finish helped the sale. The top call was a 33 month old Angus heifer at 153.5p/kg or £1105 and the best dairy was a 815kg Holstein Friesian at 36 months which made £1129 or 138.5p/kg. With only the odd exception the plain cows were 90p+ and Steaking types were 115p/kg.


Overall Average                                   115.56p/kg                           £778.41

Black & White                      to 138.5p/kg                        av.111.22p/kg

Nor Red                                 to 119.5p/kg

Hefd                                       to 119.5p/kg

AA                                           to 153.5p/kg                        av.134.91p/kg                    

Blondex                                 to 113.5p/kg

BBx                                         to 135.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head:

p/kg: GT Booth 138.5, CN&SA Harrison 131.5, JC&DJ Marshall&Sons 127.5, GB Moorhouse 127.5, N&SA Fort 123.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: N&SA Fort (Nor Red) 807

p/kg: N&SA Fort (Nor Red) 119.5


£ per head: CN&SA Harrison (AA) 1105, G&MA Lawn 1036,998,967,

p/kg: CN&SA Harrison (AA) 153.5, G&MA Lawn (AA) 131.5,130.5,129.5,129.5, MJ&GC Dobson (Hefd) 119.5,


£ per head: WP&B Walker&Son (BBx) 969, ML Evans (Blondex) 613

p/kg: WP&B Walker&Son (BBx) 135.5, ML Evans (Blondex) 113.5



Overall Average                                   105.5p/kg                             £807.08


£ per head: AL Dean & Sons 807

p/kg: AL Dean & Sons 105.5.



3,035 Prime Sheep comprising 2455 Prime & Lightweight Hoggs & 580 Cast Ewes & Rams


Sheep numbers were a shade tighter today, but that proved ok and certainly helped keep trade moving along quite nicely, and although we were a couple of faces missing ringside today, the overall selling average was a very pleasing 260.71p/kg and SQQ 265.9p.

Lowland Lambs over 52kg – This weight grade were easily as good to sell as last week, and would be a shade dearer in places as the weight bracket averaged 236p, plus 6p/kg on the week. A few pens over £140, with EP&JM Hutchinson, Faceby topping at £142 for 56kg Continentals purchased by Robertshaws Farmshop, a price equaled later in the sale by J&M Blakey, Bolton by Bowland with 53kg Continentals selling to Kendalls Farm Butchers. Toothill Bros of Doncaster sold 58kg at £138.50, KG Stapleton Skipton 54kg at £137.50 and JR Crabtree of Otley 58kg at £137. Another 19 pens in this weight range £130 and above.


46kg to 52kg Lowland Lambs – Top price for this weight range as JM Hall of Airton sold 51kg Beltex to £152 per head purchased by Brayton Farmshop in Selby. J Hartley of Barlick was next in line at £145 for 50kg Continentals, J&M Blakey £142 for 48kg Continentals, a price matched by James Towler of Grindleton again for 48kg Continentals, and £140 for 50 kg Continentals from EP&JM Hutchinson. 15 other pens in the £130’s.


36kg to 45kg Lowland Lambs: a solid trade in this category today and a weight range average of 276p for Continentals bringing back some excellent returns for all involved. The top price of the whole sale came for the very first sheep in the ring when DN&D Capstick sold 45kg Continentals at £155 (344p) each to Vivers Scotlamb. Ellis Bros were next in line at £146 with 44kg Beltex to Paul Watson, and the same vendors sold 43kg at £145 to Brayton Farmshop, followed by S&P Scrivin Elslack selling 40kg for the top kilo price on the day of 360p when making £144 also to Brayton Farmshop. JE Burrow, KIrkby Malham was close behind at 357p when selling 40kg at £143 to Vivers Scotlamb, whilst J&M Blakey sold two pens of 45kg at £140 each, one pen to Vivers Scotlamb, the other to Paul Watson. James Towler was also up at £140 with 44kg selling to Vivers Scotlamb. Another good list of lambs making in the £130’s or 300p plus as well.
As in recent weeks, decent cross bred commercial lambs at handy weights were in good demand, prices generally ranging from 265p to 290p depending upon quality, a few pens of handier 39kg to 41kg lambs touching on 300p if just a bit cleaner bred.


32kg to 35kg Lowland Lambs – A good store trade keeping prices in this range moving along well, 34kg at £99 from Menwith Pigs, 34kg £97 JS Stephenson, 35kg £97 W Stapleton & Son.


Mule and Masham Wethers were again a good trade with 46kg plus averaging 248p and the 36kg to 45kg av 255p.  Dave Raey sold 44kg at £114.50, J Pickles 47kg at £118.50 and top kilo price of 262p when selling 44kg at £115.50. RG Church sold Mules at £121 and £120, EP&JM Hutchinson had Mules at £123, CD&RF Kitching sold 44kg at £114.50, S&P Scrivin 44kg at £113.50, and Top price Mules came from BS Simpson, Springfield at £125.


Other hill bred lambs were still good to sell, light weight horned lambs still in the 220p to 230p/kg slot. The prime end of Horned lambs, Kevin Huck sold Swales at £110, Roy Nelson £105, Rob Paisley £103.50 and Michael Thwaite £102.
A smaller show of Cheviot Lambs this week, but chief price of £114.50 or 260p from WH&JW Hartley followed by £113 or 257p from LJ Penter.


Cast & Feeding Sheep - 580 head of Ewes sold to a good demand with plenty of buyer interest, even if trade was just a little less on the week. Continental ewes only a touch less but trade remains very high for lean/ meat ewes and heavies. Top price Ewes of £149.50 consigned from Mr JM Croft of Beamsley, followed by S&P Scrivin of Elslack with a pair of Texel ewes at £137.50. Top Price Tups sold at £157.50, F Reeday & Son for a Suffolk Tup followed by a Texel Tup from the same vendor at £145.50. Meat, pure continental Ewes with weight £125-£140. Crossed heavies £115+ Mediums £100+ Smalls/ Lean Mediums £80-£93. 281 White faced ewes sold to avg £98. Fewer Mules today reaching over £100 with only the odd pen doing so but still at top price from JM Smith at £105.50. Larger end mules £92-£100 Mediums £82-£88 Smalls £68-£72 for feeders with meat above. Horned ewes sold to an active line of buyers. Dalesbreds sold to £80.50, Swales sold to £69.50, Lonks sold to £78.50. Lean meat horned ewes £42-£52, Bigger end £60+ Plain ewes £10-£25 depending on goods.


For more details on Prime & Cast Sheep trade ring either of our auctioneers, Ted Ogden (Lambs) on 07855 958211 or Kyle Hawksworth (Ewes) on 07538 539077.


Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £112.44 per head or 261.2p/kg            

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 291.2p/kg         av 237.1p/kg         or £80.82 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 360.0p/kg         av 267.7p/kg         or £110.93 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 298.0p/kg         av 254.9p/kg         or £122.34 per head

52.1kg and over   to 267.9p/kg         av 230.8p/kg         or £128.45 per head


Beltex average £120.83 per head or 288.6p/kg

£ per head: £155 £137 DN&D Capstick; £152 JM Hall; £146 £145 Ellis Bros; £143 JE Burrow; £142 £140 WAVJ JA Towler; £137.50 TJ Blackwell; £137.50 M Thompson;

p/kg: 357.5p 330.0p JE Burrow; 344.4p 322.5p DN&D Capstick; 337.2p 331.8p Ellis Bros; 334.1p 331.7p RF Morphet; 327.5p JM Hall; 322.0p Heber Park Beltex;

Texel average £115.44 per head or 264.4p/kg

£ per head: £145 J Hartley; £144 S&P Scrivin; £142 £140 EP&JM Hutchinson; £142x2 £140x2 J&M Blakey; £139 JE Burow; £138.50 Toothill Bros;

p/kg: 360.0p S&P Scrivin; 323.8p 311.1p J&M Blakey; 323.3p JE Burrow; 314.1p 301.2p Hill & Wright; 308.8p JR Crabtree;

Suffolk average £115.47 per head or 234.7p/kg

£ per head: £135 £128.50 Toothill Bros; £129 EP&JM Hutchinson; £126 Ashfield Farms; £124.50 £123.50x2  N&M Hugill; £120 J&N Case; £120 PC&EJ Longdin; £120 CH&C Fearnley;

p/kg: 280.0p 266.3p 255.3p J&N Case; 264.6p JA Brown & Son; 250.0p PC&EJ Longdin; 247.8p D Reay; 247.5p Lambert Milehouse; 247.1p Toothill Bros;

Charolais average £94.78 per head or 247.3p/kg

£ per head: £116 WM Hall; £102 £95.50 £92.50 £91 L Throup; £99 Menwith Pigs; £94 JM Smith & Son;

p/kg: 291.2p Menwith Pigs; 255.0p 251.3p 250.0p 245.9p L Throup; 254.1p JM Smith & Son;

Mule average £110.92 per head or 253.7p/kg

£ per head: £125 £116 BS Simpson; £123 EP&JM Hutchinson; £121 £120 RG Church; £118.50 £115.50 J Pickles; £114.50 CD&RF Kitching; £113.50 S&P Scrivin;

p/kg: 262.5p J Pickles; 260.2p CD&RF Kitching; 258.5p Ellis Bros; 258.3p 256.0p 253.7p Beeswax Dyson Farming; 258.1p ML&JE Kayley; 258.0p S&P Scrivin; 255.7p RG Church;

Swaledale average £80.70 per head or 215.5p/kg

£ per head: £110 £96 G Huck; £105 C Nelson & Son; £103 £96 JR Paisley; £102 M Thwaite; £96 D Breaks; £92 W Mason & Son;

p/kg: 231.8p M Thwaite; 230.0p 228.6p 227.3p JR Paisley; 228.6p G Huck; 223.3p D Breaks; 222.4p RG Church;

Dalesbred average £79.62 per head or 233.0p/kg

£ per head: £84 £74.50 RH&EA Close;

p/kg: 233.0p 232.8p RH&EA Close;

Cheviot average £107.14 per head or 254.5p/kg

£ per head: £114.50 £106 WH&JW Hartley; £113 £108.50 £100 LP Pentre;

p/kg: 260.2p 252.4p WH&JW Hartley; 256.4p 252.6p 251.1p LJ Pentre;



Cull Ewes average £85.06

Suffolk to £131.50, Texel to £149.50, BFL to £103.50, Mule to £105.50, Herdwick to £62.50, Swaledale to £69.50, Masham to £94.50, Cheviot to £96.50, Beltex to £133.50, Lonk to £78.50, Charollais to £127.50, Dalesbred to £80.50, SBF to £42.50, Teeswater to £92.50,

Top prices:

Lowland: £149.50 JM Croft; £137.50 S&P Scrivin;

Mule/Masham: £105.50 JM Smith; £101.50 AL Dean & Son;  

Horned: £80.50 WM Hall; £78.50 AW&N Wade;

Hill: £96.50 KJ Marston; £68.50 JR Crabtree;  


Cast Rams average £92.85

Suffolk to £157.50, Texel to £145.50, BFL to £81.50, Swaledale to £51.50, Hampshire to £115.50, Beltex to £77.50.



30 Rearing Calves to £370


Calves much dearer than expected. 6 Blue bulls sold to avg £319 smalls £250-£280 Mediums £320-£350 Large £370. Blue heifers mixed show in with best end at £290 with small sweet goods in the £220-£260 small very young calves either side of £200. Sim Bulls sold to £305 from AL Dean. Black and White bulls sold to a serious trade with top prices of £160-£140 for 2 nice 4-6 week old rearing calves. Blue steers sold to £400 with an average of £340, Angus steers sold to £300, Black and White steers sold to £115. Younger calves at the 4-6 week looking dearest on the day. Call Kyle for any trade enquires 07538539077


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £216) to £305                           G&PS Fleetwood                                                

Brit Blue x (Av £319) to £370                           RE Ayrton                                                             

Hereford (Av £260) to £260                              JR Wellock            

Simmental (Av £305) to £305                          AL Dean & Son                                    

Black & White (Av £150) to £160                    GW&M Coates                    


Heifer Calves       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £155) to £155 J Gooch                                                                                                 

Hereford (Av £225) to £225                              JR Wellock                                            

British Blue (Av £202) to £290                         N&SA Fort                                           

Simmental (Av £220) to £220                          AL Dean & Son

Limousin (Av £205) to £230                              PJ&JE Bolland                                      



Male Stirks (Av £265) to £400                          J&JR Clarkson




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Tel 01756 792375

Jeremy Eaton 07747 780481
Ted Ogden 07855 958211
Kyle Hawksworth 07538 539077