Forward: 35 Prime cattle comprising 17 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Young Bull, 2 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 13 Cast Cattle; 3,383 Prime Sheep comprising 2978 Prime Lambs & 405 Cast Ewes & Rams; 43 Rearing Calves; 1 Produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)
Clean cattle are building up a head of steam with Christmas on the horizon and catering trade particularly strong. An exceptional British Blue cross heifer from R&E Cowperthwaite, Settle, weighing 505kg went to Knavesmire Butchers, York for 333.5p/kg or £1684 whilst the leading price steer was a 590kg Limousin cross from CD&RF Kitching, Threshfield which sold to Robertshaws Farm Shop, Thornton for 308.5p/kg or £1820. Heading up the leading gross prices were two further Kitching entries a 665kg British Blue cross steer at £1945 or 292.5 and a 605kg Limousin cross heifer at £1812 or 299.5p/kg bothing selling to Ralph Pearson, wholesale butchers in Bradford. 3 outside fed Blue Grey steers priced at 200p/kg are included in the steer average of 256.62p/kg and 2 Black and White Heifers at 145.5p/kg and 142.5p/kg are included in the heifer average of 263.56p/kg. Of the fed Continental cattle 5 from the entry of 17 made 300p or over and every other Continental 278.5p/kg or above. An odd bull sold was a 21 month old worked Beef Shorthorn at 138.5p/kg. Trade will continue to build for clean cattle and more cattle are required for customers each Monday.

465-555kg to 284.5p/kg av.239.22p/kg
560kg to 308.5p/kg av.271.42p/kg
485kg+ to 333.5p/kg av.263.56p/kg
560kg+ to 138.5p/kg
Top Prices £ per head and p/kg
£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1945, (Limx) 1820, (BBx) 1770, (Blondex) 1536
p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 308.5,270.5, (BBx) 292.5,285.5, (Blondex) 284.5
£ per head: CD&RF Kitching, (Limx) 1812, R&E Cowperthwaite (BBx) 1812, (Limx) 1684, J Baines (Limx) 1743, S&P Scriven (BBx) 1736
p/kg: R&E Cowperthwaite (Limx) 333.5, (BBx) 304.5, 294.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 304.5, J Baines ((Limx) 300.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 299.5

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)
Overall Average 163.92p/kg £1126.97
£ per head: RG&SG Paul (AA) 1271, A&CL Gray (B&W) 983
p/kg: RG&SG Paul (AA) 185.5, A&CL Gray (B&W) 142.5

Cull Cow Prices
Cast cow trade records an improvement on the week with much of the increase represented by an improved show of cattle carrying finish. Heavy dairies were 125p, Steaking cows 115p and the plain cows still 80 to 85p/kg. Beef cows benefitted from more meat and a similar trade with a good proportion of the entry not farm assured.
Overall Average 120.19p/kg £838.54
Black & White to 129.5p/kg av.113.88p/kg
AA to 129.5p/kg
Luing to 130.5p/kg av. 107.92p/kg
Simx to 149.5p/kg av.140.28p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)
£ per head: J Gooch 1088,702, Kingstone Farms Ltd 1011,894, JP&KE Hartley 884
p/kg: J Gooch 129.5, Kingstone Farms Ltd 122.5,115.5, JP&KE Hartley 115.5, J Gooch 111.5
£ per head: R Gill&Son (Luing) 874,491, DA&SD Ogden (AA) 848
p/kg: R Gill&Son (Luing) 130.5,82.5, DAB&SD Ogden (AA) 129.5
£ per head: R&A Jennings (Simx) 1054,949, R Gill&Son (Simx) 894
p/kg: R&A Jennings (Simx) 149.5,139.5, R Gill&Son (Simx) 131.5

Overall Average 142.18p/kg £1226.29
Top Prices £ per head and p/kg
£ per head: CJ&ET Harrison (Longhorn) 1220, R Gill&Son (Lim) 1232
p/kg: CJ&ET Harrison (Longhorn ) 153.5, R Gill&Son (Lim) 132.5

3,383 Prime Sheep comprising 2978 Prime Lambs & 405 Cast Ewes & Rams
Just shy of 3000 lambs penned today, but an excellent trade for all classes as the sale recorded an average of 244.7p/kg or £110.77 per head.
Retail and quality wholesale lambs were again a fast trade, with Messrs James Garth & Son of Keasden, Clapham topping the sale at £166 to Knavesmire Butchers in York. Messrs Garth sold others at £161 and £157, whilst also taking the top kilo price of 365.9p/kg.
N&AD Boynton of Ripon were next in line at £161 and £157 or 362p 358 and 351p with a good run of Beltex crosses.
EP&JM Hutchinson of Faceby, Cleveland are never far away, and reached £157 and £155.50 or 361.6p/kg again with Beltex crosses.
Weekly vendors Ellis Bros of Addingham Moorside again got in on the top prices making £155 or 352p of 44kg, whilst Hayley Baines topped at £154, R Emmott £151 and Ellis Bros again at £150.
The heavy lambs today were up 8p/kg on average, around £5 to £6 per head
Mule Lambs generally 220p to 230p topping at 237p form Ellis Bros.
Horned lambs either side of 200p.
Fed lambs are receiving the premiums, and there are some very useful premiums for well fed types, whilst a handy grass fed lamb has a useful store trade to back it up, but generally a shortage of 37kg to 40kg Continentals means anything with a good rub of meat is selling away nicely, shown by the 36kg to 45kg averaging 247.5p, some 3p above Mart average.

Ewes traded slightly less today with less plain about but a nice show of meated ewes in but yet again ewes short of weight forward. Best white headed £140-£160.50. Heavy crossed ewes £120-£140. Nice selling mediums £95-£115, Lean ewes £75-£88 and plain feeding ewes £45-£65. Mule ewes sold less money but less size about in general. Biggest ewes forward on the day £80-£90 mediums £70-£78 and smalls/ lean ewes £60-£72 depending on size. Good meat horned ewes sold well again £58-£74.50 with mediums £40-£55 and not many plain ewes about with lowest price horned ewe being £29.50.
Meat ewes needed with only 405 ewes in today.

Prime Lambs – Overall Average £110.77 per head or 244.7p/kg
32.1kg to 35.9kg to 245.7p/kg av 193.2p/kg or £64.75 per head
36.0kg to 45.5kg to 365.9p/kg av 247.5p/kg or £104.63 per head
45.6kg to 52.0kg to 338.8p/kg av 243.4p/kg or £117.15 per head
52.1kg and over to 286.7p/kg av 238.4p/kg or £127.92 per head

Beltex average £120.76 per head or 272.4p/kg
£ per head: £166 £161 £157 James Garth & Son; £161.50 £158 N&AD Boynton; £155.50 EP&JM Hutchinson; £155 £150 Ellis Bros; £154 H Baines;
p/kg: 365.9p 338.8p 327.1p James Garth & Son; 362.2p 358.9p 351.1p N&AD Boynton; 361.6p EP&JM Hutchinson; 352.3p 328.9p Ellis Bros;

Texel average £110.82 per head or 242.5p/kg
£ per head: £157 £146 EP&JM Hutchinson; 150 £147.50 J&M Blakey; £148 JR Crabtree; £146 MP Jennings; £145 M Ryder & Son; £144 K Marshall;
p/kg: 298.8p 293.9p 284.1p K Marshall; 291.7p S&P Scrivin; 291.1p EP&JM Hutchinson; 285.1p J&M Blakley; 284.2p RH&MR Ireland; 283.7p GH&G Emmott;

Suffolk average £110.32 per head or 234.6p/kg
£ per head: £138 £136 EP&JM Hutchinson; £129 £122.50 LJ Penter; £127.50 BJ&L Sutcliffe; £126 RW Marston; £124 T&G McGarrell;
p/kg: 250.0p 241.9p LJ Penter; 249.0p TH Mellin; 244.0p R Wood; 243.9p BJ&L Sutcliffe; 242.3p T&G McGarrell; 241.3p B Spensley;

Charolais average £106.05 per head or 240.2p/kg
£ per head: £151 R Emmott; £150 S&P Scrivin; £137 EP&JM Hutchinson; 130.50 TH Atkins; 116.50 JA Squires; £112.50 TA Robinson;
p/kg: 272.7p S&P Scrivin; 268.6p EP&JM Hutchinson; 247.9p JA Squires; 246.3p LJ Clay; 244.6p TA Robinson; 235.9p R Emmott; 233.0p TH Atkins;

Mule average £100.56 per head or 227.8p/kg
£ per head: £117.50 £112 JH Throup; £116 D&SJ Pinder; £105.50 KM&L Throup; £105.50 WA Brown; £105.50 A&SL Throup; £104.50 Ashfield Farms;
p/kg: 237.2p Ellis Bros; 234.4p A&SL Throup; 233.3p 233.2p Ashfield Farms; 229.3p WA Brown; 228.6p JH Throup; 227.5p D&SJ Pinder; 226.8p AJ Mason;

Swaledale average £80.45 per head or 190.3p/kg
£ per head: £94 P Addyman; £73 £62.50 AJ Mason;
p/kg: 192.1p 183.8p AJ Mason; 191.8p 184.3p P Addyman;

Dalesbred average £68.50 per head or 197.8p/kg
£ per head: £75.50 £63 FW Horner;
p/kg: 204.1p 190.9p FW Horner;

Masham average £109.29 per head or 238.5p/kg
£ per head: £111 £105 A&SL Throup;
p/kg: 241.3p 228.3p A&SL Throup;

Cheviot average £104.18 per head or 232.6p/kg
£ per head: £117.50 £98.50 £93.50 LJ Penter; £110 TH Atkins; £93.50 Fleets Farm;
p/kg: 235.0p 234.5p 228.0p LJ Penter; 233.8p Fleets Farms; 229.2p TH Atkins;

Blue du Maine average £103.44 per head or 244.5p/kg
£ per head: £114 £103.50 £101.50 TP&EA Clayton;
p/kg: 246.4p 242.6p 241.7p TP&EA Clayton;

Blue Texel average £101.92 per head or 251.6p/kg
£ per head: £127 IMA&RJ Smith; £114 G Dowse; £112 Ellis Bros; £96 S Richardson; £92 D&M Reynolds;
p/kg: 285.0p G Dowse; 264.6p IMA&RJ Smith; 254.5p Ellis Bros; 252.6p S Richardson; 219.0p D&M Reynolds;

Cull Ewes average £80.42
Suffolk to £118.50, Texel to £160.50, Rough Fell to £89.50, Mule to £99.50, Jacob to £56.50, Swaledale to £74.50, Masham to £85.50, Herdwick to £61.50, Cheviot to £92.50, Beltex to £127.50, WFW to £79.50, Down to £144.50, Dalesbred to £72.50, Blue Texel to £113.50
Top prices:
Lowland: £160.50 £155.50 JA Squires; £149.50 High Harbour;
Mule/Masham: £99.50 JE Naylor; £97.50 GR Danvers;
Horned: £79.50 High Harbour; £74.50 JA&JC Throup;
Hill: £92.50 J Caygill; £89.50 WA Brown;

Cast Rams average £98.94
Texel to £49.50, K Hill to £99.50, Charollais to £139.50, Blue Texel to £159.50, Beltex to £119.50.

43 Rearing Calves to £425

Calves very similar today with Black and Whites dearer on the week best Continental and Native Bulls trading the same and selling very nicely with smaller and more second-rate bulls and heifers selling less money.
Blue bulls sold to avg £336 with nice coloured 4–6-week-old Bulls selling £380-£425 with top price coming from PJ&JE Bolland, Airton. Whilst mediums sold at £300-£325 and smalls and plainer goods £220-£280.
Blue heifers sold to £345 for a lovely heifer from M&R Smith, Winterburn.
Angus bulls a good trade with best £300-£325 3–4-week-old goods £270-£290 and second/third rate goods £240-£265.
Lim bulls sold to £340.
Black and Whites £65-£80 for 3–4-week-old white Holstein Frisians, £120-£150 for small British Frisians and £180-£235 for best British Frisians.

Bull Calves
Limousin x (Av £340) to £340 D Rawsthorne
Brit Blue x (Av £336) to £425 PJ&JE Bolland
Aberdeen Angus (Av £265) to £325 Woolrow Farms
Simmental (Av £400) to £400 Hayton & Stocks
Black & White (Av £151) to £235 G Pickersgill

Heifer Calves
Aberdeen Angus (Av £100) to £100 AJ&K Lee
British Blue (Av £224) to £345 M&R Smith
Limousin (Av £292) to £320 Hayton & Stocks

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