Forward: 47 Prime cattle comprising 27 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 19 Cast Cattle. 3,588 Prime Sheep comprising 2885 Prime Lambs & 703 Cast Ewes & Rams. 48 Rearing Calves. 4 Loads of Produce.

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Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)
Knavesmire Butchers from York were out shopping early in the build up to Christmas securing top priced per kg entries for both steers and heifers. Paul and Lynne Baines of Middop trading in the name of J Baines produced a very sweet 525kg British Blue heifer to take the championship and top price per kg at 349.5p/kg (£1835) when selling to Knavesmire Butchers who followed up with the leading steer a 565kg Limousin cross from F&B Smith of Masongill at 337.5p/kg or £1907, also the highest gross on the day, Knavesmire secured a third purchase, this time from Hargreaves Farms Preston at £1897.28 or 308.5p/kg.
Interesting to note that 10 cattle, from 8 different vendors, in the total entry of 27 made 300p or over.
Steers averaged 287p/kg with 3 Blue Grey outside fed steers included and heifers averaged 293p/kg. Among the other highest gross prices was TH Mellin of Black Lane Ends whose 600kg cross Limousin heifer made £1893 or 315.5p/kg when sold to Ralph Pearson wholesale butchers from Bradford. D&A Gregory & Sons of Bacup secured the highest gross lightweight steer a 550kg British blue cross from R&E Cowperthwaite of Settle for £1779 or 323.5p/kg. Robertshaws Farm Shop at Thornton was the leading buyer on the day with 8 purchases which topped at 308.5p/kg for a 540kg Limousin cross steer from local finishers, S&NV Jowett of Queensbury.

Monthly Show
Bullocks – 1st & Reserve S&P Scrivin 2nd CD&RF Kitching 3rd F&B Smith
Heifers – 1st & Champion J Baines 2nd CD&RF Kitching 3rd CD&RF Kitching
465-560kg to 333.5p/kg av. 269.23p/kg
560kg+ to 337.5p/kg av.296.83p/kg
480kg+ to 349.5p/kg av.293.19p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg
£ per head: F&B Smith (Limx) 1907, Hargreaves Farms (Limx) 1901, 1805, (Charx) 1897, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1891,1776,1767,1760, F&B Smith (Limx) 1725, SD Bennett (Limx) 1635
p/kg: R&E Cowperthwaite (Blondex) 333.5, (BBx) 315.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 323.5, S&NV Jowett (Limx) 308.5
£ per head: TH Mellin (Limx) 1893, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1866, (BBx) 1762, J Baines (BBx) 1835, (Limx) 1522, S&P Scriven (BBx) 1627, S&NV Jowett (Limx) 1588
p/kg: J Baines (BBx) 349.5, (Limx) 284.5, TH Mellin (Limx) 315.5, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 306.5, 298.5, S&NV Jowett (Limx) 283.,
S&P Scriven (BBx) 273.5

Prime cattle (over 30 mos)
Overall Average 159.5p/kg £964.98
Top Prices £ per head and p/kg
£ per head: SW&JE Ryder&Son (Montx) 965
p/kg: SW&JE Ryder & Son (Montx) 159.5

Cull Cow Prices
Cast cow trade slightly improved particularly in the beef breeds which tend to go to feed to come out when demand improves post-Christmas trade. Dairies just a shade better on the week.

Overall Average 113.57p/kg £788.39
Black & White to 122.5p/kg av.106.19p/kg
Montx to 130.5p/kg av.126.84p/kg
South Dev to 134.5p/kg av.132.06p/kg
Limx to 141.5p/kg
AAx to 115.5p/kg av. 109.53p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)
£ per head: P Crabtree & Son 958, CM&EM Gratton 893,790, M Baul & Sons Ltd 887, SW&JE Ryder & Son 769
p/kg: CM&EM Gratton 122.5,117.5, P Crabtree & Son 117.5, SW&JE Ryder &Son 116.5, JSS Verity 115.5, M Baul & Sons Ltd 114.5
Other Dairy
£ per head: SW&JE Ryder & Son (Montx) 939, 907
p/kg: SW&JE Ryder & Son (Montx)130.5,123.5
£ per head: P Shackleton (AAx) 1057, D Jeffrey (AAx) 844
p/kg: P Shackleton (AAx) 115.5, D Jeffrey (AAx) 112.5
£ per head: G Sunderland 1025
p/kg: G Sunderland 141.5

3,588 Prime Sheep comprising 2885 Prime Lambs & 703 Cast Ewes & Rams

A cracking line up of lambs and ewes forward for sale today and an excellent trade throughout, levelling at 255p or £114.92 per head right through for all weights, grades and breeds. For local comparison the SQQ is 257.2p . Sell Live and Thrive!

Adrian Leach Hebden Bridge topped the trade per kilo at 426p when selling 38kg Beltex at £162. Selling at 342p as well.
Richard & Mark Ireland Whalley had the champion pen of lambs, kindly judged this month by Mr Anthony Swales. The later sold at 419p/kg at the top price per head of £172.
James Garth & Son Keasden made £170 or 377p/kg. J&J Garnett Draughton made 360p or £144. Paul Baines Gisburn was at 357p or £150, as were Ellis Bros Addingham Moorside who also sold at 352p or £154. G Fort Silsden made 350p of Beltex crosses. GM&A Jackson Little Eccleston made 347.8p or £160 of Beltex crosses, and JA Gibson & Son Church Fenton achieved 341.3p or £157. A further 36 pens made between 300p and 340p.

Other heavier Lambs not already mentioned making £150 plus included JR Crabtree Otley £160 £151, N&AD Boynton Ripon £158 £155 £150, J Baines £153 £151, Ellis Bros £150. The strength of todays trade shown by the fact a further 88 pens made in the £140’s and £130’s including many pens of heavy and medium butchers types, whilst commercial heavy’s and mediums mainly in the £120s or late teens.

Handy and lightweight lowland breeds could see primes making 260/280p regular away and commercials 250’s and late 240’s.
Mules were an excellent trade, averaging nearly 240p, and levelling at £108.41. Tops from JH Throup at £120 or CD&RF Kitching 248p.

Horned Lambs generally 210p to 220p, topping 238p for Dalesbred from RH&EA Close, Starbotton.
A good number of Cheviot and Cheviot crosses forward, Phillip Metcalfe leading the way at £127.

Please be aware that Belly Clipping is on the horizon now, vendors are advised to try present lambs ready clipped if dirty. Thankyou.

703 Cast Sheep
Ewes sold dearer on the week with a nice show of meat ewes forward and again fewer plain ewes and feeding ewes. 703 sold with Heavies and pure ewes in high demand. Suffolk X Beltex from AL Thompson, Foulridge sold to a top price of £163.50. Heavy crossed continental ewes £135-£150, mediums full meat £115-£125, medium ¾ meat ewes £95-£110 and lean ewes £75-£90. Plain ewes in the £60 range.
BFL ewes sold to £141.50 from CD&RF Kitching, Threshfield.
Mules dearer on the week with top price coming from GT Booth, £117.50. Heavies £95-£108 with some big strong ewes reaching a touch more. Medium Mules full meat £82-£90. ¾ meat mules £74-£85 and lean mules £55-£65 with a few plain smaller sorts less money.
Cheviots sold to £123.50 from J Caygill & Partners, Rylstone.
A tremendous show of Swales in today with top price of £85.50 from P Addyman & Son, Skipton. Other strong full meat ewes £74-£84 size dependant. Good ¾ meat ewes or smaller full meat ewes £60-£68, lean half meat ewes £40-£52 and plain end £20-£35. Just over 200 Swales in the entry seeing a breed avg of £51.

Monthly Show
Cont x
1st RH&MR Ireland 41kg sold at £172 to Vivers Scot Lamb
2nd A Leach 38kg sold at £162 to Vivers Scot Lamb
3rd JA Gibson 46kg sold at £157 to Knavesmire Butchers
1st R Mawson 50kg sold at £113 to J&E Medcalf Ltd
2nd J Garth & Son 50kg sold at £117 to A Atkinson
3rd BS Simpson 48kg sold at £110 to A Atkinson

Prime Lambs – Overall Average £114.92 per head or 255.2p/kg (SQQ 257.8p)
32.1kg to 35.9kg to 266.7p/kg av 225.3p/kg or £78.05 per head
36.0kg to 45.5kg to 426.3p/kg av 259.0p/kg or £110.77 per head
45.6kg to 52.0kg to 347.8p/kg av 252.3p/kg or £120.91 per head
52.1kg and over to 279.2p/kg av 248.6p/kg or £133.82 per head

Beltex average £132.06 per head or 305.2p/kg
£ per head: £172 RH&MR Ireland; £170 James Garth & Son; £162 AM Leach; £160 GM&A Jackson; £158 £150 N&AD Boynton; £157 JA Gibson; £155 £150 Ellis Bros;
p/kg: 426.3p AM Leach; £419.5p RH&MR Ireland; 377.8p James Garth & Son; 360.0p J&J Garnett; 357.1p 352.3p Ellis Bros; 350.0p G Fort; 347.8p GM&A Jackson;
Texel average £116.84 per head or 256.3p/kg
£ per head: £155 N&AD Boynton; £153 £150 J Baines; £151 £148 JR Crabtree; £149 M Ryder & Son; £148 J&M Blakey; £148 J Greenwood; £146 C&SB Whitelock;
p/kg: 357.1p 312.2p J Baines; 331.7p Ellis Bros; 322.9p N&AD Boynton; 311.6p WA VJ JA Towler; 310.9p 304.0p JA Gibson; 309.3p 304.8p A Jenkinson;
Blue Texel average £110.30 per head or 262.3p/kg
£ per head: £147 JA Gibson; £136 £115.50 GT Booth; £121 JJ&D Cowking; £120 GM&A Jackson; £120 AL Thompson; £110 J Sugden;
p/kg: 300.0p JA Gibson; 283.3p 262.5p GT Booth; 282.1p J Sugden; 275.0p M&R Smith; 260.5p T Charnley; 257.4p JJ&D Cowking; 255.3p AL Thompson;
Suffolk average £110.23 per head or 248.5p/kg
£ per head: £160 JR Crabtree; £128 J Greenwood; £128 J Caygill & partners; £127.50 £127 TH Atkins; £125 KM&L Throup; £124 RA&M Earnshaw; £122 Ashfield Farms;
p/kg: 272.3p J Greenwood; 266.3p 257.1p FM Shepherd & Son; 265.6p 257.0p TH Atkins; 264.4p James Garth & Son; 263.8p RA&M Earnshaw; 255.3p Ashfield Farms;
Charolais average £127 per head or 248.2p/kg
£ per head: £143.50 £138.50 £125 WM Hall; £114.50 AJ&GH Bland;
p/kg: 260.2p AJ&GH Bland; 250.0p 238.8p 235.2p WM Hall;
Rouge average £102.75 per head or 267.3p/kg
£ per head: £108 RH&MR Ireland; £97.50 T Priestley;
p/kg: 300.0p RH&MR Ireland; 237.8p T Priestley;
Cheviot average £114.68 per head or 242.3p/kg
£ per head: £127 PL Metcalfe; £115 £111.50 DW&CJ Towler; £100 Grain Farms;
p/kg: 247.8p 239.6p DW&CJ Towler; 239.6p PL Metcalfe; 232.6p Grain Farms;
Mule average £108.41 per head or 239.6p/kg
£ per head: £120 JH Throup; £117 James Garth & Son; £115.50 KM&L Throup; £115 AJ Taylor; £113.50 £113 G&MA Lawn; £113 R Mawson; £112 Ashfield Farms;
p/kg: 248.9p CD&RF Kitching; 248.8p 241.5p JA&JH Hewetson; 247.7p J Palmer & Son; 244.2p FM Shepherd & Son; 241.5p 241.3p G&MA Lawn; 240.9p RH&EA Close;
Swaledale average £77.45 per head or 213.6p/kg
£ per head: £89 £86 £75 G Huck & Son; £88.50 JA&JH Hewetson; £82 AJ&GH Bland; £74.50 AL Dean & Son; £70 TE Walker;
p/kg: 218.8p TE Walker; 215.9p JA&JH Hewetson; 215.0p 214.3p 211.9p G Huck & Son; 212.9p AL Dean & Son; 210.3p AJ&GH Bland;
Dalesbred average £89.33 per head or 220.6p/kg
£ per head: £96 £81 RH&EA Close;
p/kg: 238.2p 208.7p RH&EA Close;
Easy Care average £95.78 per head or 234.5p/kg
£ per head: £107 £99 £84 J&J Garnett;
p/kg: 248.8p 230.2p 227.0p J&J Garnett;

Cull Ewes average £83.32
Suffolk to £163.50, Texel to £147.50, BFL to £141.50, Mule to £117.50, Lleyn to £, Swaledale to £85.50, Masham to £117.50, Gritstone to £66.50, Cheviot to £123.50, Lonk to £78.50, Dalesred to £73.50, Jacob to £84.50, Herdwick to £70.50.
Top prices:
Lowland: £163.50 AL Thompson; £149.50 High Harbour;
Mule/Masham: £117.50 J Bradley; £117.50 GT Booth;
Horned: £84.50 P Addyman & Son; £83.50 Flasby Estates;
Hill: £123.50 J Caygill & Partners; £116.50 Grain Farm;

Cast Rams average £83.83
Suffolk to £, Texel to £117.50, BFL to £, Swaledale to £72.50, Gritstone to £, Cheviot to £, Beltex to £84.50, Easy care to £94.50.

Rearing Calves to £430

48 Calves on offer today with trade similar to other centres up and down the UK. With more calves coming onto the market this left the middle of the run calves and black and whites at less money today. Best Cont calves still selling to extreme prices with 4-week-old calves from Percy, Janet and James Bolland, Airton selling to £430 x2. Best Blue calves £340-£400, middle of the run goods £260-£300 and smalls £200-£240.
Blue heifers a nice trade for good ended sorts £360 from JR Wellock, Eshton and £340 from M&R Smith, Winterburn. Middle run Blue heifers £240-£270 and smalls £180-£220.
Sim X bulls sold at £250-£260. Angus bulls pretty similar in trade. £240-£290.
Black and Whites less money but no pure Brit Fries in or real strong goods. Strongest calves £65-£75, mediums £45-£60 and smalls 30-£42.

Bull Calves
Brit Blue x (Av £341) to £430 PJ&JE Bolland
Aberdeen Angus (Av £265) to £290 RD Guy
Simmental (Av £245) to £260 AJ&K Lee
Black & White (Av £50.85) to £75 RM Shackleton

Heifer Calves
Aberdeen Angus (Av £142) to £170 RM Shackleton
B&W (Av £205) to £205 Wood Bros
British Blue (Av £239) to £360 JR Wellock
Limousin (Av £205) to £205 Wood Bros

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