Forward: 38 Prime cattle comprising 14 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 23 Cast Cattle. 2,238 Prime Sheep comprising 1803 Spring Lambs, 56 Hoggs & 379 Cast Ewes & Rams. 26 Rearing Calves. 12 Dairy.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Ralph Pearson Wholesale Butchers put a very good pen of cattle together which included all the leading prices per kg and gross prices. With a better show on offer Robert Pearson secured amongst other a pair of notable purchases from CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield including top price overall, a 620kg Pathanis cross steer at £1646 (265.5p/kg) and the leading gross heifer a 595kg British Blue cross at £1639 (275.5p/kg). Sharing the top price per kg price was a 570kg Limousin cross steer at 275.5p/kg (£1570) from Mesrs F&B Smith of Masongill who also produced another smart 580kg Limousin cross steer which made 272.5p/kg or £1581, with both selling to Ralph Pearsons.

Robertshaws Farm Shop of Thornton had a useful 500kg Limousin cross steer at 263.5p/kg (£1317) from Simon Bennett of Silsden Moor along with Limousin cross heifers from S&NV Jowett at 265.5p/kg (£1474) and CD&RF Kitching at 595kg, 263.5p/kg and £1568. Barkers Yorkshire Butchers also at the ringside bought a 620kg Limousin cross steer from Bill Cowperthwaite of Malham Moor at 258.5p/kg or £1512.

A sound trade for clean cattle despite daily variations in demand last week.



465-555kg                                             to 263.5p/kg                        av. 259.33p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 275.5p/kg                        av. 265.18p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 188.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 275.5p/kg                        av. 254.95p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Path) 1646, (BBx) 1614, S&NV Jowett (Limx) 1597, F&B Smith (Limx) 1581,1570

p/kg: F&B Smith (Limx) 275.5, 272.5, CD&RF Kitching (Path) 265.5, (BBx) 262.5, TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 258.5


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1639, (Limx) 1574, 1568, S&NV Jowett (Limx) 1474

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 275.5,264.5,263.5, S&NV Jowett (Limx) 265.5,


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   221.5p/kg                             £1140.73

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: SD Bennett (Limx) 1141

p/kg: SD Bennett (Limx) 221.5        



Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   136.23p/kg                           £945.26

Cow trade very good as tight numbers making if hard for feeders to remain full with cows on hand. Dairy vendors should note that the heavy dairies up to £1400 with slightly leaner cows at 140p looking a very strong price. Coloured dairies continue to sell well Norwegian Reds to 147.5p/kg.  Beef cows are 180p+ for the Continentals crosses and over 30 months fed Limousin heifers to 221.5p/kg or £1141.


Black & White                      to 154.5p/kg                        av.130.48p/kg

Nor Red                                 to 147.5p/kg                        av.144.19p/kg

Gall                                         to 126.5p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 183.5p/kg                        av. 155.60p/kg

BBx                                         to 129.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: MP Jennings (Dairy) Ltd 1426, AS&E Jeanes & Son 1421,1209,1174,1146, RD Metcalfe & Son 915,911,874

p/kg: AS&E Jeanes & Son 154.5,149.5,146.5,141.5, J Gooch 144.5, RD Metcalfe & Son 143.5,136.5, MP Jennings (Dairy) Ltd 136.5, JM Smith & Son 136.5,  

Other Dairy

£ per head: JSS Verity 1106, J Gooch 966,825

p/kg: J Gooch (Nor Red) 147.5, JSS Verity (Nor Red) 147.5,136.5,

Brit Blue:

£ per head: GT Booth 842

p/kg: GT Booth 129.5


£ per head: SD Bennett 1358, DB Greenwood & Sons 1134, JR Carr 1110

p/kg: SD Bennett 183.5, JR Carr 169.5, DB Greenwood & Sons 157.5



2,238 Prime Sheep comprising 1803 Spring Lambs, 56 Hoggs & 379 Cast Ewes & Rams

Numbers nearly double last weeks entry, with a large show of 1803 Lambs forward for sale.
Lamb trade was variable depending on quality, Heavy lambs got away well, as did ¾ bred Continental lambs and premium types. A nice skinned Texel cross was fair on the day, but commercial first cross lambs at handyweights were a struggle in comparison to recent weeks, some classes of lamb the prices were nearer to what we usually expect for the time of year than what we have got used to of late.
Top kilo prices 352.4p (42kg £148) for two pens from Messrs Hill & Wright Doncaster going to Hartshead Meats and Vivers Scotlamb respectively. 47 pens of lambs achieving 300p or more.
Alistair Sutcliffe from Carlton in Cleveland topped the sale at £160 per head, these also making their way to Hartshead Meats. JA Gibson & Son, Tadcaster made £155 as did Messrs Hill & Wright Doncaster.  7 pens in total £150 plus.


Ewes getting away well with overall avg £100.03. A very similar trade on the week with ewes still wanting cashing whilst prices are strong. Shortage of heavy ewes about with 150 white faced ewes in selling to avg £115. Plenty of meat mediums £108-£120 and heavies £125-£140. Heavies with style of strong heavy ewes £145-£166.50. Top price ewe from JG Hall & Sons, Gargrave at £166.50. Swale ewes sold to £94.50 foe some big full meat ewes £94.50. Meat sold around £70-£80 with lean ewes £55-£60 and plains selling £25-£48 depending on quality. Mules sold well with big meat ewes £105-£121.50. Heaviest mules ewes from JR Smith, Carleton. Mediums sold from £85-£95 with some lean ewes from £70-£85. BFL sold to £137.50 from J Verity & Sons, Harrogate.



Spring Lambs – Overall Average £105.49 per head or 252.1p/kg           

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 334.3p/kg         av 270.2p/kg         or £94.58 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 352.4p/kg         av 251.0p/kg         or £102.50 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 326.5p/kg         av 260.8p/kg         or £124.27 per head

52.1kg and over   to 250.0p/kg         av 237.4p/kg         or £131.20 per head


Beltex average £110.24 per head or 275.4p/kg

£ per head: £148 Hill & Wright; £145 £134 £131 £127 TA Robinson; £145 £137.50 £132 P Crabtree; £129 A&SJ Sugden;

p/kg: 352.4p 317.9p Hill & Wright; 338.5p 337.2p 335.4p 300.0p P Crabtree; 325.7p J&J Hemingway; 322.2p TA Robinson;

Texel average £105.93 per head or 255.6p/kg

£ per head: £160 AR Sutcliffe; £155 JA Gibson; £155 £150 Hill 7 Wright; £152 R&E Pollard; £150 A&SJ Sugden; £150 EP&JM Hutchinson;

p/kg: 352.4p 350.0p 348.8p Hill & Wright; 345.0p M Crabtree; 344.7p 328.8p Toothill Bros; 339.5p G&G Thronton; 334.3p KJ Marston;

Suffolk average £100.15 per head or 240.4p/kg

£ per head: £145 £142 £136 TH Mellin; £140 B Spensley; £138 £134 ML Evans; £138 C Blackburn; £137 L Mellin;

p/kg: 308.5p 302.2p 295.8p TH Mellin; 279.2p 268.8p ML Evans; 272.3p D&GM Scott; 269.2p B Spensley; 265.4p C Blackburn;

Charolais average £88.64 per head or 227.8p/kg

£ per head: £96 Charnleys; £89 JR&DL Ogden; £84 J Taylor;

p/kg: 240.0p Charnleys; 233.3p J Taylor; 222.5p JR&DL Ogden;

Blue du Maine average £102.51 per head or 261.4p/kg

£ per head: £122 £113 £100 £99 TP&EA Clayton;

p/kg: 263.2p 262.8p 259.6p 253.8p TP&EA Clayton;

Mule average £89 per head or 217.3p/kg

£ per head: £93 S Breare; £85 ML&JE Kayley;

p/kg: 226.8p S Breare; 207.3p ML&JE Kayley;

Hampshire average £89.47 per head or 234.5p/kg

£ per head: £91 £90 New York Farms; £90.50 A&EM Ashby;

p/kg: 248.6p 239.5p 236.8p New York Farms;


Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £ per head or 197.1p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 205.9p/kg         av 168.6p/kg         or £56.50 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 213.2p/kg         av 196.7p/kg         or £77.64 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 250.0p/kg         av 227.3p/kg         or £113.00 per head

52.1kg and over   to 224.5p/kg         av 194.2p/kg         or £115.06 per head


£ per head:
Texel to £126 K&C Hird; Suffolk to £128 Toothill Bros; Dalesbred to £81.50 M Whitley; Easy Care to £81 J&J Garnett; Down to £122 Haddon Farms;



Texel to 250.0p K&C Hird; Suffolk to 213.3p Toothill Bros; Dalesbred to 203.8p M Whitley; Easy Care to 213.2p J&J Garnett; Down to 216.4p Haddon Farms;



Cull Ewes average £100.03

Suffolk to £135.50, Texel to £166.50, BFL to £137.50, Mule to £121.50, Swaledale to £94.50, Masham to £69.50, Cheviot to £94.50, Beltex to £125.50, Lonk to £99.50, Down to £123.50, Teeswater to £105.50, Herdwick to £69.50, Easy Care to £88.50,

Top prices:

Lowland: £166.50 JG Hall; £164.50 M Crabtree;

Mule/Masham: £121.50 JR Smith; £115.50 Toothill Bros;  

Horned: £99.50    JG Hall; £94.50 JR Smith;

Hill: £105.50 J Verity; £94.50 ID&JC Briggs;


Cast Rams average £119.63

Texel to £113.50, BFL to £149.50, Dalesbred to £81.50, Gritstone to £121.50, Teeswater to £131.50.



26 Rearing Calves to £480

Calves a flyer of a trade and turned out dearer than expected. Angus bulls topped at £340 and all sold from £290+ Blue bulls all sold from £340-£480 for young medium rearers with an overall section avg of £413. Angus heifers good to sell with smalls £220, mediums £250-£260. Blue heifers sold to avg £356 with large calves at 6 weeks old £360-£395 4 week old calves £300-£350.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £313) to £340                                           JH Bradley                                                            

Brit Blue x (Av £413) to £480                                           Woolrow Farm                                                   

Aberdeen Angus (Av £320) to £340                JH Bradley            

Simmental (Av £330) to £330                                          CN&SA Harrison                 


Heifer Calves       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £241) to £260                AJ&K Lee                                                                                                              

Brit Blue (Av £356) to £395                                              JP&KE Hartley                                     



12 Dairy


Pedigree Newly Calved Heifer                         to £1950 av £1694

In-calf Dairy Heifer                                             to £1750 av £1480




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