Forward: 41 Prime cattle comprising 24 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 16 Cast Cattle; 2,058 Prime Sheep comprising 1,677 Prime & Lightweight Hoggs & 381 Cast Ewes & Rams; 51 Rearing Calves; 5 Dairy.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Clean cattle a shade dearer with a reasonable proportion of the entry knocking on the door of 600kg or over. The heifer entry included 4 dairy maiden or calved heifers but the actual Continental average was 250.23p/kg (average wt. 575kg). Steers averaged 251.93p/kg. Ralph Pearson wholesale butchers in Bradford accounted for the leading gross prices with a 605kg Limousin cross heifer at £1612 or 266.5p/kg from CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield and the leading steer again a Limousin cross from F&B Smith of Masongill weighing 610kg making £1577 or 258.5p/kg. In the retail shop weights Robertshaws Farm Shop of Thornton were again particularly active securing the leading price per kg steer a 555kg Limousin cross from F&B Smith for 265.5p/kg or £1474 as well as a 585kg Limousin cross heifer at the same price of 265.5p/kg (£1553) from CD&RF Kitching.



465-555kg                                             to 265.5p/kg                        av.250.3p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 264.5p/kg                        av. 252.97p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 266.5p/kg                        av. 224.76p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: F&B Smith (Limx) 1577,1474, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1521, (Baz) 1513, J Middleton (Limx) 1513, E&M Townley&Son (Limx) 1498

p/kg: F&B Smith (Limx) 265.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 264.5, E&M Townley&Son (BBx) 260.5, RT&J Critchley&Son (Limx) 259.5


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1612,1608,1553,1536,1431, RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 1552, S&P Scriven (BBx) 1361,1342

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 266.5,265.5,262.5,261.5,255.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 254.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 254.5,235.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   166.5p/kg                             £1015.66

Top prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: T Riley (Beef Short) 1016

p/kg: T Riley (Beef Short) 166.5



Cull Cow Prices

Culls continue to improve even though cattle carrying finish are in short supply. A few young cows suitable for improvement helped towards a Black and white average of 120p/kg and the few beef cows were either first cross or non-farm assured.


Overall Average                                   118.10p/kg                           £765.41

Black & White                      to 133.5p/kg                        av. 120.07p/kg

Jersey                                     to 64.5p/kg

Nor Red                                 to 130.5p/kg                        av. 122.94p/kg

Limx                                       to 124.5p/kg                       

BBx                                         to 112.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JP&KE Hartley 1039, JD Taylor&Son 1008,985, ID&JC Briggs 809,PW&I Dakin 770, N&SA Fort 705

p/kg: JD Taylor & Son 133.5,125.5, PW&I Dakin 130.5, JM Smith&Son 128.5,119.5, JP&KE Hartley 127.5, N&SA Fort 117.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: N&SA Fort (Nor Red) 799,639, ID&JC Briggs (Jer) 323

p/kg: N&SA Fort (Nor Red) 130.5,117.5, ID&JC Briggs (Jer) 64.5


£ per head: R&CR Mitchell (Limx) 959, (BBx) 788

p/kg: R&CR Mitchell (Limx) 124.5, (BBx) 112.5


£ per head: Hurries Farm (AA) 1007

p/kg: Hurries Farm (AA) 127.5,



2,058 Prime Sheep comprising 1,677 Prime & Lightweight Hoggs & 381 Cast Ewes & Rams


Sheep numbers very light today countrywide following the lower prices seen middle and late last week, and probably not helped by the weekend snow and ice in most places too. 1,677 head of hoggs sold today and although prices would be dearer than we expected, especially for the handy weights, there is an obvious resistance amongst meat companies to return too quickly to the extreme prices seen in the new year, and so a happy medium seems to be on the cards. So todays overall average of 257p (SQQ of 264p) was a nice price range to end up in.


Lowland Lambs over 52kg –  A smart trade for nice heavies again this week with a weight range average of  £124 per head this. Brian Lund of Walshaw sold 59kg Texels at £144 selling to Robertshaws Farmshop Thornton. Toothill Bros of Doncaster made £138 of 56kg Texels, D Lodge of Otley made £136 of Texels, RG Church of Otley made £133.50 of 53kg Texels or 251.9pkg selling to Nick Dalby. Duncan Cowking of Slaidburn was in the prices as usual when making £133 of 56kg Texels to Countrystyle Meats Farmshop & Restaurant at Lancaster.


46kg to 52kg Lowland Lambs – The lowest price in this range was £108, and they sold to a high of £150 per head or 312.5p/kg for 48kg from J&M Blakey & Son of Bolton by Bowland purchased by Brayton Farmshop. BL&R Lund of Walshaw made £146 to Vivers Scotlamb, RD Riley of Malhamdale made £142 to Hartshead Meat followed by WG&YB Walmsley Bishop Thornton at £140 to Robertshaws Farmshop.


36kg to 45kg Lowland Lambs: A superb pen of lambs from J&M Blakey & Son of Bolton by Bowland took the eye of buyers today and came up with the top per kilo price when selling at 40kg Beltex at £168 per head or a majestic 420p/kg, JE Burrow, Malhamdale equalled them per head when also making £168 per head, this time for 44kg at 381p/kg. Both pens sold to Brayton Farmshop.
Messrs Blakey also sold 42kg at £147.50 or 351p, this time to Hartshead Meats, and further pens at £137 or  342p, £137.50 or 335p and £136 or 302p in a consignment average of £141.06.
Staying in the Bolton by Bowland parish, DN&D Capstick also made £147.50 per head, going to Hartshead Meat Co. D&A Livestock of Haverah Park had 4 pens at £140 or more, peaking at £146 or 350p 343p 331p and 325p all to Vivers Scotlamb.
Other Best quality pens in this weight range making £130 plus or 320p/kg to 350p/kg.
Commercial lowland types 40/42kg would be a stand on trade on from last week, 43kg/45kg just a copper or two less.


Mule and Masham Wethers – Tops sold to £117.50 form BC Ashby, Otley, whilst S Forshaw & Son, Longridge made £115.50 twice and £115 of three pens. WG&YG Walmsley Bishop Thornton made £114 and £113, and CD&RF Kitching £113.50 £112 and £110 as did R&KA Burley & Son Nidderdale. Roy Nelson topped the horned lamb prices at £102 this week.



381 Ewes sold today, less numbers forward with us and nationally. 127 white faced ewes sold to average £106. Top price ewes £157.50 B Spensley, Manor Farm. Best ewes with weight £130-£150 smart mediums £110-£118. Crossed Heavies £115-£130, Mediums £95-£110. Lean ewes in the £82-£95 same as some small pure ewes full meat just below the £100 mark. Mules dearer on the week. Heaviest over £100. Mediums full meat £80-£95, lean £75-£80, plain mules around £61-£68. 90 Swales sold to average £58 best swales £68-£71.50 mediums with meat £65+ Lean swales £58 and plain/ small lean £35-£42. Suffolks £120-£135.50 for heavies mediums £110-£120 and lean ewes £95 few plainer below the mark. Blue faced leisters sold very well with weight paying upto £136.50 for ewes and £137.50 for Tups.


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.
Wishing you a very happy and prosperous New Year and we look forward to seeing you at Skipton in 2021.


Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £110.29 per head or 257p/kg (SQQ – 264p)

25.5kg to 32.0kg to 235.2p/kg         av 222.2p/kg         or £65.78 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 287.1p/kg         av 254.3/kg           or £86.33 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 420.0p/kg         av 265.3p/kg         or £108.91 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 312.5p/kg         av 247.3p/kg         or £120.86 per head

52.1kg and over   to 251.9p/kg         av 220.4p/kg         or £124.13 per head


Beltex average £119.23 per head or 295.6p/kg

£ per head: £168 JE Burrow; £147.50 DN&D Capstick; £146 £144 BL&R Lund; £142 RD Riley; £141 £140 D&A Livestock; £138 Haddon Farms;

p/kg: 381.8p 343.8p 335.4p JE Burrow; 350.0p 343.9p D&A Livestock; 345.0p Haddon Farms; 335.2p 335.0p DN&D Capstick;

Texel average £115.63 per head or 262.4p/kg

£ per head: £168 £150 £147.50 £137.50 £137 J&M Blakey; £145 137 D&A Livestock; £140 WG&YB Walmsley; £138 Toothill Bros;

p/kg: 420.0p 351.2p 342.5p 334.5p J&M Blakey; 340.0p D&L Wain; 334.1p 331.8p 322.5p 322.0p D&A Livestock; 320.0p W&J Parkinson;

Suffolk average £113.08 per head or 243.6p/kg

£ per head: £125.50 N Speake; £125 R&DA Earnshaw; £122 BW Appleton; £118.50 RJ Ashworth; £116 E Wheldon; £115.50 PL Metcalfe; £112 JJ&D Cowking;

p/kg: 261.5p N Speake; 261.0p Haddon Farms; 256.7p PL Metcalfe; 250.0p SB&C Harrison; 246.9p RJ Ashworth; 241.5p AL Dean & Son; 238.3p JJ&D Cowking;

Charolais average £106.50 per head or 254.3p/kg

£ per head: £110 E&S Baines; £103.50 T Ogg;

p/kg: 255.8p E&S Baines; 252.4p T Ogg;

Mule average £106.52 per head or 238.5p/kg

£ per head: £115.50 £115 S Forshaw; £114 WG&YB Walmsley; £113.50 £112.50 £110 CD&RF Kitching; £110 R&KA Burley;

p/kg: 255.7p 253.5p 252.2p 250.0p CD&RF Kitching; 251.1p S Forshaw; 246.2p AL Dean & Son; 243.2p JL&J Pate; 241.7p RG Church;

Swaledale average £80.06 per head or 224.8p/kg

£ per head: £102 C Nelson; £101 JJ Beckwith; £95.50 D&S Hollings; £94.50 W Mason & Son; £91 TJ Howarth; £87 B Spensley;

p/kg: 238.8p D&S Hollings; 234.9p JJ Beckwith; 233.8p JL&J Pate; 231.1p N Suttill; 223.1p B Spensley; 223.0p W Mason & Son;  

SBF average £90.03 per head or 235.4p/kg

£ per head: £98 £85.50 JE Greenwood; £96.50 TJ Howarth;

p/kg: 260.8p TJ Howarth; 231.1p 217.8p JE Greenwood;

Masham average £115.06 per head or 250.2p/kg

£ per head: £117.50 BC Ashby; £95.50 JL&J Pate;

p/kg: 251.3p JL&J Pate; 250.0p BD Ashby;

Cheviot average £103.51 per head or 262.4p/kg

£ per head: £113 CJ&DD Drake; £103.50 Bob Stubbs; £102 BF Blezard; £98 AE Stubbs;

p/kg: 265.4p Bob Stubbs; 264.9p AE Stubbs; 256.8p CJ&DD Drake; 248.8p BF Blezard;

Gritstone average £101.13 per head or 245.5p/kg

£ per head: £110 R&DA Earnshaw; £101 £97 JL&L Pate;

p/kg: 262.2p 259.0p JL&J Pate; 108.3p R&DA Earnshaw;

BFL average £107.83 per head or 181.2p/kg

£ per head: £117 D Lodge; £106 JK Wilson;

p/kg: 205.3p D Lodge; 176.7p JK Wilson;




Cull Ewes average £88.28

Suffolk to £135.50, Texel to £157.50, BFL to £136.50, Mule to £109.50, Charollais to £104.50, Swaledale to £71.50, Masham to £75.50, Hampshire to £109.50, Cheviot to £100.50, Beltex to £133.50, Lonk to £84.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £157.50 B Spensley; 139.50 KG Stapleton;

Mule/Masham: £109.50 Hurries Farm; £102.50 T Ogg;  

Horned: £84.50 R Jackson; £71.50 G&MA Lawn;

Hill: £136.50 D Lodge; 103.50 R Burniston;


Cast Rams average £93.28

Berrichon to £138.50, Texel to £150.50, BFL to £137.50, Swaledale to £67.50, Teeswater to £73.50.




51 Rearing Calves to £350


Calves dearer on the week with plenty of farmers out to fill pens! Thanks to all vendors that took note and brought the calves in required for todays buyers. 16 Black and Whites sold today told to avg £97 with a top price of £250 followed by £205 from the same vendor. 8 Angus bulls sold today with a top at £300 with all selling between £240-£300. Angus heifers dearer on the week only 3 in with prices at £200-£220. 13 Blue bulls sold with all small-Mediums in with some good end calves but no old calves in. Best bulls with size or sweet young good ended sorts sold between £320-£350 for 4–6-week-olds. Slightly narrower goods £280-£310 and some smalls in the £240-£270. Blue heifers sold to a wide audience, an average of £306 for the blue heifers sold today was achieved with all selling from £300-£310. Lim bulls and heifers sold well£250-£285 for mediums.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £276) to £285                           G&PS Fleetwood                                                

Brit Blue x (Av £293) to £350                           M&R Smith                                                          

Aberdeen Angus (Av £261) to £300 JM Smith & Sons

Black & White (Av £97) to £250                      Manor Farms                       


Heifer Calves       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £206) to £220 AJ&K Lee                                                                                                              

British Blue (Av £306) to £310                         JS&J Walmsley                                    

Limousin (Av £271) to £285                              Wood Bros                                           



5 Dairy

Thanks to regular vendors and buyers today at the fortnightly dairy sale - with an average of £1928 and total clearance.

Trade topped at £2500 for an 11 days fresh heifer from Robert Crisp. This square widely admired heifer by ABS Grazie was already at 28kg from a great udder and finally heads home with Alan Middleton.

Two heifers from Brian Moorhouse also made over £2000 both selling to Brian Blezard of Ribchester while two heifers from the Harehills herd of the Wellock’s were sold to John Howard. Next sale in two weeks will further entries sought.


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers                        to £2220 av £1835                              GB Moorhouse

Commercial Newly Calven Heifer                    to £2500                                               ASE Crisp & Sons




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Tel 01756 792375

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