Forward: 35 Prime cattle comprising 15 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 18 Cast Cattle 3,244 Prime Sheep comprising 2133 Spring Lambs, 73 Hoggs & 1038 Cast Ewes & Rams 22 Rearing Calves 24 Dairy


Monthly Show

Knavesmire Butchers of York regular attendees for high quality lambs accounted for the Monthly Champion in the Beef Ring this time, a 575kg British Blue cross heifer from CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield which made 296.5p/kg or £1705. Mesrs Kitching followed this up with another 555kg Limousin heifer which joined Robert Pearson of Ralph Pearson Meat wholesalers in Bradford for 276.5p/kg or £1535. 2 good Limousin cross steers from RT&J Critchley & Sons of Hutton, weighing 600kg and 595kg sold to Robert Pearson for 272.5p/kg or £1635 and £1621 and Kitchings also sold a 580kg Limousin steer at 272.5p/kg or £1581 to the same buyer. Robertshaws Farm Shop accounted for yet another 272.5p/kg purchase this time a 540kg Limousin cross heifer from Mesrs Kitching which grossed up to £1472. Other successful buyers were Ellisons Butchers and Barkers Yorkshire Butchers. Once again, a very good trade for fed Continental cattle.


Bullocks                  1st & Reserve RT&J Critchley            2nd C&RF Kitching                3rd RT&J Critchley

Heifers                   1st & Champion CD&RF Kitching      2nd CD&RF Kitching             3rd CD&RF Kitching



465-555kg                                             to 212.5p/kg                        av.206.23p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 272.5p/kg                        av.260.96p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 296.5p/kg                        av.270.58p/kg


Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1635,1621, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1590, (Limx) 1581

p/kg: RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 272.5,272.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 272.5, (BBx) 269.5


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1705, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1613,1598, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1535, (Limx) 1472

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 296.5,276.5, (Limx) 272.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 268.5,264.5 TW Cowperthwaite (BBx) 258.5, (Limx) 256.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   178.83p/kg                           £1140.04

Top prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: J&J Garnett (AAx) 1219, GB Moorhouse (B&W) 1061         

p/kg: J&J Garnett (AAx) 193.5, GB Moorhouse (B&W) 164.5



Cull Cow Prices

A high proportion of worn cows in the entry today with a couple of heavy Holsteins 148.5p/kg and 144.5p/kg or £1200+. Steaking cows 138.5p/kg and some plain cows ranging in price from 88.5p/kg to 128.5p/kg.

Overall Average                                   124.44p/kg                           £806.77

Black & White                      to 148.5p/kg                        av.120.5p/kg

Simx                                       to 152.5p/kg                        av.128.73p/kg

AAx                                         to 169.5p/kg                        av p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head:

p/kg: RD Metcalfe&Son 148.5, GB Moorhouse 144.5, RD Metcalfe&Son 138.5, M Baul&Sons Ltd 131.5, RM Spence 131.5


£ per head: G&H Sztejnke (Simx) 1151,516

p/kg: G&H Sztejnke (Simx) 152.5,95.5


£ per head: J&J Garnett (AAx) 1220

p/kg: J&J Garnett (AAx) 169.5



Prime Sheep

A better quality entry of sheep with over 2100 lambs penned for sale and a sharper trade on the week with the overall average up £4 per head, especially for nice bred sorts, aided by an additional wholesale customer making their first foray into the Skipton sale ring this season.
Today was Monthly Show day, and it was Steve Dorey who took the judging job on, in readiness for his appointment as the judge of the Butchers Lambs classes at this years Great Yorkshire Show. His choice as champions came from Messrs Hill & Wright of Doncaster with a pen of Beltex crosses making £148 (40kg 370p) purchased by mart regulars Knavesmire Butchers of York. Reserve Champions were 5 Texel Beltex crosses at 44kg from Messrs JA Gibson & Son of Tadcaster selling at £143 and purchased on behalf of Hartshead Meats in Mossley.
Messrs Hill & Wright sold another pen of lambs at £155 (48kg 322p) purchased by Kendalls Farm Butchers.
Messrs JA Gibson & Son sold additional pens at £147 (49kg 300p) to Robertshaws Farmshop, and also at £146 (43kg 339p) to Knavesmire Butchers.
J&F Nutter of Hurst Green presented their regular run of heavy butchers lambs and had the joint top price at £155 selling to Kendalls Farm Butchers, and £154 on two other occasions to Knavesmire Butchers and John Kearns Butchers of Shipley.

Adrian Leach of Hebden Bridge made second top per kilo of 361p when his pen of 41kg Texel Beltex made £148 to Vivers Scotlamb.
James Garth & Son of Keasden and R Emmott of Silsden both achieved £146 with Continental cross lambs. Several other pens in the £140’s.
Smarter bred lambs were a better trade this week with a larger number achieving 300p or more and the next grade 270p/295p.
Better skinned halfbred lambs and lesser end of the ¾ bred sorts 250p/270p, commercial sorts mainly 230/250p, odd plainer pens 220p.
Heavy Lambs were a good trade and short of requirements with 45kg to 55kg lambs finding an excellent enquiry, with the better end mainly in the £130’s and £140’s.


Not let up in trade with the ¾ meat ewes and full meat ewes with no fat on selling to the trade of the day. Well bred ewes with size £130+ with first cross ewes £120-£135. Trade topped at £181.50 from Hurries Farm, Otterburn. Some good well-bred ewes from N&AD Boynton, Ripon sold at £157.50. Full meat mediums £105-£115 with lean mediums £90-£105 and plain ewes or small lean ewes below the mark. Big mules a good trade but the trade of the day for the mules was the medium full/ lean meat. Big ewes £108-£123.50 but good framed ewes with lean meat £88-£102. Lean mediums £75-£82 and plain ewes less. 294 Mules avg £90. Over 300 swales and horned ewes in the entry with large runs of plain ewes sold. Plain from the teens to mis 30s. Lean meat £30-£45 and good framed ewes making more. Good meat swales £70-£84.50. Cheviots sold to £93.50. Bleu De Maine ewes sold to £134.50 from RKR Wood, Stokesley. With an ethnic festival coming up all sheep are required next week with lean good framed ewes and good framed ewes in demand.


Monthly Show

Cont x

1st Hill & Wright 40kg £148 Knavesmire Butchers

2nd JA Gibson & Son 44kg £143 Hartshead Meats

3rd RK Wood 48kg £134 J&E Medcalf


Down x

1st MJ Spensley 51kg £144 J&E Medcalf

2nd C Kippax 45kg £113 Mutch Meats

3rd C Kippax 45kg £107 Farmers Fresh


Champion – Hill & Wright                 Reserve – JA Gibson


Spring Lambs – Overall Average £108.52 per head or 256.3p/kg           

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 276.5p/kg         av 364.9p/kg         or £91.03 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 370.0p/kg         av 255.1p/kg         or £106.30 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 322.9p/kg         av 263.8p/kg         or £125.01 per head

52.1kg and over   to 292.5p/kg         av 257.1p/kg         or £125.29 per head


Beltex average £118.03 per head or 29.6p/kg

£ per head: £148 Hill & Wright; £148 AM Leach; £146 J Garth & Son; £143 JA Gibson; £142 Ellis Bros; £142 B&K Wellock;  

p/kg: 370.0p Hill & Wright; 361.0p AM Leach; 356.1p 330.8p J Garth & Son; 346.3p Ellis Bros;  338.1p B&K Wellock;

Texel average £108.48 per head or 256.4p/kg

£ per head: £155 Hill & Wright; £155 £154 £145 J&F Nutter; £147 £146 JA Gibson; £146 R Emmott; £144 WH Marsden;

p/kg: 339.5p JA Gibson; 322.9p Hill & Wright; 309.8p J Howard; 308.9p J&F Nutter; 307.3p M Crabtree; 302.3p S Spensley;

Suffolk average £106.45 per head or 250.6p/kg

£ per head: £144 £137 MJ Spensley; £140 CR&J Kippax; £130 £126.50 £119 TH Mellin; £118 RA&M Earnshaw;

p/kg: 282.4p 274.0p MJ Spensley; 276.6p 275.0p 264.4p TH Mellin; 262.2p RA&M Earnshaw; 259.1p SR Dorey;

Charolais average £106.32 per head or 251.6p/kg

£ per head: £117.50 £108.50 £105.50 £96 J Fisher; £113 Toothill Bros; £90 FM Shepherd;

p/kg: 261.1p 257.3p 246.6p 240.0p J Fisher; 256.8p Toothill Bros; 236.8p FM Shepherd;

Down x average £112.90 per head or 240.02p/kg

£ per head: £125 £116 £106 R Judson; £120 £97.50 M Crabtree;

p/kg: 266.0p 225.5p 223.1p R Judson; 250.0p 237.8p M Crabtree;

Mule average £86.47 per head or 217.5p/kg

£ per head: £100 £92 JC&N Throup; £88 R&DA Earnshaw; £83 KM&L Throup;

p/kg: 230.0p 222.2p JC&N Throup; 220.0p R&DA Earnshaw; 212.8p KM&L Throup;

Rouge average £92.94 per head or 242.5p/kg

£ per head: £109 AM Leach; £88 MJ&RH Wallbank;

p/kg: 272.5p AM Leach; 231.6p MJ&RH Wallbank;

Blue du Maine average £129 per head or 271.5p/kg

£ per head: £145 £134 £126.50 £113.50 RKR Wood;

p/kg: 279.2p 269.1p 264.0p 254.4p RKR Wood;

Blue Texel average £118.83 per head or 270.4p/kg

£ per head: £136.50 CR&J Kippax; £110 RKR Wood;

p/kg: 273.0p CR&J Kippax; 268.3p RKR Wood;

Cheviot average £97.50 per head or 244.3p/kg

£ per head: £97.50 KJ Marston;

p/kg: 243.8p KJ Marston;


Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £86.72 per head or 186.6p/kg              

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 191.2p/kg         av 170.6p/kg         or £57.25 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 209.5p/kg         av 194.4p/kg         or £77.61 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 200.0p/kg         av 191.4p/kg         or £93.79 per head

52.1kg and over   to 200.0p/kg         av 157.7p/kg         or £104.88 per head


£ per head:
Texel to £107 W Hickson; Mule to £107 JG Sutherton; Suffolk to £116 Banks Farm; BFL to £115 W Hickson; SBF to £84 Banks Farm;  



Texel to 209.5p L Walmsley; Mule to 195.9p H&M Plews; Suffolk to 200.0p Banks Farm; BFL to 135.3p W Hickson; SBF to 200.0p Banks Farm;  



Cull Ewes average £82.51

Suffolk to £137.50, Texel to £181.50, Bleu to £134.50, Rouge to £139.50, BFL to £90.50, Mule to £123.50, Lleyn to £71.50, Swaledale to £84.50, Dalesbred to £55.50, Masham to £94.50, Gritstone to £68.50, Cheviot to £93.50, Beltex to £129.50, Lonk to £91.50, Zwart to £123.50, Kerry Hill to £65.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £181.50                                                Hurries Farm

Mule/Masham: £123.50                                    RM Shackleton

Horned: £91.50                                                    W Hickson

Hill: £93.50                                                           TH Mellin t/a Higher Burnt Hill


Cast Rams average £115.94

Suffolk to £100.50, Texel to £144.50, BFL to £, Swaledale to £82.50, Lleyn to £129.50.



22 Rearing Calves to £470

Continental Bulls av.£393, Native Bulls av.£282, Continental Heifers av. £385.50, Native Heifers av. £285


With a ring full of buyers and a light show calves are inevitably a buoyant trade so why some producers are excluded from access to trade at these levels is open to conjecture. 19-23 day old Holstein bulls £80-£170 and a 31 day old Holstein bull at £190. M&R Smith’s British Blue Bull calves at 6 weeks are well reared and sold to £465 with a similar aged British Blue heifer at £370. Limousin bulls under 40 days bred from Friesian cows sold well for JC&DJ Marshall & Sons to £470 with a similarly bred heifer at an identical age making £385. Mesrs Marshall also sold a sire identified Aberdeen Angus heifer at the same age which made £285 whilst the Angus bulls this time bred from Holstein cows topped at £295 for PJ&JE Bolland.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £400) to £470                           JC&DJ Marshall                                                   

Brit Blue x (Av £385) to £465                           M&R Smith                                                          

Aberdeen Angus (Av £281) to £295 PJ&JE Bolland      

Black & White (Av £130) to £190                    AJ&K Lee                              


Heifer Calves       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £285) to £285 JC&DJ Marshall                                                                                                   

British Blue (Av £386) to £395                         LD&MA Clarke                                    

Limousin (Av £385) to £385                              JC&DJ Marshall                                   



24 Dairy


Great show of in calf heifers today for our early July sale - 24 xbreds due in coming couple of months. With a good crowd of buyers trying to bid last while four were successful. Top price was for one of ten from Richard Starkey and the Flasby Estates team, this heifer coming up 2 years old made £1500 to Pete Dakin with the ten averaging £1322 and all in calf to Jersey. The run of 14 in calf to the named Angus sire ABS Expresso from J Crowther and Son, Harden topped at £1380 and averaged £1168 with volume buyers being Evolution Farming who secured 18 of the heifers.

Next sale is in 3 weeks Monday 26th July.


Holstein Friesian Heifers Incalf                        to £1500                               av. £1300              Flasby Estates

Jersey Heifers Incalf                                            to £1380                               av.£1266               Flasby Estates

NZ Friesian Heifers Incalf                                   to £1350                               av.£1275               JA Crowther




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