Forward: 36 Prime cattle comprising 16 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 19 Cast Cattle, 3,340 Prime Sheep comprising 2732 Prime Hoggs, 608 Cast Ewes & Rams, 44 Rearing Calves, 175 Breeding Sheep, 15 Dairy,





WEDNESDAY 16th March


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Prime Cattle (under 30 mos) Sales every Monday at 11:30am

Knavesmire Butchers attended the monthly show in their quest to serve the very best and secured the top selling heifer at 327.5p/kg and the steer at 326.5p/kg. The heifer, a British Blue weighing 605kg came from E&M Townley&Sons of Clapham and grossed £1981 and the steer a Limousin cross weighing 560kg was sold by F&B Smith of Masongill grossing £1828. With heavy cattle very good to sell Hargreaves Farms topped at 320.5p/kg for a 615kg British Blue cross steer which led the gross prices at £1971 when joining Ralph Pearson, wholesale butchers from Bradford as part of a 9 cattle haul. Steers averaged 291p/kg (av.638kg) and heifers 308p/kg (av.593kg).



Bullocks                  1st & Reserve F&B Smith                   2nd Hargreaves Farm          3rd Hargreaves Farm

Heifers                   1st & Champion E&M Townley         2nd RT&J Critchley               3rd E&M Townley



465-555kg                                             to 266.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 326.5p/kg                        av.294.16p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 327.5p/kg                        av. 307.58p/kg


Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: Hargreaves Farms (BBx) 1971,1969, (Charx) 1947, (Limx) 1903, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1860, 1830,1694, F&B Smith (BBx) 1836 (Limx) 1828

p/kg: F&B Smith (Limx) 326.5, Hargreaves Farms (BBx) 320.5,289.5, (Limx) 290.5, (Charx) 288.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 290.5,289.5, 275.5, RT&J Critchley & Sons (Limx) 278.5


£ per head: E&M Townley & Son (BBx) 1981, 1713, RT&J Critchley & Sons (BBx) 1830, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1809, 1787

p/kg: E&M Townley & Son (BBx) 327.5, 308.5, RT&J Critchley & Sons (BBx) 307.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 305.5, 289.5        



Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   157.5p/kg                             £889.88

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: K&J Marshall (Limx) 890

p/kg: K&J Marshall (Limx) 157.5


Cull Cow Prices Sales every Monday at 11:30am

Cast cow trade is flying. Heavy dairies 150p/kg and upward and beef cows 170p/kg. Young dairies are 170p/kg as demand heats up and numbers remain very tight.

Overall Average                                   154.32p/kg                           £1038.82

Black & White                      to 177.5p/kg                        av.150.52p/kg

Fleckx                                     to 169.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 175.5p/kg                        av.174.02p/kg

Beef Short                             to 162.5p/kg                       


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: RD Metcalfe&Son 1308, AL Dean&Son 1234,1180, N&SA Fort 1166, J Gooch 1135, M&R Smith 1129, N&SA Fort 1125

p/kg: AL Dean&Son 177.5, 163.5, N&SA Fort 158.5, RD Metcalfe&Son 158.5, JG Hall&Son 157.5, N&SA Fort 155.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: N&SA Fort (Fleckx) 1093

p/kg: N&SA Fort (Fleckx) 169.5


£ per head: JG Hall&Son (Limx) 1071, M Preston (Limx)1026

p/kg: JG Hall&Son (Limx) 175.5, M Preston (Limx) 172.5


£ per head: K&J Marshall (Beef Short) 1089

p/kg: K&J Marshall (Beef Short) 162.5





Prime Sheep Sales Every Monday at 12:30pm

3,340 Prime Sheep comprising 2732 Prime Hoggs, 608 Cast Ewes & Rams


The first Spring Lambs of the season forward from CM&J Stott & Son of Chipping Preston selling away to a reasonable trade to top £150 and average 266p.

Another mixed show of hoggs saw an overall average of 259p (SQQ 270p) which looks a nice result on AHDB for the day.
Not many best Beltex’s today with only 377 head in a show of 2800 overall, but what were on offer sold well, with 4 pens over 400p, topping at 416p from John Midgley Luddendenfoot, Henry Atkinson 414p and two pens form G&MA Jackson of Little Eccleston making 405p and 403p. The best of the rest were 350p to 395p, with others at 290p to 350p depending on shape and weight. Overall breed average of 333p.

Good Heavy lambs were a decent trade today, especially anything of better quality or well fed, whilst a medium weight was a reasonable go again for nicer sorts, commercials slightly more mixed. Lightweight lambs a sharp trade, especially well fleshed sorts. Mule lambs were in comparison a good trade, better runs around the 245-250p mark.


OVER 52kg
Some heavy Texel Tup Lambs weighing 69kg sold at £169, and some 61kg tups at £165.50 from HB Atkinson. Two pens made £156, first from R Emmott Silsden and then from WAVJ&JA Towler of Grindleton. Other better heavies made £138 to £152 depending on quality. Commercials late £120s to mid £130’s.

46kg to 52kg
Just shy of 1000 hoggs weighing 46 to 52kg, with Messrs Atkinson selling to £168.50 and £160. EP&JM Hutchinson sold pens at £154 £152 £150. Other better pens in the range at £135 to £150.

36kg to 45kg
This weight range levelled at 272p for all breeds, a fine result in the current climate. Messrs Atkinson topped the sale at £178, followed by John Midgley at £175 for the Champion pen of lambs sellig to Kanvesmire butchers in York. Messrs Burrows of Kirkby Malham made £170 and £168, both pens again selling to Knavesmire, followed by RL&AR Phillips of Burton Leonard who had 7 pens from £164 to £168, and G&MA Jackson Little Eccleston at £163. Commercial lambs could range from 240p to 270p depending on quality and weight, whilst a nice better skinned prime type of lamb could be 265p to 310p again depending on weight and type.

35kg or less
A weight range that is good to sell, especially for well fleshed types. Messrs G&MA Jackson sold 35kg Beltex at £135 or 385p, but handy Continental lambs were generally a nice trade.


Fed Mules and Mashams were better to sell this week, several runs 245p, pushing 250p if nice weights and and fed.  Tops at £131, with handier lambs weighing mid to late 40’s achieving £110-£117



Cull ewes met a competitive trade again with buyers just a little more cautious on the over fat mules and bidding more keenly for full meat ewes instead. White faced ewes avg £126 with a top price of £204.50 from High Harbour Farm, Middle Rasen, North Lincs. Other heavy fed ewes £170-£190 for both white headed ewes and Suffolk’s. Heavy first crossed ewes £150-£170 and medium full meat first crossed ewes £125-£140. Lean ewe’s half and ¾ meat sold at £75-£100 for cross bred ewes. Whilst anything with full meat reached well over the £100 mark. Heavy Mules sold to £130.50 from EP&JM Hutchinson, Stokesley. Heavy mules sold at £115-£130 whilst full meat ewes with frame £108-£118. Lean mules with frame £85-£100 and plain ewes or ewes short of weight £55-£70. Full meat large Swales £80-£91.50 mediums £65-£75 and lean ewes £48-£58 depending on frame. Plain ewes £30-£50. Cheviots sold to £129.50 from DW&C Towler, Clitheroe.



Monthly Show

Cont x

1st J Midgley 42kg £175 Knavesmire Butchers

2nd JE Burrow 45kg £170 Knavesmire Butchers

Down x

1st SR Dorey 46kg £112.50 A Atkinson

2nd SR Dorey 46kg £112.50 JE Medcalf


1st SR Dorey 44kg £106 N Dalby

2nd SR Dorey 45kg £110 D Towers


1st J Greenwood 44kg £107.50 A Atkinson

2nd RKR Wood 40kg £94.50 A Atkinson

3rd ASE Crisp 45kg £104 N Dalby


Champion J Midgley                           Reserve JE Burrow


Spring Lambs

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 269.6p/kg         av 265.0p/kg         or £127.20 per head

52.1kg and over   to 272.7p/kg         av 272.7p/kg         or £150.00 per head


Texel                      CM&J Stott                            £150 £132 £124

                                CM&J Stott                            272.7p 269.6p 258.8p


Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £116.52 per head or 259.3/kg               

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 385.7p/kg         av 248.4p/kg         or £84.63 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 416.7p/kg         av 271.9p/kg         or £113.21 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 358.5p/kg         av 251.1p/kg         or £121.26 per head

52.1kg and over   to 294.3p/kg         av 236.7p/kg         or £130.32 per head


Beltex average £145.78 per head or 333.6p/kg

£ per head: £178 £168.50 A Atkinson; £175 J Midgley; £170 JE Burrow; £168 £167.50 £167 £165 RL&AR Phillips;

p/kg: 416.7p J Midgley; 414.0p A Atkinson; 405.4p 403.8p GM&A Jackson; 392.9p 390.7p 390.5p 389.5p 387.8p RL&AR Phillips;

Texel average £116.24 per head or 253.7p/kg

£ per head: £169 £165.50 A Atkinson; £168 JE Burrow; £160 J Baines; £156 R Emmott; £149 EP&JM Hutchinson; £148.50 RH&MR Ireland;

p/kg: 381.8p JE Burrow; 363.6p 307.3p J Baines; 317.9p CD&RF Kitching; 303.4p CR Brittain; 302.3p J Bosworth; 295.7p MJ&GC Dobson;  

Suffolk average £116.22 per head or 219.1p/kg

£ per head: £149 £140 £137.50 EP&JM Hutchinson; £137 £128 AJ Brown; £130 N&J&S Taylor; £129 R Wood; £125 A&B Simpson;

p/kg: 266.7p J Bosworth; 260.4p A&B Simpson; 260.0p SR Dorey; 259.1p JA Brown; 250.0p RG Church; 248.0p High Harbour;

Charolais average £117.34 per head or 259.1p/kg

£ per head: £124.50 £122.50 CR Brittain; £124 N&J&S Taylor; £120 £109.50 JA Brown; £110.50 £107.50 SR Dorey;

p/kg: 268.8p 257.0p SR Dorey; 266.3p 254.1p CR Brittain; 260.9p 260.7p JA Brown; 253.1p N&J&S Taylor;

Mule average £106.22 per head or 238.3p/kg

£ per head: £131 EP&JM Hutchinson; £117.50 A&B Simpson; £116 £114.50 N&J&S Taylor; £114 RG Church; £113.50 CR Brittain;

p/kg: 248.9p 248.9p 243.6p N&J&S Taylor; 244.0p 243.9p 243.0p SR Dorey; 242.9p WA VJ JA Towler;  

Swaledale average £86.20 per head or 211.3p/kg

£ per head: £109 W Mason & Son; £108.50 £104 ASE Crisp; £92.50 JR Crabtree; £87.50 £81 D&S Hollings; £82 AJ Mason;

p/kg: 231.1p 221.4p ASE Crisp; £225.6p JR Crabtree; 220.0p W Mason & Son; 218.9p D&S Hollings; 214.3p AJ MAosn;

Lonk average £108.98 per head or 244.6p/kg

£ per head: £111.50 £110 £107.50 J Greenwood;

p/kg: 244.4p 244.3p 237.2p J Greenwood;

Masham average £110 per head or 244.4p/kg

£ per head: £110 SR Dorey;

p/kg: 244.4p SR Dorey;

Cheviot average £106.09 per head or 246.5p/kg

£ per head: £124.50 £111.50 A&B Simpson; £108 £107 £103 J&S Slater; £107 JA Brown; £106 AE Stubbs; £101.50 LD&MA Clarke;

p/kg: 263.6p J Bopsworth; 261.0p JA Brown; 253.8p 247.6p LD&MA Clarke; 251.2p 248.8p 245.5p J&E Slater; 242.4p A&B Simpson;

SBF average £90.55 per head or 240.4p/kg

£ per head: £97.50 £92 JE Greenwood; £95 £94 TJ Howarth; £94.50 RKR Wood;

p/kg: 2447.1p 236.3p RKR Wood; 243.6p 237.5p TJ Howarth; 242.4p JE Greenwood;

Easy care average £88 per head or 237.8p/kg

£ per head: £88 J&J Garnett;

p/kg: 237.8p J&J Garnett;

Blue Texel average £128.33 per head or 235.6p/kg

£ per head: £148 R Emmott; £118.50 PL Metcalfe

p/kg: 246.9p PL Metcalfe; 217.6p R Emmott;




Cull Ewes average £109.78

Suffolk to £189.50, Texel to £204.50, Down to £119.50, Char to £145.50, BFL to £, Mule to £130.50, Lleyn to £, Swaledale to £91.50, Dalesbred to £94.50, Scotch BF to £98.50, Masham to £, Gritstone to £, Cheviot to £129.50, Beltex to £171.50, Lonk to £89.50, Zwart to £116.50, K Hill to £126.50, Blue Tex to £161.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £204.50 High Harbour;

Mule/Masham: £130.50 EP&JM Hutchinson;  

Horned: £98.50 M Bretton;

Hill: £129.50 DW&CJ Towler;  


Goat       to £99.50


Cast Rams average £137.50

Texel to £174.50, BFL to £109.50, Lleyn to £171.50, Jacob to £143.50, Beltex to £181.50, Down to £140.50.





44 Rearing Calves to £445 Sales Every Monday at 10:30am


Calves saw a 2-tiered trade with all classes of blue bulls dearer whilst second rate blue heifers were less but best blue heifers met a more competitive trade. Best blue bulls £380-£445 with plenty at £400+. Medium second-rate blue bulls £275-£340 and smalls £210-£250. Good ended blue heifers £300-£360 with mediums £250-£290 whilst smalls and plainer ended mediums £200-£240.


Bull Calves

Brit Blue x (Av £333) to £445                           J&JR Clarkson                                                      

Aberdeen Angus (Av £82) to £85                    RL Wright             

Flechveih (Av £40) to £40                                 CN&SA Harrison


Heifer Calves       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £60) to £60                    RL Wright                                                                                                             

British Blue (Av £255) to £360                         J&JR Clarkson      






175 Breeding Sheep Sales Every Monday at 11:30am


Ewes a mixed trade with strong ewes and pairs selling to a top of £290 from RJ Umpleby, Harrogate. White headed ewes with broken mouths sold between £150-£200 for ewes with younger lambs. Whilst stronger lambs sold at the £200-£250 mark. White headed ewes and Mules with singles £130-£145. Mules with pairs £155-£185. In lamb Swales Shearlings sold at £82 from G Fairburn, Apperley Bridge.


Texel x Ewe with single Lamb                          to £130

Mule Ewes with single Lambs                          to £145

Suffolk x Ewes with twin Lambs                      to £230

Texel x Ewes with twin Lambs                         to £290                  av.£208

Mule Ewes with twin lambs                              to £185                  av.£182

Lleyn Ewes with twin lambs                             to £220

Swaledale Gimmer Hoggs                                 to £82                    av.£77

Texel x hoggs                                                        to £85



15 Dairy Sales Every Fortnight at 12noon


More selective trade at fortnightly dairy reflecting rising costs at every turn - buyers keen to take the best heifers on, while taller, more extreme animals were less sought after.

Georgie Fort took the sales top price for the second successive sale with her just two year old heifer, Brackenhil Curious George who was already at 36kg fresh since 15th February- she was one of three heading home to Mark Goodall, Tong. The fresh 48lg second calver Aytonian Mandy 64 by Bookem as 1st prize cow in milk made £2250 also to Mark Goodall while his third purchase was the only other exceeding £2000 at £2100 a fresh heifer from Messrs J Dibb, Kilnsey as part of their ongoing dispersal. Brian Moorhouse of Bellbusk stood second and fourth in the heifer in milk class with both making £2000.

Brian Blezard, Ribchester was todays judge and selected as his champion Gibraltar Clincher Miranda 2 from first time vendor David Crane of Cranes of Stixwold who made the long trip from Lincolnshire, having sold their milking herd privately in December they are selling heifers as they calve.

5 cows in milk averaged £1430

7 heifers in milk averaged £1917

Next sale Monday 21st March.


Newly Calven Heifer                           1st Messrs Crane                  2nd GB Moorhouse              3rd G Fort

Newly Calven Cow                              1st HSPetch                            2nd WGL Soulsby                  3rd J Dibb              


Pedigree Newly Calved Heifer                         to £1900 av £1750              Messrs Cranes

Pedigree Newly Calved Cow                             to £2250 av £1716              HS Petch & Son

Commercial Newly Calved Heifer                    to £2320 av £1655              G Fort

Commercial Newly Calved Cow                       to £1200 av £1000              J Dibb




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