Livestock Sale

Monday 5th December 2016


York Auction Centre had 1224 head of stock forward including 160 Cattle, 579 Sheep, and 485 Pigs (including 180 deadweight) at their weekly sale of Prime stock.

The 2016 York Christmas Fatstock Show was the happiest and best attended in recent years with the Lord Mayor of York, David Taylor, together with the Lady Mayoress and the Chairman of Ryedale District Council, Bob Gardiner, all in attendance to hand out the prizes.

There was a full ring of farmers, buyers and visitors to hear the Lord Mayor make his appeal for his Christmas Charity which this year took the form of a raffle for 3 enormous hampers from a trio of local butchers David Wilson, M & K Butchers both from York, and Fletchers of Malton

The Charity raffle raised a staggering and record £1,000 to be divided up amongst various agricultural charities.

The Supreme Championship of this year’s show went to Wagstaff Brothers of Sutton on Forest who produced the most outstanding and stylish Limousin steer weighing 542kgs making a record 430p/kg and adding up to £2,327.

The Reserve Champion was the lightweight heifer shown by another family partnership W & L Thompson from Middleton, Pickering which made 320p/kg.

A feature of this year’s event was the involvement of several generations of families on both the producer and buyer/butcher sides of our Fatstock Market.

The cattle from the Wagstaff Farm were all shown by Russell, supervised by father Barry and Uncle Bill; Matthew Kneafsey, the younger generation of the Kneafsey Family who own M & K Quality Butchers, Bishopthorpe Road bought the Supreme Champion and 2 of the other major trophy winners.

The Thompson Family were represented by 3 generations, grandfather Les, father John, and young Brad showing the cattle.

Even the judge Peter Hogg from Fletchers Butchers in Norton, Malton was being watched closely by his successor daughter Sarah.

The trade and response from the butchers was rewarding and everyone has enjoyed the event.

A side show is our now regular Pork Pie Competition which this year featured 6 local butchers and the winner for the 2nd year running was David Wilson of Huntington.

Principal Prices
40 Continental X Young Bulls sold to 240p/kg from G Haslehurst & Son and to £1606.43 from J Marshall; to average 202.3p/kg

56 Non-Continental X Young Bulls sold to 196p/kg from H W Cowling & Son and to £1329.40 also from H W Cowling & Son; to average 170.6p/kg

17 Continental X Steers sold to 430p/kg from Wagstaff Bros and to £2327.89 also from Wagstaff Bros; to average 237.1p/kg

39 Continental X Heifers sold to 335p/kg from Wagstaff Bros and to £1739.40 also from Wagstaff Bros; to average 225.8p/kg

8 OTM cattle sold to 201p/kg from P R Walker & Son and to £1587.96 also from P R Walker & Son; to average 145.6p/kg

Young Bulls
G Haslehurst & Son 240p/kg, 220p/kg; Edgar Bros 235p/kg; D A Jones 224p/kg; F & A Town 222p/kg, 220p/kg; H W Cowling & Son 222p/kg (twice), 220p/kg; J B Potter & Sons 218p/kg; J Marshall 217p/kg; Miss Cheryl Edwards 216p/kg; D J Moxon 214p/kg. 

H W Cowling & Son 196p/kg; R S & W A Howarth 194p/kg, 188p/kg, 185p/kg; R E Schofield 189p/kg; W D Jackson 189p/kg; H Thompson & Son 188p/kg; D M, W & A J Cook 187p/kg; N R Wild 187p/kg; J K Spetch 185p/kg.


Wagstaff Bros 430p/kg, 340p/kg; J R Hildreth 260p/kg, 250p/kg; Josh Wainwright 256p/kg; H & B Beevers & Sons 254p/kg; J F & J M Stephenson 246p/kg; W & L Thompson 236p/kg; H Crossley & Sons 220p/kg, 214p/kg, 212p/kg; G Haslehurst & Son 217p/kg; J H Kennington 212p/kg.


Wagstaff Bros 335p/kg; W & L Thompson 320p/kg, 286p/kg; L Dale & Son 260p/kg; Edgar Bros 260p/kg, 257p/kg; H & B Beevers & Sons 257p/kg; J F & J M Stephenson 249p/kg; J Bartram & Son 247p/kg; H Crossley & Sons 245p/kg, 240p/kg, 238p/kg; R E Schofield 245p/kg; G Haslehurst & Son 236p/kg; G D Stephenson & Sons Ltd 229p/kg.

P R Walker & Son 201p/kg; G W Wrigglesworth & Son 130p/kg; F Wardell & Son 110p/kg.

579 sheep were sold including 523 Spring Lambs.

523 Spring Lambs sold to 227.4p/kg from R A Dobson and to £106 from R A Suddaby; to average 173.8p/kg.

Lambs Per Kg
R A Dobson 227.4p/kg, 223.2p/kg, 219.0p/kg; P Cass 212.8p/kg, 207.5p/kg, 207.2p/kg; Steven Bristow 207.0p/kg; B & M E Craven & Son 204.5p/kg; Askham Bryan College Co Ltd 200.0p/kg; G B Harrison 199.6p/kg.

Lambs Per Head
R A Suddaby £106; R A Dobson £100, £95.50; P Cass £96.50; G B Harrison £95.50, £94; B & M E Craven & Son £94.50; D A Lofthouse £94 (twice); R A & B Robinson & Sons £93.50.

55 ewes sold to £80 from P Cass; to average £54.58.
1 ram sold to £62 from Asquiths.

297 pigs sold to 147p/kg from R Thompson & Son and to £163.20 from K D Voakes; to average 126.2p/kg. Porkers averaged 128.2p/kg (+4.0p on last week). Cutters averaged 125.6p/kg (+3.4p on last week). Bacon pigs averaged 126.2p/kg (even on last week).

8 sows sold to 57p/kg from D Angus; to average 56.0p/kg.

Deadweight Pigs
180 pigs, Baconers to 157p/kg.

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