Forward:45 Prime cattle comprising 22 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 23 Cast Cattle; 4,600 Prime Sheep comprising 4184 Prime Hoggs, 379 Cast Ewes & Rams & 37 Goats; 129 Rearing Calves; 260 Breeding Sheep; 8 Loads of produce.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

James Robertshaw was in strong form securing supplies of high quality beef for his own premises Robertshaws Farm Shop at Thornton and for Keelham Farm Shop in Skipton. His own purchases included the leading gross price a 585kg Limousin cross heifer from RT&J Critchley&Sons of Hutton for £1407 or 240.5p/kg. The top price by weight was 244.5p/kg or £1406 paid by Keelham Farm Shop of Skipton for a 575kg Limousin cross heifer presented by CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield. James Robertshaw was the days leading buyer with 7 to his own name 4 for Keelham in Skipton representing a busy weekend and forward planning to ensure supplies for the next few weeks.


465-560kg                                             to 242.5p/kg                        av.242.01p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 236.5p/kg                        av. 210.86p/kg


480kg+                                                   to 244.5p/kg                        av. 217.26p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 1376, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1372, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1337, F&B Smith (Limx) 1310

p/kg: F&B Smith (Limx) 242.5,241.5, Cd&Rf Kitching (Limx) 236.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 234.5


£ per head: RT&J Critchley&Sons 1407, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1406,1372,(Blondex) 1389,1378, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1291

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 244.5,236.5, 231.5,(Blondex) 237.5,237.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 240.5, B.Spensley Ltd (Limx) 227.5


Cull Cow Prices

Cull cow trade moving upwards with all buyers keen to secure cows to put on stock. Heavy Dairies 115-120p and Steaking dairies 112p. At the plain end 88.5p was the starting price. A young beef cow at 147.5p/kg from RS&HA Davey

Overall Average                                   111.83p/kg                           £746.20

Black & White                      to 120.5p/kg                        av.106.59p/kg

Dairy Sh                                 to 107.5p/kg

Baz                                          to 147.5p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 129.5p/kg                       

BBx                                         to 143.5p/kg                        av.130.28p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: H Downs&Son 964, M&R smith 945, M Baul&Sons Ltd 889,868,750,GB Moorhouse 887,765

p/kg: JSS Verity 120.5, M Baul&Sons Ltd 115.5, H Downs&Son 115.5,GB Moorhouse 114.5, M&R Smith 112.5,111.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: H Downs&Son (Dairy Sh) 699

p/kg: H Downs&Son 107.5


£ per head: CR&J Kippax (BBx) 832,(Limx) 790, RS&HA Davey (BBx) 810, (Baz) 774

p/kg: G&PS Fleetwood (BBx) 143.5, RS&HA Davey (Baz) 147.5, CR&J Kippax (BBx) 121.5


Overall Average                                   91.5p/kg                               £617.67

Whitebred Shorthorn

£ per head: AJ Haggas 618

p/kg: AJ Haggas 91.5


4,600 Prime Sheep comprising 4184 Prime Hoggs, 379 Cast Ewes & Rams & 37 Goats

The busiest day of the season so far with 4184 lambs and 416 Ewes, Rams and Goats penned for sale.
Lambs were a simply lovely trade, and there is never a need to fix the figures here, the AHDB website verifies that the Skipton market average today was 268p for everything sold, although I’m told others from earlier in the day feel the need to mis-quote results on their website.
No need to go into much detail, the results speak for themselves with an overall average per head of £120.33 per head , comprising 3051 Lowland bred lambs and 1133 Hill bred lambs. Top price per head of £167.50 was achieved by J Baines, Gisburn for Texel cross, JJ&D Cowking, Slaidburn made £158, and R France & Son, Scholes made £157 followed by JE Burrow at £156. EP&JM Hutchinson topped their run at £155 with 121 head averaging £143.55. Per kilo Henry Atkinson had some lovely Beltex crosses top at 389p (38kg £148), others at 371p and Jeff Burrows to 370p. In todays sale 286 Beltex crosses av £128.25 or 324p/kg, 2638 Texel crosses av £122.73 or 271p. Hill bred lambs sold exceptionally well, Steve Dorey sold 47kg Mashams at £128 or 272p and 44kg Mules at £118.50 or 269.3p 264,8p twice and 263.6p. Mules were to £132 from J Baines and GW Houseman. Phillips Stirke from Easingwold sold 3 pens of Mules at 46kg £121 twice and £120.50, and 2 pens of Dalesbred 45kg to £118.50 and £118. SBF sold to £120 form AR&CA Parkinson and 268.4p and 267.9p from J&E Slater. Cheviots sold to £140.50 and 276p from Colin Middleton, Clitheroe.

Cast Sheep followed on from the lamb trade, 4 pens of lowland ewes at £200 plus , the remainder of strong Down and Continental Ewes £160 to £195, to average £149 against an overall ewe average for 356 head of £134.70. Mules topped £177.50 from SR Dorey, Newark others at £159.50 from James & Matt Reeday, Hetton, and £159.50 from Richard & Lizzie Spencer of Rotherham. Horned ewes topped at £109.50 from Beeston Hall.
23 Rams topped £184.50 for Texel from RE Metcalfe & Son, Linton, and £184.50 from J Cheetham Pateley Bridge. Hill Rams saw Lonks to £141.50 form Beeston Hall Farm and Swales to £134.50 from WR&M Airey Sutton in Craven. Rams averaged £122. A run of 37 goats in todays sale topped £91.50.

Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £120.33 per head or 268.3p/kg (SQQ 276p)      

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 337.1p/kg         av 245.7p/kg         or £84.61 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 389.5p/kg         av 278.8p/kg         or £115.29 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 323.4p/kg         av 262.6p/kg         or £126.80 per head

52.1kg and over   to 285.5p/kg         av 257.2p/kg         or £137.79 per head



Beltex average £128.25 per head or 324.4p/kg

£ per head: £167.50 £150 £148 £141 J Baines; £152 £142 JE Burrow; £148 £145 HB Atkinson; £144 Banks Farms;

p/kg: 389.5p 371.8p  363.9p 359.0p 357.9p 343.2p 341.5p HB Atkinson; 370.7p JE Burrow; 340.0p JJ&D Cowking;

Texel average £122.73 per head or 271.2p/kg

£ per head: £158 JJ&D Cowking; £157 R France; £156 £152  JE Burrow; £155 £153 £151x4 EP&JM Hutchinson; £152 KG Alderson;

p/kg: 348.8p HB Atkinson; 341.5p 337.5p RL&AR Philips; 338.5p K Marshall;  337.2p Banks Farm; 331.8p EP&JM Hutchinson; 331.8p JE Burrow;

Charollais average £124.72 per head or 275.7p/kg

£ per head: £148 £127.50 £123 £119 102 R Spencer; £148 CR Brittain; £130 HB Atkinson; £124 RG Church; £117.50 A Winterbottom;  

p/kg: 309.5p HB Atkinson; 283.3p 279.5p 271.3p 268.4p R Spencer; 275.6p RG Church; 269.1p CR Brittain; 267.0p A Winterbottom;

Suffolk average £123.82 per head or 252.1p/kg

£ per head: £144 £139 £134 J Greenwood (Ewe Cote); £139 PC Longdin; £134 G Bell; £131 J Schofield; £130 F Reeday & Son; £129 GW Houseman;

p/kg: 272.8p K Marshall; 272.5p 262.7p J Greenwood (EWE Cote); 263.3p 255.8p 254.0p  GW Houseman; 255.1p CR Brittain; 254.3p S Dorey;


Masham average £114.91 per head or 265.2p/kg

£ per head: £128 £113 £111 S Dorey; £113 SM Collinson;

p/kg: 272.3p 264.3p 262.8p S Dorey; 262.8p SM Collinson;

Mule average £113.29 per head or 253.3p/kg

£ per head: £132 GW Houseman; £132 J Baines; £127.50 G Pickersgill; £126 C Nelson; £123.50 £121x2 JP Stirke; £123x2 S Dorey;

p/kg: 269.3p 264.8px2 263.6p 261.9px2 S Dorey; 263.0px2 262.0p JP Stirke;

Swaledale average £87.65 per head or 231.8p/kg

£ per head: £118.50 I Wilson; £116 R&KA Burley; £112 D&S Hollings; £108 C Nelson; £105 JR Crabtree; £100 S Dorey; £99 H Raw;

p/kg: 250.0p S Dorey; 248.9p D&S Hollings; 247.5p H Raw; 246.8p R&KA Burley; 241.0p 238.5p SW&JE Ryder; 240.5p T&A Hird;

Dalesbred average £118.29 per head or 262.8 p/kg

£ per head: £118.50 £118 JP Stirke;

p/kg: 263.3p 262.2p JP Stirke;

Lonk average £111.32 per head or 235.6p/kg

£ per head: £119 A&AR Philipson; £111 JM&VJ Howard; £97 AM&E Hartley;

p/kg: 252.3p JM&VJ Howard; 236.6p AM&E Hartley; 233.3p A&AR Philipson;  

Cheviot average £125.32 per head or 267.2p/kg

£ per head: £140.50 £132.50 £113.50 £98 C Middleton; £115 WH&JW Hartley; £100 Bob Stubbs Sheep;

p/kg: 276.0p 270.2p 251.3p 250.9p C Middleton; 256.4p Bob Stubbs Sheep; 255.6p WH&JW Hartley;

SBF average £99.68 per head or 256.2p/kg

£ per head: £120 £118 AR&CA Parkinson; £115.50 Bob Stubbs Sheep; £112.50 £102 J&E Slater; £109 JE Greenwood;

p/kg: 268.4p 267.9p J&E Slater; 256.7p 254.1p Bob Stubbs Sheep; 256.5p 255.3p AR&CA Parkinson; 247.7p JE Greenwood;




Cull Ewes average £134.70

Down x to £164.50; Suffolk to £164.50, Texel to £205.50, Kerry Hill to £129.50, Mule to £177.50, Lleyn to £134.50, Swaledale to £89.50, SBF to £109.50, Cheviot to £121.50, Beltex to £209.50, Zwartable to £109.50, Charollais to £171.50, Dalesbred to £91.50,

Top prices:

Lowland: £209.50 HB Atkinson; £205.50 SM Collinson;

Mule/Masham: £177.50 S Dorey; £159.50 R Spencer;  

Horned: £109.50 Beeston Hall; £100.00 H Raw;

Hill: £134.50 RG&SJ Paul; 121.50 MJ&C Thornber;   

Goats average £85.84

Top £91.50 P Ormerrod

Cast Rams average £123.56

Charollais to £87.50, Texel to £184.50, BFL to £184.50, Swaledale to £134.50, Lonk to £141.50.

Top £184.50 RE Metcalfe; £184.50 J Cheetham;



Rearing Calves to £405 (129)

The calf show today was very kindly judged by Mr Tom Heseltine who cast his expert eye over the calves on show, a Blue Bull from Mr Middleton of JP & KE Hartley was awarded Champion calf followed by Mr Shaun Sowray of A Sowray & Sons receiving reserve Champion for his Blue Heifer.

129 Calves in the sale today with a small number forward for show. The sale consisted of large runs of moderate farming calves with the very best Blues carrying age short of requirements. The sale had 15 active buyers ringside with many looking to buy them in bulk as ewes and lambs have now left the sheds. 37 Blue Heifers sold to a top £340 from A Sowray followed by £280 from Mr Longster. Many heifers could be bought around that £240-£280. Blue Bulls topped the auction once again topping at £405 from JP & KE Hartley following closely behind at £400 from Mr Longster once again. The best Blue Bulls would be bought £330-£405 with Mediums £260+ with just a touch smaller all around the same money with only a couple just under the £200 mark. 14 Angus Bulls came to an overall sale average of £182 and topped at £285. Black and White calves topped at £118 from Mr Fort of Silsden and same to an overall breed average of £62. 4 Holstein Friesian calves sold over £100.



Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £336) to £400                           C&SB Whitelock                  

Brit Blue x (Av £263) to £405                           JP&KE Hartley                                                     

Aberdeen Angus (Av £182) to £285 EJ Fort

Hereford X (Av £177) to £230                          J Wellock

Charolais (Av £210) to £210                             ST&JE Foster

Black & White (Av £62) to £118                      EJ Fort                   


Heifer Calves       

Ab Angus (Av £121) to £180                             M&R Smith                                                          

Cont (Av £130) to £130                                      KJ Slater

British Blue (Av £239) to £340                         A Sowray & Son

Limousin (Av £191) to £250                              C&SB Whitelock

Hereford (Av £95) to £180                                ID&JC Briggs



260 Breeding Sheep

A good entry stepped up a gear in trade with singles to equivalent £89 per life and twins to equivalent of £81.50.

Next Week is the Early Show & Sale competing for the Currerwood Trpohy. Please advise the office of entries.

Texel Ewes with Single                       to £138

Texel Ewes with Twins                        to £245 av £200

Suffolk Ewes with Single                     to £152

Suffolk Ewes with Twins                     to £240 av £224

Mule Shlgs with Twins                        to £205

Mule Ewes with Single                        to £178

Mule Ewes with Twins                        to £190 av £180

Chev Ewes with Twins                         to £172

Principle Prices

Twins: £245 £240 RJ Umpleby,

Singles £178 CJ Harker, £155 DJ&LJ Holt.




Hay                         Mini Heston                         to £24 per bale




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