Forward: 50 Prime cattle comprising 12 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 3 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 35 Cast Cattle 3,140 Prime Sheep comprising 2,776 Prime Lambs, 364 Cast Ewes & Rams 69 Rearing Calves 4 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Keelham Farm Shop added 8 cattle to their tally of prime cattle purchases including the highest priced p/kg a Limousin cross heifer weighing 515kg at 251.5p/kg from Siom Bennett of Silsden Moor. Top gross price was a Limousin cross steer which tipped the scales at 655kg for Paul Baines of Trawden and made 227.5p/kg or £1512 when also selling to Keelham Farm Shop. Amongst other purchasers were Stanforths Butchers of Skipton and J&E Medcalf, wholesale butchers who open a new processing facility in Calderdale at the weekend.


465-555kg                                             to 244.5p/kg        av. 238.6p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 227.5p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 238.5p/kg        av. 223.85p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 251.5p/kg        av. 237.57p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: J Baines (Limx) 1512, C Crowther (BBx) 1278, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1271, SD Bennett (Limx) 1241

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 244.5,231.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 243.5, C Crowther (BBx) 234.5,               


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (Blondex) 1335, SD Bennett (Limx) 1295, J Baines (BBx) 1283

p/kg: SD Bennett (Limx) 251.5, JR Metcalfe (Blondex) 240.5, J Baines (BBx) 237.5, C Crowther (Limx) 237.5


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   102.58p/kg           £649.42

Black & White                       to 139.5p/kg                        av 100.03p/kg

Dairy Sh                                 to 90.5p/kg                          av 88.98p/kg

MRI                                         to 103.5p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 117.5p/kg                        av 114.95p/kg

Blondex                                 to 123.5p/kg                        av 110.06p/kg

Char                                        to 121.5p/kg

Saler                                       to 128.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: N&J Thwaite 999, I Wright 827, CM&EM Gratton 801, JC&DJ Marshall 799, EJ Fort 795, AN Bolland 794,742

p/kg: EJ Fort 139.5, N&J Thwaite 113.5, JC&DJ Marshall & Sons 112.5, CM&EM Gratton 110.5, I Wright 109.5.

Other Dairy

£ per head: N&R Sutcliffe (MRI) 605, IRG Collins&Ptns (Dairy Sh) 439,438

p/kg: N&R Sutcliffe (MRI) 103.5, IRG Collins&Ptns (Dairy Sh) 90.5,87.5

Other Contx:

£ per head: K Burton (Char) 923, Beeston Hall Farms (Saler) 752, R&L Cockerill (Blondex) 852,524

p/kg: Beeston Hall Farm (Saler) 128.5, R&L Cockerill (Blondex) 123.5,93.5, K Burton (Char) 121.5


£ per head: JE Cowperthwaite 705,703

p/kg: JE Cowperthwaite 117.5,112.5



Overall Average                                   101.5p/kg             £771.40

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: IRG Collins & Ptns (Dairy Sh) 771

p/kg: IRG Collins & Ptns (Dairy Sh) 101.5


Prime Sheep

Numbers were much tighter countrywide having the desired effect on trade raising our average to 148p/kg. Everything was much sharper on the week, especially handy weights, very heavy lambs not getting the same lift with numbers of these plentiful and more than the trade requires. With grass having been in plentiful supply feeders have made use of it but be careful not to make lambs into something that is harder to sell.

Also please keep an eye on the cleanliness of lambs now at this time of year. Make sure lambs are dagged, and more importantly that lambs travel to market clean. It is coming to the time of year where processors have to satisfy FSA requirements for clean lambs, so please make every effort to comply and assist the good line of buyers we have here at Skipton. Thankyou.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £65.10 per head or 148.13p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 175.7p/kg         av 143.04p/kg      or £49.29 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 225p/kg            av 153.14p/kg      or £64.36 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 195.07p/kg       av 140.66p/kg      or £67.01 per head

52.1kg and over   to 160p/kg            av 131.7p/kg         or £72.28 per head

Beltex average £76.22 per head or 183.82p/kg

£ per head: £92 P Crabtree & Son; £92 G Beresford; £89x2 K Saffery; £87 DJ Halliday; £86 RC Crabtree

p/kg: 225p J&J Garnett; 217.1p K Saffery; 211.9p K Saffery; 205.3p J&J Garnett; 202.4p P Crabtree & Son

Suffolk average £64.28 per head or 143.25p/kg

£ per head: £71 JT Robinson; £70 G Beresford &Son; £68 DW&CJ Towler; £68 MW Harrison; £67 B&K Wellock;

p/kg: 153.8 J Greenwood; 152.3p, 151.2p CD&RF Kitching; 150p GR&SM Wearmouth; 148.9p AP Townsend

Texel average £66.44 per head or 149.20p/kg

£ per head: £94 S Spyrou; £92 D&J Carlisle; £90 G Beresford & Son; £83 WA VJ &JA Towler; £82.50 T&C Robinson

p/kg: 200p K Saffery; 196.4p T&C Robinson; 190.2p F&R Fielden; 187.2p G Sunderland; 184.1p C&GA Guy

Mule average £58.66 per head or 131.09p/kg

£ per head: £61x3 CD&RF Kitching; £59.50 T&J Smith; £59.50 AJ Mason; £58.50 FG Throup; £58 JW Sayer & Son

p/kg: 136.8p B&K Wellock; 135.7p S Foster; 133.8p H&M Plews; 133p FG Throup; 132.2p T&J Smith; 131.8p JW Sayer & Son

Charollais average £67.65 per head or 131.09p/kg

£ per head: £80, £73x2 CW Marwood & Son; £66.50 DJ Halliday; £66 P Shackleton; £65 P Crabtree & Son

p/kg: 160p CW Marwood & Son; 154.7p DJ Halliday; 151.2p P Crabtree & Son; 150p JD Simpson

Lleyn average £63.29 per head or 144.67p/kg

£ per head: £64 DC Wood; £64, £64, £63, £62 C Mellin; £63 CD&RF Kitching

p/kg: 152.4p DC Wood; 146.5p CD&RF Kitching; 134.8p, 131.3p, 126p, 120.8p C Mellin

Swaledale average £48.43 per head or 128.79p/kg

£ per head: £51 Lambert – Milehouse; £50 C Mellin; £49.50 FC N&M Walker; £49.5 T Atkins

p/kg: 134.3p, 130.6p TE Walker; 126.9p FCN&M Walker; 126.9p T Atkins; 125p C Mellin

Dalesbred average £47.25 per head or 127.7p/kg

£ per head: £50 T Atkins; £44.50 RH&EA Close;

p/kg: 130.9p RH&EA Close; 125p T Atkins;

Lonk average £61.33 per head or 128.67p/kg

£ per head: £63, £62, £60.50 JT Robinson; £45.50 F&R Fielden

p/kg: 134.4p, 129.2p, 123.5p JT Robinson; 130p F&R Fielden



Cull Ewes average £44.42

Suffolk to £70.50, Texel to £102.5, BFL to £50.5, Mule to £60.50, Lleyn to £57.50, Swaledale to £43.50, Dalesbred to £29.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £102.50, £94.50 R Long; £94.50 MEC Higgs; £94.50 H Barker; £92.50 J Ashton

Mule/Masham: £60.50 KM&L Throup; £56.50 D&J Coates; £55.50 C&GA Guy

Horned: £43.50, £39.50 x2 CT Akrigg; £36.50 P Addyman & Son;

Hill: £57.50 R&A Jennings; £50.50 S Foster; £31.50 WM Bland  

Cast Rams average £51.75

Texel to £83.50 C Winterburn; Mule to £46.50 R&N Carlisle; Swaledale to £38.50 JM&S Tennant



69 Rearing Calves to £460

B&W av £71.87 Cont av £341.76 Native av £311.4

David Smith of Bents Farm, Sutton In Craven took the top honours at the Autumn Show and Sale of Calves. With a strong show of top end calves Richard Umpleby’s job was not easy, with some deliberation the sweet 5 ½ week old calf from the Smith family took his eye and took the top rosette and went to the day’s top price of £460.


Trade was not as electric as we have seen at previous calf shows but it wasn’t bad by any stretch, with all calves selling well in relation to the recent trade. 6 calves went passed the £400 barrier with Smiths, Sowray’s and Church Farm on the receiving end.


The natives were unstoppable today with first man in the ring Duncan Holme averaging £337.50 for his consignment of 4 Aberdeen Angus calves topping at £370 for a strong heifer whilst Nephew Alan Middleton made £320 of a handy bull to top off the native prices.


Black and Whites remained similar on the week with handier fleshy calves £75 - £100 and commercial types £55 - £75 with the very best up to £145.   


Autumn Show Results -

BB Bull Calf

1st C Smith & Son

2nd A Sowray & Son

3rd J Gooch


BB Heifer Calf

1st A Sowray & Son

2nd Church Fm Enterprises

3rd J Gooch

Limousin Heifer Calf

1st RD Metcalfe & Son


Limousin Bull Calf

1st A Sowray & Son


Native Bull Calf

1st Church Farm Enterprises

2nd JP&KE Hartley

3rd GD&JC Holme


Native Heifer Calf

1st JP&KE Hartley

2nd GD&JC Holme

3rd GD&JC Holme

Black and White

1st AL Dean

2nd RD Guy


Continental Heifer Stirk

1st Church Farm Enterprises

2nd Church Farm Enterprises

3rd Church Farm Enterprises

Other Continental Heifer

1st A Sowray & Son





Champion – C Smith & Son                                Reserve – A Sowray & Son


Bull Calves

Limousin x to £320 RD Metcalfe & Son                          

Brit Blue x (Av £357.33) to £460 C Smith                     

Aberdeen Angus ( Av £283) to £320 GD &JC Holme                                                   

MRI to £160 N&R Sutcliffe

Shorthorn (Av £160) to £190 FA Holmes                                      

Black & White (Av £71.87) to £145 WA Brown                           


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £290) to £330 RD Metcalfe                   

Brit Blue x (Av £331.67) to £390 Church Farm Enterprises                       

Ab Angus (Av £345) to £370 GD&JC Holme                                                  

Charolais to £370 A Sowray & Son                                                  



Round Bale Hay                    £25 per bale

Small Bale Hay                      £2.30 per bale