Forward: 70 Prime cattle comprising 21 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 3 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 46 Cast Cattle. 3,106 Prime Sheep comprising 2673 Prime Lambs & 433 Cast Ewes & Rams. 52 Rearing Calves. 29 Dairy Cattle. 1 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A good show of clean cattle and feeding cows today. Country Style Meats from Lancaster purchased the top priced beast per kilo consigned by Messrs AA&E Critchley & Sons from Hutton, Preston at 258.5p/kg. Country Style purchased 4 overall, including the 3rd highest priced from Charles & Richard Kitching of Threshfield at 246.5p. Keelham Farmshop purchased the second highest per kilo at 254.5p off Messrs Critchley, and the top priced overall per head at £1355 from Simon Bennett of Silsden, Keelham purchased 10 cattle overall. Stanforths butchers had the second highest per head, at £1353, a steer from Charles & Richard Kitching.
In the feeding cows there were some nice beef types from mid 140’s to mid 150’s, adding up to a top of £1275 for an Angus from G&MA Lawn, Skipton, and a cast bull at £1460 from JC Marshall, Dacre. The best of the black & Whites were making away up into the 130’s with second quality sorts 110p to 125p. There was an overall selling average of 123.9p/kg for the 49 head of feeding cattle and 234.1p/kg for the 21 clean cattle.


465-555kg                                             to 246.5p/kg                        av. 236.98p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 242p/kg                            av.223.93p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 229.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 258.5p/kg                        av. 239.68p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: SD Bennett (Limx) 1355, CD&RF Kitching BB 1353, Limx 1324 & 1306, T Wild & R Ellis Limx 1269

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching 246.5p, 239.5p, 236.5p; SD Bennett 242p; JR Metcalfe 237.50 x2;


£ per head: AA&E Critchley 1331.28; SD Bennett 1277.10; AA&E Critchley 1259.78; JA Drake 1233;

p/kg; AA&E Critchley 258.5p, 254.5p ; CD&RF Kitching 243.5p;  JA Drake 239.5p; SD Bennett, 236.5p  


Cull Cow Prices


Overall Average                                   123.32p/kg           £820.63

Black & White                       to 133.5p/kg                        av. 117.58p/kg

AAX                                        to 155.5p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 158.5p/kg                        av 148.58p/kg     

BBx                                         to 167.5p/kg                        av. 160.8p/kg

Salers                                     to 146.5p/kg                        av 142.5p

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: £1145.40 MP Jennings; £1025 FA Holmes & Son; £999.40 MP Jennings; £938.6JC Marshall; £938.05 S&PE Bowker,

p/kg: 133.5p D&P Spence & Sons; 132.5p E&KM Marshall; 132.5p A&CL Gray; 131.5p PA Whittaker; 131.5p MP Jennings

Other Dairy

£ per head: CN&SA Harrison (Dan Red) 758

p/kg: CN&SA Harrison (Dan Red) 117.5


£ per head: £1085.73 G&SE Parker & Son; £939.93 JR Carr; £812.25 JR Carr

p/kg: 158.5p G&SE Parker & Son; 143.5p, 142.5p JR Carr;


£ per head: 1275.1 G&MA Lawn

p/kg: 155.5p G&MA Lawn


£ per head: 1095.9, 1032.83 S&NV Jowett; 907.18 Beeston Hall Farms; 792.98 SN&V Jowett;

p/kg; 146.5p, 145.5p, 145.5p SN&V Jowett; 138.5p Beeston Hall Farms;


3,106 Prime Sheep

Prime lamb trade eased a bit today to under 200p, recording an overall sale average of 195.5p/kg. Mick Collinson of Clayton le Dale topped the sale at £108 each when selling to Keelham Farm shop. D Harrison of Skipton had lambs to £107 purchased by Swaledale Foods, and Henry Atkinson presented a good run of Beltex crosses, the best of which sold to £107, £106 and £105. Richard Crabtree of Clifton aklso had lambs to £105, and NG Bailey & Co, Denton Park Est sold lambs to £104, as did AJ Greensit of Azerley, Ripon. Henry Atkinsons run of lambs topped at 281.6p/kg, others at 271p 269p and 263p. Mick Collinson and Richard Crabtree both had lambs at 234p/kg. Ewes were a sharp trade, and more could have easily been sold today.

Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £78.85 per head or 195.4p/kg            

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 182.9p/kg         av 174.69p/kg      or £59.47 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 281.6p/kg         av 194.83p/kg      or £78.87 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 234.8p/kg         av 197.83p/kg      or £93.31 per head


Beltex average £90.06 per head or 230.25p/kg

£ per head: £107, £106, £105, £103, £100 HB Atkinson; £98.5 JA Stoney & Son; £98, £95 HB Atkinson; £92.50 DG Boothman

p/kg: 281.6p, 271.1p, 269.2p, 263.2p, 252.4p, 243.6p, 239p HB Atkinson; 234.2p P Crabtree & Son; 233.3p AC Hutchinson

Suffolk average £78.42 per head or 190.01p/kg

£ per head: £102 MJ Spensley; £100, £97 ID&JC Briggs; £96 TH Mellin; £95 MJ Spensley; £95 D&A Livestock Ltd;

p/kg: 215.9p D&A Livestock Ltd; 204.3p TH Mellin; 204p, 203.5p, 202.1p MJ Spensley; 197.6p TH Mellin 

Texel average £78.10 per head or 194.91p/kg

£ per head: £108 SM Collinson; £107 D Harrison; £105 P Crabtree & Son; £104 AJ Greensit; £104 NG Bailey & Co ltd

p/kg: 234.8p SM Collinson; 231.1p AJ Greensit; 223.4p P Crabtree & Son; 217.9p James Garth; 217.9p RD Capstick

Mule average £73.94 per head or 182.47p/kg

£ per head: £84 G&MALawn; £82 JK Wilson; £78 Ellis Bros; £77 RD Metcalfe & Son; £77 AJ Mason; £75 James Garth

p/kg: 192.3p James Garth; 186.4p JK Wilson; 185.9p AL Dean; 184.6p CR&J Kippax; 183.3p RD Metcalfe & Son

Charollais average £74 per head or 194.17p/kg

£ per head: £95, £84 D&A Livestock Ltd; £64, £63 JR Taylor & Son

p/kg:210p, 206.5p D&A Livestock; 182.9p, 170.3p JR Taylor & Son 



Cull Ewes average £61.25

Suffolk to £95.50, Texel to £101.50, BFL to £81.50, Mule to £77.50, Swaledale to £63.50, Gritstone to £47.50, Cheviot  to £86.50, Beltex  to £84.50, Zwartable to £41.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £101.50 J Boocock; £95.50 SM Russell;

Mule/Masham: £77.50 AJ Taylor; £77.50 LJ McCarrick; £77.50 AM Binns;  

Horned: £63.50 JR Smith; £59.50 T&C Robinson;

Hill: £86.50 A Pierson;  

Cast Rams average £79.20

Texel to £105.50; Swaledale to £76; Suffolk to £88.50; Wensleydale to £70.50;


Rearing Calves to £440 (52)

B&W av £75 Cont av £332 Native av £240.6


Native calves on fire today with the best calf hitting £385 for a month old bull from Michael Heron of Bramhope with another of his entries hitting £350. Black and whites may look cheaper on the week but a lot of calves today from 14- 21 days old making £75 - £95 with a month old Friesian from Michael Heron again making £170.


A cracking suckler bred calf from Paul Leadbeater got snapped up for £440 with Paul and Janet Bolland of Dykelands seeing their strong blue bull hit £410.


Calves overall were a lot younger today on average which resulted in an easier average on paper however for what was on offer trade was certainly strong.  


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £440) to £440           JP Leadbeater                     

Brit Blue x (Av £307) to £410           PJ&JE Bolland                                                       

Ab Angus (Av £280) to £385             DL DM J Heron    

Black & White (Av £75) to £170       DL DM J Heron


Heifer Calves                       

Ab Angus (Av £211) to £330             JP&KE Hartley                                                      

British Blue (Av £263) to £310         RL Wright

Limousin (Av £330) to £330              CN Bentley



Craven Dairy Auction (29 head)

Milkers into an extra gear today with a top price of £2200 for a heifer from Tony Swires of Stainburn who also saw his consignment of four average £2020. KT Wood & Son, Holcombe found their reserve champion heifer first in the ring but nobody held watching it reach £2100 selling to regular supporter Brian Blezard of Ribchester.


Shaun Sowray judged the pre sale show which saw him choose a 28 litre, 14 day calved heifer from Tony Swires of Stainburn and stuck to his guns and bought her for £1950.  A second calved cow from Fort’s of Glusburn reached £1680 also selling to the judge.


Incalf heifers were a flyer too with the Roberts family of South Crosland having the pick of the trade with £1420 the top call for their enrty which was incalf to the Aberdeen Angus and due end of August with Incalf heifers averaging £1237 overall.  


Judge – Shaun Sowray

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st & 3rd A Swires                  2nd KT Wood

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st DA Dort

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st & 2nd RA&HE Simpson    3rd JLP Roberts

Champion – A Swires          Reserve – KT Wood


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (av £1857.50): to £2200 A Swires, Stainburn


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1615): to £2100 KT Wood, Holcombe


Newly Calven Cows (av £1680): to £1680 DA&S Fort, Glusburn


Incalf Heifers (av £1237): to £1420 JLP Roberts




Barley Straw Quads                             £25 per bale