Forward: 64 Prime cattle comprising 10 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 10 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 44 Cast Cattle. 3,056 Prime Sheep comprising 2,411 Prime Lambs & 645 Cast Ewes & Rams. 106 Rearing Calves. 2 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Countrystyle Butchers set into a light show of clean cattle to secure themselves the leading gross and joint top priced p/kg animal in a Charolais cross steer weighing 565kg bought from Malcolm Metcalfe of Baldersby for 253.5p/kg or £1432. Also making 253.5p/kg was a Limousin cross heifer consigned by James Drake of Denholme which weighed 520kg when alos sold to Lancaster’s Countrystyle Butchers.


465-555kg                                             to 245.5p/kg                        av. 234.90p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 253.5p/kg                        av. 242.29p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 253.5p/kg                        av. 233.45p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (Charx) 1432, (Bazx) 1422, CD&RF Kitching ((Blondex) 1359, JA Drake (Blondex) 1326

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Charx) 253.5, (Bazx) 249.5,  CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 247.5, (Blondex) 238.5,


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1411, JA Drake (Limx) 1318, BR&JM Jarvis (BBx) 1218

p/kg: JA Drake (Limx) 253.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 247.5, BR&JM Jarvis (BBx) 216.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   140.57p/kg                           £808.11

Another good sale of surplus dairy heifers with JN&J Rennard’s Friesian heifer leading the way at £1238

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: JN&J Rennard (B&W) 1283, E&KM Marshall (B&W) 1132, G Hayton & EC Stocks (B&W) 1018

p/kg: G Hayton & EC Stocks (B&W) 172.5, E&KM Marshall (B&W) 166.5, JN&J Rennard (B&W) 165.5, GB Moorhouse (B&W)158.5       


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   118.82p/kg           £622.13

86% of today’s sale made up of dairies with a handful of worn girls which were well sold. Meated dairies 130p+ and best of the beef cows a Limousin cross from Mesrs E Simpson&Son weighing 825kg and made £1299 or 157.5p/kg.

Black & White                       to 134.5 p/kg                       av. 114.76 p/kg

Jersey                                     to 138.5p/kg

Swed Red                              to 120.5 p/kg                       av. 109.64p/kg

Limx                                       to 157.5p/kg                        av. 142.81p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: G Abbott&Sons 1036, 913, H Downs&Son 994, R Dakin 966, JSS Verity 944, ASE Crisp&Sons 932,918

p/kg: D&P Spence&Sons 134.5, 131.5, G Abbott&Sons 134.5, PA Whitaker 132.5, H Downs&Son 132.5, 130.5.

Other Dairy

£ per head: JSS Verity (Swed Red) 711,566

p/kg: JSS Verity (Swed Red) 120.5,98.5


£ per head: E Simpson&Son 1299,1062,1041, JE Cowperthwaite 1031,962

p/kg: E Simpson&Son 157.5, 145.5, JE Cowperthwaite 150.5,134.5, T Wild& R Ellis 133.5


3,056 Prime Sheep

Another decent show of sheep with over 3,000 again penned and sold. The 2,411 lambs were a sharper trade on the week and averaged 200p across the board. Today we held our Annual Young Handlers Prize Show & Sale of Prime Lambs and judging was conducted by Mrs Alison North. The 23 competitors across the three classes were all well presented and they brought out some wonderful lambs. Champion Young Handler for the second year in succession was the immaculately turned out Kieran Robinson, at only 4 years old he controlled his lamb well and it later sold for £145 to Keelham Farmshop. It was a family affair as Kieran’s father Scott took first place in the 17-26 year old category and later reserve champion.

Other Chief Prices saw Messrs Crabtree of Clifton selling lambs to £120, TH Mellin from Black Lane Ends also at £120, Messrs Ellison of Embsay at £117, Thomas Walmsley also sold to £117, both John Turner and Ian Marsden sold lambs at £116, whilst Scott Robinson and Charles Marwood sold lambs at £115. The smartest end of lambs today were either side of 250p/kg, outwith the champion that made 371.8p, other vendors with lambs above 250p were P Crabtree & Son from Clifton twice, Ellis Bros of Addingham Moorside twice, Ian Marsden of Hoylandswaine, Tony Kiernan of Longridge and P Johnson of Trawden. The next grade sold at 220p to 245p with 67 pens falling into this bracket. decent prime lambs 200p to 210p, whilst commercial types mainly 190-195p. Mule lambs 175p to 185p, best around 190p.

A huge show of Ewes and Rams saw more leaner fresh weaned types and trade was fast all types. Messrs Stockdale of Burnsall selling heavy ewes to £125.50, Anthony  Hewetson of Bank Newton sold to £118.50, Messrs Fall of Middleham had ewes to £114.50, Messrs Robionson of Barnoldswick a pen of 6 at £113.50, several other good pens into 3 figures.

Young Farmers Prime Lamb Show

Judge Alison North


Class 1 – Under 10

1st Kieran Robinson 39kg £145 Keelham Farm Shop

2nd Bobby Crabtree 43kg £107.50 Vivers Scot Lamb

3rd Jimmy Crabtree 47kg £120 A Atkinson 6

4th Amy Lawn 41kg £96 N Dalby 5


Class 2 – 10 -16yrs

1st James Garnett 41kg £100 A Atkinson 6

2nd Molly Phillipson 52kg £108 A Atkinson 5

3rd Gemma Johnson 37kg £92 A Atkinson 6

4th Henry Ellison 52kg £117 A Atkinson 5


Class 3 – 17-26yrs

1st Scott Robinson 41kg £100 A Atkinson 6

2nd Rob Ellis 42kg £106 Vivers Scot Lamb

3rd George Throup 50kg £95 P Watson

4th Tom Walmsley 48kg £117 A Atkinson 6


Champion – Kiernan Robinson 39kg £145 Keelham Farm Shop

Reserve – Scott Robinson 41kg £100 A Atkinson 6


Also showing lambs were – James Moorhouse, Jack Metcalfe, Emma Lawn, Nancy Lawn, Thomas Thornber, Jack Thornber, Henry Mellin, Alfie Throup, Sam Philipson, Robert Capstick & Mel Pickard.

Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £82.35 per head or 200.76p/kg

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 191.2p/kg         av 176.01p/kg      or £60.68 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 371.80p/kg       av 200.73p/kg         or £81.75 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 255.30p/kg       av 204.59p/kg      or £97.34 per head

52.1kg and over                   to 183.60p/kg       av 173.21p/kg      or £102.63 per head

Beltex average £93.68 per head or 233.44p/kg

£ per head: £145 S Robinson; £120 P Crabtree & Son; £115, £111 S Robinson; £107.50 JC Marshall; £107.50 RC Crabtree

p/kg: 371.8p S Robinson; 255.3p P Crabtree & Son; 252.4p x2 Ellis Bros; 251.2p T Kiernan; 250p RC Crabtree;

Suffolk average £80.67 per head or 193.06p/kg

£ per head: £120 TH Mellin; £112 J Metcalfe; £106.50 ML Evans; £103 J Turner; £99 ML Evans; £98 TH Mellin; £96 G&MA Lawn

p/kg: 244.9p TH Mellin; 234.1p G&MA Lawn; 220p ML Evans; 219.6p J Metcalfe; 211.6p RA&M Earnshaw & Son; 209.3p TH Mellin

Texel average £82.65 per head or 200.38p/kg

£ per head: £117 D&A Livestock; £117 MJ&CR Ellison; £116 J Turner; £116 I Marsden; £109 I Barrett & Son; £108 A&AR Phillipson

p/kg:251.2p I Marsden; 250p H Baines; 248.6p RG Johnson; 247.7p I Barrett & Son; 246.8p J Turner; 243.9p J&J Garnett

Mule average £74.76 per head or 182.24p/kg

£ per head: £83 J&ME Carr; £80 G&MA Lawn; £79.50 Ellis Bros; £78.50 ID Mellin; £77.50 F Reeday & Son; £77 ID Mellin

p/kg: 189.3p Ellis Bros; 187.2p James Garth; 187p J Middleton; 187p MJ&PJ Campbell; 182.6p ID Mellin; 182.5p CR&J Kippax; 

Charollais average £76.97 per head or 191.52p/kg

£ per head: £115, £100 CW Marwood & Son; £97 D&A Livestock; £79 MJ&RH Wallbank; £79 S Breare; £76, £75.50 JD Simpson; 

p/kg: 230p, 204.1p CW Marwood; 202.6p S Breare; 194p D&A Livestock ltd; 193.6p JD Simpson; 192.7p MJ&RH Wallbank; 



Cull Ewes average £56.52

Suffolk to £109.50, Texel to £118.50, BFL to £40.50, Mule to £81.50, Lleyn to £69.50, Swaledale to £53.50, Masham to £62.50, Cheviot  to £55.50, Beltex  to £113.50, SBF  to £40.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £118.50 JA&JH Hewetson; £114.50 D Fall & Sons

Mule/Masham: £81.50 D Fall & Sons; £78.50 S Breare

Horned: £53.50 x2 KM&L Throup; £48.50 F Reeday & Son

Hill: £69.50 N Speake; 55.50 J&ME Carr

Cast Rams average £59.13

Texel to £108.50 M Bowen Swaledale to £57.50 Fair Place Farm; Dalesbred to £62.50 JG&B Brown & Son; Teeswater to £69.50 K Lister & Sons; BFL to £56.50 JG&B Brown & Sons;



Rearing Calves to £515 (106)

B&W av £61 Cont av £378.34 Native av £264.29

Summer show and sale of calves was a superb day for all attending with a cracking trade right throughout the day. Native calves were certainly good to sell today with a number of buyers forcing a strong trade for both bulls and heifers with bulls stopping at £380 and heifers to £330 both from the Griffiths family of Penistone.


Continental calves at Skipton are always hard fought over with today’s champion no exception. Shaun Sowray of Bishop Thornton presented the champion, a fantastic calf, 6 weeks old and by Brennand General went on to sell for £515 to Ian Ibbotson of Oakworth. British Blue bulls met a scintillating trade with Fred Houseman of Burton Leonard topping at £460 saw all of his 12 british blue bulls and heifers average £427.


Limousin’s were out in stronger numbers than previously seen with Bulls topping at £405 and averaging £388.75 with heifers topping at £380 which saw both top prices represented by Metcalfe’s of Brearton.


Black and white calves would average less on the week although two trailers of plain calves did hamper what was on a whole a strong trade for black and whites with no fewer than 8 different buyers competing for every type. Genuine 3 -5 week old calves were £75 -£110 all day long.    


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £388.75) to £405 RD Metcalfe & Son                 

Brit Blue x (Av £427.33) to £460 Church Farm Enterprises                                                       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £270.71) to £380 JR&EJ Griffiths

Hereford X (Av £290) to £290 JR Dinsdale

Simmental (Av £395) to £395 CN&SA Harrison

Pathanais (Av £295) to £295 CJ&DD Drake                   

Black & White (Av £61) to £140 JR&EJ Griffiths                           


Heifer Calves                       

Simmental x (Av £300) to £300 CN&SA Harrison                                                        

Ab Angus (Av £256.67) to £330 JR&EJ Griffiths                                                           

British Blue (Av £366.18) to £515 A Sowray & Son

Lim (Av £313.13) to £380 RD Metcalfe & Son


Calf Results

BB Bull

1st A Sowray & Son

2nd A Sowray & Son

3rd F Spence

BB Heifer

1st A Sowray & Son

2nd Church Farm Enterprises

3rd Church Farm Enterprises


Lim Bull

1st RD Metcalfe & Son

2nd RD Metcalfe & Son

3rd A Sowray & Son

Lim Heifer

1st RD Metcalfe

2nd RD Metcalfe

3rd RD Metcalfe

Native Bull

1st DA&SA Fort

2nd JR Dinsdale

3rd JR&JE Griffiths

Native Heifers

1st GD&JC Holme

2nd JR&JE Griffiths



B&W Bulls

1st AJ&K Lee

2nd AJ&K Lee

3rd AL Dean & Son





Barley Straw                         to £22