Forward: 48 Prime cattle comprising 23 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 24 Cast Cattle incl. 2 Cast Bulls 3,237 Prime Sheep comprising 2552 Spring Lambs, 685 Cast Ewes, Rams, Hoggs & Goats, 50 Rearing Calves 8 Newly Calven Dairy


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A very good show of cattle at July Prime Show with prizes for top prices awarded. Phil Gregory of DA Gregory&Sons of Bacup made his periodic visit and was rewarded with plenty of choice with both leading priced heifer and steer making 258.5p/kg. The steer a 565kg Limousin cross was sold by F&B Smith of Masongill with a gross value of £1466  whilst the heifer a 550kg Limousin cross came from the pen of CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield a 550kg  British Blue cross  which grossed up at £1422.

Top of the gross prices was another F&B Smith entry, a Limousin cross steer weighing 590kg which grossed £1466 and sold to Keelham Farm Shop in Skipton. There is no let up in retail demand from the high quality shops represented at the ringside and in previous weeks and deservedly so as conditions have been challenging during the past 3 months. Shared top price p/kg of 258.5p/kg from F&B Smith and CD&RF Kitching.



465-555kg                                             to 244.5p/kg                        av.220.68p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 258.5p/kg                        av. 233.05p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 258.5p/kg                        av.236.26p/kg


560kg+                                                   to 185.5p/kg


Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: F&B Smith (Limx) 1466, (BBx) 1461, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1389, SD Bennett (Limx) 1357

p/kg: F&B Smith (BBx) 258.5, (Limx) 248.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 244.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 235.5


£ per head CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1448,1422, (Limx) 1407, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1398, TW Cowperthwaite (BBx) 1378

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 258.5, TW Cowperthwaite (BBx) 2457.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 248.5,(Limx) 247.5,

JM Townsend (BBx) 241.5

Young Bulls

560kg+                                                   to 185.4p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: PW&I Dakin (AA) 1104

p/kg: PW&I Dakin (AA) 185.5


Prime cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   148.5p/kg                             £928.13

£ per head: GW Houseman&Ptns (Salerx Hfr) 928

p/kg: GW Houseman&Ptns (Salerx Hfr) 148.5



Cull Cow Prices

Cast cows were a fierce trade with an unusually large entry of plain girls which nonetheless were well into the 90s. heavy dairies were 130p circa and Beef cross dairy 145p+ Heaviest cow was Hurries Farm at 845kg , 145.5p/kg and a gross of £1229 for a pure bred Aberdeen Angus

Overall Average                                   118.68p/kg                           £791.91

Black & White                      to 129.5p/kg                        av. 112.35p/kg

AAx                                         to 145.5p/kg                        av.140.87p/kg

Limx                                       to 147.5p/kg                        av.144.43p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: MP Jennings (Dairy) Ltd 951,881,859, P Crabtree&Son 919,807,  BH Wilson&Sons 879, IR&DE Wellock 835,821,

p/kg: RM Spence 129.5, MP Jennings (Dairy) ltd 129.5,124.5, P Crabtree&Son 129.5, BH Wilson&Sons 126.5, IR&DE Wellock 126.5


£ per head: Hurries Farm (AA) 1229, D Jeffrey (AA) 989

p/kg: Hurries Farm (AA) 145.5, D Jeffrey (AA) 135.5


£ per head: JR&DL Ogden (Limx) 1082, 1077

p/kg: JR&DL Ogden JR&DL Ogden (Limx) 147.5, 141.5.



Overall Average                                   137.5p/kg                             av.116.82p/kg

Top Prices £ per head or p/kg

£ per head: PW&I Dakin (AA) 1104

p/kg: PW&I Dakin (AA) 185.5



3,237 Prime Sheep comprising 2552 Spring Lambs, 685 Hoggs, Goats, Cast Ewes & Rams


The first week of July and 2550 Lambs presented and all selling to a tremendous overall average of 228.7p/kg or £94.08, showing the live mart is stronger than ever this Spring and all classes selling at great rates for the time of year to a packed ringside of 14 individual buyers representing the full spectrum of end users.
Ellis Bros of Addingham Moorside were top of shop this week achieving 348.6p (37kg £129) followed by 321.6p (37kg £119) both lots selling to Vivers Scotlamb in Dornocktown.
Keelham Farmshop in Skipton were to the fore this week purchasing lambs at 284p from AM Leach, Hebden Bridge, whilst P Crabtree & Son from Otley topped a wonderful run of lambs at 283p selling to Vivers Scotlamb. David Boothman from Halton East made 277p or £136 of Continental crosses purchased by Brayton Farmshop in Selby.
Brayton Farmshop were in fine form for quality heavies, taking the top price lamb on the day, a Beltex cross from G&L Robinson, Embsay selling at a whopping £148, they also secured another pen at £136 from S Asquith of Otley.
Kendalls Farm Butchers with shops in Pateley Bridge and Harrogate purchased lambs at £135 per head from TA Robinson of Longridge. Keelham Farmshop purchased other quality lambs at £131 from A&EM Ashby & Son, Otley whilst JP Barnes from Clitheroe sold Continentals at £131 to Farmers Fresh (Wales).
The trade overall for medium and heavy weight lambs was very similar to last week with these types and weights receiving a very good following at Skipton, the over 52kg lambs this week averaged £125.22, whilst the 46kg to 52kg range averaged 229p or £109.27 per head.
The handy weight sheep saw 39kg to 42kg very good to sell, best end 250p to 300p, the nice sorts 230p to 250p and the commercials around 220p, the ordinary lighter weights, of which there were quite a lot this week weighing 36kg to 38kg were generally 215p to 225p depending on quality, and something a bit better 230p to 240p.
Hill bred lambs again finding favour, with Mule Wethers usually 210p to 220p, top prices seeing RJ Lambert sell at £107 followed by £99 from AJ Mason, Skipton selling to Swaledale Foods in Skipton with top Mules on the day a pen of 39kg at £87 from FG Throup, Silsden Moor. With trade good producers are obviously clearing the pet pens and these could make 210p to 240p depending upon breed and weight.

Tup Lambs also in demand at the moment as buyers look to stock up ready for the Qurbani festival at the end of July. Please mark Tup lambs up so they can be drawn out and sold seperatly.
With it being the first week in the month, today we held a prize sale of prime lambs, with the top price pen of 10 or mor lambs receiving a prize. This Month, the top price per head and per kilo belonged to the same pen, 10 Continentals from JA&JH Hewetson, Gargrave making 260p or £117 per head. Keep an eye out for the details of the next Prize Sale the first week in August.
Good to have a few vendors about today representing lambs, one person per farm may stop and represent sheep at the ringside, please observe social distancing whilst in the mart. For the many who still choose to drop and go, please complete the vendor entry form which is available to download and let us know how you want sheep sorting and what luck penny is to be left for buyers. Thankyou. Link to vendor entry form here …..

Ewes - Trade up on the week with 685 entered! Mules ewes £6-£8 dearer. Trade for these topped at £83.50 with most Mule ewes above £75 lean or fat! 318 continental ewes to avg £92.39, the best ewes £125-£130 heavy cont crossed ewes £115 £120 with next grade £100+ good meat ewes £85+ with style selling very well! More accounts on this week for the lean and plain ewes with the festival period just around the corner! Swales and Scottys sold dearer on the week again! Top price Scots £64.50 and top price Swale £65.50!

Suffolk’s and Suffolk crosses ewes very similar to the Cont x. £115+ for the best with £100+ for good meat with weight behind them! Overall avg £95 for the Suffolk’s. Goats sold to £92.50.

For more details on Prime & Cast Sheep trade ring either of our auctioneers, Ted Ogden 07855 958211 or Kyle Hawksworth on 07538 539077.


Prime Lambs – Overall Average £94.08 per head or 228.7p/kg              

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 244.3p/kg         av 255.0p/kg         or £76.10 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 348.6p/kg         av 228.6p/kg         or £92.78 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 277.6p/kg         av 229.2p/kg         or £109.27 per head

52.1kg and over   to 245.5p/kg         av 217.9p/kg         or £125.2 per head


Beltex average £107.79 per head or 260.8p/kg

£ per head: £148 G&L Robinson; £136 S Asquith; £129 £119 Ellis Bros; £126 HR&WJ Maudsley; £125 AM Leach; £117 RJ Lambert;

p/kg: 348.6p 321.6[ 275.6p 268.3p Ellis Bros; 284.1p AM Leach; 283.8p P Crabtree; 273.8p E Pennock; 272.3p S Asquith;

Texel average £94.19 per head or 228.3p/kg

£ per head: £136 DG Boothman; £135 TA Robinson; £133 B Spensley; £131 A&EM Ashby; £131 J Barnes; £128 SB&AJ Wallbank;

p/kg: 277.6p DG Boothman; 275.0p P Johnson; 271.4p B Spensley; 269.8p JC Marshall; 268.2p J Howard; 267.3p A&EM Ashby;

Suffolk average £92.17 per head or 222.5p/kg

£ per head: £116 Ellis Bros; £110 B Spensley; £109.50 MJ Spensley; £109 G&MA Lawn; £104 S&PE Bowker; £104 TH Mellin;  

p/kg: 246.8p Ellis Bros; 239.7p CD&RF Kitching; 239.0p A&AR Phillipson; 238.1p B Spensley; 238.0p 236.9p MJ Spensley; 236.9p HR&WJ Maudsley;

Charolais average £91.38 per head or 218.2p/kg

£ per head: £105 M Crabtree; £99 A&AR Philipson; £97 £93.50 £93 Bradford Waste Traders; £95.50 A&AR Philipson;

p/kg: 233.3p M Crabtree; 233.0p 230.2p A&AR Philipson; 230.0p K Jowett; 221.3p Bradford Waste Traders; 220.5p JR&DL Ogden;

Mule average £86.53 per head or 214.7p/kg

£ per head: £108 RJ Lambert; £99 £85 AJ Mason; £91 KA&HL Fawcett; £87 FG Throup; £87 JC&N Throup; £84.50 T Parker;

p/kg: 223.1p FG Throup; 220.4p RJ Lambert; 216.7p T Parker; 215.2p 212.5p AJ Mason; 212.2p JC&N Throup;

Rouge average £99.29 per head or 241.1p/kg

£ per head: £107.50 AM Leach; £105 Ellis Bros; £103 £100 £98 JA&JM Wade; £96.50 HR&WJ Maudsley;

p/kg: 256.0p 252.6p AM leach; 250.0p 236.8p Ellis Bros; 241.3p HR&WJ Maudsley; 228.9p JA&JM Wade;

Zwartable average £93 per head or 202.6p/kg

£ per head: £109 T Smith; £77 MR&VL Parsons;

p/kg: 213.7p T Smith; 187.8p MR&VL Parsons;


Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £64.25 per head or 150.8p/kg              

Texel to £92.50, Mule to £70, Suffolk to £56, Beltex to £68.50


10 Mature Sheep to £92 av £73.60



Cull Ewes average £81.85

Suffolk to £115.50, Texel to £126.50, BFL to £103.50, Mule to £83.50, Lleyn to £79.50, Swaledale to £65.50, Masham to £78.50,  Cheviot to £75.50, Beltex to £118.50, Charolais to £76.50, Dalesbred to £51.50, SBF to £64.50, Herdwick to £61.50, Zwartable to £94.50, Kerry Hill to £64.50, Easy Care to £61.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £126.50 SJ Robinson; £125.50 A&K Kiernan;

Mule/Masham: £83.50 CR&M Wilson; £81.50 KM&L Throup;  

Horned: £65.50 JW Sayer; £64.50 T Houghton;

Hill: £79.50 N Speake; £75.50 T Houghton;  


Goats     to £92.50 av £78.70


Cast Rams average £85.75

Suffolk to £128.50, Texel to £111.50, Zwartable to £67.50, Lleyn to £79.50, Gritstone to £79.50, Beltex to £105.50, Jacob to £65.50.




50 Rearing Calves to £425

Calves were a flying again.

Nice averages throughout. Run of younger Black and Whites in today to avg £78.

Blue Bulls topped the trade today at £425 from regular vendor PJ & JE Bolland followed closely behind by J Gooch. Both with young calves but good framed calves that will be real making cattle! Blue Heifers small show of 8, but more could of been sold to sellers advantage with £330-£350 the norm for most of them! Nice run of Lim Heifer Calves from local farms again with trade very similar to Blue Heifers with these.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £326) to £350                           C&SB Whitelock                                  

Brit Blue x (Av £387) to £425                           PJ&JE Bolland                                      

Aberdeen Angus (Av £255) to £255 JC&DJ Marshall

Saler (Av £310) to £310                                     ST&JE Foster

Shorthorn (Av £145) to £225                           IRG Collins                            

Black & White (Av £65) to £100                      EJ Fort   

Charollais (Av £290) to £290                            B&LN Dibb           


Heifer Calves       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £222) to £250 EJ Fort                                                                                   

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

British Blue (Av £327) to £350                         JC Marshall                           

Limousin (Av £315) to £340                              C&SB Whitelock                  



8 Dairy


Dairy sale tops at £2150.

Today’s sale saw a mixed selection with three animals at £2000 plus. First in the ring was a second calver from Brian Moorhouse, Aireburn Boastful Rose fresh and giving 36kg/day, she had given over 10,000kg as a heifer with a SCC of just 23 and was a 4th gen of VG/EX cows. Pedigrees were high in demand and the top two prices of the day came from David, Margaret and Jennie Booth who had two cracking heifers forward. First in, the red factor Moortop Poppy Sara Red, bred from 5 gens straight EX dams, she was a potential 9th gen VG/EX, giving 33kg/day she was an eye catching heifer and sold to £2050. Equally as correct and the sale topper was Shawdale Chief Rolls giving 36kg/day and a potential 5th gen VG/EX, selling to £2150. All three went to the same buyer travelling North of the border. Of the Non-pedigree heifers, Mick Blackwell also had two heifers forward topping at £1800.

The first two heifers from Robert Lofthouse’s ongoing dispersal of milkers were stronger Friesian types, both peas in a pod selling to the same local buyer Mr Smith, who also purchased the single heifer forward from Robin Jennings.

Thanks as always to both Vendors and Purchasers and look forward to building in numbers for our next Dairy sale on Monday 27th July 2020.


Pedigree Newly Calven Cow                             to £2000                               GB Moorhouse

Pedigree Newly Calven Heifer                         to £2150 av £2100              DE&MA Booth

Commercial Newly Calven Heifer                    to £1800 av £1480              HJ&KL Blackwell




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