Forward: 43 Prime cattle comprising 1 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos)& 42 Cast Cattle including 2 Mature Bulls 1,749 Prime Sheep comprising 1,127 Spring Lambs, 231 Hoggs, 391 Cast Ewes & Rams, 203 Breeding Sheep, 77 Rearing Calves, 7 Dairy Cattle, 1 Load of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


485kg+                                   to 142.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: M Ryder&Son (B&W)805

p/kg: MR Ryder&Son(B&W)142.5  


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   110.5p/kg             £694.32

Black & White                       to 131.5p/kg                        av 107.02p/kg

Shorthorn                             to 122.5p/kg                        av 120.07p/kg

Brown Swiss                         to 138.5p/kg

Blondex                                 to 128.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 124.5p/kg                       

BBx                                         to 144.5p/kg

Shortage of cattle carrying finish and as a consequence meated types remained the trade of the day with the overall average reflecting the higher percentage of lean cattle.


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JF Longster&Son 1013,GB Jennings 874, M Ryder&Sons 860, JC Marshall 835, H Downs&Son 835,SW&JE Ryder&Sons 835,819

p/kg: JF Longster&Son 131.5,H Downs&Son 130.5,GB Jennings 129.5,F Spence 128.5,M Ryder&Sons 126.5,SW&JE Ryder&Son 125.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: JC Marshall (Br Sw)1053, H Downs&Son(Sh) 758,675,667

p/kg: JC Marshall (Br Sw) 138.5, H Downs&Son (Sh) 122.5,119.5,118.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: S Horsefield 1098

p/kg: S Horsefield 144.5


£ per head: F Thomas & Son 722

p/kg: F Thomas & Son 124.5


£ per head: S Horsefield 765

p/kg: S Horsefield 128.5



Overall Average                                   116.10p/kg           £1088

£ per head: K Sunderland (Lim) 1412,SW&JE Ryder & Son(Sw Red) 765

p/kg: K Sunderland (Lim) 129.5, SW&JE Ryder & Son (Sw Red)97.5


203 Breeding Sheep

A nice show of breeding sheep for late in the season saw quality outfits very good to sell topping at £225 for Continental Ewes with Twins from Martin Sharp of Stainforth. Entries to the office for next week’s sale by 12 noon Friday. Thankyou.


Swaledale Gimmer Hoggs                  to £88 av £68

Texel Shlg + Twins                               to £210

Mule Shlg + Twins                                to £200

Dorset Horn Ewe Crct + Single          to £190

Mule Ewe 3crop + Single                    to £122

Swaledale BM + Single                        to £80

Dalesbred BM + Single                        to £54

Texel Ewe Crct + Twins                       to £200

Mule Ewe Crct + Twins                       to £150

Charollais Ewe Crct + Twins               to £225

Welsh x Crct + Twins                           to £145

Zwartable Crct + Twins                       to £152

1,749 Prime Sheep

An increased show of lambs were a much better trade on the week, but generally quality was slightly better on the week as well. Lambs around 40kg were best to sell, selling wither side of £2 per kilo depending on quality. The smart sorts were 220p up to 244p from Mark Townley of Claughton, whilst heavy lambs if smart and well finished were keenly sought.


Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £80.28 per head or 195.3p/kg           

32.1kg to 39.0kg                 to 244.7p/kg         av 194.1p/kg         or £73.67 per head

39.9kg to 45.5kg                 to 223.8p/kg         av 197.1p/kg         or £82.26 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 203.2p/kg         av 188.0p/kg         or £88.08 per head

52.1kg and over   to 182.1p/kg         av 176.2p/kg         or £95.18 per head

Beltex average £93.57 per head or 215.4p/kg

£ per head: £97 £91 TH Mellin;

p/kg: 220.5p 211.6p TH Mellin;

Suffolk average £80.04 per head or 190.2p/kg

£ per head: £95 £92x3 £90 £89 ML Evans; £90.50 £88 FA Holmes; £88 A Butler

p/kg: 205.0p 201.2p FA Holmes; 204px2 200p ML Evans; 203.7p S Coar; 201.2p TH Mellin;

Texel average £81.66 per head or 198.1p/kg

£ per head: £96.50 £95.50 MJ Spensley; £96 £94 H&M Dugdale; £96 D Clarke; £93 MB Townley; £93 RE Metcalfe; £93 Frankland Farms;

p/kg: 244.7p 219.0p MB Townley; 230.9p JJ beckwith; 223.8p 218.2p H&M Dugdale; 220.2 MJ Spensley; 219.2 TH Mellin;

Charollais average £82.06 per head or 195.9p/kg

£ per head: £89 £82.50 £81 FM Shepherd; £87 CR&J Kippax; £86 TH Mellin; £84.50 PR Simpson;

p/kg: 211.9p 202.5p 201.2p FM Shepherd; 195.5p TH Mellin; 192.0p PR Simpson; 188.5p RN Thompson; 

Rouge average £82.80 per head or 196.7p/kg

£ per head: £91 £84x2 £83.50x2 £76 JA&JM Wade;

p/kg: 200.0p 198.8p 197.8p 195.3p 194.9p 194.2p JA&JM Wade;

Zwartable average £74.21 per head or 180.3p/kg

£ per head: £77.50 MJ Beckwith; £77 P Parker;

p/kg: 189.0p MJ Beckwith; 183.3p P Parker;

Down average £73.88 per head or 176.2p/kg

£ per head: £81 £76.50 Stocks Enterprises;

p/kg: 182.1p 176.1p Stocks Enterprises;



Old Season Hoggs

Suffolk to £74 JR Metcalfe; Texel to £77.50; Mule to £57.50 N Heseltine; Charollais to £90.50 TJH Procter; Swaledale to £57.50 D Sutton; Dalesbred to £48.50 M Whitely; Cheviot to £73.50 Beeston Hall Farms; LLeyn to £70.50 J Attey; Beltex to £59.50

Cull Ewes average £70.35

Suffolk to £108.50, Texel to £137.50, SBF to £54.50, Mule to £80.50, Lleyn to £76.50, Swaledale to £58.50, Masham to £71.50, Gritstone to £67.50, Cheviot  to £70.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £137.50 RH&MR Ireland; £134.50 JR&PH Hodgson; £129.50x2 RH&MR Ireland; £119.50 I Campbell

Mule/Masham: £80.50 JM Smith; £79.50 C Wellock & Son; £79.50 R&M Towell; £78.50 WM Hall; £75.50 JA&JM Wade & Son

Horned: £58.50 RW&B Chapman; £54.50 H Raw; £53.50 N Heseltine; £48.50 Benson Hall Farms; £47.50 J Caton

Hill: £76.50 R&A Jennings; £70.50 JA&JM Wade & Son; £67.50 B Dibb; £58.50 J Caygill & Partners

Cast Rams average £90.26

Texel to £125.50 P Parker; Suffolk to £104 L Bancroft; Charolais to £105.50; Swaledale to £80.50; LLeyn to £119.50; Beltex to £104.50 H Raw;



77 Rearing Calves to £490

B&W av £93.11 Cont av £366.22 Native av £218.6

Calves continue on the strong trade with a good show being well supported from start to finish.  Right through well reared calves making a good trade with 28 Black and White calves averaging £93.11 and 11 of 28 well over £100 and topping at £200 for a fine calf from Richard Spence of Low Jackfield.

Native calves for the quality of the show were very strong with an overall average of £218.6 and Richard Sutcliffe of Queensbury topping at £275 for a 1mth old calf.


Again the most in demand calves were the British Blue’s with some strong consignments from the Ripon area and Gargrave making some good prices with not the strongest show we’ve seen but straight calves were easily making into the £400’s topping at £490 and £480 with some fine examples from Fred Houseman and Shaun Sowray.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £385) to £385 A Sowray & Son                            

Brit Blue x (Av £391) to £490 Church Farm Enterprises                             

Hereford  (Av £227) to £300 HJ&K Blackwell                                                               

Shorthorn (Av £168) to £168 JR CJ & D Drake

Ab Angus (Av £211) to £275 P&RM Sutcliffe                                

Black & White (Av £93) to £200 F Spence                     


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £332) to £350 F Spence                         

Brit Blue x (Av £318) to £475 A Sowray & Son                             

Ab Angus (Av £232) to £235 DL DM J Heron                                                


Craven Dairy Auction (7 head)

Despite a number of entries withdrawing due to favourable weather conditions trade was strong with an average show of heifers selling well. Duncan and Gary Robinson of Eldroth were judged to be 1st in the show and went on to cement their top placing with the top price a respectable £1660 for a heifer giving 31kg and joining father and son team Fred and Mike Longster. Other vendors were please with their trade with Mark Stapleton selling his 3 honest heifers to a nice average. 


Stronger Show expected next fortnight with a 12 Consigned already including 8 Brown Swiss Heifers.

Judge – Robin Jennings

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st DR Robinson 2nd & 3rd SM&MT Stapleton

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st RA&HE Simpson

                                Champion – DR Robinson   Reserve – SM&MT Stapleton


Newly Calven Heifers (6): av £1368 to £1660 DR Robinson


Incalf Heifers (1): to £1240 RA&HE Simpson





New Season Small Bale Hay                               £2.50 per bale (J Duckitt)