Forward: 43 Prime cattle comprising 12 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 5 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 26 Cast Cattle. 1,263 Prime Sheep comprising 961 Spring Lamb, 302 Hoggs Cast Ewes & Rams. 62 Rearing Calves. 13 Dairy Cattle. 126 Breeding Sheep (comprising 56 Sheep with 70 Lambs at foot)


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

James Robertshaw was the leading buyer at todays sale buying 9 in total for Robertshaws Farm Shop at Thornton and Keelham Farm Shop Skipton. Stanforths Butchers in Skipton who bought 4 accounted for the top gross and leading priced heifer a 580kg Limousin cross heifer sold by Threshfield’s CD&RF Kitching which made 242.5p/kg or £1407. Keelham Farm Shop in Skipton picked up the leading p/kg steer a 550kg Limousin cross from Mesrs Kitching for 245.5p/kg or £1350 whilst Robershaws of Thornton picked up the leading p/kg lightweight heifer from Steve Walton of Phoenix Grain Ltd, a 505kg Limousin cross at 234.5kg.


465-480kg                                             to 245.5p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 234.5p/kg                        av. 230.71p/kg

480kg+                                                   to 242.5p/kg                        av.217.74p/kg


Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1350

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 245.5


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1407,1341, TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 1395, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1377

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 242.5,239.5,235.5, TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 238.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 247.5.

Prime cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   132.6p/kg                             £921.58

To Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: JD Taylor&Son (B&W Hfr) 982,861

p/kg: JD Taylor&Son (B&W Hfr) 134.5,130.5.                             


Cull Cow Prices

Feeders took advantage of a slightly easier trade and a high percentage of lean cattle to fill pens. The odd meated dairy now 116p/kg and not just as much spark on the lightweight plain cows.

Overall Average                                   101.91p/kg           £645.15

Black & White                      to 115.5p/kg                        av. 100.03p/kg

Jersey                                     to 77.5p/kg

Blondex                                 to 118.5p/kg       

Limx                                       to 136.5p/kg

Hefdx                                     to 110.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: C Smith&Sons 815, JD Taylor&Son 812, RD Metcalfe&Son 779, CN&SA Harrison 745, PA Whitaker 727

p/kg: CN&SA Harrison 115.5, RD Meatcalfe&Son 115.5,110.5, PA Whitaker 114.5, JM Smith&Son 108.5, C Smith&Son 106.5


£ per head: S Jowett (Limx) 1065, TP&EA Clayton (Blondex) 729, DJ Grassam (BBx) 712

p/kg: S Jowett (Limx) 136.5, TP&EA Clayton (Blondex) 118.5, CN&SA Harrison (Simx) 107.5, DJ Grassam (BBx) 105.5.


£ per head: TP&EA Clayton (Hefdx) 713

p/kg: TP&EA Clayton (Hefdx) 110.5


Overall Average                                   81.5p/kg               £815


£ per head: PJ&RH Wallbank (Beef Sh) 815

p/kg: PJ&RH Wallbank (Beef Sh) 81.5


1,263 Prime Sheep comprising 961 Spring Lamb, 302 Hoggs Cast Ewes & Rams

A similar sized entry of NS Lambs were a very mixed show for quality this week. The nice skinned lambs with a bit of weight for butcher trade saw the over 46kg range average 220p. Top price per head was £124 from J Barnes Farming, Sawley with 52kg’s at £124 or 238.5p/kg, selling to Kendalls Farm Butchers in Harrogate and Pateley Bridge. Next was John Nutter from Hurst Green who made £120 of 54kg Continentals selling to L Wood & Son Scammonden. Tim Robinson Longridge made £119.50 of 49kg Texel Beltex (243.9p) purchased by Kendalls Farm Butchers. Bob Lancaster West Marton made £119 of 47kg Texel Beltex, these were also top price per kilo at 253.9p, the purchasers were Hartshead Meat Co. B Spensley Ltd Thorlby made £118 of 52kg, whilst TH Mellin Black Lane Ends made £117 of 52kg. Richard Towell Glusburn had £116 for heavy Texels and S SPensley & Co Gargrave made £115 of 52kg Texels. Messrs Hitchen Luddendenfoot made 250p of 44kg Texels at £110 each, Tim Robinson 243.9p of 49kg (£119.50), and A&EM Ashby Farnley 242.2p (45kg £109).
The handyweight category saw better skinned types 220p to 240p, first cross lambs 205p to 215p depending on quality, a couple of large runs of un-castrated commercial types under £2.

Hoggs were a sharp trade on the day, tops £113 £109 and £100 from Alistair Jenkinson Langbar, £100 also achieved by R Emmott Howden Park Silsden. Mr Jenkinson completed his run with sheep at £91 and £90 twice.

Ewes saw lean sheep very good to sell, Horned and Hill ewes mainly from £50 to £60, tops £60.50 Richard Caton Stainforth and Hill Ewes averaging £56.45. Lowland Ewes sell well for the lean types, but major resistance for overfat ewes, nice selling ¾ type Texels either side of £100, Richard Maudsley £107.50 and Andy Lambert £101.50  £100.50, Texels Ewes averaging £83.19 and a very strong an all in average for Ewes/Rams of £68.15.

Spring Lambs – Overall Average £90.21 per head or 210.58p/kg           

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 250p/kg            av 209.57p/kg      or £86.62 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 253.2p/kg         av 220.41p/kg      or £105.13 per head

52.1kg and over   to 222.2p/kg         av 222.2p/kg         or £120 per head


Suffolk average £88.01 per head or 213.07p/kg

£ per head: £118 B Spensley; £117 TH Mellin; £114 J&F Nutter; £112 GW Houseman & Partners; £111 ML Evans; £110 TH Mellin

p/kg: 237.5p J&F Nutter; 236.4p R&E Pollard; 230.4p ML Evans; 230.4p RJ&J Towers Ltd; 229.8p FA Holmes & Son;

Texel average £89.11 per head or 211p/kg

£ per head: £124 J Barnes; £120 J&F Nutter; £116 R&M Towell; £115 S Spensley; £113 ML Evans; £110 J Hitchen;

p/kg: 250p J Hitchen; 242.2p A&EM Ashby & Son; 239.1p S Spensley & Co; 238.6p TA Robinson; 238.5p J Barnes;

Charollais average £83.1 per head or 200.11p/kg

£ per head: £102 RJ&J Towers Ltd; £98.5 D Calvert & Son; £94 A&AR Phillipson; £89.5 Frankland Farms; £89 RJ&J Towers Ltd;

p/kg: 218.6p A&AR Phillipson; 218.3p Frankland Farms; 217p RJ&J Towers Ltd; 212.2p D&A Livestock; 207p RJ&J Towers Ltd;

Beltex average £97.75 per head or 230.37p/kg

£ per head: £119.5 TA Robinson; £119 B Lancaster; £110 TA Robinson; £100, £99.5 P Crabtree; £95 H&S Maudsley;

p/kg: 253.2p B Lancaster; 243.9p TA Robinson; 237.5p H&S Maudsley; 236.9p, 227.3p P Crabtree; 224.5p TA Robinson;

Rouge average £92.45 per head or 211.45p/kg

£ per head: £95.5, £93, £92, £89.5 JA&JM Wade & Son;

p/kg:213.1p, 212.2p, 211.4p, 209.1p JA&JM Wade & Son;

Prime Hoggs Principle prices

£113, £109, £100, A Jenkinson; £100 R Emmott; £91, £90x2 A Jenkinson; £89 R Emmott; £89 D Calvert & Son; £84 x2 A Jenkinson;£82 P Ireland; £80 GW Houseman & Partners; £80 W Holden; £80, £79, F Townson; £75 GW Houseman & Partners;                 

Cull Ewes average £68.10

Suffolk to £85.50, Texel to £107.50, Herdwick to £38.50, Mule to £77.50, Charollais to £61.50, Swaledale to £59.50, Cheviot to £60.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £107.50, £104.50 H&S Maudsley;

Mule/Masham: £77.50 RD Metcalfe; £66.50 J Sugden;  

Horned: £59.50 A Jenkinson; £58.50 GW Houseman & Partners;

Hill: £60.50 R Caton; £38.50 R Caton

Cast Rams average £69.25

Suffolk to £54.50, Texel to £81.50, Bleu du Maine to £64.50, Beltex to £76.50.




Rearing Calves to £470 (62)

B&W av £60.72 Cont av £331.83 Native av £180.14

62 calves through the door this morning with a healthy trade throughout the sale. It was always going to be a decent day when the first calf in the ring from Mark Smith of Winterburn got kicked off at £400 and selling for £430.  A large quantity of continental calves were once again on show however it was a Charollais X bull from David Smith of Sutton In Craven which topped proceedings at £470. Next highest price was a cracking Limousin from regular supporters G Pickersgill & Sons, Hawksworth who found their calf to be worth £450.


A large run of heifers meant for a trade not quite as potent as previous weeks however best calves still made respectable prices with John Marshall of Dacre topping the Blues at £340 however Pickersgills topped the females with another belting limousin at £390 this time around.


Natives a handy trade to £255 for an AA calf from Fewster’s of Cleckheaton with native heifers from Slaters of Goosnargh realising £145 and £130.  Black and whites were a two tier affair today, anything with a touch of flesh was quickly past £100 with lighter framed calves £40- £80, the section high came for a cracking 19 day old Friesian from Chadwick and Leaver at £180.


Principle Prices

£470 C Smith; £450 G Pickersgill & Sons; £445 RL Wright & Son; £440 JC Marshall; £430 M&R Smith; £415 C Smith;

£410 RL Wright & Son


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £345) to £450 G Pickersgill & Sons                     

Brit Blue x (Av £353.13) to £445 RL Wright & Son                                                      

Aberdeen Angus (Av £201) to £255 M Fewster

Charollais X (Av £442.5) to £470 C Smith

Black & White (Av £57.12) to £180 Chadwick & Leaver                            


Heifer Calves       

Ab Angus (Av £127.5) to £130 KJ Slater Ltd;                                                

Hereford (Av £145) to £145 KJ Slater Ltd:

British Blue (Av £272.65) to £340 JC Marshall

Lim (Av £250) to £390 G Pickersgill & Son



126 Breeding Sheep (comprising 56 Sheep with 70 Lambs at foot)
A decent sized entry for late in the season saw a nice trade for Continental Sheep with lambs at foot. Ewes with Singles to £155 and Twins £185. Hoggs with lambs this week to £155 twice.


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Texel Ewes Correct Twins to £185
Texel Ewes Correct Singles to £155
Texel Shlgs Singles to £155
Texel Shlgs Twins to £185
Texel bm Twins to £155
Beltex Shlg Singles to £155
Beltex Correct Singles to £135
Mule Hoggs Singles to £155
Mule Correct Twins to £135
Mule Correct Singles to £135
Mule bm Twins to £135
Mule bm Singles to £110
Mule (1 teat) Singles to £110
Horned Ewes bm Singles to £70




Craven Dairy Auction (13 head)

A mixed shippon of milkers this morning with a bit of everything on offer. Topping the sale was the reserve champion heifer from GB Moorhouse of Bell Busk with his 33kg Graffeti daughter selling for £1800 to Brian Blezard, Ribchester. The Champion a nice white 29 litre heifer from Duncan Robinson of Eldroth which found a home with Tom Critchley of Hutton.


It was however the Incalf heifers which stole the show with Richard Verity of Grewelthorpe seeing two of his heifers reaching £1520 and a run of 6 averaging £1418.  A couple of September calvers from M Smith of Ripley sold to £1080 for a Nor Red X. 


Judge – Josh Clarke

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:  1st DR Robinson; 2nd GB Moorhouse 3rd M Smith

                                Newly Calven Cows: 1st MD Parkinson             

                                Incalf Heifer: 1st RN Verity; 2nd RN Verity; 3rd RN Verity                                             

                                Champion – DR Robinson                  Reserve – GB Moorhouse


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1510): to £1800 GB Moorhouse


Newly Calven Cows: to £1300 MD Parkinson


Incalf Heifers: (av £1418.33)  to £1520 x2 RN Verity