Forward: 40 Prime cattle comprising 21 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 18 Cast Cattle. 3419 Sheep comprising 2725 Prime Lambs, 327 Store Lambs, 146 Breeding Sheep & 221 Cast Ewes & Rams. 20 Rearing Calves. 16 Dairy Cattle. 9 Loads of Produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Mesrs RT&J Critchley&Sons headed up the top prices when selling a 525kg Limousin cross heifer to Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster for 253.5p/kg or £1331. 248.5p/kg secured the leading p/kg steer from Mesrs CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield, a Limousin cross which weighed 550kg when sold to Keelham Farm Shop, Skipton. Identical bids of 247.5p/kg from separate buyers secured the two leading gross priced animals. Both weighing 570kg the first a British Blue cross heifer from KA&HL Fawcett of Barden sold to J&E Medcalf of Halifax for £1411 and the second another British Blue cross heifer from EW&JR Parkinson of Dunsop Bridge made £1411 when selling to Keelham Farm Shop, Skipton. Retail cattle very good to place but commercial types harder to sell.



465-560kg                                             to 248.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 207.5p/kg                        av.194.69p/kg


480kg+                                                   to 253.5p/kg                        av. 236.03p/kg


Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1367,

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 248.5


£ per head: KA&HL Fawcett (BBx) 1411, EW&JR Parkinson (BBx) 1411, J&E Greenhalgh (Limx) 1395,1363, CD&RF Kitching (Limx)1348

p/kg: RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 253.5,249.5,247.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 248.5, KA&HL Fawcett (BBx) 247.5, EW&JR Parkinson (BBx) 247.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   83.5p/kg               £417.50

£ per head: RE Ayrton&Son (B&W Hfr) 418

p/kg: RE Ayrton&Son (B&W Hfr) 83.5



Cull Cow Prices

Numbers of cast cattle are very tight with trade the same. Dairies with meat 110p and upwards and a run of Belted Galloways sold to 119.5p/kg for GJ&G Schofield. The usual 10 buyer audience at the ring side.

Overall Average                                   101.53p/kg           £638.44

Black & White                      to 114.5p/kg                        av. 97.81p/kg

Blondex                                 to 118.5p/kg

Gall                                         to 119.5p/kg                        av. 109.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: A&SL Throup&Son 916, PW&I Dakin 794,732, CM&EM Gratton 725,719,695,

p/kg: A&SL Throup&Son 114.5, CM&EM Gratton 111.5,111.5,107.5,104.5, PW&I Dakin 109.5,108.5.



£ per head: GJ&G Schofield (Blondex) 729

p/kg: GJ&G Schofield (Blondex) 118.5


£ per head: GJ&G Schofield (Gall) 687,630,492

p/kg: HJ&G Schofield (Gall) 119.5,113.5,95.5



Overall Average                                   111.5p/kg             £1154.03


£ per head: DB Greenwood (Lim) 1154

p/kg: DB Greenwood (Lim) 111.5




3419 Sheep comprising 2725 Prime Lambs, 327 Store Lambs, 146 Breeding Sheep & 221 Cast Ewes &


Prime sheep a fair trade today with the overall average rising by 6p/kg on the week to level at 196p, an SQQ in spec average of 207.5p/kg which saw the handyweights being good to sell, whilst heavies upkept the recent good trade at Skipton. The really smart were the sharpest trade they have been for several weeks, with 5 pens topping £3 per kilo and another 6 pens at 280p to 300p. Henry Atkinson, Kettlesing topped the market at 323p sold to Vivers Scotlamb with others at 300p 299p and 295p. Rob Bailes, Aldborough had a great run of lambs with pens at 322.5p to Worsley Wholesale Butchers, and others at 300p. SP Woolhouse & Son, Hooten Roberts topped their good run at 310.5p. Kevin Marshall, Darley topped his run with lambs at 295p.1p/kg. 240p to 270p was common place for most of the other smarter lambs.
In the lump, Rob Bailes made £129 twice of 40’s and 43’s, Henry Atkinson £125 £123 (38kg) and £121, Kevin Marshall £121 and SP Woolhouse & Son £118.

Heavys found a good following, best end £115 for 56’s and others at £111 from Kevin Marshall with others at £109 for 53’s. Other good 53kg to 57kg lambs making £104 to £108. Better end of 49kg to 52kg from £97 to £105. A nice heavy lamb could make around 185-190p, and commercial sorts 170p to 185p. 1173 lambs of all breeds scaled 46kg or more and levelled at 182p bringing good returns for heavy lambs at Skipton.

Hill lambs saw some good prices all day with better end of the mules still 180p to 188p.



Ewes a better trade with prices looking sharper week by week.

Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £87.82 per head or 196.4p/kg

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 294.1p/kg         av 212.04p/kg      or £72.02 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 323.7p/kg         av 207.81p/kg      or £87.70 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 245.7p/kg         av 182.83p/kg      or £88.26 per head

52.1kg and over   to 208.9p/kg         av 177.9p/kg         or £93.69 per head


Beltex average £108.6 per head or 254.6p/kg

£ per head: £129x2 £114.50 RJ Bailes; £125 £123 £121 £117 £116.50 HB Atkinson; £115 J Baines;

p/kg: 323.7p 300.0p 297.7p 295.1p 294.1p 284.2p 284.1p HB Atkinson; 322.5p 300.0p RJ Bailes; 295.1p K Marshall;

Suffolk average £87.45 per head or 182.8p/kg

£ per head: £99 WR Gill; £97 £89 J Greenwood; £96.50 £89 F Webster; £95 HL Kitching; £93 CR Brittain; £92.50 NA Bell;

p/kg: 207.3p 193.3px3 180.6 CR Brittain; 190.7p CD&RF Kitching; 189.8p PL Metcalfe; 185.4p J Greenwood; 180.5p M Preston;

Texel average £89.23 per head or 198.6p/kg

£ per head: £118 SP Woolhouse; £116 £115x2 £109 £108 K Marshall; £112 £110 £09 HB Atkinson; £107 EP&JM Hutchinson; £107 RJ Capstick;

p/kg: 310.5p SP Woolhouse; 278.9p 275.0p 254.5p 254.1p 253.5p HB Atkinson; 269.8p K Marshall; 261.0p RJ Capstick;

Mule average £80.79 per head or 173.5p/kg

£ per head: £89 J&D Barritt; £89 BW Appleton; £87 HL Kitching; £87 JE Burrow; £84 PL Metcalfe; £84 H Downs & Son;

p/kg: 187.5p 179.1p CD&RF Kitching; 183.3p 181.8p 181.5p 180.4p J Pickles; 179.5p SP Woolhouse; 178.7p H Downs & Son;

Charollais average £86.91 per head or 192.2p/kg

£ per head: £92 £88.50 £88 WR Gill; £92 RJ Bailes; £90.50 J Greenwood; £90 £88.50 R Spencer & Son; £88 HL Kitching;

p/kg: 209.5p 190.0p WR Gill; 201.1p 197.7p R Spencer; 195.7p RJ Bailes; 193.2p S Dorey; 190.5p E&S Baines;

Swaledale average £58.12 per head or 153.7p/kg

£ per head: £79 £69 W Mason & Son; £79 Ellis Bros; £78 R&KA Burley; £69.50 WB Woodsworth; £63 £60 BW Appleton;

p/kg: 166.7p 150.0p Lambert-Milehouse; 166.7p BW Appleton; 161.2p Ellis Bros; 160.5p W Mason & Son; 158p WB Woodsworth;

Cheviot average £84.13 per head or 189.4p/kg

£ per head: £85x2 F&M Parkinson; £82 BF Blezard;

p/kg: 195.2p BF Blezard; 193.2p 184.8p F&M Parkinson;

SBF average £64.82 per head or 165.4p/kg

£ per head: £81 HL Kitching; £53.50 JE Greenwood;

p/kg: 168.8p HL Kitching; 162.1p JE Greenwood;

Masham average £84.50 per head or 179.7p/kg

£ per head: £84.50 S Dorey;

p/kg: 179.8p S Dorey;



Cull Ewes average £59.16

Suffolk to £88.5, Texel to £100, Mule to £74.5, Swaledale to £40.5, Lonk to £61.5.

Top prices:

Lowland: £100 J Watson; £97.5 A Beresford;

Mule/Masham: £74.5 J&C Wright; £72 KM&L Throup

Horned: £61.5 SP&VM Morris; £40.5 KM&L Throup


Cast Rams average £71.96

 Texel to £100, BFL to £118.5, Lonk  to £53.5 BFL to £118.5.




Rearing Calves to £440 (20)

B&W av £30 Cont av £266

Just a small show of calves with the spring show next week, not quite the strongest of runs we’ve seen but a fair price for the goods on offer with Colin Whitelock topping the day’s trade with a big blue bull at £440 selling to Edwin Garbutt, Danby Wiske.


Next week is the spring calf show with a big show of calves wanted with show classes and prizes for all breeds. 


Bull Calves

Brit Blue x (Av £306) to £440 C&SB Whitelock                                                            

Flekvieh (Av £120) to £120 Flasby Estates

Black & White (Av £31.5) to £45 IR&DE Wellock                        


Heifer Calves                                                                       

Ab Angus (Av £60) to £60 J Wellock                                                               

British Blue (Av £201.85) to £230 PJ&JE Bolland




Craven Dairy Auction (16 head)

A strong day in the dairy ring today with Will Shuttleworth pulling out a fine heifer from Brian Moorhouse of Bell Busk to be his Champion. The Champion, a 37 litre Grafeeti daughter with a wonderful udder was fiercely bid for, eventually selling for £2400 to regular supporter Brian Blezard of Ribchester.


A good trade was seen throughout the sale with a cracking heifer from Tony and James Swires of Stainburn, taking 3rd prize and giving 32 litres the hammer eventually fell at £1920.  Peter Baul of Watergate saw his heifer sell away nicely, a sweet 28kg fortnight calved heifer, she sold for £1800 to JP&KE Hartley of Bolton Abbey.


A good trade throughout the sale with a healthy number of buyers ringside meant for almost a 100% clearance.


Next Sale is in a Fortnight's time on the 25th March. Entries close Wednesday 20th March.  


Judge – Will Shuttleworth

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers: 1st GB Moorhouse 2nd J Wellock 3rd A Swires       

                                Newly Calven Cows: 1st A&G Midgeley          

                                Incalf Heifer: 1st & 2nd GD&JC Holme                                              

                                Champion – GB Moorhouse                              Reserve – J Wellock


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1710): to £1920 A Swires


Newly Calven Cows (av £1550): to £1550 A&G Midgley


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (av £1805): to £2400 GB Moorhouse


Incalf Heifers (av £810): to £820 GD&JC Holme & Son



473 BREEDING & STORE SHEEP (55 Ewes with 91 Lambs at Foot and 327 Store Lambs)


A good show of ewes and lambs were a nice sharp trade with good outfits of Texel ewes, regardless of age, making £210-£230 for twins and £150-£180 for singles. Sheep and lambs averaged £193 per family or £72.84 per life. More outfits required each week with a good ringside of buyers looking for sheep.

Also today we sold 327 store lambs with a mixed bag seeing better Continental crosses from £70-£75, and medium to longer keep lambs £65 to £70. Better pens of Mules £66 to £69.

Entries for the Weekly catalogue of Breeding and Store Sheep to the Mart Office by Friday lunchtime please.


Texel 3crop Twins to £230 CE Knaggs & Son

Texel correct Twins to £220 CE Knaggs & Son

Texel B/M with Twins to £215 RJ Umpleby

Texel Shearlings with Twins to £215 M Hutchinson

Texel  Shearling with Single £145 M Hutchinson

Texel Correct with Singles to £165 CE Knaggs & Son

Suffolk Correct with Twins to £220 CE Knaggs & Son

Mule Correct with Single to £170 M Hutchinson

Zwartbles x with Twins to £180 M Hutchinson

STORE LAMBS (Av £65.75)

Texel to £75 (av £69.88) WM May

Mule to £69 (av £62.99) WM May

Charollais to £72.50 (av £69.01) WM May

Swaledale to £47 (av £42.33) Ellis Bros





Hay                                         Mini Heston                         to £56 per bale

                                                Small Bale                             to £4 per bale

Haylage                                  Round                                    to £38 per bale

Pea Straw                             Round                                    to £18 per bale

Barley Straw                         Quads                                     to £80 per tonne