Forward: 37 Prime cattle comprising 22 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & Cast 15 Cattle. 4,043 Prime Sheep comprising 3,780 Prime Lamb, 263 Cast Ewes & Rams. 54 Rearing Calves. 7 Dairy Cattle. 6 Loads of produce.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

The Farm Shops came out strong with an increased entry at the weekly primestock sale. Top call was a 570kg British Blue cross heifer from Charles and Richard Kitching of Threshfield which headed up the leading gross prices at £1428 or 250.5p/kg when selling to Keelham Farm Shop, Skipton. Robertshaws Farm Shop headed the leading p/kg prices with a 256.5p purchase for a 515kg British Blue cross heifer from Mesrs RT&J Critchley&Sons of Hutton which grossed up to £1321. The leading gross steer was another from the Threshfield farm of Mesrs Kitching, this time a 590kg Limousin cross which joined Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster for £1389 or 235.5p/kg. A good entry and warm trade as buyers begin to fill fridges in the run up to Christmas.



465-560kg                                             to 256.5p/kg                        av.211.05p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 235.5p/kg                        av. 230.85p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 228.5p/kg                        av. 227.19p/kg

480kg+                                                   to 254.5p/kg                        av. 210.78p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1389,(BBx) 1337, RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 1321, TW Cowperthwaite (AAx) 1325

p/kg: RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 256.5,228.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 235.5,229.5, TW Cowperthwaite (AAx) 228.5


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1428, RT&J Critchley&Sons (LImx) 1374,1341,(Charx) 1313, SD Bennett (Limx) 1337

p/kg: RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 254.5,(Limx) 239.5, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 250.5,(Blondex) 238.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 247.5,



Cull Cow Prices

Cast cows were a much sharper trade as the Autumn flush has probably cleared and numbers tighten. Still very few cattle with meat but trade is also assisted by feeders looking for cattle to market in the New Year.

Overall Average                                   86.12p/kg             £592.72

Black & White                      to 100.5p/kg                        av. 86.12p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JT Rushton 749, M&R Smith 700, N&SA Fort 687,673, AH Price&Son 680, JM Smith&Son 671.

p/kg: JT Rushton 100.5, A&CL Gray 97.5, N&SA Fort 97.5,93.5, AH Price&Son 92.5, M&R Smith 91.5




Overall Average                                   129.5p/kg             £893.55


£ per head: AB Gill 894

p/kg: AB Gill 129.5



4,043 Prime Sheep comprising 3,780 Prime Lamb, 263 Cast Ewes & Rams

Following last weeks excellent trade it was expected that numbers would increase sharply in the live marts this week, as this medium of selling is clearly the strongest way of trading prime lambs at the moment. There were 3,772 head forward for sale, and these recorded an SQQ of 193.8p (SQQ is those weighing 25kg to 45.5kg) whilst the overall average was 185.6p, including 1770 lambs weighing 46kg or more. This average includes a full spectrum of both Farm Assured and Non Farm Assured lambs of all weights and qualities.
The smartest end were an excellent trade, with James Garth & Son of Keasden topping the mart at £119 per head for 43kg at 276.7p/kg selling to Vivers Scotlamb. Messrs Garth sold further lambs at £112 (43kg 260.5p) and £111 (42kg at 264.3p) £110 (42kg 261.9p) £104 (42kg at 247.6p). Mike Allen from Staithes, Whitby had lambs at £114 on two occasions both selling to Hartshead Meat Co, and Messrs Fox Farms from Clitheroe also had lambs at £114 selling to Kendalls Farm Butchers in Harrogate and Pateley Bridge. Fox Farms sold additional pens at £108 and £106. HB Atkinson from Harrogate sold Beltex at £114 £112.50 and £109 twice, David Asquith from Otley sold Continentals to £110.50, JA&JH Hewetson from Bank Newton were up to £109, J&G Huck from Hubberholme also to £109, RG Church Ltd from Otley to £108, S&P Scrivin from Elslack, Skipton to £106. The good sorts were generally 220p to 250p and the smartest end 250p to 270p.
Lowland lambs in the 38kg to 43kg were short of requirements and found a strong following all day, 44kg to 46kg found regular buyers keen and were £2 to £3 dearer on the week, a straight commercial lamb 47kg to 50kg were mid to late £80’s, nice lambs in this weight range around £90 and better end in the 90’s. Heavies in the mid 50kg weight area were anywhere from around £90 to £100. Hill bred lambs took another nice lift with good Mule and Masham Wethers generally £32 to £36 over the weight, top sale price of £96 per head for Mule Wethers from Jack Berry t/a JH Throup, Lower House purchased by Swaledale Foods. Decent Continentals from Horned ewes selling well today as well. The butchers and farm shops were all in good buying form with Countrystyle Meats, Robertshaws Farmshop in Thornton, Keelham Farmshop in Skipton and John Kearns in Shipley in addition to Kendalls Butchers and Swaledale Foods all getting on the scoresheet today.
Ewes were a nice trade, strong sorts to £128.50 from D Hargreaves and £121.50 from JA&JH Hewetson, plenty of nice Continentals £85 to £100, better Mules touching £70, Best Swales to £58.50 and Dalesbred to £54.50.


Prime Lambs – Overall Average £84.55 per head or 185.6p/kg              

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 276.7p/kg         av 194.7p/kg         or £82.49 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 242.6p/kg         av 178.9p/kg         or £85.67 per head

52.1kg and over   to 200.0p/kg         av 170.5p/kg         or £92.10 per head


Beltex average £99.17 per head or 231.1p/kg

£ per head: £119 £112 £111 £110  J Garth & Son; £114 £110 Fox Farm; £114x2 M&B Allen; £114 £112.50 HB Atkinson;

p/kg: 276.7p 264.3p 261.9p 260.5p James Garth &Son; 272.5p 261.6p 259.5p HB Atkinson; 268.3p Fox Farm;

Texel average £85.80 per head or 188.9p/kg

£ per head: £110 D Asquith; £109 J&G Huck; £108 RG Church; £106 S&P Scrivin; £105 MP Jennings; £104 MJ Spensley;

p/kg: 252.4p 242.9p S&P Scrivin; 251.1p D Asquith; 250.0p RF Morphet; 240.2p HB Atkinson; 240.0p A Jenkinson;

Charollais average £85.86 per head or 183.0p/kg

£ per head: £99 £89 H Barker; £97 £83 WM Hall; £84 £80 E&A Baines;

p/kg: 225.0p 197.8p H Barker; 195.3p 181.8p E&S Baines;

Suffolk average £82.79 per head or 176.4p/kg

£ per head: £93 B Spensley; £91 AL Dean & Son; £90.50 M Crabtree; £90 M Thompson; £90 TH Mellin; £87.50 D&A Livestock;

p/kg: 195.0p TH Atkins; 184.8p CR&J Kippax; 184.5p A Butler; 178.3p PJ Bolland; 177.5p M Crabtree; 177.1p B Spensley;

Mule average £74.77 per head or 168.5p/kg

£ per head: £96 £80 JH Throup; £84 M&B Allen; £82 Ashfield Farm; £80.50 G&MA Lawn; £80 AJ Taylor; £80 CD&RF Kitching;

p/kg: 177.3p S Breare; 176.7p 176.1p CD&RF Kitching; 175.0p RM Crawshaw; 174.3p KM Hawksworth; 170.7p FG Throup;

Swaledale average £59.73 per head or 144.4p/kg

£ per head: £68 £66 £61 K Huck; £65 JH Throup; £64 FC N M Walker; £60 P Metcalfe; £60 S Horsfield; £57 £55 TE Walker;

p/kg: 166.7p S Horsfield; 156.4p 151.1p 140.4p K Huck; 151.2p JH Throup; 146.2p 144.7p TE Walker; 139.5p P Metcalfe;

Lonk average £61.50 per head or 163.3p/kg

£ per head: £81 S&P Scrivin; £74 £55.50 £53 Westalls; £65 S Horsfield;

p/kg: 180.0p S&P Scrivin; 163.2p 160.9p 155.9p Westalls; 154.8p S Horsfield;




Cull Ewes average £60.37

Texel to £114.50, BFL to £77.50, Mule to £71.50, Lleyn to £82.50, Swaledale to £58.50, Dalesbred to £54, Hamps to £68.50, Cheviot to £77.50, Beltex to £128.50, Lonk to £47.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £128.50                D Hargreaves

Mule/Masham: £71.50      AL Dean & Sons

Horned: £58.50                    FC N & M Walker

Hill: £82.50                           J Attey


Cast Rams average £89.95

Down to £109.50, Texel to £121.50, BFL to £78.50, Beltex to £84.50




Rearing Calves to £360 (54)

B&W av £61


A Good trade with the calves today with 12 active buyers ringside. Smaller entry of 54 was shown with some buyers holding off for the Christmas show.

BB Heifer calves dearer on the week, but more interest still within the bull trade. Topping blue bulls was 2 cracking calves from Mr Lancaster at £360. 5 regular buyers taking blue bulls with a few extra men chipping in to make the trade a touch dearer.

Medium Blue bulls either side of 300. Medium blue heifers around the 220-240.

B+W bulls topping at £130 and £110 both from G Pickersgill with the overall average being £61

More Calves required for next week’s sale and also in a fortnights time which will be the Christmas show week for calves!

Please contact Kyle with enquires 07538539077


Bull Calves

Brit Blue x (Av £297) to £360                           J&SA Lancaster                                                   

Aberdeen Angus (Av £214) to £270 Rainhall Farm Ltd

Black & White (Av £56.25) to £130                 G Pickersgill                          


Heifer Calves       

Ab Angus (Av £135) to £140                             Flasby Estates                                                     

British Blue (Av £224) to £250                         J&SA Lancaster

Lim (Av £110) to £110                                        G Pickersgill




Craven Dairy Auction (7 head)


A cracking Craven Dairy Auction today with a larger show on offer and a good ringside of buyers from both East and West sides of the hill looking for milk. The champion in milk animal came from EJ Fort’s “Silmoor” herd from Silsden Moor. Silmoor Maurice Peach, is from what was described as a solid cow family that milks well and sired by a homebred bull out of their Denmire Marie family. Calved 16 days and giving 35 litres, spirited bidding saw her get away to a sale price of £2180. Brian Moorhouse from Hesper Farm presented Aireburn Trix Bevin with 8 generation of VG or Ex behind it and from a dam with a strong combination of good BF, protein and low SCC. Calved 15 days and giving 30 litres it successfully sold for £1920. Peter Baul of Bishop Thornton brought forward a Pedigree Newly Calven Heifer, Ravensgate Bookmark Ruby, calved 15 days and producing 30 litres it sold awat for £1900. Overall average for NC Heifers was £1850.
The next sale is our Christmas Show on Monday 2nd December for which the book is now open for entries of all categories of Pedigree & Commercial, Newly Calven and Incalf Cows & Heifers together with all classes of Youngstock. Speak to Auctioneers Ted Ogden and Jeremy Eaton for more details, an on farm visit, or to book cattle in for sale. Thankyou.



Judge – Rob Marshall

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:       1st EJ Fort              2nd M Baul & Sons               3rd DA Fort

Champion – EJ Fort                             Reserve – M Baul & Sons


Newly Calven Heifers (£1850): to £2180 EJ Fort, £1920 GB Moorhouse, £1900 M Baul & Sons Ltd


Newly Calven Cows (£1010): av £1120 MD Parkinson






Straw                     Mini Heston Barley                             £16 per bale