Forward: 40 Prime cattle comprising 11 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 29 Cast Cattle. 2970 Prime Sheep comprising 2452 Old Season Lambs & 518 Cast Ewes & Rams. 631 Breeding Sheep. 75 Rearing Calves. 5 Dairy Cattle. 4 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Trading back to normal after the variable order books of last week caused by retail sales hit by the weather. Keelham Farm Shop was to the fore buying the leading gross priced animal a Limousin cross heifer weighing 605kg from Malham Moor’s Bill Cowperthwaite for £1430 or 236.5p/kg. Keelham Farm Shop also added the leading priced steer a  565kg Limousin cross steer grossing £1404 or 248.5p/kg from Bill Cowperthwaite. Top priced p/kg was a Limousin cross heifer from Simon Bennett of Silsden Moor which weighed 540kg and sold to Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster for 258.5p/kg (£1396).


560kg+                                                   to 248.5p/kg        av. 241.95p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 258.5p/kg        av. 233.72p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 1404, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1354

p/kg: TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 248.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 235.5


£ per head: TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 1431, SD Bennett (Limx) 1396, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1387,1382, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 1359

p/kg: SD Bennett (Limx) 258.5,245.5, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 256.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 254.5, 240.5             


Cull Cow Prices

A lighter show of cast cattle and the heavy cows a penny cheaper on the week but the lean , plain cows although in short supply continue to sell well.

Overall Average                                   121.65p/kg           £874.81

Black & White                       to 132.5p/kg                        av.119.35 p/kg

Brown Swiss                         to 128.5p/kg

Saler                                       to 145.5p/kg                       

BBx                                         to 150.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: CM&EM Gratton 1040, MP Jennings (Dairy) Ltd 1029,985, AL Dean&Sons 1019,998,988, A&CL Gray 984

p/kg: CM&EM Gratton 132.5,126.5, A&CL Gray 129.5, JD Crabtree&Son 126.5, MP Jennings (Dairy) Ltd 125.5, AL Dean&Son 125.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: N Parker (Brown Swiss) 912

p/kg: N Parker (Brown Swiss) 128.5


£ per head: R&K Gemmell (Saler) 1069, BL&R Lund (BBx) 986,

p/kg: BL&R Lund (BBx) 150.5, R&K Gemmell (Saler) 145.5


£ per head: T Riley (Beef Sh) 729

p/kg: T Riley (Beef Sh) 122.5


Prime Sheep

A nice show of lambs sold to an average price of 232p/kg which was in front of expectations on the day, and although it was 13p down on the week was still 11p up on 2 weeks ago.
Not as many of the best types around today, but these sold for either side of £3 per kilo, Andrew Phillips from Burton Leonard had the headline prices of 339p 337p 335p 331p 318p 309p(x2) and 307p, whilst Messrs Hurchinson from Faceby had lambs at 322p and 318p. Taylor Bros and Fox Farms were the other vendors with pens over 300p. Messrs Hutchinson topped the sale at £142 £141, £140 and £133 twice, whose run of 40 lambs averaged £130.12p. Andrew Phillips sold lambs to £140 £139 £135 £133 twice. Messrs Bretton & Son £138, JI&MP Greenwood £136, R&A Wallbank £135, DN&D Capstick £135, H Harvey & Son £134, R Wartigg £133 twice.
Export lambs still saw the better sorts 240p to 270p, with commercial sorts 230p to 240p.
Nice Heavy Lambs 55kg to 60kg generally £120 to £135, and nice 48kg to 52kg £115 to £125.
Mule Wethers not just as dear as last week, but 220p to 230p the price range this week, 45kg generally around £100. Horned lambs a very similar trade. Lightweight lambs would be dearer on the week.

Ewes were a fantastic trade today. Heavy ewes £120 to £135 regular away, best Mules over £100 and best Swales either side of £80.


Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £100.91 per head or 231.87p/kg              

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 251.4p/kg         av 206.91p/kg      or £70.54 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 339.5p/kg         av 235.89p/kg      or £98.49 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 289.4p/kg         av 230.61p/kg      or £110.13 per head

52.1kg and over                 to 250.9p/kg         av 218.28p/kg      or £125.31 per head


Beltex average £115.37 per head or 275.45p/kg

£ per head: £142, £141 EP&JM Hutchinson; £140, £139 RL&AR Phillips; £137 EP&JM Hutchinson; £136 JI&MP Greenwood

p/kg: 339.5p, 337.5p, 334.2p, 331p RL&AR Phillips; 322.7p 318.6p EP&JM Hutchinson; 309.3p x2 RL&AR Phillips 

Suffolk average £107.64 per head or 238.75p/kg

£ per head: £133 EP&JM Hutchinson; £131 D&A Livestock; £123 JG Senior; £121 EP&JM Hutchinson; £118 JG Senior;

p/kg: 255.8p S Dorey; 252.2p x2 JF Nutter; 248.9p S Dorey; 247.8p S Wilson; 247.5p, 246.3p CR Brittain; 243.3p S Wilson

Texel average £101.27 per head or 235.54p/kg

£ per head: £140 EP&JM Hutchinson; £138 B Bretton & Sons; £134 H Harvey & Sons; £133 R Wartig; £131 EP&JM Hutchinson

p/kg: 284.1p TH Heslop & Sons; 281.8p D&A Livestock; 277.8p J&F Nutter; 277.6p, 271.8p, 268.4p CR Brittain;

Mule average £98.74 per head or 218.54p/kg

£ per head: £116 C Nelson & Sons; £114.5 R&KA Burley & Son; £114 H Harvey & Son; £109 J&F Nutter; £106 G Pickersgill & Sons

p/kg: 227.1p J&F Nutter; 225.5p G Pickersgill & Sons; 223.5p H Harvey & Sons; 221.7p, 220.5p J Pickles; 220.2p J&F Nutter;

Charollais average £110.43 per head or 234.95p/kg

£ per head: £113, £111 S Dorey; £110 TH Heslop & Sons; £103.5 PC Longdin

p/kg:250p TH Heslop & Sons; 245.7p, 231.3p S Dorey; 225p PC Longdin; 

Swaledale average £74.47 per head or 188.94p/kg

£ per head: £113.5 C Nelson & Sons; £107 K Huck; £106 C Nelson & Sons; £103.5 AJ Mason; £98 Hayton & Stocks; 

p/kg:214.2p C Nelson & Sons; 206.5p R&KA Burley & Son; 203.8p W Mason & Sons; 203.8p C Nelson & Sons; 

Dalesbred average £83.86 per head or 203.78p/kg

£ per head: £109, £93.50 x2 JP Stirke; £80.50, £58 FW Horner & Sons;

p/kg: 227.1p, 207.8px2 JP Stirke; 191.7p, 181.3p FW Horner & Sons; 

Cheviot average £103.58 per head or 240.7p/kg

£ per head: £104 TH Heslop & Sons; £103.5 BF Blezard; £98 C Crowther

p/kg:241.9p TH Heslop & Sons; 240.7p BF Blezard Ltd; 222.7p C Crowther 

Lonk average £89.2 per head or 211.76p/kg

£ per head: £105, £93, £92.5, £91.5, £91.5, £76.50, £70 C Crowther;

p/kg: 215.1p, 214.3p, 212.8p, 212.8p, 202.2p, 200p, 196.2p C Crowther;  



Cull Ewes average £76.05

Suffolk to £120.50, Texel to £145.50, BFL to £115.50, Mule to £107.50, Lleyn to £68.50, Swaledale to £83.50, Dalesbred to £44.50, Cheviot to £121.50, Beltex  to £115.50, Lonk  to £49.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £145.50, £140 B Bretton & Sons; £135.50 DJ Jackson

Mule/Masham: £107.50 H Harvey & Son; 104.50 KM&L Throup

Horned: £83.50 J Cheetham; £74.50 M Ryder & Sons;

Hill: £121.50 PJ&JE Bolland; £115.50 H Harvey & Son  

Cast Rams average £84.5

Suffolk to £74.50, Texel to £103.50, Teeswater to £89.50, BFL to £117.50 Swaledale to £87.50, Beltex  to £88.50, Lonk  to £93.50.



Breeding Sheep


Texel Store Lambs                               to £75 av £64                       FH&N Bell

Suffolk Ewe + Single                            to £152 av £150                  R Burniston

Suffolk Ewe + Twin                              to £200 av £196                  RG Johnson

Texel Ewe + Single                               to £165 av £142                  JR&DL Ogden

Texel Ewes + Twin                               to £230 av £200                  JR&DL Ogden

Texel Ewe + 1.5                                   to £155 av £128                  B Bretton & Son

Masham Ewe + Single                         to £100                                  RG Johnson

Mule Ewe + Single                               to £138 av £100                  JR&DL Ogden

Mule Ewe + Twin                                 to £210 av £144                  JR&DL Ogden

Mule Ewe + 1.5                                    to £145                                  RG Johnson

Mule Shlg + Single                               to £150                                  DW Barker

Mule Shlg + Twin                                 to £200                                  DW Barker

Zwartable Ewe + Twin                        to £120                                  RG Johnson






Rearing Calves to £460 

B&W av £69.80 Cont av £333.48 Native av £203.33


Decent show of calves this morning with 75 landing through the door in total. A cracking buzz meant for a healthy trade with best continental bulls and heifers selling well with Graham Hayton topping at £460 for a Lim x bull with 19 British Blue bulls averaging £349 and topping at £420 twice for entries from Colin Whitelock, Gargrave and another from Church Farm Enterprises, Burton Leonard. Good heifers got away to a ready trade with Colin Whitelock again topping proceedings at £420 for a cracking Limousin cross heifer with 16 blue heifers averaging £330 and peaking at £390 and £380 twice from Church Farm Enterprises.


Second rate heifers were harder to place along with native heifers, however native bulls were a touch dearer than late with AA bulls averaging £283 and topping at £360 for a 2mth old entry from Graham Hayton.  B&W’s a touch dearer on paper but not as dear for the goods on offer compared to last week however £69.8 looks a respectable trade for all type.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £432.5) to £460 Hayton & Stocks                        

Brit Blue x (Av £348.95) to £420 C&SB Whitelock                                                      

Aberdeen Angus (Av £283.33) to £360 Hayton & Stocks

Norwegian Red (Av £65) to £70 J Gooch

Hereford X (Av £240) to £240 JM Smith

Black & White (Av £69.8) to £140 RM Spence                             


Heifer Calves       

Simmental x (Av £232.5) to £310 D Calvert & Son                                                     

Ab Angus (Av £140) to £185 AJ Lee                                                               

British Blue (Av £330.69) to £390 Church Farm Enterprises

Lim (Av £325) to £420 C&SB Whitelock



Craven Dairy Auction (5 head)

 A quiet show of dairy but a cracking trade for the milkers that braved the torrential rain to get to the market. David and daughter Suzy Lawson were chosen to have the best in the pre sale kindly judged by Martyn Jennings of Cowling. The champion a home bred pedigree heifer from the Newbirks herd had been calved 14 days and giving 32 litres sold to regular Skipton supporter Brian Blezard. Second highest price came from a homebred heifer from GB Jennings of South Stainley, Harrogate which found some strong support and was eventually snapped up by Richard Sutcliffe of Queensbury.    


Judge – Martyn Jennings

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st A Lawson & Son              2nd M&R Smith                      3rd DR Robinson                   

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st A Lawson & Son


                                Champion – A Lawson & Son                            Reserve – M&R Smith


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1750): to £1880 A Lawson & Sons


Newly Calven Cows: to £1420 A Lawson & Son




Hay                                         Mini Hestons                        1st quality              to £60 per bale

                                                Mini Hestons                        2nd quality              to £24 per bale

                                                Round                                                                    to £30 per bale

Barley Straw                         Round                                                                    to £36 per bale