Forward: 67 Prime cattle comprising 13 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 53 Cast Cattle 2663 Prime Sheep comprising 2393 Prime Hoggs, 270 Cast Ewes & Rams 51 Rearing Calves 15 Dairy Cattle 9 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Top price was a Blonde cross heifer from Mesrs JW Stockdale&Son of Burnsall which weighed 575kg and sold to Hamlets Butchers of Garstang for 246.5p/kg or £1417. Leading buyer was Keelham Farm Shop purchasing 8 prime cattle to a high of 240.5p/kg for a Limousin cross heifer weighing 450kg from Malcolm Metcalfe and a top gross of £1486 for a 665kg Limousin cross steer from Jim Baines of Trawden.


465-555kg                                             to 239.5p/kg                        av.233.98p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 223.5p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 240.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 246.5p/kg                        av. 220.03p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: J Baines (Limx) 1486, JA Drake (Limx) 1305, CD&RF Kitching (1296), 1257

p/kg: JA Drake (Limx) 239.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 228.5, J Baines (Limx) 223.5.


£ per head: JW Stockdale&Son (Blondex) 1417, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1407, (Limx) 1348, JA Drake 1348

p/kg: JW Stockdale (Blondex) 246.5, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 240.5,  CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 238.5, (Limx) 236.5    

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   122.5p/kg             £845.25

Top Prices £ per head or p/kg

£ per head : M  Baul&Sons Ltd 845

p/kg: M Baul&Sons 122.5


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   103.30p/kg           £696.30

Cast cow trade was firm again with a good % of young lean cows suitable for feeding and a reasonable number of heavy 800kg cows. Cows straight out of the parlour on complete diets are as good to sell as any. Beef cows scarce and a good young Aberdeen Angus not assured made 148.5pkg or £1025 for Hurries Farm, Otterburn.

Black & White                       to 114.5 p/kg                       av. 100.46 p/kg

Swed Red                              to 107.5p/kg                        av. 92.26p/kg

Jersey                                     to 83.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 127.5p/kg                        av. 123.95p/kg

BBx                                         to 132.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 148.5p/kg                        av. 128.16p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: WP Gratton 911,785, JD Taylor&Son 812, 799,795, 789, JC Marshall 812, MP Jennings (Dairy) Ltd 812,805,  

p/kg: FA Holmes&Son 114.5, RM&LJ Throup 111.5, 108.5, H Downs&Son 111.5, WP Gratton 110.5, MP Jennings (Dairy) Ltd 109.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: JSS Verity (Swed Red) 634, M Fewster (Swed Red) 501,391, JSS Verity (Jer) 438

p/kg: JSS Verity (Swed Red) 107.5,(Jer) 83.5, M Fewster (Swed Red) 89.5, 77.5,


£ per head: EB Webster (Sim) 1002, D&S Hollings (BBx) 941,  JM Townsend (Limx) 931,

p/kg: D&S Hollings (BBx) 132.5, JM Townsend (Limx) 127.5, EB Webster (Sim) 121.5,Wild&Ellis (Limx) 120.5


£ per head: Hurries Farm 1025, A Guy&Son 878

p/kg: Hurries Farm 148.5, A Guy&Son 110.5



Overall Average                                   105.5p/kg             £1108


£ per head: EB Webster 1108

p/kg: EB Webster 105.5


Prime Sheep

Numbers slightly tighter as expected this week, but trade up on the week, with lambs averaging 172p across the board, a nice result considering 40% of the entry were either Mule Masham or Horned Lambs with Cheviots extra to these. Steve Dorey topped the Mules/Mashams  at 175.5p with with a pen weighing 49kg selling for £86 to Swaledale Foods. Better Mules generally about £27-£28 over the weight. Horned lambs were a shade dearer on the week, Chris Crowther of Greenfield had top priced Horned Lambs with Lonks at £75, closely followed by Messrs Slater from Goosnargh had top priced Scothch Blackfaced lambs 43kg at £74.50. In addition to the Mule and Horned lambs, there are more Cheviot type lambs coming forward now, best of these from Tony Kiernan of Longridge, a run of 70 Cheviots weighing 42kg at £75 each, topping at 178.6p.

Lowland lambs were a sharp trade again, a nice fleshed commercial handy weight lambs 175p-190p, something a shade smarter was either side of 200p, whilst the best end of Beltex types were good to sell once again. Top of the shop was Henry Atkinson with a super pen of 10 Beltex crosses weighing 39kg selling for £114 each to Vivers Scotlamb. Kevin Marshall from Darley also has joint top price of £114 per head selling to A Atkinson for Hartshead Meat Co. Paul Simpson from Wigglesworth was next in line at £113 each for a pen of 6 selling to Whiteheads Butchers in Edgeworth, and Michael Hewitt of Giggleswick had pens of Beltex crosses at £112 and £110 to Vivers Scotlamb. Messrs Saffrey of Halton West had a pen of 6 Beltex at £109.50 and Paul Simpson a further pen at the same money.
Per kilo Henry Atkinson had pens at 292.3p 286.1p, 270.0p, 258.4p and 256.5p. Kevin Marshall was in 265.1p and 240.0p, Michael Hewitt 261.9p, Messrs Saffrey 260.7p, Paul Simpson 256.8p, TB Moorhouse & Son 251.2p, JJ&JD Cowking 250.0p and Fox Farms 248.8p.

Ewes sold away nicely, being a shade dearer on the week averaging £56 to a high of £108.50.


Prime Hoggs  – Overall Average  £74.44 per head or 171.91p/kg          

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 177.4p/kg         av 133.73p/kg      or £38.12 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 258.8p/kg         av 161.91p/kg      or £55.07 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 292.3p/kg         av 179.26p/kg      or £75.22 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 238.3p/kg         av 161.86p/kg      or £79.98 per head

52.1kg and over                 to 177.8p/kg         av 151.64p/kg      or £83.19 per head



Beltex average £ per head or p/kg

£ per head: £114 K Marshall; £113 £109.50 PW Simpson; £112 £110 GA Hewitt; £109.50 £106 K Saffery; £106 Fox Farm;

p/kg: 286.1p 256.4p H Atkinson; 265.1p K Marshall; 261.9p GA Hewitt; 260.7p K Saffery; 256.8p PW Simpson; 250.0p JJ&D Cowking;

Suffolk average £76.71 per head or p/kg

£ per head: £86 RG Church Ltd; £82 T Walmsley; £80 S Dorey; £79 RD Metcalfe & Son; £78 S Dorey; £76.50x2 BW Appleton

p/kg: 181.4p S Dorey; 175p T Charnley; 172.1p CD&RF Kitching; 170.5p T Walmsley; 170.5p DW&CJ Towler; 168.2p T Kiernan

Texel average £76.49 per head or 175.12p/kg

£ per head: £114 HB Atkinson; £108 TB Moorhouse & Son; £108, £100 HB Atkinson; £99 K Marshall; £96 T Walmsley;

p/kg:292.3p, 270p, 258.8p HB Atkinson; 251.2p TB Moorhouse & Son; 243.9p, 241.4p , 217.9p HB Atkinson;

Mule average £70.50 per head or 160.12p/kg

£ per head: £75.5, £74.50 JK Wilson; £74 J Drinkall Ltd; £74 E&S Baines; £73.50x2 J Pickles; £73, £72.50 x2 S Dorey;

p/kg: 167.4p S Dorey; 166.7p SM Towler; 165.9p, 165.5p x2, 165.1px2 164.8p x2, 163.8p S Dorey; 162p JK WIlson

Charollais average £74.06 per head or 167.23p/kg

£ per head: £91, £87, £83 CW Marwood & Son; £78 A&J Bancroft; £70.50 RG Church Ltd; £69.50 P Heap

p/kg:182.9p P Heap ; 172p RG Church Ltd; 170.6p, 150.9p CW Marwood & Son; 147.2p A&J Bancroft

Lleyn average £73 per head or 174.03p/kg

£ per head:£73.50, £71, £70 CD&RF Kitching

p/kg: 175p, 170.7p, 165.1p CD&RF Kitching

Swaledale average £53.38 per head or 141.25p/kg

£ per head: £74 SM Towler; £73.50 K Huck; £70 W Mason & Son; £67 JA&JH Hewetson; £65 SM Towler; £62 W Mason & Son

p/kg: 155.8p JA&JH Hewetson; 151.5p W Mason & Son; 148.8p JM&S Tennant; 144.4p SM Towler; 144.2p W Mason & Son

Cheviot average £75.31 per head or 173.44p/kg

£ per head: £76.50 WH&JW Hartley; £76, £75x6 T Kiernan; £74 H Downs & Son

p/kg: 178.6p x6, 174.4p T Kiernan; 173.9p WH&JW Hartley 165.2p T Kiernan

SBF average £73.65 per head or 171.28p/kg

£ per head:£74.50, £74x2, £72 J&E Slater

p/kg: 172.1p, 172.1p , 171.4p, 169.3p J&E Slater

Masham average £74.66 per head or 164.05p/kg

£ per head: £86, £73x3 S Dorey;

p/kg: 175.5p, 162p x3 S Dorey; 



Cull Ewes average £56.14

Suffolk to £91.50, Texel to £108.50, BFL to £72.50, Mule to £65.50, Charolais to £91.50, Swaledale to £31.50, Masham to £54.50, Lonk  to £55.50 SBF to 57.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £108.5 D Pawson & Sons; £91.50 HB Atkinson

Mule/Masham: £65.50 P Heap; £63.50 B Bretton & Sons  

Horned: £57.50 C&SB Whitelock; £55.50 C Crowther

Hill: £72.50 JR Airey;  

Cast Rams average £65

Texel to £82.50 CN&SA Harrison; BFL to £67.50 JR Airey;



Rearing Calves to £350 (51)

B&W av £70.43 Cont av £273.4  Native av £211.4

51 Calves through the door today with not the greatest show of calves on offer today. A few handy prices for the better end of the continental bulls and heifers with Richard Spence of Sutton topping with his bull at £350 and his Limousin topping the heifers at £340 with Sowray’s not far behind at £330.


For the ages of the calves on offer the trade was strong with a large number of the stronger calves being held back for show week next week.


Buyers, be aware that there are 35-40 top quality British Blue Bulls and Heifers already consigned from Numerous vendors so don’t miss out.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £245) to £245 C Watson                       

Brit Blue x (Av £287) to £350 RM Spence                                                     

Ab Angus (Av £220) to £230 JC Marshall

Simmental (Av £240) to £240 CN&SA Harrison                           

Black & White (Av £70.43) to £100 M&R Smith                          


Heifer Calves                       

Simmental x to £270 CN&SA Harrison                                                           

Ab Angus (Av £150) to £150 JC Marshall                                                       

Saler to £178 RL Wright & Sons

Limousin (Av £252.86) to £340 RM Spence                                                  


Craven Dairy Auction (15 head)

 A small show of milking cattle forward for the February sale but a flying trade with a strong ringside of buyers bidding fiercely for the 10 milkers on offer with Robert Crisp of Calton taking the top honours and top price with his home bred heifer giving 25 litres selling for £2000 to the judges Shaun and Peter Sowray from Bishop Thornton. The second highest price followed straight after the Champion, a week calved 2nd Calver selling for £1900 to the Clarke Family from Hampsthwaite.


The Incalf cattle on offer today sold very well with 2 from J Roberts Huddersfield selling for £1420 and £1400 for a pair of cracking heifers.


Dairy Sales are now every fortnight until the GYS.


Judge – Shaun Sowray

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st ASE Crisp                          2nd RW&M Walker

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st & 3rd ASE Crisp                2nd DA Fort

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st & 2nd J Roberts                 3rd J&R Morley

Champion – ASE Crisp                         Reserve – RW&M Walker


Newly Calven Heifers (1616): to £2000 ASE Crisp & Sons


Newly Calven Cows (1562): to £1900 ASE Crisp & Sons


Incalf Heifers (1410): to £1420 J Roberts



Hay                         1st Quality              Mini Heston          to £29 per bale

                                2nd Quality             Round                    to £15 per bale

                                                                Mini Hestons        to £13 per bale