Forward: 65 Prime cattle comprising 11 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 53 Cast Cattle 2,510 Prime Sheep comprising 2301 Prime Hoggs, 209 Cast Ewes & Rams 289 Breeding Sheep. 78 Rearing Calves to £410 X2: B&W av £60.11 Cont av £325.48 Native av £195.48. 13 Dairy Cattle: 1st Quality Heifers: av £1720 to £2020: 2nd Quality Newly Heifer: av £1320 to £1380. 10 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Countrystyle Butchers were out of the starting blocks early to buy the first two cattle into the ring at the two leading pence/kg prices of the sale at 247.5p and 246.5p, both Limousin cross heifers for CD&RF Kitching which grossed up at £1361 and £1282.


465-555kg                                             to 238.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 237.5p/kg                        av. 235.47p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 232.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 247.5p/kg                        av. 230.07p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1343,1330, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1288

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 238.5,  JR Metcalfe (Limx) 237.5, 233.5,


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1361,1282,1267, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1266, SD Bennett (Limx) 1216.

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 247.5,246.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx)  236.5, 232.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 229.5

Prime Cattle (over 30mos)

Overall Average                                   128.5p/kg             £783.85

To Prices £ per head or p/kg

£ per head: M Baul&Sons (B&W) 784

p/kg: M Baul&Sons (B&W) 128.5



Cull Cow Prices

Cast cattle remain a solid trade with heavy dairies to 116.5p and a young British Blue cow at 186.5p. Plenty of cows straight out of the parlour on TMR 105p to 113p.

Overall Average                                   106.46p/kg           £696.99

Black & White                       to 116.5p/kg                        av. 98.57p/kg

Swed Red                              to 103.5p/kg

Dairy Shorthorn                   to 108.5p/kg                        av. 102.6p/kg

Montx                                    to 109.5p/kg

MRI                                         to 94.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 134.5p/kg                        av. 118.57p/kg

BBx                                         to 186.5p/kg                        av. 147.12p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: MP Jennings (Dairy) 990,917, J Caygill&Ptns 912, FA Holmes&Son  903, 826, M Baul&Sons Ltd 841,

p/kg: MP Jennings (Dairy) 116.5, 108.5, J Caygill&Ptns 115.5,111.5,  FA Holmes&Son 111.5, M Baul&Sons Ltd 108.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: R Dakin (Mont) 728, IRG Collins & Ptns (Dairy Sh) 761,692,684, CN&SA Harrison (Swed Red) 657

p/kg: R Dakin (Montx) 109.5, IRG Collins&Ptns (Dairy Sh) 108.5,106.5,103.5,98.5 CN&SA Harrison (Swed Red) 103.5


£ per head: K&J Marshall 1016,921, T Craddock&Son 942, P Fortune 733,726

p/kg: K&J Marshall 186.5, 131.5, P Fortune 128.5,115.5


£ per head: J&G Huck (Blondex) 1108, G Mellin (Simx) 873,798

p/kg: J&G Huck (Blondex) 138.5, G Mellin (Sim) 126.5,116.5


£ per head: J&G Huck 830, R Caton 814, K&J Marshall 690,681

p/kg: R Caton 134.5, K&J Marshall 119.5, J&G Huck 118.5, S&T Fawcett 115.5, P Fortune 113.5


Overall Average                                   122.63p/kg           £867.61

Top Prices £ per head or p/kg

£ per head: T Craddock&Son (Hefd) 1133, WR Stewart (B&W) 602

p/kg: T Craddock&Son (Hefd) 129.5, WR Stewart (B&W) 111.5


Prime Hoggs

Less sheep about today, but the overall average was up 5p to stand at 181p/kg (SQQ Comparison 189p)

Smart lambs were forward in less numbers with the better end generally 250p to 280p. Top of 295.8p/kg (36kg at £106.50) from Paul Simpson of Wigglesworth, followed by 286p 281p 278p and 265p for Beltex pens from Kevin Marshall of Darley. Andrew Phillips of Burton Leonard presented a wonderful run of Beltex crosses, the best of which were 277p. Henry Atkinson had a good run of Beltex to op at 277p. M Taylor & Son of Higher Brayshaw, Rathmell had top price lambs at £118 closely followed by neighbours T&C Robinson of Middle Brayshaw at £117.

Commercial Lowland Lambs were again a sharp trade with last weeks prices easily upheld, 190p to 205p for the right weights.

Heavy Lowland lambs (46kg to 52kg) saw a sharper trade on the week, back up to prices seen two weeks ago, this weight bracket averaging 169p this week. 

Hill bred were dearer on the week for the prime weights, Steve Dorey topped the hill section at 188.1p or £82 for Mules, whilst top price horned lambs were 181p from Joe Drinkall or £81 from Jimmy Baines.

Average price for ewes of £65, with heavier ewes again receiving a decent following.   


Prime Hoggs  – Overall Average  £77.72 per head or 181.82p/kg

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 160.90p/kg       av 148.0p/kg         or £46.40 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 281.8p/kg         av 180.14p/kg      or £61.29 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 295.8p/kg         av 191.81p/kg      or £79.21 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 241.30p/kg       av 169.09p/kg      or £82.15 per head

52.1kg and over                  to 179.2p/kg         av 140.87p/kg      or £77.20 per head

Beltex average £94.48 per head or 225.52p/kg

£ per head: £117 T&C Robinson; £111x2 RL&AR Phillips; £106.50 PW Simpson; £106 K Saffrey; £105x2 £104 RL&AR Phillips;

p/kg: 295.8p PW Simpson; 286p, 281.8p, 278.6p K Marshall; 278px2 HB Atkinson; 277.50 RL&AR Phillips; 265.7p K Marshall

Suffolk average £78.23 per head or 172.46p/kg

£ per head: £90 D&J Coates; £83 TR Thwaite & Son; £82 S Dorey; £81, £80.50 PN Hugill; £79.50x2 S Dorey; £78.50 CD&RF Kitching

p/kg: 191.50 CD&RF Kitching; 185.7p S Dorey; 185.4p TR Thwaite & Son; 184.9p, 182.6p S Dorey; 180p D&J Coates

Texel average £80.03 per head or 187.23p/kg

£ per head: £118 M Taylor & Sons; £110, £106 HB Atkinson; £105 J Greenwood; £104 RL&AR Phillips; £104 HB Atkinson

p/kg: 265p, 259x2, 253.7p HB Atkinson; 247.6p RL&AR Phillips; 247.5p, 246.2p W&J Parkinson; 240.5p, 238.5p K Marshall

Mule average £75.01 per head or 169.84p/kg

£ per head: £82, £81.50 S Dorey; 79.50 JK Wilson; £79.50 AC Simpson; £79.50 GJ&G Schofield; £79.50 G Beresford & Son;

p/kg:188.1p, 186.9p, 186.4p S Dorey; 185.7px2 CD&RF Kitching; 182.6p S Dorey; 181.4p Fair Place Farm; 181.1p S Dorey;

Charollais average £73.31 per head or 172.77p/kg

£ per head: £84 PC Longdin; £79.50 S Dorey; £79 PC Longdin; £72 L Throup;

p/kg: 175.6p L Throup; 162.2p S Dorey; 161.2p, 155.6p PC Longdin;

Lleyn average £74.57 per head or 188.45p/kg

£ per head: £77, £75, £72 x2 CD&RF Kitching;

p/kg: 192.3p, 189.5p, 187.8p, 180p CD&RF Ktiching;

Swaledale average £61.50 per head or 152.76p/kg

£ per head: £81 J Baines; £75 JE Cowperthwaite; £72.50 J Drinkall Ltd; £72 C Nelson & Sons; £72 JE Cowperthwaite;

p/kg:181.3p J Drinkall Ltd; 170.5p JE Cowperthwaite; 169.2p BS Simpson; 165.3p J Baines; 163.2p S&D Robinson;

Dalesbred average £52.50 per head or 156.23p/kg

£ per head: £66 S Dorey; £44.50 RH&EA Close;

p/kg: 173.7p S Dorey; 143.5p RH&EA Close;

Gritstone average £74 per head or 180.50p/kg

£ per head: £74 D Shuttleworth;

p/kg: 180.50 D Shuttleworth;



Breeding Sheep

A good show of sheep with lambs at foot for the weekly sale with everything £5 to £10 per life dearer.

James & Deborah Ogden had another great run of sheep, 2 pens of 3 crop Mule Ewes with twin at £210 and £205 the outfit, but it was 3 pens of 3 and 4 crop Texels with Beltexs that topped the sale at £220 and £215 twice. Richard Umplebys run topped at £205 as did Nick Dalbys.


Texel Crct with Twins         £220 £215x2 JR&DL Ogden; £198 RG Johnson; £195 £190 B&ME Craven; £195 FM Shepherd;

Texel BM with Twins           £205 PN Dalby;

Texel Crct with Singles       £150 RG Johnson; £150 PN Dalby;

Texel BM with Singles         £150 RJ Umpleby;

Suffolk Crct with Twins       £205 RJ Umpleby; £185 FM Shepherd;

Suffolk BM with Twins        £160 RG Johnson;

Suffolk BM with Singles      £150 RJ Umpleby

Mule Crct with Twins          £210 £205 JR&DL Ogden; £155 H Carr & Son;

Mule BM with Twins           £140 H Carr & Sons; £132 FM Shepherd;

Mule BM with Singles         £95 RG Johnson & Son

Charollais Crct with Twins  £175 RJ Umpleby; £170 B&ME Craven

Charollais BM with Twins   £160 RJ Umpleby


Cull Ewes average £65.36

Suffolk to £108.50, Texel to £114.50, SBF to £32.50, Mule to £73.50, Swaledale to £50.50, Charollais to £118, Teeswater to £65.50, Dalesbred to £47.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £114 HB Atkinson; £108.50 HB Atkinson

Mule/Masham: £73.50 N Bowker; £73.50 HB Atkinson

Horned: £50.50 C Nelson & Sons; £47.50 JK Wilson

Hill: £65.50 A Fisher;  

Cast Rams average £66.50

Texel to £66.50 JE Cowperthwaite



Rearing Calves to £410 X2 (78)

B&W av £60.11 Cont av £325.48 Native av £195.48

A few calves around today with young continental calves a cracking trade right through the day. Chris Watson was on the end of a good trade for his Flekvieh x calves with 10 averaging £228 and topping at £260. Church Farm Enterprises took the top call at £410 x2 for two of his sweet British Blue bulls. Johnny Moon of Wigglesworth topped the heifers at £370 for cracker of a dark heifer.


Native calves were out in good numbers today with 11 young Hereford bull calves averaging £200 and topping at £220 from JC Marshall, Dacre. Aberdeen Angus average £208 and topped at £245 from JR&MJ Moon.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £210) to £240 C Watson                       

Brit Blue x (Av £340.38) to £410 x2 Church Farm Enterprises                                                 

Aberdeen Angus (Av £208.33) to £245 JR&MJ Moon

Flekvieh (Av £232.68) to £260 C Watson

Hereford X (Av £200) to £220 JC Marshall

Simmental to £340 CN&SA Harrison

Shorthorn (Av £61) to £90 Flasby Estates

Saler to £215 RL Wright & Son                        

Black & White (Av £60.11) to £170 N Parker                               


Heifer Calves                       

Simmental x to £210 N Parker                                                        

Flekvieh x (Av £220) to £255 C Watson                                                         

British Blue (Av £262) to £370 JR&MJ Moon


Craven Dairy Auction (13 head)

 All the cattle that were forward today were with a mixed bag of goods on offers. 1st rate heifers got away well with Tony and James Swires of Stainburn topping proceedings with their home bred heifer. The heifer a “Miresdale Finest” daughter was calved 10 days and giving 27 litres, which went on to sell for the sale high of £2020 to Mark Goodall of Tong


2nd rate heifers also got away well with some average goods bid fiercely for, with many reaching the early teens.


Next sale 27th March 


Judge – Colin Whitelock

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st A Swires 2nd A Swires 3rd WR Stewart

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st A Swires 2nd J Midgley

Champion – A Swires          Reserve – A Swires


1st Quality Newly Calven Heifers: av £1720 to £2020 A Swires

2nd Quality Newly Calven Cows: av £1320 to £1380 WR Stewart   

Newly Calven Cows to £1350 A Swires




Wheat Straw                                        Hestons                 to £24 per bale    av. £22 per bale

Hay                                                         Mini Hestons        to £34 per bale    av. £34 per bale

                                                                Small Bale              to 3 per bale