Forward: 61 Prime cattle comprising 16 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 44 Cast Cattle 5,074 Prime Sheep comprising 4,380 Spring Lambs, 694 Cast Ewes & Rams 78 Rearing Calves. 7 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Keelham Farm Shop were to the fore again securing 9 cattle for their shops in Skipton and Thornton headed up by a homebred British Blue cross heifer weighing 565kg from S&P Scriven of Elslack which made 252.5p/kg or £1426. Mesrs Scriven were responsible for a second homebred British Blue cross heifer weighing 575kg which made 250.5p/kg or £1440 when selling to Keelham.


465-555kg                                             to 244.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 244.5p/kg                        av. 224.52p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 251.5p/kg                        av. 245.47p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 252.5p/kg                        av. 214.12p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: SD Bennett (Limx) 1443,JM Townsend (Limx) 1418, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1369, JA Drake (Limx) 1348,

p/kg: SD Bennett (Limx) 244.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 244.5, JM Townsend (Limx) 244.5, JA Drake (Limx) 238.5


£ per head: S&P Scriven (BBx) 1440,1426, SD Bennett (Limx) 1349,1297, JM Townsend (Limx) 1328, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1263

p/kg:      S&P Scriven (BBx) 252.5,250.5,JR Metcalfe (Limx) 251.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 249.5, JM Townsend (Limx) 241.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   126.5p/kg                             £885.50

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: JJ Beckwith&Sons (Simx) 886

p/kg: JJ Beckwith&Sons (Simx) 126.5


Cull Cow Prices

Cast cattle trade similar on week although some companies have reduced their deadweight price. Cows carrying flesh and steaking cows good to sell as were young cows to feed and come out again in the new year.


Overall Average                                   94.09p/kg             £609.40

Black & White                       to 110.5p/kg                        av. 88.28p/kg

MRI                                         to 98.5p/kg                         

Limx                                       to 110.5p/kg                        av. 110.38p/kg

BBx                                         to 116.5p/kg                        av. 110.77p/kg

AA                                           to 106.5p/kg                        av. 102.02p/kg

Murray Grey                         to 111.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: J Caygill&Ptns 804, RE Ayrton&Son 771, G Pickersgill&Sons 738,728, G Abbott&Sons 731, RE Ayrton&Son 683

p/kg: EJ Fort 110.5, G Pickersgill&Sons 109.5,108.5, J Caygill&Ptns 106.5,100.5, GT Booth 97.5, RD Metcalfe&Sons 96.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: M Harker 846, D&S Hollings 845,774,743

p/kg: D&S Hollings 116.5,108.5,104.5, M Harker 113.5,


£ per head: M Harker 724,723, D&S Hollings 710

p/kg: M Harker 110.5,109.5,102.5, D&S Hollings 107.5


£ per head: P Shackleton 765,628

p/kg: P Shackleton 106.5,105.5

Murray Grey

£ per head: J&J Garnett 758

p/kg: J&J Garnett 111.5


Overall Average                                   96.5p/kg               £931.23


£ per head:  GD&JC Holme&Son 931

p/kg: GD&JC Holme&Son 96.5


5,074 Prime Sheep

A very large show of sheep were presented for sale today and trade was slightly sharper on the week as morning markets countrywide struggled for numbers due to the poor weather. Buyers turned out in force and were keen for sheep and the increased show had the desired effect. All classes again sold well, with heavy lambs and hill lambs finding more favour than of late and there was over 1,000 hill bred lambs in the entry with Mules averaging 144p, whilst good finished horned wethers are beginning to rise in price too. The smart sorts were keenly contested, Martin Brown of Leyburn presenting a wonderful run of lambs topping the sale at £106, £100, £99 and £96 twice, whilst Hannah Brown also had £100 for a pen of Beltex, also topping the sale at 271p. Commercial lambs of 40-43kg found a very good following, generally 2p-3pkg dearer on the week.

A big show of ewes were present and are starting to see an improved trade again as number tighten countrywide.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £66.67 per head or 156.82p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 181.8p/kg         av 147.13p/kg      or £50.08 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 271.8p/kg         av 160.47p/kg      or £66.42 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 210.6p/kg         av 148.09p/kg      or £70.71 per head

52.1kg and over                 to 153.3p/kg         av 137.18p/kg      or £73.26 per head

Beltex average £76.83 per head or 188.9p/kg

£ per head: £106 £100 £99 £96x2 £94 AM&HV Brown; £100 H Brown; £94 J Garth & Son;

p/kg: 271.8p 243.9p AM&HV Brown; 242.1p K Saffery; 227.5p 225.5px2 H Atkinson; 220.0p F Reeday & Son; 220.0p JA&JH Hewetson;

Suffolk average £67.90 per head or 150.11p/kg

£ per head: £78 G Beresford & Sons; £72.50 G&MA Lawn; £72.50 T Walmsley; £72.50 R Emmott; £72 G&MA Lawn                  

p/kg: 180p G&MA Lawn; 168.6p T Walmsley; 161.9p Stocks Enterprises; 159.3p CD&RF Kitching; 159.2p H Gray

Texel average £67.56 per head or 157.25p/kg

£ per head: £92, £87.50, £87 RH&MR Ireland; £86 Ellis Bros; £85, £83 K Saffrey; £83 CA Crabtree; £81 GCL Stephenson;

p/kg: 219p 216.2p RH & MR Ireland; 213.5p T Walmsley; 202.6p E Pennock & Son; 202.4p K Saffrey; 202.3p RH&MR Ireland;

Mule average £64.41 per head or 144.63p/kg

£ per head: £71, £70 JR Smith Carleton; £70 AM&HV Brown; £69.50 DW&CJ Towler; £69.50 Ellis Bros; £69.50 P Addyman & Son

p/kg: 154.2p J Drinkall Ltd; 152.9p JJ Beckwith & Sons; 151.1p FW&JM Eddington; 150p JK Wilson; 150p A&SL Throup

Charollais average £72.50 per head or 160.82p/kg

£ per head: £72.50 R Emmott; £71.50 PL Metcalfe; £71 G Beresford & Sons; £69.50 PL Metcalfe; £68.50 P Crabtree & Son

p/kg: 169p G Beresford & Sons; 166.3p, 165.5p PL Metcalfe; 155.8p FG Throup; 154.5p P Crabtree & Son; 154.3p R Emmott

Lleyn average £67.59 per head or 157.18p/kg

£ per head: £68 CD&RF Kitching; £64.50 GS&FE Robinson;

p/kg: 158.1p CD&RF Kitching; 150p GS&FE Robinson

Swaledale average £50.16 per head or 133.63p/kg

£ per head: £55 K Huck; £55 JMS Tennant; £55 S&D Robinson; £54 K Huck; £53 H Gray; £50 E Pennock & Son; £50 MIR Heseltine

p/kg: 139.4p JMS Tennant; 137.5p S&D Robinson; 136.8p T Atkins; 135.9p H Gray; 135.1p E Pennock & Son; 134.8p DA Robinson

SBF average £62.51 per head or 153.66p/kg

£ per head: £64, £62, £61.50 J&E Slater;

p/kg: 155p, 153.8p, 152.4p J&E Slater:

Dalesbred average £48.91 per head or 140.34p/kg

£ per head: £57 DA Robinson; £54 A&SL Throup; £49.50, £49 RH&EA Close; £48.50 K Lister & Sons; £47.50 T Atkins

p/kg: 142.6p x2 K Lister & Sons; 139.7p T Atkins; 136.1p RH&EA Close; 135p A&SL Throup; 133.8p RH&EA Close





Cull Ewes average £45.60

Suffolk to £67.50, Texel to £89.50, BFL to £76.50, Mule to £64.50, SBF to £48, Swaledale to £44.50, Masham to £61.50, Gritstone to £45.50, Cheviot  to £62.50, Dalesbred  to £35.50, LLeyn to £68.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £89.50 Ellis Bros; £83.50 JW Mellin; £82.50 MP Jennings

Mule/Masham: £64.50 FW&JM Eddington; £61.50 NC Holme; £60.50 A Butler

Horned: £44.50 RW&B Chapman; £42.50 WM Bland; £40.50 DM White

Hill: £68.50 Fleets Farms; £65.50 GS&FE Robinson; £62.50 JC Crabtree & Son;

Cast Rams average £76.72

Texel to £140 JGE Heseltine; D’Bred to £59.50 DA Dobson; LLeyn to £66.50 Fleets Farms; Beltex to £109.50 JGE Heseltine; Hampshire to £96.50 JGE Heseltine



Rearing Calves to £460

B&W av £71.47 Cont av £358.46 Native av £163.44

78 calves on offer today with most goods a very similar trade to last week however good continentals were in fine form with a number of buyers competing for the best goods. Alf and Andrew Townsend topped with their fantastic British Blue bull at £460 with British Blue bulls averaging an impressive £394. Black and whites were topped by Michael Heron of Bramhope at £135 with all heifers topped by Church Farm Enterprises at £400.


NB: Christmas Calf Show is the 30th November (Only a fortnight away).


Bull Calves                            

British Blue x (Av £394.29) to £460 AP Townsend                      

Blonde x to £385 N&R Sutcliffe

Hereford x to £210 JM Smith & Son                                                               

Aberdeen Angus (Av £166.4) to £202 DL DM & J Heron                                           

Black & White (Av £71.47) to £135 DL DM & J Heron                                


Heifer Calves                                                       

British Blue x (Av £310.55) to £400 Church Farm Enterprises                  

Aberdeen Angus (Av £141.67) to £150 GB Moorhouse & Son                                                 

Saler to £170 RL Wright & Son                                                        



 Barley Straw Quads                            to £18