Forward: 31 Prime cattle comprising 25 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 6 Cast Cattle. 3,977 Prime Sheep comprising 3,593 Prime Lambs & 384 Cast Ewes & Rams. 52 Rearing Calves. 6 Dairy Cattle. 3 Loads of produce.

 Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A very good show of clean cattle and a strong trade provided by customers looking for cattle to put on store for the New Year. Keelham Farm Shop at Thornton was the main customer securing the highest gross animal on the day a 595kg Blonde steer sold by Mesrs CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield for £1401 or 235.5p/kg. The leading gross priced heifer also came from  Mesrs Kitching when selling to Keelham Farm Shop in Skipton for £1365 or 239.5p/kg with a weight of 570kg.

Meanwhile Mesrs RT&J Critchley&Sons of Hutton continued to lead up the highest p/kg prices in both steers and heifers. Their leading steer a British Blue cross weighing 505kg sold to Keelham Farm Shop, Skipton for 250.5p/kg and their top heifer a Limousin cross weighing 540kg joined Stanforths Butchers, Skipton for 248.5p/kg. 248.5p/kg was also the price made of another heifer this time a Blonde cross weighing 520kg which was sold by Mesrs CD&RF Kitching to Keelham Farm Shop, Skipton.



465-560kg                                             to 250.5p/kg                        av. 244.89p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 235.5kg


400-480kg                                             to 233.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 248.5p/kg                        av. 224.98p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 1401,

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 250.5         


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1365,(Blondex)1292, B Rayton (Limx) 1342, RT&J Critchley&Son (Limx) 1309,

p/kg: RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 248.5,(BBx) 244.5, CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 248.5, B Rayton (Limx) 239.5


Cull Cow Prices

The handful of cast cows sold to a ring with plenty of bidders with the show comprising non UK tagged, and plain cattle.

Overall Average                                   81.61p/kg             £520.97

Black & White                      to 89.5p/kg                           av.73.00p/kg

Limx                                       to 100p/kg                            av.100.00p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: M&RM Holmes&Son 846,J&SA Lancaster 524

p/kg: M&RM Holmes&Son 89.5, M&H Jackson 77.5, J&SA Lancaster 76.5


£ per head: T&J Marshall 500,500

p/kg:T&J Smith 100,100


3,977 Prime Sheep comprising 3,593 Prime Lambs & 384 Cast Ewes & Rams

A large rise in numbers today with 700 extra lambs penned for sale on the week and a total entry of 3,977 sheep. Trade was funny too, with heavies good to sell, handyweights and lightweights good to sell, but the smart lambs weren’t as sharp as last week, with some buyers not appearing as keen for them, and the better end mainly 220p to 250p, topping at 280.5p/kg.

Handy weight lowland lambs were a good trade again with prices very similar on the week, 190p to 210p, commercial sorts 180p, heavy lambs were keenly bid for and again mainly sold from late 80’s to mid 90’s.

Mule lambs £28-£30 over, few best pens £32 over, whilst lightweight horned wethers were mainly 150p to 165p for the nice meat.

Ewes sold well, and continued along similar lines to last week.

Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £80.15 per head or 182.46p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 185.3p/kg         av 157.8p/kg         or £53.88 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 280.5p/kg         av 189.33p/kg      or £78.95 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 219.6p/kg         av 174.24p/kg      or £83.55 per head

52.1kg and over   to 214.5p/kg         av 164.31p/kg      or £92.35 per head


Beltex average £87.66 per head or 204.04p/kg

£ per head: £118 L Simpson; £115 A Jenkinson; £107 PW Simpson; £107 James Garth; £106.5 DN&D Capstick; £106 PW Simpson

p/kg: 280.5p A Jenkinson; 267.5p James Garth; 254.8p PW Simpson; 253.6p DN&D Capstick; 252.6p James Garth

Suffolk average £78.67 per head or 170.32p/kg

£ per head: £92 J&C Wright; £91.5R Emmott; £91, £89, £88, £88, £88, J&C Wright; £87.5 R&M Towell; £87 BW Appleton

p/kg:196.2p S Dorey; 186.9p DM Lampkin; 185p JME&C Mckenzie; 180.3p JR Taylor & Sons; 180p S Dorey;

Texel average £80.51 per head or 181.12p/kg

£ per head: £114 PW Simpson; £100 I Marsden; £99 T Walmsley; £99 T Kiernan; £96 J Watson; £96 L Simpson & Sons;

p/kg:235.7p T Kiernan; 225p K Marshall; 220p, 218.6p D&A Livestock; 216.7p T Kiernan; 215.4p CD&RF Kitching;

Mule average £71.53 per head or 165.6p/kg

£ per head: £83 M Ryder & Sons; £81.5 JI&MP Greenwood; £81 JH Throup; £81 M Ryder & Sons; £80 GW Houseman & Partners;

p/kg:173.7p W Mason & Sons; 173.7p S Dorey; 173p x2 S Dorey; 168.2p JH Throup; 168.1p GW Houseman & Partners

Swaledale average £62.31 per head or 156.69p/kg

£ per head: £74 x2 T Boothman; £67.5 WB Woodsworth; £66.5 JC&BN Throup; £66 WB Woodsworth; £66 H Smith

p/kg: 173.7p H Smith; 165.7p RW&B Chapman; 163.8p P Addyman & Son; 162.9p J&R Paisley; 162.2p JC&N Throup;

Dalesbred average £60.98 per head or 161.05p/kg

£ per head: £67 K Lister & Sons; £65.5, £60.5 RH&EA Close; £60, £58 K Lister & Sons; £58 RH&EA Close;

p/kg: 168.1p, 165.7p RH&EA Close; 161.1p K Lister & Sons; 156p RH&EA Close; 152.3p, 146.3p K Lister & Sons



Cull Ewes average £55.44

Suffolk to £84.5, Texel to £105.5, BFL to £56.5, Mule to £67.5, Swaledale to £46.5, Gritstone to £43.5, Cheviot to £52.5, Lonk  to £31.5 Beltex to £83.5

Top prices:

Lowland: £105.5 JGE Heseltine; £101 S Spyrou

Mule/Masham: £67.5 SJ Sugden; £66.5 J&C Wright

Horned: £46.5 WB Woodsworth; £38.5 K Lister & Sons

Hill: £56.5 GW Houseman & Partners; £52.5 K Lister & Sons

Cast Rams average £57.75

Suffolk to £50, Texel to £85.5, BFL to £79.5,  Swaledale to £52.5, Beltex  to £79.5, Lonk  to £51.5.




Rearing Calves to £405 (52)

Dairy av £65.84 Cont av £296.3 Native av £250

 A mixed trade for the last sale of the season with Natives and Best Continental bulls a nice trade throughout, however heifers and straight continental bulls were harder to place with a much more selective ringside than seen of late. Always a strange sale leading up to Christmas with some buyers bulk buying and some refraining till the new year, despite this a straight trade on the whole was received for today’s offering.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £311) to £390 Hayton & Stocks                           

Brit Blue x (Av £334) to £405 J&SA Lancaster                                                              

Aberdeen Angus (Av £250) to £270 GB Moorhouse

Norwegian Red (Av £58) to £68 J Gooch

Dairy Shorthorn (Av £83) to £105 IRG Collins

Black & White (Av £61.58) to £95 JC Marshall                            


Heifer Calves       

British Blue (Av £263) to £360 Chadwick & Leaver

Lim (Av £190) to £190 G Pickersgill & Sons




Craven Dairy Auction (6 head)

 A small and mixed show of dairy for the final sale of the year, with a strong contingent of selective buyers present today making for a mixed trade. Peter Baul took the first prize rosette from Judge Samantha Sugden, the heifer giving 34kg sold for £1620 to Mark Goodall of Tong. A strong price was received for a ¾ cow from Sally Wellock which made £1600 to Robert Metcalfe Brearton.


Next Sale is in the New Year and to be held on the 14th January.  


Judge – Samantha Sugden

Prize Awards:      

Champion – M Baul & Partners                       Reserve – WR Ireland


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1530): to £1620 M Baul & Partners


Newly Calven Cows (av £1550): to £1600 J Wellock



Hay                                         Small Bale                             to £4.80 per bale

Wheat Straw                        Quads                                     to £96 per tonne