Forward: 50 Prime cattle comprising 25 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 24 Cast Cattle. 3,370 Prime Sheep comprising 3131 Prime Hoggs & 239 Cast Ewes & Rams. 25 Rearing Calves. 7 Dairy Cattle. 29 Breeding Sheep. 13 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A good entry of clean cattle and the edge off the trade. A few commercial heavier cattle got away very well on the day. Top price was £1455 for a British Blue cross heifer from Mesrs S&P Scriven of Elslack which went to Keelham Farm Shop, Skipton. Countrystyle Meats Ltd of Lancaster were up there with a 545kg Limousin cross heifer bought from Mesrs CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield for £1403 or the joint top price per kg of 257.5p, a price shared with the leading gross from S&P Scriven.


465-560kg                                             to 248.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 240.5p/kg                        av.230.5p/kg       


400-480kg                                             to 216.5p/kg

480kg+                                                   to 257.5p/kg                        av. 219.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JA Drake (BBx) 1371, JA Mellin (BBx) 1358, S&P Scriven (BBx) 1350



£ per head: S&P Scriven (BBx) 1455, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1403,(BBx) 1389,TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 1383

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 257.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 257.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 249.5, JA Mellin (Limx) 238.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   119.5p/kg                             £866.38

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: BJ&L Sutcliffe (BBx Str) 866

p/kg: BJ&L Sutcliffe (BBx Str) 119.5


Cull Cow Prices

Another week and another new buyer in attendance and the cast cow trade continues moving upwards. Heavy dairies are now 105p+ to a top of £980. Beef cross cows were a much sharper trade indicating that numbers are beginning to tighten.

Overall Average                                   100.18p/kg           £716.09

Black & White                      to 109.5p/kg                        av.96.97p/kg

Blondex                                 to 109.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 131.5p/kg

BBx                                         to 137.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JD Taylor&Son 980,939, AN Bolland 892,849, S&PE Bowker&Sons 802

p/kg: JD Taylor&Son 109.5,108.5,105.5, AN Bolland 107.5,107.5, AL Dean&Sons 106.5, P&J Brown&Son 104.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: I&M Lancaster (BBx) 949

p/kg: I&M Lancaster (BBx) 137.5


£ per head: AB&RA Woodhouse 901

p/kg: AB&RA Woodhouse 131.5




Overall Average                                   89.50p/kg             £823.40


£ per head: TB Moorhouse&Son 823

p/kg: TB Moorhouse&Son 89.5


3,370 Prime Sheep comprising 3131 Prime Hoggs & 239 Cast Ewes & Rams


A very similar show for numbers on the week, and a better trade than we had predicted, the overall sale average standing at 190.22p/kg, this looking a great result on the day and very pleasing for an entry of over 3000 lambs.
Heavier lambs found a ready following with the Heavy (46kg to 52kg) weight bracket averaging 184.8p and within this weight bracket Texels standing at 188.6p, in comparison to this the Texels 36kg to 45kg levelled at 201p. The over 52kg weight bracket (Others) levelled at 175p.
Lowland lambs had the following top performers when Messrs T&J Thornber of Sawley topped the sale at £117 for Texels, whilst EP&JM Hutchinson, Faceby made £114 twice, £113 £110 £109 £108 and £106 twice in their good run of lambs, whilst Messrs F Webster of Northallerton topped their run at £114 with 44kg Charollais’s and had others at £110 and £105 twice. Peter Broadwith of Burnt Yates also made £114, Ben Simpson from Derbyshire £113 for Continentals, Nick Capstick from Bolton by Bowland £110, and Kevin Marshall £108.50 for 41kg. Topping per kilo were Messrs EP&JM Hutchinson at 297.4p with 38kg at £113. The smarter end of lambs from 230p to 265p.
Handyweight Continentals and nice Sufoflk lambs 38kg to 43kg were best to sell on the day, and generally these just about held their value form last week.
The prime weight Mule wethers were not up to the quality of recent weeks, but still they were cheaper on the week by 5p/kg, to level at 175p, however good sorts still sold well with Bob Stubbs, Northwich getting 42kg Mules to £81.50 each.

Prime Hoggs  – Overall Average  £81.89 per head or 190.22p/kg

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 248.6p/kg         av 179.22p/kg      or £60.94 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 297.4p/kg         av 193.28p/kg      or £80.53 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 247.8p/kg         av 184.81p/kg      or £88.84 per head

52.1kg and over   to 220.8p/kg         av 175.44p/kg      or £94.53 per head


Beltex average £95.17 per head or 234.67p/kg

£ per head: £114x2 EP&JM Hutchinson; £113 AC Simpson; £113, £110 EP&JM Hutchinson; £110 DN&D Capstick

p/kg: 297.4p EP&JM Hutchinson; 264.6p K Marshall; 261.9p EP&JM Hutchinson; 248.6p K Marshall;

Suffolk average £84.69 per head or 188.16p/kg

£ per head: £105 G&MA Lawn; £99 F Reeday & Son; £96.5 N Morphett; £95 NA Bell; £94.5 M Preston; £92 N&M Hugill;

p/kg: 228.3p G&MA Lawn; 204.9p CD&RF Kitching; 202.4p T Smith; 197.7p CR Brittain; 195.7p K Marshall; 194.4p S Dorey;

Texel average £85.43 per head or 195.17p/kg

£ per head: £117 MT Thornber; £114 JP Broadwith; £110 F Webster; £105 x2 F Webster; £105 EP&JM Hutchinson;

p/kg:251.2p RJ Capstick; 247.5p Stocks Enterprises; 244.2p FW&JM Eddington; 239p K Marshall; 237.5p JP Broadwith;

Mule average £77.33per head or 175.2p/kg

£ per head: £85 WM Hall; £84.5 J Pickles; £84 E&S Baines; £83.5 B Stubbs; £83, £82.5 J Redmayne; £82.5x2 J Pickles;

p/kg: 194p B Stubbs; 188.8p CD&RF Kitching; 181.5p B Stubbs 180.7p CD&RF Kitching; 180.4p J Redmayne;

Charollais average £76.8 per head or 186.55p/kg

£ per head: £114 F Webster; £101 EP&JM Hutchinson; £88.5 NA Bell; £86.5, £82 CR Brittain; £79.5 E&S Baines; £76.5 L Throup

p/kg:259.1p F Webster; 216.3p CR Brittain; 201.1p NA Bell; 200p CR Brittain; 184.9p E&S Baines; 180.3p, 180px2 L Throup

Swaledale average £54.95 per head or 157.53p/kg

£ per head: £81 Ellis Bros; £73 F Reeday & Son; £66 W Mason & Son; £62 JK Wilson; £61 FCN&M Walker; £55.5 AG Horn

p/kg: 172.3p Ellis Bros; 167.6p JK Wilson; 163.6p W Mason & Son; 162.1p, 160.3p SM Towler; 157.1p W Mason & Son

Cheviot average £72.02 per head or 182.91p/kg

£ per head: £80.5 B Dibb; £78.5 T Smith; £75 S Dorey; £70, £68.5 Brafferton Manor;

p/kg:192.3p S Dorey; 191.5p T Smith; 180.3p, 179.5p Brafferton Manor; 175p B Dibb



Cull Ewes average £51.76

Suffolk to £65.5, Texel to £95.5, BFL to £79.5, Mule to £73.5, Swaledale to £31.5, Masham to £70.5, Cheviot to £61.5, Dalesbred to £23.5 RH&EA Close.

Top prices:

Lowland: £95.5 MJ&C Thornber; £93.5 J Redmayne

Mule/Masham: £73.5, £70.5 C&SB Whitelock;

Horned: £31.5, £28.5 G&MA Lawn

Hill: £79.5 SJ Sugden; £69.5 F Webster

Cast Rams average £46.58

Texel to £81.5,  Beltex  to £30.




Rearing Calves to £430 (25)

B&W av £121 Cont av £353 Native av £143

A ruck of calves could have been sold today on the trade we had. Blue bulls were a pleasure to sell with almost all selling for £400 - £430 with Church Farm Enterprises topping with a lovely bull calf. A couple of cracking black and whites from Chadwick and Leaver sold to £160 and £150 respectively.


Blue heifers were the pick of the females with Fred Houseman leading the trade once again at £370 and £380, with a brace of Limousin heifers from Graham Hayton selling for £350. 


Bull Calves                            

Brit Blue x (Av £398.33) to £430 Church Farm Enterprises                                                       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £190) to £190 JP&KE Hartley

Black & White (Av £121) to £160 Chadwick & Leaver               


Heifer Calves       

Ab Angus (Av £131.25) to £155 JP&KE Hartley                                                            

British Blue (Av £289) to £380 Church Farm Enterprises

Lim (Av £350) to £350 x2 Hayton & Stocks



Craven Dairy Auction (7 head)

A small show of milkers on offer today but a good number of bidders ringside made for a good trade for all presented. Colin Whitelock did the honours in the judging ring picking out a lovely red heifer from Graham Donaldson of Busby, giving 35kg and calved just 14 days she sold for £1920. Ian Parkinson’s 3rd calver made a good price at £1620 for a lovely wearing 30kg cow. However it was a couple of 6th Calver’s from Midgeley’s at Luddendenfoot which topped at £1180 that looked the trade of the day for some young looking cows.


Next Sale is the 11th March.


Judge – Colin Whitelock

Prize Awards:      

Champion – GP&J Donaldson                           Reserve – MD Parkinson


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1620): to £1920 GP&J Donaldson


Newly Calven Cows (av £1260): to £1620 MD Parkinson




Breeding Sheep – Weekly at 11:30am


Today was our opening weekly sale of Sheep with Lambs at Foot where a nice trade was experienced. Top price twins was £230 for correct Texel from RJ Umpleby who sold at £225 and £220. J Hitchen achieved £220 twice and singles to £170.


Please advise the Office of all entries by 12noon on Fridays prior to sale for the weekly online catalogue. Thankyou


Texel Correct Twins

£230 £195             RJ Umpleby

£225                       J Hitchen

Texel Correct Singles

£162                       J Hitchen

£155                       RJ Umpleby

Suffolk Correct Twins

£225 £220 £190   RJ Umpleby

Suffolk Correct Singles

£170                       RJ Umpleby

Mule Correct Twins

£225                       J Hitchen               






Hay                         Mini Heston         to £46 per bale

                                Quads                     to £36 per bale

                                Small                      to £4.50 per bale


Haylage                  Round                    to £33 per bale


Wheat Straw        Mini Heston          to £25 per bale