Forward: 44 Prime cattle comprising 13 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 2 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 29 Cast Cattle 3,099 Prime Sheep comprising 48 Spring Lambs, 2734 Old Season Lambs, 317 Cast Ewes & Rams 263 Breeding Sheep 83 Rearing Calves: B&W av £85.30 Cont av £364.26 Native av £200.6 to £780 7 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Lighter show of clean cattle with commercial types to the fore. Top price was a 505kg Limousin cross heifer shown by Malcolm Metcalfe of Baldersby which sold to Charlie Clough of Queensbury for 252.5p/kg or £1275.


560kg+                                                   to 207.5p/kg        av. 200.90p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 252.5p/kg        av. 199.98p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 1235, (Limx) 1167,1124

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 207.5, (Limx) 199.5,195.5


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1275,1113,(BBx) 1261, W&J Parkinson (Limx) 1063,1055,1051

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 252.5,229.5,(BBx) 233.5, W&J Parkinson (Limx) 217.5,212.5,206.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   126.22p/kg           £952.92

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: A Thompson Farms Ltd (BBx) 1054,852

p/kg: A Thompson Farms Ltd (BBx) 128.5,123.5

Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   97.53p/kg             £671.14

Light show of cast cattle with price firmer with the B&W average up nearly 3p on the week.

Black & White                       to 124.5p/kg                        av. 95.73p/kg

Dairy Shorthorn                   to 91.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 112.5p/kg                       

BBx                                         to 108.5p/kg                        av. 105.15p/kg

Blondex                                 to 113.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: FA Holmes&Son 896,754, BH Wilson&Sons 836,758, M Burrill 812, C Watson 756, A&SL Throup 743


Other Dairy

£ per head: G&PS Fleetwood (Dairy Sh) 535

p/kg: G&PS Fleetwood (Dairy Sh) 91.5

Brit Bluex:

£ per head: H&S Maudsley 808,695

p/kg: H&S Maudsley 108.5,101.5


£ per head: D&S Hollings 855

p/kg: D&S Hollings 112.5


£ per head: DJ Holliday 783

p/kg: DJ Holliday 113.5

263 Breeding Sheep

A smaller show of sheep and lambs were dearer on the week, but there were some stronger outfits on offer too. Top price of the day went to Paul Watson of Hellifield who sold Texel Shearlings with Twins at foot for £220. Johny Metcalf of Linton had 2 pens of 8 Texel 2crop ewes with twins making £210 and £200 per outfit, and for the third week running James and Deborah Ogden of Austwick were amongst the top prices with a pen of 10 Texel 3 crop Ewes with Twins selling at £205 per outfit. Best of the single outfits came from Andrew Bailey trading as Ivanhoe Livestock of Hunton, Bedale whose 3 shear Texels with Blue Texel Lambs sold to £170.







Texel Cross

Shlgs and Twins to £220 Watson Livestock

2 crop and Twins to £210 RE&M Metcalfe & Son

3 crop and Twins £205 JR&DL Ogden

Correct and Twins to £190 M&N Burnop

Correct and Singles to £170 Ivanhoe Livestock

B/M and Twins to £188 Ivanhoe Livestock

B/M with Singles to £140 DJ&LJ Holt

Suffolk cross

Correct & Singles to £130 DJ&LJ Holt


Shlg with Twins to £198 R&DA Earnshaw

Correct and Twins to £170 R&DA Earnshaw

Correct and Singles to £130 J Binns

b/m and Twins to £142 DJ&LJ Holt

b/m and singles to £100 F Reeday & Son


b/m with Twins to £160 DJ&LJ Holt


Prime Sheep

Today we held our Easter Show & Sale of Spring Lambs with judgiung undertaken by Mr James Farrington. His choice as champion was a single Beltex cross Charollais Lamb from Robert Towers of Farleton weighing 45kg purchased by the judge for £135 (300p/kg). Charles Marwood topped the sale at 310p/kg with a pen of 38kg purchased by Vivers Scotlamb. A full list of results and buyers are shown below.

Easter Spring Lamb Show

Class 1 – Pair of Continental Lambs

1st JD&V Towers 43kg £130 J Farrington

2nd JD&V Towers 40kg £119 Woodends Butchers

3rd CW Marwood 42kg £126 Woodends Butchers

Class 2 – Single Continental Lamb

1st JD&V Towers 45kg £135 J Farrington

2nd CW Marwood 51kg £128 J Farrington

3rd JD&V Towers 46kg £125 Woodends Butchers

Class 3 – Pair Down x

1st ML Evans 49kg £125 J Kearns

Class 4 – Single Down x

1st ML Evans 59kg £120 A Atkinson

2nd ML Evans 55kg £124 A Atkinson

3rd J Wellock 36kg £107 Vivers Scot Lamb

Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £111.98 per head or 266.4p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 212.1p/kg         av 212.1p/kg         or £70 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 210.5p/kg         av 291.8p/kg         or £120 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 276.1p/kg         av 260.4p/kg         or £125 per head

52.1kg and over   to 225.9p/kg         av 217.8p/kg         or £122 per head

Suffolk average £123.50 per head or 233.0p/kg

£ per head: £125 £124 £120 ML Evans; £119 £107 J Wellock

p/kg: 297.2p 276.7p J Wellock; 255.1p 225.5p 203.4p ML Evans

Charollais average £122.15 per head or 281.0p/kg

£ per head: £135 £130 £127 £126 £125 JD&V Towers & Son; £128 £126 £123 CW Marwood;

p/kg: 310.5p 307.5p 300.0p 297.5p CW Marwood; 302.3p 300.0p 297.5p JD&V Towers;

Texel average £120 per head or 279.1p/kg

£ per head: £120 JP Barnes;

p/kg: 279.1p JP Barnes;


Prime Hogg numbers remained very static for the time of year, but the quality was far more variable than we have seen of late, but the overall average was still 189.2p/kg (SQQ of 190.5p/kg). Smart lambs were a fantastic trade, with prices very similar on the week, with 34 pens over 250p/kg up to 321p/kg for 38kg Beltex making £122 from Paul Simpson of Forest Becks purchased by Vivers Scotlamb in Annan. 9 pens made over £120, 8 of which came from Paul Simpson, and the other pen from R Crabtree & Son, Bramhope. 32 Further pens made from £100 to £117 per head. Hill bred lambs were a decent trade again, best of which were a pen of 53kg Mashams selling at £98 per head from Steve Dorey of Norton Disney with another at 46kg £89. Horned Hoggs sold to £87 for Swaledales from James Pate of Gisburn.

Cast sheep were a stronger trade on the week with buyers appearing a little keener in the face of tighter numbers.



Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £79 per head or 189.2p/kg         

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 248.4p/kg         av 144.7p/kg         or £44.55 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 228.6p/kg         av 165.6p/kg         or £56.79 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 321.1p/kg         av 193.6p/kg         or £79.07 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 250.0p/kg         av 183.2p/kg         or £88.24 per head

52.1kg and over   to 206.7p/kg         av 165.2p/kg         or £87.69 per head

Beltex average £109 per head or 274.8p/kg

£ per head: £128x2 £124 £123x2 £122 £121 £1112x2 PW Simpson; £117 £111 TA Robinson;

p/kg: 321.1p 318.4p 311.1p 310.0p 304.8p 302.7p 300.0p 290.0p PW Simpson;

Suffolk average £ per head or p/kg

£ per head: £93.50 GW Thackray; £92 N&M Hugill; £91 T Kiernan; £90 R Emmott;

p/kg: 211.6p 200.0p T Kiernan; 196.4p N&J&S Taylor; 192.1p DJ&LJ Holt;

Texel average £81.14 per head or 294.8p/kg

£ per head: £120 £115 R Crabtree; £114 £112x3 K Saffery; £112.50 T Jackson; £112 Brafferton Manor; £111 W Crane;

p/kg: 287.2p 285.0p 273.2px2 270.3p K Saffery; 273.2p Brafferton Manor; 257.1p D&J Coates;

Mule average £77.37 per head or 176.9p/kg

£ per head: £86 £85 J&F Nutter; £85 JR Lancaster; £85 GW Thackray; £84 GW Houseman; £84 Brafferton Manor;

p/kg: 197.7p 183.0p J&F Nutter; 191.5p 189.5p 187.2p S Dorey; 183.7p 182.1p N&J&S Taylor; 181.4p JK Wilson;

Charollais average £89 per head or 189.3p/kg

£ per head: £89 JR&DL Ogden

p/kg: 189.3p JR&DL Odgen

Masham average £86.01 per head or 189.6p/kg

£ per head: £98 £89x2 £79.50 S Dorey; £82 JL&J Pate;

p/kg: 193.5p 189.3p 185.4p 184.9p S Dorey; 186.4p JL&J Pate;

Swaledale average £63.77 per head or 165.4p/kg

£ per head: £87 £76.50 £72 JL&J Pate; £81 J Baines; £79 £76 GW Houseman; £78 JE Cowperthwaite; £73 J Drinkall;

p/kg: 182.1p 176.2p 175.6p JL&J Pate; 179.5p 178.8p 178.2p 176.3p GW Houseman;

Dalesbred average £49.90 per head or 144.2p/kg

£ per head: £76 GW Houseman; £61.50 R Naylor & Son; £44 A&N Fothergill;

p/kg: 165.2p GW Houseman; 161.8p 133.9p R Naylor & Son;

SBF average £62.41 per head or 170.0p/kg

£ per head: £79 AR&CA Parkinson; £61 £58 Lea & Son;

p/kg: 179.5 AR&CA Parkinson; 165.7p 165.6p Lea & Son;

Lonk average £74.27 per head or 170.27p/kg

£ per head: £79 GW Thackray; £78 J Drinkall Ltd; £74 £72.50 £68.50 A Moorhouse & Son;

p/kg: 179.5p GW Thackray; 171.3p 168.6p 168.2p A Moorhouse & Son; 157.1p J Drinkall Ltd;

Gritstone average £64.90 per head or 174.7p/kg

£ per head: £82.50 JE Cowperthwaite; £81 JL&J Pate; £81 £67 £64.50 Lea & Son;

p/kg: 188.4p JL&J Pate; 183.3p JE Cowperthwaite; 180.0p 173.4p 171.8p Lea & Son;

Cheviot average £88.66 per head or 189.5p/kg

£ per head: £94 £93.50 £91 £89.50 C Middleton; £93.50 £93 T Kiernan; £92.50 GW Houseman;

p/kg: 221.4p 217.4p 210.7p 209.8p T Kiernan; 190.0p C Middleton; 188.6p AR&CA Parkinson;

Lleyn average £72 per head or 183.3p/kg

£ per head: £77 £71.50 CD&RF Kitching;

p/kg: 183.3p x2 CD&RF Kitching;



Cull Ewes average £68.89

Suffolk to £80.50, Texel to £105.50, BFL to £86.50, Mule to £71.50, Lleyn to £67.50, Swaledale to £58.50, Masham to £70.50, Beltex  to £78.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £105.50 KJ Marshall; £105.50 WG Beckwith; £104.50 T Boothman

Mule/Masham: £71.50 TH Mellin; £67.50 R Ogg; £66.50 E Pennock & Son;  

Horned: £58.5 TH Mellin; £51.50 WR&M Airey & Sons

Hill: £67.50 RG&SJ Paul; £65.50 Grain Farms

Cast Rams average £79.18

Texel to £129.50 T Boothman; Swaledale to £58.50 A&PM Hall; Cheviot to £75.50 Grain Farms BFL to £72.50 P Addyman & Sons



Rearing Calves to £780 (83)

B&W av £85.30 Cont av £364.26 Native av £200.6

A superb show of continental calves met a searing trade with 10 calves over £400 and topping at a Skipton Record of £780 (that is is NOT a typo).  The 37 day old British Blue bull from the Sowray Bros of Bishop Thornton was the Pre Sale Show Champion Judged by Samantha Asquith, Otley sold to Skipton Regular Show Supporter Lynne Vickers of Scarborough, who also went onto pick up the Reserve Champion at £620. The Mason family from Lincolnshire picked the second and third highest priced calves of the day again from the Sowray’s at £650 and £640.


Richard Spence of Sutton In Craven took first prize with his Limousin Bull and went to top the breed on the day at £430 with RD Metcalfe of Brearton chasing him down with a close contender at £410.


In the Native section the entries of some fine Lincoln Red calves consigned by David Brown, Lofthouse took 1st and 2nd in the Bulls and went on to sell for £315 and £295 (Certainly worth considering if you are looking to use a Native Bull).


Despite a middle of the road show of black and whites they were also met by a ferocious trade with anything bright £85 - £108 all day long even the white ones.


NB: worth noting that today’s average age of calves was 40 days old for 83 on offer  


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £354.75) to £430 RM Spence                               

Brit Blue x (Av £431.28) to £780 A Sowray & Son                       

Hereford x (Av £205) to £300 Hayton & Stocks

Lincoln Red (Av £305) to £315 D&P Brown                                                  

Mont Belliarde to £235 JT Thornber              

Ab Angus (Av £177.50) to £180 JC Marshall

Saler to £225 JT Thornber                

Black & White (Av £85.30) to £108 A&SL Throup                       


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £237) to £360 Hayton & Stocks                           

Brit Blue x (Av £303.92) to £390 A Sowray & Son                       

Ab Angus (Av £182) to £215 JC Marshall                                                       

Hereford x (Av £165) to £185 FA Holmes & Son


BB Bull

1st A Sowray

2nd A Sowray

3rd A Sowray

BB Heifer

1st A Sowray & Son

2nd A Sowray & Son

3rd RD Metcalfe & Son

Limousin Bull

1st RM Spence

2nd RD Metcalfe & Son

3rd A Sorway & Son


Lim Heifer

1st RD Metcalfe & Son


Other Bull

1st JT Thornber


Other Heifer

1st JT Thornber


Native Bull

1st D&P Brown

2nd D&P Brown

3rd C Watson


Native Heifer

1st D&P Brown

2nd JC Marshall

3rd C Watson


Black & White

1st A&SL Throup

Champion; A Sowray & Son

Reserve Champion; A Sowray & Son





Hay                                         Small Bale              to £2.50 per bale