Forward: 69 Prime cattle comprising 15 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 53 Cast Cattle 2,806 Prime Sheep comprising 2,415 Prime Hoggs, 391 Cast Ewes & Rams 54 Rearing Calves 11 Dairy Cattle 6 Loads of produce


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Stanforths Butchers from Skipton secured the highest priced beats of the day a 565kg Limousin cross steer which made 236.5p/kg  or £1336.


465-555kg                                             to 238.5p/kg                        av. 232.98p/kg

560kg                                                     to 236.5p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 240.5p/kg                        av. 211.91p/kg

485kg                                                     to 244.5p/kg                        av. 234.72p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1336, 1324, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1272,1271, JA Drake (Limx) 1229

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 238.5,236.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 237.5, 235.5, JA Drake (Limx) 227.5


£ per head: JA Mellin (Limx) 1335, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1268,1250, BL&R Lund (BBx) 1247, JA Drake (Limx) 1198

p/kg:      BL&R Lund (Limx) 244.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 240.5, JA Mellin (Limx) 240.5,  JA Drake (Limx) 239.5

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   130.5p/kg             £874.35

Top Prices £ per head or p/kg

£ per head: JD Crabtree&Son (B&W Hfr) 874

p/kg: JD Crabtree&Son (B&W Hfr) 130.5


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   97.04p/kg             £629.61

85% of the sales entry dairies with a mixture of plain cows, non uk and non farm assured. Trade remains very good with the plain cattle an exceptional trade despite diluting the overall average.

Black & White                       to 112.5p/kg                        av. 95.27p/kg

Jersey                                     to 73.5p/kg

MRI                                         to 104.5p/kg                        av. 101.63p/kg

Limx                                       to 113.5p/kg                        av. 103.51p/kg

Saler                                       to 108.5p/kg

AA                                           to 109.5p/kg                        av. 105.82p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: WP Gratton 889,868,822,779, G Abbott&Sons 865, JC Marshall 770,761, M Baul&Sons Ltd 763, CM&EM Gratton 754

p/kg: WP Gratton 112.5,110.5, 107.5,CM&EM Gratton 108.5, JD Crabtree&Son 107.5, JC Marshall 105.5, G Abbott&Sons 105.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: C Watson (MRI) 716,621,  M Fewster (Jer) 368

p/kg: C Watson (MRI) 105.5, 98.5, M Fewster (Jer) 73.5


£ per head: Ellis Bros (Limx)  732, D Spencer (Limx) 650, Beeston Hall Farm (Saler) 667

p/kg: Ellis Bros (Limx) 113.5, D Spencer (Limx) 106.5, Beeston Hall Farm (Saler) 108.5


Overall Average                                   94.5p/kg               £718.20


£ per head: JD Crabtree&Son  718

p/kg: JD Crabtree&Son 94.5


2,806 Prime Sheep comprising 2,415 Prime Hoggs, 391 Cast Ewes & Rams

A decent show of sheep numbers wise, but a greater portion now being Mules, Horned or Hill bred. As expected, the Beltex types and nice fleshed tidy looking export weights were a sharp trade being dearer by a nice margin on the week. Top of the shop was a nice pair of Beltex Lambs 291.9p, 37kg at £108 from Henry Atkinson, who also presented the top price per head at £123, 44kg at 279.5p. The same vendor also had lambs at 280.3p (38kg £106.50). Tim Robinson was next in line at £116 each or 269.8p for 43kg Beltex. Henry Atkinson was again in the prices at 269p 263p and 254p or £114.50 and £105. Walter Parkinson presented some good ¾ bred lambs, the best of which topped at 248.7p (39kg £97) and 240p (40kg £96), Duncan Cowking was in the top prices too at 243.6p (39kg £95). R Peel presented lambs at £110 and £103, Tim Robinson other pens at £102 and Henry Atkinson other pens at £106 £105 & £104.

A nice tidy export weight lamb was in very good demand this week, with these types 185p to 195p, and a commercial sort 170p to 180p. Heavy lambs however continue to be a varied trade depending on fat cover, with over fat types 150ish, but a nice lean meat 45kg to 47kg 170p to 175p.

Cast sheep were a better trade than expected, with light and medium weight ewes finding a decent trade, and heavy ewes so long as not over fat good to place too, recording an overall average of £57. Best of the horned ewes were a pen of 32 Scotch Black Faced fed Ewes at £57.50 from C&SB Whitelock, and best heavy ewes to £129.50.


Prime Hoggs  – Overall Average  £72.07 per head or 165.57p/kg          

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 140.6p/kg         av 128.82p/kg      or £38.63 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 263.2p/kg         av 158.32p/kg      or £53.82 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 291.9p/kg         av 170.2p/kg         or £70.17 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 200p/kg            av 157.4p/kg         or £75.60 per head

52.1kg and over                  to 192.6p/kg         av 151.03p/kg      or £78.45 per head

Beltex average £83.87 per head or 204.44p/kg

£ per head: £123 HB Atkinson; £116 TA Robinson; £114.50, £108, £106.5, £105, £104 HB Atkinson; £102 TA Robinson; 

p/kg: 291.9p, 280.3p, 279.5p HB Atkinson; 269.8p TA Robinson; 269.2p, 263.2p, 254.4p HB Atkinson; 248.7p W&J Parkinson

Suffolk average £70.13 per head or 160.52p/kg

£ per head: £85 AJ Slater; £85 J&V Blakey; £83 BL&R Lund; £77 DW&CJ Towler; £75 S&PE Bowker; £74 T Kiernan;

p/kg: 188.6p BL&R Lund; 175p DW&CJ Towler; 173.5p AJ Slater; 169.8p CD&RF Ktiching; 166.7p TR Thwaite & Son

Texel average £71.99 per head or 167.31p/kg

£ per head: £91 JE Burrows; £91, £90 HB Atkinson; £89 CT&EM Hammond; £89 P&J Brown & Son; £88 S&D Bennett;

p/kg:219.5p, 216.7p HB Atkinson; 207p CT&EM Hammond; 207p P&J Brown & Son; 202.3p W&J Parkinson;

Mule average £66.47 per head or 151.08p/kg

£ per head: £71, £70.50 x3 R&KA Burley & Son; £70 D Wood; £69.50 R&KA Burley; £69 CD&RF Kitching; £68 WB Woodsworth

p/kg:158.3p DA Robinson; 157.1p WB Woodsworth; 155.1p JJ Beckwith; 154.5p CD&RF Kitching; 153.4p JK Wilson;

Lleyn average £64.63 per head or 155.53p/kg

£ per head: £69.50, £68 CD&RF Kitching; £63 RG&SJ Paul;

p/kg:161.6p, 151.1p CD&RF Ktiching; 153.7p RG&SJ Paul:

Swaledale average £50.46 per head or 142.9p/kg

£ per head: £63.50 R Tennant; £60 S&D Robinson; £60 x3 JL&J Plate; £59 WB Woodsworth; £58 J&V Blakey; £57 JM&S Tennant;

p/kg: 148.6p JJ Beckwith; 146.3p x3  JL&J Pate; 145.9p C Mellin; 145.5p A&N Fothergill & Son; 144.6p x2 D Wood;



Cull Ewes average £57.36

Suffolk to £77.50, Texel to £129.50, BFL to £, Mule to £66.50, Lleyn to £85.50, Swaledale to £34.50, Cheviot to £88.

Top prices:

Lowland: £129.50, £118.50 W Watson

Mule/Masham: £66.50 MW Harrison; £62.50 JG Smith & RJ Staveley Ltd

Horned: £57.50 C&SB Whitelock

Hill: £88 HB Atkinson; £85.50 C Mellin

Cast Rams average £45.58

Texel to £61.50 JG Hall & Son;



Rearing Calves to £450 (54)

B&W av £80.83 Cont av £328.5 Native av £199.5

A strange trade for calves today with younger calves outstripping the older ones. Fred Houseman topped proceedings at £450 for one of his British Blue calves and all Blue Bulls averaging £384. Black and Whites were dearer today with certainly some better goods on sale and a stronger average at £80.83.


A strong number of natives forward at handy money with John and Rob Marshall of Dacre topping proceedings with a Aberdeen Angus Bull at £285 and a mention for Chris Watson with his 3 week old Limousin x MRI bull at £365, it was a little cracker.  


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £350) to £365 C Watson       

Brit Blue x (Av £384.44) to £450 Church Farm Enterprises                                                       

Ab Angus (Av £205.7) to £285 JC Marshall

Simmental to £370 HJ&K Blackwell                                

Black & White (Av £80.83) to £125 RL Wright & Son                 


Heifer Calves                       

Simmental x to £335 HJ&KL Blackwell                                                           

Ab Angus (Av £182.88) to £235 GD&JC Holme                                                            

British Blue (Av £299.83) to £340 Church Farm  Enterprises

Limousin (av £243) to £280 D Clarke                                                             


Craven Dairy Auction (11 head)

 A light show for the end of January show and sale with 11 heifers up for sale today with a mixture of goods on offer. Robin Jennings of Ripley took the top honours with his 33kg heifer selling for £1600 to Fred and Mike Longster of Pateley Bridge with Alan Throup matching this price with his smart 2nd Calver which sold to the Robinson family of Grewelthorpe.


Judge – David Berry

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st & 3rd GB Jennings            2nd D&A Fort

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st A&SL Throup

Champion – GB Jennings                    Reserve – A&SL Throup


Newly Calven Heifers (10): av £1350  to £1600 GB Jennings


Newly Calven Cows (1): to £1600 A&SL Throup