Forward: 82 Prime cattle comprising 17 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 6 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 59 Cast Cattle. 1,612 Prime Sheep comprising 568 Spring Lambs, 612 Prime Hoggs, 61 Mature Hoggs, 371 Feeding Ewes & Rams. 447 Breeding Sheep (comprising 170 Sheep with 258 lambs at foot and 19 Geld Gimmer Hoggs). 57 Rearing Calves to £430 x2 (57) B&W av £80.83 Cont av £338.66 Native av £197.14. 24 Dairy Cattle. 2 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Butchers cattle reflecting the recent upturn in trade. Top price was a 490kg British Blue cross heifer from Ben Townsend of Laneshawbridge which sold to Stanforths Butchers for 242p/kg or £1185. Top gross was a British Blue cross heifer weighing 570kg which was consigned by Messrs BA&B Perkins of Oughtibridge and sold to Keelham Farm Shop for £1296 or 227.5p/kg.


465-555kg                                             to 199.5p/kg        av.173.86p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 216.5p/kg        av. 169.98p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 182.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 242p/kg            av. 214.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JA Drake (Limx) 1212,1107, GW&EJ Parker (AAx) 1126,1107,

p/kg: JA Drake (Limx) 216.5, 199.5, GW&EJ Parker (AAx) 160.5, 156.5


£ per head: BA&B Perkins (BBx) 1297, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1216, (Limx) 1163, JM Townsend (BBx)1186,1186,

p/kg: JM Townsend (BBx) 242, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 241.5, 232.5,228.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 232.5,  BA&B Perkins (BBx) 227.5

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   127.68p/kg           £806.53

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head:D&P Brown (Brown Sw) 855,840, AL Dean&Son (B&W) 848,827, M Baul&Sons Ltd (B&W) 840,

p/kg: M Baul&Sons (B&W) 135.5, AL Dean&Sons (B&W) 134.5,132.5, D&P Brown (Brown Sw) 130.5, 123.5.


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   100.11p/kg           £653.03

Sharp trade for cast cows headed up by AJ Mason’s French Limousin cow weighing 715kg which made 145.5p. Good trade through the grades for dairies heavy meated cattle 102-112p, Steakers 92-101p and plains 62-89p.


Black & White                       to 112.5p/kg                        av. 93.82p/kg

MRI                                         to 107.5p/kg                        av. 105.54p/kg

Limx                                       to 145.5p/kg                        av. 119.58p/kg

BBx                                         to 114.5p/kg                        av. 111.26p/kg

Shorthorn                             to 108.5p/kg                        av. 100.40p/kg

AAx                                         to 114.5p/kg                        av. 100.66p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: MP Jennings (Dairy) Ltd 969,787, 763, GT Booth 852,812, JD Crabtree&son 844,796, R Dakin 808,

p/kg: JD Crabtree&Son 112.5, 107.5,106.5,R Dakin 108.5, MP Jennings (Dairy) Ltd 107.5, CM&EM Gratton 106.5, AL Dean&Son 106.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: C Watson (MRI) 882,748,681

p/kg: C Watson (MRI) 107.5,106.5,102.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: S&D Robinson 846, T Blackwell 761

p/kg: T Blackwell 114.5, S&D Robinson 108.5


£ per head: AJ Mason 1040, JW Stockdale&Son 927, D&J Isherwood 765, A Priestley 764

p/kg: AJ Mason 145.5, JW Stockdale&Son 130.5, D&J Isherwood 128.5, R Dodson 122.5


£ per head: S&D Robinson (Sh) 863, B Clay (AAx) 784, DA Ogden 630

p/kg: B Clay (AAx) 114.5,S&D Robinson (Sh) 108.5


Overall Average                                   100.31p/kg           £983.03

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: D&J Iswherwood (AA) 1225, S&D Robinson (BB) 1013, JE Greenwood (Path) 712

p/kg: S&D Robinson (BB) 112.5, JE Greenwood (Path) 97.5,S&D Robinson (AA) 93.5


Spring Lambs

A larger entry of 568 head met with a trade that was 10p/kg  up on the week to stand at 213p/kg. Mixed into all this we held a special Whitsuntide Prize Show & Sale of Spring Lambs and this was well supported and expertly judged by Miss Clare Cropper of G&C Cropper Family Butchers who have a retail shop on Accrington Market. Clare’s choice of champions were presented by Richard Frankland of Frankland Farms in Rathmell. Weighing 42kg they realised £175 per head or 416p/kg when purchased by Clare Cropper. The reserve champions came from Robert Towers of Farleton weighing 39kg they sold for £108 per head to Andrew Atkinson buying on behalf of Harthead Meat Co.

During the sale 10 pens sold for over 250p, and 41 pens for 220p to 250p. Commercial lambs generally reached 200p, odd pens 190p to 200p. Heavy types (46kg to 52kg) were good to sell and matched the mart average of 214p.

Lamb Show

Pair of Continental Lambs

1st Franklands Farms 42kg £175 G&C Cropper

2nd JD&V Towers 39kg £108 Hartshead Meats

3rd DA Livestock 39kg £104 Vivers Scot Lamb


Pair of Down x Lambs

1st M Evans 48kg £106 Kendalls Farmers Butchers

2nd M Evans 45kg £109 Hartshead Meats

3rd TH Mellin 42kg £94 Keelham Farm Shop


Champion – Frankland Farms

Reserve – JD&V Towers

Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £87.27 per head or 213.3p/kg           

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 416.7p/kg         av 213.6p/kg         or £85.87 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 238.0p/kg         av 214.0p/kg         or £102.32 per head

52.1kg and over   to 198.1p/kg         av 193.3p/kg         or £105 per head

Rouge average £92.39 per head or 213.5p/kg

£ per head: £96.50 £95 £93.50 £92 JA&JM Wade;

p/kg: 224.4p 219.0p 212.5p 208.1p JA&JM Wade;

Suffolk average £88.53 per head or 210.8p/kg

£ per head: £110 AV Bailey; £109.5x2 £106 ML Evans; £108 £106 J&F Nutter; £107 JA&JM Wade;

p/kg: 251.3p D&A Livestock; 250.0p JD&V Towers; 243.3p  238.0p 233.3p ML Evans; 236.6p WJ Barker;

Texel average £89.36 per head or 221.5p/kg

£ per head: £175 Frankland Farms; £109 GH&G Emmott; £108x2 £107 JD&V Towers; £108 £107 I Barrett;

p/kg: 416.7p 256.8p Frankland Farms; 276.9p 261.0p 259.0p JD&V Towers; 265.4p D&A Livestock;

Charollais average £82.21 per head or 204.4p/kg

£ per head: £100 WJ Barker; £94 S Coar; £92 RN Thompson; £92 I Barrett; £91 P&J Sedgwick; £90 G&SE Parker;

p/kg: 230.0p 217.9p RN Thompson; 230.0p I Barrett; 223.8p 221.3p S Coar; 211.9p EE Watson & Son;


Hogg numbers less as the end of the season approaches, and another mixed bag. Some good fed hoggs could still do 170p plus, but anything lacking was around the 150p mark.  


Prime Hoggs  – Overall Average  £67.54 per head or 157.0p/kg             

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 148.5p/kg         av 137.3p/kg         or £46.85 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 193.2p/kg         av 160.4p/kg         or £65.32 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 166.7p/kg         av 159.8p/kg         or £77.40 per head

52.1kg and over   to 173.7p/kg         av 140.1p/kg         or £78.04 per head

Beltex average £85.00 per head or 193.2p/kg

£ per head: £85 DN&D Capstick

p/kg: 193.2p DN&D Capstick

Texel average £65.83 per head or 160.3p/kg

£ per head: £80 £78.50 GW Thackray £75.50 PL Metcalfe £69(x2) W Holden

p/kg: 184.1p PL Metcalfe 177.8p 174.4p GW Thackray

Mule average £71.18 per head or p/kg

£ per head: £79.50 £78 J Pickles £77 D&P Spence & Son £75.50 PL Metcalfe £71 N Heseltine

p/kg: 177.3p J Pickles 167.0p PL Metcalfe

Swaledale average £57.62 per head or 144.3p/kg

£ per head: £65.50 £64 J Pickles

p/kg: 156.1p 152.0p J Pickles

SBF average £71.03 per head or 170.1p/kg

£ per head: £79 £78 £77(x2) GW Thackray

p/kg: 177.3p 175.6p 175.0p 171.1p GW Thackray

Lonk average £77 per head or 160.6p/kg

£ per head: £80 GW Thackray;

p/kg:166.7p GW Thackray

Gritsone average £67.93 per head or 165.9p/kg

£ per head:£69.50 B Dibb

p/kg: 166.0p GW Thackray

Cheviot average £79.73 per head or 172.4p/kg

£ per head:£81.50 £78.50 J Lord; £78 D&P Spence & Sons;

p/kg: 178.4p J Lord;




Mature Hoggs  – Overall Average  £53.29 per head or 130.1p/kg          

£ per head: £87 £85 S Bolton; £74 J Lord £72 B Dibb; £71 B&J Sutcliffe;

p/kg: 154.3p B&J Sutcliffe; 151.8p 147.5p S Bolton; 150.0p SD Bennett; 150.0 B Dibb;


A nice trade in the face of weaker prices generally last week.


Cull Ewes average £62.95

Suffolk to £96.50, Texel to £112.50, BFL to £74.50, Mule to £82.50, Swaledale to £62.50, Masham to £66.50, SBF to £54.50, Bleu Du Maine to £78.50, Lonk  to £38.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £112.50 FW&JM Eddington; £100.50 T Harrison

Mule/Masham: £82.50 FW&JM Eddington; £75.50 WM Hall

Horned: £62.50 DH Heseltine; £59.50 FW&JM Eddington

Hill: £74.50 Ellis Bros; £67.50 GJ&G Schofield

Cast Rams average £81.95

Texel to £87.50 RA&E Smith; Rouge to £97.50 M Walker; Charolais to £ 87.50 RA&E Smith



Breeding Sheep


A better show of sheep late in the season and a larger ringside of customers assembled as well. Megan Thomas topped the sale with Zwartble cross Gimmer Hoog with a nice Blue Texel cross Gimmer Lamb at Foot which sold for £225 the outfit which sold to Messrs Greensit of Ripon. Richard Stockdale sold two pens of Texel Hoggs with singles for £185 the outfit.


NEXT MONDAY (30th May Bank Holiday)

Special Show & Sale of Sheep with Lambs at Foot including Show & Sale of Single Sheep with Lambs at foot (MV Acc & Non MV Acc)

Advance Entries Inc: 10 Swaledale Ewes with Mule Lambs at Foot from JH&J Bland, Thwaite Bridge, 10 Hoggs & Lambs from RG Johnson, 10 Hoggs & Lambs from JW Stockdale & Son


Entries please to the Mart Office by 12noon Friday for inclusion in the online listing


(Prices per outfit)

Texel Cross

Hoggs with Singles to £185 JW Stockdale & Son

Hoggs with Twins to £115 SM Towler

Shlgs with Twins to £172 M Campbell

Shlgs with Single lambs to £125 H Metcalfe

Correct with Twins to £158 M Campbell


Suffolk Cross

Shlgs with Twins to £150 L Brown



Hoggs with Singles to £165 RG Johnson & Son

Shlgs with Twins to £150 L Brown

Correct with Twins to £145 SM Towler

b/m with twins to £142 AG Horn

b/m with Singles £80 AG Horn



Hoggs with Singles to £132 CR Kippax

Hoggs with Twins to £138 CR Kippax

Shlgs with twins to £150 L Brown


Zwartbles x

Hoggs with Singles to £225

Hoggs with Twins to £160



Ewe b/m with Twins to £100 P Smith


Rearing Calves to £430 x2 (57)

B&W av £80.83 Cont av £338.66 Native av £197.14

Calves today met a strong trade yet again with the vast majority of calves receiving a higher price than previous weeks continental bulls and heifers met a fearsome trade with no less than 16 separate accounts around the calf ring today.  A joint top price was achieved today with Richard Spence of Sutton in Craven and Geoff and Margaret Booth of Dowshaw farm Lothersdale both reaching £430 with John Marshall of Dacre seeing his consignment achieve £400 of which all three were British Blue Bulls.


Limousin bull calves from RD Metcalfe Brearton and the Pickergills brothers of Guiseley saw their calves average £335 for their combined contribution with Pickergill’s leading the way at £395.  Natives were topped by a strong bull from John Marshall, Dacre at £280 for a strong bull.


In the Heifers  again the Brown’s of Ramsgill took the highest price with another of their impressive Lincoln Red heifers which achieved £380, with continentals reaching just on the top side of £300 with the Marshalls, Dacre again achieving the highest price with £335. 


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £334) to £390 G Pickersgill & Sons                      

Brit Blue x (Av £352.22) to £430 RM Spence and £430  GT Booth                                                                                           

Ab Angus (Av £196.88) to £280 JC Marshall

Brown Swiss to £78 S Nuttall                           

Black & White (Av £80.83) to £145 DL DM J Heron                    


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x to £305 R Jowett- Holiday                            

Brit Blue x (Av £310) to £335 JC Marshall                     

Ab Angus (Av £161) to £195 DL DM J Heron                                                

Lincoln Red to £380 D&P Brown                                                     


Craven Dairy Auction (24 head)

Just as the gate opened for the first milker to enter the ring Arla’s text message announcement of a 1ppl price reduction started beeping around the ringside. Despite the impeccable timing of the “good news” trade was brisk with all heifers selling away well with arguably the lower end of the milkers seeing the highest price jump.


Brian Moorhouse of the Aireburn herd took the top honours in the milkers for his newly calven pedigree heifer consignment with the highly sought after Samantha Sugden choosing her above D&A Forts Homebred newly calven heifer with Sally Wellock of Oakworth taking a well deserved 3rd prize.


D&A Fort topped the days trade with his hard fought over heifer calved 20 days and giving 26litres, it went onto reach £1480 to Wick Williams. Brian Moorhouse’s Pedigree heifer giving 30kg was not far behind at £1400. Other noted prices was £1380 Jennings Farmers and £1350 J Wellock & Son. 


The youngstock were very well sold with Jackie Bradley of Hartwith selling five cracking hand reared heifers to average £628 and Alan and Susan Throup of Higher House sold some Dalesbrad surplus progeny with their bulling heifers reaching a healthy trade of £770 average and topping at £800 for the four on offer.   




Judge – Samantha Sugden

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

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st J Wellock 2nd IRG Collins

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st I Olivers & Partners 2nd I Olivers & Partners 3rd SR Petty

                                Champion – GB Moorhouse              Reserve – D&A Fort


Newly Calven Heifers (11):  av £1282.50 to £1480 DA Fort


Newly Calven Cows (2): av £1305 to £1330 J Wellock 


Incalf Heifers (2): av £1115 to £1180 I Olivers & Partners


Bulling Heifers (4) av £770 to £800 A&SL Throup


Maiden Heifers 8mths (5) av £628 to £660 J Bradley