Forward: 39 Prime cattle comprising 33 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 5 Cast Cattle. 4,077 Prime Sheep comprising 3663 Prime Lambs, & 414 Cast Ewes & Rams. 76 Rearing Calves.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Robertshaws Farm Shop in Thornton made the most of a larger entry of clean cattle to secure stock to mature for the Christmas trade. Amongst their purchases were two notable steers from F&B Smith of Masongill both Limousins weighing 555kg and 560kg which made 274.5p/kg (£1537) and 273.5p/kg (£1518). Robertshaws also secured the leading priced per kg heifer a Limousin cross from RT&J Critchley & Sons of Hutton for 269.5p/kg or £1536.

Amongst the top gross prices was Keelham Farm Shop of Skipton with the top price heifer on the day a 585kg high quality LImousin cross heifer from JH&SM Mason of Keasden which made £1565 or 267.5p/kg. Overall top price on the day was a 615kg Limousin cross steer at £1596 or 259.5p/kg sold by CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield to Ralph Pearson wholesale butchers from Bradford. Trade was very strong for a show of good quality cattle across all weights with an increasing number of handy weights in the entry.



465-555kg                                             to 273.5p/kg                        av.257.84p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 274.5p/kg                        av. 235.58p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 269.5p/kg                        av.250.92p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1596,1473, F&B Smith (Limx) 1537,1518, RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 1494, S&NV Jowett (Limx) 1441

p/kg: F&B Smith (Limx) 274.5,273.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 267.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 264.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 259.5,258.5, JM Townsend (Limx) 252.5      


£ per head: JH&SM Mason (Limx) 1565, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1553,1550, (Blondex) 1544, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1536

p/kg: RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 269.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 269.5,265.5, (Blondex) 268.5, JH&SM Mason (Limx) 267.5, JM Townsend (Limx) 263.5



Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   171.5p/kg                             £1097.60

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: S&NV Jowett (Charx) 1098

p/kg: S&NV Jowett (Charx) 171.5



Cull Cow Prices

Cast cow trade continues to be steady in the run up to Christmas with an odd heavy dairy in the entry which made 111.5p/kg or £847. An odd steaker at 107.5p/kg and the remainder of a small entry plain cattle.

Overall Average                                   87.37p/kg                             £562.66

Black & White                      to 111.5p/kg                        av.87.37p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JC&DJ Marshall&Sons 847, SM&MT Stapleton 742

p/kg: JC&DJ Marshall & Sons 111.5, SM&MT Stapleton 107.5



4,077 Prime Sheep comprising 3,663 Prime Lambs, & 414 Cast Ewes & Rams


A tremendous trade across the board today for all classes and a much larger show as well with 1000 extra lambs in the entry, and the 3,663 head levelled at a fantastic 222.3p/kg (or an SQQ of 228p/kg for those that choose to quote that figure) and an overall average of £97.46 per head.
The general story of today’s trade would be as follows: Handyweight lambs would take the best lift on the week, with some 10p to 15p a kilo up on the week, whilst heavies were around 5p kilo up, Mule lambs would be 5p to 10p kilo dearer, and Horned Wethers were also 5p to 10p kilo dearer.

At the top of the tree again today Beltex and ¾ Texel Lambs found a very strong enquiry, 83 pens of lambs or 456 head sold between 250p/kg and the top of 342p/kg, whilst per head there were some great runs of lambs with 25 pens achieving sales of £120/£130 and a top per head of £135 from WA,VJ&JA Towler of Grindleton. 520 Beltex Lambs averaged a cracking 262p or £108.06 per head.
Commercial Lowland lambs 38kg to 43kg were good to sell, and 220p to 240p was commonplace for lambs in this category.

Mule Wethers were the best trade of the season so far, topping at 214p for a pen of 39 head weighing 45kg at £96.50 from Ellis Bros of Cragg House. Nick & Charlotte Brown from Lancaster sold Mules at 211.9p and CD&RF Kitching from Threshfield made 210.7p. Mule wethers averaged 206p or £91.22 per head.

Horned Wethers followed suit, Jack Berry t/a JH Throup, Silden topped at 207.1p, AJ Mason, Skipton 205.6p, David Breaks Slaidburn made 205p, K Lister & Son Kettlewell 202.7p for a pen of 21, and D&S Hollins of Hebden Bridge 201p. Horned and Hill Wethers averaged 192p.


Please note:
The Lowland Lamb Show will be held on Monday 7th December with lambs judged in pens of 3 as usual.
The Hill Lamb Show and Cast Ewe Show will take place the week after on Monday 14th December.
All entries for show classes to the Mart Office.


Ewes sold dearer on a whole with 414 head forward, and ewes av £74.59 and Rams £96.25. Heavy Mules dearer and Heavy Continentals dearer with a big shortage of these in todays entry. Mules sold to a top of £102.50 from D Calvert & Son. £88-£95 for the best really heavies. £80-£88 for the big Mules and £72-£78 for mediums with some grazing types at £50-£60 with odd pen below. White faced tups sold very well with top price £159.50 for a Texel tup from JA Squires. White faced ewes both uncrossed and crossed sold higher than recently with numbers drying up nationally. Heavy ewes £120-£130 with a good run from R Spencer & Son Doncaster selling to avg £108 with Mules included. White faced smaller thick full meat ewes £95-£105 from well bred Continentals and crossed ewes slightly less £88-£94. Crossed lean meat ewes good to sell but more of these forward today selling £78-£85. Plain ewes touch dearer on the week for all breeds. Best horned ewes £57-£61.50. Half meat Scotch blackface ewes early £50’s.


For more details on Prime & Cast Sheep trade ring either of our auctioneers, Ted Ogden 07855 958211 or Kyle Hawksworth on 07538 539077.


Prime Lambs – Overall Average £97.46 per head or 222.3p/kg              

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 277.1p/kg         av 193.0p/kg         or £67.51 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 342.1p/kg         av 228.1p/kg         or £95.34 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 293.5p/kg         av 210.7p/kg         or £100.77 per head

52.1kg and over   to 275.6p/kg         av 200.2p/kg         or £109.50 per head


Beltex average £108.06 per head or 262.5p/kg

£ per head: £135 WA VJ JA Towler; £130 £126 Taylor Bros; £130x2 HB Atkinson; £128x2 H Baines; £127.50 BL&R Lund; £127 £125 JS Eddleston;

p/kg: 342.1p 336.1p 333.3p 302.6p 300.0px2 297.4p 296.3p HB Atkinson; 313.5p NL&CJ Brown; 293.5p WA VJ JA Towler;

Texel average £95.76 per head or 218.3p/kg

£ per head: £128 TH Mellin; £124 £118 WC Logan; £124 £119 £118 JR Crabtree; £123 HB Atkinson; £122 M Ryder & Son; £120 R Wilson;

p/kg: 324.0p HB Atkinson; 287.2p TH Mellin; 281.3p D&A Livestock; 275.6p WC Logan; 270.2p D&L Wain; 269.2p CD&RF Kitching; 261.3p R Wilson;

Suffolk average £94.57 per head or 209.6p/kg

£ per head: £105 Ashfield Farms; £102.50 £100.50 £100 AJ Shepherd; £101 D&A Livestock; £101 AL Dean & Son; £100 BW Appleton;

p/kg: 229.5p D&A Livestock; 224.4p CD&RF Kitching; 219.3p JCD Farming; 219.2p New York Farms; 214.4p AJ Shepherd; 213.3p TH&A Pickard;

Charolais average £94.63 per head or214.2 p/kg

£ per head: £100.50 £100 £99 £98 £96.50 £96 GW Thackray; £95.50 RM Shackleton;

p/kg: 224.4p 218.2p 217.4p 213.3p 211.4p 210.6p 204.2p GW Thackray; 213.1p RM Shackleton;

Mule average £91.22 per head or 206.3p/kg

£ per head: £99 JH Throup; £97 JCD Farming; £96.50 Ellis Bros; £96.50 Taylor Bros; £96.50 JK Wilson; £95.50 JC&N Throup; £94.50 JW Sayer;

p/kg: 176.8p Ellis Bros; 211.9p NL&CJ Brown; 210.7p CD&RF Kitching; 209.8p Taylor Bros; 209.8p JK Wilson; 209.3p JC&N Throup; 209.3p JA&JH Hewetson;

Swaledale average £70.72 per head or 187.3p/kg

£ per head: £84 J&C Wright; £77.50 R Tennant; £76 G Huck & Son; £75 JH Throup; £75 JW Sayer & Son; £74.50 D&S Hollings;

p/kg: 207.1p 197.4p JH Throup; 205.6p AJ Mason; 201.4p D&S Hollings; 197.4p 191.4p JW Sayer; 193.4p G Huck & Son;

Dalesbred average £75 per head or 203.7p/kg

£ per head: £75 K Lister & Son;

p/kg: 203.7p K Lister & Son;




Cull Ewes average £74.59

Suffolk to £131.50, Texel to £130.50, Mule to £102.50, Swaledale to £50.50, Cheviot to £83.50, Lonk to £57.50, Down to £131.50, Charollais to £93.50, Dalesbed to £57.50, SBF to £61.50, Teeswater to £99.50, Lleyn to £78.50, Herdwick to £58.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £131.50x2 R Spencer & Sons; £130.50 JA Gibson; £128.50 R&M Towell;

Mule/Masham: £102.50 £95.50 D Calvert; £92.50 C Wellock & Son

Horned: £61.50 S Bradley; £57.50 K Lsiter & Son; £57.50 J Greenwood;

Hill: £83.50 AJ Shephers; £79.50 S Bradley; £78.50 CD&RF Kitching;  


Cast Rams average £96.25

Texel to £159.50, BFL to £129.50, Swaledale to £53.50,

£159.50 JA Squires; £129.50 FC N M Walker; £117.50 B&K Wellock; £109.50 GT Booth;



76 Rearing Calves to £470


The Christmas Show & Sale of  Calves today and a nice entry forward of 44 Bulls calves and 34 heifers. First of all a big thank you to Tom Barley of Northallerton for judging today with a very tough competition. Champion calf went JK&PE Hartley with their blue heifer making £390 selling to the Judge and reserve champion going to A Sowray & Sons for their blue bull calf selling at £410 selling to a northern purchaser. Top price today went to MD&HE Wallbank for their cracking blue bull over 6 weeks selling at £470. New vendors David and Karen Shuttleworth went on to get top priced heifer calf at £410 for a nice sweet heifer again under 6 weeks with the same vendors getting second top priced blue bull at £420. AL Dean showed a sweet run of Sim x calves averaging at £320 for his bulls and £296 for his heifers. Angus calves sold to a serious trade with new purchasers ringside for all classes of them. Heifer calves topped at £300 again from New vendors David and Karen Shuttleworth. Bulls topped at £380 from JP&KE Hartley with JS&J Walmsley selling another good rearing Angus bull at £340. 23 Blue heifers were included in the entry today with a total avg of £295 with a lot of under 3 week old calves in the entry which sold very well. Blonde bulls sold well with the quality really taking off with a 4 week old calf selling to £390 from N&R Sutcliffe. Black and Whites sold well above expectations with recent prices much higher today. £60-£80 for younger 26-30 day old calves and £110-£130 for the nice rearing sorts of 4 week old. 2 British freison calves from G Pickersgill sold to £235 and £190. A big thank you to the support and custom for todays sale and all year round.


Christmas Show & Sale of Rearing Calves

Cont x Bull                                             Cont x Heifer

1st A Sowray                                          1st JP&KE Hartley

2nd N&R Sutcliffe                                 2nd A Sowray

3rd P&RM Sutcliffe                               3rd P&RM Sutcliffe


Native Bull                                            Native Heifer

1st RD Guy                                             1st D Shuttleworth


B&W Bull                                               Cont x Male Stirk               

1st G Pickersgill & Son                         1st MD Wallbank


Cont x Female Stirk                             Native Stirk

1st G Pickersgill & Son                         1st JP &KE Hartley


Champion – JP&KE Hartley

Reserve – A Sowray


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £322) to £360                           A Sowray & Son                                                  

Brit Blue x (Av £363) to £470                           MD&HE Wallbank                                                               

Aberdeen Angus (Av £312) to £380 JP&KE Hartley     

Simmental (Av £320) to £340                          AL Dean & Son    

Shorthorn (Av £126) to £148                           IRG Collins & Partners                                       

Black & White (Av £105) to £235                    G Pickersgill & Son                             

Hereford (Av £255) to £270                              AP Townsend

Blonde (Av £303) to £390                                 N&R Sutcliffe


Heifer Calves       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £300) to £300 DW&KCB Shuttleworth                                                                                                    

Shorthorn (Av £140) to £140                           IRG Collins & Son                                

British Blue (Av £295) to £410                         DW&KCB Shuttleworth

Simmental (Av £296) to £310                          AL Dean & Son                                    

Limousin (Av £296) to £410                              A Sowray & Son                                  




Skipton Auction Mart
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Tel 01756 792375

Jeremy Eaton 07747 780481
Ted Ogden 07855 958211
Kyle Hawksworth 07538 539077