Forward: 63 Prime cattle comprising 28 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 4 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 31Cast Cattle. 3017 Prime Sheep comprising 2759 Prime Lambs & 258 Cast Ewes & Rams. 124 Rearing Calves. 19 Dairy Cattle. 1 Loads of produce.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A great show of cattle for a non-show week with 22 heifers averaging 218.35p/kg and 5 steers averaging 230.48p/kg. A Montbelliarde cross young bull weighing 575kg made 199.5p/kg or £1147 for Mesrs GJ&G Schofield of Buckden. Top call was £1541 paid by Keelham Farm Shop for a 625kg Limousin cross heifer consigned by Jim Baines of Trawden. Keelham then bought the top priced gross steer a 530kg Limousin cross from Mesrs AA&E Critchley & Son of Hutton for £1322 or 249.5p/kg before Merrs Critchley followed up their success with the second highest priced heifer £1473, a Limousin cross which sold to Countrystyle Butchers for 258.5p/kg.



465-555kg                                             to 249.5p/kg        av. 241.77p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 230.5p/kg        av. 214.79p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 239.5p/kg        av. 168.20p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 258.5p/kg        av. 227.45p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: AA&E Critchley&Son (Blondex) 1322, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1312, (Limx) 1283, JR Metcalfe (Blondex) 1302

p/kg: AA&E Critchley & Son (Blondex) 249.5, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 238.5, (Limx) 237.5, JR Metcalfe (Blondex) 230.5


£ per head: J Baines (Limx) 1541, 1445, AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 1473, SD Bennett (Limx) 1424, CD&RF Kitching ((Limx) 1372

p/kg: AA&E Critchley & Son (Limx) 258.5, 255.5, 249.5, J Baines (Limx) 253.5, 246.5,  CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 249.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 245.5


£ per head: GJ&G Schofield (Montx) 1147

p/kg: GJ&G Schofield (Montx) 199.5

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   124.85p/kg           £730.38

Top Prices £ per head or p/kg

£ per head: CM&EM Gratton (B&W Hfr) 957, 791, C Watson (MRI Hfr) 852,

p/kg: C Watson (MRI Hfr) 153.5,  CM&EM Gratton (B&W Hfr) 128.5,126.5,         



Cull Cow Prices

Cast cows remain in the same slot with a real backend show of lean cows. Dairies with a modest amount of finish made 110p with an odd young cow at 117.5p from E&KM Marshall.

Overall Average                                   102.49p/kg           £660.21

Black & White                       to 117.5p/kg                        av. 99.29p/kg

Swed Red                              to 107.5p/kg

MRI                                         to 110.5p/kg       

Limx                                       to 104.5p/kg                       

BBx                                         to 120.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: FA Holmes&Son 911, 890, JD Taylor&Son 819, JC Marshall 760, P Crabtree&Son 750, R Dakin 740, E&KM Marshall 729

p/kg: E&KM Marshall 117.5, R Dakin 117.5, FA Holmes&Son 112.5, 108.5, CM&EM Gratton 109.5, 108.5,  N&SA Fort 109.5, P Crabtree&Son 109.5,  JD Taylor7Son 108.5, JC Marshall 108.5,

Other Dairy

£ per head: KM&L Throup&Son (Swed Red) 704,  N&R Sutcliffe (MRI) 657

p/kg: N&R Sutcliffe (MRI) 110.5, KM&L Throup (Swed Red) 107.5


£ per head: AE Schindler (BBx) 823, T Blackwell (Limx) 732

p/kg: AE Schindler (BBx) 120.5, T Blackwell (Limx) 120.5


£ per head: A Guy&Son (AAx) 738, GJ&G Schofield (Gall) 589,

p/kg: GJ&J Schofield (Gall) 115.5, A. Guy&Son (AA) 113.5.



Overall Average                                   92.5p/kg               £823.25


£ per head: T Blackwell 823

p/kg: T Blackwell 92.5



3017 Prime Sheep

Sheep numbers tighter this week and trade took a higher lift than most expected as a result, the overall average for 2,739 lambs of 174.5p/kg or £75.02 per head, representing a 14p/kg or £5 per head rise on the week. All classes were much better to sell, but it has to be pointed out as well that the general standard of lamb was better on the week which would help the average by around 3p or 4p per kilo.
Best end were keenly contested, Ellis Bros of Addingham Moorside took the two highest price per head pens at £115 and £109, both selling to Thomas Shepherdson of Slaithwaite. Richard & Mark Ireland from Whalley had a good run of lambs that topped at £105, whilst Duncan Halliday of Sowerby Bridge also saw his run top a £105, both pens purchased by Kendalls Farmers Butchers of Pateley Bridge and Harrogate. Anthony Hewetson sold lambs to £102 purchased by Vivers Scotlamb and James Garth of Keasden had lambs to £99, again purchased by Vivers.
Per kilo it was Ellis Bros that again topped at 231p followed by James Garth on 230p. Anthony Hewetson had two pens at 226p, a feat repeated by Messrs Ireland. Decent Lowland lambs were good to sell, the right types at the right weights were 185p to 195p, commercial sorts 170p to 180p, with nothing but hill bred types under 165p. Heavy lambs a nice trade, with 556 head scaling 46kg or more averaging 168p.
Hill lambs were a much sharper trade, best end some £5-£6 each up on the week. Mules topping at £83 from Jack Berry trading as JH Throup, Lower House, and also from Miles Greenwood of Stanbury. Swaledales topped at £70 from Anthony Hewetson.
Cast Sheep were a better trade on the week by £2 to £5 each.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £75.02 per head or 174.5p/kg            

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 200p/kg            av 174.16p/kg      or £60.73 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 230.2p/kg         av 176.19p/kg      or £74.16 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 231.90p/kg       av 167.02p/kg      or £79.43 per head

52.1kg and over   to 194.4p/kg         av 167.23p/kg      or £88.05 per head



Beltex average £83.8 per head or 202.01p/kg

£ per head: £114, £109 Ellis Bros, £102 JA&JH Hewetson; £99 James Garth & Son; £98x2 TA Robinson; £98 JA&JH Hewetson; 

p/kg:231.9p Ellis Bros, 230.2p James Garth & Son; 227.9p Ellis Bros; 226.7p X2 JA&JH Hewetson; 225.6p, 225p S&P Scrivin

Suffolk average £76.17 per head or 168.59p/kg

£ per head: £96, £95 MJ Spensley; £93 TH Mellin; £87.50 BL&R Lund; £85 Braithwaite; £83.50 TH Mellin; £81.50 Ashfield Farms;

p/kg: 184.6p MJ Spensley; 176.7p J Caygill & Partners; 175.9p MJ Spensley; 174.4p JE Mawer; 174p TH Mellin;

Texel average £75.41 per head or 175.64p/kg

£ per head: £105 RH&MR Ireland; £105 DJ Halliday; £96 GB Jennings; £96 RH&MR Ireland; £95.50 R Emmott; £95 DJ Halliday

p/kg:226.3p, 210.7p RH & MR Ireland; 210p FW&JM Eddington; 207p SJ Sugden; 205.1p RH&MR Ireland; 204.8p G Sunderland

Mule average £68.69 per head or 159.01p/kg

£ per head: £83 JH Throup; £83 JI&MP Greenwood; £80 TH Mellin; £80 RH&MBC Lea; £78 FW&JM Eddington;

p/kg: 166p JH Throup; 162.8p A&SL Throup; 162.5p FW&JM Eddington; 162p JI&MP Greenwood; 161.6p JH Throup

Charollais average £70.56 per head or 167.17p/kg

£ per head: £75 P Shackleton; £74.50 CR&J Kippax; £74 J&D Barritt; £70, £69 SM Donaldson; £69 LJ Clay; £62.50 C Crowther

p/kg: 170.7p SM Donaldson; 170.5p P Shackleton; 168.3p SM Donaldson & Son; 165.6p CR&J Kippax; 164.5p C Crowther

Lleyn average £68.9 per head or 161.74p/kg

£ per head: £69.50x2 £68 RG&SJ Paul

p/kg: 161.9p, 161.6p x2 RG&SJ Paul

Swaledale average £62.25 per head or 150.24p/kg

£ per head: £70, £65, £60.50x2 JA&JH Hewetson; £60.50 P Addyman & Son; £59 AL Dean & Son;

p/kg:159.1p, 154.8p, 151.3p x2 JA&JH Hewetson; 147.5p AL Dean & Son; 144.9p  P Addyman & Son




Cull Ewes average £42.97

Suffolk to £78.50, Texel to £95.50, Mule to £60.50, Swaledale to £24.50, Masham to £46.50,  Dalesbred to £27.50.


Top prices:

Lowland: £95.50 M Hutchinson; £87.50 T&C Robinson;

Mule/Masham: £60.50 MR&VL Parsons; £56.50 CR&J Kippax

Horned: £27.50 A&SL Throup; £25.50 RH&EA Close


Cast Rams average £56.90

Swaledale to £33.50, Beltex  to £89.50





Rearing Calves to £395

B&W av £86.49 Cont av £323 Native av £186.52

Autumn Calf show saw a strong turnout of both vendors and buyers with 124 calves through the door. The Champion calf from Sowray Brothers of Bishop Thornton was a cracking British Blue Heifer which went on to sell for £410 to regular supporters Malcolm and Stephen Abbott. Calves in general were a strong trade with best calves possibly a touch easier today however straight middle of the road calves were a cracking trade with black and white calves selling to a strong average of £86.49 and topping at £220 and £200 from Stephen Marshall of Summerbridge. Contninental bulls were still the best supported with strong runs from regular supporters Church Farm Enterprises, C&SB Whitelock, Sowray Bros and C Watson all on the receiving end of a healthy trade.


Native bulls remained strong to sell with an average of £274 and £330 twice for calves from JP&KE Hartley of Beamsley and from JR&EJ Griffiths of Penistone. Overall a great day in the calf ring at Skipton.  


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £308.18) to £400 Hayton & Stocks                     

Brit Blue x (Av £342) to £395 Church Farm Enterprises                                                             

Aberdeen Angus (Av £274.38) to £330 JP&KE Hartley

Flekvieh (Av £223) to £290 C Watson

Simmental (Av £250) to £250 A&SL Throup

Shorthorn (Av £120.63) to £185 Flasby Estates

MRI (Av £150) to £150 C Watson                   

Black & White (Av £86.49) to £220 JC&DJ Marshall & Sons                       


Heifer Calves                       

Simmental x (Av £280) to £280 CN&SA Harrison                                                        

Ab Angus (Av £167.22) to £250 DL DM & J Heron                                                      

Flekvieh (Av £200) to £200 C Watson

British Blue (Av £300.67) to £410 A Sowray & Son

Lim (Av £255.83) to £380 Hayton & Stocks




Craven Dairy Auction (19 head)

 A much improved trade today with a good show of milkers on offer down the shippon. Pre-sale show was kindly judged by Brian Moorhouse of Bell Busk and he placed two of Robert Crisps heifers champion and reserve. It was these two heifers which took the top two prices of the sale at £2050 and £2020 selling to Alf and Andrew Townsend and Mark Goodall respectively. The first prize cow from Ian Parkinson of Barden saw his 30kg cow hit £1880 to Richard Sutcliffe of Queensbury.


A run of 5 strong heifer from Keith Downs of Bingley sold away well to a top of £1980 selling to Ken and Lynne Throup of Woofa Bank with a three sweet heifers from KT Wood topping at £1750 again selling to Mark Goodall. All in all a much improved sale with Pedigree Heifers averaging £1920 and Commercial heifers £1688, the next sale comes around in a fortnights time. 


Judge – Brian Moorhouse

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st ASE Crisp 2nd ASE Crisp 3rd H Downs

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st MD Parkinson 2nd DA&SA Fort


                                Champion – ASE Crisp         Reserve – ASE Crisp


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1688): to £2050 ASE Crisp


Newly Calven Cows (av £1550): to £1880 MD Parkinson


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (av £1920): to £1980 H Downs & Son