Forward: 34 Prime cattle comprising 5 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 3 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 26 Cast Cattle 3,500 Prime Sheep comprising 2,982 Prime Lambs and 518 Cast Ewes & Rams 50 Rearing Calves 28 Dairy Cattle 3 Loads of produce


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Stainthorpe’s Butchers from Queensbury outbid all comers to secure the top priced p/kg beast at the weekly sale of butchers cattle buying a Limousin cross heifer weighing 465kg from Malcolm Metcalfe of Baldersby for 267.5p/kg or £1244.


465-555kg                                             to 266.5p/kg

560kg                                                     to 260.5p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 267.5p/kg        av 263.52p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JR Metcalfe(Lim) 1471, JM Townsend (Limx) 1421

p/kg: JM Townsend (Lim) 266.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 260.5


£ per head: JM Townsend (BB x) 1389,  JR Metcalfe (Lim x)

p/kg: JR Metcalfe Lim x 267.5,259.5, JM Townsend (Lim x) 262

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                   114.43p/kg           £665.58

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: HJ&KL Blackwell (Fries) 783, G Boothroyd (Jer) 509

p/kg: HJ&KL Blackwell (Fries) 114.5, G Boothroyd & Son (Jer) 92.5


Cull Cow Prices

A real shortage of heavier cattle carrying finish today with lean cows, steakers and the better end considerably sharper to sell.

Overall Average                                   97.07p/kg             £596.16

Black & White                       to 114.5p/kg                        av 89.69p/kg

Jersey                                     to 88.5p/kg                          av 74.61p/kg

Swed Red                              to 98.5p/kg                          av 87.48p/kg

BBx                                         to 115.5p/kg                       

AAx                                         to 127.5p/kg

Blondex                                 to 145.5p/kg                        av 127.07p/kg

Simx                                       to 129.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: LD&MA Clarke&Sons 916, AL Dean&Son 804,764,573,E&KM Marshall 592

p/kg: LD&MA Clarke&Sons 114.5, AL Dean&Son 111.5,109.5, JSS Verity 98.5, N&R  Sutcliffe 92.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: N Parker (Sw Red) 645, G Boothroyd&Son (Jer) 442

p/kg: N Parker (Sw Red) 98.5, G Boothroyd&Son (Jer) 88.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: R Davey 739

p/kg: R Davey 115.5

Other Contx:

£ per head: J Drinkall Ltd (Bl) 1251, R Wood (Sim) 861

p/kg: J Drinkall Ltd (Bl) 145.5,R Wood (Sim) 129.5


£ per head: J Drinkall Ltd 924

p/kg: J Drinkall Ltd 127.5



Overall Average                                   92p/kg   £683.06

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: G France (Fries) 783, N Parker (Sw Red) 583

p/kg: G France (Fries) 98.5, N Parker (Sw Red)  84.5


3,500 Prime & Cast Sheep

With sheep numbers scarce at morning markets countrywide and the presence of an additional large throughput processer at the ringside today in Skipton drawn by the usual good entry, trade was much sharper than we had anticipated given the low prices seen towards the end of last week. The overall average was 7p/kg up on the week to stand at 153p, with handyweight lambs especially good to sell. The smart Beltex types could get to either side of 200p whilst good ¾ bred Texels were around 175p to 180p. A commercial handyweight lambs was 150p to 160p. Heavier lambs (44kg upwards) also took a good lift generally being £4 to £5 a piece dearer on the week.

A big show of ewes contained a large proportion of fresh weaned ewes and these look handy priced for feeding orders.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £65.53 per head or 153.87p/kg         

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 145p/kg            av 144.27p/kg      or £43.62 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 181.4p/kg         av 148.02p/kg      or £51.07 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 223.1p/kg         av 156.2p/kg         or £65.87 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 166.7p/kg         av 145.69p/kg      or £69.46 per head

52.1kg and over   to 160p/kg            av 142.78p/kg      or £73.24 per head

Beltex average £70.85 per head or 175.94p/kg

£ per head: £88 JJ Beckwith & Sons; £87 J&J Garnett; £85 R Ogg; £84 K Saffery; £80 JJ Beckwith & Sons

p/kg: 223.1p J&J Garnett; 217.9p R Ogg; 207.9p, 204.9p K Saffery; 202.6p, 194.7p R Ogg

Suffolk average £64.80 per head or 148.58p/kg

£ per head: £74 T Walmsley; £73 P&A Riley; £72 C&SB Whitelock; £69.50 DW&CJ Towler; £68 TH Mellin;

p/kg: 159.50p CD&RF Kitching; 158.7p P&A Riley; 154.8p J Baker; 154.4p DW&CJ Towler; 154.2p T Walmsley

Texel average £66.48 per head or 153.48p/kg

£ per head: £86 K Saffrey; £84 T Walmsley; £81 Ellis Bros; £81 JJ Beckwith & Son; £80 W Crane; £80 D Asquith

p/kg: 200p K Saffrey; 195p F&R Fielden; 190p P Crabtree & Son; 190p RC Crabtree; 188.1p E&M Townley & Son

Mule average £56.08 per head or 131.2p/kg

£ per head: £60 Ellis Bros; £59 ID Mellin; £58.50 K Dickinson; £57.50 AJ Mason; £57 JM Townsend; £56.50 JA Throup

p/kg: 134.6p JW Sayer; 134.5p N&M Sutcliffe; 133.3p Ellis Bros; 133p K Dickinson; 132.1p ID Mellin; 131.4p JA Throup

Charollais average £65.34 per head or 150.61p/kg

£ per head: £78 T Walmsley; £73.50 E&M Townley; £71 DJ Halliday; £70 PL Metcalfe; £70 A Fisher; £70 MR&LM Bamford

p/kg: 185.7p T Walmsley; 166.7p MR&LM Bamford; 165.5p PL Metcalfe; 165.1p DJ Halliday; 162.8p PL Metcalfe

Swaledale average £44 per head or 143.12p/kg

£ per head: £52 K Dickinson; £50 FC N & M Walker; £43.50 JH&J Bland & Son

p/kg: 145p JH&J Bland & Son; 125p FC N &M Walker; 123.8p K Dickinson

Cheviot average £63.77 per head or 155.91p/kg

£ per head: £67.50, £64.50, £61 Grain Farms Ltd;

p/kg: 160.50p, 153.4p, 150p Grain Farms ltd

LLeyn average £60.72 per head or 150p/kg

£ per head: £66.50, £64.50, £60 CD&RF Kitching; £63 RWB Chapman; £58, £57 HWF Wilkinson

p/kg: 156.1p, 154.7p, 142.9p CD&RF Kitching; 154.1p, 145p HWF Wilkinson; 146.50 RWB Chapman


Cull Ewes average £46.06

Suffolk to £71.50, Texel to £110.50, BFL to £74.50, Mule to £63.50, Dalesbred to £29.50, Swaledale to £41.50, Herdwick  to £31.50, Cheviot  to £38, Beltex  to £66.50, Lonk  to £49.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £110.50 SD Bennett; £90 WH&MA Keighley; £89.50 KC Hird

Mule/Masham: £63.50 KC Hird; £61.50 SD Bennett; £58.50 RM Crabtree

Horned: £49.50, £43.50 C Crowther; £41.50 JK Wilson; £36.50 JK Wilson

Hill: £74.50 ID Mellin; £38.50 D Glassbrook  

Cast Rams average £51.07

Texel to £109.50 WH&MA Keighley; Swaledale to £22.50 GR Danvers



Rearing Calves to £470 (50)

B&W av £107.46 Cont av £390.9 Native av £288.75

A handy show of calves this morning with 50 good calves forward. Black and Whites were still good to sell with Angus Dean of Threshfield presenting high quality run, however it was Michael Heron who topped with a pure Friesian at £220.


Continentals were also a good trade with David Smith of Sutton in Craven topping with a strong Blue Bull selling for £470. Other noted vendors were Richard Spence, John Rushton , Fred Houseman and Calvert’s of West Marton making the average £409.55.

Blue heifers were also a good trade with Fred Houseman topping with Dean’s and Calverts taking the heifer average to £350.


Natives had the trade of the day with seasonal buyer coming back into gear with Angus bulls averaging £330 and Angus Heifers £275. More wanted with the trade this strong especially considering their ages.


Strong numbers expected to continue through the next 8-10 weeks so keep those good calves coming. 


Bull Calves                            

Brit Blue x (Av £409.55)

£470 C Smith; £465 Church Farm Enterprises; £450 F Spence; £450 JT Rushton;                                                                                

Aberdeen Angus (Av £330)

£340, £320 Church Farm Enterprises                                             

Black & White (Av £107.46)                             

£220 DL DM & J Heron; £190 F Spence; £170 DL DM & J Heron; £130 RL Wright & Sons                  

Heifer Calves                                                       

Brit Blue x (Av £350)

£395 Church Farm Enteprises; £355 AL Dean & Sons; £350x2 D Calvert & Son; £300 AL Dean                        

Aberdeen Angus (Av £275)

£370, £340 Church Farm Enterprises; £270, £230 DL DM & J Heron; £220 JT Rushton

Saler to £260 RL Wright & Sons                                                       


Craven Dairy Auction (29 head)


Judge – Frank Wrathall

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st GB Jennings; 2nd RG Johnson; 3rd J Wellock

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st ASE Crisp

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st I Olivers & Partners; 2nd I Olivers & Partners

                                Champion – GB Jennings    Reserve – RG Johnson


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (9):  av £1530 to £1880 RG Johnson & Son 


Newly Calven Heifers (9):  av £1315.96 to £1520 RW&M Walker


Newly Calven Cows (2): av £1510 to £1700 H Downs & Son


Newly Calven Jersey Heifer (1) £850 GB Moorhouse


Newly Calven Shorthorn Heifer (1) £1520 H Downs & Son 


Incalf Heifers (2): av £1400 to £1420 I Olivers & Partners


Maiden Heifers to £601.75 to £630 R&E Pollard



Wheat Straw                        Quads                     to £19 per bale