Forward: 74 Prime cattle comprising 3 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 3 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 68 Cast Cattle 3,665 TOTAL HEAD OF SHEEP – Inc: 2,641 Prime & Cast Sheep - comprising: 85 Spring Lambs, 2127 Prime & Lightweight Hoggs, 416 Cast Ewes and 13 Cast Rams. 1,024 Breeding Sheep 42 Rearing Calves 59 Dairy Cattle 5 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


400-480kg                                             to 109.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 139.5p/kg                        av. 129.08p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: KM&L Throup (B&W) 893,RH&EA Close 617

p/kg: KM&L Throup (B&W) 139.5,RH&EA Close (B&W)116.5

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   130.03p/kg           £764.99

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: CM &EM Gratton 875, RH&EA Close 797

p/kg:CM&EM Gratton 143.5, RH&EA Close 127.5

Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   117.25p/kg           £778.74

Black & White                       to 127.5p/kg                        av 113.62p/kg

MRI                                         to 124.5p/kg                        av 123.10p/kg

Limx                                       to 137.5p/kg                        av 128.62p/kg

BBx                                         to 139.5p/kg                        av 131.00p/kg

Blondex                                 to 135.5p/kg                        av 126.81p/kg

BBx                                         to 144.5p/kg                        av 131.23p/kg

British White                        to 127.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head:

p/kg: I Wright  127.5, A Sowray&Son 125.5, WP Gratton 125.5(x3), Church Farm Enterprises 125.5, JF Longster & Son 124.5

P&J Brown&Son 124.5 (x2), AP Townsend 123.5, KM&L Throup 123.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: N&R Sutcliffe (MRI) 815,692

p/kg: N&R Sutcliffe  (MRI) 124.5,121.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: J Hopkinson 1091, MJ&PJ Campbell 1018, J Pickles 784

p/kg: J Hopkinson 144.5, MJ&PJ Campbell 139.5, T Blackwell 127.5, J Pickles 124.5


£ per head: RG&SJ Paul 880, M Ryder&Son 861,771 A Guy&Son 727, D&J Isherwood 668,665

p/kg: RG&SJ Paul 137.5, M Ryder&Son 129.5,128.5, A Guy&Son 127.5, D&J Isherwood 125.5,121.5


£ per head: M Ryder&Son 135.5, I Barrett&Son 115.5

p/kg: M Ryder&Son 1023, I Barrett&Son 670


£ per head: P Shackleton 962, A Guy&Son 670

p/kg: P Shackleton 134.5, A Guy&Son 116.5


2,641 Prime & Cast Sheep

Spring Lambs: A slightly better show today for quality helped to maintain the overall average from last week. Nice lambs 230p to 240p, Tops at £109 from S Coar of Goosnargh and £108 from Mark Evans of Steeton. Overall average of 220p.

Prime & Lightweight Hoggs: Lowland hoggs were a very similar trade on the week, with handy weights being the best to sell on the day, heavy sheep were generally a touch better with a shade more interest. Horned hoggs however are coming forward in larger numbers and have now struggled for a couple of weeks with demand having slipped away quite a bit from the highs of a month since.


Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £91.12 per head or 220.4p/kg           

Charolais average £92.32 per head or 221.4p/kg

£ per head: £94 P&J Sedgwick; £93, £88.50, G&SE Parker;

p/kg: 226.8p G&SE Parker & Son; 223.8p P&J Sedgwick; 210.7p G&SE Parker

Suffolk average £93.31 per head or 222.17p/kg

£ per head: £109 JA&JM Wade; £108 ML Evans; £94 I Barret & Son; £93 JA&JM Wade; £93, £92.50 S&M Craven

p/kg: 240p ML Evans; 229.3p I Barrett & Son; 225.6p, 220p, 216.3p S&M Craven; 211.4p JA&JM Wade

Texel average £92.38 per head or 221.97p/kg

£ per head:£104 S Coar; £100, £96 I Barrett; £94x2 S Coar; £90 G&SE Parker; £88 RW Marston

p/kg: 238.1p, 228.6p, I Barrett & Son; 223.8p x2 S Coar; 220p RW Marston


Prime Hoggs  – Overall Average  £72.35 per head or 167.48p/kg                                                          

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 176.6p/kg         av 142.57p/kg      or £43.29 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 205.9p/kg         av 149.07p/kg      or £50.88 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 216.3p/kg         av 171.52p/kg      or £70.48 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 189.6p/kg         av 162.67p/kg      or £77.83 per head

52.1kg and over   to 174.1p/kg         av 152.69p/kg      or £81.92 per head

Beltex average £69.85 per head or 186.52p/kg

£ per head: £93 T Kiernan; £91 WC Logan; £70 R Tomlinson; £70 M Hall, £55 R Tomlinson

p/kg: 216.3p T Kiernan; 205.9p R Tomlinson; 189.6p WC Logan; 173.3p R Caton; 166.7p M Hall; 161.8p R Tomlinson

Suffolk average £86.28 per head or 172.56p/kg

£ per head: £95.50 D&J Isherwood; £87.50, £85.50 Heptonstall Farms; £82 D&J Isherwood; £82 R&DA Earnshaw

p/kg: 200p R&DA Earnshaw; 161.4p RG Church Ltd; 160p Heptonstall Farms; 159.4p S Dorey; 158p, 156.6p D&J Isherwood

Texel average £74.76 per head or 171.89p/kg

£ per head: £96 DN&D Capstick; £96 AM Binns; £94 Heptonstall Farms; £93.50 MP Jennings; £93.50, £92 R Hodgson & Sons

p/kg: 210p J Greenwood; 200p DN&D Capstick; 195.5p J Baines; 194.2p, 193.9p MP Jennings; 188.9p J Greenwood

Mule average £71.42 per head or 160.24p/kg

£ per head: £77.50 T&J Smith; £77 S Dorey; £76 JM&VJ Howard; £75 J Baines; £74.50x4 S Dorey

p/kg: 169.3px4, 167.4p S Dorey; 166.7p CN Patchett; 163.4p FA Holmes & Son; 162.5p S Horsfield; 160p BR&MJ Jarvis

Charollais average £79.31 per head or 185.07p/kg

£ per head: £86 J Hodgson; £85.50 HW&F Wilkinson; £84.50, £81 JG Senior; £77.50 S Dorey; £77, £75 HW&F Wilkinson

p/kg:183.3p JG Senior; 183p J Hodgson; 178.6p Lea & Son; 175p HW&F Wilkinson; 172.1p, 168.8p JG Senior;

Swaledale average £56.53 per head or 150.85p/kg

£ per head: £69.50x2 MJ Spensley; £68 JS&M Pate; £68 RG Church Ltd; £67 MJ Spensley; £67 JS&M Pate; £61 S Horsfield

p/kg: 171.8p, 170p JS&M Pate; 161.9p RG Church Ltd; 159.5p MJ Spensley; 158.8p JS&M Pate; 158px2 JS&M Pate

Dalesbred average £69.09 per head or 155.89p/kg

£ per head: £71.50, £70, £70, £67, £66.50, £50 JP Stirke

p/kg: 162.2p, 155.6p, 155.4p, 137.3p, 126.4p, 122p JP Stirke

Lonk average £66.76 per head or 165.01p/kg

£ per head: £77.50 JT Robinson; £77 J Hodgson; £76.50 Lea & Son; £75 C Middleton; £75 J Hodgson

p/kg: 172.4p RN&KW Edmondson; 168.3p C Crowther; 165.9p, 159.1p RN&KW Edmondson;

Gritstone average £76 per head or 164.59p/kg

£ per head: £77.50 E Simpson; £77 J Hodgson; £76.50 Lea & Son; £75 C Middleton; £75 J Hodgson

p/kg 178.6p J Hodgson; 176.1p E Simpson; 174.4p JS&M Pate; 171.1p J Hodgson;

Cheviot average £76.94 per head or 169.75p/kg

£ per head: £84.50, £82, £81.50, £78, £77.50x3 C Middleton; £81.50 x2, £81, £80, £79.50 T Kiernan;

p/kg: 188.5p CN Patchett; 182.9p JP Stirke; 182.4p F&M Parkinson; 181.1p, 181p T Kiernan; 180.5p F&M Parkinson

SBF average £66.76 per head or 172.05p/kg

£ per head: £73, £67 JE Slater; £62.50, £54x2 H Raw

p/kg: 178p, 176.3p JE Slater; 168.9p, 154.3p, 131.7p H Raw


Cull Ewes average £59.54

Suffolk to £108.50, Texel to £113.50, Mule to £86.50, Lleyn to £87.50, Swaledale to £56.50, Gritstone to £65.50, Cheviot  to £79.50, Beltex  to £95.50, Lonk  to £77.50, Down to £87.50, Rouge to £66.50, Charollais to £100.50, Wensleydale to £80.50, Dalesbred to £52.50, Jacob to £41.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £113.50 T Boothman; £111.50 N Dalby;

Mule/Masham: £86.50 TM Harrison; £84.50 KM&L Throup; 

Horned: £77.50 £60.50 AW E & N Wade;

Hill: £87.50 H&M Dugdale;  £79.50 J Caygill & Partners

Cast Rams average £85.50

Texel to £113.50 RG&SJ Paul; Suffolk to £102.50 T&J Smith; Charollais to £97.50; Swaledale to £69.50; Lleyn to £80.50; Beltex to £113.50 M Mallinson Ltd;


Breeding Sheep (1,024 Head)

There were 383 Sheep with 641 lambs at foot forward for today’s weekly sale.

Trade was decent given the recent realignment in the prime sheep prices and again young sheep were keenly sought as has been the case for much of this season as customers look to find replacements to be put into flocks this spring.


Please note: Next Monday (4th May) is the Main show & sale for the season and current entries stand at 505 Geld Gimmer Hoggs, 609 Hoggs with Lambs at foot and Weekly Sale of 300 Ewes with lambs at foot. This is a fully catalogued sale, The Ballot will be drawn at 10am Tuesday 28th April and a catalogue produced and available online on Wednesday.  





Gimmer Hoggs & Singles - £185 RJ Umpleby

Shlgs with Twins - £230 N Pepper, £215 C Hall

Shlgs with Singles - £162 N Pepper, £132 RJ Umpleby


Correct with Twins –£215 £200 £190(x2) C Hall, £215 £198 R Caton, £190 Rodney Bros, £190 MJ White

Correct with Singles – £165 £158 £152 £150 MJ White, £150 £148(x3) £145 £138 R Caton, £145 RL Handy, £140 E Procter, £132 C Hall, £112 Rodney Bros

Correct with 1.5 lambs - £165 MJ&PJ Campbell

b/m with singles - £132 C Hall


Suffolk x:

Correct with Twins - £178 JS Stephenson

Correct with Twins – £165 RG Johnson & Son



Hoggs with singles - £220 £200(x2) £198 RG Johnson & Son, £195(x2) £190 DW Sunderland, £195 JE Simpson, £190 A Caton,

Correct with Twins - £190 L Millar, £185 J Caygill & Ptnrs

Correct with Singles - £120 RL Handy

b/m with Twins - £155(x2) RD Metcalfe & Son, £148 AC Simpson

b/m with Singles - £108 RL Handy, £104 RD Metcalfe & Son

b/m with 1.5 lambs - £145 MAC Iveson & Ptnrs



Correct with Twins - £160 C Hanson, £150 Rodney Bros

Correct with Singles - £122 L Millar, £98 Rodney Bros


Ewes Correct & Twins - £190 R Caton

Ewes Correct & Singles - £108 R Caton



Correct with Singles - £110 D Dobson

b/m with singles - £110 D Dobson



Rearing Calves to £410

B&W av £92.42 Cont av £358.3 Native av £239


Bull Calves

Limousin x to £400 F Spence                           

Brit Blue x (Av £345) to £410 HJ&K Blackwell                              

Aberdeen Angus x (Av £265) to £350 JP&KE Hartley                                                 

Swedish Red (Av £101) to £122 M Fewster                                 

Black & White (Av £92.42) to £190x2 F Spence                           


Heifer Calves                                                       

Brit Blue x (Av £370) to £370 JR&MJ Moon                  

Ab Angus (Av £198.33) to £210 JP&KE Hartley                                                            

Shorthorn to £170 FA Holmes & Son                                                             


Craven Dairy Auction (61 head)

 A sticky day in the dairy ring with a big entry for the For Farmers show and sale with trade continuing to be very volatile throughout. Well put together animals were a pleasure to sell with some strong cows from Calvert Bros and the Champion heifer from David Lawson enjoying the highest of trades at £1800 - £1900. Good honest dairy heifers were harder to sell with a large portion of heifers £1350 to £1650.

Incalf and maiden cattle seemed well supported with not quite best grown heifers for their age from John Roberts and David and Jill Pennock reaching a strong trade up to £830. Incalf heifers were topped Jeff Throup of Silsden Moor with a big black heifer.


Pedigree bulls were in demand at the end of the sale with three strong bulls selling easily and lots of interest in others outside the ring. Robert Butterfield from  the Ingleview Herd topped proceedings with his entry reaching 1750gns to Mark Goodall of Tong and a big 2yr old bull from Alan Throup of the Dalesbrad herd reached 1450gns to Alf and Andrew Townsend.    


Judge –

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st A Lawson & Son; 2nd Calvert Bros; 3rd H Bradley & Son

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st & 2nd Calvert Bros; 3rd Jennings Farmers

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st JA Throup 2nd & 3rd J Roberts

                                Champion – A Lawson & Son            Reserve – Calvert Bros


Newly Calven Heifers (23): av £1421 to £1900 A Lawson & Son


Newly Calven Cows (10): av £1354 to £1900 Calvert Bros


Maiden Heifer (19): av £581 to £830 E Pennock & Son  


Incalf Heifers (4): av £1170 to £1300 JA Throup


Pedigree Bulls (6): av 1420gns to 1750gns




Wheat Straw                        to £19.50

Round Bale Silage                to £10

Round Bale Hay                    to £16