Forward: 92 Prime cattle comprising 20 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 3 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 69 Cast Cattle. 2,703 Prime Sheep comprising 2392 Prime Hoggs, 311 Cast Ewes & Rams. 92 Breeding Sheep. 45 Rearing Calves. 31 Dairy Cattle. 10 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Top gross was a 660kg British Blue cross heifer consigned by Malcolm Metcalfe of Baldersby which sold to Keelham Farm Shop for 222.5p/kg. Malcolm Metcalfe also headed the field with the highest priced by weight price of the day at 250.5p/kg for a 530kg Blonde cross heifer which also sold to Keelham Farm Shop at a gross of £1328.


465-555kg                                             to 226.5p/kg                        av.223.96p/kg

560kg                                                     to 239.5p/kg                        av. 185.59p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 180.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 250.5p/kg                        av. 202.42p/kg


560kg+                                                   to 154.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JA Drake (Blondex) 1377, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1229,1212, 

p/kg: JA Drake (Blondex) 239.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 226.5, 221.5


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (BBx) 1469, 1434, (Blondex) 1328, JR Metcalfe (Charx) 1411, R Wood (BBx) 1279,1259.

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Blondex) 250.5, JA Drake (Limx) 238.5, R Wood (BBx) 235.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 229.5, (Blondex) 229.5, R Wood (BBx) 229.5


£ per head: AP Townsend (Sim) 1221

p/kg: AP Townsend (Sim) 154.5

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                                   132.74p/kg           £862.84

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: A Thompson Farms Ltd (BBx) 1045, GB Jennings (B&W) 885, RH&EA Close (B&W) 658

p/kg: GB Jennings (B&W) 139.5, A Thompson Farms Ltd (BBx) 137.5, RH&EA Close (B&W) 118.5.


Cull Cow Prices

Cast cow trade up again and able to absorb the increased numbers available. Dairies carrying finish 115p+ and a young B&W cow from JG Hall&Son at 133.5p/kg. A pure British Blue cow from BL&R Lund headed the section weighing 655kg and making 185.5p/kg or £1215.


Overall Average                                   111.64p/kg           £749.98

Black & White                       to 133.5p/kg                        av. 106.26p/kg

Swed Red                              to 107.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 134.5p/kg                        av. 125.87p/kg

BBx                                         to 185.5p/kg                        av. 151.6p/kg

Path                                        to 135.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 128.5p/kg                        av. 119.68p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: GB Moorhouse 1029, J Caygill&Ptns 939, G Abbott&Sons 936,  JG Hall&Son 928, MP Jennings (Dairy) 918

p/kg: JG Hall&Son 133.5, A Thompson Farms Ltd 117.5, J Caygill&Ptns 117.5, G Abbott&Sons 116.5, 115.5, MP Jennings (Dairy) 115.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: M Fewster (Swed Red) 538

p/kg: M Fewster (Swed Red) 107.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: BL&R Lund 1215, B Spensley Ltd 1098, D&S Hollings 941, T&J Smith 908

p/kg: BL&R Lund 185.5, B Spensley Ltd 171.5, D&S Hollings 141.5,  T&J Smith 132.5

Other Contx:

£ per head: BL&R Lund (Path) 1030,  D&S Hollings (Limx) 982, JT Robinson (Limx) 949,  SD Bennett (Limx) 892, 727,

p/kg: BL&R Lund (Path) 135.5,  D&S Hollings (Limx) 134.5, JT Robinson (Limx) 126.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 126.5


Overall Average                                   129.5p/kg             £1191


£ per head: RH&EA Close 1191

p/kg: RH&EA Close 129.5.


Prime Sheep

A similar entry of sheep today were a better trade on the week with all classes a couple of £’s dearer, overall average of 174p/kg (+3p on the week)

Smart lambs were a sharp trade all sale long, Henry Atkinson topped the market at £124 for 42kg Beltex crosses sold to Vivers Scotlamb, followed at £119 for Beltex crosses from Taylor Bros Rathmell selling to Thomas Shepherdson. Taylor Bros had 3 further pens selling for £113 £109 £106. Fox Farms from Clitheroe had a nice run of lambs at £109 £105 and £103, whilst Henry Atkinson had a further pen at £104 and Ian Marsden from Hoylandswaine near Penistone. The top price per kilo was 295.2p/kg from Henry Atkinson, with the same vendor making 265.7p & 251.4p for Beltex crosses. Taylor Bros made 262.8p 242.9p 242.4p and 240.9p of their run of lambs, Fox Farms 253.5p, John Eddleston from Great Harwood made 248.6p and 243.6p of Beltex crosses whilst Mike Allen of Staithes made 246.2p.

Commercial Lowland Lambs at handy weights (38kg to 43kg) were keenly contested all sale long, 185p for 200p for nice skinned sorts 175p to 180p for the others, and lighter continental lambs were dearer than last week.

Heavy Lowland lambs (46kg to 52kg) were a shade dearer than last week, with the smartest butchers types making 200p plus, to a top of 242.9p for 49kg from Taylor Bros of Rathmell. Henry Atkinson made 216.7p of 48kg adding up to £104, whilst Ian Marsden made 212.4p of 49kg or £104. James Towler of Steelands Farm, Grindleton made 210.6p of 47kg Beltex crosses or £99 per head.

Hill bred lambs were dearer on the week. The best Mules and Mashams generally were £30 to £32 over the weight, Steve Dorey topped at £85 others at £77.50(x2) and £77(x2), Bob Stubbs made the trip up from Cheshire and topped at £78 and Jeff Pickles at £77.50 were the leading prices, per kilo tops of 179.3p for Mashams (43kg @ £77) from Steve Dorey, the same vendor had others at 179.1p 178.0p(x2) and 174.4p, Messrs Kitching from Grisedale Farm made 175.6p, Bob Stubbs 173.0p and Kevin Wilson, Blubberhouses 172.2p. Horned lambs toped at £78 from Chris Crowther of Oldham, the same vendor also selling at £73.50, Swaledale lambs to £70 from Stephen Taylor of Sheffield, and £69.50 from Messrs Palmer of Twiston, whilst per kilo they sold at 169.6p and 162.5p from Chris Crowther, also 162.2p from Steve Dorey. Cheviots this week topped at £82 or 195p from Tony Kiernan of Longridge plenty of other nice pens in the 180’s.

Ewes were again dearer recording an overall average of £67, although to be fair there was good show of mainly heavier ewes and a smaller proportion of horned ewes than of late. Best Heavy ewes £110 to £120, nice Continental Ewes eitherside of £100, best end of Mules £69-£70 and good Horned & Hill Ewes £50 to £60.  


Prime Hoggs  – Overall Average  £75.16 per head or 173.95p/kg          

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 186.2p/kg         av 147.88p/kg      or £45.76 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 265.7p/kg         av 180.07p/kg      or £62.69 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 295.2p/kg         av 178.9p/kg         or £74.89 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 242.9p/kg         av 165.3p/kg         or £79.18 per head

52.1kg and over                 to 181.1p/kg         av 153.23p/kg      or £83.15 per head

Beltex average £94.24 per head or 230.13p/kg

£ per head: £124 HB Atkinson; £119, £113, £109 Taylor Bros; £109 Fox Farm; £106 Taylor Bros; £104 HB Atkinson; £103 Fox Farm

p/kg: 295.2p HB Atkinson; 265.7p HB Atkinson; 262.8p Taylor Bros; 253.5p Fox Farm; 251.4p HB Atkinson;

Suffolk average £77.64 per head or 170.57p/kg

£ per head: £85, £80.50 S Dorey; £80 T Walmsley; £80 H Downs & Son; £77 S Dorey; £77 J Cheetham; £75 Lambert - Milehouse

p/kg: 182.9p CD&RF Kitching; 179.1p, 177.1p, 175p S Dorey; 175p J Cheetham; 171.4p CD&RF Kitching; 170.5p T Kiernan

Texel average £77.27 per head or 174.9p/kg

£ per head: £100, £99, £97 I Marsden; £96 T Walmsley; £96 AM Binns; £95 J Baines; £94 T Walmsley; £94 DJ Halliday;

p/kg: 216.7p IMA&RJ Smith; 214.3p C Crowther; 214.1p IMA&RJ Smith; 213.3p, 211.9p T Walmsley; 206.8p IJ Pratt;

Mule average £72.60 per head or 163.87p/kg

£ per head: £78 B Stubbs; £77.50 J Pickles; £77.50 S Dorey; £77 N&J&S Taylor; £77 J Palmer & Son; £77 G Beresford;

p/kg: 178p x2 S Dorey; 175.6p CD&RF Kitching; 174.4p S Dorey; 173p B Stubbs; 172.7p JK Wilson; 172.2p, 170p S Dorey;

Masham average £76.12 per head or 177.22p/kg

£ per head: £85, £77, £73.50 S Dorey;

p/kg: 179.3p, 179.1p, 163.5p S Dorey;

Charollais average £75.11 per head or 174.38p/kg

£ per head: £104 I Marsden; £82.50 PC Longdin; £75.50 JR&DL Ogden; £71.50 L Throup

p/kg: 212.2p I Marsden; 175.5p PC Longdin; 174.4p L Throup; 164.1p JR&DL Ogden

Lleyn average £72.74 per head or 178.24p/kg

£ per head: £75.50, £74x2 , £73 CD&RF Kitching; £69.50 RG&SJ Paul;

p/kg: 180.5p, 179.8p, 178p, 168p, CD&RF Ktiching; 178.2p RG&SJ Paul

Swaledale average £56.68 per head or 150.57p/kg

£ per head: £70 N&J&S Taylor; £69.50 J Palmer & Son; £66 P Addyman; £65.50 J Palmer & Son; £60 JA&JH Hewetson;

p/kg: 158.1p JA&JH Hewetson; 156p, 154p J Palmer; 153.8p JA&JH Hewetson; 151.6p TE Walker; 151.4p J Cheetham

Dalesbred average £61.05 per head or 159.56p/kg

£ per head: £63 JA&JH Hewetson; £60 S Dorey; £55 DA Robinson;

p/kg: 162.2p S Dorey; 157.5p JA&JH Hewetson; 137.5p DA Robinson

SBF average £56.14 per head or 154.52p/kg

£ per head: £67x2, £48  JE Greenwood;

p/kg: 171.8p, 150p, 145.7p JE Greenwood;



Cull Ewes average £67.04

Suffolk to £105.50, Texel to £122.50, BFL to £78.50, Mule to £70.50, Lleyn to £44.50, Swaledale to £53.50, Masham to £45.50, Gritstone to £58.50, Cheviot  to £62.50, Beltex  to £109.50, Zwartbles to £66.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £122.50 HB Atkinson; £118.50 HB Atkinson

Mule/Masham: £70.50 JA Throup; £69.50 E&AM Simpson;  

Horned: £53.50 JW Sayer; £47.50 W Banks & Son

Hill: £78.50 HB Atkinson; £62.50 M Thwaite;  

Cast Rams average £57.50

Texel to £89.50 JR&DL Ogden; Beltex to £58.50 K Huck;



92 Breeding Sheep (Weekly @ 12noon)


An increased entry of Ewes with Lambs @ foot for this week’s sale attracted a larger ringside of buyers a similar trade was also see to the week before. Best single outfits equivalent of £75-£90 per life. Best twins £65 per life and commercial types £50-£60 per life. Top price for twins today was £200 for a correct Charlollais x Ewe with Beltex lambs from Stephen Pepper of Oxenhope, the same vendor sold Beltex x Charollais Ewes with single Cont x lambs for £180. Messrs Shepherd of Pateley Bridge sold Suffolk ewes with singles for £160 and texel ewes with twins for £180 on two occasions. Richard Umpleby of Killinghall sold two pens of Suffolk ewes with twins for £180.


Principle Prices:

Suffolk Ewes & Twins          £180x2 RJ Umpleby; £172 £170 FM Shepherd & Son;

                        & Singles        £160 FM Shepherd & Son; £120 RJ Umpleby;

Beltex x Ewes & Singles      £180 S Pepper;

Charollais x Ewes & Twins  £200 S Pepper;

Texel ewes & Twins            £180 £178 £170 RJ Umpleby; £180x2 FM Shepherd & Son

Scotch halfbred & Twins     £160 RG Johnson & Son;

Mule Ewes & Twins             £152 RG Johnson & Son

Mule Ewes & Singles           £100 J&JA Preston & Son



Dispersal of Lowland Flock for J Hopkinson, Cowling comp – 45 Mule Ewes 2shr to correct. Scanned inlamb to Texel due late March.

Also – 20 Mule Ewes 4crop to correct with Strong twin Charollais lambs, 20 Cont & Mule ewes with Texel lambs, 20 Cont & Suff Ewes with Beltex x Lambs.



Rearing Calves to £410 (45)

B&W av £61.53 Cont av £322.45 Native av £160

Quieter show of calves following show week with a serious mix in the quality of calves through the ring. Fred Houseman and Martyn Jennings saw the peak of the trade seeing their bulls at £410 and £400 respectively. Black and whites a touch dearer on the weak with best calves all around the £100 mark up to £115 for a strong calf from John Marshall, Dacre.


Bull Calves                            

Brit Blue x (Av £335.94) to £410 Church Farm Enterprises                                                       

Blonde x to £350 N&R Sutcliffe

Saler to £155 Townhead Farm Products                       

Black & White (Av £61.53) to £115 JC Marshall                           


Heifer Calves

Limousin (Av £215.4) to £240 RM Spence                    

Brit Blue x (Av £293.75) to £320 Church Farm Enterprises                                                       

Ab Angus to £160 GB Moorhouse                                                   

Saler to £180 RL Wright & Son                                                        


Craven Dairy Auction (31 head)

A small show of milkers today but a boat load of buyers for them. Milkers found some fierce bidding with Peter Baul’s week calved heifer topping proceedings at £1720 giving 25 litres. Incalf cattle were good to sell with D&P Brown of Ramsgill seeing their heifer top the section at £1250 with Duncan Holme next at £1180. Incalf cows from the Brown family of Earby found their 6th Calver incalf cows harder to place topping at £720.


A run of Organic Brown Swiss X Holstein Heifers saw a full clearance despite the heifers not being quite big enough for their age they topped at £690.  


Judge – Wick WIlliams

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st M Baul & Son                   2nd GB Jennings                     3rd D&P Brown

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st J Wellock                          2nd D&A Fort

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st D&P Brown                      2nd D Reay

Champion – M Baul & Son                 Reserve – J Wellock


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1620): to £1720 M Baul & Partners


Newly Calven Cows (av £1520): to £1520 J Wellock & £1520 J Wellock


Incalf Heifers (av £1066): to £1250 D&P Brown


Incalf Cows (av £640) to £720 WA Brown


Maiden Heifers (av £550) to £690 GP&R Simpson



Hay                                         Small bale                              to £3 per bale      av. £2.95per bale

                                                Mini Hestons                        to £13 per bale

                                                Quads                                     to £76 per tonne

Barley Straw                         Mini Hestons                        to £20 per bale

Wheat Straw                        Quads                                     to £79 per tonne