Forward: 68 Prime cattle comprising 8 Clean Cattle and Young Bulls (under 30 mos), 2 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 58 Cast Cattle. 3726 Prime Sheep comprising 3171 Spring Lambs, 555 Cast Ewes & Rams. 59 Rearing Calves. 51 Dairy Cattle. 3 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Keelham Farm Shop of Skipton and Thornton along with Stanforths Butchers Skipton competed strongly at the ringside for the handful of clean cattle on offer. The market topped out at 261.5p/kg or £1308 for a 500kg British Blue Heifer from Ben Townsend of JM Townsend, Laneshawbridge. Mr Townsend followed that with the leading priced steer a 520kg Limousin cross which again fell to Keelham Farm Shop along with his top priced heifer. Stanforths Butchers purchased Mr Townsend’s third entry a 525kg British Blue cross heifer at 241.5p/kg or £1268 for their Skipton Shop and catering butchery business.

Next week sees the August Primestock Show and numbers are required.


465-555kg                                             to 260.5p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 261.5p/kg        av 156.66p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: JM Townsend (St) 1355,(Hfr) 1308,1268

p/kg: JM Townsend (Hfr) 261.5,(St) 260.5,(Hfr) 241.5

Young Bulls (28 mos)

Overall Average                                   159.5p/kg             £980.93

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: SD Gill (BB) 981

p/kg: SD Gill (BB) 159.5

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   128.00p/kg           £688.37

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: M Baul&Sons Ltd 705, B&J Sutcliffe (Str) 672,

p/kg: B&J Sutcliffe (Str) 138.5, M Baul&Sons Ltd 117.5


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   95.88p/kg             £646.36

Black & White                       to 112.5p/kg                        av 92.49p/kg

Jersey                                     to 100.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 124.5p/kg                        av 116.78p/kg

BBx                                         to 123.5p/kg                        av 111.06p/kg

Murray Grey                         to 107.5p/kg                        av 101.88p/kg

Saler                                       to 117.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 104.5p/kg

Hefdx                                     to 113.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: Calvert Bros 900,836,786,761,756, J Caygill & Ptns 849,825, PJ Bolland 784, JW Morrell 775, Frankland Farms 761

p/kg: Calvert Bros 112.5,111.5, G Abbott & Sons 111.5,109.5, J Caygill & Ptns 108.5,107.5,106.5, PA Whittaker 105.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: G Boothroyd&Son (Jer) 623

p/kg: G Boothroyd &Son (Jer) 100.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: JGE Heseltine & Son 928, J Nelson 799, DT Houseman 716

p/kg: DT Houseman 124.5,JGE Heseltine & Son 108.5, J Nelson 104.5


£ per head: DT Houseman 747,608

p/kg: DT Houseman 124.5,108.5

Other Breeds

£ per head: J&J Garnett (MG) 957, Beeston Hall Farms (Saler) 764, J&M Blakey (Hefd) 743, MD Farms Ltd (AA) 732

p/kg: Beeston Hall Farms (Saler) 117.5, J&M Blakey (Hefd) 113.5, J&J Garnett (MG) 107.5,MD Farms Ltd (AA) 104.5


Overall Average                                   95.71p/kg             £581.44

Lim X

£ per head: FW Horner & Son 648, 515

p/kg: FW Horner & Son 108.5,87.5


3,726 Prime Sheep

Trade slipped today further than expected as lamb comes under price pressure. Processers reporting very subdued export demand and numbers increasing countrywide and so todays average fell to 140p/kg. However, the smart lambs and handy weight types took least harm, and smart heavy lambs were also a decent trade on the day, but commercial types were harder to cash on the week.

The bright spot in today’s sale was CCM’s annual Young Handlers show & sale of prime lambs. This event aims to educate the future farmers of our industry into coming to livestock marts having prepared stock for sale and to enjoy the experience of showing lambs in a prize competition before entering the ring with their lambs to offer it for sale. Our judge for today was Mr Simon Barker of Stanforths Butchers and each of the competitors deserves congratulations for turning out impeccably and showing their lambs. Simon’s choice as champion handler was Miss Rosie Garth of Burton in Lonsdale, whose Beltex cross wether lamb weighed 35kg and sold for £108 to the judge. Other prize winners and prices are as listed below.

Young Farmers Prime Lamb Show

Class 1 – Under 10s

1st Rosie Garth £108 Stanforths Butchers

2nd Isobel North £96 Paul Watson

3rd Lilly Ireland £70 Vivers Scot Lamb

4th Emma Lawn £85 Stanforths Butchers

Class 2 – 11 to 16 years

1st Josh Lawn £92 Keelham Farm Shop

2nd Jack Simpson £83 Vivers Scot Lamb

3rd Sam Phillipson £77 Keelham Farm Shop

4th Oscar Simpson £82 Vivers Scot Lamb

Class 3 – 17 to 26 years

1st Natasha Simpson £84 Paul Watson

2nd Laura Robinson £87 T Shepherdson

3rd Tom Carlisle £83 Paul Watson

4th Rob Ellis £88 Paul Watson


Champion – Rosie Garth £108 Stanforths Butchers

Reserve – Josh Lawn £92 Keelham Farm Shop

Jordan Makenna £59, Mollie Phillipson £74, Henry Preston £65, Bobby Crabtree £87, Neive Ireland £68, Amy & Nancy Lawn £85.


Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £60.51 per head or 140.7p/kg           

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 308.6p/kg         av 154.2p/kg         or £51.83 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 214.6p/kg         av 141.3p/kg         or £60.24 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 200p/kg            av 135.2p/kg         or £64.05 per head

52.1kg and over   to 149.1p/kg         av 139.4p/kg         or £81.33 per head

Beltex average £66.98 per head or 166.76p/kg

£ per head: £108 Rosie Garth; £88 Fox Farm; £87 RC Crabtree; £86 P Crabtree & Son; £84,£83 PW Simpson; £79 DG Boothman

p/kg: 308.6p Rosie Garth; 212.2p Fox Farm; 207.5p PW Simpson; 202.3p RC Crabtree; 200p MB Townley; 200p Fox Farm

Suffolk average £59.29 per head or 135.18p/kg

£ per head: £85 G&MA Lawn; £80 G Sunderland; £72, £71.80 G&MA Lawn; £69 R&AM Earnshaw & Son; £66 GR&SM Wearmouth

p/kg: 177.1p, 167.4p, 163.2p G&MA Lawn; 153.8p G Sunderland; 145p R&AM Earnshaw; 144.2p B Spensley ltd

Texel average £59.55 per head or 140.55p/kg

£ per head: £96 JL North; £88 Ellis Bros; £87 S Robinson; £85 Watson Livestock; £83 D&J Carlisle; £82 PW Simpson

p/kg: 214.6p Ellis Bros; 210.3p PW Simpson; 193.3p S Robinson; 192p JL North; 184.4p D&J Carlisle

Mule average £53.08 per head or 128.82p/kg

£ per head: £59 AC Price; £55 G&MA Lawn; £53.50 J&K Harker; £52 JW Sayer & Son; £52 J&K Harker; £51.50 RH&DE Parker

p/kg: 134.1p AC Price; 130.5p, 130p J&K Harker; 128.8p RH&DE Parker; 126.8p JW Sayer & Son; 125p G&MA Lawn

Charollais average £57.64 per head or 135.2p/kg

£ per head: £92 J Lawn; £74 S Walmsley; £67 P Crabtree & Son; £61.80 A Guy & Son; £61.50 J Frankland; £61.20 JR Metcalfe

p/kg: 200p J Lawn; 160.9p S Walmsley; 155.8p P Crabtree & Son; 143p J Frankland; 140.5p A Guy & Son; 138.2p LJ Clay


Cull Ewes average £48.67

Suffolk to £91.50, Texel to £104.50, Mule to £67.50, Lleyn to £57.50, Swaledale to £45.50, Masham to £40.50, Gritstone to £25.50, Cheviot  to £74.50, Beltex  to £61.50, Lonk  to £46.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £104.5 PC Longdin; £94.50 RH&MR Ireland; £91.50 A Atkinson;

Mule/Masham: £67.50, £54.50, £53.50, £53 B Bretton & Sons; 

Horned: £46.50 AW&EN Wade; £45.50 AJ Mason; £45.50 B Bretton & Sons

Hill: £74.50 RH&MR Ireland; £57.50 HW&F Wilkinson; £50.50 R&A Jennings

Cast Rams average £62.23

Texel to £73.50 PC Longdin; Suffolk to £79.50 A&A Bradley; Charollais to £92.50 L Throup; BFL to £74.50 P Addyman & Son; LLeyn to £81.50



59 Rearing Calves to £590

B&W av £117.12 Cont av £378.38 Native av £262

Calves just starting show signs of easing with a quality show of calves just starting to slip. The best blues and black and whites bucked this trend but it was noticeable anything not quite on the money were a touch easier.


Black and whites were up and down with the very best from Alan Middleton of JP&KE Hartley hitting the top with a ¾ Friesian bull flying to £290 with David Hall, Mark Smith and Michael Heron all breaking the £200 mark. Commercial calves were less in the £60- £90 with young plain calves £25-£55.


British Blue calves were once again leading the way with one of the best runs of calves I’ve ever seen in this auction. David Smith of Bents farm hit the top with two fantastic blues reaching £590 and £585, Hartleys reached £585 & £565 and Booths and Sowray at £560 and £500 respectively.  Heifers were also strong with a sale average of £395.71 to £450 from Hartley’s again.


Today black and white calves averaged 35 days of age with British Blues 33 days of age average.  Keep taking note of age and price.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £185) to £185 PJ Bolland                       

Brit Blue x (Av £537) to £590 C Smith           

Ab Angus (Av £273) to £335 DL DM J Heron

Blonde x (Av £255) to £310 N&R Sutcliffe                                                    

Simmental (Av £275) to £275 JF Longster                                    

Black & White (Av £117) to £290 JP&KE Hartley                         


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £251) to £350 A Sowray & Son                            

Brit Blue x (Av £395) to £450 JP&KE Hartley                

Ab Angus (Av £191) to £225 JM Smith                                                          

Simmental (Av £265) to £275 JF Longster                                                    



Craven Dairy Auction (51 head)

 A mixed sale of all types of cattle for today’s dairy sale with 51 head going under the hammer.  Robin Jennings of South Stainley was judged to have the best beast in the market, a Pedigree heifer calved 12 days giving 35kgs which eventually sold for £1750 to Wick Williams. Reserve Champion went to the Calvert family of Crathorne near Yarm with a 4th calver which had been classified EX90 with 10gens of VG or EX behind it and arguably one of the best cows we’ve sold in the market ended up selling for £2100 to William Oldfield of Stocks Enteprises.


A rake of maiden heifers from a number of vendors were on show today with a fantastic pedigree Holstein with an impressive back pedigree selling for £1660 to Aubrey Greenhalgh of Enchanted Holsteins.

A good trade had today with a strong ringside of buyers bidding relatively freely for some quality entries, it was certainly unexpected.  


Judge – Dave Berry

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st GB Jennings 2nd A Lawson & Son 3rd A Lawson & Son

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

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

                                Champion – GB Jennings    Reserve – Calvert Bros


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (6): av £1691.67 to £1900 A Lawson & Son


Pedigree Newly Calven Cows (6): av £1590 to £2100 Calvert Bros


Newly Calven Heifers (5): av £1252 to £1600 RW&M Walker


Newly Calven Cows (5): av £1396 to £1720 DL Leeming Ltd


Incalf Heifers (2):  av £1310 to £1320 I Olivers & Partners


Maiden Heifers (24): av £755.45 to £1660 SG&LC Middleton