Forward: 20 Prime cattle comprising 9 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 11 Cast Cattle. 2,078 Prime Sheep comprising 27 Spring Lambs, 1744 Hoggs, 307 Cast Ewes & Rams. 1,053 Breeding Sheep comprising 382 Sheep with 671 lambs at foot. 64 Rearing Calves to £435 x 2 (64) B&W av £102.5 Cont av £326 Native av £217.2. 25 Dairy Cattle. 10 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Leading price p/kg was a 450kg Limousin cross heifer at 254.5p/kg selling to Keelham Farm Shop  consigned by JR Metcalfe of Baldersby. Top gross was £1274 or 225.5p/kg from Mesrs CD&RF Kitching selling to Stanforths Butchers, Skipton.


465-555kg to 219.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 182.5p/kg


400-480kg to 254.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 237.5p/kg                        av. 209.36p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1218,1218

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 219.5,219.5


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1274, H Downs&Son (Blondex) 1247, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1176,1145

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 254.5,237.5, H Downs&Son (Blondex) 237.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 225.5


Cull Cow Prices

A light Bank Holiday Show of cast cattle met a good trade. All bar 2 entries Black and White which included a non UK born Steaker at 91.5p/kg. Derek Wells from Wilsden headed the section with a Limousin cross cow weighing 705kg making 158.5p/kg and grossing £1117.


Overall Average                                   99.90p/kg             £703.83

Black & White                       to 99.50p/kg                        av. 90.75p/kg

Limx                                       to 158.50p/kg                      av. 135.91p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: WP Gratton 796,627,586, Jennings Farmers Ltd 716,662,643, M Baul&Sons Ltd 616,

p/kg: Jennings Farmers Ltd 99.5,94.5,94.5, WP Gratton 99.5,91.5,91.5, M Baul&Sons Ltd 95.5,


£ per head: D Wells 1117,1016

p/kg: D Wells 158.5,117.5


Prime Sheep


Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £113.33per head or 250.2p/kg           

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 277.5p/kg         av 265.4p/kg         or £112 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 252.2p/kg         av 239.0p/kg         or £115.20 per head

52.1kg and over                  to 211.1p/kg         av 211.1p/kg         or £114 per head


Charollais average £113 per head or 250.2p/kg

£ per head: £116x3 £115 £114 £1113 JD&V Towers; £114 £113 £112 £111 CW Marwood;

p/kg: 277.5p 275.6p 265.1p 255.8p 254.5p CW Marwood; 252.2p 244.7p 236.7p 232.0p 230.6p JD&V Towers;  


Prime Hoggs  – Overall Average  £83.03 per head or 188.9p/kg             

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 203.2p/kg         av 152.1p/kg         or £47.64 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 200.0p/kg         av 179.2p/kg         or £61.99 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 315.8p/kg         av 195.8p/kg         or £82.27 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 229.4p/kg         av 181.3p/kg         or £87.40 per head

52.1kg and over                 to 212.3p/kg         av 172.6p/kg         or £96.38 per head

Beltex average £106 per head or 261.5p/kg

£ per head: £120 £108 Fox Farm; 115 R&VM Clarke; £109 JR Crabtree; £106 PA&NS Tattersall; £99 Fox Farm;

p/kg: 315.8p 263.4p 247.5p Fox Farm; 280.5p R&VM Clarke; 246.5p PA&NS Tattersall; £235.9p JR Crabtree;

Suffolk average £88.55 per head or 180.9p/kg

£ per head: £111 £96 K Marshall; £96.50 D&J Isherwood; £94 N Hanson; £94 S Dorey; £92 GW Houseman;

p/kg: 197.4p Watson Livestock; 186.7p GW Houseman & Ptnrs; 185.6p 184.8p D&J Isherwood; 184.4p D Pennington;

Texel average £84.94 per head or 196.7p/kg

£ per head: £121 £117 £116 £111 £110 £108 PA&NS Tattersall; £116 W&J Parkinson; £112 K Marshall;

p/kg: 269.8p 248.8p W&J Parkinson; 266.7p K Marshall; 247.4p R Crabtree; 239.5p J Baines; 237.2p Brafferton Maonr;

Mule average £82.36 per head or 179.3p/kg

£ per head: £90 £87.50x2 £87 S Dorey; £88 £87x2 J Pickles; £86.50 GW Thackray;

p/kg: 194.4p 194.3p 193.3p 190.2p 183.7p S Dorey; 181.4p L Mellin; 181.3p J Pickles;

Lonk average £75.59 per head or 170.5p/kg

£ per head: £80x3 £78 £77 £76.50 C Crowther; £77.50 A Moorhouse;

p/kg: 182.9p A Moorhouse; 178.6p 177.9p 175.0p 169.6p C Crowther;

Swaledale average £63.24 per head or 167.3p/kg

£ per head: £85 C Nelson & Son; £83 W Mason & Son; £77 J Baines; £73 GW Houseman; £69 FG Throup; £69 JH&J Ryder;

p/kg: 188.2p W Mason & Son; 186.1p D Sayer; 179.7p 175.6p GW Houseman; 175.0p J Baines; 173.5p C Nelson & Son;

Dalesbred average £63.33 per head or 162.3p/kg

£ per head: £67.50 K Lister & Son; £63 JM Brown;

p/kg: 173.1p K Lister & Son; 161.5p JM Brown;

Cheviot average £90.31 per head or 186.4p/kg

£ per head: £94 £90.50 £87.50 C Middleton; £93.50 Grain Farms;

p/kg: 198.9p 181.0p 177.4p C Middleton; 189.8p 184.0p Grain Farms;




1,053 Sheep comp 382 Sheep with 671 lambs at foot.

The largest show of the season so far on Bank Holiday Monday attracted a good ringside of customers, however they were more cautious than of late with grass still in short supply. Anything with strong lambs was best to sell, but more commercial types were cheaper on the week by around £5-£8 per life.

Today we held the Easter Show and judging was undertaken by Mr John Turner of Draughton. His choice as first prize pen of Continental Sheep with lambs were top price of £255 per outfit consigned by Mr Thomas Boothman of Linton. Full list of results below.







Texel Cross

Shlgs and Twins to £255 T Boothman.

Shlgs and Singles to £140 D Haigh.

2 Shr and Twins to £235 T Boothman.

3 crop and Twins to £200 RE Metcalfe & Son.

3 crop and Singles to £175 R Brewer.

Correct and Twins to £162 S Sleightholme.

Correct and Singles to £170 RE Metcalfe & Son and D Cunningham.

B/M and Twins to £140 JGE Heseltine & Son.

b/m with Singles to £98 JGE Heseltine & Son.

1 teat with Singles to £120 R Brewer.


Shlg with Twins to £175 T Boothman.

Correct and Twins to £180 Frankland Farms

Correct and Singles to £128 RD Wallbank.

b/m and Twins to £130 TH&A Pickard & Son.

b/m and singles to £112 DJ&LJ Holt.


b/m with Singles to £105 S Sleightholme.


Correct and Singles to £122 DJ&LJ Holt and S Sleightholme.

b/m and Singles to £88 DJ&LJ Holt.


Correct & Twins to £195 T Boothman.



Cull Ewes average £75.22

Suffolk to £131.50, Texel to £138.50, BFL to £82.50, Mule to £84.50, Lleyn to £68.50, Swaledale to £60.50, Cheviot  to £97.50, Lonk  to £58.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £138.5 W Watson; £134.50 W Watson;

Mule/Masham: £84.50 B Spensley Ltd; £77.50 K&C Hird Ltd

Horned: £58.50, £46.50 C Crowther

Hill: £97.50 HJ&JT Howarth; £68.50 MJ O’Donnell

Cast Rams average £83.70

Texel to £127.50 D&A Livestock; Dalesbred  to £79.50 K Lister & Sons Cheviot to £92.50 K Lister & Sons; BFL to £109.50 T Parker



Rearing Calves to £435 x 2 (64)

B&W av £102.5 Cont av £326 Native av £217.2

Bank holiday fails to disappoint once again with a strong trade throughout the sale. John Marshall, Dacre and Alan from Hartley’s, Bolton Abbey tied for the top price with two British Blue calves which were bid all the way to £435 each. Herefords and Angus’s were all well bid at with Richard Spence, Sutton In Craven topping the Herefords with a stonking calf at £330 and John Dodgson, Bank Newton topping the Angus section at £280.


Black and whites were up on the week despite last weeks searing trade averaging £102.5 today with the top at £165 for a Friesian Bull from Stephen Marshall, West End with 10 over £100 and the bottom at an impressive £48.


Seasonal buyers continue to turn up for well reared calves and it is imperative we keep them well supplied. 


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £345.71) to £385 G Pickersgills & Sons                              

Brit Blue x (Av £382.08) to £435 x2 JC Marshall & Son & JP&KE Hartley                

Hereford X (Av £224) to £330 F Spence                                                        

Swedish Red (Av £104) to £108 M Fewster 

Ab Angus (Av £235) to £280 JR Dodgson

Simmental to £345 SR Shuttleworth                             

Black & White (Av £102.5) to £165 JC & DJ Marshall & Sons                     


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £220) to £240 AL Dean & Son                              

Brit Blue x (Av £270) to £320 GT Booth                         

Ab Angus  to £205 JR Dodgson                                                        

Simmental (Av £325) to £360 SR Shuttleworth                                                          



B&W to £190 P Sharp & Son


For any information on Calf Sales do not hesitate to contact Sam Bradley on 07538539077


Craven Dairy Auction (24 head)

 Trade a touch stronger today with arguably on average a better show of heifers today than the previous fortnight. Frank Wrathall of Gisburn judged the Pre Sale Show with David and Daughter Suzy Lawson taking top honours in both the Cows and heifers with Andrew Jennings taking the Reserve Champion with his pedigree Abbeyhouse consignment.


A selective ringside forced more desirable sorts into a good trade with ¾’s of the milkers on offer averaging well towards £1400 with a few second rate entries dragging the average back. Lawson topped the day with his Champion reaching £1580 to Alf and Andrew Townsend and his 3rd Prize entry reaching £1640 selling to Brian Blezard of Ribchester. Jennings Farmers reached £1420 with their rosette winner with cousin Robin Jennings not far behind at £1400 for a thick heifer selling to Richard Sutcliffe of Queensbury.


A respectable trade considering the uncertain future with next sale on the 11th April. 


Judge – Frank Wrathall

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

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st A Lawson & Son 2nd H Downs & Son 3rd D&A Fort


                                Champion – A Lawson & Son            Reserve – Jennings Farmers Ltd


Newly Calven Heifers (19): av £1185  to £1640 A Lawson & Son


Newly Calven Cows (5): av £980 to £1380 A Lawson & Son



Hay                                         Small Bale                              to £2.40 per bale                                av £2.35 per bale

                                                Quads                                     to £48 per tonne                 or £16.50 per bale

Barley Straw                         Mini Hestons                        to £58 per tonne

Wheat Straw                        6 Band Quads                       to £21 per bale