Forward: 76 Prime cattle comprising 15 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 61 Cast Cattle. 4,410 Prime Sheep comprising 4,054 Prime Lambs, 356 Cast Ewes & Rams. 101 Rearing Calves. 51 Dairy Cattle. 6 Loads of Produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A good lineup of retail and wholesale customers ensured that the increasing numbers of prime cattle presented each week met a ready trade. Stanforths Butchers of Skipton bought the highest priced p/kg purchase with a 495kg British Blue cross heifer bought from Ben Townsend of Laneshawbridge for 261.5p/kg. Highest grossing beast was a 650kg Limousin cross steer from John Sykes of Farnley Tyas which made 209.5p/kg and formed one of an impressive list of 7 purchases for Keelham Farm Shop for their shops in Skipton and  Thornton.


465-555kg                                             to 250.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 209.5p/kg        av 204.11p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 259.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 261.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JR Sykes (Limx) 1362,1320, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1315, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1258

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 250.5, JR Sykes (Limx) 209.5,209.5,CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 193.5


£ per head: JM Townsend (BBx) 1425,1294,(Limx) 1220, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1389, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1140

p/kg: JM Townsend (BBx) 261.5,254.5,(Limx) 246.5, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 237.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 193.5

Cull Cow Prices

Cast cattle have started to come on to the market in quantity with demand absorbing the higher percentage of lean cattle with only a slight easing of price at this end of the scale. Cattle with finish  5-10 p/kg less on the week but cast cattle do need moving before the traditional easing in demand in November as Christmas trade for clean cattle builds.

Overall Average                                   94.28p/kg             £594.12

Black & White                       to 142.5p/kg                        av 90.13p/kg

Jersey                                     to 89.5p/kg                          av 73.79p/kg

Swed Red                              to 75.5p/kg                         

Limx                                       to 141.5p/kg                        av 123.67p/kg

BBx                                         to 117.5p/kg

Charx                                      to 116.5p/kg

Hefdx                                     to 103.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 97.5p/kg                          av 93.78p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: J Caygill&Ptns 998,700, JT Rushton 782, JD Taylor&Son 729, AL Dean&Son 709, AP Townsend 706, JSS Verity 695

p/kg: J Caygill&Ptns 142.5,108.5, JT Rushton 112.5, E&KM Marshall 109.5, AP Townsend 104.5, A&CL Gray 101.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: JSS Verity (Jer) 493,(Swed Red) 378

p/kg: JSS Verity (Jer) 89.5,(Swed Red) 75.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: H&S Maudsely 758

p/kg: H&S Maudsley 117.5



£ per head: DW&CJ Towler 906,901,753, J&K Harker 879, Ellis Bros 757

p/kg: DW&CJ Towler 141.5,137.5,125.5 J&K Harker 126.5


£ per head: Hurries Farm (AA) 810,770, H&S Maudsley (Hefd) 750

p/kg: H&S Maudsley (Hefd) 103.5, Hurries Farm (AA) 97.5,90.5


Overall Average                                   117.5p/kg             £963.50


£ per head: D Spencer 117.5

p/kg: D Spencer 964


4,410 Prime Sheep

Sheep trade eased today as widely expected it would with less ethnic demand following the end of EID. Other customers were also quieter than of late but an overall average of 144p/kg would be a very good result on the day.

Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £62.17 per head or 144.0p/kg            

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 200.0p/kg         av 149.0p/kg         or £51.58 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 204.5p/kg         av 145.9p/kg         or £61.53 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 191.3p/kg         av 137.6p/kg         or £64.96 per head

52.1kg and over   to 137.7p/kg         av 133.3p/kg         or £70.94 per head

Beltex average £67.44 per head or 162.7p/kg

£ per head: £90 WA VJ JA Towler; £89 £85 J Garth & Son; £88 J Sugden; 87.50 £82x2 P Crabtree; £85 AL Thompson;

p/kg: 204.5p WA VJ JA Towler; 202.4p 202.3p J Garth & Son; 201.4p TB Moorhouse; 200.0p JJ Beckwith; 195.0px2 P Crabtree;

Suffolk average £61.56 per head or 140.4p/kg

£ per head: £74 Wilson Bros; £69 B&K Wellock; £67x2 RJ Gardt; £66.50 R Falshaw; £65.50 A Guy & Son; £64.50 G&MA Lawn;

p/kg: 153.3p B&K Wellock; 144.6p R Falshaw; 143.2p 141.9px2 CD&RF Kitching; 142.3p Wilson Bros; 141.9p A Butler;  

Texel average £62.68 per head or 144.2p/kg

£ per head: £83 AL Thompson; £83 J Garth & Son; £80 S Robinson; £80 Grain Farms; £80 FM&JM Edington; £79.50 T&C Robinson;

p/kg: 202.4p 182.9p J Garth & Son; 185.7p RH&MR Ireland; 181.8p FW&JM Edington; 181.0p F&R Fielden; 179.3p R&VM Clarke;

Mule average £56.65 per head or 132.0p/kg

£ per head: £63 Ashfield Farms; £61.50 Ellis Bros; £61 JK Wilson; £61 JH Throup; £60 JM townsend; £60 D Sayer; £60 E Pennock & Son; £60 E&E Metcalfe;

p/kg: 138.4p 138.1p 137.0p Ashfield Farms; 136.7p Ellis Bros; 136.4p E&E Metcalfe; 135.6p JH Throup; 135.2p FG Throup;

Charollais average £61.68 per head or 142.5p/kg

£ per head: £74 P Crabtree; £73 J Howard; £67.50 PL Metcalfe; £67 R Emmott; £66.50 £63 A Guy & Son; £63 P Shackleton;

p/kg: 168.2p P Crabtree; £158.1p TB Moorhouse; 156.6p MS Robinson; 151.5p 146.1p SJ Scholfefield; 150.0p PL Metcalfe;

Dalesbred average £48.95 per head or 131.2p/kg

£ per head: £50.50 Hayton & Stocks; £44 RH&EA Close;

p/kg: 132.9p Hayton & Stocks; 125.7p RH&EA Close;

Cheviot average £57.14 per head or 140.3p/kg

£ per head: £57.50 DC Hartley; £57 AE Stubbs & Son;

p/kg: 143.8p DC Hartley; 139.0p AE Stubbs & Son;

Lleyn average £55.44 per head or 142.0p/kg

£ per head: £61 £56.50 £52 G Watson; £56 CL&J Booth; £54.50 N Speake;

p/kg: 148.7p 136.8p 132.6p G Watson; 147.3p N Speake; 140.0p CL& J Booth;


Cull Ewes average £41.82

Texel to £87.50, BFL to £32.50, Mule to £61.50, Lleyn to £55.50, Swaledale to £37.50, Charollais to £77.50, Cheviot  to £59.50, Dalesbred  to £33.50, Lonk  to £34.50, Teeswater to £55.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £87.50 A&CL Gray; £79.50 D Sayer; £74.50 T Smith;

Mule/Masham: £61.50 S Spyrou; £61.50 N Garth; £55.50 D Sayer;  

Horned: £37.50 AJ Mason; £34.50 JA&PJ Lambert;

Hill: £59.50 K Lister & Son; £55.50 CD&RF Kitching;

Cast Rams average £35.67

Texel to £60.50 D Harrison; £59.50 R Berry; Beltex to £68.50 AL Thompson; Teeswater to £54.50 K Lister & Son; Suffolk to £53.50 Swinbank & Briggs;



Rearing Calves to £430 (101)

B&W av £68.41 Cont av £325.5 Native av £232

101 calves forward today with trade a touch easier with larger numbers coming forward. Continental heifers would see the most buoyant trade with a number of heifer buyers charging each other for the better end of calves. Dairy bred would remain similar on the week with plane calves looking as dear as anything. £430 stopped the best calf today from Fred Houseman with Colin Whitelock the best of the rest in the bulls at £400 and Richard Sutcliffe topping the heifers at £410.


Numbers still in demand with arable buyers returning steadily after a slow drilling. 


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £260) to £340 AL Dean & Son, Threshfield                        

Brit Blue x (Av £330.18) to £430 Church Farm Enterprises, Burton Leonard                        

Simmental (Av £290) to £305 J Peel, Gisburn                                                              

Aberdeen Angus (Av £237.50) to £260 Church Farm Enterprises, Burton Leonard

MRI (Av £128.67) to £165 L&A Watson, Horton In Craven                                       

Black & White (Av £68.41) to £115 JR CJ & D Drake, Thornton                


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £260) to £340 AL Dean & Son                              

Brit Blue x (Av £338) to £410 P&RM Sutcliffe, Queensbury      


Craven Dairy Auction (51 head)

 A large show of dairy with numbers in the shippon as well as ringside. Calvert Bros took both Champion and Reserve with their fine entries that were both part of their ongoing dispersal. The Champion, Calton Bolton Tanya a 3rd Calver by Sandy Valley Bolton and giving 55 Litres was judged best on show by Wick Williams, Nantwich and sold to Malcolm and Stephen Abbott, Dacre for £1680. Reserve was a Newly Calved Pedigree Heifer Calton Gerard Kay by Oman Gerard and giving 35 litres eventually sold to Andrew Townsend for £1720.


2nd Prize heifer from Richard Walker of East Morton also had a good following with his 35 Litre stylish black heifer taking the day’s top price of £1920 and headed to Alan and Jack Wilson of Green Hammerton.


Youngstock were once again strong with Incalf cattle £1360 twice for two quality goods from Oliver and Partners at Darley. Bulling Heifers from James Kayley, Halton West were also good to sell with 13 -17mth heifers to £860 and Heifer calves from Joss Lancaster, Horton in Craven had 6 heifer calves to £320 av £275 for 5-6 wk old goods.     


Judge – Wick Williams

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st Calvert Bros 2nd RW&M Walker 3rd GD&JC Holme

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

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st I Oliver & Partners

                                Champion – Calvert Bros   Reserve – Calvert Bros


Newly Calven Heifers (10): av £1234 to £1650 Rusby Dairies, Penistone


Newly Calven Cows (11): av £1332.50 to £1700 Calvert Bros, Yarm.  


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (14): av £1460 to £1920 RW&M Walker, East Morton


Incalf Heifers (3): av £1320 to £1360 I Olivers & Partners, Darley


Bulling Heifers (4): av £795 to £860 ML&JE Kayley & Son, Halton West


Heifers Calves (6): av £275.83 to £320 J&SA Lancaster


Pedigree Dairy Bull to £1120 Enchanted Holsteins



Hay                         Small bale                                              to £2.20 per bale               

                                2nd crop small bale                               to £2 per bale

Wheat Straw        Small bale                                              to £2.10 per bale

Barley Straw         Round                                                    to £13 per bale