Forward: 63 Prime cattle comprising 16 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 46 Cast Cattle. 3,129 Prime Sheep comprising 2,879 Old Season Lambs, 250 Cast Ewes & Rams. 72 Rearing Calves. 38 Dairy Cattle. 10 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Dick Binns of RC Binns, Saltaire bought the highest priced p/kg beast a 495kg Limousin heifer shown by Malcolm Metcalfe which made 263.5p/kg. Highest gross price was the 565kg Limousin cross steer from Mesrs D&FJ Leeming of Ramsgill  which sold at 242.5p/kg or £1370 when bought by Keelham Farm Shop.


465-555kg                                             to 256.5p/kg        av. 246.79p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 242.5p/kg        av. 211.19p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 260.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 263.5p/kg        av. 203.19p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: D&FJ Leeming (Limx) 1370,1302, CD&RF Kitching  (Blondex) 1317, JA Drake (Blondex) 1299

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Blondex) 256.5, D&FJ Leeming (Limx) 242.5,228.5, JA Drake (Blondex) 238.5, CD&RF Kitching (Blondex)219.5(Limx) 211.5


£ per head: SD Bennett (Limx) 1360, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1304, JA Drake (BBx) 1272, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1250

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 263.5, CD&FR Kitching (Limx) 260.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 249.5, JA Drake (BBx) 235.5

Clean Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   110.5p/kg             £839.80

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: G Abbott&Sons (B&W) 840

p/kg: G Abbott&Sons (B&W) 110.5


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   97.45p/kg             £640.87

Cast cattle recorded another week on week increase despite heavy numbers hitting markets around the UK. Export trade has assisted processors with the decline in value of sterling.

Black & White                       to 118.5p/kg                        av 93.74p/kg

Swed Red                              to 101.5p/kg

Jersey                                     to 68.5p/kg

Saler                                       to 119.5p/kg                        av. 118.93p/kg

Limx                                       to 130.5p/kg                        av. 113.68p/kg

Blondex                                 to 125.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 113.5p/kg                        av. 102.16p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: R Dakin t/a PW&I Dakin 828, GB Moorhouse 812,767, G Abbott&Sons 783, JSS Verity 756,735,JR Dodgson&Son 735

p/kg: GB Moorhouse 118.5, G Abbott&Sons 109.5, RW&M Walker 103.5, JC&DJ Marshall&Sons 103.5,Roger Dakin t/a PW&I Dakin 103.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: JSS Verity (Swed Red) 650, (Jer) 397

p/kg: JSS Verity (Swed Red) 101.5,(Jer) 68.5

Other Continental

£ per head: Beeston Hall Farms (Saler) 960,735, J&G Huck (Blondex) 954,

p/kg: J&G Huck (Blondex) 125.5, Beeston Hall Farms (Saler) 119.5,118.5


£ per head: J&G Huck 894, CH&C Fearnley 666,646

p/kg: J&G Huck 130.5, CH&C Fearnley 106.5,102.5

Aberdeen Angus

£ per head: R Tennant 846, R Caton 683, B Spensley Ltd 624

p/kg: B Spensley Ltd 113.5, R Tennant 108.5, R Caton 107.5


Overall Average                                   91.5p/kg               £855.53

Top Prices £ per head or p/kg

£ per head: J Roberts (B&W) 856

p/kg: J Roberts (B&W) 91.5


3,129 Prime Sheep

A larger show of sheep than anticipated, and the overall average showing a slight rise on the week, which was a pleasing result on the day. At the top end it was the Akrigg family from Cray that took top spot at £120 per head, whilst the list of prices over £102.50 was large, in addition to The Akrigg's, Paul Simpson had a great run of lambs that topped at £119, Paul had ten pens in total at £113 or more. Martin Brown had lambs at £116 and £112, Fox Farms £112, John Eddleston £109 £107, Kevin Marshall £108, Jimmy Towler £107, Paul Simpson again at £105 £104, Jimmy Baines £104, Samantha Asquith £103.50 and M Crabtree £103. £3 per kilo was reached on 4 occasions, Paul Simpson 310p and 300p twice, whilst Martin Brown made 305p,

Commercial lambs were a shade dearer on the week, whilst a Mule wether took a good rise, tops of £95 per head and 195p from Steve Dorey. Steve showed a cracking pen of Mashams at £91 or 202p, whilst Joe Drinkall and daughter Helen had £86 or 191p for a pen of Lonks. Swale and Dalesbred lambs saw prime weights again sneaking into the 170’s but light weights were shade stronger again so long as they were well finished.

A relative shortage of cull ewes pushed the overall average up to £67.44


Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £80.50 per head or 192.05p/kg

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 271p/kg            av 179.64p/kg      or £54.85 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 285.7p/kg         av 166.68p/kg      or £57.34 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 310.8p/kg         av 196.37p/kg      or £81.24 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 243.6p/kg         av 184.43p/kg      or £88.75 per head

52.1kg and over                 to 196.7p/kg         av 173.38p/kg      or £92.40 per head

Beltex average £99.19 per head or 244.98p/kg

£ per head: £119, £117x2, £116 PW Simpson; £116 AM&HV Brown; £115 PW Simpson; £114.50 H Baines;

p/kg: 310.8p PW Simpson; 305.3p AM & HV Brown; 300p PW Simpson; 300p, 292.3p 289.7p 288.9p 285.7p PW Simpson

Suffolk average £81.36 per head or 187.51p/kg

£ per head: £94 T Kiernan; £94 S Dorey; £93.50 AL Dean; £92, £91.50 N&M Hugill; £91 RG Church Ltd; £89 S Dorey;

p/kg: 202.4p CD&RF Kitching; 202.2p RG Church Ltd; 196.5p J Shuttleworth; 195.3p CD&RF Kitching; 195.1p S Dorey;

Texel average £83.29 per head or 196.34p/kg

£ per head: £120 CT Akrigg; £118 Ellis Bros; £109 x2, £107 JS Eddleston; £107 A Beresford; £105 T Kiernan;

p/kg: 297.2p, 279.5p JS Eddleston; 257.9p K Saffrey; 248.8p JS Eddleston; 245p Fox Farm; 242.9p T Kiernan;

Mule average £78.17 per head or 180.4p/kg

£ per head: £95 S Dorey; £89, £88.50 AC Simpson; £88 S Dorey; £88 E&S Baines; £86 S Dorey; £85.50 F&M Parkins;

p/kg: 195.5p, 191.3p, 189.8p S Dorey; 189.4p AC Simpson; 187.5p S Dorey; 185.4p AL Dean & Sons; 184.1p J Drinkall Ltd

Charollais average £76.91 per head or 184.85p/kg

£ per head: £94.50 JC Marshall; £94.50 RG Church Ltd; £92.50 JC Marshall; £84 AC Simpson; £83.50 RG Church Ltd

p/kg: 203.7p, 192.9, 191.9p RG Church Ltd; 190.9p AC Simpson; 189p JC Marshall; 186.8p WH Maude; 184.1p TA&N Whitfield

Swaledale average £59.48 per head or 158.76p/kg

£ per head: £79, £77 J Baines; £75x2 £72 J Palmer; £68 DS Hollings; £68 BW Appleton; £67 DM&SV Throup;

p/kg: 174.4p D&S Hollings; 170p BW Appleton; 170p BW Appleton; 167.4p J Baines; 166.7p J Palmer & Son;

Dalesbred average £60.82 per head or 162.58p/kg

£ per head: £68 JK Wilson; £64x2 JM Brown; £58 JH&J Ryder; £56 RH&EA Close;

p/kg: 170p JK Wilson; 165.7p JH&J Ryder; 164.7p RH&EA Close; 160p x2 JM Brown



Cull Ewes average £67.44

Suffolk to £63.50, Texel to £111.50, BFL to £65.50, Mule to £69.50, Zwartable to £69.50, Swaledale to £45.50, Masham to £58.50, Gritstone to £68.50, Cheviot  to £42.50, Beltex  to £61.50, Teeswater to £71.50, Charollais to £112.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £112.50 £108.50 CW&V Marwood & Son; £111.50 M Crabtree; £109.50 S&P Scrivin;

Mule/Masham: £69.50 RW Airey; £67.50 J&ME Carr;

Horned: £45.50 JA Throup; £43.50 DM White;

Hill: £42.50 Thwaite Bros; 

Cast Rams average £64.39

Texel to £117.50; Charollais to £64.50; Swaledale to £41.50; Gritstone to £60.50; Lleyn to £58.50; Beltex to £53.50;



Rearing Calves to £400 (72)

B&W av £92.21 Cont av £316.60 Native av £205.20

Those who responded to the call for calves went away very happy with all types a healthy trade and arguably no poor calves in the market. Limousin’s seemed to have found an extra gear today with Robert Metcalfe, Brearton topping with a pair of sweet heifers at £340 and Angus Dean £310 with a straight Limousin Bull. Black and White calves saw a marked increase today with an overall average of £92.21 for calves all under 8 ½ weeks. Attendance of spring rearers is a welcome sign to the ring side and a consistent run of calves is needed to keep them coming.


NB Next week already an entry of 5 Strong Limousin heifers     


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £265) to £310 AL Dean                          

Brit Blue x (Av £346) to £400 J Gooch                                                                                            

MRI (Av £175) to £185 C Watson   

Ab Angus (Av £221.67) to £255 Church Farm Enterprises

Saler (Av £250) £295 JT Thornber

Hereford (Av £223) to £255 S&PE Bowker                  

Black & White (Av £92.21) to £165 C&M Hall                              


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £316) to £340x2 RD Metcalfe & Son                   

Brit Blue x (Av £276.25) to £350 JC Marshall                               

Ab Angus (Av £187) to £220 C&M Hall                                                          

Saler (Av £245) to £350 JC Marshall



B&W to £195 Church Farm Enterprises


Craven Dairy Auction (38 head)

A testing day, with dairy cows prices understandably feeling the pinch once again. The pre sale show was judged by Richard Crabtree of Clifton and picked Duncan and Gary Robinsons heifer as his favourite which went on to make £1380. Top price of the day went to the 3rd Prize heifer from David and Suzy Lawson, Arthington which went on to sell for £1480.


Young stock looked a strong trade against milkers with two incalf heifers coming from Mr Stewart, Carlisle which sold for £1000’s each and 4 heifer calves which averaged £232.5 for 6-8week old calves.  


Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st DR Robinson; 2nd M Baul & Partners; 3rd A Lawson & Son

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st G Woodmansey & Son 2nd DL Leeming Ltd

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st WR Stewart; 2nd ML&JE Kayley 3rd WR Stewart

Champion – DR Robinson   Reserve – M Baul & Partners


Newly Calven Heifers (28): av £1113 to £1480 A Lawson & Son


Newly Calven Cows (2): to £680 G Woodmansey & Son 


Incalf Heifers (3): av £936 to £1000 x2 WR Stewart


Heifer Calves (5): av £232.5 to £250 C Watson