Forward: 59 Prime cattle comprising 38 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 21 Cast Cattle. 4,235 Prime Sheep comprising 3855 Prime Lambs, & 380 Cast Ewes & Rams. 45 Rearing Calves. 17 Dairy.



The Christmas Primestock Show curtailed and changed to a Monday from its traditional Sunday fixture proved to be a huge success made possible by a buoyant retail trade with a sale average of 292p/kg. Leading the prices was a heifer considered ideal for shop trade, a 490kg homebred Limousin cross from John Stephenson from Bordley for the third consecutive year which sold to David Green for Mesrs K&J Green for 550p/kg or £2450 to be sold in their shops at Heskin and their recently opened establishment in Standish. The Reserve Champion was another Stephenson heifer this time a British Blue weighing 510kg which sold to James Robertshaw for Robertshaws Farm Shop in Thornton for 434.5p/kg or £2216. Ralph Pearson Wholesale Butchers of Bradford wrapped up the Male Champion and Reserve. The Champion a 480kg Limousin cross shown by Rosie Foster of Preston made269.5p/kg and the Reserve a 625kg Limousin cross from F&B Smith of Masongill which made 289.5p/kg.


Judge – George Cropper
Class 1 – Native Steer/Heifer

1st RT&J Critchley Lot 33

Class 2 – Cont x Steer Und 580kg

1st Rose Foster Lot 2

2nd George Foster Lot 4

3rd M&E Wynne Lot 18

Class 3 – Cont x Steer 581-680kg

1st F&B Smith Lot 9

2nd RT&J Critchley Lot 32

3rd G&S Foster Lot 5

Class 4 – Cont x Heifer Und 580kg

1st JR Stephenson Lot 14

2nd JR Stephenson Lot 15

3rd JS Stephenson Lot 11

Class 5 – Cont x Heifer 581-680kg

1st TH Mellin Lot 16

2nd JH&SM Mason Lot 1

3rd RT&J Critchley Lot 29

Class 6 – Heavy Blk/Heifer

1st M Wynne Lot

2nd TH Mellin Lot


Special Prize Best Homebred Beast – JR Stephenson Lot 14

Special Prize Best Beast Purchased from CCM – Rose Foster Lot 2


Male Champion – Rose Foster Lot 2

Reserve Male Champion – F&B Smith Lot 9

Female Champion – JR Stephenson Lot 14

Reserve Female Champion – JR Stephenson Lot 15


Overall Champion – JR Stephenson Lot 14

Overall Reserve Champion – JR Stephenson Lot 15


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


465-560kg                                             to 299.5p/kg                        av. 284.43p/kg

560kg                                                     to 317.5p/kg                        av. 272.79p/kg


480kg+                                                   to 500p/kg                            av.301.74p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: TH Mellin t/a J Mellin (BBx) 1926, F&B Smith (Limx) 1809,1794, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1665, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1565

p/kg: F&B Smith (Limx) 289.5, JS Stephenson (Limx) 299.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Charx) 294.5, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 284.5,275.5


£ per head: JS Stephenson (Limx) 2450, (BBx) 2216,1879, F&B Smith (Limx) 1981, JH&SM Mason (Charx) 1879, TH Mellin t/a J Mellin (BBx) 1817, RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 1757

p/kg: JS Stephenson (Limx) 500, (BBx) 434.5,354.5,304.5 F&B Smith (Limx) 341.5, JH&SM Mason (Charx) 324.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 319.5, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 309.5        



Cull Cow Prices

Cast cows met a more receptive trade with all classes sharper to sell but more cattle carrying finish in the entry.

Overall Average                                   104.94p/kg                           £726.30

Black & White                      to 120.5p/kg                        av. 100.57p/kg

Beef Short                             to 114.5p/kg

Luing                                      to 127.5p/kg

BBx                                         to 133.5p/kg                        av.124.90p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JD Crabtree&Son 823,797,788, Wood Bros 786, G Pickersgill&Sons 710,704, M Baul&Sons Ltd 705, A Carr&Son

p/kg: M Baul&Sons Ltd 120.5, JD Crabtree&Sons 113.5, 108.5, G Pickersgill&Sons 107.5,106.5, Wood Bros 105.5,103.5


£ per head: New York Farms (Beef Short) 973, J Caygill&Ptns (Luing) 867

p/kg: J Caygill&Ptns (Luing) 127.5, New York Farms (Beef Short) 114.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: JW Sayer&Son 1001, T walker 710

p/kg: JW Sayer&Son 133.5, T Walker 114.5



4,235 Prime Sheep comprising 3855 Prime Lambs, & 380 Cast Ewes & Rams


A cracking sale today with more lambs penned and trade very strong all through, with the Overall Sale average levelling at 222p/kg or £96.93 per head, and for comparison the SQQ stood at 226.1p.
Rob Lambert from Wigglesworth took top price per kilo at 339.5p when selling 43kg Beltex at £146 to Vivers Scotlamb.
D&A Livestock from Harrogate were selling at 329.3p for Beltex weighing in at 41kg and making £135 per head. The buyer again was Vivers Scotlamb.
James & Simon Garth from Keasden are regulars near the top of the price list, and today was no exception when they sold at 326.1p for 44kg Beltex at £143.50 with Vivers Scotlamb making it a clean sweep of the top three prices per kilo.
Ellis Bros, Addingham made 315p (44kg £139), as did MJ&G Taylor of Rathmell (38kg £120), closely followed by PW Simpson of Wigglesworth at 314p (43kg £135) who had 3 other pens at 300p or more.
99 pens today or 458 head of lambs making between 250p/kg at 339p/kg.
Per head, out with the prices listed above, PW Simpson made £138 & £135, Hayley Baines made £138 & £130, BL&R Lund, Walshaw made £138, at £135 were D&A Livestock Harrogate and WC Logan Malham Moor, Ellis Bros at £134, James & Simon Garth £130 and WA,VJ&JA Towler Grindleton also at £130. 38 Pens today at £120 or above.

As predicted over the weekend, handyweight lambs were a tremendous trade today, with 38kg to 41kg nice Continentals receiving a very good enquiry ringside, whilst 42kg to 45kg were also dearer on the week. Heavier Lowland lambs were expected to be a shade easier, but these bucked the pre-sale thoughts and were a good trade all through.

Mule Lambs were forward in larger numbers and trade for these was very similar on the week, with better runs top side of 200p, topping at 215p from J Taylor, Bolton. Some notable prices of large pens being 44 Mules at 44kg making £90.50 from G&MA Lawn, None go Bye. R&C Greenwood, Bradley had a pen of 23 Mules at 45kg £92, James Middleton of Arncliffe sold 22 at 43kg £88, PL Metcalfe 22 at 43kg £86.50, AJ Taylor 13 at 49kg £97.50 and 28 at 45kg £90, and CD&RF Kitching 44kg £91.50, S&P Scrivin 10 at 45kg £92.50.

Horned Wethers were definitely dearer on the week, with lightweight good finished types selling to a stronger trade on the week and buyers keen to secure this type of lamb, Horned tups like the wethers also finding stronger prices on the week. Best of the wethers seeing 43kg at £88 and 43kg at £87.40 from JA&JH Hewetson, tops per head at £93 from N Parker, Silsden.


Please note:
The Lowland Lamb Show will be held NEXT MONDAY (7th December) with lambs judged in pens of 3 as usual, to assist with pen allocation please phone the Mart Office and enter your show pens.
The Hill Lamb Show and Cast Ewe Show will take place the week after on Monday 14th December.
All entries for show classes to the Mart Office.


Cull Ewes

Meat and Heavies were a similar trade selling to recent levels with a top of £147.50 for a Tup from JC Marshall, Harrogate. Top price ewe from G&G Thornton, Knaresborough £139.50 followed by R Spencer, Rotherham. Best Heavy ewes £128-£140 Heavy crossed £115-£125. Meat mediums £85-£92. Some small weight ewes in the £70’s with the odd plain ewes less money. Best Mules £90-£96.50 whilst grazing mules much dearer with pens regular £60-£70. Lean meat mules £73-£78. Horned ewes topped at £66.50 from K Lister & Sons with lean horned ewes dearer in the £45 region and plain Swales dearer on the week. Gritstone ewes £75.50.

Ewes required with plenty of buyers and orders ringside to take large numbers.



Prime Lambs – Overall Average £96.93 per head or 222.8p/kg              

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 268.6p/kg         av 202.9p/kg         or £68.97 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 339.5p/kg         av 226.6p/kg         or £94.44 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 293.6p/kg         av 212.5p/kg         or £102.97 per head

52.1kg and over   to 301.9p/kg         av 192.6p/kg         or £106.04 per head


Beltex average £105.43 per head or 256.5p/kg

£ per head: £146 RJ Lambert; £143.50 J Garth & Son; £139 Ellis Bros; £138 BL&R Lund; £138 PW Simpson; £138 H Baines; £135 WC Logan; £135 PW Simpson; £135 D&A Livestock;

p/kg: 339.5p RJ Lambert; 329.3p D&A Livestock; 326.1p J Garth & Son; 315.9p Ellis Bros; 315.8p MJ&G Taylor; 314.0p PW Simpson;  

Texel average £96.66 per head or 222.4p/kg

£ per head: £160 KP Drinkall; £124 £119 MP Jennings; £120 DN&D Capstick; £120 DW&CJ Towler; £119 £117 JE Burrow; £117 PA&NS Tattersall;

p/kg: 301p KP Drinkall, 284.2p WH&JW Hartley, 279.1p DW&CJ Towler, 268.3p D&A Livestock, 267.1p A Beresford, 261.1p RH&MR Ireland, 257.1p J Howard.  

Suffolk average £97.29 per head or 210.5p/kg

£ per head: £111 T Blackwell; £110 £105 N Parker; £108 MJ&C Thornber; £106 A Guys & Son; £105.50 LF Horton; £103.50 K&M Berry;

p/kg: 225.6p CD&RF Kicthing; 224.4p J Caygill; £223.8p MJ&C Thornber; 222.6p S Breare; 221.4p KJ Marston; 218.1p SM&S Collinson;

Charolais average £95.24 per head or 219.5p/kg

£ per head: £127 TA Robinson; £113 £94 KJ Marston; £100 JC Marshall; £99 £84 RA&M Earnshaw; £94 Rm Shackleton;

p/kg: 309.8p TA Robinson; 223.8p 213.2p KJ Marston; 222.2p JC Marshall; 221.1p RM Shackleton; 204.3p K&J Marshall;

Mule average £89.20 per head or 202.4p/kg

£ per head: £97.50 AJ Taylor; £95.50 JC&N Throup; £95 £93.50 J Taylor; £93 N Parker; £92.50 S&P Scrivin; £92 JR&CJ Greenwood;

p/kg: 215.9p J Taylor; 208.3p S Breare; 208.0p CD&RF Kitching; 205.7p G&MA Lawn; 205.6p S&P Scrivin; 204.7p J Middleton;

Swaledale average £75.44 per head or 189.3p/kg

£ per head: £93 £89 N Parker; £91 Pl Metcalfe; £88 £87.50 JA&JH Hewetson; £87 RH&EA Close; £85 G Huck & Son;

p/kg: 204.7p 203.5p 200.0p JA&JH Hewetson; 197.8p N Parker; 193.6p JC&N Throup; 193.4p GW Thackray; 189.6p PL Metcalfe;

Dalesbred average £69.32 per head or 190.3p/kg

£ per head: £80 £70.50 £68 K Lister & Son; £70 RH&EA Close;

p/kg: 195.8p 179.7p K Lister & Son; 194.4p 188.2p RH&EA Close;

Cheviot average £94.41 per head or 206.4p/kg

£ per head: £103 ID Mellin; £93.50 K Lister & Son; £90 MJ&C Thornber;

p/kg: 209.5p K Lister & Son; 209.3p MJ&C Throner; 202.0p ID Mellin;




Cull Ewes average £70.37

Suffolk to £113.50, Texel to £139.50, Mule to £96.50, Lleyn to £114.50, Swaledale to £61.50, Gritstone to £75.50, Cheviot to £78.50, Beltex to £125.50, Lonk to £62.50, Dalesbred to £66.50, SBF to £59.50, Kerry to £93.50, Easycare to £63.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £139.50 G&G Thornton;

Mule/Masham: £96.50 G&G Thornton

Horned: £66.50 K Lister & Son;

Hill: £114.50 PJ&J Ormerod;  


Cast Rams average £89.50

Texel to £147.50, BFL to £79.50, Swaledale to £50.50, Zwartable to £99.50.




45 Rearing Calves to £380

Dearer than expected with young Blue calves both bulls and heifers selling tremendous. 4 week old heifers regular £285-£310 with a top of £315 from Ian Wellock, Malham. Whilst some 4 week old bulls sold away well upto £385 with only 10 out of the 45 in the entry blue bulls. Hereford bulls sold upto £240 from AP Townsend. Stronger 4 week old Native calves sold well. Hereford heifer also sold to £230 from the same vendor. Black and Whites sold well with a top price of £160 from J Caygill. Lim heifers sold to £250 from KT Wood whilst bulls sold to £315 from JC&DJ Marshall and KT Wood also reaching £310 for theirs.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £282) to £315                           JC&DJ Marshall                                                   

Brit Blue x (Av £281) to £380                           RE Ayrton                                                             

Aberdeen Angus (Av £226) to £240 AJ&K Lee              

Hereford (Av £141) to £240                              AP Townend        

Simmental (Av £220) to £220                          AJ&K Lee                                              

Black & White (Av £60) to £80                         RL Wright                             


Heifer Calves       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £170) to £170 D&J Herd                                                                                                              

Hereford (Av £182) to £230                              AP Townsend                                      

British Blue (Av £276) to £315                         IR&DE Wellock                                    

Limousin (Av £206) to £250                              KT Wood

Simmental (Av £285) to £285                          AJ&K Lee                                              





Well that’s another Christmas show and sale over at CCM Skipton and huge thanks go to vendors, buyers and the judges John Harrison and Ernie Wilson.

Brian Moorhouse of the Aireburn herd at Bellbusk retained the Craven Cattle Marts trophy with his Champion and 1st prize heifer in milk Aireburn Crackshot Lou. Fresh 14 days this 30kg heifer is backed by 7 gens VG or EX and commanded the sales top price of £3000 as she heads to the Hitchen family at Luddenfoot. She was one of nine fresh heifers forward in the heifer in milk class, she was 1st ahead of a herdmate in 2nd and Geoff Booths Dowshawdale Mogul Dilys in 3rd. Of the 14 heifers forward 8 made £2000 or more with the 13 sold averaging £2060.

Two cows graced the cow in milk class and winning was a third calved non pedigree from the milky Trusting family of new vendors the Dunn’s at Helmsley. She made £1800 with the 2nd calver of Messrs Walker, Laycock making £1620. Thanks to everyone who made the sale a success with the overall average coming in at £2016. Last dairy sale of 2020 is Monday 14th December.


Class 1 – Newly Calved Heifer

1st GB Moorhouse Lot 20

2nd GB Moorhouse Lot 19

3rd GT Booth Lot 30


Class 2 – Newly Calved Cow

1st WH Dunn Lot 21

2nd RM Walker Lot 24


Champion – Lot 20 GB Moorhouse

Reserve Champion – Lot 21 WH Dunn


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifer                         to £3000 av £2221                              GB Moorhouse

Commercial Newly Calven Heifer                    to £2350 av £1845                              ASE Crisp

Commercial Newly Calven Cow                       to £1800 av £1710                              WH Dunn & Son





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