Forward: 42 Prime cattle comprising 4 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 38 Cast Cattle 5,071 Prime Sheep comprising 4527 Prime Lambs, 544 Cast Ewes & Rams 108 Rearing Calves


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


465-555kg                                             to 189.5p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 262.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 265.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head:  JM Townsend (Blondex) 1334,1294

p/kg: JM Townsend (Blondex) 269.5,261.5


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   104.25p/kg           £651.57

Black & White                       to 115.5p/kg                        av 97.76p/kg

Ayrshire                                 to 105.5p/kg

Dairy Shorthorn                   to 107.5p/kg

MRI                                         to 113.5p/kg                        av 106.99p/kg

Mont                                      to 114.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 129.5p/kg                        av 106.30p/kg

Gall                                         to 117.5p/kg                        av 113.20p/kg

AAx                                         to 124.5p/kg                        av 120.47p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: R Greenwood 878,765,737,730,698,678,624, JSS Verity 791, N&J Thwaite 627

p/kg: JSS Verity 115.5, R Greenwood 115.5,112.5,112.5,111.5,109.5,104.5,103.5,

Other Dairy

£ per head: L&A Watson (MRI) 776,681,662, SW&JE Ryder (Mont) 704, R. Greenwood (Ayr) 691

p/kg: SW&JE Ryder (Mont) 114.5, L&A Watson (MRI) 113.5,108.5,99.5,R.Greenwood (Ayr) 105.5

Other Contx:

£ per head: R Greenwood (Simx) 886, J Drinkall Ltd (Blondex) 882,

p/kg: R.Greenwood (Sim) 126.5, J Drinkall Ltd (Blondex) 122.5.


£ per head: JJ Beckwith&Sons 829, SL&SD Lund 701, PL Metcalfe 623

p/kg: JJ Beckwith&Sons  129.5, R.Greenwood 108.5, PL Metcalfe 106.5


£ per head: J Drinkall Ltd (AAx) 828, JJ Beckwith&Sons (AAx) 786, T Boothman (Gall) 734,726,676

p/kg: J Drinkall Ltd (AAx) 124.5, JJ Beckwith&Sons (AAx) 116.5, T Boothman (Gall) 117.5,115.5,112.5


Overall Average                                   108.5p/kg             £792


£ per head: T Boothman (Gall) 792

p/kg: T Boothman (Gall) 108.5


5,076 Prime & Cast Sheep

The bank holiday had no effect today at Skipton, with a much larger show of sheep present for sale and again a full complement of buyers. Another fast selling trade was witnessed and the sale levelled at 153.6p/kg. The smart end were very good to sell again up around £2 plus, 15 pens selling for in excess of £2, and a further 44 lots from 180p to £2. Most classes were exactly the same trade as last week, except a commercial heavy lamb which was a shade easier on the week, whilst a Mule Wether Lamb was £3-£4 dearer on the week. Its always interesting to compare and verify markets actual averages and the numbers they report forward by using the AHDB Beef and Lamb website so an informed choice can be made by vendors.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £65.82 per head or 153.63p/kg         

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 142.2p/kg         av 136.59p/kg      or £41.55 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 150p/kg            av 128.05p/kg      or £43.75 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 233.3p/kg         av 155.65p/kg      or £65.28 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 187.2p/kg         av 145.79p/kg      or £70.56 per head

52.1kg and over                  to 150p/kg            av 140.42p/kg      or £75.53 per head

Beltex average £73.20 per head or 179.16p/kg

£ per head: £91 James Garth & Son; £90 P Crabtree & Son; £88, £86, £84 G Sunderland; £84 WC Logan;

p/kg: 233.3p James Garth & Son; 213.5p K Saffery; 210.3p A Jenkinson; 210p J&J Garnett; 209.3p P Crabtree & Son

Suffolk average £64.84 per head or 146.33p/kg

£ per head: £74 TH&A Pickard & Son; £73 B Spensley Ltd; £71 Ashfield Farms; £70 G&MA Lawn; £69.50 R&AM Earnshaw

p/kg: 158.1p RG&SJ Paul; 158p R&AM Earnshaw & Son; 157.5p TH&A Pickard & Son; 157.1p CD&RF Kitching;

Texel average £66.24 per head or 153.46p/kg

£ per head: £86 JR Hemingway; £86 SD Bennett; £85 RH&MR Ireland; £84 WC Logan; £84,£83 RH&MR Ireland

p/kg: 207.7p RH&MR Ireland; 197.5p J&J Garnett; 190.9p RH&MR Ireland; 190.2p J Drinkall Ltd; 185.4p F&R Ireland

Mule average £59.13 per head or 139.32p/kg

£ per head: £69 PL Metcalfe; £64 JC&N Throup; £63 M&R Smith; £62 JC&N Throup; £62 CD&RF Kitching

p/kg: 146.4p JC&N Throup; 145.1p K Dickinson; 144.2p JC&N Throup; 144p G&MA Lawn; 141.3p F Reeday & Son 

Charollais average £63.47 per head or 151.65p/kg

£ per head: £75, £69.50 P Crabtree & Son; £69 DJ Halliday; £68 MR&LM Bamford; £67.50 A Guy & Son; £67 M&E Hall

p/kg: 170.5p P Crabtree & Son; 162.2p JD Simpson; 158.3p TJH Procter; 158.1p MR&LM Bamford; 157p A Guy & Son

Swaledale average £45.11 per head or 126.27p/kg

£ per head: £64 P Metcalfe; £63 PL Metcalfe; £49.2p P Metcalfe; £45.5 W Banks & Son; £42 JMS Tennant; £40.50 DA Robinson

p/kg: 146.5p PL Metcalfe; 142.2p W Banks & Son; 135p DA Robinson; 123.5p JM&S Tennant; 120p P Metcalfe

Cheviot average £62.07 per head or 144.57p/kg

£ per head: £67 LJ Penter; £61.50 AE Stubbs & Son; £60 LJ Penter; £60 DJ&LJ Holt

p/kg: 150p LJ Penter; 150p DL&LJ Holt; 146.4p AE Stubbs & Son; 134p LJ Penter;

Lleyn average £64.97 per head or 153.07p/kg

£ per head: £66 RG&SJ Paul; £66 X2 CD&RF Kitching; £65 x2, £62.50 RG&SJ Paul; 

p/kg: 157.1p CD&RF Kitching; 154.8p x2, 152.4p RG&SJ Paul; 150p CD&RF Kitching


Cull Ewes average £52.28

Suffolk to £96.50, Texel to £70.50, BFL to £82.50, Mule to £63.50, Lleyn to £72.50, Swaledale to £48, Masham to £63.50, Cheviot  to £72.50, Dalesbred to £31.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £117.50 T&C Robinson; £98.50, £95.50 T Walmsley;

Mule/Masham: £63.50 Jessica Marshall; £63.50 A&A Bradley; £63.50 M Richmond

Horned: £48 JC&N Throup; £44.50 Ellis Bros; £44.50 R Crabtree & Son

Hill: £82.50 T&C Robinson; £72.50 K Lister & Sons; £

Cast Rams average £43.79

Texel to £54.50 L&A Watson; Cheviot to £63.50 S Hodgson; BFL to £69.50 JJ Beckwith & Sons; Zwartbles to £86.50 S Hodgson



108 Rearing Calves to £500

B&W av £105.08 Cont av £354.1 Native av £267.7

108 calves forward today with a lot of young calves on show with B&W’s and Continental calves averaging 38 days old.


Fine runs of calves certainly helped with Chris and Margie Hall and Joss Lancaster both bringing good numbers along with Stephen and Eddie Jeanes of Glusburn and David Hall of Conistone Cold who both did well with some strong black and white calves.


Native calves were the strongest I’ve seen them for a long while with JM Smith of Carleton topping with a strong Aberdeen Angus bull calf hitting £350 with Chris Hall chasing up with £340 and £330. Hartley’s took the honours in the heifers just reaching £300 with Hall’s 2nd again at £260. Overall Native Calves averaged £267.7.


Continental Calves remain strong with Richard Sutcliffe, Queensbury hitting the sale high of £500 and a lot of young sweet calves selling really well, for example a 3 ½ week old  Blue Bull from Joss Lancaster making £465 and Blue Bulls averaging £387.67.   



Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £336.67)

£360 PJ Bolland, Airton; £345 JC&DJ Marshall, West End                           

Brit Blue x (Av £387.67)

£500 P&RM Sutcliffe, Queensbury; £480 JP&KE Hartley, Bolton Abbey;                                

Aberdeen Angus (Av £311)

£350 JM Smith, Carleton; £340 CM Hall, Shelley;

Simmental x (Av £275)

£345, £260, £220 J Peel, Gisburn                                                    

Black & White (Av £105.08)

£160 AS&EA Jeanes, Glusburn; £148 M&R Smith, Winterburn                 


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £304)

£395 PJ Bolland, Airton; £355 A Sowray & Son, Bishop Thornton                             

Brit Blue x (Av £335.28)

£470, £430 P&RM Sutcliffe, Queensbury; £415 CM Hall, Shelley                             

Aberdeen Angus (Av £242.5)

£300 JP&KE Hartley, Bolton Abbey; £260 CM Hall, Shelley                                                        

Shorthorn (Av £210)

£220, £200 FA Holmes & Son, Castley