Forward: 69 Prime cattle comprising 28 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 3 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 38 Cast Cattle; 4,081 Prime Sheep comprising 3,877 Prime Lambs & 204 Cast Ewes & Rams; 63 Rearing Calves; 26 Dairy Cattle; 5 Loads of produce;








Monday 18th December – Usual Weekly Sale

Monday 25th December – No Sale

Thursday 28th December – Special Sale of Prime Cattle & Sheep - Afternoon Sale

Monday 1st January – No Sale

Monday 8th January – Usual Weekly sale


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A reduced entry of retail cattle with less customers at the ringside in the run up to Christmas. Lack of retail numbers was made up by commercial steers sold from extensive systems.  Top gross came from Mesrs JW Stockdale&Sons of Burnsall whose 59okg Limousin Heifer sold to Kendalls Butchers of Pataley Bridge for £1443 or 244.5p/kg. Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster bought the top 3 pence per kg cattle all from Mesrs AA&E Critchley&Son of Hutton, all Limousin heifers weighing 500kg, 555kg and 500kg making 262.5p, 256.5p and 252.5p.


465-555kg                                             to 236.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 177.5p/kg        av. 175.24p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 262.5 p/kg       av. 232.61p/kg


560kg+                                                   to 175.5p/kg        av. 171.99p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: GW&EJ Parker (Hefdx) 1333,1300,1264, CJ&DD Drake (Short) 1234, 1198, 1093

p/kg: CJ&DD Drake (Shorthorn) 177.5,177.5, GW&EJ Parker (Hefdx) 176.5,175.5,174.5,


£ per head: JW Stockdale & Sons (Limx) 1443, AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 1424,1412, D&FJ Leeming (BBx) 1406

p/kg: AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 261.5,256.5,252.5, 245.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 251.5, JA Drake ((Limx) 249.5,


£ per head: CR&J Kippax (AA) 1071,1036

p/kg: CR&J Kippax (AA) 175.5,168.5              



Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   93.65p/kg             £599.76

Meat in short supply but very plain cows still good to sell. Thick dairies a harder to sell to 111p and young dairies to 125.5p/kg.

Mixed show of beef crosses with meat again scarce but plenty of bidders for feeders.

Black & White                       to 125.5p/kg                        av. 90.19p/kg

Simx                                       to 116.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 110.5p/kg                       

Blondex                                 to 112.5p/kg

BBx                                         to 125.5p/kg                        av.116.76p/kg

British White                        to 98.5p/kg

Hefdx                                     to 81.5p/kg



Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: Church Farm Enterprises 797, I Wright 797, G Pickersgill&Sons 769, M Mosley 754, MP Jennings (Dairy) 751

p/kg: Church Farm Enterprises 125.5, MP Jennings (Dairy) Ltd 110.5, G Pickersgill&Sons 107.5, 105.5, I Wright 105.5, M Mosley 105.5,104.5


£ per head: RS & HA Davey (BBx) 847, GD&A Midgley (Simx) 792, G&PS Fleetwood (776), ML Evans (Blondex) 726,

p/kg: RS&HA Davey (BBx)125.5, (Limx) 110.5,  ML Evans (Blondex) 112.5,


£ per head: A Fisher (Brit White) 621, R&E Pollard (Hefdx) 456

p/kg: A Fisher (Brit White) 98.5, R&E Pollard (Hefdx) 81.5.




Overall Average                                   111.5p/kg             £1031.38


£ per head: MD Parkinson&Son 1031

p/kg: MD Parkinson&Son 111.5



4,081 Prime Sheep

A great show of sheep today, not only because of the size of the show, but also the quality forward which was very good across all breeds with plenty of meat about and buyers responding well and producing an overall selling average of 185.5p/kg for 3,877 lambs sold. Beltex types and the smart Texels sold especially well, with 28 pens of lambs selling for in excess of 250p/kg and a breed average of 234.53p/kg for all Beltex sold was tremendous. Prices above £100 and 250p this week are too numerous to mention but cast your eye over the prices achieved below, top sale price was Mike Allen at £122 each and Paul Simpson at 276.9p per kilo. Mule and Masham lambs upkept last weeks improved rates, whilst Horned lambs were dearer again by between 5p and 10p/kg.

A better show of ewes saw heavier ewes again short of requirements and selling well, best horned ewes also a better trade on the week.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £81.11 per head or 185.53p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 257.6p/kg         av 174.64p/kg      or £60.10 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 276.9 p/kg        av 190.86p/kg      or £79.80 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 247.1p/kg         av 175.31p/kg      or £84.48 per head

52.1kg and over   to 191.1p/kg         av 165.17p/kg      or £90.69 per head



Beltex average £99.86 per head or 234.53p/kg

£ per head: £126 £101 MB Allen; £120 £111 £100 GA Hewitt & Son; £118 £115 £106 £103 Ellis Bros; £115 £112 £109 Taylor Bros; £113 £107 £106 HB Atkinson; £111 £110 £105.50 James Garth & Son; £109 £108 £107.50 £107 £105 £104 PW Simpson; £108 £105 Frankland Farms; £108 T Walmsley; £106 WA,VJ&JA Towler & Son; £105.50 JA&JH Hewetson; £104.50 JS Eddleston;

p/kg: 276.9p 275.6p 272.5p 254.8p PW Simpson; 273.2p 267.4p 259.5p Taylor Bros; 268.3p James Garth & Son; 266.7p 258.1p GA Hewitt & Son; 262.8p 254.8p HB Atkinson; 259.0p WA,VJ&JA Towler; 257.6p RH&MR Ireland; 255.3p JJ&D Cowking; Ellis Bros 252.4p; 252.4p Ellis Bros; 251.2p 250.0p  Frankland Farms; 251.0p JA&JH Hewetson;

Texel average £81.64 per head or 190.54p/kg

£ per head: £112 £102.50 JA&JH Hewetson; £107 £100(x2) T Boothman; £106 £100(x2) RH &MR Ireland; £105 AN Throup; £100(x2) HB Atkinson.

p/kg: 263.2p 252.4p  RH&MR Ireland; 262.5p AN Throup; 254.8p AN Throup; 251.3p AN Throup; 250.0p 243.5p JA&JH Hewetson; 245.9p G Sunderland;

Suffolk average £81.77 per head or 173.45p/kg

£ per head: £96  £93 MJ Spensley; £92 T Boothman; £88 £86.50 JA&JM Wade & Son; £87.50 J&D Barritt; £86 IJ Pratt; £86 Frankland Farms

p/kg:191.9p CD&RF Kitching; 188.9p JP&KE Hartley; 187.8p T Boothman; 186.6p DJ&LJ Holt; 183.0p Frankland Farms;

Charollais average £75.29 per head or 180.9p/kg

£ per head: £80 A&A Bradley; £79 Brafferton Manor; £76 JR&DL Ogden;

p/kg: 192.7p 180.5p Brafferton Manor; 181.0p JR&DL Ogden;

Rouge average £80.33 per head or 172.2p/kg

£ per head: £81 £80(x2) JA&JM Wade & Son

p/kg: £174.0p JA&JM Wade & Son

Mule average £73.46 per head or 167.6p/kg

£ per head: £85 JI&MP Greenwood; £84 JH Throup; £84 T&C Robinson; £80.50 £80 KG Stapleton;

p/kg: 180.3p AL Dean & Son; 175.6p FG Throup; 171.4p G&MA Lawn & Son; 171.1p M Ryder & Son; 170.0p TH&A Pickard & Son;

Masham average £74.70 per head or 172.6p/kg

£ per head: £80 £75.50 SR Dorey

p/kg: 173.9p SR Dorey

Swaledale average £60.51 per head or 162.6p/kg

£ per head: £76.50 T Boothman; £74 G&MA Lawn & Son; £70 P Addyman & Son

p/kg:170.3p 168.6p Mrs C Mellin; 164.7p AL Dean & Son; 163.3p SM Towler; 162.9p AN Fothergill & Sons; 162.8p P Addyman & Son; 162.5p JH Throup; 162.5p JM&S Tennant

Dalesbred average £60.80 per head or p/kg

£ per head: £71.50 JA Stoney & Son

p/kg: 162.5p JA Stoney & Son

Lonk average £71.50 per head or 164.9p/kg

£ per head: £72 JT Robinson

p/kg: 165.1p JT Robinson




Cull Ewes average £58.52

Suffolk to £109.50, Texel to £98.50, Mule to £77.50, Herdwick to £55  Swaledale to £44.50, Masham to £63.50, Charollais to £85.50, Kerry Hill to £21.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £109.50 HB Atkinson; £99.50 N&M Hugill;

Mule/Masham: £77.50 JR&DL Ogden; £76.50 J&C Wright

Horned: £44.50 P Addyman & Son; £35.50 M Mather

Hill: £55.50 A Stockton; £37.50 C Mellin


Cast Rams average £60

Texel to £79.50, Swaledale to £54.50, Charollais to £14.50, Swaledale to £54.50





Rearing Calves to £450

A healthy trade in the calf ring this morning especially for British Blue bulls which saw an average of £393 for everything on offer, topped by a tremendous bull from JP&KE Hartley of Bolton Abbey at £450, with £425 bid for a cracking blue from Fred and Mike Longster of Fellbeck and the same price for an entry from Chadwick and Leaver.


Black and whites were a stronger trade for the goods on offer with Michael Heron enjoying the peak of the trade with a pure Friesian at £140.


Bull Calves

B&W av £51.06 Cont av £348.63 Native av £276.25

Limousin x (Av £288) to £340 AP Townsend                

Brit Blue x (Av £393) to £450 JP&KE Hartley                                                

Aberdeen Angus (Av £275) to £285 JC Marshall

Hereford X (Av £280) to £280 JC Marshall

Saler (Av £145) to £170 P Sharp & Son                          

Black & White (Av £51.06) to £140 DL DM & J Heron                


Heifer Calves                       

Simmental x (Av £220) to £220 A&SL Throup                                                              

Saler (Av £107.5) to £125 P Sharp & Son

British Blue (Av £318.50) to £390 Church Farm Enterprises

Lim (Av £272) to £300 D&A Livestock




Craven Dairy Auction

 A very successful Christmas show today with a cracking show of heifers and cows tied up down the shippon. Martyn Jennings of Cowling had the honour of judging and it was no easy task with a very strong line up of cattle turned out for judging. In the end it was a Larcrest Commander daughter out of a EX94 cow from Brian and Judith Moorhouse of Bell Busk which took the Craven Cattle Marts Perpetual Trophy, calved 12 days it went on to sell for £2200 to William Oldfield of Demense, Gisburn. The second prize heifer in class from David, Claire and Suzy Lawson of Arthington was again a Larcrest Commander daughter from one of their favourite cow families, she was calved 30 days and giving 35kg and went on to sell for £2350 to Stephen and Rachel Coates of Baildon.


The Reserve Champion from Thomas and Elizabeth Simpson of Red House Farm, Ripon, a tremdous home bred 2nd calver giving an incredible 48 litres sold for £2050 to Richard Sutcliffe of Queensbury, with another 2nd calver from the same home selling for £1780 to Brian Blezard of Ribchester.


Another Moorhouse heifer saw a flying trade, a 30 litre, 26 day calved heifer boasting 11 gens of VG or Ex behind her went on to sell for £2150 to regular supporter Brian Blezard of Ribchester. 3rd Prize in the pre-sale show from Edward Fort of the Silmoor herd saw his 26kg heifer sired by Crackholm Fever sold for £1920 to William Oldfield, Gisburn. The whole day was started with first man in the ring, Robert Crisp who sold his sweet 28 litre heifer for £1950 to Alf and Andrew Townsend of Southfield, Burnley. 


Winning the Frank Wade Trophy for the best Incalf heifer was Peter Baul of Bishop Thornton with a heifer due to Sexed semen selling for £1320 to David Hancock of Cheshire.


A huge thank you also to our sponsors for their continued support: NMR, NFU and Yorkshire Bank.      


Judge – Martyn Jennings

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st GB Moorhouse 2nd A Lawson & Son 3rd EJ Fort

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st T&E Simpson 2nd EJ Fort 3rd A Swires & Son

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st M Baul & Partners 2nd M Baul & Partners

                                Champion – GB Moorhouse              Reserve – T&E Simpson



Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers av £1750 to £2350 A Lawson & Son


Newly Calven Cows av £1675 to £2050 T&E Simpson


Newly Calven Heifers av £1456 to £1950 ASE Crisp


Incalf Heifers av £1185 to £1320 M Baul & Partners



Pea Straw                                              Quads                     to £19 per bale

Wheat Straw                                        Mini Hestons        to £31 per bale