Forward: 77 Prime cattle comprising 23 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 54 Cast Cattle 5,321 Prime Sheep comprising 4,600 Prime Lambs, 721 Cast Ewes & Rams 75 Rearing Calves 40 Dairy Cattle 3 Loads of produce


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Keelham Farm Shop enjoyed a shopping spree at the September Show and Sale of Prime Cattle accounting for 7 high quality entries from an outstanding show which included the Champion from Bill Cowperthwaite of Malham Moor 575kg British Blue cross Heifer which made 274.5p/kg or £1578. Reserve was a 605kg Limousin cross Steer shown by Simon Bennett from Silsden Moor which sold for 266.5p/kg (£1612) to Kitsons Butchers of Northallerton and Yarm.

Monthly Show –

Heifer – 1st TW Cowperthwaite                       2nd S Bennett                        3rd JM Townsend

Bullock – 1st S Bennett                                        2nd JR Metcalfe                     3rd TW Cowperthwiate


465-555kg                                             to 249.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 266.5p/kg                        av. 243.21p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 270.5p/kg                        av. 208.6p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 274.5p/kg                        av. 254.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: SD Bennett (Limx) 1612, 1296, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 1496, TW Cowperthwaite (BBx) 1383, J Baines (Blonde) 1372

p/kg: SD Bennett (Limx) 266.5,231.5, J Baines (Blondex) 249.5, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 237.5, TW Cowperthwaite (BBx) 236.5


£ per head: J Baines (BBx)1629,1588,1477, SD Bennett (Limx) 1609,TW Cowperthwaite (BBx) 1578,(Limx) 1553,B Lund (BBx)1490,JM Townsend (BBx) 1441.

p/kg: JM Townsend (Limx) 274.5, TW Cowperthwaite (BBx) 274.5, J Baines (Limx) 273.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 270.5, P Summers(Lim) 259.5               

Cull Cow Prices

Cast Cattle trade sharpening up which is seasonal with demand strong across all types particularly marked in cattle carrying flesh and the plainer end.


Monthly Show –

Beef – 1st K&J Marshall                      2nd JM&VJ Howard               3rd G&MA Lawn

Dairy – 1st G Abbott & Son                 2nd N&J Thwaite                   3rd N&J Thwaite


Overall Average                                   110.93p/kg           £724.16

Black & White                       to 120.5p/kg                        av. 103.08p/kg

Brown Swiss                         to 104.5p/kg

Dairy Short                            to 102.5p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 139.5p/kg                        av. 121.72p/kg

BBx                                         to 127.5p/kg                        av. 121.61p/kg

Blondex                                 to 169.5p/kg

Saler                                       to 126.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 128.5p/kg                        av 118.78p/kg

Devonx                                  to 126.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: G Abbott&Sons 1054,942, R Greenwood 905,872,811,795, N&J Thwaite 870,821, JP&KE Hartley 789

p/kg: G Abbott&Sons 120.5,CM&EM Gratton 118.5, R Greenwood 117.5,114.5,113.5,113.5,N&J Thwaite 114.5,112.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: H Downs&Son (Dairy Sh) 723, JF Longster&Son (Brown Swiss) 564

p/kg: JF Longster&Son (Brown Swiss) 104.5, H Downs&Son (Dairy Sh) 102.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: PL Metcalfe 784, K&J Marshall 610

p/kg: PL Metcalfe 127.5,K&J Marshall 118.5  


£ per head: Fleets Farms 956, JM&VJ Marshall 865,668

p/kg: Fleets Farms 139.5, JM&VJ Howard 124.5,100.5

Other Contx

£ per head: RG Church Ltd (Char) 1328,K&J Marshall (Blonde) 1288

p/kg: RG Church Ltd (Char) 179.5, K&J Marshall (Blonde) 169.5


£ per head: G&MA Lawn 1014,925,860

p/kg: G&MA Lawn 128.5,127.5,115.5


5,321 Prime Sheep

There were the topside of 5,000 Sheep for the second week in a row at Skipton and a stronger trade again this week with lambs up 4p to level at 157.2p. Heavy lambs were a sharp trade today averaging 150p, whilst the main weight range 36kg to 45kg averaged 159.3p/kg. The smart lambs were tremendous to sell today, 35 pens sold for over 200p topping at 297p for today’s champion pen from Trevor & Clive Robinson of Tosside whose 42kg Beltex’s sold for £125 puchased by Keelham Farm Shop. A further 34 pens sold for 180p to 200p, thus underlining the strength for the smart types at Skipton. 51 Pens sold for £80 or more. Mule lambs were a nice trade again, mainly upkeeping last weeks improved rates. Lightweight and export weight sheep were a sharp trade again. A larger show of cast sheep would be dearer on the week.


Monthly Show Results –


1st T&C Robinson 42kg £125 Keelham Farm Shop

2nd T&C Robinson 44kg £91 Kitsons Ltd

3rd F&R Fielden 42kg £88 Kitsons Ltd

Down x

1st D&A Livestock 44kg £71.50 Woodhead Bros

2nd RA&M Earnshaw 44kg £68 JE Medcalf Ltd

3rd DW Towler 45kg £71 John Bowling Ltd


1st AJ Ogden 42kg £64.50 Dunbia


1st J Barker & Son 46kg £69 St Merryn

2nd J Barker & Son 42kg £65 Dunbia


1st BS Simpson 49kg £59 St Merryn

2nd CM Ryder 46kg £69.50 Dunbia

3rd JA Throup 44kg £66 St Merryn


Champion & Reserve from T&C Robinson


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £67.39 per head or 157.22p/kg         

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 139.1p/kg         av 131.14p/kg      or £41.25 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 214.3p/kg         av 153.16p/kg      or £52.05 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 297.6p/kg         av 159.36p/kg      or £66.97 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 195.8p/kg         av 150.06p/kg      or £71.74 per head

52.1kg and over   to 159.3p/kg         av 142.1p/kg         or £78.28 per head

Beltex average £76.79 per head or 189.38p/kg

£ per head: £125 TC Robinson; £95 WA&VJ&JA Towler; £95 AM&HV Brown; £94 RH&MR Ireland; £94 K Huck; £94 F&R Fielden

p/kg: 297.6p T&C Robinson; 240.5p H&S Maudsley; 237.8p J&J Garnett; 233.3p TA Robinson; 231.7p WA&VJ&JA Towler

Suffolk average £66.38 per head or 151.5p/kg

£ per head: £77.50 B&K Wellock; £72.50 B&J Sutcliffe; £71.50 T Walmsley; £71 DW&CJ Towler; £71 J&JA Preston; £70.50 A Fisher

p/kg: 166.7p MP Jennings; 162.5p T Walmsley; 160.7p CD&RF Kitching; 160.2p A Fisher; 158.1p DW&CJ Towler; 158.1p A Fisher

Texel average £67.88 per head or 156.5p/kg

£ per head: £99 Ellis Bros; £91 T&C Robinson; £91 Ellis Bros; £90 RH&MR Ireland; £89 S Robinson; £89 RH&MR Ireland

p/kg: 241.5p Ellis Bros; 221.6p RH&MR Ireland; 221.1p MB Townley; 210.3p Ellis Bros; 209.5p F&R Fielden; 207.3p G Sunderland

Mule average £58.92 per head or 140.9p/kg

£ per head: £74 FW&JM Eddington; £70 W Mason & Son; £69.50 CM Ryder; £69 BS Simpson; £66 JA Throup; £63 BS Simpson

p/kg: 151.1p CM Ryder; 150p JA Throup; 148p FW&JM Eddington; 142.1p RH&EA Close; 141.7p A&SL Throup

Masham average £59.93 per head or 142.5p/kg

£ per head: £69, £65 J Barker & Sons; £60 A&SL Throup; £60, £52 C Hanson

p/kg: 154.8p, 150p J Barker & Sons; 142.9p A&SL Throup; 140.5p, 130.4p C Hanson

Charollais average £67.74 per head or 153.55p/kg

£ per head: £78 P Shackleton; £76 T Walmsley; £75 E&M Townley & Son; £69.50 G Airey; £69 E&M Townley & Son

p/kg: 208.3p E&M Townley & Son; 172.7p T Walmsley; 156.8p E&M Townley & Son; 154.9p TB Moorhouse & Son

Swaledale average £46.42 per head or p/kg

£ per head: £59 Lambert – Milehouse; £54 RW&B Chapman; £52 PL Metcalfe; £46 J Dibb; £39 R&C Greenwood

p/kg: 136.8p PL Metcalfe; 135p RW&B Chapman; 134.1p Lambert – Milehouse; 127.8p J Dibb; 125.8p R&C Greenwood

Lleyn average £64.13 per head or 154.18p/kg

£ per head: £67.50 Hurries Farm; £65.50 CD&RF Kitching; £61.50 RW&B Chapman; £61x2 DC Wood;

p/kg: 157p Hurries Farm; 156p CD&RF Kitching; 152.5x2 DC Wood; 143p RW&B Chapman

Dalesbred average £50.39 per head or 130.32p/kg

£ per head: £58.5, £50 A&N Fothergill; £49 D Charnley

p/kg: 136.1p D Charnley; 130p, 122p A&N Fothergill

Hampshire average £65 per head or 146.25p/kg

£ per head: £65 x 2 New York Farms

p/kg: 147.7p, 144.4p New York Farms



Cull Ewes average £49.55

Suffolk to £54.63, Texel to £97.50, Hampshire to £71.17, Mule to £51.50, Lleyn to £77.50, Swaledale to £33.02, Masham to £65.50, Lonk to £71.50, Cheviot  to £66.50, Beltex  to £70.50, Teeswater to £58.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £97.50 MEC Higgs; £84.50 P&CM Tyson £84.50 JI&MP Greenwood

Mule/Masham: £81.50 RW Marston; £65.50 H&S Maudsley; £63.50 JA&JH Hewetson

Horned: £71.50 AJ Ogden; £54 Lambert – Milehouse; £46.50 D Wood;

Hill: £77.50 N Tyson, £66.50 J&ME Carr; £65.50 LJ Penter;  

Cast Rams average £110.9

Texel to £112.50 Thwaite Bros; Suffolk to £92.50 CD&RF Kitching; Teeswater to £123.50 A Fisher



Rearing Calves to £455 (75)

B&W av £102.45 Cont av £352.02 Native av £265.7

A handy trade right through with a number to match. Black and whites remain a healthy trade at £102.45 for some good entries from Michael Heron, Bramhope and Hartley’s of Bolton Abbey taking the high prices with middle of the road calves everywhere around the £100 mark.


Continentals would look a touch easier but for the age and stamp of calf forward I believe a good trade was had here also with Fred Houseman and Richard Shuttleworth taking the honours in the Bull and Heifer prices with £455 and £400 in their respected sections.


Natives again forging ahead with some fortnight old angus calves from Michael Heron making £285 and £275 with Fort’s of Glusburn topping overall at £315 for a good bull.


Take into account ages and prices when making a comparison.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £360) to £360 JC&DJ Marshall, West End                          

Brit Blue x (Av £374.12) to £455 Church Farm Enterprises, Burton Leonard                        

Saler x to £290 RL Wright & Sons, Airton                                                                                                      

Black & White (Av £102.45) to £200 JP&KE Hartley, Bolton Abbey                         


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £315) to £360 JC&DJ Marshall, West End                          

Brit Blue x (Av £338.57) to £400 SR Shuttleworth, West Marton                           

Ab Angus (Av £262.5) to £310 Church Farm Enterprises, Burton Leonard                                                                                                                            


Craven Dairy Auction (40 head)

 Exactly 40 Dairy Cattle forward with a wide variety of goods on offer from Dispersal Cows, Incalf Heifers, Top quality newly calved heifers to Heifer Calves. The variety of goods was met by a varied trade, which felt a lot harder than it looks.


David Lawson’s pre sale Champion rightly took the top price of £2000 selling to regular Skipton supporters Alf and Andrew Townsend. Robin Jennings took the second top price at £1620 with his third prize heifer from his Stainbank herd.


Incalf heifers again look the dearest of the lot averaging £1270 and topping at £1400 for an Incalf heifer from I Olivers & Partners, Darley.  Joss Lancaster was well supported with some 5 week old Holstein heifer calves averaging just shy of £300. 


Judge – Mike Longster

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st A Lawson & Son              2nd MR Smith                         3rd GB Jennings

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st A&G Midgley                   2nd A Lawson & Son             3rd DL Leeming

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st +

                                Champion – A Lawson & Son            Reserve – MR Smith


Newly Calven Heifers (8): av £1433.33 to £1600 MR Smith, Laneshawbridge


Newly Calven Cows (16): av £1192.31 to £1520 J Wellock, Oakworth  


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (6): av £1479 to £2000 A Lawson & Son, Arthington 


Incalf Heifers (4): av £1270 to £1400 I Olivers & Partners, Darley


Heifer Calves (4) av £297.5 to £310 J&SA Lancaster, Horton In Craven



Hay                                         Small Bale                              to £1.90 per bale