Forward: 83 Prime cattle comprising 22 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 61 Cast Cattle. 2,662 Prime Sheep comprising 2,470 Old Season Lambs, 192 Cast Ewes & Rams. 91 Rearing Calves. 16 Dairy Cattle. 7 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


465-555kg                                             to 229.5p/kg        av.229.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 218.5p/kg        av. 208.85p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 247.5p/kg        av. 147.71p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 238.5p/kg        av. 226.06p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (Charx) 1291, JA Drake (Limx) 1274, D&FJ Leeming (BBx) 1274, K Downs&Son (Limx) 1271,1267

p/kg: JA Drake (Limx) 229.5, D&FJ Leeming (BBx) 229.5,204.5, H Downs&Son (Limx) 218.5, 215.5


£ per head: JW Stockdale&Sons (Limx) 1389,1371, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1359, S7P Scriven (BBx) 1314, JA Drake (Blondex) 1247

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 247.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 238.5, J Drake (Blondex)  237.5, JW Stockdale& Sons (Limx) 235.5, 230.5

Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   89.45p/kg             £606.08

Black & White                       to 103.5p/kg                        av. 83.19p/kg

Dairy Short                            to 88.50p/kg                        av. 78.21p/kg

Brown Swiss                         to 64.50p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 137.43p/kg                      av. 112.53p/kg

BBx                                         to 101.50p/kg

Blondex                                 to 126.5p/kg                        av. 117.24p/kg

Charx                                      to 108.5p/kg                        av. 106.46p/kg

AAx                                         to 94.50p/kg

Devon X                                 to 106.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JD Taylor&Son 821,709, PJ Bolland 789,736, JP&KE Hartley 774, E&KM Marshall 709, JC&DJ Marshall 685

p/kg: CM&EM Gratton 103.5, E&KM Marshall 98.5, PJ Bolland 97.5, JC&DJ Marshall & Sons 96.5, JD Taylor&Son 95.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: DL Leeming Ltd (Brown Swiss) 426, IRg Collins & Ptns (Dairy Sh) 544

p/kg: IRG Collins&Son (Dairy Sh) 88.5,72.5,


£ per head: J Drinkall Ltd (Blondex) 1006, AJ Mason (Lim) 949, WB Woodsworth (Limx) 908, DG Boothman (Limx) 865

p/kg: AJ Mason (Lim) 137.5, J Drinkall Ltd (Blonde) 126.5, DG Boothman (Limx) 123.5, D&GM Scott (Char) 108.5


£ per head: S&T Fawcett (Devon) 666, GR&SM Wearmouth (AAx) 600

p/kg: S&T Fawcett (Dev) 106.5, GR&SM Wearmouth (AAx) 94.5



Overall Average                                   82.12p/kg             £843.09


£ per head: AL Dean&Son (B&W) 1175,1155, WP Gratton (B&W) 619

p/kg: al Dean&Son (B&W) 82.5,81.5, WP Gratton 82.5


2,662 Prime Sheep

Another good trade for the smart end again today, Paul Simpson topped the sale at 305.3p whilst John Eddleston had 305.3p on two occasions and further pens at 300.0p and 294.6p, Peter & Edward Fox also achieving 300p for a Beltex pen. It was the Fox Brothers who topped the sale at £123, Ellis Bros close behind at £119 and £117, Paul Simpson £118 and £117 and John Eddleston £117 twice. 30 pens topped 250.0p with a further  98 pens from 200p to 249p. In the lump 39 pens made over £100 and a further 77 pens from £90 to £100 which reflects the improved trade for the heavy types. Hill type lambs were a shade dearer on the week, typically by around £2 per head. A light show of ewes were keenly contested.

Old Season Lambs – Overall Average  £81.38 per head or 194.92p/kg 

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 176.6p/kg         av 143.33p/kg      or £44 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 241.2p/kg         av 176.72p/kg      or £60.94 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 305.3p/kg         av 198.48p/kg      or £81.18 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 258.7p/kg         av 188.5p/kg         or £90.57 per head

52.1kg and over   to 209.1p/kg         av 170.5p/kg         or £94.64 per head

Beltex average £101.26 per head or 246.15p/kg

£ per head: £123 Fox Farm; £119 Ellis Bros; £118, £117 PW Simpson; £117 Ellis Bros; £117 x2 JS Eddleston

p/kg: 305.3p PW Simpson; 305.3p x2 JS Eddleston; 300p Fox Farm; 300p JS Eddleston; 294.6p JS Eddleston

Suffolk average £86.92 per head or 191.48p/kg

£ per head: £103 RL Wright & Sons; £95 RG Church Ltd; £92 GW Houseman & Partners; £91.50 RG Church Ltd; £91.50 Brafferton

p/kg: 208.1p HB Atkinson; 208p RG Church Ltd; 207p, 204.4p GW Houseman & Partners; 203.4p W Watson; 

Texel average £84.84 per head or 199.03p/kg

£ per head: £115 P&JA Fielding; £112 BA&B Perkins; £108, £106, £104x2 K Marshall; £104 RG Church Ltd

p/kg: 264.1p RG Church Ltd; 251.2p, 246.5p K Marshall; 245p, 240p HB Atkinson; 236.8p K Marshall; 227.9p P&JA Fielding

Mule average £75.78 per head or 181.75p/kg

£ per head: £88.50 Brafferton Manor Farms; £84 JW Stockdale & Sons; £82.50 JK Wilson; £82.50 S Dorey; £81.50 P Addyman

p/kg: 190.9p JW Stockdale & Sons; 190.8p 188.5p, 186.3p S Dorey; 185.4p J Drinkall Ltd; 185.4p, 184.6p x2 S Dorey

Charollais average £90.76 per head or 198.62p/kg

£ per head: £101 I Marsden; £95.50 B&AB Perkins; £89 D Asquith;  £83 G Greenwood; £83 Edward Berry;

p/kg: 206.1p I Marsden; 203.8p W Watson; 202.4p G Greenwood; 202.3p D Asquith; 194.9p BA&B Perkins;

Lleyn average £81.29 per head or 193.31p/kg

£ per head: £83.50, £80 CD&RF Kitching; £82 RG&SJ Paul; £78.50 JG Smith

p/kg: 200p, 198.8p CD&RF Kitching; 196.3p JG Smith; 190.7p RG&SJ Paul

Swaledale average £62.99 per head or 160.93p/kg

£ per head: £76.50 JE Cowperthwaite; £73 JW Stockdale & Son; £72 W Mason & Son; £71 JW Stockdale & Son 

p/kg: 182.50 JW Stockdale & Son; 171.1p DS Hollings; 170.5p JE Cowperthwaite; 169p JW Stockdale & Son

Lonk average £73.41 per head or 183.09p/kg

£ per head: £79 J Drinkall Ltd; £75, £69.50 C Crowther

p/kg: 188.1p J Drinkall Ltd; 182.9px2 C Crowther



Cull Ewes average £63.44

Suffolk to £81.50, Texel to £120.5, BFL to £68.50, Mule to £62.50, Lleyn to £68.50, Swaledale to £57.50, Masham to £58.50, Zwartbles to £73.50, Cheviot  to £61.50, Beltex  to £79.50, Lonk  to £58.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £120.50, £107.50 M Grayshon; £104.50 B Lancaster

Mule/Masham: £62.50 W&SM Bilsborough; £61.50 FG Throup

Horned: £58.50 C Crowther; £57.50 S Horsfield;

Hill: £68.50 MJ&GC Dobson; £61.50 D Collinge

Cast Rams average £53.50

Beltex to £72.50 J&J Garnett; BFL to £76.50 DM White



91 Rearing Calves to £380

B&W av £73.13 Cont av £303.3 Native av £174.50

A strong show of calves forward with a better trade than recently seen especially for the better sort of black and whites which topped at a £175 for an entry from RD Guy. Continentals were a straight trade with Fred Houseman, Church Farm Enterprises topping with a strong British Blue Bull at £380 and Richard Spence chasing him £370 with another quality entry.  Native calves were topped by a sweet heifer from The Smith of Carleton reaching £275.


NB: Worth taking into account when comparing that today’s calves had an average age of 37 days. 


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £315) to £315 JC Marshall                     

Brit Blue x (Av £309) to £380 Church Farm Enterprises                             

Hereford (Av £250) £250 C Watson                                                               

MRI (Av £166) to £190 C Watson   

Ab Angus (Av £162) to £200 JM Smith

Saler (Av £105) £105 Town Head Farm                         

Black & White (Av £73) to £175 RD Guy                        


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £165) to £165 Town Head Farm                          

Brit Blue x (Av £260) to £330 Church Farm Enterprises                             

Ab Angus (Av £215) to £275 JM Smith                                                          

Hereford (Av £172) to £195 C Watson                                                          


Craven Dairy Auction (16 head)

 A small entry today which was perhaps a blessing in disguise with a number of buyers present but few willing to bid freely and you cannot blame them.  The pre sale Winner from Peter Baul, Bishop Thornton went on to top the day at £1660. Other noted prices was a fine 2nd calver from Forts of Glusburn reaching £1450 and £1350 for a hardy heifer from Keith Downs.

Judge – David Berry

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st M Baul & Partners          2nd Thimbleby Farm             3rd SJ Sugden

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st DA Fort

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st & 2nd I Olivers & Partners

                                Champion – M Baul & Partners        Reserve – DA Fort


Newly Calven Heifers (8):  av £1244 to £1660 M Baul & Partners


Newly Calven Cows (1): to £1450 DA Fort  


 Incalf Heifers (2): to £860 I Olivers & Partners


Bulling Heifer (4) av £615 to £660 E Pennock & Son


Heifer Calf (1) to £220 C Watson





Wheat Round Bale to £11.50

Small Bale Barley to £2.00

Hay Round Bale to £21

1st Crop Hay Mini Heston to £25

2nd Crop Hay Mini Heston to £24