Forward: 39 Prime cattle comprising 24 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 14 Cast Cattle. 4,843 Prime Sheep comprising 4,274 Prime Lambs & 569 Cast Ewes & Rams. 63 Rearing Calves. 8 Dairy. 1 Produce.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

The day’s top price was £1582 (261.5p/kg) achieved by Bill Cowperthwaite of Malham Moor with a 605kg British Blue cross steer which sold to Ralph Pearson wholesale butchers in Bradford. CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield produced another pen of exceptional cattle and had the second highest price a British Blue cross heifer weighing 590kg which totalled £1549 when sold to Ralph Pearson for 262.5p/kg.

In the retail weights Anthony Kitson of Hutton Rudby secured the highest priced per kilo, a 555kg British Blue cross heifer at 272.5p/kg or £1512 from CD&RF Kitching and two other 269.5p/ kg bids secured a 550kg British blue cross steer (£1482) from F&B Smith of Masongill and a 540kg British Blue cross heifer (£1455) from S&P Scriven of Elslack both for DA Gregory & Sons of Bacup.

A varied show of grass-fed native breeds, commercial continentals and premium quality continentals met a very ready audience.

465-555kg                                             to 269.5p/kg                        av. 218.4p/kg                      

560kg+                                                   to 264.5p/kg                        av.235.25p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 272.5p/kg                        av.254.89p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 1582, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1547,1502, DJ Bailey (Limx) 1545, F&B Smith (BBx) 1482

p/kg: F&B Smith (BBx) 269.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 264.5,263.5, S&P Scriven (BBx), TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 261.5


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1549,1512, (Limx) 1485, RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 1470,1455, F&B Smith (Limx) 1458, S&P Scriven (BBx) 1455

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 272.5,263.5,262.5,260.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 269.5, F&B Smith (Limx) 267.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 255.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall average                                   152.5p/kg                             £1021.75

£ per head: A.Lambert (B&W Hfr) 1022       

p/kg: A Lambert (B&W Hfr) 152.5



Cull Cow Prices

Short keep cattle were a little easier in line with a falling factory price but cows with improvement, steakers and plain cows were a good trade. Likely to remain quieter except for feeding cattle until Factory Christmas purchasing of clean cattle is over.

Overall Average                                   100.68p/kg                           £648.98

Black & White                      to 110.5p/kg                        av. 98.43p/kg

Limx                                       to 136.5p/kg       

BBx                                         to 120.5p/kg

Hefdx                                     to 116.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JD Taylor & Son 804,767,713, M&R Smith 553, JM Smith & Son 553,515

p/kg: JD Taylor & Son 110.5,109.5,106.5, JM Smith & Son 99.5,94.5



£ per head: M Mallinson Ltd (Limx) 1078, D&J Carlisle (BBx) 843

p/kg: M Mallinson Ltd (Limx) 136.5, D&J Carlisle (BBx) 120.5


£ per head: B Spensley Ltd (Hefdx) 955

p/kg: B Spensley Ltd (Hefdx) 116.5



Overall Average                                   99.5p/kg                               £1090

Aberdeen Angus

£ per head: New York Farms 1090

p/kg: New York Farms 99.5



4,843 Prime Sheep comprising 4,274 Prime Lambs & 569 Cast Ewes & Rams


Lambs - A much larger show on the week with 4274 Lambs penned for sale, but just lacking the overall quality of those seen last week, and the overall sale average was down on the week in line with this. The 4,274 lambs forward sold to a top of £138 on two occasions, first from HR&WJ Maudsley of Rathmell, and then from N&AD Boynton of Ripon. Both pens were purchased Brayton Farmshop of Selby. Messrs Maudsley sold a further lot at £134, and then JR Crabtree of Low Snowden made £131, again both lots going to Brayton Farmshop. Two other vendors achieved £131, first was JGE Heseltine & Son of Bolton Abbey, and then BL&R Lund of Walshaw, the purchaser this time being Hartshead Meat Company in Mossley, Manchester.
The first pen of sheep in the ring took top price per kilo when 40kg Beltex from AM Leach of Hebden Bridge made 317.5p or £127 per head selling to Vivers Scotlamb. HB Atkinson, Felliscliffe 37kg at £113 or 305p/kg and BL&R Lund made 300p (39kg £117) of Beltex. Both pens fell to Vivers Scotlamb.
Again, commercial handyweight lambs that were well finished have been a decent trade all sale, whilst mediums and heavies that were well fleshed but not over fat also commanding a good enquiry although not selling as dear as last week. Plainer handyweights having a strong store price behind them to keep prices moving on well, but commercial over fat heavies just finding things a little tougher.
In the hill lambs the Mules would buck the trend and find a very strong enquiry, with one highlight seeing a ring full of 48 Mules in one hit off G&MA Lawn, None go bye weighing 45kg make £90 or 200p/kg. Other best pens of Mules around 200p, whilst Paul Baines topped per kilo with 46kg at £92.50. Top price per head for Mule Wethers was £95 from FA Caton of Weston, with Taylor Bros Tosside at £94. BC Ashby of Norwood made £95 per head of Masham Wethers.
Horned lambs were again a nice trade, Dalesbreds sold to £84.50 or 192p from K Lister & Son Kettlewell, nice pens of horned wethers around 180p.


Ewes - Cracking trade once again with ewes coming far and wide. A good show of mixed ewes in the entry today with 569 through the ring. Top price £137.50 for a Texel tup from JME & C Mckenzie and top price ewe £129.50 S Spensley & Co. Good runs of Scotch Blackface ewes in today, top end with meat £47-£55 and best in today selling to £60. Best Mules to around £90 with heavies £80+ and some just a bit smaller but still carrying weight from £74 upwards. Lean meat mules £56-£68. Some plain mules less of the mark. White faced ewes usual story of Heavy best bred sorts £110+ crosses ewes £100+ for heavies. Next grade selling well £88-£95 for medium ewes full fleshed. Lean grazing continental cross ewes either side of £70. Some light weight cross ewes could be picked up in the £55-£65 region full fleshed or lean meat. Swales very similar on the week in general best sorts just a bit less at £53.50 top price from E&S Baines. Lean ewes mixed trade anywhere from late £20’s to £40. Plain swales less on the week. Good Dalesbred ewes sold well, best to £74.50.


For more details on Prime & Cast Sheep trade ring either of our auctioneers, Ted Ogden 07855 958211 or Kyle Hawksworth on 07538 539077.


Prime Lambs – Overall Average £91.20 per head or 205.9p/kg (SQQ 211.3p)    

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 222.7p/kg         av 183.8p/kg         or £62.66 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 305.4p/kg         av 212.8p/kg         or £90.53 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 281.6p/kg         av 196.1p/kg         or £93.98 per head

52.1kg and over   to 265.5p/kg         av 181.9p/kg         or £97.38 per head


Beltex average £101.36 per head or 241.3p/kg

£ per head: £138 £128 £121 N&AD Boynton, £138 £134 £119 HR&WJ Maudsley, £131 £120 JGE Heseltine & Son, £131 BL&R Lund, £124 RF Morphet.

p/kg: 305.4p HB Atkinson, 300.0p BL&R Lund, 297.8p 281.6p HR&WJ Maudsley, 295.2p RF Morphet, 291.3p D&A Livestock, 287.8p RH&MR Ireland, 283.3p RT&J Critchley, 278.6p DW&KCB Shuttleworth, 278.3p N&AD Boynton, 274.4p 273.4p 270.0p NL&CJ Brown, 273.2p JA&JH Hewetson, 270.0p K Marshall.

Texel average £92.07 per head or 205.3p/kg

£ per head: £131 JR Crabtree, £128 TH Mellin, £120 DW&KCB Shuttleworth, £118 KA&HL Fawcett, £118 J Hitchen, £117 HB Atkinson, £117 J Shuttleworth & Sons, £115 RH&MR Ireland, £114 TH Mellin, £114 JA Gibson & Son.

p/kg: 276.3p HB Atkinson, 271.4p W&J Parkinson, 265.9p J Shuttleworth & Son, 262.9p J&J Garnett, 262.2p KA&HL Fawcett, 251.2p D&A Livestock, 251.1p N Hitchen.

Suffolk average £91.08 per head or 193.1p/kg

£ per head: £114 TH Mellin, £100 BL&R Lund, £100 L Broster, £94(x2) Ashfield Farms, £94 BJ&L Sutcliffe, £94 RJ Umpleby

p/kg: 210.3p W Stapleton, 202.4p CD&RF Kitching, 200.0p RF Morphet, 200.0p TH Mellin, 197.7p BJ&L Sutcliffe

Charolais average £85.31 per head or 203p/kg

£ per head: £98 A&K Kiernan, £95 JB&AH Coates, £91 A&G Midgley, £91 RM Shackleton.

p/kg: 233.3p A&K Kiernan, 207p 204p(x2) P Baker

Mule average £88.77 per head or 194.2p/kg

£ per head: £95 FA Caton, £94 £92.50 Taylor Bros, £92.50 J Baines, £92 £91 A&SL Throup, £91.50(x2) JC Throup & Son, £91.50 JR Taylor & Son,

p/kg: 201.1p 198.8p J Baines, 200.0p G&MA Lawn, 198.8p 197.8p CD&RF Kitching, 197.7p 196.5p JA&JH Hewetson, 197.7p JK Wilson & Son, 196.8p 195.8p Taylor Bros,

Masham average £91.97 per head or 188.8p/kg

£ per head: £95 £90 BC Ashby, £93 JR Taylor & Son, £92.50 A&SL Throup & Son,

p/kg: 197.6p JR Taylor & Son, 195.7p 188.8p A&SL Throup & Son,

Swaledale average £65.85 per head or 178p/kg

£ per head: £71.50 JH Throup, £69.50 G Huck & Son, £67 AG&GH Bland, £67 AJ Mason, £66 R Tennant.

p/kg: 187.8p G Huck & Son, 183.8p JH throup, 180.9p 176.3p AJ Mason, 175.8p AJ&GH Bland.

Dalesbred average £74.15 per head or 186.1p/kg

£ per head: £84.50 £82 K Lister & Son

p/kg: 192.0p 186.4p 185.9p K Lister & Son

Cheviot average £82.90 per head or 194.3p/kg

£ per head: £92 TA Robinson, £88.50 Grain Farms Ltd, £88.50 K Lister & Son, £87 A&K Kiernan.

p/kg: 208.3p  197.4p 196.7p Grain Farms Ltd, 197.7p A&K Kiernan.

Lleyn average £ per head or 204p/kg

£ per head: £78 £74 J Attey

p/kg: 205.3p 200.0p J Attey

Herdwick average £ per head or 191.5p/kg

£ per head: £78.50 S Spensley & Co

p/kg: 191.5p S Spensley & Co




Cull Ewes average £66.43


Suffolk to £117.50, Texel to £129.50, Char to £109.50, BFL to £51.50, Mule to £97.50, Masham to £87.50, Lleyn to £67.50, Swaledale to £53.50, Dalesbred to £74.50, Scotch BF to £59.50, Cheviot to £88.50, Beltex to £117.50, Easycare to £58.50, Herd to £38.50


Top prices:

Lowland: £129.50                S Spensley&Co

Mule/Masham: £97.50      E&S Baines

Horned: £74.50                    WM Hall

Hill: £88.50                           Grain Farms


Cast Rams average £84.38

Texel to £137.50, Char to £133.50, Cheviot to £77.50, Beltex to £103.50,




63 Rearing Calves to £435

Calves up a gear this week especially for all classes of heifer calves. Young Angus heifers sold from £210-£220, Blue heifers up on the week with new purchasers ringside bidding keenly for these goods. 11 Blue heifers all sold from £225-£325 with just young calves in the entry. Lim heifers similar trade on the week with only 2 sold today at £255-£260. Angus bulls and Blue bulls a roaring trade with Angus bulls averaging £290. Bobby angus bulls sold at £250 with a strong older calf from M&R Smith selling at £355. Blue bulls sold to £435 from regular vendor of quality calves RE Aryton. £360+ for good stamp of shapely calves with the younger slightly plainer calves not far behind selling above £300 for most. Some goods just below the mark at late £200’s. Lim Bulls topped at £405 from KT Wood & Son and Wood Bros just behind also with a smart bull at £350. Black and Whites struggled today with purchasers ringside but less enthusiasm ringside.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £377) to £405                           KT Wood                                                              

Brit Blue x (Av £337) to £435                           RE Ayrton                                                             

Aberdeen Angus (Av £290) to £355 M&R Smith          

Hereford (Av £213) to £220                              AP Townend        

Simmental (Av £330) to £330                          AL Dean                                

Black & White (Av £42) to £62                         JT Rushton                           


Heifer Calves       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £215) to £220 JT Rushton                                                                                                           

Hereford (Av £160) to £200                              AP Townend                                        

British Blue (Av £289) to £325                         PJ&JE Bolland                                      

Limousin (Av £257) to £260                              KT Wood                                              



8 Dairy

Next Sale
Christmas Show & Sale Monday 30th November

Classes for Newly Calved, Incalf and Maiden Heifers.


Commercial Newly Calven Cow                       to £1750

Pedigree Newly Calven Heifer                         to £1850

Maiden Heifer                                                     to £720





Wheat straw                                        Quads                     to £37 per bale




Skipton Auction Mart
Gargrave Road
North Yorkshire
BD23 1UD

Tel 01756 792375

Jeremy Eaton 07747 780481
Ted Ogden 07855 958211
Kyle Hawksworth 07538 539077