Forward: 47 Prime cattle comprising 18 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 28 Cast Cattle 2,929 Prime Sheep comprising 2515 Prime Hoggs, 414 Cast Ewes & Rams. 64 Breeding & Store Sheep. 90 Rearing Calves. 13 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Spirited bidding for the high quality show of retail cattle on offer with the opening sale of 256.5p/kg or £1462 setting the trade for Malcolm Metcalfe of Baldersby whose 570kg British Blue Heifer sold to Keelham Farm Shop. Leading gross price came from the same Metcalfe pen in a 600kg British Blue cross heifer which sold to Skipton Butchers, Stanforths for 244.5p/kg or £1467.



465-555kg                                             to 238.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 239.5p/kg                        av. 234.13p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 238.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 257.5p/kg                        av. 241.64p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: SD Bennett (Limx) 1401, JA Drake (Limx) 1377, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1323,(Limx) 1320

p/kg: JA Drake (Limx) 239.5, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 238.5, (Limx) 231.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 231.5,


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (BBx) 1467,1462,  D&FJ Leeming (Limx) 1382, 1328, 1297, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1301

p/kg: SD Bennett (Blondex) 257.5, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 256.5, (Limx) 249.5, D&FJ Leeming (Limx) 253.5,250.5, EW7JR Parkinson (BBx) 248.5.

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   105.50p/kg           £580.25

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: IRG Collins &Ptns (Dairy Sh) 508

p/kg: IRG Collins&Ptns (Dairy Sh) 105.5


Cull Cow Prices

A lighter show and a strengthening trade with top dairies £950 + from a minimum of 83.5p for the leanest plain cattle. Extra bidders at the ringside on the few Continental crosses headed by Trevor and Julie Smith’s British Blue cross cow which made £1064 or 135.5p/kg.

Overall Average                                   109.79p/kg           £722.98

Black & White                       to 116.5p/kg                        av. 102.33p/kg

Dairy Sh                                 to 107.5p/kg

Beef Sh                                  to 110.5p/kg                       

Belted Gall                            to 118p/kg

British White                        to 117.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 137.5p/kg                        av. 117.66p/kg

BBx                                         to 135.5p/kg

Charx                                      to 107.5p/kg                        av. 104.39p/kg

Path                                        to 136.5p/kg

Stab                                        to 125.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: MP Jennings ( Dairy) Ltd  968, 762, J Caygill&Ptns 967, KM&L Throup 837, A&J Carr&Son 764, GB Moorhouse 703


Other Dairy

£ per head: IRG Collins & Ptns (Dairy Sh) 667, 520,493



£ per head: T&J Smith (BBx) 1064, BL7R Lund (Path) 1031, Fleets Farms (Stab) 891, K Huck (Limx) 740, Fleets Farms (Limx) 723,

p/kg: K Huck (Limx) 137.5,  BL&R Lund (Path) 136.5,  T&J Smith (BBx) 135.5, Fleets Farms (Stab) 125.5


£ per head: A Fisher (Brit White) 811, T Boothman (Belt Gall) 761, Fleets Farms (Beef Sh) 740

p/kg: T Boothman (Belt Gall) 118,118, A Fisher (Brit White) 117.5, Fleets Farms (Beef Sh) 110.5,


Overall Average                                   119.5p/kg             £884.30


£ per head: T Boothman 119.5

p/kg: T Boothman 884


2,929 Prime Sheep


A decent number of sheep today and again hill bred lambs making up a fair portion of the entry, but still managing an overall average of just shy of 171p which was a pleasing result.

Hill bred lambs once more found a nice following, especially if well fleshed. Cheviots topped at £89 from Ben Simpson, Hope Valley followed by Tony Kiernan, Longridge at £83. Steve Dorey, Newark had Mashams at £83 whilst also selling a grand run of Mules, the best of which were 43kg at £76 and 44kg at £77, however it was again Ben Simpson, Hope Valley who topped with Mules at £80, whilst £80 was also for achieved for Swaledales from Roy Nelson, Bordley.

Heavy Lowland lambs (46kg to 52kg) were a similar trade to last week, with the smartest end making 190p to 215p, to a top of 234p for 46kg adding up to £108 from Mark & Gemma Dobson, Hartlington. Ellis Bros topped the heavy lambs with 51kg selling at £110 each to Kendall’s Farm Butchers of Harrogate and Pateley Bridge.

The handier weighted lambs were dearer on the week, especially for the more commercial types. Smart types topped at £115 per head from Kevin Marshall of Darley selling to Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster. Ellis Bros sold Beltex crosses to £113 each purchased by Vivers Scotlamb. K Saffrey, Halton West had Beltex to £109, whilst Kevin Marshall had further pens at £106 £105 and £102, Ellis Bros £105 and James Towler of Grindleton to £103. Kevin Marshall topped per kilo at 273.8p with others at 250p, K Saffrey of Halton West made 267.9p and 256.4p, whilst James Towler, Grindleton made 257.9p and 250p, Ellis Brothers made 251.1p of their best Beltex’s.

Ewes were a dearer trade than the last couple of weeks, with heavy ewes in sharp demand.


Prime Hoggs  – Overall Average  £73.16 per head or 170.61p/kg          

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 190.60p/kg       av 149.14p/kg      or £43.22 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 250p/kg            av 145.19p/kg      or £49.93 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 273.8p/kg         av 176.49p/kg      or £73.16 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 234.8p/kg         av 163.49p/kg      or £78.97 per head

52.1kg and over                  to 156.1p/kg         av 148.75p/kg      or £82.85 per head

Beltex average £94.88 per head or 227.86p/kg

£ per head:£115 K Marshall; £113, £110 Ellis Bros; £109 K Saffrey; £108 MJ&GC Dobson; £106, £105 K Marshall

p/kg:273.8p K Marshall; 265.9p K Saffrey; 257.9p WA&VJ&JA Towler; 256.4p K Saffrey; 251.1p Ellis Bros; 

Suffolk average £75.69 per head or 170.66p/kg

£ per head: £83.50 N&M Hugill; £81 RJ Lambert; £80.50 N&M Hugill; £80 RJ Lambert; £80, £79.50 S Dorey; £78 W Stapleton

p/kg:186p RJ Lambert; 185.7p, 183.3p, 181.4p, 181p, 173p S Dorey; 171.4p, 169.3p CD&RF Kitching; 169.1p S Dorey

Texel average £74.91 per head or 180.19p/kg

£ per head: £103 WA&VJ&JA Towler; £99 K Marshall; £97 MJ&GC Dobson; £96.50 Fox Farms; £96 K Marshall;

p/kg:232.9p JS Eddleston; 225.6p JM&VJ Howard; 225p JM Andrews; 223.1p W&J Parkinson; 220.5p JM&VJ Howard Ltd

Mule average £72.18 per head or 159.77p/kg

£ per head: £82.50, £77 AC Simpson; £77 S Dorey; £76.50 JK Wilson; £76.50 S Dorey; £76 DW&CJ Towler; £76 T&C Robinson

p/kg:177.9p, 176.7p, 175p S Dorey; 168.9p DW&CJ Towler; 164.4p S Dorey; 162.2p, 160.9p JK Wilson; 160.9p WA&VJ&JA Towler

Masham average £77.28 per head or 166.79p/kg

£ per head: £83, £78, £77.50, £75 S Dorey;

p/kg:172.2p, 166.7p, 162.7p, 156p S Dorey;

Dalesbred average £47 per head or 138.24p/kg

£ per head: £47 RH&EA Close;

p/kg: 138.24 RH&EA Close

Cheviot average £75.41 per head or 173.26p/kg

£ per head: £89 AC Simpson; £83, £79.50, £78.50, £76.50 T Kiernan; £75.50 G&JN Booth; £72 JM&VJ Howard Ltd

p/kg:188.6p, 186.9p 184.9p T Kiernan; 175.6p JM&VJ Howard Ltd; 167.8p G&JN Booth; 167.6p K&M Berry & Son

Charollais average £73.12 per head or 157.18p/kg

£ per head: £84, £81 Hayton & Stocks; £80.50 N&M Hugill; £76 Brafferton Manor

p/kg:168.9p Brafferton Manor; 155.8p Hayton & Stocks; 151.9p N&M Hugill;

Lleyn average £68.77 per head or 166.45p/kg

£ per head:£76 T Riley; £72x2 CD&RF Kitching; £32.50 T Riley

p/kg: 171.4p, 167.4p CD&RF Kitching; 152p T Riley; 130p T Riley;

Swaledale average £54.14 per head or 140.97p/kg

£ per head:£80 C Nelson & Sons; £68, £65.50x2 JE Cowperthwaite; £61 Hayton & Stocks; £58.50 AG Horn; £58 CM Ryder

p/kg:150.9p C Nelson & Sons; 150p W Mason & Sons; 148.9p JE Cowperthwaite; 148.7p CM Ryder; 145.6p JE Cowperthwaite



Cull Ewes average £57.47

Suffolk to £99.50, Texel to £114.50, BFL to £58.50, Mule to £73.50, Swaledale to £59.50, Masham to £60.50, Wensleydale to £48.50, Cheviot to £69.50, Beltex  to £85.50, SBF to £C&SB Whitelock; .

Top prices:

Lowland: £114.50, £114, £107.50 D&A Livestock; £103.50 M&B Allen

Mule/Masham: £73.50 M&B Allen; £69.50 B Bretton & Sons

Horned: £59.50 M&B Allen; 57.50x2 K Dickinson

Hill: £69.50 J Caygill & Partners

Cast Rams average £53.76

Texel to £80.50 CJ&J Harker; BFL to £73.50 CJ&J Harker; Swaledale to £34.50 RH&EA Close



Rearing Calves to £490 (90)

B&W av £50.41 Cont av £331 Native av £164

A great success at the February show for the Sowray family with their British Blue X heifer taking the Championship and the top price at £490, a heifer winning is a bit of a rarity in recent times however this was an exceptional heifer and went on to top the sale selling to the Abbot Bros of Dacre.


David Smith from Bents Farm took reserve Champion with his super bull which sold at £430 to Simon Thompson. Shaun Sowray saw his best the bulls make £450, £445 and £440 with Church Farm Enterprises at £420 and £405. 20 British Blue Bulls averaged £385. 


Limousin calves topped at £365 for a sweet bull from Stephen Marshall, West End with heifers topping at £380 for a cracking heifer from Sowray’s again. Black and Whites were a touch easier today with not the best show of calves around however best calves still up towards £100 and topping today at £95 for a strong Friesian type calf from RL Wright & Son. 


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £285) to £365 JC&DJ Marshall                              

Brit Blue x (Av £385.47) to £450 A Sowray & Son                                                       

Ab Angus (Av £164) to £200 JR&MJ Moon

Saler to £215 RL Wright & Son

Flekvieh (Av £143) to £165 C Watson                            

Black & White (Av £50.41) to £95 RL Wright & Son                    


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £250.4) to £380 A Sowray & Sons                       

Brit Blue x (Av £317) to £490 A Sowray & Son                                                             

Saler to £150 RL Wright & Son 

Flekvieh (Av £156) to £190 C Watson                            


Class 1 – Brit Blue Bull                                                               

1st & Reserve C Smith         2nd & 3rd A Sowray & Son

Class 2 – Brit Blue Heifer

1st & Champion 2nd & 3rd A Sowray & Son

Class 3 – Limousin Bull

1st C Watson

Class 4 – Limousin Heifer

1st A Sowray & Son              2nd C Watson

Class 6 – Other Cont Heifer

1st 2nd & 3rd C Watson

Class 7 – Native x Bull

1st RE Ayrton & Son

Class 9 – B&W Bull

1st C Watson

Class 10 – Cont x Male Stirk

1st & 2nd Church Farm Enterprises

Class 11 – Cont x Heifer Stirk

1st Church Farm Enterprises              2nd C Smith            3rd Hayton & Stocks



64 Breeding & Store Sheep – Weekly @ 12noon

Today we held our opening Weekly Sale of Sheep with Lambs at Foot at Skipton Mart where we have a nice offering of stock was placed before a full ringside of buyers looking for outfits.

Richard Umpleby of Killinghall presented some good outfits, the best of which was a pen of 3 Suffolk Ewes with 6 Charollais x Beltex lambs at foot which sold for £220 per outfit. Other sheep ranging in price from £135-£180 for twins offering buyers plenty of choice.




Vendors: Please advise entries to the Mart Office by Friday Lunch time for inclusion

in the weekly catalogue so buyers can be properly informed.


Advance Entries – 20 Mule & Cont x Ewes with Texel Lambs

                        20 Suff x Texel Ewes with Strong Cont Lambs



Principle Prices:

Suff x Ewes with Twins                       £220 £180 £155 RJ Umpleby

Texel x Ewes with Twins                    £175 RJ Umpleby £165 JW Hall £150 RG Johnson & Son

Mule Ewes Crct with Twins               £135 RG Johnson & Son

Mule Ewes BM with Twins                 £138 RG Johnson & Son

Mule Ewes BM with Singles               £78 RG Johnson & Son

Scotch Half bred BM with Singles     £95 RG Johnson & Son