Forward: 78 Prime cattle comprising 23 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 55 Cast Cattle incl 2 Mature Bulls. 3,648 Prime Sheep comprising 55 Spring Lambs, 3163 Old Season Lambs & 430 Cast Ewes & Rams. 705 Breeding Sheep. 50 Rearing Calves. 7 Dairy Cattle. 7 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A high quality show of clean cattle met a very good trade with a near full complement of buyers. Top call at £1506 was a 585kg Limousin cross heifer from Mesrs AA&E Critchley & Son of Hutton near Preston which joined Lancashire buyer Hamlets Butchers at Garstang. Martin Brown from Leyburn accounted for 2 leading gross prices with a 535kg Limousin cross heifer from James Drake of Denholme at £1501 or 280.5p/kg which also proved to be the highest price p/kg. His second was a 605kg Limousin cross heifer from Bill Cowperthwaite of Malham Moor which made £1497 or  247.5p/kg.  Countrystyle Bucthers of Lancaster stepped in to buy 2 highlights from the pen supplied by Mesrs AA&E Critchley & Son, both Limousin crosses weighing 515kg and 525kg at 265.5p and 264.5p/kg.



465-555kg                                             to 241.5p/kg                        av. 230.32p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 260.5p/kg                        av. 238.10p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 280.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 265.5p/kg                        av. 233.25p/kg   


Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JA Drake (Limx) 1471, S&NV Jowett (Limx) 1469, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1337

p/kg: JA Drake (Limx) 260.5, S&NV Jowett (Limx) 255.5,  TW Cowperthwaite (BBx) 241.5, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 232.5          


£ per head: AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx)1506,1389, JA Drake (Limx) 1501, TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 1497, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1475, Phoenix Grain Co 1407

p/kg: JA Drake (Limx) 280.5,  AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 265.5, 264.5, 257.5, 245.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 256.5, TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 247.5


Cull Cow Prices

A good entry of cattle carrying meat and the strong trade for manufacturing meat continues. Top price for a non farm assured Limousin cross was 168.5p and the dairies at the younger end touched 155.5p for Black and White aged 35 months. The lean end of the entry still very good to sell and only a marginal discount for cattle with a non-UK ear tag.


Overall Average                                   120.00 p/kg                          £786.20

Black & White                       to 155.5p/kg                        av. 119.93p/kg

Jersey                                     to 113.5p/kg                        av. 101.08p/kg

Nor. Red                                to 122.5p/kg                        av. 119.06p/kg

Limx                                       to 168.5p/kg                       

BBx                                         to 126.5p/kg                        av.122.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: H Downs&Son 1073, 952, 935, AN Bolland 1065, JC&DJ Marshall 982, JD Crabtree&Son 968,915, GT Booth 944

p/kg: H Downs&Son 155.5,137.5, 134.5,132.5,129.5,128.5, PA Whitaker 134.5, R Naylor&Sons 130.5, CJ&DD Drake 129.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: JSS Verity  (Nor. Red) 751, (Jer) 670,652,501,

p/kg: JSS Verity (Nor Red) 122.5,(Jer) 113.5,109.5,95.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: JT Robinson 810, CH&C Fearnley 729

p/kg: JT Robinson 126.5,117.5


£ per head: JT Robinson 1095

p/kg: JT Robinson 168.5


Overall Average                                   106.64p/kg           £962.39

Top Prices £ per head or p/kg

£ per head: JSS Verity (AA) 1386, (Jer) 539

p/kg: JSS Verity (AA) 119.5, (Jer) 83.5


3,648 Prime Sheep comprising 55 Spring Lambs, 3163 Old Season Lambs & 430 Cast Ewes & Rams

An increased show of prime and cast sheep today saw another strong trade all through. The sale started with the Easter Show & Sale of Spring Lambs and judging undertaken professionally by Mr Mick Etherington. The Champion lambs was consigned by JD&V Towers of Farleton weighing 45kg it sold for 355p or £160 to Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster. The same vendor- buyer combination  was responsible the reserve champions, a pair of of Beltex Charollais crosses selling for £155. ML Evans from Steeton had first prize Down sired pair and single selling for £157 and £150 respectively. Overall 55 Spring Lambs averaged 305p/kg or £131.44.
Old season lambs were another sharp trade when 3,163 head averaged 242.2p/kg or £105.64 per head. The entry didn’t include as many of the very smart types but those forward again sold to a strong trade. Paul Simpson had a good of Lightweight lambs topping at 338p twice, both pens being 34kg at £115, Andrew Phillips was up at 335p and 332p closely followed by Kevin Marshall at 330p. Messrs Simpson and Phillips both saw their runs average over 300p. Heavy Lambs and smarter end saw Nick Capstick with top price old season lambs at £152 each purchased by Hamlets butchers from Garstang. EP&JM Hutchinson from Faceby had a great run of lambs that topped at £150 £149 £148 twice £146 £144 twice and £142, with their run of 76 lambs averaging £140.63. David Towell sold lambs at £150 and £147 with Ron Wartigg at £147.
Heavy Lambs sold away well all day long with a long list at £135 plus, several runs of fed lambs from Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Norfolk and Sussex. One lot of 231 heavy Texel and Suffolk x lambs from Chris Sargent, Sussex averaging 52kg or £130.76, another travelled vendor form Norfolk selling 187 Texel x lambs at 46kg 256p £118.80, Lancashire Vendors were also to the fore with one consignment of 104 Texel x lambs 44kg 260p £115.06, and a fantastic run of 119 Cheviots from one farm av 51.3kg 250.2p/kg £128.35.
Hill lambs were every bit as good to sell as recent weeks, Mules topped at £126 for a pen from Peter Houseman, or 252p/kg from John Nutter of Hurst Green. Swaledale lambs topped at £107 for a pen of 14 weighing 48kg from JP Stirke and to £105 a head for 46kg Dalesbreds from RF Towers & Sons, Wray. Cheviots topped £136 from C Middleton, Mitton.

Cast Ewes again a strong trade and numbers short of recent requirements with additional customers now in regular attendance.

Easter Show & Sale of Spring Lambs

Judge – Mick Etherington

Cont x Single

1st JD&V Towers 45kg £160 Countrystyle Meats

2nd JD&V Towers 48kg £155 Countrystyle Meats

3rd T Walmsley 36kg £115 A Atkinson

Cont x Pairs

1st JD&V Towers 41kg £155 Countrystyle Meats

2nd JD&V Towers 50kg £150 Countrystyle Meats

Down x Single

1st ML Evans 50kg £150 Countrystyle Meats

2nd AN Bolland 46kg £133 A Atkinson

3rd T Walmsley 44kg £137 Mick Etherington

Down x Pairs

1st ML Evans 55kg £157 Countrystyle

2nd ID&JC Briggs 38kg £113 A Atkinson


Champion – JD&V Towers (Single)

Reserve – JD&V Towers (Pair)

Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £131.14 per head or 305.45p/kg       

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 378p/kg            av 315.9p/kg         or £128.67 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 322.9p/kg         av 282.05p/kg      or £137.77 per head

Texel average £121 per head or 320.4p/kg

£ per head: £148 £135 £117 £115 D&A Livestock;

p/kg: 329.3p 328.9p 319.4p 316.2p D&A Livestock;

Charollais average £139.08 per head or 325.4p/kg

£ per head: £160 £155 £146 JD&V Towers; £140x2£139 £136 CW Marwood; £134 WJ Barker;

p/kg: 378.0p 355.6p 339.5p JD&V Towers; 339.0p 333.3p 323.8p CW Marwood;

Suffolk average £132.25 per head or 294.0p/kg

£ per head: £150 ML Evans; £137 D&A Livestock; £133 AN Bolland; £113 ID&JC Briggs;

p/kg: 326.2p D&A Livestock; 300.0p 285.5p ML Evans; 289.1p AN Bolland;

Down x average £121.17 per head or 277.7p/kg

£ per head: £127 RJ Lambert; £126 £124 £118 K Watson;

p/kg: 302.6 280.5p 263.8p K Watson; 276.1p RJ Lambert;

Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £105.64 per head or 242.22p/kg              

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 338.2p/kg         av 239.93p/kg      or £81.76 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 335p/kg            av 240.93p/kg      or £99.95 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 313p/kg            av 247.42p/kg      or £119.81 per head

52.1kg and over   to 277.4p/kg         av 242.72p/kg      or £136.65 per head

Beltex average £113.62 per head or 293.8p/kg

£ per head: £152 DN&D Capstick; £150 DA Towell; £148 EP&JM Hutchinson; £144, £141, £138 RL&AR Phillips; £137 RF Towers & Sons

p/kg: 338.2p x2 PW Simpson; 335p, 332.5p RL&AR Phillips; 330p K Marshall; 327.3p PW Simpson; 326.3p RL&AR Phillips;

Suffolk average £112.64 per head or 243.83p/kg

£ per head: £141 EP&JM Hutchinson; £135.5, £133.5, £133, £130 C Sargent; £122 CR Brittain; £121 J&F Nutter; £120 CH Fearnley

p/kg: 257.8p S Wilson; 257.4p J&F Nutter; 257p CR Brittain; 255.8p C Sargent; 253.3p, 252.3p S Wilson; 252.3p S Dorey

Texel average £108.03 per head or 246.33p/kg

£ per head: £150, £149, £148 EP&JM Hutchinson; £147 R Warttig; £147 DA Towell; £146 GW Houseman & Partners; 

p/kg:307p  GW Houseman & Partners; 304.3p R Warttig; 300p EP&JM Hutchinson; 295.7p R Warttig; 294.9p Taylor Bros

Mule average £99.21 per head or 227.56p/kg

£ per head: £126 GW Houseman & Partners; £116 J&F Nutter; £114 R Naylor & Sons; £114 S Dorey; £111 RG Church Ltd

p/kg: 252.2p J&F Nutter; 242p JR Lancaster; 241.1p J Baines; 239.1p, 237.5p, 237.2p S Dorey; 236.2p RG Church Ltd 

Charollais average £107.08 per head or 245.66p/kg

£ per head: £122 S Dorey; £118 J Lord; £117 CW Marwood & Son; £117 GW Houseman & Partners; £110 PC Longdin; 

p/kg:262.2p J Lord; 255p CR Brittain; 254.3p GW Houseman & Partners; 239.1p PC Longdin; 236p PC Longdin;

Rouge average £127.61 per head or 255.67p/kg

£ per head: £132, £132, £122, £121 C Sargent;

p/kg: 259.6p, 258.8p, 253.8p 252.1p C Sargent;

Swaledale average £77 per head or 195.2p p/kg

£ per head: £107 JP Stirke; £96 RG Church Ltd; £94, £92 JP Stirke; £87 MR Ewbank; £81 RG Church Ltd;

p/kg:218.4p, 213.6p JP Stirke; 213.5p GW Thackray; 213.3p RG Church Ltd; 209.1p JP Stirke; 200p R Naylor & Sons; 

Dalesbred average £64 per head or 197.3p/kg

£ per head: £105, £79.50 RF Towers & Sons; £70 R Naylor & Sons;

p/kg: 228.3p, 220.8p F Towers; 200p R Naylor & Sons; 190.3p, 176.9p FW Horner & Sons

Cheviot average £110.76 per head or 243.67p/kg

£ per head: £136, £134, £132, £128, £127.5, £123x2 C Middleton; £119 PC Longdin; £112.5 J Lord; £110 J Lord; £106 K Marshall

p/kg:261.9p J Lord; 256.3p x2, 251p, 250p, 248.1p C Middleton; 247.9p PC Longdin; 246.5p K Marshall; 244.6p J Lord;



Cull Ewes average £74.45

Suffolk to £127.50, Texel to £133.50, BFL to £109.50, Mule to £101.50, Lleyn to £86.50, Swaledale to £74.50, Dalesbred £50.50, Gritstone to £56.50, Cheviot to £89.50, Masham to £66.50, Zwartbles to £66.50, Beltex  to £88.50, Jacob to £73.50, Hampshire to £81.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £133.50 R Wartig, £130 M Ryder&Sons, £127.50 ML Evans, £126.50 D Clarke, £125.50 L Simpson&Sons

Mule/Masham: £101.50 S.Spyrou, £100.50 AJ Taylor, £97.50 IJ Pratt, £94.50 GT Booth, £93.50 J&C Wright, £93.50 JM Smith&Son

Horned: £74.50 P Addyman&Son, £72.50 M Ryder&Son, £70 JW Sayer&Son, £65.50 F Reeday&Son, £55.50 B&J Sutcliffe

Hill: £89.50 J&C Wright, £78.50 AC Bailey,

Cast Rams average £94.12

 Texel to £142.50, BFL to £79.50, Swaledale to £86.50, Gritstone to £83.50, Char to £114.50, Beltex  to £119.50, Hampshire  to £115.50.




705  Breeding Sheep

The largest show this season sold away well considering the relative shortage of grass in places compared to other years. Best end £160-190 for singles and £210 - £235 for Twins, medium types £130-140 for Singles £170 - £200 for twins and plainest end eitherside of £100 for singles and £135-£160 for twins

Our thanks to Mr George Bell for judging todays show and he awarded the following prizes:

Pens of 5 Ewes with Lambs @ Foot

1st T Boothman

2nd JD&V Towers

3rd T Boothman

Pens of 2 Ewes with Lambs @ Foot

1st JD&V Towers

2nd T Boothman

3rd JD&V Towers


Ewes with Lambs

Tex with Singles av £127.15 to £165 T Boothman

Tex with twins av £178.5 to £230 T Boothman

Tex Shlg with Single av £133.75 to £158 P&AM Simpson

Tex Shlg with Twins av £207.5 to £230 T Boothman


Mule with singles av £109.13 to £120 JR&DL Ogden

Mule with twins av £150.32 to £200 JR&DL Ogden

Mule Shlg with Single av £140 to £150 DW Barker

Mule Shlg with twins av £190 to £190 DW Barker


Charollais with Single av £169.64 to £190 JD&V Towers & Son

Charollais with twins av £197 to £235 JD&V Towers & Son

Charollais Shlg with Single av £190 to £190 JD&V Towers & Son

Charollais Shlg with twins av £220 to £220 JD&V Towers & Son


Beltex Ewe with Single to £130 LM Braithwaite


Store Lambs

Texel av £68.34 to £74 CJ&DD Drake;

Mule av £55.44 to £62 S Bell; 


Rearing Calves to £455 (50)

B&W av £60.91 Cont av £312 Native av £189

Just 50 calves about today and a healthy trade for the stronger types with Moons of Wigglesworth hitting the top today with a tremendous bull at £455. The Pickersgill brothers from Hawksworth brought a strong packet of Limousin bulls today topping at £420. Black and whites a healthy trade with no real corkers on offer but a healthy average for the types on offer at £60.91.


Another run of 8 – 18 day old calves landed today which hampered the averages but received some strong bidding for both Blue Bulls and Heifers topping at £250 and £200 respectively.


Easter Calf Show next week with a large consignment of calves expected. 

Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £410) to £420 G Pickersgill & Sons                      

Brit Blue x (Av £305) to £455 JR&MJ Moon                                                  

Aberdeen Angus (Av £270) to £270 RD Guy

Shorthorn (Av £90.38) to £145 Flasby Estates

Black & White (Av £60.91) to £85 RD Guy                    


Heifer Calves       

Ab Angus (Av £103) to £135                                                            

British Blue (Av £230) to £330 J Gooch



Craven Dairy Auction (7 head)

Mark Smith took the top honours in the dairy sale today with a cracking home bred heifer giving 32kg  selling to John Howard of Heslaker Farm, Skipton for £2000. The 2nd prize heifer from the Newbirks herd of David, Claire and Suzy Lawson which was calved 10 days and 31 litres and sold to Ken Throup of Woofa Bank Farm, Silsden Moor for £1950. 


Despite being light on numbers a handy contingent of buyers was ringside for the milkers on offer. 


Judge – Colin Whitelock

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st M&R Smith 2nd A Lawson & Son; 3rd M Baul & Partners

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st A Lawson & Son; 2nd GB Moorhouse


                                Champion – M&R Smith     Reserve – A Lawson & Son


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1725.8): to £2000 M&R Smith; £1950 A Lawson & Son; £1750 M Baul & Partners


Newly Calven Cows (av £1750): to £1780 A Lawson & Son; £1720 GB Moorhouse




Haylage                                  Round                                    to £42 per bale                    av. £41.50

Silage                                      Round                                    to £28 per bale

Hay                                         Mini Heston                          to £140 per tonne

                                                Mini Heston                          to £70 per bale                    av. £66 per bale

                                                Small Bale                              to £4.90 per bale                                £4.90 per bale