Annual Sale of Breeding Sheep ‘CRAVEN CONTINENTALS’. Forward: 543 Ewes and 130 Rams


The sale of Ewes was well supported and carried on a similar trade to Tuesday’s shearling sale with all classes in strong demand. The day started with a reduction sale from The Gillians Laithe flock of Texel sheep from Messrs Watson of Hellifield. Their run of sheep topped at £600 for a 2 shear ewe, with most selling from £200 to £300 Each. Suffolk Females topped at £540 for a Gimmer Lamb from Pamela Lupton.
Half bred ewes were a sharp trade, young Mules finding favour selling to £140 and £130 for 2 shears from D&J Coates, followed at £128 from Matt Mason, who also made £128 of a pen of homebred shearling that had reared lambs. Older Mules to £120 for 3 crop correct from Peter Houseman, whilst older Correct sheep ranged from around £80 upto £105 for 4shear from Mike Allen. Continental and Suffolk crosses were short of requirements and more could have been sold, with £100 to £130 the range for flock aged cross bred ewes, and Suffolk crosses to £140 from John Turner. 


A selective crowd surrounding the Tup ring this afternoon, however good quality shearling tups could getaway very nicely. A kind thank you to Adam Staveley and Matt Mason for judging the Pre Sale ram classes. It was both 1st Prize winners from their respective breeds topping at 950gns for the 1st Prize Continental Ram which was presented by Ann Robinson, Pannal, Harrogate. The other a tremendous Suffolk Ram lamb from Jane Soulsby of Temple Sowerby, Penrith which went on to sell for 650gns.


All in all a successful day with plenty of fresh faces ringside interested in buying Rams of differing breeds and definitely a worthwhile fixture in the sales calendar.




Breeding Ewes


Suffolk – Av £144

£360 S Read; £140 J Turner;

Texel – Av £210

£600 £280x2 £250 W Watson; £260 DH&FA Lucas;  

Mule – Av £120

£128 W Mason & Son; £112 H&M Plews

Beltex – Av £133

£170 W Watson; £140 £135 £130 D Asquith;


2 Crop

Mule – Av £118

£140 £130 D&J Coates; £128 £120 W Mason & Son; £112 J&F Nutter;

Texel – Av £218

£500 £420 £400 £260 £250 W Watson;

Beltex – Av £128

£128 Fox Farm;


3 Crop

Mule – Av £110

£120x2 £82 GW Houseman; £105 £95 M&B Allen;

Texel – Av £140

£350 £190 £180 W Watson; £135 P Ives ; £110 £102 GW Houseman; 

Beltex – Av £135

£135 Fox Farm;


BM Ewes

Mule – Av £70

£80 £78 E&S Baines; £70 M&B Allen;

Texel – Av £96

£108 GW Houseman; £100x2 £95 E&S Baines; £98 RA&M Earnshaw; £82 J Frankland;



130 RAMS


Shearling Rams

1st J Nutter Lot 72

2nd RS Morphett Lot 76

3rd PJ Lupton Lot 5


Lambs Rams

1st G Soulsby Lot 33

2nd S Bolland Lot 29

3rd G Souslby Lot 32


Champion – G Soulsby

Reserve – S Bolland


Cont Ram

1st RC Robinson Lot 24

2nd DP Roberts Lot 45

3rd A Harker Lot 62



Ram Lamb

Suffolk – Av £336

650gns G Soulsby; £350 S Bolland; 320gns x2 S Bolland; 320gns M Brown; 300gns ML Evans;

Charollais – Av £287

350gns J Danforth; 280gns x2 CW Marwwod & Son; 260gns CW Marwood & Son;

Beltex – Av £297.5

300gns x2, 250gns DP Roberts


Shearling Ram

Suffolk – Av £332

650gns PJ Lupton;  450gns x3 JA Key; 420gns PJ Lupton; 300gns DJ&LJ Holt;

Charollais – Av £367

400gns M Crabtree; 350gns J Danforth

Texel – Av £443

950gns RC Robinson; 700gns AF Harker; 620gns, 550gns M Crabtree; 520gns AF Harker



Forthcoming Sheep Sales

Friday 30th & Saturday 31st August

Friday – Show & Sale of 18 Pedigree HAMPSHIRE DOWN Sheep

 Show of 445 Pedigree BELTEX Sheep

Saturday- Sale of Pedigree BELTEX Sheep

Show & Sale of 58 WENSLEYDALE Sheep

Show & Sale of 164 JACOB Sheep


Wednesday 4th September

Sale of 10,000 STORE LAMBS

Prize Show & Sale of Suffolk & Continental X Gimmer Lambs

C Hagar Trophy for the Best Pen of 10 Continental X Gimmer Lambs

Prize Show for Masham Wethers

Craven Cattle Marts Cup for the Best Pen of 40 Masham Wether Lambs


Tuesday 10th September

Opening Show & Sale of 7,370 MULE GIMMER LAMBS


Forthcoming Cattle Sales

Saturday 7th September

Stirks, Weaned calves, Breeding & Cull Goats, Store & Breeding Sheep


Wednesday 11th September

Sale of Store & Breeding Cattle to include Sale of Native Sired Cattle