Forward: 50 Prime cattle comprising 23 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 27 Cast Cattle; 4,125 Prime Sheep comprising 3866 Prime Lambs & 259 Cast Ewes & Rams; 92 Rearing Calves; 6 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A good show of clean cattle and just the main retail buyers present but a strong demand for beef to hang until after the Christmas break. Top call at £1400 was a British Blue heifer weighing 550kg presented by Mesrs AA&E Critchley&Son which sold to Countrystyle Meats Ltd who also bought the highest priced p/kg at 261.5p/kg,a Limousin cross 515kg heifer from James Drake. Leading buyers were Keelham Farm Shop with 5 purchases for their shops in Skipton and Thornton and Stanforths Butchers of Skipton.



465-555kg                                             to 234.5p/kg        av. 233.99p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 238.5p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 144.5p/kg        av. 137.64p/kg

485kg+                                                   261.5p/kg             av. 227.94p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1395, S&P Scriven (BBx) 1249

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 238.5, JR Metcalfe (Charx) 234.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 233.5.


£ per head: AA&E Critchley & Son (BBx) 1400, 1363, JA Drake (Limx) 1375, 1347, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1354,1347,

p/kg: JA Drake (Limx) 261.5,259.5,  AA&E Critchley&Son (BBx) 259.5, 254.5, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 252.5, (Limx) 249.5,248.5,245.5.



Cull Cow Prices

Meat in short supply and the plain end a little harder to sell. Fed dairies comfortably to 110p+ and steaking cows 95-108p. Demand for cast cows is likely to be variable for next Monday so keep in touch to gauge the prospects. The first sale for cast cattle in the new year will by Monday 8th January. Clean cattle will be sold on Thursday 28th December immediately prior to prime sheep at 2pm.


Overall Average                                   102.80p/kg           £615.64

Black & White                       to 116.5p/kg                        av. 99.25p/kg

Jersey                                     to 76.5p/kg

Blondex                                 to 111.5p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 178.5p/kg                        av. 123.32p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: MP Jennings(Dairy) Ltd 918, 842,821,777, J Caygill&Ptns 914,903, G Abbott&Sons 752, FA Holmes&Son 691,687

p/kg: J Caygill&Ptns 116.5,113.5, MP Jennings (Dairy) 115.5,112.5,111.5, 106.5, JC Marshall 109.5.


£ per head: BS Simpson (Limx) 1009, JR Carr (Limx) 776, BS Simpson (Limx) 647,ML Evans (Blondex) 647

p/kg: BS Simpson (Limx) 178.5, JR Carr (Limx) 118.5, ML Evans (Blondex) 111.5


4,125 Prime Sheep comprising 3,866 Prime Lambs & 259 Cast Ewes & Rams

A very similar sized show of sheep on the week with 3,866 lambs up 1p on the week to stand at 186.6p/kg. Smart lambs were a very good trade again, but were not just as numerous as the previous week. Best end saw Fox Farms selling at £118 to Kendalls Farmers Butchers of Harrogate and Pateley Bridge. Paul Simpson from Bolton by Bowland had 2 pens at 300p or more, 302.8p for 38kg at £115 each and 300p for 39kg at £117. Mr Simpson had other pens at £116, £115 again and £110 twice or 287p 282p 268p twice and 262p. Jimmy Towler from Steelands made £116 of 42kg or 269.8p/kg. Ellis Bros made £116 of 46kg or 252p, Fox Farms made £111 of 40kg or 277.5p, Bill logan made £110, Nicky Capstick, Richard Ireland and John Eddleston all made £109, whilst Mr Capstick and Mr Ireland had further pens at £108. A further 18 pens made £100 or more. Quite a good list again of pens over 250p as the prices show.
A commercial handy weight lamb was again good to sell and found a fast trade at the ringside, whilst heavy lambs easily upkept last weeks prices, the lambs weighing over 52kg averaging 170p/kg.
Hill lambs were a sharp trade, with the main of the mule lambs around 170p to 175p, horned lambs though were dearer, with lightweights being especially good to sell, with nearly 500 Swaledale and Dalesbred lambs in the entry averaging 163p/kg.

Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £78.96 per head or 186.58p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 242.50p/kg       av 174.34p/kg      or £59.73 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 302.6p/kg         av 190.30p/kg      or £79.32 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 252.2p/kg         av 176.96p/kg      or £84.28 per head

52.1kg and over                  to 186.8p/kg         av 170.4p/kg         or £86.28 per head


Beltex average £95.57 per head or 230.97p/kg

£ per head: £118 Fox Farm; £117 PW Simpson; £116 WA&VJ&JA Towler; £116 Ellis Bros; £115 x2 PW Simpson;

p/kg:302.6p, 300p, 287.5p 268.3p 262.5p 258.3p PW Simpson; 284.2p 273.7p DN&D Capstick; 282.9p PW Simpson; 277.5p Fox Farm; 269.8p WA,VJ&JA Towler; 268.3p PR Simpson; 268.3p WC Logan; 267.5p James Garth & Son; 263.8p 258.8p JS Eddleston; 257.3p KJ Marston;

Suffolk average £78.56 per head or 175.69p/kg

£ per head: £94 M&B Allen; £89 A&ED Booth; £86.50 Ashfield Farms; £86 GW Houseman & Partners; £85.50 MW Harrison

p/kg: 202.4p JP&KE Hartley; 200p CD&RF Kitching; 190.7p GW Houseman & Partners; 188.1p JP&KE Hartley;

Texel average £80.34 per head or 190.67p/kg

£ per head: £109 RH&MR Ireland; £105 DN&D Capstick; £103 WC Logan; £102 JA Drake; £99 RH&MR Ireland; £99 DN&D Capstick

p/kg:250p FW&JM Eddington; 248.8p JA Drake; 242.2p RH&MR Ireland; 239p JA Drake; 236.8p A Fisher; 235.9p JP&KE Hartley

Mule average £73.31 per head or 167.31p/kg

£ per head: £86, £85.50 RG Church Ltd; £85 KM&L Throup; £84 JH Throup; £80 Ashfield Farms; £79.50 JK Wilson; £79 JA Throup

p/kg:175p RH&EA Close; 174.4px2 RG Church Ltd; 173.3p JA Throup; 172.7p RG Church Ltd; 171.4p A Fisher;

Charollais average £83.17 per head or 190.17p/kg

£ per head: £88.50 FG Throup; £87 GW Houseman & Partners; £83.50 E&S Baines; £78.50 D Pawson & Sons; 

p/kg:201.3p D Pawson & Sons; 194.2p E&S Baines; 193.3p GW Houseman & Partners; 152.6p FG Throup

Swaledale average £65.38 per head or 162.04p/kg

£ per head: £75 x2, £73., £71.50 JA&JH Hewetson; £69.50 S&D Robinson; £67 WB Woodsworth; £66 JH Throup;

p/kg:180.6p x2 K Huck; 180p S&D Robinson; 178.4p JH Throup; 174.2p H Smith; 173.8p S&D Robinson;

Dalesbred average £60.14 per head or 173.63p/kg

£ per head: £62.50 FW Horner & Sons; £59 RH&EA Close £57 A&N Fothergill

p/kg:178.6p FW Horner & Sons; 172.7p A&N Fothergill 168.6p RH&EA Close

Lonk average £65.8 per head or 178.92p/kg

£ per head: £74, £67.50, £57.50 F&R Fielden

p/kg: 182.4p, 179.7p , 172.1p F&R Fielden



Cull Ewes average £55.55

Suffolk to £97.50, Texel to £131.50, BFL to £36.50, Mule to £73.50, Swaledale to £23.00, Dalesbred to £46.50, Gritstone to £65.50, Cheviot  to £95.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £131.50 £109.50 W Watson; £111.50 SPA Rushton;

Mule/Masham: £73.50 R Wood; £71.50 JR Crabtree;  

Horned: £46.50 K Lister & Son; £32.50 JK Wilson;

Hill: £95.50 M&E Hall; £74.50 J&C Wright;  

Cast Rams average £67.86

Texel to £118.50, BFL to £79.50, Beltex  to £74.50.

£118.50 £92.50 JA&JH Hewetson;




Rearing Calves to £570  (92)

B&W av £85.17 Cont av £358.66 Native av £240

A cracking trade for the Christmas Show and Sale of calves with Continental bulls a superb trade. John Rushton of Elslack was the man with the goods today with his cracking British Blue bull taking top honours in the pre-sale show with Paul Drinkall of Gargrave doing the officiating. The Champion, 43 days old sold for a majestic £570 the top call of the day with Reserve Champion from the Sowray Bros selling for £490.  John & James Dugdale of Settle had a tremendous bull at £530 and another at £430 with two further calves from Sowray Bros at £470 and £450. The British Blue bulls averaged £409.28.

Best B&W’s were well fought over with 10 over £100 and topping at £190 for a belter from Richard Spence of Sutton in Craven.


A cracking trade throughout the sale with the large majority selling away very well, there is a sale next week and then there is a break until the 8th of January for the New Years Calf Show.



Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £310) to £450 Hayton & Stocks                           

Brit Blue x (Av £409.28) to £570 JT Rushton; £530 H&M Dugdale; £510 MP Jennings; £490 A Sowray & Son; £480 MP Jennings Aberdeen Angus (Av £284) to £320 Hayton & Stocks

Norwegian Red (Av £112.50) to £125 J Gooch

Hereford X (Av £200) to £200 JC Marshall

Simmental (Av £250) to £250 CN&SA Harrison

Black & White (Av £85.17) to £190 RM Spence                           


Heifer Calves                       

Simmental x (Av £335) to £335 CN&SA Harrison                                                        

Ab Angus (Av £152) to £220 JC Marshall                                                       

British Blue (Av £332.69) to £440 A Sowray & Son

Lim (Av £211.67) to £270 C Watson




Hay                                                         Small bale (2016)                 to £2.80 per bale

                                                                Round                                    to £29 per bale

                                                                Quads                                     to £35 per bale

Wheat Straw (Feeding)                      Hestons                                 to £115 per tonne