Forward: 20 Prime cattle comprising 12 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 8 Cast Cattle. 4,363 Prime Sheep comprising 4,034 Spring Lambs, 329 Cast Ewes & Rams. 91 Rearing Calves. 71 Dairy Cattle. 8 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


465-555kg                                             to 241.5p/kg        av. 215.81p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 229.5p/kg        av. 211.95p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 182.5p/kg

485kgt+                                                 to 245p/kg            av. 217.36p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (BBx) 1400, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1274,1173, JM Townsend  (Chx) 1220

p/kg: JM Townsend (Chx) 241.5, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 229.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 2015.5,200.5


£ per head: J Pickles (Limx) 1395, JW Stockdale&Sons (Limx) 1331, JM Townsend (Limx) 1262, S&P Scriven (BBx) 1252,1251

p/kg: JM Toiwnsend  (Limx) 245, JW Stockdale&Sons (Limx) 231.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 223.5,217.5, JR Metcalfe (Ch) 209.5     

Cull Cow Prices

Processor trade quiet in run up to Christmas, news which vendors are well aware of and todays show represented very lean dairies which were better to sell than anticipated. Odd Beef cross cows were picked up by feeders making the most of the absence of factory demand.

Overall Average                                   65.96p/kg             £377.62

Black & White                       to 71.5p/kg                          av 59.09p/kg

Jersey                                     to 41.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 94.5p/kg                          av 88.67p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: ML&JE Kayley&Son 533, J.Wellock 425

p/kg: ML&JE Kayley&Son 71.5, J Wellock 59.5


£ per head: R Jackson&Son 605,424

p/kg: R Jackson&Son 94.5,81.5



4,363 Prime Sheep

A much larger show of sheep than anticipated turned out for sale today and although trade was down on the week an overall average of 157.9p against an SQQ of 162.3p/kg was a very good result on the day. Paul Simpson led the way with a great run of lambs, 7 pens sold for above £100 topping at £121 or 295.1p, Kevin Marshall of Otley also topped at £106, whilst Nick Capstick of Bolton by Bowland weighed in with 256.8p. Heavy lambs were either side of 150p today, whilst export weights were generally 155p-165p, a nice 36-37kg lambs around £60 in money. Mule lambs generally £18-£20 above the weight whilst horned lambs maintained last weeks trade.

Cast sheep were a shade dearer on the week and ended with a strong average of £57 per head.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £67.82 per head or 157.94p/kg  (SQQ 162.3p)

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 173.4p/kg         av 144.04p/kg      or £44.86 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 208.6p/kg         av 146.6p/kg         or £50.50 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 295.1p/kg         av 162.81p/kg      or £67.43 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 215.2p/kg         av 148.89p/kg      or £71.58 per head

52.1kg and over   to 188.9p/kg         av 131.69p/kg      or £74.41 per head

Beltex average £78.98 per head or 192.22p/kg

£ per head: £121, £114, £113, £105, £102, £102, £100 PW Simpson; £106 K Marshall

p/kg: 295.1p, 271.4p, 262.8p, 262.5p PW Simpson; 256.8p DN&D Capstick; 253.8p HB Atkinson; 242.9p PW Simpson

Suffolk average £66.91 per head or 147.17p/kg

£ per head: £89 T Boothman; £75 C&SB Whitelock; £74 R Emmott; £73 RL Wright & Son; £72 S&PE Bowker;

p/kg: 193.50p T Boothman; 161.9p Stocks Enterprises; 160.5p W Watson; 158.9p DW&CJ Towler; 158.5p JM&VJ  Howard Ltd

Texel average £67.26 per head or 154.87p/kg

£ per head: £86x2 MR Davis; £85 JA Throup; £84, £83 R&VM Clarke; £82.50 S Asquith; £82.50 D Asquith; £82 TA Robinson

p/kg: 220.5p, 215p MR Davis; 205.3p T Parker; 198.6p F&R Fielden; 193p R&VM Clarke; 192.9p T Boothman; 192.1p Hunters Oak

Mule average £61.50 per head or 140.46p/kg

£ per head: £66.50 M Ryder & Sons; £66.50 JR Lancaster; £66 JA Throup, £66x2 JK Wilson; £66 JC &N Throup;

p/kg: 146.7p JA Throup; 146.4p JC&N Throup; 146.4p C Ibbotson; 144.3p M Ryder & Sons; 143.3p JH Throup;

Charollais average £68.03 per head or 150.76p/kg

£ per head: £79 DG Boothman; £70.50 P Shackleton; £64.50 TA&N Whitfield

p/kg: 197.5p DG Boothman; 153.3p P Shackleton; 143.3p TA&N Whitfield

Lleyn average £66.50 per head or 154.65p/kg

£ per head: £66.50 CD&RF Kitching

p/kg: 154.65p CD&RF Kitching

Swaledale average £51.22 per head or 137.5p/kg

£ per head: £62.50, £60 R Tennant; £60 FI Ibbotson; £56 FG Throup; £55.50 K Huck; £52 K Dickinson; £52 J&T Booker;

p/kg: 148.8p, 146.3p R Tennant; 146.1p K Huck; 140p FG Throup; 136.8p K Huck; 134.3p S&D Robinson;

Lonk average £60.56 per head or 140.89p/kg

£ per head: £65 JT Robinson; £64 C Crowther; £62.50, £60 JT Robinson; £60, £55 C Crowther

p/kg: 146.3p, 144.7p C Crowther; 138.9p, 136.4p JT Robinson; 136.2p C Crowther; 114p JT Robinson


Cull Ewes average £57.77

Suffolk to £103.50, Texel to £116.50, Mule to £62.50, Swaledale to £39.50, Masham to £42.50, Cheviot  to £73.50, Beltex  to £75.50, Lonk  to £50.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £116.5 T Walmsley; £107.5 HB Atkinson; £104.5 KW Gamble

Mule/Masham: £62.50 GT Booth; £60.50 S&PE Bowker & Sons;  

Horned: £50.50 C Crowther; £39.50 S&PE Bowker & Sons

Hill: £73.50 HB Atkinson; £42.50 JA Throup

Cast Rams average £50.50

Texel to £94.50 H Metcalfe; Suffolk to £84.50 AN Bolland; BFL to £72.50 RD Metcalfe & Son;



Rearing Calves to £430 (92)

B&W av £67 Cont av £306 Native av £186.57

A decent show of calves received a straight trade right through the sale with the best calves forging a strong trade. Black and Whites held back by some plain calves right the way through the sale with plenty handy goods above £100’s. Continentals were still good to sell with three full trailers of calves receiving a fair trade for their consignments.


NB there is a calf sale next week on the 21st with a usual consignment expected then there is no sale until the 4th of January.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £241) to £340 Hayton & Stocks                           

Brit Blue x (Av £312) to £430 Church Farm Enterprises                             

Aberdeen Angus x (Av £167) to £185 JP&KE Hartley                                                 

Simmental to £350 HJ&K Blackwell

MRI (Av £235) to £370 J&SA Lancaster         

Saler (Av £201) to £230 Town Head Farm Products

Hereford (Av £202.5) to £255 JP&KE Hartley                              

Black & White (Av £67) to £125 HJ&K Blackwell                          


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x to £260 Hayton & Stocks                              

Brit Blue x (Av £280.3) to £380 Church Farm Enteprises                           

Aberdeen Angus (Av £133) to £140 Chadwick and Leaver                                                                                                                        


Craven Dairy Auction (71 head)

 A testing day in the dairy ring today, with 71 in total up for grabs at this month’s For Farmers dairy sale. With the projected future of the EU dairy industry predicted to be fairly bleak for the near future according to a recent EU report and the slide in the cull cow ring made for little enthusiasm ringside this cold afternoon. However a strong shippon full of cattle was presented in front of buyers with Wick Williams tasked with picking his favourite. Robin Jennings had a sweet heifer giving 34 Litres which went onto to be chosen as the days champion and sold for £1620 to the Judge. In second place was Peter Baul of Bishop Thornton with a fine heifer which went on to make the top price of the day at £1750 to Local buyer John Howard.


Chris Broadwith and Olivers and Partners were the vendors of the strong entry of Incalf heifers with 11 averaging £1007. Sam Middleton of Wawne near Hull brought 14 bulling heifers topping at £920 for a Rhaposdy heifer and bought by Aubrey Greenhalgh. Joss Lancaster had another pen of calves with 7 averaging £268.      


Judge – Wick Williams

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st GB Jennings  2nd M Baul & Partners  3rd SJ Sugden  

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st Church Farm Enterprises 2nd DL Leeming Ltd 3rd Calvert Bros

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st I Olivers & Partners 2nd FA Broadwith 3rd FA Broadwith

                                Champion – GB Jennings    Reserve – M Baul & Partners  


Newly Calven Heifers (23): av £1266 to £1750 M Baul & Partners


Newly Calven Cows (17): av £1121 to £1380 Church Farm Enterprise  & DL Leeming Ltd  


 Incalf Heifers (11): av £1007 to £1080 I Olivers & Partners


Maiden Heifers (13) av £581 to £920 SG&LC Middleton


Heifer Calves (7) av £268 to £310 J&SA Lancaster



Hay                                         Mini Hestons                        to £25 per bale

Wheat Straw                        Round                                    to £10.50 per bale