Forward: 24 Prime cattle comprising 20 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 4 Cast Cattle. 4,121 Prime Sheep comprising 3,784 Prime Lambs, & 337 Cast Ewes & Rams. 80 Rearing Calves. 41 Dairy.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Demand remains firm for clean cattle as buyers now look to the New Year. Ralph Pearson Wholesalers from Bradford accumulated a good pen which included the top gross of the day a 625kg Limousin cross steer from Simon Bennett of Silsden Moor for £1653 or 264.5p/kg. Still in the steers the top price per kg at 270.5p/kg was a 555kg Limousin cross presented by F&B Smith of Masongill which grossed up at £1501 and sold to Robertshaws Farm Shop of Thornton. 270.5p/kg was also the price of the leading heifer which came from CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield weighing 560kg, grossing up to £1515 when sold to Ralph Pearson. In addition to our usual weekly requirement, we require lower weighted well finished ‘R’ grade type heifers for a client. Ring Jeremy for more details.



465-560kg                                             to 270.5p/kg                        av.262.66p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 264.5p/kg                        av. 253.26p/kg


480kg+                                                   to 270.5p/kg                        av. 248.06p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: SD Bennett (Limx) 1653, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1545,1476, TW Cowperthwaite (Blondex) 1541, F&B Smith (Limx) 1501

p/kg: F&B Smith (Limx) 270.5,269.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 264.5,247.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 257.5,254.5, TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 253.5


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1530,1515, (BBx) 1498, 1483, 1479, RT&J Critchley&Son (Limx) 1474,1372, (BBx) 1455, S&P Scriven (BBx) 1380

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 270.5,268.5, (BBx) 267.5,262.5,259.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 265.5,256.5, (BBx) 257.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 255.5


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   119.32p/kg                           £779.57

Black & White                      to 112.5p/kg                        av.111.62p/kg

Limx                                       to 133.5p/kg                       


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JP&KE Hartley 799, RH&B Lofthouse 619

p/kg: JP&KE Hartley 112.5, RH&B Lofthouse 110.5



£ per head: CJ&DD Drake 921

p/kg: CJ&DD Drake 133.5



Overall Average                                   97.5p/kg                               £648.38

Belt Gall

£ per head: GJ&J Schofield 648

p/kg: GJ&J Schofield 97.5



4,121 Prime Sheep comprising 3784 Prime Lambs, & 337 Cast Ewes & Rams


Craven Cattle Marts Ltd conducted their Christmas Show & Sale for Hill bred Prime Lambs today where in total there was another large entry of 4,121 Prime & Cast Sheep.
Today, the overall average for every lamb sold was 216.42p/kg, whilst for comparison the SQQ (upto 45.5kg) was 221.4p/kg.
In the lamb judging, Mr Nick Dalby of Hartwith had 5 large classes placed before him for judging, and it was a pen of Mule Wethers from KM&L Throup. Silsden who were awarded Champion pen and the Anthony Dean Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the best pen on the day. These later sold for £128 each purchased by Swaledale Foods of Skipton. Reserve Champions were awarded to a pen of Masham Wethers consigned by JM Wilson & Son of Beckwithshaw and these also sold for £128 each, this time to Brayton Farmshop of Selby. Ellis Brothers of Addingham Moorside took home the Skipton Auction Mart (1900) Trophy for the best pen of Swaledale Lambs, which made £108 each to Swaledale Foods. Robert Fielden of Todmorden took 1st prize in the Other Hill Class and these made £89.50 to Paul Watson.

In the general sale there were some great prices achieved for Lowland Butchers Lambs, whilst Handyweight and Lightweight Lambs of all classes were a very sharp trade, mediums and heavies would be cheaper on the week though, whilst good Mules and Hill Lambs maintained recent trade, but commercial types of these breeds would be marginally cheaper on the week.

Hayley Baines took top price on the day at £140 selling to Brayton Farmshop. The same combination also selling and buying lambs at £134.
D&A Livestock of Harrogate made £138 of 42kg (328.6p) selling to Vivers Scotlamb.
Ellis Bros made £137 of 50kg Beltex, this time to Hartshead Meats of Mossley, Ellis Bros also made £135 (329.3p) of Beltex selling to Vivers Scotlamb.
J Shuttleworth & Son of Rhylstone topped their run at £136 (340p) for 40kg Beltex again to Hartshead Meats.
L Simpson & Sons from Pateley Bridge had 2 pens at £136, first to Kendalls Farm Butchers in Harrogate & Pateley, second to Brayton Farmshop in Selby.
Paul Simpson form Bolton by Bowland presented a nice run of Beltex lambs, topping at £132 or 300p selling to Hartshead Meats, The same vendor also selling 37kg at £124 or 335p.
4 vendors all made £130, Ellis Bros, D&A Livestock, JS Eddleston and RA&M Earnshaw.
Per kilo prices peaked at 355.6p when Tim Robinson of Longridge made £128 of a pen of 36kg Beltex to Vivers Scotlamb.
DN&D Capstick of Bolton by Bowland had lambs at 344p (36kg £124) to Vivers Scotlamb.
J Shuttleworth 340p (40kg £140) Ellis Bros 339.5p (38kg £129) PW Simpson 335p, Ellis Bros 329.3p, D&A Livestock 328.6p, RH&MR Ireland 320.6p. Another 11 pens sold between 300p and 319p.

For more details on Prime & Cast Sheep trade ring either of our auctioneers, Ted Ogden 07855 958211 or Kyle Hawksworth on 07538 539077.



Sponsors: NFU Mutual,

Judge – Nick Dalby


Class 1 – Mule Wethers

1st & Supreme Champ – KM&L Throup 56kg £128 to Swaledale Foods

2nd JK Wilson & Son 53kg £97 to J&E Medcalf

3rd M Ryder & Son 49kg £100 to Swaledale Foods

Class 2 – Masham Wethers

1st JM Wilson & Sons 55kg £128 Brayton Farmshop

2nd JM Wilson & Sons 48kg £101 Swaledale Foods

3rd BC Ashby 51kg £105 Swaledale Foods

Class 3 – Swaledale Wethers

1st Ellis Bros 48kg £108 Swaledale Foods

2nd AM Leach 47kg £93.50 Scotbeef

3rd T Boothman 49kg £96 Swaledale Foods

Class 4 – Dalesbred Wethers

1st JM Wilson & Sons 45kg £104 Brayton Farmshop

2nd RH&EA Close 43kg £82 A Atkinson

3rd RH&EA Close 36kg £73 Lancashire Halal Direct

Class 5 – Other Horned/Hill Wethers

1st F&R Fielden 44kg Lonk £89.50 Lancashire Halal Direct

2nd S&P Scriven 42kg Gritstone £86.50 Scotbeef

3rd A&E Stubbs & Son 42kg SBF £94 SR Heather


Champion – KM&L Throup, Silsden Moor Mule Wethers 56kg £128

Reserve – JM Wilson & Son, Beckwithshaw Masham Wethers 55kg £128


Prime Lambs – Overall Average £92.83 per head or 216.9p/kg              

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 248.6p/kg         av 202.4p/kg         or £68.81 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 355.6p/kg         av 222.1 p/kg        or £91.95 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 280.0p/kg         av 205.7p/kg         or £97.76 per head

52.1kg and over   to 243.6p/kg         av 199.9p/kg         or £105.88 per head


Beltex average £103.21 per head or 249.6p/kg

£ per head: £140 £134 H Baines; £138 D&A Livestock; £137 Ellis Bros; £136 L Simpson; £136 J Shuttleworth; £135 Ellis Bros; £132 PW Simpson;

p/kg: 355.6p TA Robinson; 344.4p DN&D Capstick; 340.0p J Shuttleworth; 339.5p 329.3p Ellis Bros; 335.1p PW Simpson; 328.6p D&A Livestock;

Texel average £94.29 per head or 216.5p/kg

£ per head: £120 £119 £117.50 L Simpson; £120 R&M Towell; £120 JL North; £117 PW Simpson; £110.50 SD Bennett; £110 AJ Taylor;

p/kg: 278.6p PW Simpson; 268.8p WC Logan; 265.0p PN Garth; 258.8p D&L Wain; 258.8p J Howard; 251.2p J Greenwood; 250.0p RD&C Capstick;

Suffolk average £92.43 per head or 208.3p/kg

£ per head: £130 RA&M Earnshaw; £108 Toothill Bros; £104.50 £101 J Greenwood; £103 RG Church Ltd; £99 SR Dorey; £99 Ashfield Farms;

p/kg: 250.0p 215.6p RA&M Earnshaw; 227.2p 224.4p J Greenwood; 226.5p Bob Lancaster; 210.5p 210.3p SR Dorey; 210.2p RG Church Ltd;

Charolais average £91.48 per head or 204.6p/kg

£ per head: £102 R Spencer & Son; £97.50 £93.50 GW Thackray; £97 Bob Stubbs; £94.50 D&GM Scott; £94 FW&JM Edington;

p/kg: 234.3p A&AR Phillips; 231.6p 223.8p KJ Marston; 229.3p FW&JM Edington; 221.6p GW Thackray; 220.5p Bob Stubbs;

Mule average £87.65 per head or 199.5p/kg

£ per head: £128 £104 £96 KM&L Throup; £100 £97 M Ryder & Son; £97 JK Wilson; £95.50 AJ Taylor; £95 SR Dorey;

p/kg: 228.6p KM&L Throuup; 208.9p 204.4p SR Dorey; 206.7p CD&RF Kitching; 204.1p M Ryder & Sons; 202.7p WJE Harker & Son;

Swaledale average £76.85 per head or 190.4p/kg

£ per head: £108 Ellis Bros; £96 £94.50 T Boothman; £93.50 AM Leach; £88 JR Smith; £87.50 JA&JH Hewetson;

p/kg: 225.0p Ellis Bros; 205.4p 201.1p 195.9p T Boothman; 198.9p AM Leach; 198.9p JA&JH Hewetson; 195.6p JR Smith;

Dalesbred average £71.20 per head or 195.8p/kg

£ per head: £104 JM Wilson & Son; £82 £73 £68.50 RH&EA Close; £62 KA Liddle;

p/kg: 231.1p JM Wilson; 202.8p 190.7p RH&EA Close; 193.8p KA Liddle;

Masham average £91.12 per head or 210.4p/kg

£ per head: £128 £101 JM Wilson & Son; £105 £93 BC Ashby; £97.50 £87.50 SR Dorey; £88.50 JL&J Pate; £87 KA Liddle;

p/kg: 232.7p 210.4p JM Wilson & Son; 216.7p 208.3p SR Dorey; 207.1p KA Liddle; 206.7p 205.9p BC Ashby; 205.8p JL&J Pate;

Cheviot average £92.50 per head or 211.4p/kg

£ per head: £99 TA Robinson; £97.50 £92 Bob Stubbs; £95.50 A&K Kiernan; £90 SR Dorey; £89 DW&CJ Towler;

p/kg: 227.4p A&K Kiernan; 221.6p 214.0p Bob Stubbs; 210.6p TA Robinson; 197.8p DW&CJ Towler; 195.7p SR Dorey;

Rouge average £102.67 per head or 233.5p/kg

£ per head: £114 £97 AM Leach;

p/kg: 248.7p 211.1p AM Leach;

Lonk average £76.86 per head or 195.4p/kg

£ per head: £89.50 £83 £75 £69 F&R Fielden;

p/kg: 203.4p 197.6p 197.4p 192.6p F&R Fielden;

Gritstone average £88.38 per head or 206.4p/kg

£ per head: £90.50 £89.50 F&R Fielden; £87 JL&J Pate; £86.50 S&P Scrivin;

p/kg: 210.5p 203.4p F&R Fielden; 206.0p S&P Scrivin; 202.3p JL&J Pate;

White Face Woodland average £86.25 per head or 183.2p/kg

£ per head: £89 £78 R&A Crampton;

p/kg: 185.7p 181.6p R&A Crampton;

SBF average £78.92 per head or 222.2p/kg

£ per head: £94 £83.50 Bob Stubbs; £78 TJ Howarth; £76 SR Dorey;

p/kg: 231.3p AE Stubbs; 223.8p 219.7p Bob Stubbs; 216.7p TJ Howarth;





Class 1 – Cont/Down x

1st  KW Gamble, Easingwold

2nd KW Gamble, Easingwold

3rd R Spencer & Son

Class 2 – Mule/Masham

1st R Spencer & Son

Class 3 – Horned

1st SP Morris

Class 4 – Hill

1st Grain Farms


Champion – KW Gamble

Reserve – Grain Farm


Best Pair of Ewes
1st RC Robinson & Partners

2nd Flasby Estates

3rd R Spencer & Son


Ewes well up on the week to level at £84.72 overall. 8 Buyers ringside all to take large numbers of ewes. Top price ewes from KW Gamble once again for his First prize pen of 5 at £169.50 selling to the Judge Lister Brown of Halifax. First prize pair of ewes from RC Robinson sold to £153.50. Out of the smaller show of 337 on sale today 37 Pens to include 80 ewes sold £100+. Up a gear on last week was the lean/ plain continental ewes. £78-£88 with ewes with a touch of meat £84-£108 for some nice half meat ewes. Small well bred good selling ewes sold tremendous many ewes £100-£110 with best sellers £120 and well bred ewes again with weight and style £130-£169.50. Heavy crossed ewes £130-£135 next grade £110-£115 mediums £100+. Swale ewes sold dearer with Meat £62.50-£66.50 and lean £40-£55 depending on size and Plain Swales all £20-£30. Lonks topped at £90 from W Thwaite. Cheviots sold to £114.50 from Grain Farms and the breed section averaged £100.. Gritstone ewes sold to £78.50. More ewes required every week with a full line up of buyers every week to take large quantities. Call Kyle with any enquires. Mules sold well but pretty similar on the week. First prize pen from R Spencer, Rotherham sold to £103.50 with AN Bolland selling his Mules ewes to £98.50. Heavy Mules £90+ Mediums £80+ Lean meat £70 or small weights similar money with some both small lean ewes less.


Cull Ewes average £84.72

Suffolk to £147.50, Texel to £169.50, Mule to £103.50, Charollais to £121.50, Swaledale to £66.50, Gritstone to £78.50, Cheviot to £114.50, Lonk to £920, Dalesbred to £66.50, Jacob to £75.50, Lleyn to £56.50, Zwartable to £109.50, Kerry to £73.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £169.50 KW Gamble; £153.50 RC Robinson;

Mule/Masham: £103.50 R Spencer & Son; £98.50 AN Bolland;  

Horned: £90 W Thawite; £71.50 SP&VM Morris;

Hill: £114.50 £102.50 Grain Farms;  


Cast Rams average £87.95

Texel to £123.50, BFL to £93.50, Swaledale to £67.50, Dalesbred to £80.50, Jacob to £59.50, Beltex to £114.50, Charollais to £93.50, Teeswater to £104.50




80 Rearing Calves to £430


Calves a mixed trade on the day. The best/ biggest calves would be less on the week. A good run of 10 week old Blues from J&JR Clarkson sold ranging with steers selling at £380-£430 and heifers selling around £320. Nice young rearing calves with style and shape sold very well with P&RM Sutcliffe selling a sweet 5 week old heifer at £320. Also selling to £320 for Blue heifers was regular vendors Percy & Janet Bolland Malhamdale. Young rearing bulls topped at £350 from Percy & Janet Bolland again. Black and Whites sold well with £85-£140 being the price for the goods on offer. Angus bulls sold well with all youngsters on offer with good rearing sorts £240-£270. Calf sale is on next week as usual, but please note that there is NO SALE between Christmas & New Year on Mon 28th.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £190) to £190                           J Gooch                                                 

Brit Blue x (Av £) to £430                                  J&JR Clarkson                                                      

Aberdeen Angus (Av £204) to £270 CW Hardy             

MRI (Av £119) to £188                                       N&R Sutclife        

Fleckvieh (Av £141) to £250                             C Watson                                              

Black & White (Av £108) to £140                    RM Spence                           

Blonde (Av £150) to £150                                 N&R Sutcliffe                       


Heifer Calves       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £116) to £140 CW Hardy                                                                                                             

Hereford (Av £200) to £200                              JR Wellock                                            

British Blue (Av £241) to £ 325                         PJ&JE Bolland                      

Limousin (Av £200) to £200                              MD&HE Wallbank                                               



41 Dairy


Well that’s the last sale of 2020 all wrapped up. Thanks to all vendors and purchasers during the year that have been to see us and made our sales go from strength to strength.

Today we had a total clearance with 41 black and whites sold through the ring.

In the fortnightly sale trade topped at £2020 for a Pledge heifer from David, Margaret and Jennie Booth selling to Sowray Brothers of Bishop Thornton. Next in line at £1900 was one of four consigned by Peter Waring going to John Howard an early November calver, bred in the Crosbygrange herd of the Smith’s at Northallerton. Two milky cows giving over 40kg per day sold from Peter Waring and Alan Goldie respectively to £1800 and £1750 with the nine milkers in the regular sale averaging £1777.

We then welcomed a second consignment from brothers Paul and Robert Lange from near Slingsby, Malton who are retiring from dairying - a large crowd gathered to see their 32 lots many of which were a long time calved and due next Spring as well as a third (10) being in their fifth lactation or more- which shows the youthfulness and wearability of the consignment. Lot 52 a third calver giving over 40kg and October calved sold for £1900, being one of 9 heading over the hill to Andrew Avison in Coverdale, she was closely followed by Lot 79 a second calver due again in February who heads at £1850 to Messrs Parker, Emley. The 32 dispersal cows and heifers averaged £1311.


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifer                         to £2020 av £1778              DE&MA Booth

Pedigree Newly Calven Cow                             to £1800 av £1775              PJ Waring

Commercial Newly Calven Heifer                    to £1850 av £1399              GB Jennings

Commercial Newly Calven Cow                       to £1900 av £1304              KG Lange




Skipton Auction Mart
Gargrave Road
North Yorkshire
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Tel 01756 792375

Jeremy Eaton 07747 780481
Ted Ogden 07855 958211
Kyle Hawksworth 07538 539077