Forward: 64 Prime cattle comprising 20 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 3 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 41 Cast Cattle. 4,614 Prime Sheep comprising 4,011 Prime Lambs, 603 Cast Ewes & Rams. 77 Rearing Calves. 4 Dairy Cattle. 8 Loads of produce.


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

High quality cattle continue to meet a ready audience with retailers and wholesalers at Skipton with Keelham Farm Shop accounting for 6 cattle at todays renewal including the top gross at £1400 (243.5p/kg) a 575kg Limousin cross steer from Mesrs CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield. Mesrs Kitching also offered up the next highest gross priced steer a Limousin cross weighing 560kg which was bought by Robertshaws Farm Shop of Thornton for £1336 or 238.5p/kg. Amongst the heifers Mesrs Kitching were again to the fore with a 590kg Limousin cross which sold to Barkers Yorkshire Butchers of Skipton for £1372 or 232.5p/kg.

The joint top price of 243.5p/kg was equalled by Bill Cowperthwaites 510kg British which grossed up to £1242 and sold to George Cropper on behalf of Sandersons Butchers of Baxenden.


465-560kg                                             to 228.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 243.5p/kg                        av. 190.03p/kg


480kg+                                                   to243.5p/kg                         av. 231.02kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1400,1336, J Baines ((Limx) 1204, R Leeming (Hefdx) 1196, (AAx) 1165, Phoenix Grain (Limx) 1184

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 243.5,238.5, GW Houseman&Ptns (Limx) 228.5, Phoenix Grain (Limx) 209.5


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1372,1336,1289, J Baines (BBx) 1354, TW Cowperthwaite (BBx) 1337

p/kg: TW Cowperthwaite (BBx) 243.5,234.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 236.5,236.5,232.5, J Baines (BBx) 235.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 226.5

Prime Cattle (over 30mos)

Overall Average                                   115.99p/kg                           £692.09

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: GB Moorhouse (B&W Hfr) 734, E&KM Marshall (B&W Hfr) 701, M&R Smith (B&W Hfr) 641

p/kg: : GB Moorhouse (B&W Hfr) 125.5, M&R Smith (B&W Hfr) 113.5, E&KM Marshall (B&W Hfr) 109.5.



Cull Cow Prices

Cast cattle an easier trade but a shortage of cattle carrying finish and a good proportion of lightweight plain cows. The few heavy dairies well into the 90s and steaking cows were 75-80p/kg. Plenty of cows about causing a steadying trade and fluctuating currency adding to the causes just at present.


Overall Average                                   80.47p/kg             £524.56

Black & White                      to 99.50p/kg                        av. 79.72p/kg

Dan Red                                 to 66.5p/kg

MRI                                         to 74.5p/kg

Blondex                                 to 116.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 77.5p/kg

BBx                                         to 125.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: J Wellock 765, JD Taylor&Son 753, CM&EM Gratton 746,672, E&KM Marshall 695, Wood Bros 679

p/kg: CM&EM Gratton 99.5,96.5, M&R Smith 96.5, JD Taylor&Son 96.5, JSS Verity 96.5, E&KM Marshall 96.5, Wood Bros 95.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: N&R Sutcliffe (MRI) 425, JSS Verity (Dan Red) 333

p/kg: N&r Sutcliffe (MRI) 74.5, JSS Verity (Dan Red) 66.5,


£ per head: JC&N Throup (Blondex) 862, JD Taylor&Son (BBx) 759

p/kg: JD Taylor&Son (BBx) 125.5, JC&N Throup (Blondex) 116.5



Overall Average                                   80p/kg                                   £716


£ per head: FM Shepherd&Son 716

p/kg: FM Shepherd 80


4,617 Prime Sheep comprising 4,012 Prime Lambs, 605 Cast Ewes & Rams

A huge show of lambs, where we just managed to top 4,000 head for the first time this season. Trade for lowland lambs of all weights and grades was fairly similar to last week, whilst Mule lambs were a shade easier, but light weight horned lambs were dearer. Best end of lambs topped 283p or £119 each for Beltex crosses from Kevin Huck of Bordley purchased by Vivers Scotlamb. Vivers also purchased lambs at 253.6p from Alastair Jenkinson of Langbar. Peter Simpson from Bolton by Bowland made 235p of continentals selling to Rowland Agar Wholesale Meats Ilkley, whilst Kevin Huck sold lambs at 235.7p on two occasions, first to Hartshead Meat Co and then to Vivers Scotlamb. Owain Chapman from Skyreholme made £106 to Kendalls Farm Butchers, S&P Scrivin £105 to Vivers, N&AD Boynton £104 and £101 to Hartshead Meat Co, M&B Allen $104 to Kendall Farm Butchers, James Garth & Son £102 to Vivers Scotlamb, Frankland farms £100 to Vivers Scotlamb.

Heavy lowland lambs found a good following generally around £30-£35 over weight, smarter butchers types £40-£45 over. Handy weight fed lambs from 170p to 190p depending on quality. Grass fed lambs 150p to 165p.

Prime Lambs – Overall Average £75.09 per head or 167.4p/kg              

32.1kg to 35.6kg to 168.6p/kg         av 152.18p/kg      or £52.43 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 283.3p/kg         av 172.03p/kg      or £74.38 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 216.7p/kg         av 162.02p/kg      or £77.54 per head

52.1kg and over   to 186.8p/kg         av 156.47p/kg      or £84.40 per head


Beltex average £88.84 per head or 209.3p/kg

£ per head: £119 £99(x2) G Huck & Son; £106.50 S&P Scrivin; £104 £101 N&AD Boynton; £104 M&B Allen; £102 J Garth & Son; £100 £99 Frankland Farms.

p/kg: 283.3p 235.7p(x2) 227.9p G Huck & Son; 253.6p A Jenkinson; 233.3p S&P Scrivin; 231.8p James Garth & Son; 227.3p Frankland Farms.

Texel average £75.50 per head or 169.1p/kg

£ per head: £106 OM Chapman; £99 S Spensley & Co; £99 JJ&D Cowking; £98 Ellis Bros; £97 PR Simpson; £97 F&F FIelden; £96(x2) S&P Scrivin; £96 D&A Livestock; £95.50 RF Morphet; £95 TH Mellin.

p/kg: 236.6p 215.0p PR Simpson; 232.9p RF Morphet; 227.9 Ellis Bros; 223.8p T Walmsley; 221.4p A Jenkinson; 219p WC Logan; 218.6p J Shuttleworth & Son; 218.2p S&P Scrivin; 215.9p Frankland Farms; 215.6p F&R Fielden.

Charollais average £73.21 per head or 173.5p/kg

£ per head: £78 £75 £74 £73.50 J Greenwood.

p/kg: 186.8p WA,VJ&JA Towler; 185.7p 174.4p 172.1p 170.9p J Greenwood.

Suffolk average £72.33  per head or 156.2p/kg

£ per head: £90 £83 £77 TH Mellin; £86 J Turner; £82.50 FA Holmes & Son; £79.50 £78 G&MA Lawn, £79 GA Hewitt & Son; £79 S&PE Bowker & Sons; £77 D&GM Scott; £77 Ashfield Farms;

p/kg: 165.9p CD&RF Kitching; 161.6p 160.4p Ashfield Farms; 159.6p TH Mellin; 159.2p 159.0p G&MA Lawn & Son.

Mule average £66.88 per head or 144.4p/kg

£ per head: £82.50 AJ Mason; £82 KG Stapleton; £77 FA Holmes & Son; £71 JC&N Throup

p/kg: 152.2p JC&N Throup; 151.0p FA Holmes & Son; 147.3p AJ Mason;

BDM average £75.30 per head or 182.8p/kg

£ per head: £81 DC Hall

p/kg: 188.4p 178.8p DC Hall

Swaledale/Dalesbred average £56.11 per head or 137.1p/kg

£ per head: £60 P Addyman & Son; £57.50 D&C Newhouse; £55.50 RW&B Chapman; £53.50 AJ Mason.

p/kg: 144.6p AJ Mason; 142.9p FW Horner;

Other Horned average £63.55 per head or 147.7p/kg

£ per head: £70 £60 Beeston Hall, £59 J Greenwood.

p/kg: 155.5p Beeston Hall

Cheviot average £66.59 per head or 157.6p/kg

£ per head: £67.50 £64 Stocks Enterprises

p/kg: 157.6p Stocks Enterprises



Cull Ewes average £54.14

Suffolk x to £69.50, Texel to £112.50, Mule to £62.50, Lleyn to £47.50, Swaledale to £41.50, Cheviot to £58.50, Lonk to £61.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £112.50 T&C Robinson; £110.50 A Atkinson Ltd; £96.50 £93.50 Thwaite Bros

Mule/Masham: £62.50 CS&B Whitelock; £60.50 GT Booth.

Horned: ££61.50 Westalls; £44.50 SP&VM Morris; £41.50 JR Smith.

Hill: £ £58.50 Westalls;

Cast Rams average £56.58

Suffolk to £61.50, Texel to £77.50, Beltex to £77.50,




Rearing Calves to £395 (77)

B&W av £61 Cont av £251 Native av £181


Calves were much better to sell this week with a healthy show of 77. Top price calf came from J&SA Lancaster with a Blue Bull at £395. 11 of the 16 Blue Bulls reaching over £300 with the whole average £326. Blue Heifers were good to sell but not reaching the prices of the bulls. Heifers topped at £250 and averaged £206.

B&W calves averaged £61 topping at £135 for a lovely Friesian from G Pickersgill. Aberdeen Angus Bulls topped at £290 with an average of £230 whilst heifers topped at £240.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £240) to £270           G Pickersgill          

Brit Blue x (Av £326) to £395           J&SA Lancaster                                   

Ab Angus (Av £229) to £290             M&R Smith

Black & White (Av £61) to £135      G Pickersgill          


Heifer Calves       

Ab Angus (Av £125) to £240             J Wellock                                                              

British Blue (Av £206) to £250         J&SA Lancaster

Lim (Av £195) to £200                        Townhead Farm



Craven Dairy Auction (4 head) – Sponsored by NMR

 A small show for the early sale in the month saw a homebred Newly Calved Heifer from Robert Crisp of Calton taking top price at £1800, calved 10days giving 28litres she sold locally to J Howard. Messrs Crisp also sold another heifer calved 10 days giving 23 litres at £1480. Ian Parkinson presented a New Calved heifer calved 3 weeks, giving 25 litres at £1600. A solid average for commercial newly calved heifers of £1627 per head.
The next Craven Dairy Auction is Monday 28th October, entries now being taken for the catalogue, contact Ted Ogden or Jeremy Eaton in the Mart Office for more details. Thankyou


Judge – Brian Moorhouse

Best In-milk:         1st ASE Crisp & Son


Newly Calven Heifers (3): to £1800 av £1627






Hay                         Big Bale                  to £20.00

                                Small Bale             to £3.50