Forward: 56 Prime cattle comprising 21 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Bull (under 30 mos) & 34 Cast Cattle including 4 Mature Bulls Prime Sheep comprising Prime Lambs & Cast Ewes & Rams 78 Rearing Calves 3 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Keelham Farm Shop with shops in Skipton and Thornton was in good order accounting for 8 cattle from a high quality entry at the weekly sale with 9 buyers in attendance. Top price was a 615kg Blonde cross steer from Mesrs CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield making £1547 or 251.5p/kg bought by Keelham alongside another steer from F&B Smith of Westhouse, a Limousin cross weighing 580kg making £1540 or 265.5p/kg.

Top of the heifers were two purchases for DA Gregory&Sons of Bacup a 560kg British Blue cross from Jim Baines of Trawden making £1520 or 271.5p/kg and a 550kg British Blue cross from CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield for £1438 or 261.5p/kg. Joint highest price p/kg at 271.5p/kg was a 495kg Limousin cross heifer from RT&J Critchley&Sons Of Hutton  which also sold to DA Gregory&Son.



465-560kg                                             to 251.5p/kg                        av. 241.46p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 265.5p/kg                        av. 244.61p/kg


480-560kg                                             to 271.5p/kg                        av. 248.46p/kg


560kg+                                                   to  173.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 1547, F&B Smith (BBx) 1540, SD Bennett (Limx) 1400, SD Bennett (Limx) 1371

p/kg: F&B Smith (Limx) 265.5, CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 251.5, RT&J Critchley&Son  (Limx) 251.5,


£ per head: J Baines (BBx) 1520, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1438, 1388, J Baines (Limx) 1401, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1386

p/kg: J Baines (BBx) 271.5, RT&J Critchley&Son (Limx) 271.5,261.5,254.5, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 261.5, Phoenix Grain (BBx) 249.5

Young Bulls

£ per head: Hurries Farm (AA) 1024

p/kg: Hurries Farm (AA) 173.5        



Cull Cow Prices

Plenty of cows being cleared from large dairy units into abattoirs causing a steady trade. A few more cattle carrying flesh helped the trade and the bottom end holding very well particularly with an extra 2 buyers at todays sale.


Overall Average                                   95.86p/kg             £617.85

Black & White                      to 106.5p/kg                        av.89.83p/kg

Dairy Short                           to 84.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 126.5p/kg                        av. 113.83p/kg

BBx                                         to 89.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 86.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: A&CL Gray 810,775,  CM&EM Gratton 793,783, G Hayton&EC Stocks 730, I Wright 673

p/kg: G Hayton&EC Stocks 106.5, A&CL Gray 105.5, I Wright 103.5, CM&EM Gratton 102.5,102.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: G&PS Fleetwood (Dairy Sh) 482

p/kg: G&PS Fleetwood (Dairy Sh) 84.5


£ per head: JR Carr 930, 835,815, JT Robinson 807,706

p/kg: JR Carr 126.5, 118.5, 116.5,109.5, JT Robinson 114.5



Overall Average                                   124.34p/kg                           £1078.69

£ per head: K Lister&Son (Blonde) 1403, J Caygill&Ptns (Luing) 1186, N&J Thwaite (AA) 973

p/kg: J Caygill&Ptns (Luing) 139.5, K Lister&Sons (Blonde) 137.5, N&J Thwiate (AA) 112.5



Prime Sheep

A grand show for numbers with 3753 lambs forward for sale at an overall ave 174.07 (+ 4p on the week). Quality was in high demand, best Beltex and ¾ bred lambs were quick to sell and there was a very good trade for the handy weighted sheep, with the main of the top prices per kilo (230p plus) being for lambs weighing from 38kg to 43kg. Leading the way at 254.8p (42kg £107) was Allan Harker from Long Preston, Ellis Bros Addingham Moorside made 252.4p (42kg £106), George Sunderland Cragg Vale made 246.2p (39kg £96), D&A Livestock Haverah Park 243.9p (41kg £100), Andrew Throup Silsden 240p twice (45kg £108 & 40kg £96), JG Hall, Gargrave 239p (41kg £98)

Other chief prices per head were Tom Walmsley Haverah Park £113, JA&JH Hewetson £104, James Garth £104 twice, Neil Handy £104, S&P Scrivin £103.50, D&A Livestock £103 £102 £100.
Plenty more of the smart lambs from 190p to 225p, whilst the better end of prime lambs 39kg to 43kg 170p to 190p depending on breeding. A commercial type or those lacking flesh 155p to 165p.

Heavier lambs regardless of weight saw smart end in good demand 180p to 200p, but a more commercial lamb over 50kg was 150p-165p, with the 45kg to 49kg range being dearer selling from 160p to 180p.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £74.96 per head or 174.07p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 162.9p/kg         av 140.8p/kg         or £48.91 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 254.8p/kg         av 178.1p/kg         or £74.90 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 226.1p/kg         av 166.2p/kg         or £77.62 per head

52.1kg and over   to 188.9p/kg         av 160.4p/kg         or £87.22 per head



Beltex average £89.77 per head or 208.8p/kg

£ per head: £113 T Walmsley; £107 AF Harker; £106 Ellis Bros; £104 NM Handy; £104 JA&JH Hewetson; £104x2 J Garth

p/kg 254.8p AF Harker; 252.4p 233.3p Ellis Bros; 246.2p G Sunderland; 239p JG Hall; 236.4p JA&JH Hewetson

Suffolk average £71.65 per head or 158.8p/kg

£ per head: £105 £87 D&A Livestock; £96 J Turner; £83 FW&JM Edington; £76 S&PE Bowker; £75 J&C Wright; £75 W Stapleton;

p/kg: 193.0 FW&JM Edington; 189.9p 170.6p D&A Livestock; 172.6p A Fisher; 171.4px2 CD&RF Kitching; 170.5p W Stapleton

Texel average £74.32 per head or 172.42p/kg

£ per head: £108 £96 AN Throup; £98 A Fisher; £96 JA Stoney; £96 B Lancaster; £96 P Hargreaves; £96 FH&N Bell;

p/kg:240p x2 AN Throup; 236.8p H Barker; 231.6p 225.6p J Greenwood; 223.8p A Jenkinson; 220p AJ Taylor

Mule average £66.15 per head or 147.14p/kg

£ per head: £73, £71 JC&N Throup; £73x2 JR Lancaster; £71.5 JK Wilson; £70.5 P Addyman; £70 JR Smith; £69 J Garth

p/kg:150p G&MA Lawn; 149p JK Wilson; 148.9px3 JR Smith; 147.9p JC&N Throup; 147.8p JA Stoney;

Charollais average £71.84 per head or 170.84p/kg

£ per head: £101 £87 D&A Livestock; £80 W&J Parkinson; £72 R&VM Clarke; £63 JJ Thompson;

p/kg:224p , 207.1p D&A Livestock; 186p W&J Parkinson; 157.7p JB Coates; 156.5p R&VM Clarke;

Bleu du Mein average £73.51 per head or 163.3p/kg

£ per head: £73.5 TP&EA Clayton;

p/kg:163.3p TP&EA Clayton

Swaledale average £48.78 per head or 125.68p/kg

£ per head: £58 E Pennock; £52, £47 P Addyman & Son; £43 K Huck

p/kg:141.5p E Pennock; 138.7p K Huck; 126.8p 123.7p P Addyman

Dalesbred average £47.62 per head or 137.1p/kg

£ per head: £48 FW Horner; £47.5 K Lister & Son

p/kg:141.2p FW Horner; 135.7p K Lister




Cull Ewes average £36

Suffolk to £88.5, Texel to £100, BFL to £64.5, Mule to £56.5, Lleyn to £58.5, Swaledale to £29.5, Masham to £47.5, Gritstone to £42.5, Cheviot to £63.5, Lonk  to £39.5.

Top prices:

Lowland: £100, £94 A&CL Gray; £91.5 RM Crabtree

Mule/Masham: £56.5, £53.5 B&K Wellock; 

Horned: £29.5 CJ&ET Harrison; £24.5 K Lister & Sons

Hill: £63.5 Fleets Farms; £58.5 RG&SJ Paul


Cast Rams average £55.29

Suffolk to £70, Texel to £47.5, Dalesbred to £72.5, Lleyn to £61.5,  Beltex to £44.5.




Rearing Calves to £520 (78)

Dairy av £73.38 Cont av £304.8 Native av £177.76

£520 was the top call of the day at today’s autumn calf show with a healthy trade throughout. The champion calf presented by Shaun Sowray of A Sowray & Son, Bishop Thornton was an exceptionally well shaped British Blue bull and sold for the highest price of the day. Limousin’s saw some heady prices too with bulls averaging £381 and heifers £277, Native bulls saw some fierce competition with Sowray’s topping again at £330 for a strong Angus bull.


The trade was not all rosy, with straight, honest calves harder to place today with the fierce bidding on best calves making the difference all the more noticeable. Best, well conformed continental heifers however were all well above £350 plus topping at £410 for Sowray’s heifer.


A small amount of dairy calves were forward although what was on offer was a good trade with Ralph Guy’s 1st prize Friesian selling for £140. Flekvieh bulls were also a nice trade with the Bentley family averaging £151 for their entries.


NB Next week is the Craven Dairy Sale.


Show – Judge Matthew Dibb

1 Blue Bull                             1st A Sowray & Son             2nd JP&KE Hartley                3rd J&S Lancaster

2 Blue Heifer                        1st A Sowray & Son             2nd JP&KE Hartley                3rd A Sowray & Son

3 Lim Bull                              1st M&R Smith                     2nd C&SB Whitelock            3rd G Pickersgill & Son

4 Lim Heifer                          1st C&SB Whitelock

7 Native Bull                         1st A Sowray & Son             2nd C&SB Whitelock            3rd RD Guy

8 Native Heifer                    1st DM DL J Heron               2nd DM DL J Heron              3rd DM DL J Heron

9 B&W                                   1st RD Guy                             2nd ID&JC Briggs

Champion – A Sowray & Son           

Reserve – JP&KE Hartley


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £381) to £400 C&SB Whitelock                           

Brit Blue x (Av £310.45) to £520 A Sowray & Son                                                       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £259.9) to £330 A Sowray & Son

Flekvieh (Av £151.67) to £180 CN Bentley

Hereford X (Av £132.5) to £135 Flasby Estates

Dairy Shorthorn (Av £46.67) to £75 Flasby Estates

Flekvieh (Av £151.67)  to £180 CN Bentley                  

Black & White (Av £50.57) to £140 RD Guy                  


Heifer Calves                       

Hereford x (Av £100) to £100 Flasby Estates and ID&JC Briggs                                                               

Ab Angus (Av £122) to £140 DLDM&J Heron                                                               

British Blue (Av £271) to £410 A Sowray & Son

Lim (Av £277) to £365 C&SB Whitelock







Straw                     Mini Heston                         to £28 per bale

Hay                         Quad 6 band                         to £46 per bale

                                Round                                    to £40 per bale