Forward: 53 Prime cattle comprising 19 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 33 Cast Cattle 2,199 Prime Sheep comprising 1814 Spring Lambs, 141 Old Season Lambs & Mature Hoggs, 244 Cast Ewes & Rams 88 Breeding Sheep 45 Rearing Calves 22 Dairy Cattle 1 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Top gross of the day was £1471  paid by Hamlets Butchers of Garstang for a 585kg Limousin cross steer shown by Malcolm Metcalfe of Baldersby with top price per kg a 480kg Limousin cross heifer consigned by Mesrs AA&EE Critchley & Son of Hutton whose 480kg Limousin cross heifer sold to Keelham Farm Shop for 258.5p/kg or £1240.


465-555kg                                             to 237.5p/kg                        av. 228.96p/kg

560kg                                                     to 251.5p/kg                        av.238.63p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 258.5p/kg                        av. 180.21p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 255.5p/kg                        av. 225.95p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1471, JA Drake (Blondex) 1401, SD Bennett (Limx) 1279, CD&RF Kitching 1271

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 251.5, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 237.5, JA Drake (Blondex) 235.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 228.5


£ per head CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 1422, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1377, AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 1366, JM Townsend (BBx) £1299

p/kg: AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 258.5, 255.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 254.5, (Blondex)   249.5, JA Drake (Limx) 245.5, JM Townsend (BBx) 245


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   156.5p/kg                             £978.13

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: GB Jennings (B&W) 978

p/kg: GB Jennings (B&W) 156.5


Cull Cow Prices

30 of 32 cast cows consigned from the parlour and with cattle out and a reasonable milk price numbers nationally remain tight. Meat was scarce but young dairies cattle soaring to 164.5p/kg for FA Holmes & Son of Castley and a non assured Charolais cow weighing 730kg making 155.5p/kg or £1135.

Overall Average                                   117.84p/kg           £742.21

Black & White                       to 164.5p/kg                        av. 116.14p/kg

MRI                                         to 114.5p/kg                       

Shorthorn                             to 130.5p/kg                        av. 117.75p/kg

AAx                                         to 123.5p/kg

Char                                        to 155.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: FA Holmes&Son 1029,1012,907, JD Taylor&Son 904,853,  AN Bolland 873, GT Booth 851, J Wellock 849

p/kg: FA Holmes&Son 164.5,159.5,130.5, GT Booth 127.5, AN Bolland 126.5,126.5, JD Taylor&Son 125.5, H Downs&Son 125.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: J&ME Carr (Sh) 914, H Downs&Son (MRI) 601,

p/kg: J&ME Carr (Sh) 130.5, H Downs&Son (MRI) 114.5


£ per head: K Burton 1135

p/kg: K Burton 155.5


£ per head: JA&M Crocker&Son 729

p/kg: JA&M Crocker&Son 123.5


Overall Average                                   125.50p/kg           £1079.30


£ per head: T Blackwell 1079

p/kg: T Blackwell 125.5



A decent entry for the third week in June and a good trade throughout. Top price of the day £175 for a Texel cross with Twin Lambs at foot from David Williams, Cricin, North Wales followed at £170 for Charollais crosses with twin lambs from Frank Marrison of Buxton.
Sales of Ewes and Lambs continue every Monday at 12noon. Please advise the office of entries for next weeks sale.


Texel cross with Twins        £175

Texel Cross with Singles     £140

Suffolk Cross with Singles £125

Texel b/m with Twins         £155

Charollais Cross with Twins £170
Mule b/m with Twins         £140

Mule b/m with Singles       £120


2,199 Prime Sheep comprising 1814 Spring Lambs, 141 Old Season Lambs & Mature Hoggs, 244 Cast Ewes & Rams

A much larger show 1,814 New Season Lambs sold to a decent trade on the day with an overall selling average of 231.55p/kg or £92.08 per head, showing an average sale weight of 39.7kg as producers continue to take advantage of the trade and sell lambs at slightly weights.
Heavy lambs as a consequence are short of buyers requirements and these continue to be a good trade, the 46kg to 52kg weight range averaging £111.35 per head, and only 2 lambs weighing in above this selling at £130 from MJ Spensley of Elslack to Nick Dalby, Messrs Spensley sold another pen at £124. Thomas Boothman sold Texels to £125 and £123, John Nutter £124 twice and £122, Richard & Mark Ireland £122, Les Grange £122 and Jeremy Taylor £120.
It was Richard and Mark Ireland that had the top three per kilo prices of 284.6p 283.7p 281.6p, all three pens selling to Vivers Scotlamb, Gordon & Richard Crabtree from Clifton had a great run of lambs selling to 279.8p, Mick Hewitt of Giggleswick sold to high of 277.5p, Rob Marshall from Dacre had Texels to 276.2p, Gerald & Jonny Beresford sold Texels to 274.4p, and Les Grange of Follifoot Texel to 271.1p.

Old Season Lambs still come forward in sharp numbers and although not as dear as last week on paper, they were still well sold.

The trade for Cull Sheep was dearer on the week, with an overall average of £78.92, strong sheep especially good to sell. 


Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £92.09 per head or 231.55p/kg

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 225.80p/kg       av 212.07p/kg      or £65.74 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 251.4p/kg         av 219.01p/kg      or £74.49 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 284.6p/kg         av 232.37p/kg      or £92.34 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 256.3p/kg         av 231.3p/kg         or £111.35 per head

52.1kg and over                  to 228.1p/kg         av 225.23p/kg      or £125.00 per head

Beltex average £92.40 per head or 240.69p/kg

£ per head: £117.50 P Crabtree & Son; £111 GA Hewitt & Son; £104.50 JJ Beckwith; £103 P Crabtree & Son; £103 RD Capstick

p/kg: 279.8p P Crabtree & Son; 277.5p GA Hewitt & Son; 262.2p, 257.5p P Crabtree & Son; 254.9p, 252.5p JJ Beckwith & Sons

Suffolk average £89.11 per head or 226.78p/kg

£ per head: £124x2 £122 J&F Nutter; £118.50, £117x2 ML Evans; £116 I Mills; £115 F Reeday & Son; £114 ML Evans;

p/kg:265.9p, 263.3p, 260p, 259.1p ML Evans; 257.8p I Mills; 251.1p J&F Nutter; 250p MJ Spensley; 249p, 248p J&F Nutter; 

Texel average £93.20 per head or 233.26p/kg

£ per head: £130 MJ Spensley; £125 T Boothman; £124 MJ Spensley; £122 RH&MR Ireland; £122 JE&ME Grange;

p/kg: 284.6p, 283.7p, 281.6p RH&MR Ireland; 276.2p JC Marshall; 274.4p G Beresford & Son; 271.1p JE&ME Grange; 

Mule average £66 per head or 200.00p/kg

£ per head: £66 JR Taylor & Son

p/kg: 200p JR Taylor & Son

Charollais average £91.09 per head or 227.74p/kg

£ per head: £100 WM Hall; £97.50 MJ Spensley; £96 WM Hall; £94.50 MJ Spensley ltd; £93, £92 SM Russell & Son

p/kg:243.80p MJ Spensley Ltd; 238.1p WM Hall; 232.5p SM Russell & Son; 230.5p MJ Spensley Ltd; 230p SM Russell & Son

Jacob average £78.17 per head or 185.38p/kg

£ per head: £88, £74, £57 GP Haworth

p/kg: 200p, 179.6p, 178.1p GW Haworth


Old Season Hoggs

Top Price £: £96 Church Farm Entereprises; £92 K&J Marshall, £90 JW Sayer & Son; £90  AM Binns; £87 G Bell; £86 R&H Critchley;



Cull Ewes average £78.92

Suffolk to £102.50, Texel to £123.50, BFL to £, Mule to £83.50, Jacob to £54.50, Swaledale to £62.50, Hampshire to £86.50, Cheviot to £104.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £123.50, £119.50 J Watson; £118.50 D Poulter

Mule/Masham: £83.50 GT Booth; £81.50 S Spensley & Co

Horned: £62.50 JW Sayer & Son, £60.50 L Mellin

Hill: £104.50 HB Atkinson; £86.50 CD&RF Kitching

Cast Rams average £67.15

Texel to £82.50 JC Crabtree; Cheviot to £92.50 H&M Plews; Down to £81 JDA & CM Jones; Swaledale to £67.50 J Hirst



45 Rearing Calves to £420

B&W av £81 Cont av £346 Native av £151

Calves continuing to sell away nicely with Paul and Janet Bolland of Dykelands on the receiving end of the best trade seeing their two blue bulls hit £420 and £410 respectively, RL Wright & Son also saw £410 for a bull with Fred Houseman of Church Farm Enterprises seeing his heifers realise the top price of £385. A smaller number of native calves forward today with some young bulls and from Michael Heron averaging £151, for all the natives on offer. Black and Whites selling away well again with just a few plain caves bringing the price back however, John Blackwell of Gargrave saw his bull calf reach £135 with well fleshed 4 week calves from John Marshall at £110 and £100.      


Bull Calves

Brit Blue x (Av £364.79) to £420 PJ&JE Bolland                                                           

Aberdeen Angus (Av £127.50) to £135 DL DM & J Heron

Black & White (Av £81) to £135 HJ&JK Blackwell                         


Heifer Calves                       

Ab Angus (Av £153.33) to £205 DLDM&J Heron                                                         

British Blue (Av £325) to £385 Church Farm Enterprises



Craven Dairy Auction (22 head)

 A cracking trade for the milkers forward today with the Reserve Champion from the Fort family of Glusburn taking the top price at £2050, giving 26 litres and just calved a week sold to Mark Goodall of Tong. Champion from Sally Wellock of Oakworth was giving 25 Litres and sold again to Mark Goodall of Tong for £1920.


A handy third prize heifer presented by Brian Moorhouse of Bell Busk giving 30 litres was snapped up by Richard Sutcliffe of Queensbury for £1850.


A run of Friesian incalf Heifers from WA Brown, Earby topped at £920 selling to the Smith Brothers of Sutton In Craven and Stephen and Eddie Jeanes of Glusburn brought 10 Maiden heifers topping at £600 4 times and mainly selling to David Smith of Riffa Farm, Otley.   


Judge – Steven Coates

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st J Wellock                         2nd DA&S Fort                       3rd GB Moorhouse

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st & 2nd WA Brown

                                Maiden Heifers:                   1st & 2nd AS EA Jeanes

                                Champion – J Wellock         Reserve – DA&S Fort


Newly Calven Heifers: av £1604 to £2050 DA&S Fort


Incalf Heifers: av £438 to £920 WA Brown


Maiden Heifers to £600x4 AS&EA Jeanes