SKIPTON AUCTION MART MARKET REPORT – MONDAY 1st SEPTEMBER 2014 Forward: 70 Prime Cattle comprising 9 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 4 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 57 Cast Cattle. 5,138 Prime Sheep comprising 4,208 Prime Lambs, 930 Cast Ewes & Rams. 58 Rearing Calves. 1 Load of produce.




Prime Cattle

The September Primestock Show saw James Robertshaw of Keelham Farm Shop both Champion and Reserve as the countdown commences for their Skipton Opening early in 2015. The Champion was a 490kg British Blue Heifer from Jim Baines of Trawden which topped the market in p/kg at 266.5p. Reserve Champion was the first prize steer from Simon Bennett of Sisden Moor a 590kg British Blue which sold for 240.5p/kg or £1419. Top gross on the day was the £1468 paid by Dick Binns for his Saltaire shop for a 555kg Limousin cross heifer which made 264.5p/kg and was sold by Bernard Simpson of Heathfield.

Seasonal uplift in cull cattle numbers both here and nationwide with cattle carrying finish improving in trade and the average distorted by the large percentage of lean lightweight dairies which met a good trade with both processor and feeding buyer interest particularly for young cattle.


Strs: 1&2 SD Bennett         2. R Leeming

Hfrs: 1&3 J Baines                2. BS Simpson

Cast Cows

Dairy: 1.JC&DJ Marshall      2. WP Gratton      3. P&J Brown

Beefx:1. FM Shepherd       2. CT Akrigg           4. G&MA Lawn

Under 30 months


551-650kg                             to 240.5p/kg        av 195.59p/kg

650kg+                                   to 249.5p/kg        av 200.93p/kg


501-590kg                             to 264.5p/kg

590kg+                                   to 266.5p/kg        av 206.41p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg



£ per head: SD Bennett 1419,1185

p/kg: SD Bennett 249.5,240.5



£ per head: BS Simpson 1468, J Baines 1306,1208

p/kg: J Baines 266.5,246.5, BS Simpson 264.5



Clean Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                   129.77p/kg                           £916.50

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

B&W Hfrs

£ per head: JR Taylor&Son 1047,GB Moorhouse 955, RH Lofthouse 801

p/kg: JR Taylor&Son 140.5, GB Moorhouse 135.5, RH Lofthouse 120.5

Hefdx Steers

£ per head: C Winterburn 121.5

p/kg: C Winterburn 121.5



Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   101.45p/kg           £643.25

Black & White                       to 128.5p/kg                        av 94.41p/kg

Limx                                       to 144.5p/kg                        av 134.03p/kg

Blondex                                 to 129.5p/kg                        av 114.10p/kg

Simx                                       to 124.5p/kg

Saler                                       to 139.5p/kg                        av 130.06p/kg

Hefdx                                     to 122.5p/kg                        av 122.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 140.5p/kg                        av 102.08p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: CT Akrigg 997, FM Shepherd&Sons 935, KA&HL Fawcett 847

p/kg: CT Akrigg 144.5, KA&HL Fawcett 143.5, FM Shepherd&Sons 135.5


£ per head: Beeston Hall Farms Ltd 139.5, 131.5

p/kg: Beeston Hall Farms Ltd 139.5,131.5


£ per head: T Baines 921

p/kg: T Baines 124.5


£ per head: WP Gratton 935,821 P&J Brown&Son  854, JR Taylor&Son 820, JC&DJ Marshall&Sons 811

p/kg: P&J Brown&Son 128.5, 119.5 WP Gratton 121.5, A&M Beecroft 120.5, JC&DJ Marshall&Sons 117.5


£ per head: G&MA Lawn 1082, JR Birkhead Farms Ltd 762

p/kg: G&MA Lawn 140.5, JR Birkhead Farms Ltd 115.5



5,138 Prime Sheep

A very large show of sheep generally proved harder to cash than last week as supply increased everywhere causing Lowland lambs to be £2 to £4 cheaper on the week, although conversely, the hill bred sheep were dearer on the week. Trade very much in line with the countrywide average today, and although trade was down, there were still 15 individual buyers at the ringside to bid for stock. A very large show of cast sheep were easily sold and trade was seen to be as strong as recent weeks.


The Monthly Show was very kindly judged by Mr Jim Holden from Woodhead Bros, Colne and he awarded the prizes listed below. The Championship and Reserve Championship honours were reversed this month, with Scott Robinson stepping up to Champion, whilst Trevor and Clive Robinson took the reserve. Both pens were purchased by Mr James Robertshaw buying on behalf of the family business Keelham Farmshop


Monthly Show



1st T&C Robinson weighing 43kg £88 to Keelham Farm Shop

2nd F&R Fielding weighing 41kg £89.50 to Vivers Scot Lamb

3rd Ellis Bros weighing 40kg £86 to P Watson


1st SJ Robinson weighing 43kg £89 to Keelham Farm Shop

2nd B Lund weighing 39kg £72.50 to Vivers Scot Lamb

3rd F&R Fielding weighing 41kg £86 to Vivers Scot Lamb

Down x

1st G&MA Lawn weighing 41kg £69 to Woodhead Bros

2nd RA&M Earnshaw 45kg £71 Woodhead Bros

3rd CD&RF Kitching 41kg £63.50 Riley Bros


1st W&R Verity 46kg £69 Stanforth Butchers

2nd W&R Verity 47kg £71 Stanforth Butchers


1st CD&RF Kitching 40kg £61 to P Watson


1st ASE Crisp weighing 46kg £68 to A Atkinson

2nd PL Metcalfe weighing 50kg £69.50 A Atkinson

3rd FG Throup weighing 43kg £64 R Booth

Champion - SJ Robinson weighing 43kg £89 to Keelham Farm Shop

Reserve – T&C Robinson weighing 43kg £88 to Keelham Farm Shop


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £66.62 per head or 157.6p/kg (SQQ  158.99p/kg)                                                         

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 233.3p/kg         av 159.4p/kg         or £53.98 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 293.8p/kg         av 159.0p/kg         or £66.35 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 200.0p/kg         av 150.5p/kg         or £71.00 per head

52.1kg and over   to 164.4p/kg         av 148.1p/kg         or £67.10 per head


Beltex average £73.44 per head or 186.3p/kg

£ per head: £117.50 H&S Maudsley; £89.50 F&R Fielden; £89 H Atkinson; £88 T&C Robinson; £86.50 RH&MR Ireland;

p/kg: 293.8p H&S Maudsley; 233.3p AW E&N Wade;  222.5p H Atkinson; 221.8p RH&MR Ireland; 218.3p F&R Fielden;

Texel average £66.92 per head or 158.9p/kg

£ per head: £92 DA Towell; £92, £90 Henry Atkinson; £90, £88x3 RH&MR Ireland;

p/kg: 220p, 214.6p, 209.8p RH&MR Ireland; 216.2p, 207.1p Henry Atkinson; 209.8p F&R Fielden

Suffolk average £65.20 per head or 150.2p/kg

£ per head: £75 £71 Ellis Bros; £74 JR Taylor; £73 C&GA Guy; £72 PL Metcalfe; £71 TR Thwaite; £71 RA&M Earnshaw;

p/kg: 168.3p G&MA Lawn; 161.4p TR Thwaite; 160.3p Yorkshire Ltd; £159.5p JP&KE Hartley; 157.8p RA&M Earnshaw;

Charollais average £68.10 per head or 151.76p/kg

£ per head: 80 W Crane; £71 £70 £69 NG Bailey & Co; £68 P Shackleton; £65.50 JP&KE Hartley;

p/kg: 166.3p JP&KE Hartley; 158.5p H barker; 156.8p 154.3p NG Bailey & Co; 153.7p JJ Beckwith;

Lleyn average £66.87 per head or 149.9p/kg

£ per head: £73 £70x2 £68 NG Bailey & Co; £68.50 DC Wood

p/kg: 157.0p CD&RF Kitching; 157.0p RW&B Chapman;

Mule average £60.13 per head or 143.6p/kg

£ per head: £69.50 £64 PL Metcalfe; £68 ASE Crisp; £66 BS Simpson; £64 FG Throup; £63 N&M Sutcliffe;

p/kg: 150.0p BS Simpson; 148.8p FG Throup; 147.8p ASE Crisp; 146.5p N&M Sutcliffe; 146.4p K Dickinson;

Swaledale average £51.57 per head or 145.1p/kg

£ per head: £54.50 £50.50 JM&S Tennant; £54 £53 RW&B Chapman;

p/kg: 153.0p S&D Robinson; 144.3p 139.7p JM&S Tennant; 139.5p RW&B Chapman;

Dalesbred average £42.93 per head or 141.4p/kg

£ per head: £49 WI Thwaite; £42 GA Parker; £41 AC Price

p/kg: 146.4p AC Price; 144.1p WI Thwaite; 127.3p GA Parker;



Cull Ewes average £58.50

Suffolk to £94.50, Texel to £110.50, BFL to £78.50, Mule to £79.50, Lleyn to £66.50, Swaledale to £48.50, Masham to £72.50, Beltex to £76.50, Gritstone to £46.50, Zwartbles to £72.50, Dalesbred to £50.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £110 H Atkinson; £97.50 D&PE Mawson;

Mule/Masham: £79.50, £77.50x2 AJ Taylor; £77.50 GB Moorhouse; £77.50 JA&JH Hewetson

Horned: £59.50 JA&E Metcalfe; £50.50 L Millar; £48.50 DM White

Hill: £66.50 N Speake; £63.50 SP&VM Morris


Cast Rams average £67.62

Texel to £109.50 JG Hall & Son. Swaledale to £57.50 JM&S Tennant. Beltex to £89.50 JGE Heseltine. Kerry Hill to £83.50 GH&G Emmott.



Rearing Calves to £485 (58)

B&W av £68.29 Cont av £352.82 Native av £215

A smaller show of calves today, though by no means a bad run of calves with some strong prices throughout. Black and Whites marched into an average of £68.29 and with continentals (certainly not the best run of calves this year) but still made a strong average of £352.82. A Lack of natives but the ones who did bring them were rewarded highly with an average of £215.


It is worth noting 95% of calves shown are 1 ½ month old or less.    


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £370) to £370 G Hayton & EC Stocks

Brit Blue x (Av £383) to £485 G Hayton & EC Stocks

Hereford (Av £380) to £380 G Hayton & EC Stocks

Ab Angus (Av £210) to £210 JT Rushton

MRI (Av £105) to £105 L&A Watson                              

Black & White (Av £68.29) to £145 F Spence


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £252) to £275 AP Lumb                        

Brit Blue x (Av £300) to £335 AP Lumb                         

Ab Angus (Av £220) to £220 GB Moorhouse                                                






Small Bale Straw £2.25 per bale