23 Prime cattle comprising 1 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 21 Cast Cattle. 3,425 TOTAL SHEEP including: 1,939 Prime Sheep comprising 49 Spring Lambs, 1,453 Old Season Lambs, 437 Cast Ewes & Rams. 1,486 Breeding Sheep comprising 525 ewes with 957 lambs at foot & 4 geld gimmer hoggs. 73 Rearing Calves. 42 Dairy Cattle. 4 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


501-590kg                                             to 129.5p/kg

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   137.7p/kg             £893.75


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   120.64p/kg           £798.04

Black & White                       to 123.5p/kg                        av 111.61p/kg

Limx                                       to 137.5p/kg                        av 133.16p/kg

Blondex                                 to 131.5p/kg

BBx                                         to 130.5p/kg                        av 129.99p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)

Brit Blue:

£ per head: JA Throup 939,907

p/kg: JA Throup 130.5,129.5


£ per head: K&J Marshall 949,M Ryder&Sons 880,835 JA Throup 874,789

p/kg: K&J Marshall 137.5, M Ryder&Son 136.5, JA Throup 134.5,P Fortune 131.5,


£ per head: JA Throup 894

p/kg: JA Throup 131.5


£ per head: MJC&VA Staveley&Sons 1034,804, AN Bolland 894,832, JC&DJ Marshall&Sons 834

p/kg: JC&DJ Marshall&Sons 123.5, AN Bolland 122.5,117.5,115.5,115.5,MJC&VA Staveley&Sons 115.5

Mature Bull

Overall Average                                   101.5p/kg             £903.35

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)

£ per head: N&R Sutcliffe 903

p/kg: N&R Sutcliffe 101.5


Prime Sheep

A nice Bank holiday show of Prime Sheep produced a fast selling trade for spring lambs with all the regular wholesalers and retail butcher customers present at the ringside to purchase stock. An overall average of £122.45 per head was recorded with CR&M Wilson, Wilpshire, Blackburn having top price at 318.4p/kg.

A lighter show of Old Season Lambs were presented for sale. The light weights and export weight sheep were every bit as good to sell as recently, with nice sorts that were fleshed and well presented 220p to 230p. The smarter end 250p plus up to 320.5p/kg for a fantastic pen from Croft House Farm.              The heavier hoggs were a shade harder to cash on the week.

Cast sheep were plentiful in number but still found an active ringside of customers keen to fill their orders. The very best end of Continental ewes £130 to £150, first crosses around the £100 mark, good Mule £80 to £90.


Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £122.45 per head or 282.32p/kg (SQQ – 296.1p)

Texel average £121.58 per head or 306.77p/kg

£ per head: £130, £121(x2) CR&M Wilson

p/kg: 318.4p, 317.1p CR&M Wilson

Suffolk average £111.57 per head or 278.93p/kg

£ per head: £115, £114, £104 S&M Craven

p/kg: 302.6p, 278p, 247.6p S&M Craven

Charollais average £126.16 per head or 267.51p/kg

£ per head: £132, £130 x2, £128 x2 JD&V Towers

p/kg: 295.3p, 290.9p, 283p, 282.6p JD&V Towers

Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £93.37 per head or 210.6p/kg (SQQ – 222.19p)                   

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 177.4p/kg         av 174.6p/kg         or £54.36 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 214.9p/kg         av 197.6p/kg         or £68.20 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 320.5p/kg         av 224.3p/kg         or £93.90 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 217.4p/kg         av 198.7p/kg         or £96.94 per head

Beltex average £117.53 per head or 287.88p/kg

£ per head: £125 £124 £121 £120 A Atkinson; 110.50 £99.50 RG Church Ltd; £96 TH Heslop & Son

p/kg: 320.5p 307.7p 288.1p 281.8p A Atkinson; 251.1p 242.7p RG Church Ltd; 234.1p TH Heslop Ltd

Texel average £95.50 per head or 214.6p/kg

£ per head: £115 J Baines; £108 GW Thackray; £104 Watson Livestock; £104 T Kiernan; £102.50 T Blackwell; £ 102 B Watchorn;

p/kg: 252.5p P&J Brown; 241.5p TA Robinson

Suffolk average £96.61 per head or 207.0p/kg

£ per head: £103 £100 £98.50 G Bell; £101 PN Dalby; £98 TH Heslop & Son; £97.50 E Simpson & Son; £96.50 T Kiernan; 

p/kg: 222.7p TH Heslop & Son; 215.5p RG Church Ltd; 214.4p T Kiernan; 212.5p JG Senior; 208.3p G Bell; 207.4p E Simpson & Son;

Charollais average £94.80 per head or 214.5p/kg

£ per head: £101.50 B Watchorn; £99 JG Senior; £99 E Simpson & Son; £98.50 £93 J Lord; £97 S Pepper;

p/kg: 232.5p J Lord; 225.6p B Watchorn; 220.2p T Kiernan; 215.0p S Pepper; 210.6p JG Senior; 210.6p E Simpson & Son;

Lleyn average £87.71 per head or 206.2p/kg

£ per head: £99 396.50 £91 £77 West Berwick Farm; £76.50 £70.50 GM&SC Pickles;

p/kg: 222.0p 220.p 185.6p 175.0p West Berwick Farm; 190.5p 170.0p GM&SC Pickles;

Mule average £88.50 per head or 192.6p/kg

£ per head: £96 RG Church Ltd; £93.50 KG Stapleton; £93 £91.50 GW Thackray; £92x2 J Pickles; £92 WH&JW Hartley;

p/kg: 216.3 JK Wilson; 211.3p GJ&G Schofield; 210.7p S Horsfield; 200.0p G Saville & Son; 200.0p WH&JW Hartley;

Swaledale average £68.88 per head or 191.2p/kg

£ per head: £93 £85.50 RG Church Ltd; £92 JM&S Tennant; £89 £82 WP&B Walker; £85 JG Senior; £82 £75.50 S Horsfield;

p/kg: 213.8p 197.7p RG Church Ltd; 212.5p JG Senior; 210.3p 204.1p S Horsfield; 202.9p JK Wilson; 197.1p S Pepper;

Dalesbred average £62.58 per head or 191.4p/kg

£ per head: £94 £76.50 JK Wilson; £53 JM Wilson;

p/kg: 212.5p 207.1p JK Wilson; 176.7p JM Wilson;

Cheviot average £96.17 per head or 220.2p/kg

£ per head: £99 GW Thackray; £99 £98.50 £97.50x2 T Kiernan; £98.50 E Simpson & Son; £98.50 £98 J Lord; £97.50 GW Thackray;

p/kg: 236.3p TA Robinson; 231.7p 227.9p J Lord; 231.0p 226.7p GW Thackray; 229.1p T Kiernan; 226.8p JG Senior;

Masham average £84.91 per head or 208.4p/kg

£ per head: £86.50 JK Wilson; £84 RG Church Ltd

p/kg: 210.0p RG Church Ltd; 206.0p JK Wilson;

Gritstone average £79.93 per head or 207.8p/kg

£ per head: £100 J Lord; £93.50 E Simpson & Son; £72.50 T Shepherdson;

p/kg: 212.5p E Simpson & Son; 207.1p T Shepherdson; 196.1p J Lord;


Cull Ewes average £76.05

Suffolk to £108.50, Texel to £150.50, Charollais to £109.50, BFL to £96.50, Mule to £89.50, Masham to £90.50, Beltex to £91.50, Lonk to £77.50, Lleyn to £91.50, Swaledale to £69.50, Dalesbred to £63.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £150.50 JW Mellin; £144.50, £140.50 SD Bennet

Mule/Masham: £90.50 JB Doyle, £77.50 K&J Marshall

Horned: £77.50 G Greenwood; £69.50 TL MM GT Haynes

Hill: 96.50 Ellis Bros; £91.50 G&A Fort

Cast Rams average £109.86

Suffolk to £95.50, Texel to £137.50, Beltex to £92.50,  Zwartbles to £119.50.

Top Prices: £137.50 K&J Marshall; £127.50 P Johnson; £121.50 N Garth



Breeding Sheep (525 Outfits)

The largest show of Ewes with lambs at foot seen for a regular weekly sale at Skipton Mart were forward today and all classes sold away quite nicely. There was something for all tastes with several runs of young Mule and Continental Ewes that again caught the eyes of those purchasers looking to buy sheep to run in flocks. The older sheep represented a slightly better selection than of late with some decent strong lambs on straight ewes for feeder/finishers to run at grass until the summer.


Forthcoming Sales –

MONDAY 28th APRIL - 11:30am  – Usual Weekly Sale of 400 to 500 Outfits. Catalogue listing online from Friday lunchtime. Please advise Mart Office of entries.


MONDAY 5th MAY – Annual Special Show & Sale of Hoggs with Lambs and Geld Gimmer Hoggs together with weekly sale of Ewes with lambs at foot.



Principle Prices - Ewes & Lambs


Mule Ewes Crct with Twins                               to £175 av £161

Mule Ewes Crct with Singles                             to £122

Mule Shlgs with Twins                                        to £230 av £211

Mule Ewes with 1.5                                            to £220 av £146

Mule Ewes BM with Twins                                 to £152 av £136

Mule Ewes BM with Singles                               to £100

Tex Ewes Crct with Twins                                  to £228 av £181

Tex Ewes Crct with Singles                                to £180 av £123

Tex Ewes with 1.5                                               to £202 av £136

Tex Shlgs with Singles                                         to £205

Tex Ewes BM with Twins                                    to £185 av £152

Tex Ewes BM with Singles                                  to £105

Suff Ewes with Twins                                          to £182

Suff Ewes with Singles                                        to £162

WFW Ewes with Twins                                       to £138

Chev Ewes with Twins                                        to £165

Welsh Mules BM with Twins                             to £148

Welsh Mules Crct with Twins                            to £165

Beltex 3shr with Twins                                       to £250

Beltex Ewe with 1.5                                           to £150

Beltex Shlg with Twins                                       to £260

Beltex Shlg with Single                                       to £190

Rouge Shlg with Twins                                        to £255

Rouge Ewe with 1.5                                            to £168

Char Ewe Crct with Single                                  to £120

Ped Tex Gimmer Lambs                                     to £200




Rearing Calves to £500

B&W av £84 Cont av £334 Native av £175

Fantastic day for all who attended with all types of calves finding a multitude of bidders ringside. With a number of farmer buyers and Smallholders out to snap up some grazers for the potentially brilliant Summer. Natives of all things were a serious price with David Holmes, Otley receiving a flying trade for his run of Shorthorn and Angus calves. Church Farm Enterprises yet again took top honours with a Blue Bull and a Blue Heifer both reaching £500, an elusive figure of late but was deserved today.  Robert Metcalfe and Alf Townsend were also both making head way with their continental calves nudging the £400 mark and over.


Black and white calves would have the most realistic trade of all the breeds with a strong £84 average but there were the big prices in amongst  them  with 10 of the 36 B&W making over £100 and a top of £140 for a pure Holstein bull.  

Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £281) to £410 RD Metcalfe & Son

Brit Blue x (Av £401) to £500 Church Farm Enterprises

Shorthorn (Av £214) to £240 FA Holmes & Son

Mont Beliarde X to £225 K Talbot

Brown Swiss (Av £64) to £65 E Bradley & Son

Aberdeen Angus (Av £165) to £290 Church Farm Enterprises                 

Black & White (Av £84) to £140 Church Farm Enterprises


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £) to £200 AP Townsend                       

Brit Blue x (Av £297.50) to £500 Church Farm Enterprises                       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £224) to £340 Church Farm Enterprises

Hereford  to £205 HJ&K Blackwell

Simmental to £305 HJ&K Blackwell

Shorthorn (Av £222.5) to £225 FA Holmes & Son                                                       



Craven Dairy Auction (42 head)

Brilliant Spring Show and Sale of Dairy Cattle with a strong show of stock in most of the classes, the Newly Calven Cattle in particular was a hard fought section with David & Claire Lawson of Arthington coming out on top with a sweet 2nd Calver giving 40 litres and realised a price of £2200 to James Kayley of Halton West.  Lawson’s also had the top price Newly Calven Heifer for a 11 day calved 28 litre heifer which hit the heights of £2420 and on its way to Brian Blezard’s at Ribchester. However Lawson’s were hard run to the top price with Church Farm Enterprises reaching £2380 to WE Blockley, Cheshire and £2350 Brian & Judith Moorhouse of Bellbusk which was snapped up by James Kayley, Halton West.


A brilliant show of Bulls just not quite the trade to match however. Brian Moorhouse was the Victor in the Bull Classes and with some frantic bidding ringside this Son of Gillette Windbrook and from his Yorkshire Herd Competition Conquering Family eventually made 2000gns and is now on his way to the Griffiths family of Penistone. Other notable entrants was Dalesbrad Pan Ash from Alan & Susan Throup which reached 1500gns and went to regular supporter Mark Goodall of Tong. The other noted bull Enchanted Celterix by Woodmarsh Asterix also made 1500gns and was picked up by Richard Walker, West Morton.     


Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st M Baul & Partners

                                                                                2nd GB Moorhouse

                                                                                3rd A Lawson & Son

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st A Lawson & Son

                                                                                2nd A&G Midgeley

                                                                                3rd H Downs & Son

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st MGT Corner

                                                                                2nd MGT Corner

                                                                                3rd MGT Corner

Champion – A Lawson & Son             Reserve – M Baul & Partners


Newly Calven Heifers:        to £1820 av £1713 DR Robinson     


Newly Calven Cows:           to £1880 av £1610 H Downs & Sons


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers: to £2420 av £1840 A Lawson & Son


Pedigree Newly Calven Cow:  to £2200 av £1834 A Lawson & Son  


Pedigree Newly Calven Brown Swiss Heifer: to £1650 D&P Brown


Incalf Heifers: to £1720 av £1550 MGT Corner


Maiden Heifers: to £900 av £810 R&E Pollard


Heifer Calves: to £370 av £185 A&SL Throup


Pedigree Bulls to 2000gns av £1500


Best Bull

1st GB Moorhouse

2nd R&E Butterfield

3rd JA Greenhalgh





Hay                                         Small Bale                              to £3.20 per bale