Forward: 69 Prime cattle comprising 23 Clean Cattle & 46 Cast Cattle 4,809 Prime Sheep comprising 4,025 Prime Lambs & 784 Cast Ewes & Rams 80 Rearing Calves 8 Dairy Cattle


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A small but high quality entry of retail cattle gave plenty of choice to customers with Countrystyle Butchers heading up the prices with their 279.5p/kg purchase from Fiona Jowett showing a 545kg Limousin cross heifer for father Stephen Jowett of Thornton which also grossed up the highest gross of £1523. Tom Critchley showing cattle under AA&EE Critchley & Son of Hutton presented a very good pen of Limousin cross heifers best of which weighed 520kg and made 267.5p/kg (£1391) when also sold to Countrystyle Butchers of Lancaster. Leading buyer with 8 purchases was the prolific Keelham Farm Shop which included the highest priced steer a 600 kg Limousin cross consigned by regular vendor Malcolm Metcalfe of Baldersby near Thirsk which made 248.5p/kg or £1491.



465-555kg                                             to 246.5p/kg                        av. 239.25p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 248.5p/kg


485kg                                                     to 279.5p/kg                        av. 238.02p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1491, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1343

p/kg:JR Metcalfe (Limx) 248.5, 231.5, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 246.5,


£ per head: S Jowett (Limx) 1523, AA&E Critchley & Son (Limx) 1440,1391,1347,1299, JA&JM Wade (Limx) 1301, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1291

p/kg: S Jowett (Limx) 279.5, AA&E Critchley & Son (Limx) 267.5,259.5,249.5, JA Drake (Limx) 249.5, JA&JM Wade&Son (Limx) 248.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   152.55p/kg                           £874.19

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: RD Guy (B&W Hfr) 1107, T&A Hird (BBx Str) 1078,1038, JT Rushton (B&W Hfr) 657

p/kg: T&A Hird (BBxStr) 187.5,177.5, RD Guy (B&W Hfr) 160.5, JJ Beckwith&Sons (B&W Hfr) 119.5



Cull Cow Prices

Cast cows were very good to sell with an entry of extremes either good or very plain. A better sample of dairies at the top end with heavy,dry cows with finish comfortably 127-133p. Plain worn cows still a strong trade with even a handful in this category amongst the beef crosses which distorts the overall average and belies a very strong demand.

Overall Average                                   116.92p/kg           £758.58

Black & White                       to 132.5p/kg                        av.113.52 p/kg

Jersey                                     to 110.5p/kg                        av. 99.99p/kg

Char                                        to 117.5p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 159.5p/kg                        av. 133.14p/kg

BBx                                         to 119.50p/kg                      av. 102.24p/kg

AAx                                         to 142.50p/kg                      av. 125.06p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: J Caygill & Ptns 998,974,969,919, G Abbott&Sons 917, RD Guy 883, E&KM Marshall 854, JSS Verity 846

p/kg: J Caygill&Ptns 132.5,130.5, 129.5, RD Guy 131.5, 123.5, E&KM Marshall 126.5, G Abbott&Sons 126.5,125.5,

Other Dairy

£ per head: JSS Verity (Jer) 652

p/kg: JSS Verity (Jer) 110.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: I Barrett&Son 759,703

p/kg: I Barrett&Son 119.5, 106.5


£ per head: Ashfield Farms 1196,945, JW Stockdale&Son 835, JT Robinson 814

p/kg: Ashfield Farms 159.5, 146.5, JW Stockdale&Son 125.5, JT Robinson 121.5


£ per head: A Guy&Son 982,859,784, DA Ogden&Son 976,961

p/kg: DA Ogden & Son 142.5,133.5, A Guy&Son 127.5,125.5,124.5,124.5


Overall Average                                   129.5p/kg             £1113.70


£ per head: MC Bland 1114

p/kg: MC Bland 129.5



Sheep were forward in much increased numbers with 4,025 lambs and 784 Ewes & Rams penned for sale. With lambs in much higher supply countrywide the overall average was down on the week. Good Lambs and well fleshed types, especially if heavier, found the best following and were not too far different to last weeks prices, but more lambs in the entry either lacking finish or weight and these were the ones to see the higher fall in value on the week.  Having said this, good Mule Wether lambs were a cracking trade on the day and looked well sold against a commercial lowland lamb. With gathering on the fells also taking place, there were several consignments of lightweight Horned lambs making up most of the entries in the 32kg to 35kg bracket and these sold away nicely.
The best end of lambs topped at £114 twice, the first pen coming from Jeremy Taylor and the second from Richard & Mark Ireland, both lots purchased by Countrystyle Meats. Don Leeming from Pateley Bridge sold Texels to £112, Edward Fort from Silsden Moor £110, Ellis Bros from Addingham Moorside £105 twice, Richard Towell of Glusburn £104 and Jim Snowden from Rylstone £102. Jim Scriven of Elslack topped per kilo at 243.9p purchased by Vivers Scotlamb, Don Leeming 243.5p, and Jeremy Taylor 242.6p.
Best of the Mule Wethers in the mid 80’s this week tops at £85.50 from Bernard Simpson of Pateley Bridge, and Mark Ewbank of Middlesmoor topped the Swales at £70.
Cast Sheep were forward in large numbers and heavy sheep were good to sell, with best Mules up around £80.

Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £77.08 per head or 183.04p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 182.4p/kg         av 142.84p/kg      or £48.05 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 243.90p/kg       av 183.52p/kg      or £75.83 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 243.50p/kg       av 188.54p/kg      or £89 per head

52.1kg and over   to 207.50p/kg       av 186.42p/kg      or £100.67 per head


Beltex average £81.73 per head or 212.56p/kg

£ per head: £105, £105  Ellis Bros; £100 S&P Scrivin; £94 Ellis Bros; £92 A&AR Phillipson; £90 DG Boothman; £87.50 Ellis Bros

p/kg:243.9p S&P Scrivin; 228.9p M&B Allen; 228.3p Ellis Bros; 219p A&AR Phillipson 218.6p Ellis Bros; 217.9p D&L Coar;

Suffolk average £76 per head or 182.45p/kg

£ per head: £99 TH Mellin; £94 J Turner; £90 TH Mellin; £89.50 RA&M Eanrshaw; £89 MJ&RH Wallbank; £85.50 N Parker;

p/kg:198.9p RA&M Earnshaw; 193.2p TH Mellin; 192.7p TH&A Pickard; 191.5p, 190.4p,188.9p TH Mellin; 

Texel average £76.98 per head or 186.47p/kg

£ per head: £114 JD Taylor; £114 RH&MR Ireland; £112 DF&J Leeming; £110 EJ Fort; £104 R&M Towell; £102 JS Snowden;

p/kg: 243.5p D&FJ Leeming; 242.6p JD Taylor & Son; 236.8p, 232.6p G Sunderland; 230.8p T&C Robinson;

Mule average £73.14 per head or 175.72p/kg

£ per head: £85.50 BS Simpson; £85 CD&RF Kitching; £83 AJ Taylor; £82.50 JA Throup; £82.50 WM Hall; £79 RJ Gardt;

p/kg: 183.3p JA Throup; 183.3p WA&A Booth; 180.9p, 180.2p CD&RF Kitching; 180.2p H Horsfield & Son; 180.2p K Dickinson

Charollais average £72.13 per head or 180.33p/kg

£ per head: £82 D&A Livestock; £78 A&AR Phillipson; £77 JC&R Dimsdale; £70 R&E Pollard; £68.50 MJ&RH Wallbank;

p/kg: 183.3p JC&R Dimsdale; 182.2p D&A Livestock; 177.3p A&AR Phillipson; 175.6p MJ&RH Wallbank;

Swaledale average £42.36 per head or 129.92p/kg

£ per head: £70 MR Ewbank; £52 S&D Robinson; £45, £42 R Tennant; £42 S&D Robinson £36 MR Ewbank

p/kg: 162.8p MR Ewbank; 140.5p S&D Robinson; 136.4p R Tennant; 127.3p S&D Robinson;



Cull Ewes average £53.49

Suffolk to £100.50, Texel to £100, BFL to £66.50, Mule to £80.50, Lleyn to £79.50, Swaledale to £49.50, Masham to £53.50, Gritstone to £52.50, Cheviot  to £71.50, Beltex  to £72.50, Charollais to £90.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £100.50 BL&R Lund; £100 Emily Florence Eaton

Mule/Masham: £80.50 GT Booth; £77.50 AJ Taylor;  

Horned: £49.50 BS Simpson; £49.50 K Dickinson

Hill: £79.50 RW&B Chapman; £74.50 RG&SJ Paul

Cast Rams average £53.25

Texel to £86.50 Swaledale to £55.50 BFL to £53.50 Beltex to £49.50

Rearing Calves to £460 (80)

Another healthy number of calves through the door today with the top price calf belonging to Hayton and Stocks of Bolton Abbey. Fred Houseman saw a flying trade with blue heifers at £450 and £440 with Hayton & Stocks seeing their strong limousin heifers reach £415 and £400. Native bulls were a premium today with the calves on offer flying away with young calves nudging the £300 mark all the time.


Black and whites touch easier on the week, again a mixed show of quality hampering the average but overall a straight trade for the better end topping at £105 for a nice calf from Robert Throup of Bradley.  


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £367) to £460 Hayton & Stocks                           

Brit Blue x (Av £350) to £420 RL Wright & Son                                                            

Aberdeen Angus (Av £250) to £295 D&J Herd

Flekvieh (Av £280) to £280 x2 C Watson

Shorthorn (Av £120) to £150 Flasby Estates

Black & White (Av £51.67) to £105 RM&LJ Throup     

Cont av £355.66 Native av £167.27


Heifer Calves                       

Ab Angus (Av £182.5) to £200 JM Smith & Son                                                           

British Blue (Av £336.67) to £450 Church Farm Enteprises

Lim (Av £337.14) to £415 Hayton & Stocks

Shorthorn (av £140) to £140 Flasby Estates

Cont av £336.6 Native av £168.66                                                 


Craven Dairy Auction (8 head)

 A quite shippon today but a much stronger trade than last time out Mark Smith of Winterburn took the championship with a sweet hombred heifer which went on to make £1780 however it was a heifer from David Fort of Glusburn which hit the top today with £2000 for 29kg heifer.


A straight Incalf heifer from John Ireland, Thorpe Bassett was the only follower in today and sold for £1150 to Roger Naylor of Langbar.


Judge – Frank Wrathall

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st M&R Smith       2nd MD Parkinson                3rd ASE Crisp & Son

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st ASE Crisp & Son


                                Champion – M&R Smith                     Reserve – MD Parkinson


Newly Calven Heifers: av £1613 to £2000 DA&S Fort


Newly Calven Cows: to £1450 ASE Crisp & Son 


Incalf Heifers: to £1150 WR Ireland & Son;