Forward: 68 Prime cattle comprising 19 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 5 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 44 Cast Cattle. 4,206 Prime Sheep comprising 3663 Prime Lambs & 543 Cast Ewes & Rams. 87 Rearing Calves. 17 Dairy Cattle. 3 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Keelham Farm shop paid 293.5p/kg or £1497 for a 510kg British Blue cross steer from DH Challis of Middlesmoor which was the leading price per kg on the day. The steer had been shown with great success around the northern summer shows with a fist at North Yorkshire, first and reserve champion at Ripley and first and local champion at Nidderdale and will be on sale in Keelhams shops in Skipton and Thornton after maturing on the hook. Keelham also accounted for the top gross of the day a 605kg Limousin cross steer from Mesrs CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield which made £1503 or 248.5p/kg. Highest priced heifer at £1473 was a 570kg British Blue from Mesrs S&P Scriven which went to Tim Hamlet of Garstang, alongside the highest p/kg heifer a 495kg British Blue from Mesrs AA&E Critchley&Son of Hutton which made 273.5p/kg. Leading buyers were Keelham with 6, Stanforths with 4, Countrystyle Meats Ltd with 3.



465-555kg                                             to 293.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 248.5p/kg                        av. 200.71p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 273.5p/kg                        av.224.25p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1503, DH Challis (BBx) 1497,

p/kg: DH Challis (BBx) 293.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 248.5     


£ per head: S&P Scriven (BBx) 1473, AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 1455, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1455, H&SM Lund (Limx) 1440

p/kg: AA&E Critchley&Son (BBx) 273.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 258.5, TH Mellin (Limx) 249.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 245.5, (BBx) 244.5.

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   av.119.69p/kg     £755.34

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: D Jeffrey (AAx str) 1039,980, E&KM Marshall (B&W Hfr) 638

p/kg: D Jeffrey (AAx Str) 149.5,148.5, E&KM Marshall (B&W Hfr) 105.5



Cull Cow Prices

A larger show of cull cows with the finished cattle a steadier trade but the plain cows holding up well.

Overall Average                                   81.90p/kg             £511.19

Black & White                      to 104.5p/kg                        av. 80.35p/kg

Jersey                                     to 74.5p/kg

Dairy Sh                                 to 86.5p/kg                         

Limx                                       to 120.5p/kg                       

BBx                                         to 98.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: Kingstone Farms 774, G Hayton&EC Stocks 758, JD Taylor&Son 717, I Wright 685, IR&DE Wellock 657

p/kg: G Hayton&EC Stocks 104.5, 97.5, Kingstone Farms 100.5, I Wright 96.5,95.5, A&J Carr&Son 93.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: JD Taylor&Son (Dairy Sh) 601, G Hayton&EC Stocks (Jer) 484

p/kg: JD Taylor&Son (Dairy Sh) 86.5, G Hayton&EC Stocks (Jer) 74.5


£ per head: JE Cowperthwaite (BBx) 621, J Greenwood (Charx) 616, R Lumley (Limx) 491

p/kg: JE Cowperthwaite ((BBx) 98.5, j Greenwood (Charx) 98.5, R Lumley (Limx) 120.5


£ per head: MJ&GC Dobson 810

p/kg: MJ&DC Dobson 102.5



Overall Average                                   104.13p/kg           £978.85


£ per head: S&T Fawcett 1054, SM Towler 903

p/kg: S&T Fawcett 106.5, SM Towler 101.5



4,206 Prime Sheep comprising 3663 Prime Lambs & 543 Cast Ewes & Rams

Another large show of over 3600 lambs forward for sale, but a more mixed trade than last week. Smart lambs still a decent trade, best 200p to 260p, but there were not as many of this grade forward as last week. The nice handy weighted ¾ bred lambs 180p to £2, with best first crosses 170p to 180p. Commercial types 155p to 165p. Heavier lambs were, as predicited, a shade harder to sell with more of this weight range currently on the market, the final figures saw 1130 lambs scale 46kg or more, the smartest end 180p to £2, good types 165p to 180p, commercial sorts 150p to 165p.
Hill bred lambs were however a shade dearer on the week with a better enquiry seen for Mule Wethers and nice meated horned wether lambs.


Prime Lambs – Overall Average  £72.52 per head or 166.27p/kg          

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 135.7p/kg         av 126.21p/kg      or £43.3 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 262.5p/kg         av 171.98p/kg      or £72.03 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 217.4p/kg         av 159.84p/kg      or £76.7 per head

52.1kg and over   to 183.30p/kg      av 152.29p/kg      or £83.51 per head


Beltex average £81.02 per head or 194.51p/kg

£ per head: £108, £105, £100.5, £100 HB Atkinson; £100 Ellis Bros; £99 S&P Scrivin; £99 A Jenkinson; £99 GA Hewitt;

p/kg: 262.5p, 251.2p ,246.2p 245.1p HB Atkinson; 235.7p GA Hewitt; 229.3p Ellis Bros; 229.3x2 HB Atkinson; 

Suffolk average £72.76 per head or 160.13p/kg

£ per head: £93 TH Mellin; £84 R&M Towell; £80 TH Mellin; £78.5 RA&M Earnshaw & Son; £78 P Shackleton;

p/kg: 172.7p C Wellock; 167.4p CD&RF Kitching; 166.3p RA&M Earnshaw & Son; 164.9p DM Neave; 163.6p CD&RF Kitching

Texel average £73.07 per head or 165.29p/kg

£ per head: £100, £99, £98, £94 I Marsden; £95 P Johnson; £90 S Spensley & Co; £89 P Johnson; £89 RA Hird; £89 AF Harker

p/kg:221.1p HB Atkinson; 220.9p P Johnson; 217.1p AF Harker; 216.2p HB Atkinson; 213.9p AF Harker; 208.5p I Marsden;

Mule average £67.87 per head or 149.84p/kg

£ per head: £77 JH Throup; £77 DA&S Fort; £76.5 JA&JH Hewetson; £76 JR Taylor & Son; £74.5 BS Simpson; £73.5 KJ Marston;

p/kg: 156.4p KJ Marston; 154.3p JH Throup; 152.1p JK Wilson; 152.1p JH Throup; 151.1p A&SL Throup; 150p BS Simpson;

Charollais average £70.89 per head or 166.02p/kg

£ per head: £82.5, £82 Brafferton Manor; £78 JR&DL Ogden; £78, £76 KJ Marston; £74 DG Boothman; £68 x2 JR&DL Ogden;

p/kg: 187.5p, 186.4p Brafferton Manor; 185.7p JR&DL Ogden; 181.4p KJ Marston; 174.4p R Caton; 166.3p DM Neave;

Lleyn average £73.31 per head or 162.47p/kg

£ per head: £82.5, £72 RG&SJ Paul;

p/kg: 163.6p 155.7p RG&SJ Paul;

Swaledale average £45.63 per head or 129.45p/kg

£ per head: £62 P Metcalfe; £55 S&D Robinson; £50 RW&B Chapman; £47.5 S&D Robinson; £45.5 RW&B Chapman;

p/kg:137.8p P Metcalfe; 137.5p, 130.3p S&D Robinson; 128.6p AJ Mason; 128.4p S&D Robinson; 125p RW&B Chapman

Gritstone average £71.17 per head or 157.13p/kg

£ per head: £74 JT Robinson; £54.5 DM Neave;

p/kg: 158.5p JT Robinson; 147.3p DM Neave




Cull Ewes average £40.44

Suffolk to £82.5, Texel to £93.5, BFL to £59.5, Mule to £50.56, Swaledale to £37.5, Gritstone to £26.5, Cheviot to £61.5.

Top prices:

Lowland: £93.5 RH Critchley; £85.5 RM Crabtree;

Mule/Masham: £74.5 J Howard; £72.5 KM&L Throup;  

Horned: £37.5, £28.5 KM&L Throup;

Hill: £61.5 J Wood; £59.5 CD&RF Kitching;  


Cast Rams average £30

Hampshire to £30.




Rearing Calves to £405 (87)

Dairy av £95.48 Cont av £262.5 Native av £201.36

A straight trade for calves this morning with black and whites probably the trade of the day. Continental bulls were definitely less this compared with last week, however best bulls still remained in the £360 - £405 with middle of the road bulls £250 - £320.


Natives bulls again found some stiff competition with the best entry from PJ&JE Bolland, Airton topping at £320 with an average of £280. Overall, heifers have bared the brunt of the downturn in trade this autumn, however today heifers were nice to sell and bar a handful of small, plain heifers trade was good, topping at £370 for a Church Farm Enterprise consignment.  


Black and whites met some nice bidding with 30 B&W bulls averaging £86.07 and topping at £185 for a cracking Friesian presented by John and Rob Marshall of Dacre, with Richard Spence of Sutton In Craven next in line at £140. Flekvieh dairy bulls saw a very tight spread with all entries from C Watson selling between £150 & £155.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £168) to £240 JC&DJ Marshall                             

Brit Blue x (Av £285.5) to £405 JP&KE Hartley                                                            

Aberdeen Angus (Av £280) to £320 PJ&JE Bolland

Flekvieh (Av £152.4) to £155 C Watson

Longhorn (Av £165) to £165 AP Townsend

Black & White (Av £86.07) to £185 JC Marshall                           


Heifer Calves                       

Ab Angus (Av £130) to £190 JC&DJ Marshall & Sons                                                 

British Blue (Av £245.5) to £370 Church Farm Enterprises

Lim (Av £131) to £185 D Clarke




Craven Dairy Auction (17 head)

 17 head arrived through the door this morning with a straight show of heifers and cows on offer. Today’s Champion came in the form of a Pedigree Heifer from Peter Baul of Bishop Thornton, giving 30kg and very sweet, she ended up selling for £2,000 to the Judge Martyn Jennings of Cowling.


Ian Parkinson of Barden saw a strong price bid for his 2nd Calver with the Hartley family of Beamsley snapping her up for the heady price of £1950, which happened to be the same price that the Reserve Champion from Mark Smith of Winterburn made with his 28kg heifer selling to Mark Goodall of Tong.


Next Sale in a Fortnights time (5th November), please can people advise of entries for the catalogue by Next Tuesday.


Judge – Martyn Jennings

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:        1st M Baul & Partners          2nd M&R Smith          3rd DR Robinson

                                Newly Calven Cows:             1st MD Parkinson                2nd W Stewart


                                Champion – M Baul & Partners                       Reserve – M&R Smith


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1458.75): to £1950 M&R Smith


Newly Calven Cows (av £1575): to £1950 MD Parkinson






Wheat Straw                        Mini Heston          to £30 per bale

Hay                                         Small Bales            to £4 per bale