Forward: 65 Prime cattle comprising 3 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 5 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 55 Cast Cattle 5,026 Prime Sheep comprising 4,642 Prime Lambs, 384 Cast Ewes & Rams 72 Rearing Calves 43 Dairy Cattle inc Christmas Show 6 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


590kg                                     to 127.5p/kg        av 109.58p/kg


551-650kg                             to 147.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: P Ormerod (AA) 982

p/kg: P Ormerod (AA) 127.5


£ per head: M Ryder&Sons (AA) 147.5

p/kg: M Ryder&Sons (AA) 147.5

Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   84.73p/kg             £531.63

Trade continues in the same slot with the milk price bringing a large proportion of lean cattle on to the market in a sale at which 80% of the entry was dairy bred.

Black & White                       to 107.5p/kg                        av 85.34p/kg

Jersey                                     to 65.5p/kg

Blondex                                 to 113.5p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 93.5p/kg                         

BBx                                         to 96.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 98.5p/kg                          av 93.88p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: G Abbott&Sons 797,G&PS Fleetwood 779, AL Dean&Son 758, PJ Bolland 745

p/kg: G&PS Fleetwood 107.5, A Sowray&Son 105.5,104.5, AL Dean&Son 104.5, PJ Bolland 103.5


£ per head: K Lister&Sons 772

p/kg: K Lister&Sons 113.5
Brit Blue:

£ per head: T Walker 96.5

p/kg: T Walker 680


£ per head: S&T Fawcett 547

p/kg: S&T Fawcett 93.5


£ per head: C&CR Mitchell 702, P Shackleton 561

p/kg: P Shackleton 98.5,R&CR Mitchell 97.5


Overall Average                                   75.63p/kg             £720.34

£ per head: RB&L Gamble (Sim) 1026

p/kg: RB&L Gamble (Sim) 79.5


5,026 Prime Sheep

Today was the fourth consecutive week that there were over 5,000 sheep penned for sale, however todays average may show a  slight rise on the week but trade was rather mixed, with Lowland lambs generally a bit cheaper, Mule lambs very similar and Horned lambs dearer.

The Lowland lambs didn’t keep up last weeks rates, with handy weighted commercial types generally £2-£3 apiece down. Quality types, regardless of weight, did manage to stay closer to last weeks trade, and some excellent runs of ¾ Bred Texel and Beltex’s were a very good trade, highlighted by the leading Beltex prices where James & Simon Garth of Keasden lead the way selling lambs to £116 each or 305.5p/kg. The rest of these prices also show the strength of the trade at Skipton for these types.

Heavy Lambs again were a fair trade, nice sorts holding last weeks trade but commercial types being a little cheaper.

The Hill lambs saw Mules maintain last weeks prices with the average up 2p/kg on the week to 164.9p, however it was the Horned lambs that performed best on the week with the average up 18p/kg to stand at 164p/kg for Swaledales and 167p for Dalebreds.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £76.07 per head or 176.9p/kg                                                            

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 274.3p/kg         av 188.9p/kg         or £65.77 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 305.3p/kg         av 180.6p/kg         or £75.42 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 216.3p/kg         av 166.1p/kg         or £79.31 per head

52.1kg and over   to 177.8p/kg         av 157.2p/kg         or £85.10 per head

Beltex average £82.49 per head or 203.2p/kg

£ per head: £116 £110 J Garth & Son; £115 £103 AM&HV Brown; £111 £106 £105 PW Simpson; £107 K Marshall; £106 F Reeday

p/kg: 305.3p 282.1p J Garth & Son; 274.3p 271.4p H Brown; 273.8p AM&HV Brown; 264.3p PW Simpson; 257.9p H&S Maudsley

Texel average £76.45 per head or 175.8p/kg

£ per head: £104 £97 H Baines; £102 FC N&M Walker; £98x2 £94 RH&MR Ireland; £95 J Baines; £94 J Howard;

p/kg: 247.6p 225.6p H Baines; 229.3p 222.5p J Howard; 226.3p RH&MR Ireland; 218.8p K Marshall; 218.1p K Marsahll;

Suffolk average £76.36 per head or 168.3p/kg

£ per head: £89 JA&JM Wade; £87 £82 J Turner; £87 £82 RA&M Earnshaw; £83.50 G Mellin; £82 F Reeday; £82 BR&JM Jarvis;

p/kg: 207.7p TH&A Pickard; 183.3p G Beresford; 182.1p PJ Bolland; 181.0p H Raw; 180.7p BR&JM Jarvis; 179.8p JP&KE Hartley;

Charollais average £80.20 per head or 169.6p/kg

£ per head: £93x2 £92 £87 £85.50x2 CW Marwood; £86 £85.50MJ Spensley; £81.50 P Crabtree;

p/kg: 194.0p 181.0p P Crabtree; 182.9p H Downs & Son; 182.1p K Marshall; 179.5p JA&JH Hewetson;

Lleyn average £69.12 per head or 172.6p/kg

£ per head: £74 CD&RF Kitching; £69.50 £69 DC Wood; £70 D Lodge;

p/kg: 185.0p CD&RF Kitching; 175.6p GM&SC Pickles; 169.5p 168.3p DC Wood;

Mule average £70.53 per head or 164.9p/kg

£ per head: £74.50 DM&SV Throup; £74 JH Throup; £74 CD&RF Kitching; £74 GW Houseman; £73 JR Smith; £73 S&P Scrivin;

£73 T&C Robinson;

p/kg: 177.6p PJ Bolland; 175.0p JA Stoney; 173.8p NC Holme; 171.6p W&M Bland; 171.4p PL Metcalfe; 171.3p K Dickinson;

Swaledale average £61.37 per head or 164.3p/kg

£ per head: £69.50 £61.50x2 JR Smith; £68 DM&SV Throup; £66 A&N Fothergill; £60.50 P Addyman & Son;

p/kg: 175.7p 169.5p JR Smith; 168.1p P Addyman; 167.1p FC N&M Walker; 158.1p DM&SV Throup;

Rouge average £82.53 per head or 183.3p/kg

£ per head: £89 £84x2 £80 JA&JM Wade; £86 Frankland Farms;

p/kg: 201.4p 190.9p 170.2p 168.0p JA&JM Wade; 191.1p  Frankland Farms; 185.0p K Marsahll;

Masham average £67.47 per head or 168.2p/kg

£ per head: £70.50 A&SL Throup; £67.50 £66.50 G&SE Parker;

p/kg: 170.5p 168.8p G&SE Parker; 160.2p A&SL Throup;

Dalesbred average £59.14 per head or 167.2p/kg

£ per head: £63 £59 JA Stoney & Son; £57 RH&EA Close; £53.50 A&N Fothergill;

p/kg: 170.3p 159.5p JA Stoney & Son; 167.2p A&N Fothergill; 162.9p RH&EA Close;

Gritstone average £71.10 per head or 173.9p/kg

£ per head: £74.50 £73 £69.50 F&R Fielden

p/kg: 178.2p 169.8p 165.6p F&R Fielden;


Cull Ewes average £49.57

Suffolk to £83.50, Texel to £102.50, BFL to £69.50, Mule to £76.50, Lleyn to £61.50, Swaledale to £58.50, Masham to £56.50, Cheviot  to £67.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £102.50 JR Carr; £93.50, £87.50 JS Stephenson; £85.50 GD&JC Holme

Mule/Masham: £76.50, £75.50 GD&JC Holme; £72.50 JD Taylor; £71.50 AL Dean

Horned: £58.50 AL Dean; £52.50 JA Stoney; £49.50 JR Smith; £49.50 K Lister & Sons

Hill: £67.50 K Lister & Sons; £61.50 PL Metcalfe; 

Cast Rams average £88.72

Texel to £111.50 BG&LM Hawksworth; Suffolk to 73.50 AS Staveley; Wensleydale to £87.50 H Collinge; Swaledale to £68 E&E Metcalfe & Son.



Rearing Calves to £400

B&W av £56.46 Cont av £246 Native av £165

Good show of calves with the Christmas Show next week and trade remained good particularly for young Continental calves and Black and White Bulls.

Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £234) to £290 AP Townend                  

Brit Blue x (Av £272) to £400 Church Farm Enterprise                              

Saler (Av £205) to £245 P Sharp & Son                                                          

Mont Bel (Av £175) to £192 K Talbot                                             

Black & White (Av £56) to £128 RL Wright & Son                       


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x to £150 PJ Bolland                         

Brit Blue x (Av £253) to £370 Church Farm Enterprise                              

Hereford to £165 K&M Berry                                                          

Saler to £135 RL Wright & Son                                                        


Craven Dairy Auction Christmas Show (42 head)

 A busy day with the Christmas Dairy Sale and by far one of the best shows of cattle this year with quality right through the shippon.  Trade was slow and steady and not helped by further doom and gloom in the industry, but the sale got underway with a certain hype and enthusiasm. Trade did get going through the middle of the sale with the arrival of the champion from David Lawson which was 21 days calved and giving 32 Litres, the heifer eventually reached £2500 and was knocked down to regular supporter Stephen Jeanes and his Son Edward.


All in all there was a straight trade for most animals considering the circumstances with the show of cattle probably not reaching their deserved value. Next Sale 15th December, let’s hope things look a little better by then.   


Judge – Ian Collins

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st A Lawson & Son              2nd JJ&JD Booth                     3rd M Swires

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st A Swires                           2nd T&DA Penrose                3rd DE&MA Booth

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st 2nd 3rd RA&HE Simpson

                                Champion – A Lawson & Son            Reserve – JJ&JD Booth      


Newly Calven Heifers (6): av £1739 to £1920 M Swires


Newly Calven Cows (4): av £1590 to £1920 M Swires  


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (22): av £1755 to £2500 A Lawson & Son


Incalf Heifers (10): av £1210 to £1400 RA&HE Simpson