Forward: 78 Prime cattle comprising 21 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 5 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 52 Cast Cattle. 3,819 Prime Sheep comprising 3,285 Prime Lambs, 526 Cast Ewes & 8 Rams. 83 Rearing Calves. 18 Dairy Cattle.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A useful show of retail cattle with top price p/kg and top gross at £1365, a 580kg British Blue Heifer consigned by Ben Townsend of Laneshawbridge which sold to D&A Gregory&Sons of Bacup for 259.5p/kg.


465-555kg                                             to 240.5p/kg        av.229.90p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 230.5p/kg        av. 212.71p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 259.5p/kg        av. 232.64p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 257.5p/kg        av. 213.64p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JA Drake (BBx) 1337,1302, CD&RF Kitching (BBx)1335,(Limx) 1235,

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 240.5, JA Drake (BBx) 230.5,228.5


£ per head: JM Townsend (BBx) 1365,(Limx) 1300, S&P Scriven (BBx) 1257,1234, E&M Townley (BBx) 1196

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (BBx) 259.5, JM Townsend (BBx) 257.5, (Limx) 252.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 246.5, E&M Townley&Sons (BBx) 241.5

Prime Cattle (over 30mos)

Overall Average                                   125.91p/kg           £861.89

Top Prices £ per head or p/kg

£ per head: D Jeffrey (AAx Str) 1240,1062, D&P Brown (Brown Swiss Hfr) 828, N Robinson (Welsh B) 711

p/kg: D Jeffrey (AAx Str) 158.5, 148.5,  D&P Brown (Brown Swiss) 125.5,  N Robinson (Welsh B) 117.5       


Cull Cow Prices

The cast cattle entry still comprised a high number of worn dairies which continue to find customers whilst affecting the final average. Meat was scarce again but a couple of young first calving heifers were very well sold.

Overall Average                                   87.11p/kg             £568.39

Black & White                       to 97.5 p/kg                         av. 78.21p/kg

Swed Red                              to 84.5p/kg

Jersey                                     to 80.5p/kg

MRI                                         to 84.5p/kg                          av.76.97p/kg

Limx                                       to 177.5p/kg                        av. 125.52p/kg

BBx                                         to 115.5p/kg

Blondex                                 to 94.5p/kg                          av. 91.56p/kg

AAx                                         to 95.5p/kg                          av. 89.60p/kg

Hefdx                                     to 88.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: PA Whitaker 714, DA&S Fort 703, Frankland Farms 703, AL Dean7Sons 697, A&J Carr&Son 692

p/kg: AL Dean 97.5, 91.5, A&J Carr&Son 97.5, PA Whittaker 96.5, DA&S Fort 92.5, Frankland Farms 89.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: C Watson (MRI) 600,557, JSS Verity (Swed Red) 549, (Jer) 471

p/kg: C Watson 84.5,82.5, JSS Verity (Swed Red) 84.5, (Jer) 80.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: H&S Maudsley 733,T&J Smith 469

p/kg: H&S Maudsley 115.5,BS Simpson 86.5, BL&R Lund 81.5,80.5


£ per head: W&M Hebron 177.5, 117.5, E&S Baines 162.5, BS Simpson 113.5,107.5

p/kg: W&M Hebron 1278,911,  E&S Baines 959,802, BS Simpson 760,710,


£ per head: Bolster Moor (AA) 745, W&M Hebron (AAx) 730, H&S Maudsley (Hefdx) 633

p/kg: Bolster Moor (AA) 95.5,W&M Hebron (AAx) 88.5, H&S Maudsley (Hefdx) 88.5


3,819 Prime Sheep comprising 3,285 Prime Lambs, 526 Cast Ewes & 8 Rams

A very good show on the week, with all classes quite a bit dearer, especially Mule Wethers. A grand show of smart lambs were easily sold and very highly sought, a cracking pen of lambs form Anthony Hewetson topping the sale at 239.1p. others at 232.6p from the same vendor. Mr Hewetson also had lambs adding up to £110, £107 £103 and £100 twice. Other three figure prices were Ellis Bros £109, Jeremy Taylor £104 and Duncan Halliday £100. Commercial lambs were generally £2 to £4 dearer helped by much tighter numbers countrywide and so customers were out in force this afternoon.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £73.02  per head or 168.3p/kg           

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 170.6p/kg         av 147.2p/kg         or £50.24 per head (91)

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 222.1p/kg         av 170.1p/kg         or £71.97 per head (2318)

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 239.1p/kg         av 166.6p/kg         or £79.94 per head (756)

52.1kg and over                  to 196.2p/kg         av 161.9p/kg         or £78.11 per head (81)

Beltex average £82.65 per head or 194.14p/kg

£ per head: £110 JA&JH Hewetson; £109 Ellis Bros; £107, £103 JA&JH Hewetson; £100 DJ Halliday; £100x2 JA&JH Hewetson;

p/kg: 239.1p, 232.6p JA&JH Hewetson; 231.9p Ellis Bros; 222.1p G Sunderland; 219.5p J&M Blakey; 219.2p J&J Garnett

Suffolk average £74.47 per head or 162.8p/kg

£ per head:£93 RA&M Earnshaw; £87.50 £85 PN Hugill; £86 A Guy & Son; £79.50 MW Harrison; £79.50 Ashfield Farms;

p/kg: 177.4p 166.7p DJ&LJ Holt; 174.4p 170.5p CD&RF Kitching; 171.6p PN Hugill; 164.4p 164.1p Ashfield Farms;

Texel average £73.61 per head or 167.3p/kg

£ per head: £104  JD Taylor; £93 AJ Taylor; £91 PN Hugill; £91 G Airey; £90 Ashfiled Farm; £89 C&SB Whitelock; £89 S Spensley; 

p/kg: 197.6 P Crabtree; 196.2p JD Taylor; 195.1p DJ Grassam; 194.4p; H Metcalfe; 192.0p A Fisher; 191.1p H Metcalfe;

Mule average £67.25 per head or 156.5p/kg

£ per head: £82 AJ Taylor; £77 JR Smith; £76 AJ Taylor; £76 CD&RF Kitching; £75 BS Simpson; £74.50 JR Smith; £74 R Bell

p/kg:164.8p Ellis Bros; 163.3p CD&RF Kitching; 163p BS Simpson; 162.2p AJ Taylor; 162p JR Smith; 161.7p CD&RF Kitching;

Charollais average £75.47 per head or 171.3p/kg

£ per head:81.50 P Shackleton; £79.50 A Fisher; £78.50 A Guy & Son; £77.50 DJ Halliday; £76 P Crabtree & Son; £68x2 DJ&LJ Holt

p/kg: 189.3p A Fisher; 178.4p A Guy & Son; 172.7p P Crabtree & Son; 172.2p DJ Halliday; 170p DJ&LJ Holt; 169.8p P Shackleton

Lleyn average £72.06 per head or 164.9p/kg

£ per head: £74, £71, £70.50 CD&RF Kitching;

p/kg: 168.2p, 165.1p, 160.2p CD&RF Kitching

Swaledale average £47.33 per head or 133.9p/kg

£ per head: £60 Heseltine & Akrigg; £57 W&M Bland; £56 J Claxton; £55 DM&SV Throup; £48.50 K Lister & Sons;

p/kg: 150p W&M Bland; 140p J Claxton; 138.6p K Lister & Sons; 137.9p A&N Fothergill; 136.4p Heseltine & Akrigg



Cull Ewes average £44.36

Suffolk to £78.50, Texel to £105.5, BFL to £70.50, Mule to £66.50, Lleyn to £61.50, Swaledale to £51.50, Gritstone to £50.50, Cheviot to £76.50, Dalesbred to £37.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £105.5 I Marsden; £87.50 AM Binns;

Mule/Masham: £66.50 CR&J Kippax; £66.50 AM Binns;  

Horned: £51.50 BS Simpson; £37.50 JH&J Ryder

Hill: £76.50 Grain Farms

Cast Rams average £71.13

Texel to £117.50 HS Maudsley; Dalesbred to £61.50 RH&EA Close; Beltex to £79.50 H&S Maudsley



83 Rearing Calves to £405

B&W av £39.69 Cont av £329.5 Native av £223.8

Continentals and Natives saw a strong trade right the way through the day with prices strong for all goods especially the middle of the road goods. Some big runs of calves arrived today and were not disappointed with Chris and Margie Hall, Fred Houseman and John Dodgson of Bank Newton all leaving with a good trade.


It was the Clarke family of Hampsthwaite who took the top price of the day with a super blue bull which reached the Sale high of £405. Middle of the road continentals and natives were hard fought over with hard reared calves arguably the dearest of the lot, with many being bid well into the mid £300’s. Natives saw £300 briefly with some good calves from Chris Hall of Shelley and Brian Wellock bringing a strong Aberdeen Angus which realised £280.


Black and whites a sticky trade with lesser calves hard to sell today with stronger better fleshed calves selling away better.   


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £360) to £375 G Pickersgills & Son                      

Brit Blue x (Av £350.8) to £405 D Clarke                       

Simmental x to £330 HJ&KL Blackwell                                                           

Welsh Black to £195 JC Marshall     

Ab Angus (Av £233.3) to £300 C&M Hall

Saler to £260 RL Wright & Son                        

Black & White (Av £39.69) to £95 G Pickersgill & Sons                               


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £241.25) to £300 C&M Hall                  

Brit Blue x (Av £280.38) to £360 x2 Church Farm Enterprises                 

Ab Angus (Av £221.88) to £270 CM Hall                                                       

Lincoln Red (Av £250) to £270 D&P Brown                                                  


Craven Dairy Auction (18 head)

 A changeable sort of trade today with good heifers selling away well with Brian Moorhouse of Bell Busk topping the day’s trade with his Pedigree heifer giving 32kg and from the Aireburn Miss America family went on to sell for £1850 to Stephen and Eddie Jeanes, Glusburn. Another heifer from Hesper Farm went on to sell for £1750, which had been calved just 10 days and giving 27kgs sold to Brian Blezard of Hothersall Hall Farm.


Champion of the day went to a tremendous heifer from David and Suzy Lawson of Arthington which giving 28 litres sold to the Judge Mike Longster of Fellbeck. Robert Crisp of Calton sold his first heifer in the ring to the Sowray Bros of Bishop Thornton for £1600, the heifer which was giving 30kg and only a week calved certainly set the day off well.    


Judge – Mike Longster

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st A Lawson & Son; 2nd ASE Crisp; 3rd M Baul & Partners

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st MD Parkinson


                                Champion – A Lawson & Son            Reserve – ASE Crisp


Newly Calven Heifers av £1223 to £1600 ASE Crisp & Sons


Newly Calven Cows to £1580 MD Parkinson


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers av £1473.89 to £1850 GB Moorhouse