Forward: 84 Prime cattle comprising 9 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 4 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 71 Cast Cattle. 1,940 Prime Sheep comprising 141 Spring Lambs, 1,292 Prime Hoggs & Mature Hoggs, 507 Cast Ewes & Rams. 555 Breeding Sheep. 53 Rearing Calves. 30 Dairy Cattle. 4 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A small entry of clean cattle with handy weight retail cattle scarce and the few available meeting a good trade. Malcolm Metcalfe of Baldersby headed up the sale with a 515kg Limousin heifer selling at 239.5p/kg to Keelham Farm Shop and a 415kg Limousin heifer at 237.5p/kg to Charlie Clough of Queensbury.


560kg+                                                   to 201.5p/kg                        av. 192.71p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 237.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 239.5p/kg                        av. 166.11p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1159, 1137, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1143

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 201.5,199.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 190.5


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1233, 986, MP Jennings (Dairy) Ltd (B&W) 985

p/kg: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 239.5, 237.5, B Spensley Ltd (MRI) 144.5

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   122.02p/kg           £761.08

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: R&E Butterfield (B&W) 847, 796, CM&EM Gratton (B&W) 784

p/kg: R&E Butterfield (B&W) 129.5,124.5, CM&EM Gratton (B&W) 127.5


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   94.60p/kg             £609.42

A larger entry of cast cattle met a similar trade. Plain and steaking cattle remain well bid despite the heavy numbers nationwide and dairies carrying finish 100p and upwards. Feeding customers seeking Beef crosses and young dairies.

Black & White                       to 111.5p/kg                        av. 90.19p/kg

Hefdx                                     to 112.5p/kg                        av. 108.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 91.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 149.5p/kg                        av. 132.13p/kg

BBx                                         to 108.5p/kg

Bazadaisx                               to 112.5p/kg                       

Murray Grey                         to 103.5p/kg                        av.93.59p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: H Downs&Son 825, MP Jennings (Dairy)Ltd 809, J Caygill&Ptns 787, N Parker 784, Church Farm Enterprises 760

p/kg: H Downs&Son 111.5, IR&DE Wellock 109.5, FA Holmes&Son 108.5, J Caygill&Ptns 108.5, CM&EM Gratton 107.5


£ per head: J Hopkinson (Hefdx) 838, R Caton (Hefd) 779

p/kg: J Hopkinson (Hefdx) 112.5, R Caton (Hefdx) 104.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: J Pickles 828, B Spensley Ltd 765

p/kg: B Spensley Ltd 108.5, J Pickles 103.5


£ per head: H&S Maudsley 981, B Spensley Ltd 890, SD Bennett 768,749

p/kg: B Spensley Ltd 149.5, H&S Maudsley 147.5, SD Bennett 132.5,115.5

Other Contx

£ per head: SD Bennett (Baz) 709, D&GM Scott (Blonde) 686, R Caton (Simx) 645, J7J Garnett (Murray Grey) 642

p/kg: D&GM Scott (Blonde) 112.5,  SD Bennett (Baz) 112.5,  J&J Garnett (Murray Grey) 103.5


Overall Average                                   78.03p/kg             £678.90

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: RW&M Walker (Ayr) 708, EJ Fort (B&W) 650

p/kg: RW&M Walker (Ayr) 79.5, EJ Fort (B&W) 76.5


1,940 Prime Sheep

141 Spring Lambs in the pens today selling to 13 different outlets to record a very pleasing average of 249p. More wholesaler interest this week, whilst several retail clients now looking for larger numbers of New Season Lambs. The Monthly Prize Show is next week with classes for pairs of Continental cross and Down Cross Lambs. Judging 1pm.

Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £104.09 per head or 249.1p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 242.9p/kg         av 235.71p/kg      or £82.50 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 304.9p/kg         av 257.53p/kg      or £104.39 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 270.2p/kg         av 212.01p/kg      or £100.46 per head

52.1kg and over   to 214.8p/kg         av 207.34p/kg      or £113.00 per head

Beltex average £111.17 per head or 283.76p/kg

£ per head: £114, £114, £113, £110, £105 CR&M Wilson

p/kg: 300p, 285p, 282.5p, 282.1p, 269.2p CR&M Wilson

Suffolk average £102.91 per head or 242.78p/kg

£ per head: £128, £125 JA&JM Wade & Son; £116 D&A Livestock; £115 JA&JM Wade & Son; £115, £104 JA Key

p/kg: 304.9p, 297.7p, 273.8p  JA&JM Wade & Son; 270.3p B&K Wellock; 264.1p, 257.8p D&A Livestock;  

Texel average £103.57 per head or 254.58/kg

£ per head: £123 D&A Livestock; £122, £120 S&P Scrivin; £120 TA Robinson; £118 S Coar; £117 D&A Livestock;

p/kg: 297.4p G Beresford & Son; 292.1p D&A Livestock; 289.5p D&A Livestock; 285.7p S&P Scrivin; 281p S Coar


Prime & Lightweight Hogg trade was better than anticipated with meated sorts probably been a shade better to sell on the week, whilst under finished types and end of season hoggs were similar to sell.


Prime Hoggs  – Overall Average  £77.76 per head or 175.5p/kg             

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 189.7p/kg         av 150.32p/kg      or £49.55 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 223.8p/kg         av 179.85p/kg      or £74.77 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 200p/kg            av 169.64p/kg      or £81.01 per head

52.1kg and over   to 185.2p/kg         av 144.94p/kg      or £81.84 per head

Beltex average £84.80 per head or 207.9p/kg

£ per head: £94 K Saffrey; £91, £89, £85 TA Robinson; £83 P&J Brown; £77.50

p/kg: 223.8p K Saffrey; 222p, 211.9p TA Robinson; 207.5p P&J Brown & Son, 203.9p, 186.8p,

Suffolk average £80.15 per head or 170.9p/kg

£ per head:£88 £87.50 £79 RG Church & Son; £85 R Emmott; £83 S Dorey; £80 AJ Slater; 

p/kg:179.5p 171.6p RG Church & Son;

Texel average £82.48 per head or 180.6p/kg

£ per head:£94 H Baines; £92 RG Church & Son; £91 GW Houseman; £90.50 TA Robinson; £89.50 P&J Brown;

p/kg:217.9p GW Houseman; 214.6p Brafferton Monor; 208.9p H Baines; 208.5p GT&BF Bleazard; 206.6p J Watson;

Mule average £76.64 per head or 170.3/kg

£ per head: £85 N Hanson; £80 J Baines; £79.50 G Pickersgill & Sons; £79, £78.50, £78 S Dorey; £76 RG Church Ltd;

p/kg: 176.3p Brafferton Farms; 173.3p S Dorey; 173p DN&JM Molyneux; 172.7p RG Church Ltd; 171.7p, 170.7p S Dorey

Charollais average £87.12 per head or 178.35p/kg;

£ per head: £88.50 J Lord; £85.50 S Dorey;

p/kg: 188.3p J Lord; 167.6p S Dorey

Masham average £76.55 per head or 165.2.64p/kg

£ per head: £83.50 S Dorey; £82, £70 S Dorey

p/kg: 170.7p N Hanson; 169.2p, 167p S Dorey;

Swaledale average £61.69 per head or 154.35p/kg

£ per head: £75 J&E Slater; £75 J Baines; £64 G&MA Lawn; £62, £58, £57 GW Houseman & Partners;

p/kg: 163p J Baines; 155p, 154.1p GW Houseman & Partners; 154.1p RG Church Ltd

Dalesbred average £74.2 per head or 151.12p/kg

£ per head: £75, £67 JC & DJ Marshall & Sons

p/kg: 153.1p, 134p JC&DJ Marshall & Sons

Cheviot average £78.35 per head or 171.19p/kg

£ per head: £87, £80.50, £80 F&M Parkinson; £78.50 AR&CA Parkinson; £78 FM Parkinson; £74 AR&CA Parkinson;

p/kg: 187.2p S Forshaw; 186.9p, 180.5p AR&CA Parkinson; 175p J Lord; 167.7p, 167.3p, 166.7p, 166p FM Parkinson


A larger but plainer entry met with more competition from the ringside to record a similar trade on the week for most classes, although heavier Mules and Horned sheep were a shade dearer.


Cull Ewes average £61.78

Suffolk to £103.5, Texel to £125.5, BFL to £89.50, Mule to £85.50, Lleyn to £56.50, Swaledale to £60.50, Charolais to £91.50, Cheviot  to £54.50, Beltex  to £89.50, Lonk  to £70.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £125.50, £114.50 E&KM Marshall; £110.5 D&A Livestock

Mule/Masham: £85.50 AJ Taylor; £79.50 P Sedgwick

Horned: £60.50 E&KM Marshall, £52.50 G&MA Lawn & Son

Hill: £56.50 A&PM Hall; £54.50 Lea & Son  

Cast Rams average £74.19

Texel to £104.5 AN Throup; BFL to £52.50 JH&J Ryder; LLeyn to £74.50 A&PM Hall; Beltex to £54.50 WE Garbutt & Sons



555 Breeding Sheep (comprising 224 Sheep with 331 lambs at foot)

Numbers exactly the same as last week but generally lambs on the ewes were stronger so prices looking a bit better too. A few more travelled buyers helping to fill up the ringside, and many were looking for young ewes or hoggs with lambs. Best today for Hoggs was Ian Manning of Wrexham with the first of his weekly consignments topping at £195, with others ranging from £150 to £190. Richard Caton of Stainforth and John Mawson of Elslack jointly topped the sale at £205 for Texel Ewes with Twins.


NEXT MONDAY (2nd May – Bank Holiday)




 Sale commences at 10:30am

(Order of Sale)

743 GELD GIMMER HOGGS (Mule, Cont & Suffolk cross)





(Pls note: this is a fully catalogue sale)


Texel Cross

Hoggs with Singles to £168 DA Gibbon.

Hoggs with Twins to £150 C&M Crawshaw.

Shlgs with Twins to £205 JR&EL Mawson.

Shlgs with 1.5 lambs to £192 RD Wallbank.

2&3shr with Twins to £205 R Caton.

3cr with Singles to £150 R Caton.

3cr with Twins £190 NM Parker.

Correct and Twins to £180 NM Parker.

b/m with Twins to £152 B&ME Craven & Son.



2shr with singles to £155 R Caton.


Hoggs & Singles to £195 IT Manning.

2 crop with twins to £178 NM Parker.

Correct and Twins to £150 J Brotherton.

b/m and twins to £145 RD Metcalfe & Son.

b/m with Singles £96 MAC Iveson & Ptnrs.


Correct & Twins to £170 B&ME Craven.



Hoggs with Singles to £152 I Marsden.

Shlgs with 1.5 Lambs to £185 I Marsden.

Correct with Twins to £162 B&ME Craven & Son.


Dalesbred b/m with 1.5 lambs to £72 DA Dobson.

Swaledale b/m with Singles to £80 GB&G Grange & Son.

Gritstone b/m with Singles to £95 DJ&LJ Holt.



Rearing Calves to £420 (53)

B&W av £66 Cont av £Native av £


Bull Calves

Limousin x to £340 JC Marshall                       

Brit Blue x (Av £344) to £420 SG Midgeley                                                                                   

Ab Angus (Av £201) to £235 SG Midgeley                     

Swedish Red (av £102.5) to £115 M Fewster

Black & White (Av £66) to £115 PJ Bolland                   


Heifer Calves                                                       

Brit Blue x (Av £295.3) to £340 JC Marshall                  

Ab Angus (Av £205) to £230 JC Marshall                                                       

Saler to £190 RL Wright & Sons



Limousin Bulls (av £413.33) to £440 Hayton & Stocks

Friesian Steer to £125 SG Midgeley

Limousin Steer to £325 SG Midgeley

Aber Angus Steer to £265 SG Midgeley

Limousin Heifer (av £255) to £260 SG Midgley



Craven Dairy Auction (30 head)

 A testing day for all with the milk price once again being reduced at the end of last week has had a clear knock on effect to the trade received by vendors today despite a quality show of in milk heifers and cows on offer.  Brian Moorhouse of Bell Busk was tasked with the judging job today and picked out one of David Lawson’s well bred pedigree heifers which was a month calved and giving 31kg went on to sell for a sale high of £1380. Robin Jennings of South Stainley, Harrogate sold his reserve champion heifer for £1250 with another of his entries a 31kg Stainbank heifer bred by Micheleaob went on to sell for £1350.


Trade of the day was seen with the heifer calves with Alan Throup selling some well bred heifer calves at 8 weeks old and selling up to £340 with Mark Smith selling some also with a pair at £180 each. 


Judge –

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st A Lawson & Son 2nd GB Jennings & Son; 3rd A Lawson & Son

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st DL Leeming Ltd

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st I Olivers & Partners

                                Pedigree Bulls                      1st Enchanted Holsteins 2nd A&G Midgley

                                Champion – A Lawson & Son            Reserve –  GB Jennings


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (11) av £1196 to £1380 A Lawson & Son


Newly Calven Heifers (4): av £987  to £1140 DR Robinson


Newly Calven Cows (1): to £900 DL Leeming Ltd


Incalf Heifers (1): to £860 I Olivers & Partners


Bulling Heifers (2) av £625 to £630 E Pennock & Son


Heifer Calves (9) av £222.5 to £340 A&SL Throup



Hay                                         Mini Hestons                        to £24.50 per bale

                                                Rounds                                   to £20 per bale