Forward: 77 Prime cattle comprising 24 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 4 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 49 Cast Cattle. 3,638 Prime Sheep comprising 3235 Old Season Lambs, 391 Cast Ewes & 12 Rams. 74 Rearing Calves. 27 Dairy Cattle. 10 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Keelham farm Shop was the major buyer at this week’s sale accounting for 12 clean cattle purchases including the top price per kg on the day a 535kg Continental cross heifer from JM Townsend, Laneshawbridge which made 247.5p/kg or £1324.


465-555kg                                             to 244.5p/kg        av. 209.37p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 229.5p/kg        av. 219.62p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 229.5p/kg        av. 154.13p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 247.5p/kg        av.191.18p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: H Downs&Son (Limx) 1354,1290,1280, JA Drake (Limx) 1307,1290, JR Metcalfe (Path) 1279, JM Townsend (Limx) 1296

p/kg: JM Townsend (Limx) 244.5, K&J Marshall (BBx) 221.5, H Downs&Son (Limx) 229.5,228.5,224.5, JA Drake 223.5,220.5, JR Metcalfe  (Path) 222.5,


£ per head: JM Townsend (Blonde) 1324, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1245, H Downs&Son (Limx) 1229

p/kg: : JM Townsend (Blonde) 247.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 229.5, R Wood (BBx) 223.5,217.5, K&J Marshall (BBx) 213.5


Clean Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   117.12p/kg           £751.04

Top Price (£ per head or p/kg)

Top Prices (£ per head and p/kg)

£ per head: JD Taylor&Son (B&W) 1039,858, T&A Hird (BBx) 908,

p/kg: T&A Hird (BBx) 137.5, JD Taylor&Son (B&W) 131.5,123.5


Cull Cow Prices

Cast cattle numbers reducing after the carry-over of cattle at Christmas and all classes a sharp trade with steaking cows the pick of the trade and Joe Drinkalls high quality fed cattle particularly good to sell.

Overall Average                                   95.06p/kg             £626.02

Black & White                       to 101.5p/kg                        av. 89.99p/kg

Jersey                                     to 93.5p/kg                          av. 70.43p/kg

Swed Red                              to 93.5p/kg                         

Simx                                       to 153.5 p/kg                      

BBx                                         to 143.5p/kg                        av. 133.31p/kg

Limx                                       to 104.5p/kg                        av. 84.20p/kg

Beef Shorthorn                    to 139.5p/kg                        av. 100.66p/kg

AAx                                         to 125.5p/kg                        av. 104.75p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: S&PE Bowker&Son  768,739, K&M Berry&Son 761, JC Marshall 754, J Gooch 748, G Abbott&Son 747,P Pogson 690

p/kg: K&M Berry&Son 101.5, S&PE Bowker&Son 100.5, J Gooch 99.5, DA Fort 99.5, JC Marshall 98.5, A&CL Gray 95.5, DA Fort 95.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: JSS Verity (Swed Red) 788, P Pogson (Jer) 580

p/kg: JSS Verity (Swed Red) 95.5, P Pogson (Jer) 95.5,

Brit Blue:

£ per head: JW Stockdale&Son 1004,997, CT&EM Hammond 998, JM Townsend 774

p/kg: JW Stockdale&Son 143.5, 139.5, CT7EM Hammond 119.5

Other Contx

£ per head: J Drinkall Ltd (Sim) 1128, S Berry (Limx) 721, J&G Huck (Blonde) 688

p/kg: J Drinkall Ltd (Sim) 153.5, J&G Huck (Blonde) 107.5, S Berry (Limx) 104.5


£ per head: J Drinkall Ltd (Sh) 1116, (AAx) 960,872

p/kg: J Drinkall Ltd (Sh) 139.5, (AA) 125.5,110.5


3,638 Prime Sheep

A more mixed show of sheep met with a reduced trade on the week. Smartest end were fewer in number and not just as hot to sell as last week, however the commercial and decent heavier lambs still remained a good trade with the 46kg to 52kg weight range averaging 170.7p/kg or £84.77. Lightweight Swaledale lambs growing in numbers and as long as they are well fleshed are finding a good following. Mule lambs not just up to last weeks levels, typically 160-165p, odd pens around 170p.

Next Week is the Monthly Prize Show, Lowland Lambs in pens of 5 (max two entries into the show) and Hill Bred Lambs in 10’s (max one entry)

Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £71.89 per head or 171.24p/kg

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 146.8p/kg         av 133.39p/kg      or £40.45 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 181.4p/kg         av 148.99p/kg      or £50.54 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 240p/kg            av 174.88p/kg      or £71.78 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 210.2p/kg         av 170.73p/kg      or £84.77 per head

52.1kg and over                  to 194.4p/kg         av 161.08p/kg      or £90.45 per head

Beltex average £84.32 per head or 201.5p/kg

£ per head: £103 R&N Carlisle; £99 Fox Farm; £98 CT&EM Hammond; £97 P&J Brown; £96 W Watson; £95 K Marshall; £95 JG Hall; £95 Fox Farm; 

p/kg: 237.5p 232.4p 228.9p K Marshall; 235.7p Fox Farm; 234.1p W Watson; 222.0p Fox Farms; 220.9p JG Hall; 220.9p Fox Farm;

Suffolk average £71.52 per head or 167.4p/kg

£ per head: £93 D&A Livestock; £86 R Emmott; £85 N Speake; £84.50 RM Spence; £83.50 RL Wright; £83.50 DW&CJ Towler; £83.50 CH&C Fearnley;

p/kg: 186.9p CD&RF Kitching; 181.50 DW&CJ Towler; £177.1p N Speake; 176.0p RM Spence; 175.0p Ashfield Farms;

Texel average £74.99 per head or 179.2p/kg

£ per head: £97 K Saffery; £97 £96 D&A Livestock; £96 T Walmsley; £96 G Beresford; £96 HB Atkinson; £95.50 P&J Brown;

p/kg: 240.0p 219.5p K Saffery; 240.0p 220.5p HB Atkinson; 225.0p K Marshall; 218.2p G Beresford; 215.1p D Asquith;

Mule average £70.27 per head or 161.2p/kg

£ per head: £89.50 £79 K Saffery; £83 £78.50 R&A White; £78x2 JK Wilson; £76.50 DW&CJ Towler; £75 JM&S Pate;

p/kg: 173.3p 162.5p JK Wilson; 169.5p PL Metcalfe; 165.0p SM Towler; 164.6p K Saffery; 163.5p R&A White; 163.0p GW Houseman;

Charollais average £73.59 per head or 173.4p/kg

£ per head: £91 D&A Livestock; £82x2 SM Russell; £79.50 R Emmott; £77.50 PL Metcalfe; £77 £74.50 E&KM Marshall;

p/kg: 189.0p PL Metcalfe; 183.3p 173.3p E&KM Marshall; 178.4p D&A Livestock; 176.7p R Emmott; 170.0p B&LN Dibb;

Lonk average £67.51 per head or 159.8p/kg

£ per head: £77 R&A White; £73.50 £61 C Crowther; £68.50 B Dibb;

p/kg: 163.6p 160.0p C Crowther; 159.3p B Dibb;

Swaledale average £53.37 per head or 144.2p/kg

£ per head: £72 £69 R&A White; £72 R&KA Burley; £70 JM&S Tennant; £69.50 I Wilson; £67.50 JS&M Pate;

p/kg: 154.8p JW Stockdale; 153.8p JE Cowperthwaite; 153.5p M Burrill; 151.2px2 JS&M Pate; 150.0p R&A White;

Dalesbred average £57.24 per head or 141.8p/kg

£ per head: £61 JM Brown; £56 GW Houseman; £51 JK Wilson; £50 W Watson

p/kg: 142.9p W Watson; 141.9p JM Brown; 141.7p JK Wilson; 136.6p GW Houseman;

SBF average £49.88 per head or 142.8p/kg

£ per head: £59.50 KR&J Flintoff;

p/kg: 156.6p KR&J Flintoff;

Masham average £71.97 per head or 159.2p/kg

£ per head: £78.50 M Burrill; £71.50 JS&M Pate;

p/kg: 163.5p M Burrill; 158.9 JS&M Pate;

Cheviot average £74.82 per head or 164.6p/kg

£ per head: £92 £87.50 T Kiernan; £83.50 SM Towler; £66 E Simpson & Son;

p/kg: 169.2p E Simpson & Son; 163.7p SM Towler; 162.0p 143.8p T Kiernan;




Cull Ewes average £63.63

Suffolk to £93.50, Texel to £120.50, BFL to £65.50, Mule to £59.50, Lleyn to £71.50, Swaledale to £34.50, Masham to £59.50, Hampshire to £64.50, Beltex  to £94.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £120.50 DA Towell; £113.50 WH&MA Keighley

Mule/Masham: £59.50 JGE Heseltine; £59.50 MB Allen

Horned: £38.50, £36.50 WM Hall; £34.50 R&KA Burley

Hill: £71.50, £55.50 H&M Dugdale

Cast Rams average £60.32

Texel to £73.50 AP Townsend; Charolais to £79.50 AP Townsend; Swaledale to £58.50 DM&SV Throup; BFL to £66.50 R&KA Burley & Son;



Rearing Calves to £395 (74)

B&W av £67.59 Cont av £301.42 Native av £191

Calves seemed fairly stable on the week with averages only a pound or two different from the last few weeks. Some strong calves from Church Farm, Geoff and Margaret Booth and Paul and Janet Bolland all went to make strong prices in the late £300’s. Black  and whites not as hot as last week but still averaged out well at £67.59 with a number of small young calves dragging the average back.

Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £227.50) to £250 JC Marshall & Son                   

Brit Blue x (Av £320.63) to £395 Church Farm Enterprises                       

Blonde x (Av £255) to £265 N&R Sutcliffe                                                    

MRI to £185 N&R Sutcliffe               

Ab Angus (Av £216.50) to £228 P Sharp & Son

Saler to £130 Townhead Fm Products                           

Black & White (Av £67.59) to £130 JC&DJ Marshall & Sons                       


Heifer Calves

Hereford X to £230 K&M Berry & Son                           

Limousin x (Av £206.97) to £350 Hayton & Stocks                     

Brit Blue x (Av £209.55) to £340 PJ Bolland                 

Ab Angus  to £100 JM Smith                                                                                                                            


Craven Dairy Auction (27 head)

 Todays dairy sale went better than expected with a busy ringside but with many having a strict price in mind. Pre Sale winner was a 29 litre heifer from Mark Houseman of Burton Leonard which went on to make £1520, with Peter Baul’s Reserve Champion selling for £1500 and Robin Jenning’s 36L heifer selling at £1480.


Robert Butterfields Bull got away at £1200 with Incalf and Maiden cattle receiving a handy trade against the fresh calved trade.


Judge – Andrew Townend

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st Church Farm Enterprises 2nd M Baul & Partners  3rd GB Jennings

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st A Lawson & Son

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st & 2nd J Roberts  3rd I Olivers & Partners

                                Champion –  Chruch Farm Enterprises        Reserve – M Baul & Partners


Newly Calven Heifers (17): av £1241.11 to £1520 Church Farm Enterprises


Newly Calven Cows (1): to £1390 A Lawson & Son  


Dairy Bull to £1200 R&E Butterfield


Incalf Heifers (5): av £880 to £980 I Olivers & Partners


Maiden Heifers (3) av £670 to £720 E Pennock & Son




Hay                                         Small Bale                              to £2.30 per bale                av£2.20 per bale

Haylage                                  Quads                                     to £15 per bale

Barley Straw                         Mini Hestons                        to £18.50 per bale

Wheat Straw                        Hestons                                 to £21 per bale