Forward: 70 Prime cattle comprising 22 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 5 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 43 Cast Cattle. 5,822 Prime Sheep comprising 4,799 Prime Lambs, 1,023 Cast Ewes & Rams. 100 Rearing Calves. 32 Dairy Cattle. 1 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


465-555kg                                             to 247.5p/kg        av. 220.27p/kg

560kg                                                     to 234.5p/kg        av. 171.74p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 235.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 250.5p/kg        av. 197.12p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 1374, (Limx) 1337, R&VM Clarke (Baz) 1326, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 1242, (Limx) 1236,

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 247.5, (Limx) 234.5,  R&VM Clarke (Baz) 245.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 235.5, (BBx) 234.5


£ per head: JM Townsend (BBx) 1291, JA Drake (BBx) 1284, SD Bennett (Blondex) 1263, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1240

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 250.5, JM Townsend (BBx) 245.5,  SD Bennett (Blondex) 240.5, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 235.5

Prime Cattle (Over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   122.36p/kg           £777.65

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: D Jeffrey (AAx Str) 983,726, WA Brown (B&W Hfr) 745,740, LN&JE Roe (AAx Hfr) 694

p/kg: D Jeffrey (AAx Str) 158.5, 113.5, WA Brown (B&W Hfr) 116.5,115.5

Cull Cow Prices

A very high percentage of worn dairies in the mix which were a reasonable trade with the lowest 64.5p/kg. Young dairies sought by feeding customers as were the Beef crosses which for the most part reflected the dairies for quality. Cattle carrying finish whilst scarce were good to sell with heavy dairies £850+ and Continental crosses to £1077.


Overall Average                                   90.53p/kg             £565.27

Black & White                       to 110.5p/kg                        av. 87.65p/kg

Jersey                                     to 88.5p/kg

Brown Swiss                         to 79.5p/kg

Charx                                      to 159.5p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 123.5p/kg                        av. 87.86p/kg

Blondex                                 to 130.5p/kg

BBx                                         to 105.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JD Taylor&Son 865, J Caygill&Ptns 859,812, 696, JSS Verity 830, S&PE Bowker&Sons 707,697,

p/kg: GB Jennings 110.5, J Caygill&Ptns 110.5,105.5, 103.5, JSS Verity 108.5, A&M Beecroft 106.5,

Other Dairy

£ per head: JSS Verity (Jer) 460, CG&D Townsend (Brown Swiss) 417

p/kg: JSS Verity (Jer) 88.5, CG&D Townsend (Brown Swiss) 79.5


£ per head: CH&OF Hammond 920,778, SM Towler 611,551

p/kg: CH&OF Hammond 123.5, 119.5, SM Towler 95.5,87.5,85.5,

Other Contx

£ per head: JR Smith (Char) 1076, J&G Huck (Blondex) 953, CG&D Townsend 654

p/kg: JR Smith (Char) 159.5,  J&G Huck (Blondex) 130.5, CG&D Townsend (BBx) 105.5


5,822 Prime Sheep (comprising 4,799 Prime Lambs, 1,023 Cast Ewes & Rams)

Another large show of sheep met with the usual full company of buyers to record an overall average of 172.2p/kg, representing a very good result on the day when compared with AHDB website reports. As predicted, anything with either plenty of meat and or weight onboard was good to sell. Very best end to 268p from Sarah Warriner and Mark Harryman who again made the trip over from Pickering to sell lambs at Skipton, weighing 41kg the pen of four lambs sold for £110 each top Thomas Shepherdson. Ellis Bros of Addingham Moorside weren’t far behind at 259.5p for a cracking pen of Beltex crosses which weighed 42kg and made £109 to Vivers Scotlamb, Ellis Bros had another pen at £111 each (50kg) again to Vivers Scotlamb. However it was John & Alison North from Giggleswick who topped the shop at £112 for a single Texel lamb purchased by Andrew Atkinson. Other pens at £100 were JL North £108, GD Warriner & Son £104,  A Bradley £101,  George Sunderland £101 £100.50 & £100, whilst £100 was achieved by WC Logan and W Stapleton & Son.

A cracking show of 1,028 Feeding Ewes and Rams averaged a great £51.50 each with nearly a third of the entry being Horned or Hill bred Ewes.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £74.51 per head or 172.24p/kg         

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 143.8p/kg         av 143.8p/kg         or £46 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 207.6p/kg         av 143.44p/kg      or £47.73 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 268.3p/kg         av 172.75p/kg      or £72.73 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 222.0p/kg         av 171.39p/kg      or £81.49 per head

52.1kg and over                  to 194.4p/kg         av 166.5p/kg         or £81.85 per head

Beltex average £83.18 per head or 203.88/kg

£ per head: £111 Ellis Bros; £110 GD Warriner & Son; £109 Ellis Bros; £104 GD Warriner & Sons; £100.5, £100 G Sunderland

p/kg: 268.3p GD Warriner & Sons; 259.5p Ellis Bros; 240p, 236.6p  GD Warriner & Sons; 225.6p P Crabtree & Son

Suffolk average £75.42 per head or 169.08p/kg

£ per head: £101 G Sunderland; £92 TR Thwaite & Son; £90 B&K Wellock; £86 RA&M Earnshaw & Son; £83 D&A Livestock;

p/kg: 194.2p G Sunderland; 187.8p J&JA Preston & Son; 179.8p DW&CJ Towler; 178.6p FA Holmes & Son

Texel average £75.58 per head or 174.65p/kg

£ per head: £112, £108 JL North; £100 W Stapleton & Sons; £98 JC Marshall; £95.50 x2, £94 RH&MR Ireland; £93 T Walmsley

p/kg: 217p RH&MR Ireland; 213p JC Marshall; 208.3p W Stapleton & Sons; 208.1p BL&R Lund; 208.1p F&R Fielden 

Mule average £67.78 per head or 160.84p/kg

£ per head: £80 J&ME Carr; £76.50 JH Throup; £76 ID Mellin; £75 JC&N Throup; £75 FW&JM Eddington; £75 JR Airey;  

p/kg:175p PR Simpson; 168.9p ID Mellin; 163.3p J&ME Carr; 162.8p W Mason & Sons; 162.8p Ellis Bros; 162 PJ Bolland

Charollais average £68.39 per head or 167.48p/kg

£ per head: £89.50 JC Marshall; £89x2  T Walmsley; £80 P Crabtree & Son; £76 RD Capstick; £74 TM Harrison;

p/kg: 202.3p T Walmsley; 198.9p JC Marshall; 197.8p T Walmsley; 179.3p, 177.8p P Crabtree & Son; 176.7p RD Capstick

Lleyn average £73.58 per head or 170.4p/kg

£ per head: £84 N Speake; £82, £80, £76 GS&FE Robinson; £75, £74 CD&RF Kitching; £73, £70 N Speake

p/kg:181.8p GS&FE Robinson; 178.6p, 172.1p CD&RF Kitching; 170.8p GS&FE Robinson; 170.7p CD&RF Kitching;

Swaledale average £54.24 per head or 148.12p/kg

£ per head: £70 WB Woodsworth; £65 JE Cowperthwaite; £63 T&J Smith; £60.50 TH&A Pickard; £60 P Metcalfe;

p/kg: 157.5p TJ Smith; 155.6p WB Woodsworth; 155.1p TH&A Pickard & Son; 154.8p JE Cowperthwaite;



Cull Ewes average £51.21

Suffolk to £65.50, Texel to £100, BFL to £77.50, Mule to £68.50, Lleyn to £88.50, Swaledale to £52.50, Masham to £62.50, Gritstone to £53.50, Cheviot to £67.50, Beltex  to £73.50, Lonk  to £55.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £100 SD Bennett; £99.50 TH&A Pickard

Mule/Masham: £68.50 x2 JA&JH Hewetson; £68.50 AM Binns

Horned: £55.50 A Guy & Son; £52.50 D Sayer

Hill: £67.50 Hurries Farm; £65.50 J Attey  

Cast Rams average £58.81

Texel to £111.50 JA&JH Hewetson; LLeyn to £88.50 CD&RF Kitching



100 Rearing Calves to £420 (100)

B&W av £51.59 Cont av £314.57 Native av £189.66

Better show of calves forward today with 100 through the door today. Black and Whites a better trade this week with an average of £51.59. A large proportion of continentals and natives here today with Angus bulls averaging £202.9 and Continetals right through averaging £315 right through for all goods with best bulls £380+ topping at £420 for Fred Housemans British Blue Bull


A definite emphasis fleshy black and white calves with the good quality types £70 - £180. Today the Pickersgill Brothers of Guiseley took the top price with their Pure Friesian Bull at £180 and another at £155.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £311) to £385 G Pickersgill & Sons                      

Brit Blue x (Av £335.28) to £420 Church Farm Enterprises                       

Hereford (Av £267.5) to £285 FA Holmes & Son                                                                         

Ab Angus (Av £202.9) to £320 Church Farm Enterprises

Saler (Av £147.67) to £180 Townhead Farm Products                               

Black & White (Av £51.59) to £180 G Pickersgill                          


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £245) to £250 RD Metcalfe & Son                       

Brit Blue x (Av £296.25) to £430 Church Farm Enterprises                       

Ab Angus (Av £156.25) to £260 Church Farm Enterprises                                                        

Saler (Av £172.50) to £175 RL Wright & Son                                                               


Craven Dairy Auction (32 head)

 A victorious day for Andrew Jennings of Jennings Farmers, Fountains with his Pedigree Newly Calven Heifer topping at £2000 and taking the Craven Dairy Sale Championship at the late September sale. The heifer boasting a good back pedigree and giving 38ltrs went on to sell for £2000 to Stephen and Eddie Jeanes of Sutton In Craven.


The Judge Rob Marshall of Dacre then chose the Reserve Champion, a sweet heifer from Peter Baul of Bishop Thornton, which calved 18 days and giving 30kg sold for £1580 to the Jeanes family again. Jennings Farmers had their second heifer reach the same price of £1580 and sold to Wick Williams of Cheshire.


Certainly welcome news of the pay rise from the main processor in the area, however many feeling it is not enough considering the spot price is where it is. It is a serious concern going forward as smaller producers are prone to shadowing the big boys’ moves. A long and winding road continues.     


Judge – Rob Marshall

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st Jennings Farmers 2nd M Baul & Partners 3rd A Lawson & Son

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st A Lawson & Son 2nd A Lawson & Son 3rd Jennings Farmers

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st, 2nd and 3rd I Olivers & Partners

Champion – Jennings Farmers          Reserve – M Baul & Partners


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (av £1520) to £2000 Jennings Farmers


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1225) to £1270 GR Bretherton


Newly Calven Cows (av £1323) to £1600 A Lawson & Son


Incalf Heifers (av £974) to £1100 I Olivers & Partners