Forward: 24 Prime cattle comprising 20 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 4 Cast Cattle. 1,949 Prime Sheep comprising 1644 Prime Lambs & 305 Cast Ewes & Rams. 52 Rearing Calves. 27 Dairy Cattle. 6 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Keelham Farm Shop purchased the leading priced animal a 595kg Limousin cross heifer from RT&J Critchley&Son of Hutton which sold for £1538 or 258.5p/kg. Mesrs DA Gregory & Son of Bacup made their Bank Holiday visit a productive day by purchasing the leading p/kg beast overall a 580kg British Blue cross heifer from Mesrs Critchley at 263.5p/kg or £1528 and the leading priced steer at 575kg and 251.5p/kg (£1446) from the same vendor. A total of 7 retail orders at the ringside for today’s Bank Holiday sale.


465-555kg                                             to 243.5p/kg                        av. 186.16p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 251.5p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 239.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 263.5p/kg                        av. 226.34p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: RT&J Critchley&Son (BBx) 1446, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 1291, (Limx) 1271

p/kg: RT&J Critchley&Son (BBx) 251.5, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 243.5, (Limx) 237.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 234.5


£ per head: RT&J Critchley&Son (Limx) 1538, (BBx) 1528, SD Bennett (Limx) 1443, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1384

p/kg: RT&J Critchley&Son (BBx) 263.5, (Limx) 258.5, 255.5,252.5, J Baines (BBx) 254.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 251.5



Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   106.75p/kg           £748.95

A curtailed entry with  the usual Bank Holiday absentees for volume but a good trade nonetheless for a handful of Dairies most of which were carrying meat.

Black & White                      to 109.5p/kg                        av. 106.75p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: Stocks Enterprises 901,810, G Hayton&EC Stocks 732,553

p/kg: Stocks Enterprises 109.5,108.5, G Hayton&EC Stocks 108.5,100.5



1,949 Prime Sheep (comprising 1644 Prime Lambs & 305 Cast Ewes & Rams)

Lamb numbers way short of requirements on the Bank Holiday which would certainly help trade along to an overall selling average of 190.8p/kg, but there was a nice show of lambs with generally a bit more weight than last week, with only 142 lambs in the sale under 40kg. The smart end were a very good trade with Beltex crosses averaging 218.3p/kg and a good list of Beltex and ¾ Texel pens making 230p to a top of 241p, whilst Texels levelled at 191p selling to £116 each from J Turner, or 241p from K Huck. Nice Lambs were from 195p to 210p, whilst the commercial lowland lambs were 180- to 195p. Mule wethers sold to £81.50 or 185p from Messrs Mawer, Pateley Bridge.
Cast Ewes sold away nicely with meated sorts especially well sought.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £81.95 per head or 190.82p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 164.3p/kg         av 164.3p/kg         or £57.5 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 241.5p/kg         av 191.49p/kg      or £81.31 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 230.9p/kg         av 192.31p/kg      or £91.61 per head

52.1kg and over   to 203.5p/kg         av 187.74p/kg      or £92.64 per head



Beltex average £93.74  per head or 218.37p/kg

£ per head: £108.5 J Wood; £107, £106, £105 DJ Halliday; £98 G Sunderland; £97.50, £96  DJ Halliday; £96 P Crabtree & Son

p/kg:235.6p, 233.3p, 232.1p DJ Halliday; 230.9p J Wood; 228.6p P Crabtree & Son; 227.7p DJ Halliday; 226.2p Ellis Bros;

Suffolk average £81.8 per head or 184.69p/kg

£ per head: £108 B&J Sutcliffe; £101 RA&M Earnshaw & Son; £95 B&J Sutcliffe; £94 D&A Livestock; £89.5 B&J Sutcliffe;

p/kg:202p RA&M Earnshaw; 200p D&A Livestock; 196.4p, 190.4p B&J Sutcliffe; 189.5p JA Throup; 188.9p RA&M Earnshaw & Son

Texel average £82.35 per head or 191.62p/kg

£ per head: £116 J Turner; £100x2 GB Moorhouse & Son; £106, £104 J Turner; £104 J&J Garnett & Son; £104 PJ&JE Bolland;

p/kg: 241.5p K Huck; 235.9p AW&N Wade; 235p T Walmsley; 234.2p J&J Garnett; 232.5p RH&MR Ireland; 230.5p A Jenkinson

Mule average £72.30 per head or 169.69p/kg

£ per head: £81.5 JE Mawer; £77, £75.50 JC&N Throup; £75 S Forster; £74 AW&N Wade; £70x2 JC&N Throup; £66 AW&N Wade;

p/kg:185.2p JE Mawer; 185p AW&N Wade;

Charollais average £93.2 per head or 211.34p/kg

£ per head: £96 D&A Livestock; £95 GW Houseman & Partners; £84.5 RH&MR Ireland;

p/kg: 218.2p D&A Livestock; 211.1p GW Houseman & Partners; 201.2p RH&MR Ireland;

Rouge average £87 per head or 202.3p/kg

£ per head: £87 Ellis Bros;

p/kg:202.3 Ellis Bros;



Cull Ewes average £56.23

Suffolk to £89.50, Texel to £106.50, BFL to £57.50, Mule to £83.50, Swaledale to £63.50, Beltex to £74.50, Lonk  to £48.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £106.50 S&PE Bowker & Son; £94.50 P Crabtree

Mule/Masham: £83.50 S&PE Bowker; £82.50 MS Robinson

Horned: £63.50 JC&N Throup; £48.50 AE Schindler

Hill: £57.50 G&MA Lawn  


Cast Rams average £62.17

Texel to £88.50, BFL to £58.50, Lonk  to £39.50.





Rearing Calves to £410 x2 (52)

B&W av £75 Cont av £327.9 Native av £212.50


A handy show of calves and a healthy trade throughout the sale. Continentals saw a couple of extra bidders ringside today with bulls perhaps a stronger trade on the week for slightly lesser calves. A run of quality flekvieh x MRI bulls from Chris Watson of Horton in Craven saw some fierce bidding and averaging £267.14 for a run of 7 bulls. Black and whites were up a gear again compared to previous weeks with anything a month old and fleshy £100 and topping at £165 for a calf from Ralph Guy, Earby.


Some stirks up for sale this Monday with some strong bidding. Jonathon Binns Shorthorns topped the trade at £330 with the Caygill family of Rylstone reaching £190 for a 3 Month old Black and White.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £252.5) to £270 D Clarke                      

Brit Blue x (Av £390) to £410 x2 Church Farm Enterprises & JP&KE Hartley                                                        

Aberdeen Angus (Av £229.17) to £260 x2 JP&KE Hartley

Flekvieh (Av £267.14) to £330 C Watson

Shorthorn (Av £155) to £220 J Binns

Black & White (Av £75) to £165 RD Guy                       


Heifer Calves                                                                       

Ab Angus (Av £160) to £175 JP&KE Hartley                                                 

British Blue (Av £283) to £360 J Binns



Shorthorn bulls (av £210) to £330 J Binns

B&W bull (av £190) to £190 J Caygill & Partners                                                        



Craven Dairy Auction (27 head)

A cracking day in the dairy ring today with a 100% clearance. 4 Pedigree Bulls 19 Maidens and 5 Milkers went under the hammer with the pre sale show being a victorious outing for the Lawson Family of Arthington, Nr Otley. Their tremendous homebred heifer which had calved 21 days, giving 30kg and by the famous bull Grafeeti was highly sought after and sold for £2150 to Aubrey Greenhalgh. Reserve Overall champion was the Pedigree Bull presented by the Lawson Family once again. A big, predominantly black bull Sired by Monument Impression and from the Lawson’s Blueblood family took the top price in the bulls at £2,000 selling to Anthony Bolland of Bolton Abbey. Two bulls presented by Brian Moorhouse of Hesper Farm were also keenly sought after, with both bulls just a year old and from the Honey family boasting sires of Mogul and Super sire sold for £1,800 and £1,500.


A run of surplus maiden heifers from Paul and Janet Bolland of Airton also received a strong following, with a range of 15month down to 4month old heifers averaging £628.95 and topping for a pair of Seagull Bay MVP daughters at £770.    


Judge – Samantha Sugden

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:        1st A Lawson & Son 2nd GB Moorhouse 3rd EJ Fort

                                Pedigree Bulls:                    1st A Lawson & Son; 2nd GB Moorhouse 3rd GB Moorhouse

                                Maiden Heifers :                  1st PJ &JE Bolland 2nd PJ &JE Bolland 3rd PJ &JE Bolland

                                Champion – A Lawson & Son            Reserve – A Lawson & Son


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1624.): to £2150 A Lawson & Son


Pedigree Bulls (av £1612): to £2000 A Lawson & Son  


Maiden Heifers (av £628.95): to £770 PJ&JE Bolland


Wheat Straw                                        Rounds                                   to £26 per bale

                                                                Mini Hestons                        to £21 per bale