Forward: 53 Prime cattle comprising 2 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 53 Cast Cattle 4,789 Prime Sheep comprising 4174 Prime Lambs, 615 Cast Ewes & Rams 59 Rearing Calves 22 Dairy Cattle 2 Load of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


501- 590kg                                            to 158.5p/kg

590kg+                                                   to 145.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

Longhorn Hfr

£ per head: J&SJ Harrison 800,677

p/kg: J&SJ Harrison 158.5,145.5


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   90.8p/kg               £596.14

Black & White                       to 128.5p/kg                        av 85.60p/kg

Blondex                                 to 111.5p/kg                       

Limx                                       to 116.5p/kg                       

BBx                                         to 142.5p/kg                        av 121.90p/kg

Simx                                       to 112.5p/kg

AA                                           to 107.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JR Carr 957,840 R Parker 889,Frankland Farms 821,JN&J Rennard 738,CM&EM Gratton 738

p/kg: JR Carr 128.5,123.5, R Parker 112.5,108.5, JN&J Rennard 102.5,Frankland Farms 96.5,95.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: CH7C Fearnley 1112,914,JA&E Metcalfe 595

p/kg: CH&C Fearnley 142.5,132.5,JA&E Metcalfe 87.5


£ per head: CH&OF Hammond 827, J Shorrock 601, PL Metcalfe 589

p/kg: CH&OF Hammond 116.5,PL Metcalfe 102.5, J Shorrock 98.5


£ per head: DA Ogden&Son 887,MD Farms Ltd 807

p/kg: DA Ogden&Son 107.5, MD Farms Ltd 103.5



Overall Average                                   78.81p/kg             £677.75

£ per head: TE Walker (Ch) 852, TE Walker 503

p/kg: TE Walker (Ch) 86.5, F Spence (B&W) 68.5


4,789 Prime Sheep

A tremendous entry of 4,174 lambs met with a far better trade on the week, the average up by 12p/kg! . As stated last week, handy weight lambs have been short of requirements recently and vendors responded by presenting more lambs in the 40kg to 43kg weight range, and were generally very well rewarded, 170p to 180p being common place for nice commercial lambs, the 36kg to 45kg weight range average on the day stands at 171.1p/kg. Even though there was a nice show of the handy weights, heavy lambs were still plentiful, with 1180 lambs scaling 46kg or more, trade for these was generally £2 to £4 per head dearer than last week.

The smart Beltex lambs were very good to sell today, the list of prices over £2 is too numerous to mention, but tops were £98 from DN&D Capstick, Bolton by Bowland and also £98 from Richard & Mark Ireland of Whalley. George Parker of Slaidburn topped the prices at 248.7p/kg.

Hill bred lambs were also better  with Mules mainly 5p/kg to 8p/kg dearer on the week.

A large show of 615 cast sheep maintained the trade of recent weeks.


For potential customers information, the actual prices and actual averages achieved at Skipton today are detailed below. Have a read through and then make an informed choice of where you should be selling your lambs.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £71.55 per head or 166.1p/kg (SQQ 170.3p)                                                  

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 225.7p/kg         av 145.6p/kg         or £50.31 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 248.7p/kg         av 171.1p/kg         or £71.57 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 197.9p/kg         av 156.8p/kg         or £74.42 per head

52.1kg and over   to 164.4p/kg         av 152.4p/kg         or £82.27 per head

Beltex average £80.19 per head or 206.6p/kg

£ per head: £98 DN&D Capstick; £97 G&SE Parker; £96.50 CR Fawcett; £95 Thornhill Fenwick  

p/kg: 248.7p, 242.3p G&SE Parker; 245p DN&D Capstick; 242.3p J Clay; 240.50p S&P Scrivin  

Texel average £73.08 per head or 168.79p/kg

£ per head: £98, £97,£97, £94 RH&MR Ireland; £93 PN Dalby; £91 KW Gamble

p/kg: 222.7p, 220.5p, 218.6p, 215.6p RH&MR Ireland; 214.3p x2 H Barker

Suffolk average £70.64 per head or 158.02p/kg

£ per head: £76 TR Thwaite; £76 N Speake; £76 P Crabtree & Son; £74.50 TH Mellin; £74.50 GT Booth;

p/kg: 173.2p A Phillipson; 172.1p P Crabtree & Son; 170p X 2 CD&RF Kitching; 166.4p A Guy & Son

Charollais average £73.31 per head or 169.15p/kg

£ per head: £85 DJ Halliday; £82.50 CW Marwood & Son; £81.50 J Caton; £80 JA&JH Hewetson;

p/kg: 189.7p MB Townley; 181.3p P Leeming; 179p PL Metcalfe; 178.6p P Crabtree & Son; 175.7p PL Metcalfe

Lleyn average £67.92 per head or 166.3p/kg

£ per head: £71 N Speake; £66.50 CD&RF Kitching

p/kg: 166.3p CD&RF Kitching; 157.8p N Speake

Mule average £65.43 per head or 150.63p/kg

£ per head: £68 FG Throup; £68 BS Simpson; £68x3 G&MA Lawn; £67.50 JK Wilson

p/kg: 158.50p J&J Beckwith & Sons; 155.6p W&J&E Harker; 155p D&P Spence & Son; 155p JS Breare

Swaledale average £49.45 per head or 131.79p/kg

£ per head: £58 A Jenkinson; £57.5 AL Dean; £56x2 FC&N Walker; £55 AJ Mason; £53 P Addyman & Son

p/kg: 155.4p AL Dean; 152.6p A Jenkinson; 141.4p TE Walker; 138.2p W Banks & Son; 135.1p, 134.1p AJ Mason

Dalesbred average £55.02 per head or 153.52p/kg

£ per head: £63 Rodney Bros; £63 K Lister & Sons; £60 JA Stoney & Sons; £56, £55x2 K Lister & Sons

p/kg: 157.1p x2, 151.4p, 146.50p K Lister & Sons; 150p JA Stoney;  

Lonk average £68.08 per head or 155.29p/kg

£ per head: £69.2 A Guy & Son; £68.50, £66.20 JT Robinson

p/kg: 157.6p, 152.2p JT Robinson; 157.3p A Guy & Son

Blue Faced Leicester average £66.50 per head or 137p/kg

£ per head: £69 AJ Mason; £67.50 JC&N Throup

p/kg: 146.7p JC&N Throup; 143.5p BS Simspson


Cull Ewes average £53.24

Suffolk to £51.50, Texel to £95.50, BFL to £73.50, Mule to £72.50, Lleyn to £67.50, Swaledale to £47.50, Charolais to £80.50, Dalesbred to £44.50, Cheviot  to £86.50, Jacob  to £54.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £95.50 L Bancroft; £92.50 A Jenkinson; £89.50 JR Dinsdale

Mule/Masham: £72.50 J&D Barritt; £71.50 AG Horn; £71.50 D&J Carlisle  

Horned: £68.50 JT Robinson; £47.50 G&MA Lawn; £47.50 G Bell

Hill: £86.50, £76.50, £72.50 Grain Farms Ltd


Cast Rams average £74.08

Texel to £83.50 AP Townsend; Suffolk to £50.50 P Leeming; Charolais to £94.50 JR Dinsdale & Sons;

Swaledale to £53.50 AJ Mason; Dalesbred to £77.50; Gritstone to 75.50 B Dibb



59 Rearing Calves to £410

B&W av £67.58 Cont av £341.72 Native av £231

A strong trade with a lot of extra custom around with half term. British Blue heifers were in strong demand with 13 averaging £349 almost catching the bulls at an average around £357. Other continentals were also on fire with Simmentals to £345 for month old goods and a Blonde D’Aquitaine to £330.

Black and White Calves were up through the gears today with extra buyers in the market taking the top to £185 and averaging £67.58 for a good run of Calves all under 1 ½ months of age.   


Bull Calves

Limousin x to £290 AP Townsend                   

Brit Blue x (Av £356) to £410 RL Wright & Son                            

Blonde x to £330 N&R Sutcliffe                                       

MRI to £170                                        

Simmental x (Av £311) to £345 J Peel

An Angus to £270 AP Townsend

Black & White (Av £67) to £185 F Spence


Heifer Calves                       

Brit Blue x (Av £348) to £390 RL Wright & Son                            

Ab Angus to £160 ML&JE Kayley                                                     

Saler to £325 RL Wright & Son

Craven Dairy Auction (22 head)

 Harder work throughout today with the milk cheques starting to make a dent in the buyers pockets with cattle less right the way through the sale. Top end struggled to make record prices with Robert Crisp and Jeremy Taylor enjoying the best of the trade reaching £1860 for some strong heifers. Middle of the road heifers were good to sell just not to a massive price. With all animals averaging £1641, a straight trade with buyers and sellers satisfied with the outcome in the dairy industry’s current difficult trading conditions.


Judge – Richard Crabtree

Prize Awards:      

Newly Calven Heifers:         1st A Lawson & Son              2nd JD Taylor          3rd ASE Crisp & Son

 Jersey/Coloured:                 1st & 2nd D&P Brown            3rd GB Moorhouse

                                Champion – A Lawson & Son            Reserve – JD Taylor


Newly Calven Heifers (10): to £1860 av £1608 ASE Crisp & Son


Newly Calven Brown Swiss (5): to 1820 av £1664 D&P Brown  


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (6): to £1860 av £1675 JD Taylor & Son


Newly Calven Jersey Heifer (1): to £1520 GB  Moorhouse