Forward: 3,132 Prime Sheep comprising 2742 Prime Lambs, & 390 Cast Ewes & Rams.


A tremendous way to finish the year with 2742 lambs in a total sheep entry of 3132 head, the overall average up 17p/kg on the week to level at £100.43 per head, with a good show of lambs from both local feeders and travelled sheep as well, seeing Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire all represented alongside local sheep from all corners of Yorkshire and Lancashire. All classes were very good to sell with lightweights short of requirements, handyweights of all breeds finding an excellent enquiry, Heavies up a gear, Mules/Mashams and Hill breeds the best trade of the season with a large entry of these breeds amongst todays sale, and the smart types were a fantastic trade topping 355p/kg from D&A Livestock Haverah Park and Beltex averaging a superb 267p/kg.

Mules and Masham Wethers set a good pace today and were making prices normally seen for lowland lambs not many weeks ago. A few sample prices include 49kg at £103.50 and 44kg £96.50 from M Ryder & Son, 50kg at £104 and 45kg £100 from JW Stockdale & Son, 42kg £94 from JA&JH Hewetson, 46kg £99 DW&C Towler, 46kg £100 S&P Scrivin, 41kg £90.50 AL Dean & Son, 42kg £92.50 CD&RF Kitching, 45kg £99 AJ Taylor, 42kg £97, 40kg £90, 39kg £91, 44kg £99.50 SR Dorey, 42kg £94 Ellis Bros, 43kg £94 JK Wilson, 44kg £97.50 G&MA Lawn, 42kg £92.50 S Terry. Top price per kilo being 233.3p for a pen of 14 Mashams (39kg £91) arriving on the Disneyland express from SR Dorey.

Other hill bred lambs saw sample prices 36kg Scotch Black Faced at £82.50 from Bob Stubbs, 43kg Cheviot tups at £95 from LJ Penter, 42kg Gritstones £93.50 from S&P Scrivin, 38kg Swales £76 AL Dean & Son, 39kg Swales £80 S Horsfield, 39kg SBF £86, 43kg £98 SR Dorey, 43kg Cheviots £100.50 R&CW Battersby, 37kg Swales £76 K Huck, 40kg Lleyns £89.50 J Attey, 37kg Dalesbred £75 T&A Hird, 46kg Swales £97.50, 43kg Swales £92.50 JA&JH Hewetson, 44kg WFW £88, 47kg Cheviot £99.50 GW Thackray.

46kg to 52kg Lowland Lambs - J&M Blakey Bolton by Bowland were first into the sale ring today and set the tone for the sale selling 49kg Continentals at £124, 47kg at £120 and 47kg £118.
WA,VJ&JA Towler Grindleton presented 52kg Continentals also at £124.
M&B Allen Whitby had 47kg at £119, JA&JH Hewetson 51kg £118, HB Atkinson 49kg £118, 47kg £118.

36kg to 45kg Lowland Lambs – Ellis Bros led the way £137 (44kg 311p), £135 (43kg 314p) £133.50 (44kg 304p). D&A Livestock followed up with the top price per kilo of 355p (38kg £135) with others at £130 (40kg 325p). A cracking run of sheep of sheep from Messrs Atkinson, Kettlesing topped £136 (45kg 302p) £127 (40kg 317p) £126 (40kg 315p) topping their run at 322p (38kg £122.50). JE Burrow made £128 (42kg 305p), Hayley Baines £124 (40kg 310p) and D&L Wain topped a good run at £124 (41kg 302p). NL&CJ Brown were in at 322p (36kg £116)

32kg to 35kg Lowland Lambs – Messrs Atkinson continued their good run of lambs selling 35kg Continentals on two occasions at £112 each (320p) and NL&CJ Brown made £110 (34kg 323p) £110 (34kg 314p) £108 (34kg 317p) 34kg £99 (291p).

Everything looking on top form as we enter the hogg season next week, with trade good and sheep of all classes, shapes and sizes required regularly for our competitive ringside of customers. If you have lambs coming straight from winter keep and root crops we have the sorting and shedding facility available to make life easy, the belly clipping team can get lambs ready for sale at only 40p per lamb, and the buyers can easily manage all classes and breeds. For more details on Prime & Cast Sheep trade ring either of our auctioneers, Ted Ogden (Lambs) on 07855 958211 or Kyle Hawksworth (Ewes) on 07538 539077.
Wishing you a very happy and prosperous New Year and we look forward to seeing you at Skipton in 2021.


Cull Ewes

Very good trade with the ewes considering there was a lot less quality about today. Mules sold well with no monsters in the entry and well fleshed Mules regular £80+ selling to £92.50 Smaller Mules well fleshed late £70’s and Leaner Mules all in the £60-£70 range.
Swales sold to avg £51 with all sorts in the mix. Fed ewes to £69.50 selling in the range of £60.50-£69.50. Meat in the £50’s and lean ewes £35-£45. Lonks sold to £71.50
White faced ewes sold very well more smaller ewes about but best ewes sold to a top of £141.50 from T Walmsley, Harrogate. Best ewes £120+ with heavy cross breds £110-£115. Small smart ewes £95-£110 depending on size. Lean meat white faced ewes £80 with some plainer ewes bringing average down.
An average for lowland ewes at £89.

A Large show of ewes is required next week with buyers out to fill orders after the new year.


Prime Lambs – Overall Average £100.43 per head or 233.1p/kg            

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 323.5p/kg         av 250.4p/kg         or £86.43 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 355.3p/kg         av 237.4p/kg         or £98.28 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 255.3p/kg         av 220.3p/kg         or £104.96 per head

52.1kg and over   to 226.4p/kg         av 195.4p/kg         or £107.52 per head


Beltex average £111.01 per head or 267.5p/kg

£ per head: £137 £135 £133.50 Ellis Bros; £136 £127 HB Atkinson; £135 £130 D&A Livestock; £128 JE Burrow; £124 J&M Blakey;

p/kg: 335.3p 325.0p D&A Livestock; 322.4p 320.2p 317.5p HB Atkinson; 317.6p NL&CJ Brown; 314.0p 311.4p Ellis Bros;

Texel average £98.71 per head or 228.5p/kg

£ per head: £122 MJ Spensley; £120 J Forster; £118 HB Atkinson; £118 J Foster; £118 JJ&D Cowking; £118 JA&JH Hewetson;

p/kg: 295.0p JJ&D Cowking; 260.5p JE Burrow; 257.1p MR&GP Beresford; 257.1p J Brigg; 252.9p Dyason & Brown; 252.9p M Crabtree;

Suffolk average £101.63 per head or 226.3p/kg

£ per head: £115 £110 MJ Spensley; £112.50 GW Houseman; £111.50 J Greenwood; £108 MW Harrison; £107.50 HL Kitching;

p/kg: 233.7p 231.4p SR Dorey; 232.9p 230.7p Haddon Farms; 232.3p J Greenwood; 231.4p 231.0p 230.2p R&CW Battersby;

Charolais average £96.90 per head or 226.4p/kg

£ per head: £116 £110 NL&CJ Brown; £107 £105.50 GW Thackray; £105 HB Atkinson; £104 E&S Baines;

p/kg: 323.5p 322.2p 314.3p 291.2p NL&CJ Brown; 276.3p A Atkinson; 228.8p L Throup; 225.0p RM Shackleton;

Mule average £93.80 per head or 217.3p/kg

£ per head: £104.50 £100 JW Stockdale; £103.50 M Ryder & Sons; £102 R&KA Burley; £100 GW Houseman; £100 S&P Scrivin;

p/kg: 227.0p 226.1p 225.0p 223.2p SR Dorey; 223.8p JA&JH Hewetson; 223.8p Ellis Bros; 222.2p JW Stockdale; 221.6p G&MA Lawn;

Swaledale average £85.96 per head or 207.2p/kg

£ per head: £97.50 £92.50 JA&JH Hewetson; £86 SR Dorey; 85 FG Throup; £83.50 T&A Hird; £80 AJ Mason; £76 AL Dean & Sons; £76 K Huck;

p/kg: 220.5p SR Dorey; 215.1p 212.0p JA&JH Hewetson; 205.4p K Huck; 200.0p AL Dean & Sons; 198.8p T&A Hird; 197.7p FG Throup;

Dalesbred average £75 per head or 202.7p/kg

£ per head: £75 T&A Hird;

p/kg: 202.7p T&A Hird;

Masham average £93.79 per head or 231.5p/kg

£ per head: £97 £91 SR Dorey; 94 M&B Allen;

p/kg: 233.3p 231.0p SR Dorey; 213.6p M&B Allen;

Cheviot average £90.95 per head or 224.3p/kg

£ per head: £99.50 GW Thackray; £98 SR Dorey; £95 £93 LJ Penter;

p/kg: 228.2p Bob Stubbs; 227.9p SR Dorey; 226.3p LJ Penter;

SBF average £82.50 per head or 229.2p/kg

£ per head: £82.50 Bob Stubbs;

p/kg: 229.2p Bob Stubbs;

Lleyn average £98.47 per head or 206.3p/kg

£ per head: £104.50 £102.50 £88 West Berwick; £89.50 J Attey;

p/kg: 223.8p J Attey; 213.5p 209.5p 190.0p West Berwick;

Easy Care x average £95 or 231.7p

£ per head: £95 W&J Parkinson

p/kg 231.7p W&J Parkinson


Cull Ewes average £79.61

Suffolk to £125.50, Texel to £141.50, BFL to £94.50, Mule to £92.50, Lleyn to £85.50, Swaledale to £69.50, Gritstone to £75.50, Cheviot to £70.50, Beltex to £91.50, Lonk to £71.50, Charollais to £87.50. Blue du Maine £93.50, SBF to £59.50, Hampshire to £77.50, Kerry to £60.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £141.50 T Walmsley;

Mule/Masham: £92.50 JK Wilson;

Horned: £71.50 SW&JE Ryder & Son;

Hill: £85.50 H Metcalfe


Cast Rams average £72.86

Suffolk to £119.50, Texel to £79.50, Jacob to £87.50, Herdfwick to £69.50, Beltex  to £116.50.




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Jeremy Eaton 07747 780481
Ted Ogden 07855 958211
Kyle Hawksworth 07538 539077