Forward: 46 Prime cattle comprising 17 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 28 Cast Cattle. 3,456 Prime Sheep comprising 2929 Prime Lamb, 527 Cast Ewes & Rams. 75 Rearing Calves. 7 Dairy Cattle. 2 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Robertshaw’s Farm Shop’s priority in putting local stock through their Thornton store was rewarded with the highest priced p/kg a 520kg Limousin cross heifer from David Bamforth of Wainstalls which made 258.5p or £1344. The top priced animal was £1371 or 234.5p/kg paid by Barkers Yorkshire Butchers for a 595kg Limousin cross steer from Mesrs RT&J Critchley&Sons of Hutton. Countrystyle Meats accounted for a number of high quality entries to sell through their Lancaster shop including the best priced heifer a 550kg British Blue cross from Mesrs S&P Scriven of Elslack for £1345 or 244.5p/kg and the joint highest priced p/kg steer a 545kg Limousin cross at 234.5p or £1278 from Mesrs CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield.  Skiptons Keelham Farm Shop was also well to the fore claiming the joint highest priced steer on the day from S&P Scriven, a 535kg British Blue cross for 234.5por £1255.



465-560kg                                             to 234.5p/kg                        av.234.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 230.5p/kg                        av. 226.85p/kg


480kg+                                                   to 258.5p/kg                        av. 224.49p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg



£ per head: RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx)  1371, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1336, (BBx) 1278, S&P Sciven (BBx) 1254

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 234.5, 224.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 234.5


£ per head: S&P Scriven (BBx) 1345, L.Bamforth&Sons (Limx) 1344, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx)  1343, TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 1331

p/kg: L Bamforth&Sons (Limx) 258.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 246.5,(BBx) 234.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 244.5, JA&JM Wade (Limx) 237.5, TW Cowperthwaite (Limx) 235.5.


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   158.5p/kg                             £1078


Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: JA&JM Wade (AAx) 1078

p/kg: JA&JM Wade (AAx) 158.5



Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   82.82p/kg             £516.09

A mixed entry of cattle with a shortage of meat selling to a flat trade. Dairies with finish in the mid 90s and an odd young cow in the 120s. The lean end are not as dear as they were and  Beef crosses barring the odd exception were not the sought after types for further feeding.

Black & White                      to 125.5p/kg                        av.85.19p/kg

Fleck                                       to 90.5p/kg

Stab                                        to 96.5p/kg                          av.79.80p/kg

Short                                      to 105.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: N&SA Fort 734, CM&EM Gratton 717,624, I Wright 706, M&R Smith 663,

p/kg: N&SA Fort 125.5,97.5, 93.5, CM&EM Gratton 97.5,92.5, M&R Smith 91.5, I Wright 90.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: C Watson (Fleck) 557

p/kg: C Watson (Fleck) 90.5


£ per head: Fleets Farms (Short) 807

p/kg: Fleets Farms (Short) 105.5


£ per head: Fleets Farms (Stab) 617,592,549

p/kg: Fleets Farms (Stab) 96.5,95.5,86.5,76.5



Overall Average                                   85.5p/kg               £638.35


£ per head: N&J Thwaite 638

p/kg: N&J Thwaite 85.5



3,456 Prime Sheep comprising 2929 Prime Lamb, 527 Cast Ewes & Rams


Plenty of sheep about today with nearly 3500 penned for sale but a more mixed selection than usual for meat and quality. Lowland lambs just a shade better on the week, whilst hill lambs were generally 5p-10p dearer with a couple of extra buyers this week requiring the decent hill types.
Brian Church from Askwith presented some nice butchers type lambs and topped the sale at £105 for 56kg’s, and 50kgs at £100 both lots selling to Kendalls Farm Butchers in Pateley Bridge and Harrogate. Kendalls also secured lambs at £96 from TR Thwaite & Son, Horton in Craven. Hartshead Meat Co in Mossley purchased 49kg lambs at £99 from Alistair Jenkinson of Langbar, whilst Frankland Farms sold 51kg Continentals at £96 to A&D Meats in Rossendale.
James Garth & Son, Keasden topped the per kilo prices at 243.6p (39kg @ £95) and others at 235p and 225p, all to Vivers Scotlamb, Annan.
Hill bred lambs were better to sell this week, better Texels from horned ewes from John Robinson, Foulridge 48kg £78 163p, other better sorts around the 160p mark. Mules and Masham had better end top side of 150p, top price per kilo 156p for 47kg @ £73.50 from PL Metcalfe, Otterburn.

Cast Sheep were forward in larger numbers with a similar trade seen across the board.


Prime Lambs – Overall Average £72.91 per head or 163.4p/kg              

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 243.6p/kg         av 167.5p/kg         or £70.85 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 202.2p/kg         av 160.2p/kg         or £76.59 per head

52.1kg and over   to 195.1p/kg         av 154.3p/kg         or £81.40 per head


Beltex average £83.10 per head or 195.6p/kg

£ per head: £99 £93 A Jenkinson; £96 Frankland Farms; £95 £94 James Garth & Son; £94 JJ Beckwith; £91 AM Leach;

p/kg: 243.6p 235.0p 225.0p 212.5p James Garth & Son; 212.2p AM Leach; 209.3p DW&CJ Towler; 209.3p Frankland Farms;

Texel average £73.70 per head or 164.7p/kg

£ per head: £105 £100 £95x2 RG Church Ltd; £96 TR Thwaite; £95 £94 M Ryder & Son; £94 S&P Scrivin; £94 D Barnes;

p/kg: 220.9p 200.0p RG Church Ltd; 202.3p RC Crabtree; 202.2p JA&JH Hewetson; 197.4p Thwaite Bros; 195.1p GT Booth;

Charollais average £74.11 per head or 157.3p/kg

£ per head: £79 S Spensley; £71 JM Smith; £65 Haddon Farms;

p/kg: 158.5p Haddon Farms; 158.0p S Spensley; 154.3p JM Smith;

Suffolk average £73 per head or 152.5p/kg

£ per head: £84 £76 PL Metcalfe; £82 R&DA Earnshaw; £81 TH Mellin; £81 K&M Berry; £75.50 S&PE Bowker; £75.50 J Marshall;

p/kg: 161.7p PL Metcalfe; 157.3p J Marshall; 155.8p TH Mellin; 155.3p A Butler; 154.8p K&J Marshall; 153.8p JJ Beckwith;

Mule average £65.80 per head or 145.1p/kg

£ per head: £73.50 £71.50 A&SL Throup; £73.50 PL Metcalfe; £71.50x2 BS Simpson; £70 J Carr; £69.50 £69 CD&RF Kitching;

p/kg: 156.0p PL Metcalfe; 152.6p JJ Beckwith; 152.1p 147.0p A&SL Throup; 151.1p 150.0p CD&RF Kitching; 145.9p BS Simpson;

Masham average £72.79 per head or 152.0p/kg

£ per head: £76 £68.50 A&SL Throup;

p/kg: 152.2p 152.0p &SL Throup;

Swaledale average £52.61 per head or 133.9p/kg

£ per head: £63 P Addyman; £57.50 WB Woodsworth; £50 JH&SM Mason; £49.50 J Carr; £48.50 AJ Mason;

p/kg: 139.1p JH&SM Mason; 134.8p W J E Harker; 134.7p AJ Mason; 134.0p P Addyman; 130.0p J Carr;  

Cheviot average £63.50 per head or 167.1p/kg

£ per head: £63.50 Haddon Farms

p/kg: 167.1p Haddon Farms




Cull Ewes average £51.11

Suffolk to £82.50, Texel to £100.00, BFL to £78.50, Mule to £63.50, Lleyn to £64.50, Swaledale to £44.50, Masham to £55.50, Cheviot to £76.50, Beltex to £61.50, Lonk to £40.50, Dalesbred to £40.50, Teeswater to £56.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £100 HB Atkinson; £97.50 R Emmott;

Mule/Masham: £63.50 MP Jennings; £63.50 A Beresford;  

Horned: £44.50 G&MA Lawn; £40.50 K Lister & Son;

Hill: £78.50 G&MA Lawn; £76.50 HB Atkinson;  


Cast Rams average £47.71

Suffolk to £63.50, Texel to £63.50, Swaledale to £45.50, Beltex to £77.50.



Rearing Calves to £370 (75)

B&W av £53 Cont av £241 Native av £252


A total of 75 calves on show this week with some buyers going home short of calves. More calves could have been sold especially 4 week old quality calves. Overall the calf trade was very similar to the last couple of weeks.

Blue Bulls topped at £370 to ave £270 with a total of 10 being showed. Blue Heifers similar in line with national prices topping at £270 and averaging £190 with 19 on offer. Ab Angus Bulls were a storming trade topping at £360. Heifers also sold very well with A Sowray topping at £205. Lim Bulls sold exceptionally with a good show on offer topping at £350 from Hayton & Stocks and averaged £263. Lim Heifers were a little harder to place but still averaged £158. The calves were smaller but looked value for money. There were 14 B&W calves on show averaging £53 with a new buyer at the ring side along with weekly regulars.


Bull Calves

Ab Angus (Av £282) to £360             Hayton & Stocks                                                 

British Blue (Av £270) to £370         JP&KE Hartley

Lim (Av £263) to £350                        Hayton & Stocks

B&W (Av £53.21) to £75                   RM Shackleton


Heifer Calves       

Limousin x (Av £158) to £275           Hayton & Stocks                 

Brit Blue x (Av £190) to £270           A Sowray & Son                                                  

Ab Angus (Av £185) to £205             A Sowray & Son

Hereford X (Av £100) to £100          ID&JC Briggs

Charollais (Av £290) to £290            Wood Bros




Craven Dairy Auction (7 head)

A tidy entry for the twice monthly Craven Dairy Sale sponsored by NMR (represented by Helen Whitaker) and the show judged by Martyn Jennings. The show champion was a lovely pedigree newly calven heifer from M Baul & Sons, Ravensgate Herd in Bishop Thornton. Sired by Welcome Armitage Pesky PLI +£410 and out of the Blossom family, she sold calved 20 days giving 32 litres at £2100 locally to John Howard.  Messrs Baul sold another newly calven heifer out of the Honesty family by Model Man giving 32 litres being calved 23 days, she sold for £1800.

ASE Crisp & Son, Calton, regular consignors to the Dairy Auction presented a newly calven homebred heifer fresh calved and by the Genus bull ‘MVP’ it was successfully sold at £1720. Also in the shippon today were a run of yearling maiden heifers from A Dickinson & Son, selling to a top of £720 ave £680.  

The next Craven Dairy Auction is on Monday 11th November, entries to the office please of Newly Calven Cows & Heifers, Incalf Cattle and Youngstock. Contact Ted Ogden or Jeremy Eaton for more details. Thankyou.


Judge – Martyn Jennings

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:        1st M Baul & Partners          2nd M Baul & Partners         3rd ASE Crisp & Son

                                Maiden:                                 1st A Dickinson & Son          2nd A Dickinson & Son        

                                Champion – M Baul & Partners  


Newly Calven Heifers (£1720): to £1720

Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (£1950): to £2100

Maiden Heifers (£680): to £720





Hay                         Mini Heston         to £20 per bale

                                Small Bale             to £3.50 per bale