Forward: 52 Prime cattle comprising 9 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 42 Cast Cattle. 6,105 Prime Sheep comprising 5,079 Prime Lambs, 1,026 Cast Ewes & Rams. 94 Rearing Calves. Dairy Cattle. 4 Loads of produce.

A nice show of prime cattle were easily dealt with today, bullocks topping at £1637 or 242.5p and heifers to £1380 or 255.5p/kg. Cull cows look less money on paper, but as ever, quality is very variable at this time of year.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


551-590kg                                             to 224.5p/kg

650kg+                                                   to 242.5p/kg        av 206.4p/kg


501- 590kg                                            to 255.5p/kg

590kg+                                                   to 138.5p/kg        av 135.08p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg



£ per head: C Crowther £1637

p/kg: C Crowther 242.5


£ per head: C Crowther £1630,£1339

p/kg: C Crowther 234.5, 195.5


£ per head: C Crowther £1280, £1103

p/kg: C Crowther 227.5, 224.5



£ per head: C Crowther £1380

p/kg: C Crowther 255.5

Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   97.18p/kg             £641.30

Black & White                       to 116.5p/kg                        av 92.88p/kg

MRI                                         to 106.5p/kg                        av 103.01p/kg

Limx                                       to 138.5p/kg                        av 105.85p/kg

BBx                                         to 128.5p/kg                        av 117.75p/kg

AAx                                         to 101.5p/kg                        av 85.10p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: PJ Bolland £850,£824, JD Crabtree&Son £772, G Pickersgill&Sons £721

p/kg: PJ Bolland 116.5, 114.5, G Pickersgill&Sons 113.5, JD Crabtree&Son 109.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: L&A Watson (MRI)£743,£692,£653

p/kg: L&A Watson (MRI) 106.5,104.5,102.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: D&J Carlisle £1054, G&PS Fleetwood £717, N Garth £702

p/kg: D&J Carlisle 128.5, G&PS Fleetwood 120.5,

Lim: av p/kg

£ per head: JR&DL Ogden £1035, K Huck £838,£757

p/kg: K Huck 138.5, JR&DL Ogden 122.5, K Huck 115.5



Overall Average                                   107.71p/kg           £1060.97

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)

£ per head:  R&K Gemmell (Saler)1158, JSS Verity (AA) 626

p/kg: R&K Gemmell (Saler)113.5, JSS Verity(AA) 101.5


6,105 Prime Sheep

A great show of sheep were presented for sale today and all vendors were well rewarded with an increase in trade prior to the ethnic festival of Eid al-Adha due to take place later this week. There were a lot of heavy lambs in the entry today and the average weight was 43.7kg, with lambs levelling at £70.30 per head.

The Smart goods as usual led the way, and Skipton takes some beating for these with no shortage of Beltex and the smartest continentals making £2plus. David & Iris Boothman of Halton East topped the market at £96 each, whilst Brian Lund of Walshaw topped at 238.9p. Lambs in the 37kg to 42kg bracket were short of requirements and plenty of the first crossed types sold from 165p to 175p in this weight range. Lambs 43kg to 45kg were 155p to 160p and 46kg lambs and above generally around the 150p mark or over for nice Continentals.

The hill bred lambs were very good to sell when compared to last week, with 712 Mule and Masham lambs in the entry averaging £67.77 or 153.7p, a fantastic result given the numbers forward.

A huge show of over 1000 cast ewes all drawn from local farms were a sharp trade and sold in line with recent weeks.


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £70.30 per head or 160.6p/kg (Standard Quality Quotation 165.4p)                                        

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 193.0p/kg         av 168.3p/kg         or £53.66 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 192.4p/kg         av 168.5p/kg         or £58.13 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 238.9p/kg         av 165.2p/kg         or £70.12 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 197.9p/kg         av 150.2p/kg         or £72.68 per head

52.1kg and over                  to 167.8p/kg         av 147.4p/kg         or £79.61 per head

Beltex average £75.70 per head or 190.3p/kg

£ per head: £95.50 H&S Maudsley; £94.50 PN Dalby; £94 RH&MR Ireland; £93 £89 E&M Townley; £88.50 Stocks Enterprises;

p/kg: 238.9p B Lund; 232.9p H&S Maudsley; 231.6p F&R Fielding; 229.3p RH&MR Ireland; 228.2p E&M Townley;

Texel average £70.95 per head or 160.2p/kg

£ per head: £96 DG Boothman; £89 TH&A Pickard; £88 MP Jennings; £87 E&M Townley; £87 £86 G Sunderland; £87 RH&MR Ireland; £87 JA&JH Hewetson; £86 JR Carr;

p/kg: 222.5p TH&A Pickard; 212.8p 212.2p RH&MR Ireland; 209.8p 206.1p G Sunderland; 200.0p T Smith; 197.9p DG Boothman;

196.4p G Sunderland; 196.4p H&M Dugdale;

Suffolk average £68.23 per head or 152.5p/kg

£ per head: £78.50 £71.50 H Raw; £76 G Bell; £73 G&MA Lawn; £72.50 MB Townley;  £71 G Beresford; £70.50 A Guy & Son;

£70.50 A Beresford;

p/kg: 183.8p 168.8p 166.7p W&M Bland; 172.6p MB Townley; 168.3p JR Metcalfe; 166.3p H Raw; 166.3p 165.9p CD&RF Kitching;

165.2p G Bell;

Charollais average £69.92 per head or 160.6p/kg

£ per head: £77 BA&B Perkins; £73.50 £72 E&M Townley; £71.50 A Guy & Son; 70.50 £70 JR&DL Ogden;

p/kg: 178.4p B Lund; 175.0p 167.4p E&M Townley; 175.0p BA&B Perkins; 166.7 J Grange; 166.3p LJ Clay;

Lleyn average £68.75 per head or 163.4p/kg

£ per head: £75.50 £67.50 NG Bailey & Co; £72.50 £67 RW&B Chapman; £72 £70.50 R&A Jennings; £67.50 CD&RF Kitching;

p/kg: 171.6p 168.8p NG Bailey & Co; 166.3p 164.6p CD&RF Kitching; 165.3p H&M Plews; 164.8p RW&B Chapman;

Mule average £67.77 per head or 153.7p/kg

£ per head: £74.50 JR Smith; £73 WA&A Booth; £72 SPA Rushton; £71 JA Throup; £70.50 JK Wilson; £70.50 AJ Mason;

p/kg: 162.2p 160.7 KM&L Throup; 162.2p 159.1p W Mason & Son; 161.0p WA Brown; 159.8p W&M Bland; 159.0p RHJ&EA Close;

Swaledale average £58.12 per head or 158.1p/kg

£ per head: £64 K Dickinson; £53.50 JM&S Tennant; £52.50 RW& B Chapman;

p/kg: 167.2p JM&S Tennant; 152.4p K Dickinson; 134.6p RW&B Chapman;

Cheviot average £71.18 per head or 155.1p/kg

£ per head: £72x2 £68 Grain Farms Ltd;

p/kg: 156.5p 151.1p 146.9p Grain Farms;


Cull Ewes average £55.29

Suffolk to £75.75, Texel to £113.50, BFL to £68.50, Mule to £61.82, Lleyn to £73.61, Swaledale to £26.75, Masham to £81.50, Gritstone to £50.75, Cheviot  to £39.45, Beltex  to £72.83, Lonk  to £45.60.

Top prices:

Lowland: £113.50 J Perrings; £102.50 G&MA Lawn; £101.50 FCN&M Walker; £101.50 B Lund

Mule/Masham: £81.50 C Moore; £79.50 S Breare; £76.50 Stocks Enterprises

Horned: £56.50 J Drinkall Ltd; £53.50 C Crowther; £49.50 T&K Stephenson

Hill: £96.50 H&M Dugdale & Son; £79.50 J Mallender

Cast Rams average £54.19

Texel to £93.50 Thwaite Bros; Suffolk to £23.50 A Guy & Son; Cheviot to £84.50 Grain Farms; Blue Faced Leicester to £34.50 SL&SD Lund.   



94 Rearing Calves to £450 (Overall average £214)

B&W av £60.20 Cont av £360 Native av £214

A decent show of calves with new vendors receiving the big prices along with the regulars, with a sale high of £450. Continentals were the most sought after with an average of £360 right through and £394 for 26 British Blue bulls and £320 for British Blue heifers. Black and whites are also being forced along nicely with a strong run from Richard Spence dragging the average up over £60 topping at £175 for a strong Friesian.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £390) to £390 N Hitchen                       

Brit Blue x (Av £394) to £450 P&RM Sutcliffe                              

Ab Angus (Av £210) to £265 JP&KE Hartley                                  

Black & White (Av £60.20) to £175 F Spence                               


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £245) to £280 N Hitchen

Hereford (Av £230) to £230 F Spence                           

Brit Blue x (Av £320) to £390 Church Farm Enterprises

Limousin (Av £245) to £280 N Hitchen                          

Ab Angus (Av £145) to £145 GB Moorhouse                                                

Shorthorn (Av £200) to £200 JR CJ & D Drake                                                              


Craven Dairy Auction (44 head)

A definite struggle for the most part but patience paid off with just a little push and shove strong heifers started to sell to a straight price. With an ever darkening cloud looming over the Dairy industry things looked ominous with the shippon full and over flowing, however a murmur of interest prior to the sale evolved into a good, straight trade with cows and heifers taking their time but eventually reaching a good price. Pick of the day was a sweet heifer from Brian Moorhouse which had been calved a fortnight and giving 31kgs, which went on to make £2,200 to Wilmot Blockley. Robin Jennings of South Stainley wasn’t far behind with a heifer from the Roxy family reaching £2100 and heading to the same home.


Certainly a lot more caution ringside with a lot buyers concerned about what the future may hold.


Judge – Aubrey Greenhalgh

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

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st A Lawson & Son 2nd M Swires 3rd M Swires

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st 2nd & 3rd MGT Corner

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

Champion & Reserve – A Lawson & Son


Newly Calven Heifers: to £2100 av £1702.5 ASE Crisp & Sons  


Newly Calven Cows: to £1420 MD Parkinson


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers: to £2200 av £1834 GB Moorhouse


Pedigree Newly Calven Brown Swiss Heifer: £1750 av £1457 D&P Brown


Pedigree Newly Calven Cow: £2000 A Lawson & Son


Heifer Calves: to £300 av £267 J Hitchen


Barley Straw                         Round                    to £11 per bale

Wheat Straw                        Round                    to £10 per bale