Forward: 69 Prime cattle comprising 51 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 18 Cast Cattle. 4,410 Prime Sheep comprising 3,938 Prime Lamb, 455 Cast Ewes & 17 Rams. 58 Rearing Calves. 32 Dairy. 9 Loads of produce.

Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   105.46p/kg           £736.99

Christmas Show of Cast Cattle

A good pure bred British Blue cow born in 2008 shown by JH&SM Mason of Keasden was the leading price at £1290 when the 925kg first prize Continental sold to S&JS Thompson for 139.5p/kg. The leading p/kg price was the third prize Continental a 36 month old 645kg British Blue cross from BL&R Lund of Walshaw which made 142.5p/kg or £919.

The dairies saw an improved entry of cattle carrying finish with the threshold either side of 100p/kg.

Native                                    1. B&LN Dibb

Continental                           1. JH&SM Mason                 2. JE Cowperthwaite          3. BL&R Lund

Dairy                                       1. J Wellock                           2. I. Wright                            3. G Pickersgill&Sons

Black & White                      to 103.5p/kg                        av.97.37p/kg

MRI                                        to 100.5p/kg

Blondex                                 to 114.5p/kg

BBx                                         to 142.5 p/kg                       av. 140.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 110.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 105.5p/kg       



Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JR Wellock 813, I Wright 800,764, G Pickersgill&Sons 725,668,666, A&CL Gray 724,706

p/kg: G Pickersgill&Sons 103.5,103.5,102.5, N&SA Fort 101.5,99.5, A&CL Gray 99.5, JR Wellock 98.5, I Wright 97.5


Other Dairy

£ per head: N&SA Fort (MRI) 573

p/kg: N&SA Fort (MRI) 100.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: JH&SM Mason 1290, BL&R Lund 919

p/kg: BL&R Lund 142.5, JH&SM Mason 139.5

Other Contx:

£ per head: JE Cowperthwaite (Blondex) 790, (Limx)729

p/kg: JE Cowperthwaite (Blondex) 114.5, (Limx) 110.5



Overall Average                                   88.5p/kg               £774.38


£ per head: N.Bland 774

p/kg: N.Bland 88.5



4,410 Prime Sheep comprising 3,938 Prime Lamb, 455 Cast Ewes & 17 Rams

A great show for numbers today with just shy of 4000 lambs presented for sale at an overall average of 195p/kg (SQQ 199p).

The usual wholesalers were out in force, and although it was Xmas Show yesterday several butchers and farmshops still looking for lambs to fulfil pre Christmas orders. Messrs Simpson from Ripon presented one of the best runs of Continental lambs topping the sale at £125 per head on two occasions, Andrew Atkinson claiming one pen which weighed 53kg (235p) whilst Joe Bosworth claimed the other pen. Other lambs from the same home made £122 £119 £118 £115 with 61 from this farm sold to average £113.30. PW Simpson of Bolton by Bowland topped the sale per kilo at 287.8p/kg, 41kg @ £118, purchased by Vivers Scotlamb, Mr Simpson selling others at £123 £114 £113 and £110. Ellis Bros of Addingham Moorside topped at £118 for 45kg Beltex, and Tom Walmsley of Haverah Park selling 46kg at £116. Simon Bennett of Silsden Moor made £112 of Texel crosses to Kendalls Farm Butchers in Pateley Bridge and Harrogate. The smart lambs would be a shade cheaper on the week with, best 250p to 287p, and the best of the rest 230p to 250p, however commercial handyweight lambs of all breeds were dearer on the week by around 5p/kg. Heavy’s would be a very similar trade.
Hill bred lambs made up a greater proportion of the entry this week with more Mule and Horned wethers coming into the entry every week. Best Mules typically 44kg £80-£83, 45kg £82-£85, 46kg/47kg £84-£86, sample prices from today Anthony Hewetson selling 47kg £86 45kg £84.50, S Forshaw & Son 46kg £84, Thomas Hartley 43kg £79, L Bancroft 43kg £79, M Ryder & Son 49kg £88.50 46kg £84.50, CD&RF Kitching 42kg £78.50, AJ Taylor 41kg £81.50, JH Throup 47kg £85.50, G&MA Lawn 45kg £84.50 43kg £80, J Pickles 45kg £82.50, A Guy & Son 47kg £86, JC&N Throup 50kg £89, 47kg £85.50. Horned Lambs  saw better Swales 175p-180p , JA Hewetson 46kg £82.50 43kg £77.50, JR Smith 53kg £85, 43kg £74.50, K Lister & son (DB) 43kg £74.

The Cast Sheep Sale included the Christmas show which was won by Ken & Hazel Gamble of Easingwold selling Texels for £137.50 each, other pens of good continental ewes £110 to £126, rams to £132.50, best Mules mid 70’s to mid 80’s, and best horned ewes in the 50’s and 60’s. The overall average for 456 ewes at £72.72 and 17 rams £76.85.


Prime Lambs – Overall Average £86.59 per head or 195.1p/kg              

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 287.8p/kg         av 200.4p/kg         or £84.08 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 244.0p/kg         av 188.4p/kg         or £90.18 per head

52.1kg and over   to 235.8p/kg         av 179.1p/kg         or £101.41 per head


Suffolk average £87.18 per head or 181.4p/kg

£ per head: £111 L Simpson & Son; £98 B&J Sutcliffe; £98 Ashfield Farms; £96 A Guy & Son; £94 £92 J&C Wright; £92 RA&M Earnshaw;

p/kg: 200p CD&RF Kitching; 195.5p JP&KE Hartley; 194.6p RA&M Earnshaw; £192.0p B&J Sutcliffe; £190.2 A&ED Booth;

Texel average £87.62 per head or 196.1p/kg

£ per head: £125 £122 £119 £118 £115 £112 £110x3 L Simpson 7 sons; £118 Ellis Bros; £112 SD Bennett; £110x2 PW Simpson; £110 RH&MR Ireland;

p/kg: 262.2p Ellis Bros; 253.8p H&S Maudsley; 253.8p RH&MR Ireland; 253.5p E&M Townley & Son; 250.0p PW Simpson; 245.5p TA Robinson; 239.7p TM Hartley;

Beltex average £103.07 per head or 226.6p/kg

£ per head: £123 £118 £114 £113 PW Simpson; £118 £107 D&A Livestock; £116 T Walmsley; £107 B&K Wellock; £107 £106 J Garth & Son;

p/kg: 287.8p 273.3p 253.3p 251.1p PW Simpson; 256.5p D&A Livestock; 252.4p J Garth & Son; 252.2p T Walmsley 251.2p AM Leach; 250.0p G Booth;

Mule average £83.26 per head or 181.8p/kg

£ per head: £96 J Pickles; £89 JC&N Throup; £88.50 £87.50 £86.50 M Ryder & Sons; £87.50 AM&E Hartley; £86 WB Woodsworth;  

p/kg: 188.6p M Ryder & Son; 187.8p 186p G&MA Lawn; 187.8p 185.6p JA&JH Hewetson; 186.9p CD&RF Kitching; 186.2p AM&E Hartley; 185.2p AJ Taylor;

Masham average £84 per head or 168.0p/kg

£ per head: £84 A Fisher;

p/kg: 168p A Fisher;

Charollais average £83.80 per head or 182.6p/kg

£ per head: £96 B Spensley ltd; £94 SB&C Harrison; £88 W Stapleton & Son; £87.50 A Guys & Son;

p/kg: 210.3p H&S Maudsley; 185.1p LJ Clay; 182.3p A Guy & Son;

Swaledale average £66.36 per head or 163.3p/kg

£ per head: £85 JR Smith; £82.50 £77.50 JH&JA Hewetson;

p/kg: 180.2p 179.89 179.3p JA&JH Hewetson; 177.0p 176.4p 173.3p JR Smith;

Dalesbred average £65.65 per head or 168.6p/kg

£ per head: £74 £69 K Lister & Son

p/kg: 176.4p 172.1p 160.5p K Lister & Sons;

Lonk average £79.63 per head or 183.1p/kg

£ per head: £84 £77 AM&E Hartley;

p/kg: 183.3p 182.6p AM&E Hartley;





Cull Ewes average £72.73

Christmas Cast Ewe Show

Continental – 1st 2nd & Champion – KW Gamble          3rd T Blackwell

Mule – 1st & 2nd JC Wright

Horned – 1st SP Morris       2nd Flasby Estate


Suffolk to £114.50, Texel to £137.50, BFL to £91.50, Mule to £86.50, Zwartable to £109.50, Swaledale to £81.50, Kerry Hill  to £, SBF to £63.50, Dalesbred to £54.50, Beltex to £88.50, Lonk to £75.50, Charollais to £123.50, Teeswater to £81.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £137.50 KW Gamble; £126.50 S Spyrou;

Mule/Masham: £86.50 M Burrill; £85.50 SL&SD Lund;  

Horned: £81.50 AM Bretherton; £63.50 Flasby Estate;

Hill: £75.50 SP&VM Morris;  


Cast Rams average £76.85

Suffolk to £78.50, Texel to £132.50, BFL to £90.50, Swaledale to £54.50.





Rearing Calves to £360 (58)

B&W av £38 Cont av £241 Native av £232


Calf trade looking good with a very mixed bag of calves on offer. The sale consisted of mainly younger sorts today compared to last week’s super show. All selling reasonably well and going to a full range of buyers and a new face round the ring. 11 Buyers were seen ringside actively bidding for the 58 calves

Topping the Blue trade were 2 bulls both at £350 from J M Smith and JC Marshall respectively. They went on to avg £271 which were a very respectable avg for the calves on offer. Heifers topped at £295 from Joss Lancaster.

Angus bulls topped at £360 avg £278. These looked a superb trade for the calves on offer ranging from 4-8 weeks of age. Heifers would be slightly steadier topping at £190 and avg £180.

B+W calves were mainly bobbies with a few rearing sorts getting in to the £60-70 mark but topping at £72 the avg was £38. More calves wanted for next week as more buyers are expected to be present after selling stores this coming Wednesday.

Call Kyle 07538539077 with any enquires and expected entries to inform buyers of expected numbers.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £185) to £190           D Clarke                

Brit Blue x (Av £271) to £350           JM Smith & Son                                                  

Ab Angus (Av £278) to £360             Hayton & Stocks 

Simmental (Av £240) to £240          J Gooch

Black & White (Av £38) to £72         RL Wright                             


Heifer Calves       

Ab Angus (Av £180) to £190             AP Townsend                                                      

Saler (Av £110) to £110                     RL Wright

British Blue (Av £213) to £295         J&SA Lancaster

Lim (Av £140) to £150                        PJ&JE Bolland






At the Annual Christmas Show and Sale of Dairy cattle the Supreme Championship was awarded to Brian Moorhouse of Bell Busk showing Aireburn Saloon Sher a first calving daughter of the Semex sire Sandy Valley Saloon bred from the EX90 Aireburn Shamrock Sher, herself a cow bred from 8 generations of VG or EXC, having given close on 31000 litres in 3 lactations. Sold 14 days calved and giving 34kg Aireburn Saloon Sher joined John Hitchen of Crib Farm Dairies at Luddenden Foot for the top price of the day at £2500.

Next highlight was the second prize newly calven heifer a daughter of the Genus sire Seagull Bay MVP presented by Mesrs ASE Crisp & Sons of Airton, which sold 14 days calved and giving 24 litres to BF Blezard Ltd of Ribchester for £2250. Milky heifers were in good demand with several others £2000 or more and in the main £1700 to £1950. A nice average of £1851 for 15 Newly Calven Heifers was achieved. Ian Parkinson from Barden presented the only newly calven cow, a third calver which achieved £1700. The sale also included a consignment of Maiden Heifers from Peter Baul of Bishop Thornton which peaked at £1050 twice, and nice sorts £850 to £950. A thankyou must be extended to all our sponsors today, NMR recording, NFU Mutual and Graham Shepherd Agri and to our two judges Mr Michael Longster and Mr Shaun Sowray.
Dairy Cattle of all classes are required for the Next Craven Dairy Auction which is on Monday 14th December, entries either please to the Auction Office or Ted Ogden 07855 958211 or to Sarah Liddle 07710 795585. Thankyou.



Prize Awards

Newly Calven Heifer                           1. GB Moorhouse                2.ASE Crisp & Sons              3. EJ Fort

Newly Calven Cow                              1. MD Parkinson

Incalf Cow or Heifer                            1&2 CJ&DD Drake

Maiden Heifer                                     1,2&3 M Baul & Sons Ltd


Top Prices

Newly Calven Heifers: GB Moorhouse £2500, ASE Crisp & Sons £2250,£1880, JR&MJ Moon £2050,£2000,£1800, M&R Smith £2000, M.Baul&Sons Ltd £1950,£1700 EJ Fort £1850,£1820, S Forshaw & Sons £1720,

Nely Calven Cows: £1700 MD Parkinson

Incalf Cow/Heifer : CJ&DD Drake £1300,£1100.

Maiden Heifers:  M Baul & Sons Ltd £1050,£1050,£980,£950,£950.





Hay                         Mini Heston                         to £20 per bale

Wheat Straw        Mini Heston                          to £16