46 Prime cattle comprising 28 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 18 Cast Cattle. 2,270 Prime Sheep comprising 1961 Prime Lambs & 309 Cast Ewes & Rams. 81 Rearing Calves. 10 Dairy Cattle. 4 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A good entry of cattle and a firm trade for meat and quality sorts with Keelham Farm Shop accounting for the highest gross priced animal a heifer weighing 615kg which was sold by Malcolm Metcalfe of Baldersby for 240.5p/kg or £1479. Countrystyle Meats Ltd of Lancaster secured both the leading priced steer and heifer by weight both from Mesrs AA&E Critchley&Son of Hutton, a 540kg Limousin cross steer at 249.5p/kg and a 515kg Limousin cross heifer at 246.5p/kg.


465-555kg                                             to 249.5p/kg                        av. 210.60p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 205.5p/kg                        av. 197.46p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 238.5p/kg                        av. 199.91p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 246.5p/kg                        av. 235.18p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 1347, CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 1330, J Baines (Limx) 1287

p/kg: AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 249.5, J Baines (Limx) 240.5, CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 237.5


£ per head: JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1479, AA&E Critchley&Son (BBx) 1405, (Limx) 1383, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1347,1330

p/kg: AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 246.5, 238.5, (BBx) 246.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 240.5,240.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 238.5



Cull Cow Prices

Despite subdued demand for manufacturing meat in the past week cast cattle were no less and possibly a slightly sharper trade. Still a high percentage of plain cows on offer which were never below 73.5p and the dairies carrying finish still 110p but very scarce.

Overall Average                                   101.67p/kg           £674.67

Black & White                      to 113.5 p/kg                       av. 94.88p/kg

Beef Shorthorn                    to 90.5 p/kg

AAx                                         to 94.5p/kg                         

Limx                                       to 117.5p/kg                        av.115.23p/kg

BBx                                         to 117.5p/kg                        av.112.47p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JSS Verity 885, E&KM Marshall 709, RD Metcalfe7Son 695,640,607

p/kg: JSS Verity 113.5, E&KM Marshall 112.5, RD Metcalfe&Son 107.5,106.5


£ per head: T Riley (Beef Sh) 683, DA Ogden&Son (AAx) 548

p/kg: DA Ogden&Son (AAx) 94.5, T Riley (Beef Sh) 90.5.

Brit Blue:

£ per head: T&J Smith 828, 634, D&J Carlisle 699, JE Cowperthwaite 694

p/kg: T&J Smith 117.5, 106.5, JE Cowperthwaite 107.5,107.5


£ per head: CJ&JE Lumb 990, JE Cowperthwaite 805,775,

p/kg: JE Cowperthwaite 117.5, 116.5, CJ&JE Lumb 112.5


Prime Sheep 

Prime lambs saw an improved of meat and weight with 90% plus of the entry between 40 and 46kg. Creep fed lambs were good to sell all day long, first of the mules coming forward with odd lambs at 180p but most £60 to £69.


22 Young Farmers turned out for this year’s Annual YFC Show & Sale. Firstly, they had to show their handling skills under today’s show judge Clare Cropper and then sell them their selves in the auction ring...…
Clare awarded Champion to Kieran Robinson Age 5 she then went onto buy the Champion for £152. The Reserve prize was awarded to Isabelle Newbould Age 3 this was bought by Keelham Farm Shop for £135.
Sponsors – CCM, Wynnstay & Carrs Billington.

Under 10s

1st Kieran Robinson £152 43kg Clare Cropper

2nd Isabelle Newbould £135 46kg Keelham Farm Shop

3rd Bobby Crabtree £110 44kg A Atkinson

4th Issy Thompson £92 £39kg Paul Watson


10-16 years

1st Sam Phillipson £101 42kg Paul Watson

2nd Zara Pratt £110 45kg Countrystyle Meats

3rd Molly Phillipson £94.50 £46kg A Atkinson

4th Ryan Whitehead £94 42kg Keelham Farm Shop


17-26 years

1st Thomas Hartley £90 38kg Paul Watson

2nd George Throup £113 49kg Swaledale Foods

3rd Tom Carlisle £86 42kg Keelham Farm Shop

4th Thomas Walmsley £104 42kg Paul Watson


Champion – Kieran Robinson

Reserve – Isabelle Newbould


Also – Jess Crocker, Jack & Thomas Thompson, Archie Allen, Thomas & Jack Thornber, Jimmy Crabtree, Jack Metcalfe, James Moorhouse and Henry Mellin.



Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £78.86 per head or 184.22p/kg          

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 195.6p/kg         av 152.82p/kg      or £51.68 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 353.5p/kg         av 184.11p/kg      or £76.93 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 293.5p/kg         av 186.17p/kg      or £88.67 per head

52.1kg and over   to 186.7p/kg         av 178.98p/kg      or £89.26 per head


Beltex average £91.31 per head or 214.9p/kg

£ per head: £152 K Robinson; £135 Ellis Bros; £114 M&E Thornber; £114x2 T Kiernan; £110 P Crabtree; £104 T Walmsley;

p/kg: 353.5p K Robinson; 293.5p Ellis Bros; 250.0p P Crabtree; 247.6p T Walmsley; 240.5p A&AR Phillipson; 238.5p M&E Thornber;

Suffolk average £78.31 per head or 178.04p/kg

£ per head: £97 TH Mellin; £96 J Turner; £94.50 RA&M Earnshaw; £91 R Emmott; £89 SL&SD Lund; £87.5 K&M Berry & Son

p/kg:194p TH Mellin; 192.9p 189.5p RA&M Earnshaw & Sons; 188.9p JR Crabtree; 188.4p CD&RF Kitching; 185.7p R Emmott;

Texel average £78.42 per head or 183.85p/kg

£ per head: £116 TA Robinson; £113 JC&N Throup; £112 x2 T Smith; £110 DA Towell; £110 MP Jennings; £108 SD Bennett

p/kg:244.4p MP Jennings; 232p TA Robinson; 230.6p JC&N Throup; 227.9p L Simpson & Sons; 224.4p TH Mellin;

Mule average £60.92 per head or 150.93p/kg

£ per head: £69 JE Mawer; £65, £61 JC&N Throup; £60 JM&S Tennant; £60 AJ Mason;

p/kg:181.6p JE Mawer; 151.2p JC&N Throup; 150p JM&S Tennant; 150p AJ Mason; 145.2p JC&N Throup 

Charollais average £90.62 per head or 195.55p/kg

£ per head: £100 T Kiernan; £99 J Turner; £95.5 x2, £94, £93.5, £88, £85.5 T Kiernan; £69.5 JR Taylor;

p/kg:217p, 208.9p, 203.3p, 196.1p 194.9p 191.3p T Kiernan; 190.4p J Turner; 185.9p T Kiernan; 169.5p JR Taylor;  

Rouge average £80.67 per head or 187.6p/kg

£ per head: £88 £84 £70 Ellis Bros;

p/kg: 204.7p 182.6p 175.0p Ellis Bros;




Cull Ewes average £42.48

Suffolk to £88.50, Texel to £106.50, BFL to £78.50, Mule to £83.50, Swaledale to £49.50, Masham to £49.50, Gritstone to £37.50, Charollais to £49.50, Lonk  to £48.

Top prices:

Lowland: £106.50 R Smith; £90.50 B Spensley Ltd;

Mule/Masham: £83.50 SD Bennett;  £78.50 W Mason;

Horned: £49.50 JR Smith;

Hill: £78.50 AJ Mason;


Cast Rams average £79.50

Texel to £79.50,




Rearing Calves to £410 (81)

B&W av £51.06  Cont av £262.56 Native av £176.17

A larger show of calves in Skipton today with overall not quite as good as late, trade was definitely easier throughout. Best calves still commanded strong prices with Fred Houseman topping at £410 with Craig Stephenson and D&J Carlisle not far behind at £390.  A large show of native calves were a pleasant surprise this morning with best part of 40 Angus calves. Aberdeen Angus bulls topped at £285 for an entry from James Wellock, Seat House and a section average of £207.19.


All heifers seemed like an honest trade with some very young heifers distorting the average slightly. Again it was the turn of Church Farm Enterprises with two heifers topping at £380.  


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £286.11) to £390 GCL Stephenson Ltd                              

Brit Blue x (Av £376) to £410 Church Farm Enterprises                                                             

Aberdeen Angus (Av £207.19) to £285 J Wellock

Dairy Shorthorn (Av £64.5) to £95 Flasby Estates

Black & White (Av £51.06) to £90 AJ Lee                     


Heifer Calves       

Hereford x (Av £142.5) to £150 EJ Fort                                                         

Ab Angus (Av £135.5) to £170 GB Moorhouse                                                            

British Blue (Av £252.2) to £380 x2 Church Farm Enterprises

Lim (Av £213.33) to £250 GCL Stephenson




Craven Dairy Auction (10 head)

Robin Jennings of South Stainley took top honours today at the craven dairy sale with his 36kg heifer reaching £1700 and leaving with the judge. Jennings’ other heifer a 29kg pedigree heifer calved just a fortnight got away at £1550 to Jeff Liddle of Huby. Clearly the issue of winter feed is putting mounting pressure on the pockets of potential buyers despite this enough clients were ringside to make an honest trade of the milkers on offer.  


Judge – Mike Longster

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:        1st GB Jennings; 2nd M Baul & Partners 3rd GB Moorhouse


Champion – GB Jennings   Reserve – M Baul & Partners


Newly Calven Heifers: av £1416 to £1700 GB Jennings



Wheat Straw                        Mini Hestons                        to £35 per bale

Barley Straw 2017              Quads                                     to £125 per tonne

Barley Straw 2018              Hestons                                 to £130 per tonne

Hay                                         Quads                                     to £54 per bale