Forward: 76 Prime cattle comprising 17 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 3 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 56 Cast Cattle. 5,037 Prime Sheep comprising 4506 Prime Lambs, 531 Cast Ewes & Rams. 43 Rearing Calves. 4 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Monthly Show

James and Victoria Robertshaw of Keelham Farm Shop swept up both Champion and Reserve at the November Primestock Show of Prime Cattle securing the Champion from Jim Baines (Trawden) a 465kg British Blue Heifer for 279.5p/kg or £1300 and Reserve a 665kg British Blue x steer from Simon Bennett of Silsden Moor for 244.5p/kg or £1626.

Bullocks – 1. S Bennett       2.  Bennett           3. H Carr

Heifers – 1. J Baines            2. BS Simpson       3. K Downs

Bull – 1. D Leeming

Champion – J Baines                           Reserve – S Bennett


551-650kg                                             to 234.5p/kg        av 208.44p/kg

650kg+                                                   to 244.5p/kg        av 197.46p/kg


501- 590kg                                            to 267.5p/kg        av 243.54p/kg

590kg+                                                   to 279.5p/kg        av 184.91p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: SD Bennett (BBx)1626,1360,TGBoothman (Belt Gal)1280,1180,1120

p/kg: SD Bennett(BBx)244.5,234.5,TG Boothman 200,200,200


£ per head: BS Simpson ( Limx)1418, H Downs&Son 1364,1305, J Baines 1300,1192, B Spensley Ltd 1235

p/kg: J Baines 279.5,231.5,229.5, BS Simpson 267.5, H Downs&Son 241.5,239.5              

Cull Cow Prices

Monthly Show

Dairy – 1. CM Gratton        2. J Rushton          3. JSS Veirty

Beef – 1. SM Towler           2. JJ Beckwith       3. C Lovell


Overall Average                                   87.62p/kg             £688.29

Black & White                       to 110.5p/kg                        av 84.34p/kg

Limx                                       to 122.5p/kg                        av 96.34p/kg

BBx                                         to 111.5p/kg                        av 96.42p/kg

Shorthorn                             to 108.5p/kg

Gall                                         to 97.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 118.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: CM&EM Gratton 758,RE Ayrton&Son 754, I Wright 747, AN Bolland 730, JSS Verity 695

p/kg: JR Taylor&Son 110.5, JM Smith &Son 108.5, AN Bolland 106.5, CM&EM Gratton 104.5, JSS Verity 101.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: TB Moorhouse&Son 695,658

p/kg: TB Moorhouse&Son 111.5,94.5


£ per head: SM Towler 876, JR Taylor&Son 500

p/kg: SM Towler 122.5, JJ Beckwith&Sons 90.5


£ per head: JJ Beckwith&Sons(AAx)818,JR Taylor &Son (Sh) 673,CM Ryder (Gal) 492

p/kg: JJ Beckwith & Sons (AAx) 118.5,JR Taylor&Son (Sh) 108.5, CM Ryder (Gal) 97.5


Overall Average                                   92.35p/kg             £847.34

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)

£ per head: CM Ryder (Gal) 876,AJ Haggas (Gal)818

p/kg: CM Ryder (Gal) 102.5, AJ Haggas (Gal) 83.5


Prime Sheep

Skipton again came out on top with the sheep trade today moving up 6p/kg on the week to. A huge entry of 4500 lambs sold to average nearly 172p/kg across the board (SQQ 176.7p), a great result considering the increasing percentage of Mule & Horned lambs that are in the entry week on week.

Lowland lambs were good to sell. As ever the smart sorts regularly 220p to 250p. Tops were Frankland Farms Champion pen of 5 Beltex’s weighing 45kg selling at £128 each or 284.4p/kg to Keelham Farm Shop. Other notable prices were 268.9p 257.4p J&J Garnett, 267.9p 256.4p James Garth & Son, 264.9p F&R Fielden, 259.0p 252.5p DC Hall, 258.5p T&C Robinson, 250.0p RH&MR Ireland. A further 41 pens sold for in excess of 200p.

In the lump alongside Frankland Farms at £128, were £116 £105 S Currie, £106 T&C Robinson, £104.50 £104 £100 James Garth & Son, £101(x2) DC Hall, £100 RH&MR Ireland.

Generally a decent type of Continental lamb (40kg-45kg) was £32 to £36 over the weight, whilst commercial sorts around £30 over. This applied to heavy lambs as well which were much better to sell on the week, being £3 to £5 per head dearer. Handy weight lambs were a shade dearer on the week.

Mule Lambs were nice to sell as well with a lot of heavier types forward commanding around £25 over the weight.

Cast Ewes generally similar for meated types, but anything displaying too much fat was a shade easier.


The November Prize Show of Prime Lambs was kindly judged by Mr James Dewhirst and Sponsored By Wynstay Group. The following awards were given.

Continental –

1st Frankland Farms 45kg selling for £128 to Keelham Farm Shop

2nd TC Robinson 41kg selling for £106 to D Asquith

3rd RH&MR Ireland 40kg selling for £100 Bowood Yorkshire Lamb

Down x –

1st CD&RF Kitching 42kg selling for £75 to Bowood Yorkshire Lamb

2nd RA&M Earnshaw 48kg selling for £78.50 to Bowood Yorkshire Lamb

3rd PJ Bolland 40kg selling for £75 to Bowood Yorkshire Lamb

Horned –

1st G Huck & Son 37kg selling for £59 to M Etherington

2nd K Lister & Son 40kg selling for £67 to A Atkinson

3rd DH Heseltine & JR Akrigg 43kg selling for £67.50  

Mule/Masham –

1st WA Booth 53kg selling for £78 to Swaledale Foods

2nd G& SE Parker 44kg selling for £74 to Swaledale Foods

3rd ASE Crisp 54kg selling for £73.50 A Atkinson

Champion – Frankland Farms            Reserve – TC Robinson


Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £74.88 per head or 171.9p/kg                                                            

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 182.8p/kg         av 160.4p/kg         or £49.42 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 257.4p/kg         av 167.23p/kg      or £56.65 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 284.4p/kg         av 177.23p/kg      or £74.49 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 194.6p/kg         av 162.94p/kg      or £78.11 per head

52.1kg and over                  to 184.2p/kg         av 155.14p/kg      or £84.76 per head


Beltex average £83.14 per head or 205.75p/kg

£ per head: £128 Frankland Farms; £106 T&C Robinson; £104.50, £104 J Garth & Son

p/kg: 284.4p Frankland Farms; 268.9p J&J Garnett; 267.9p J Garth & Son; 264.9p F&R Fielden

Texel average £76.22 per head or 174.02p/kg

£ per head: £116, £105 S Currie; £100 RH&MR Ireland; £97 FW&JM Eddington; £95 WF Naylor                    

p/kg: 250p, 212.2p RH&MR Ireland; 225.6p FW&JM Eddington; 214.3p J Baines

Suffolk average £75.64 per head or 170.5p/kg

£ per head: £81.5 TR Thwaite & Son; £80.50 DW&CJ Towler; £79.50 G Bell; £78.50 H Raw

p/kg: 187.5p, 181p PJ Bolland; 178.6p, 177.4p CD&RF Kitching; 175.6p DR&FE Wallbank

Charollais average £75.81 per head or 178.74p/kg

£ per head: £79.50, £79 Rodney Bros; £79 DJA Thompson; £79, £78 P Crabtree & Son; £76.5 H&S Maudsley

p/kg: 197.5p DJA Thompson; 192.7p Rodney Bros; 183.8p A Fisher;

Lleyn average £66.75 per head or 171.31p/kg

£ per head: £72.50, £72x2 CD&RF Kitching; £69 DC Wood; £62.50 GM&SC Pickles

p/kg: 180p, 176.8p CD&RF Kitching; 173.6p GM&SC Pickles

Mule average £70.76 per head or 156.1p/kg

£ per head: £78, £76 WA&A Booth; £77 N&M Sutcliffe; £75.5 JK Wilson; £75.50 FW&JM Eddington;

p/kg: 172.2p GD&JC Holme; 167.5p, 166.7p PJ Bolland; 166.3p N&M Sutcliffe

Swaledale average £56.03 per head or 155.78p/kg

£ per head: £70.50, £63.50 JE Cowperthwaite; £67.50 DH Heseltine & JR Akrigg; £63 H Smith

p/kg: 167.9p JE Cowperthwaite; 161.1p AN Fothergill; 160.6p TE Walker; 159.5p K Huck

Dalesbred average £57.59 per head or 160.38p/kg

£ per head: £67, £52.50 K Lister & Sons; £47 AN Fothergill

p/kg: 167.5p, 150p K Lister & Sons; 156.7p AN Fothergill


Cull Ewes average £49.46

Suffolk to £104.5, Texel to £102.50, BFL to £31.50 Mule to £70.50, Lleyn to £58.5, Swaledale to £49.5, Cheviot to £77.50, Dalesbred to £39.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £104.50 A Beresford; £102.5 DG Boothman; £102.5 G Sunderland; £100.50 B Spensley Ltd

Mule/Masham: £70.50 MR&GP Beresford; £69.50 A Beresford; £68.50 Roger Wood;  

Horned: £49.50 P Addyman & Son; £48.50 J Cheetham; £43.50 JR SMith

Hill: £77.50 R Greenwood; £72.50, £70.50 Grain Farms;  

Cast Rams average £69.50

Texel to £69.50 F Townson;  Swaledale  to £55.5 JM&S Tennant;  Cheviot  to £78.50 T&K Stephenson; BFL  to 83.50 CT Akrigg



Rearing Calves to £380 (43)

B&W av £62.18 Cont av £288.11 Native av £182.5

Calves were a steadier trade today with quality slightly down overall on the week after a flying trade last week. Good calves still able to reach high £300’s with Robert Metcalfe, Brearton having the pick of the bunch at £380. Black whites remaining stable around the early £60’s, with good friesians well  over £130 up to £165 for one from Richard Spence.


Bull Calves

Limousin x to £300 RD Metcalfe & Son                          

Brit Blue x (Av £278) to £380 RD Metcalfe & Son                        

Saler to £195 RL Wright & Son                                                        

MRI to £132 N&R Sutcliffe                                               

Black & White (Av £59.18) to £165 F Spence                               


Heifer Calves                       

Brit Blue x (Av £291) to £360 F Spence                         

Ab Angus to £170 GB Moorhouse