Forward: 98 Prime cattle comprising 25 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 2 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 71 Cast Cattle including 4 Cast Bulls. 1,721 Prime Sheep comprising 1,270 Spring Lambs, 258 Old Season Lambs & Mature Sheep, 191 Cast Ewes & Rams. 22 Breeding Sheep. 45 Rearing Calves. 16 Dairy Cattle

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

June Prime Show

Mesrs AA&EE Critchley & Son of Hutton near Preston were both champions and the owners of the leading price at the June Show with a 535kg Limousin cross heifer which returns to Lancashire with Lancaster buyers Countrystyle Butchers. Reserve Champion was the first prize steer consigned by Mesrs CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield, a 555kg British Blue cross which joined Countrystyle for 247.5p/kg or £1374.


Heifers                   1 & Champion AA&E Critchley          2. J Baines             3. JR Metcalfe

Bullocks                  1 & Reserve CD&RF Kitching             2. J Drake              3.SD Bennett



465-555kg                                             to 247.5p/kg        av. 218.37p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 244.5p/kg        av. 222.14p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 243.5p/kg        av. 241.49p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 279.5p/kg        av. 236.85p/kg


465-555kg                                             to 214.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JA Drake (BBx) 1455, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 1406, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1374,(Limx) 1229, J Baines (Limx) 1308

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 247.5, JA Drake (BBx) 244.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 233.5, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 230.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 223.5


£ per head: AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 1495,1422, 1263, CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 1389,(Limx) 1263, J Baines (Limx) 1351, R&VM Clarke (Blondex) 1284

p/kg: AA&E Critchley&Son (Limx) 279.5, 250.5,249.5, J Baines (Limx) 252.5, CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 252.5,  TW Cowperthwaite (BBx) 245.5


£ per head: G&MA Lawn (AA) 1062

p/kg: G&MA Lawn (AA) 214.

Prime Cattle (over 30mos)

Overall Average                                   128.74p/kg           £711.27

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: RW&M Walker (B&W Hfr) 874, N&SA Fort (B&W Hfr) 548

p/kg: RW&M Walker (B&W Hfr) 134.5, N&SA Fort (B&W Hfr) 120.

Cull Cow Prices

Cast cows and bulls a very good trade. 56 of the 67 cast cows on offer dairy with heavy Black and Whites 120-130p, Some steakers as much as 122p and lean cows equally good to sell. Continental cross cows now 140p+ if farm assured and Natives with assurance 133.5p (J&AJ Preston & Son) for Aberdeen Angus and Longhorn 133.5p for W&M Bland. Mature bulls a sharper trade for the heavies 990kg for a Limousin for Mesrs AL Dean&Son, 148.5p/kg grossing £1470 but a 880kg British Blue from Martin Sharp pipped the p/kg at 159.5p or £1403.


Overall Average                                   116.10p/kg           £737.17

Black & White                       to 128.5 p/kg                       av. 111.95 p/kg

Danish Red                            to 119.5 p/kg

Dairy Shorthorn                   to 134.5p/kg                        av. 125.04p/kg

Beef Shorthorn                    to 138.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 149.5p/kg                        av. 133.51p/kg

BBx                                         to 140.5p/kg

Blondex                                 to 155.5p/kg

AA                                           to 133.5p/kg                        av. 126.26p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: PJ&JE Bolland 1010, MJC&VA Stavely&Sons 996, M Baul&Sons Ltd 968, J Caygill&Ptns 926, RE Ayrton&Son 923

p/kg: RW&M Walker 128.5,  JD Taylor&Son 128.5, MJC&VA Staveley&Sons 128.5, GT Booth 126.5, RE Ayrton&Son 126.5

Other Dairy

£ per head: CN&SA Harrison (Danish Red) 747, IRG Collins&Ptns (Dairy Sh) 787,595  

p/kg: IRG Collins&Ptns (Dairy Sh) 134.5,114.5, CN&SA Harrison (Danish Red) 119.5


£ per head: SL&SD Lund (Limx) 1059, CH&OF Hammond (BBx) 920, DW&CJ Towler (Limx) 875,  F Stephenson (Blondex) 840

p/kg: SL&SD Lund (Limx) 1060, CH&OF Hammond (BBx) 920, DW&CJ Towler (Limx) 875, F Stephenson (Blondex) 840


£ per head: J Drinkall Ltd (Beef Sh) 956, W&M Bland (Longhorn) 888, J&AJ Preston&Son (AA) 861, Hurries Farm (AA) 825

p/kg: J Drinkall Ltd (Beef Sh) 956, W&M Bland (Longhorn) 888, J&AJ Preston & Son (AA) 861, Hurries Farm (AA) 825


Overall Average                                   132.69p/kg           £1207.48


£ per head: AL Dean&Son (Lim) 1470, M Sharp (BB) 1404

p/kg: M Sharp (BB) 159.5, AL Dean&Son (Lim) 148.5


£ per head: AL Dean&Son (B&W) 1049, A&SL Throup&Son (B&W) 907

p/kg: AL Dean&Son (B&W) 129.5, A&SL Throup&Son (B&W) 94.5


Breeding Sheep


A much smaller show of 22 sheep and lambs, but trade was every bit as good with buyers still out in force looking for stock. Some mixed age Lleyn Ewes with strong lambs leading the singles prices at £140 the outfit, and £178 for Lleyn Sheep comprising both correct and broken mothed sheep with Twins.   


Usual Weekly Sale Next Monday at 12noon
Entries to the Mart Office by 12noon Friday please


Lleyn Ewes Correct & Twins              to £178 JP Stirke
Lleyn Ewes Correct & Singles            to £140 JP Stirke
Lleyn b/m & Twins                              to £178 JP Stirke


1,721 Prime Sheep

The largest show of the season so far with 1,270 New Season Lambs in the entry selling to a top of £133 each, 319.5p/kg and averaging 256p or £102.56 per head. Today’s Monthly Show was judged by Mr Andrew Finch, Procurement Manager for Dunbia in Preston and there was a top quality entry put in front of him. His choice as champions were a pen of 39kg Beltex crosses from Neil Tattersall of York which were knocked down at £131 each or 319.5p/kg to Andrew Atkinson purchasing on behalf of Hartshead Meat Co in Mossley. The same purchaser also secured the reserve champion pen from William Shuttleworth of Rylstone whose 42kg pen sold for £123 each. Fox Farms had the third prize pen of Continentals weighing 37kg selling for £111 to Vivers Scotlamb. Mark Evans from Steeton had the first prize Suffolk crosses selling for £126 each to The Millstones Restaurant in Kettlesing. Outwith the show, John Robinson of Settle topped the sale at £133 with Texel crosses selling to David Palmer, closely followed by Ian & Stuart Barrett from Braisty Woods in Nidderdale with Texel crosses at £132 to Kendalls Farm Butchers of Harrogate & Pateley Bridge. Messrs Hall of Grassington sold Charollais crosses to £128 each purchased by Countrystyle Meats of Lancaster.
Gordon & Richard Crabtree of Clifton, Otley sold lambs to 305.1p/kg (39kg @ £119) whilst Neil Tattersall had a further pen at 300p and Fox Farms two pens at 300p.

Quite a few lots of lightweight lambs in the entry 33kg-35kg, but mainly 240-260p or £80-£88 so long as nice types, 32kg to 35kg bracket averaging £84.87.

Spring Lambs  – Overall Average  £102.56 per head or 256.15p/kg       

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 229p/kg            av 229.00/kg        or £71.00 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 267.6p/kg         av 250.03p/kg      or £84.87 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 319.5p/kg         av 256.74p/kg      or £102.62 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 268.1p/kg         av 254.22p/kg      or £120.99 per head


Suffolk average £103.33 per head or 251.40p/kg

£ per head: £127 FW Barrett; £126 J&F Nutter; £126 ML Evans; £125 J&F Nutter; £122 D&A Livestock; £121 L Mellin;

p/kg: 281px2 FA Holmes; 280p ML Evans; 276.2p, 268.1p J&F Nutter; 265.2p D&A Livestock; 264.6p FW Barrett; 

Texel average £101.44 per head or 255.61p/kg

£ per head: £133 J Robinson; £131 PA&NS Tattersall; £128 L Mellin; £128 WM Hall; £125 R&E Metcalfe & Sons; £124 GA Hewitt

p/kg:319.5p, 300p PA&NS Tattersall; 293.8p JD&V Towers; 292.9p J Shuttleworth; 292.7p L Mellin; 290p WJ Barker

Mule average £84 per head or 221.05p/kg

£ per head: £84 JC Walker & Son;

p/kg: 221.05p JC Walker & Son

Rouge average £103.32 per head or 242.95p/kg

£ per head: £106, £104, £99 JA&JM Wade & Son

p/kg:252.4p, 241.5p, 237.5p JA&JM Wade & Son 

Charollais average £99.46 per head or 247.77p/kg

£ per head: £132 I Barrett & Son; £103.50 WJ Barker; £100 JR&DL Ogden; £100, £99.50 D Calvert & Son; £94.50 B&M Craven

p/kg:253.8p I Barrett & Son; 252.4p WJ Barker; 250p JR&DL Ogden; 248.8p D Calvert & Son; 248.7p, 244.7p B&M Craven & Son

Gritstone average £99.63 per head or 248.29p/kg

£ per head: £104, £97 Bryan Dibb

p/kg:248.7p, 247.6p Bryan Dibb

Beltex average £ per head or p/kg

£ per head: £119 P Crabtree & Son; £116, £115, 111 T Kiernan; £115 Frankland Farms; £111 Fox Farms; £111 P Crabtree

p/kg: 305.1p P Crabtree & Son; 300px2 Fox Farms; 294.9p, 281.6p, 281.1p Frankland Farms; 280.5p T Kiernan



Old Season Lambs were a typical end of season entry, but still the best heavy end achieving £105+ to £119 from Bryan Dibb of Menston. Jeff Burrow had a pen of 7 Continental crosses weighing 52kg at £116, and another pen at £110 & £108. Keith Marshall of Niffany Farm topped £109 with Suffolk crosses.


Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £ per head or 188.07p/kg           

25.5kg to 32.0kg                 to 209.7p/kg         av 204.42p/kg      or £63.37 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 200p/kg            av 171.61p/kg      or £99.38 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 223.1p/kg         av 198.57p/kg      or £97.30 per head

52.1kg and over   to 200p/kg            av 171.61p/kg      or £99.38 per head

Top Prices

£ per head: £119 B Dibb; £116, £110, £108  JE Burrow; £109x2 K&J Marshall; £100x2 P&J Brown; £99 G Bell; £98 EJ Fort; 

p/kg:223.1p, 200p JE Burrow; 210.6p G Bell; 206.5p B Dibb; 201.9p T Blackwell; 200p H Atkinson; 198.3p B Dibb;



Cull Ewes average £64.99

Suffolk to £106.5, Texel to £125.50, Mule to £72.50, Swaledale to £47.50, Gritstone to £74.50, Beltex  to £65.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £125.50 JC Marshall; £106.50 TJH Procter;

Mule/Masham: £72.50, £71.50 AN Bolland; £70.50 JR Smith  

Horned: £47.50 C Nelson & Sons; £46.50 JE Cowperthwaite;

Hill: £74.50 JE Cowperthwaite;  

Cast Rams average £71.68

Texel to £87.50 JGE Heseltine & Son; Suffolk to £74.50 J&D Barritt; Swaledale to £48.50 JC Walker & Son



Rearing Calves to £470

B&W av £92.47 Cont av £337 Native av £242

Richard Spence of Sutton In Craven saw the best of the trade this morning with his Limousin Heifer calf selling for £470 to Mr Smith of Halifax, Mr Spence also topped proceedings in the bulls with his impressive bull reaching £430 selling to Tom Watson, Sawley.


Limousin Heifers were good to sell with three over £400 and blue heifers seeing a top of £385 for a straight calf from Johnny Moon. Natives were dearer again on the week with £295 for a good calf from Messrs Briggs, Guiseley with Natives right through averaging £242.


NB: Calf Show Next week with Numbers wanted. 


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £347.50) to £355 JC&DJ Marshall & Son                            

Brit Blue x (Av £396.25) to £430 RM Spence                                                               

Aberdeen Angus (Av £247.50) to £295 ID&JC Briggs

Simmental (Av £355) to £355 HJ&K Blackwell                             

Black & White (Av £92.47) to £215 JC&DJ Marshall                    


Heifer Calves                       

Ab Angus (Av £220) to £220 JR&MJ Moon                                                    

British Blue (Av £334) to £385 JR&MJ Moon

Lim (Av £314.58) to £470 RM Spence



Craven Dairy Auction (18 head)

 A cracking trade for milkers today with all selling to a strong trade, Mark Smith of Winterburn had the pick of the trade with his homebred heifer reaching £2020 to Mark Goodall of Tong with Brian Moorhouse watching his heifer also hit the £2,000 mark which headed to Ribchester with Brian Blezard.


Keith Downs watched his Champion set the tone for the day’s trade with the 3 week calved 30 litre heifer sailing to £1900 and going home with the judge Alf and Andrew Townsend of Southfield. Mark Stapleton of Addingham Moorside saw his reserve champion reach £1950 for a heifer that he bought in as a youngster from Skipton and ended up as the second purchase of the day for Mark Goodall.


Youngstock sold by James Kayley of Halton West met some stiff bidding with the best bulling heifer reaching £850 with all three selling to the Sowray family of Bishop Thornton for an average of £800. Alan and Susan Throup of Higher House then sold 3 Heifer calves from their pedigree Dalesbrad herd  averaging £403.3 and topping at £420.


Next Sale 19th June


Judge – Andrew Townsend

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st H Downs & Son 2nd SM&MT Stapleton 3rd GB Moorhouse & Son


                                Champion – H Downs & Son              Reserve – SM&MT Stapleton


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1611.67): to £2020 M&R Smith  


Maiden Heifers (av £800): to £850 ML&JE Kayley & Son


Heifer Calves (av £403.3) to £420 A&SL Throup