Forward: 46 Prime cattle comprising 5 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 3 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 38 Cast Cattle. 3,000 SHEEP INCLUDING 2,582 Prime Sheep comprising 79 Spring Lambs, 1993 Old Season Lambs, 11 Mature Hoggs, 499 Cast Ewes & Rams. 418 Breeding Sheep comprising 137 Ewes with 235 Lambs & 46 Geld Mule Hoggs. 67 Rearing Calves. 17 Dairy Cattle. 9 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

In preparation for their opening in Skipton later this year Keelham Farm Shop maintained their support at the Easter Prize Show of Prime Cattle by securing both Champion and Reserve. The Champion was a 570kg British Blue Steer for TW&IM Fawcett of Long Preston which made top price on the day of 264.6p/kg or £1508. The reserve a good 525kg Limousin cross Steer from Simon Bennett also joined Keelham farm Shop for 251.5p/kg or £1320.

Monthly Show

Heifers -                                 1st & 2nd  TW&IM Fawcett

Bullocks -                               1st TW&IM Fawcett             2nd SD Bennett



551-650kg                             to 264.5p/kg


501-590kg                             to 163.5p/kg

590kg+                                   to 238.5p/kg        av 218.62p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)

Contx: p/kg

£ per head: TW&IM Fawcett 1508, SD Bennett 1320

p/kg: TW&IM Fawcett 264.5, SD Bennett 251.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                   110.97p/kg           £571.48

£ per head: PR&HJ Marginson £647, NA Bell £602

p/kg: PR&HJ Marginson 115.5p, NA Bell 112.5p


Cull Cow Prices

Monthly Show

Dairy -                                    1st G Abbott&Sons               2nd CM&EM Gratton            3rd E Coultherd

Beef -                                     1st G&MA Lawn                    2nd AV Bailey                         3rd GR&SM Wearmouth


Overall Average                   113.99p/kg                           £796.82

Black & White                       to 118.55p/kg                      av 101.88p/kg

BBx                                         to 142.5p/kg                        av 132.77p/kg

Charx                                      to 148.5p/kg                        av 138.23p/kg

Blondex                                 to 157.5p/kg

AA                                           to 166.6p/kg                        av 137.36p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)

Brit Blue:

£ per head: TH&A Pickard & Son £1031,£1015 G&PS Fleetwood £1015, GR&SM Wearmouth £948

p/kg: GR&SM Wearmouth 142.5p, TH&A Pickard&Son 137.5p, 134.5, G&PS Fleetwood 133.5p


£ per head: MD Farms Ltd £1211, AV Bailey £1181

p/kg: AV Bailey 148.5p, MD Farms Ltd 129.5p


£ per head: AV Bailey £1095

p/kg: AV Bailey 157.5p


£ per head: G&MA Lawn £1157, £935

p/kg: G&MA Lawn 166.5p, 138.5p

B&W: av p/kg

£ per head: G Abbott & Sons £1008, CM&EM Gratton £960,£893, J Caygill & Ptns £942,£895, E Coultherd £939

p/kg: CM&EM Gratton 118.5p,117.5p J Caygill&Ptns 118.5p, M Ryder & Sons 117.5p, JR Dinsdale & Sons 115.5p

Cast Bulls

Overall Average                   138.5p/kg             £1461.18


£ per head: J&R Cockerill £1461

p/kg: J&R Cockerill 138.5p


2,582 Prime Sheep

A cracking show of sheep for early April, and a full line up of buyers gathered ringside today to openly bid for stock.

To open the sale there were 79 head of spring lambs forward, and trade was sharp. Topping the sale at £138 were a pair of Suffolk cross lambs from Mark Evans of Steeton, these  were purchased by Nick Dalby for Stephen Maskill, Retail butcher, Hebden Bridge. Robert Towers showed his usual good run of lambs topping at £133 for Charollais crosses purchased by Hartshead Meats, Mossley. Stuart Craven from Melbourne, York sold another good run of lambs this week and these had top sale price per kilo of 291.3p for a pen of 3 Suffolk crosses purchased by Hartshead Meats.

In the hoggs there were some tremendous runs of fed hoggs and these received  plenty of interest. Top price of the day was £131 for Texel crosses from Jim Baines purchased by Riley Bros, Dunnockshaw. John Stapleton showed several pens of strong hoggs, the best of which sold for £121 and a total of 4 pens at £110 or more, whilst Kevin Marshall had 6 pens over £110 topping at £120 each. Duke Heslops’ run of hoggs  topped at £117.50 for a pen of 10 Continentals weighing 40kg’s. Best kilo prices belonged to Henry Atkinson, Kettlesing whose run of 44 Beltex crosses sold for £126 and £125 or 331.6p/kg and 312.5p/kg. Hayley Baines presented her usual nice run of lambs with 3 pens achieving £115 each whilst John Lord also sold at the same price.

Another big show of 499 cast sheep met with great interest from the 12 active buyers at the ringside, top prices for ewes were £143.50 from CT&EM Hammond of Padside and £142.50 from Richard Ireland, Whalley. Cast rams to £134.50 from Joe Spetch of Long Drax.


Spring Lambs - Overall Average  £106.95 per head or 257.73p/kg

Suffolk average £119.41 per head or 278.8p/kg

£ per head: £134 ML Evans; £118 £116 £114 S&M Craven

p/kg: 291.3p 285.0p 281.0p S&M Craven; 248.1p ML Evans

Charollais average £120.72 per head or 265.3p/kg

£ per head: £133 £128 £127.50 £123 JD&V Towers; £130 £128 £126x2 £123 JD&V Towers

p/kg: 290.0p S&M Craven; 289.9p 284.4p 279.5p 277.1p 268.2p JD&V Towers; 281.0p 276.2p 255.6p CW Marwood



Old Season Lambs  – Overall Average  £94.66 per head or 212.2p/kg    (SQQ for 1,250 head 222.1p/kg)                     

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 266.70p/kg       av 215.0p/kg         or £74.10 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 331.6p/kg         av 222.0p/kg         or £95.59 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 272.3p/kg         av 203.0p/kg         or £98.77 per head

52.1kg and over                 to 207.0p/kg         av 188.9p/kg         or £103.93 per head

Beltex average £106.18 per head or 270.7p/kg

£ per head: £128 £116.50 AL Thompson; £126 £125 H Atkinson; £120 KG Stapleton; £120 £118.50 K Marshall; £117.50 TH Heslop

p/kg: 331.6p 312.5p H Atkinson;  302.7 292.7p 272.5p K Marshall; 293.8p 276.3p TH Heslop; 273.3p AM&HV Brown;

Texel average £97.56 per head or 216.2p/kg

£ per head: £131 £116.50 J Baines; £121 KG Stapleton; £118.50 A Atkinson; £115 J Lord; £115 N Dalby; £115x3 H Baines

p/kg: 296.3p 291.9p A Atkinson; 280.5p 271.6p 267.4p  H Baines; 272.5p TA Harrison; 250.0p J Lord; 250.0p T&H Kilby

Suffolk average £96.80 per head or 214.5p/kg

£ per head: £134 ML Evans; £106 AM&HV Brown; £98 C Hanson; £96 S Dorey; £94.50 Lea & Son; £89 N&J&S Taylor;

p/kg: 210.0p Lea & Son; 208.7p S Dorey; 207.0p N&J&S Taylor; 200.0p AM&HV Brown;

Charollais average £97.77 per head or 216.4p/kg

£ per head: £136 CW Marwood; £118 £114 K Marshall; £106 B Perkins; £105 D Reay; £101.50  JA Drake;

p/kg: 242.3p 223.0p  218.8p  Lea & Son; 230.0p B&M Craven; 228.9p HW&F Wilkinson; 225.6p JA Drake

Mule average £88.72 per head or 197.6p/kg

£ per head: £103 K Marshall; £96.50 £95 £94x2 C&SB Whitelock; £94 N&J&S Taylor; £93 T&H Kilby;

p/kg: 210.0p T&H Kilby; 207.7p AM&HV Brown; 207.1p S Dorey; 205.6p WH&JM Hartley; 204.7p GW Thackray;

Swaledale average £77.24 per head or 191.1p/kg

£ per head: £90 £88 N&J&S Taylor; £88 JA Drake; £88.50 JP Stirke; £84.50 TM Harrison; £83.50 £80.50 Lea & Son;

p/kg: 204.7p JA Drake; 204.3 Lea & Son; 200.0p Lea & Son; 196.5p JP Stirke; 194.7px3 R&A White; 193.4p G Saville & Son;

Lonk average £89.45 per head or 206.2p/kg

£ per head: £92.50 GW Thackray; £82 G Saville;

p/kg: 206.7p GW Thackray; 195.2p G Saville;

Cheviot average £100.04 per head or 205.9p/kg

£ per head: £108 £106 £105 £104 £102 £101.50 £100 C Middleton; £105 Grain Farms; £98 E Simpson & Son;

p/kg: 233.3p E Simpson & Son; 226.7p 226.6p 219.8p GW Thackray; 225.6 WH&JM Hartley; 218.6p DJ&LJ Holt;

Gritstone average £96.08 per head or 197.3p/kg

£ per head: £98 C Middleton; £93 GW Thackray;

p/kg: 206.7 GW Thackray; 192.2p C Middleton;

Lleyn average £93.31 per head or 217.4p/kg

£ per head: £97.50 £96.50 £85.50 HW&F Wilkinson

p/kg: 231.1p 224.4p 207.4p HW&F Wilkinson


Cull Ewes average £81.85

Suffolk to £121.50, Texel to £143.50, Charollais to £116.50, BFL to £102.50, Mule to £88.50, Gritstone to £79.50, Cheviot to £95.50, Lonk to £72.50, Lleyn to £86.50, Swaledale to £62.50, Beltex to £126.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £143.50 CT&EM Hammond; £142.50 RH&MR Ireland

Mule/Masham: £88.50 S&PE Bowker & Son; £88.50 AM Binns

Horned: £72.50 MS Robinson £62.50 KG Stapleton; £60 J&R Paisley

Hill: £95.50 Grain Farms; £89.50 JP Stirke;

Cast Rams average £92.14

Suffolk to £87.50, Texel to £114.50, Charollais to £134.50, BFL to £51.50, Beltex to £64.50, Zwartbles to £128.50.

Top Prices: £134.50 D Spetch; £128.50 PI&TJ Harsley; £117.50 GJ &G Schofield


418 Breeding Sheep

A slightly small show of ewes & lambs were presented to a packed ringside of buyers. Trade was slightly stronger on the week. Any young sheep received strong interest. Chris Craven selling 2 crop Texels with Twins to £200, David White selling Mule Shearlings with Twins to £210 and 3 shears with Twins to £206, whilst Andrew Bailey sold Mule Shearlings with twins to £215 and singles to £165. Pick of the older sheep saw Les Grange sell Texel Ewes with Twins at £210 and £204 twice. Kenneth Browes topped the Geld Mule Hogg trade at £140 averaging £129 through.


Next Sale – Monday 14th April. 155 outfits already entered. Please ring the Mart Office with further entries for the weeklt website catalogue. Thankyou.


Ewes & Lambs

Suffolk & Single                    to £148                  JE&ME Grange

Texel & Single                       to £146 av £129  JS Stephenson

Mule & Single                       to £162 av £141 K Middleton

Suffolk & Twins                    to £195 av £182 JE&ME Grange

Texel & Twins                       to £210 av £175 JE&ME Grange

Masham & Twins                 to £174                  J Roberts

Mule & Twins                       to £206 av £165  DM White

Zwartable & Twins              to £160

Shearlings & Lambs

Mule & Single                       to £165 av £160  AV Bailey

Mule & Twins                       to £215 av £209  AV Bailey

Geld Hoggs

Mule                                       to £140 av £129  KW Browes


67 Rearing Calves to £405


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £292) to £295 DL Leeming Ltd

Brit Blue x (Av £334) to £400 G Booth

Simmental (Av £314) to £405 DL Leeming Ltd

Ab Angus (Av £205) to £205 GB Moorhouse

Saler (Av £280) to £280 RL Wright                 

Black & White (Av £59) to £122 PA Whitaker


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £217) to £220 DL Leeming                   

Brit Blue x (Av £280) to £350 G&J Dean                        

Ab Angus (Av £170) to £175 GB Moorhouse

Simmental (Av £245) to £245 DL Leeming

Hereford (Av £225) to £225 K&M Berry                                                       



Craven Dairy Auction (17 head)

A very strange trade today with 1st quality cattle a pleasure to sell and bids a plenty ringside with Brian Moorhouse’s Pedigree Heifer Aireburn Mammoth Stephanie the pick of the bunch. The 34kg heifer eventually realised the top price of £2680 to regular supporter John Howard, Heslaker. Keith Downs with his Reserve Champion cow was also well supported with this 35 litre 2nd Calver realising a price of £2100. Others were harder to sell with anything not quite 12 oclock struggled with today’s trade.


NEXT SALE: Special Sale of Youngstock  and Pedigree Bulls  21st April  

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st GB Moorhouse

                                                                                2nd G Woodmansey             

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st H Downs & Sons

                                                                                2nd H Downs & Sons

                                                                                3rd J&J Whitaker

Champion – GB Moorhouse               Reserve –  H Downs & Sons


Newly Calven Heifers:        1st Quality  to £2680 av £2290 GB Moorhouse

                                                2nd Quality to £1380 av £1183 GD Home

                                                Overall Average £1552     


Newly Calven Cows: to £2100 av £1555 H Downs & Son

Shorthorn Cow: to £1800 H Downs & Son



Hay                                         Small Bale                              to £3.40                                                av £2.70

                                                Round Bale                            to £27 per bale                    av £26.50

Haylage                                  Quads                                     to £28.50 per bale              av £27.50

Silage                                      Quads                                     to £27 per bale