Forward: 66 Prime cattle comprising 28 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 5 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 33 Cast Cattle. 3,177 Prime Sheep comprising 2603 Prime Lambs & 574 Cast Ewes & Rams. 69 Rearing Calves. 23 Dairy Cattle.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Monthly Show

Leading the way at the August Prime Show was the third prize Limousin cross heifer from Mesrs AA&EE Critchley &Son from Hutton near Preston which weighed 545kg and sold for 281.5p/kg to Hamlets Butchers in Garstang. Mesrs Critchley also produced a 570kg British Blue cross heifer, also the first prize heifer and reserve champion which also crossed the border into Lancashire when joining Countrystyle Butchers of Lancaster for 259.5p/kg or £1479. In a high quality turnout the Champion was a 580kg British Blue cross steer weighing 580kg which sold to the show judge Simon Barker of Stanforths Butchers, Skipton. Despite the strong entry a couple of buyers went away without securing a purchase with all classes very well sold.


Bullocks -               1st  J Drake                             2nd JR Metcalfe                     3rd CD&RF Kitching

Heifers -                 1st AA&E Critchley               2nd W Timm                           3rd AA&E Critchley

Champion – J Drake            Reserve – AA&E Critchley



465-555kg                                             to 253.5p/kg        av.226.77p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 254.5p/kg        av. 196.78p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 256.5p/kg        av. 255.01p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 281.5p/kg        av. 229.86p/kg


465-555kg                                             to 197.5p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JA Drake (BBx) 1476, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 1407, J Baines (Limx) 1344, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1324

p/kg: JA Drake (BBx) 254.5, J Baines (Limx) 253.5, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 247.5,236.5, JR Metcalfe (BBx) 242.5


£ per head: AA&EE Critchley & Son (Limx) 1534, (BBx) 1479, (Limx) 1416,  JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1436, J Baines (Limx) 1421

p/kg: AA&EE Critchley & Son (Limx) 281.5, (BBx) 259.5, (Limx) 258.5, 257.5, TWH Assets (Limx) 256.5,252.5, JA Drake (Limx) 253.5


£ per head: E&M Townley&Son (BBx) 988

p/kg: E&M Townley&Son (BBx) 197.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)              

Overall Average                                   172.14p/kg                           £967.49

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: T&A Hird (BBx Str) 1021,946, M Baul&Sons Ltd (B&W) 882, E&KM Marshall (B&W) 786

p/kg: T&A Hird (BBx Str) 177.5,167.5, M Baul&Sons Ltd (B&W) 149.5, E&KM Marshall (B&W) 135.5


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   125.03p/kg           £790.53

Cast cow trade up a notch again with a variable show of dairies and more Beef crosses meeting a healthy demand both for meat and feeders.

Black & White                       to 128.5p/kg                        av. 112.29p/kg

Jersey                                     to 101.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 157.5p/kg                        av. 140.42p/kg

BBx                                         to 153.5p/kg

Brit White                             to 137.5p/kg                        av. 131.24p/kg

Beef Shorthornx                  to 143.5p/kg                        av. 139.39p/kg

Charx                                      to 131.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: GB Moorhouse 976,974, E&KM Marshall 957, JSS Verity 821, PJ&JE Bolland 740, D&C Cockburn Bros 723

p/kg: E&KM Marshall 128.5, JSS Verity 123.5, GB Moorhouse 123.5,122.5, D&C Cockburn Bros 118.5, J Gooch 113.5,

Other Dairy

£ per head: JSS Verity (Jer) 558

p/kg: JSS Verity (Jer) 101.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: JJ Beckwith&Sons 1051, JE Cowperthwaite 797

p/kg: JJ Beckwith&Sons 153.5


£ per head: SD Bennett 1181, Thwaite Bros 1019, JR Carr 988, AJ Mason 873

p/kg: SD Bennett 157.5, Thwaite Bros 155.5, 152.5, JR Carr 147.5, AJ Mason 137.5


£ per head: Beckwith Cottage (AAx) 1191, S&D Robinson (Short) 904,901 A Fisher (Brit White) 935

p/kg: S&D Robinson (Short) 143.5, 135.5, Beckwith Farm Cott (AAx) 143.5


3,177 Prime Sheep

Sale rings were busier at Skipton today with larger entries of both cattle and sheep as numbers begin to grow. Today we held our Monthly Prime Sheep Show with judging undertaken by Mr Michael Winchester from Woodhead Brothers Meat Co in Colne. A great show of Continental Lambs dominated the prizes and it was the first prize pen of 5 continentals from Michael Hall of Scosthrop that took the overall Championship, weighing 43kg they sold for £138 each or 320.9p/kg to Countrystyle Meat in Lancaster. A full list of prize winners and prices is listed below.
Trade was very similar to last week, and vendors were pleased with returns recording an overall average of 198p, Ian Hammond of Glasshouses sold lambs 48kg at £124 also to Countrystyle Meats. Amy Beresford from Halton West had lambs to £113, Simon Bennett of Silsden to £112, Michael Hall a second pen at £111, Michael Hewitt of Giggleswick £110, Tim Robinson from Longridge to £109, Mike Allen of Staithes to £107, Tony Kiernan of Longridge £106 £105.50 £104 and Anthony Hewetson of Bank Newton to £105. Some strong prices per kilo too, outwith the champions Mick Hewitt sold to 261.9p/kg, Ian Hammond to 258.3p, Mike Allen 254.8p, Trevor & Clive Robinson 253.5p, Tony Kiernan 252.4p 251.2p and Michael Hall 252.3p.
Plenty of next grade of smart lambs 220p to 245p, a nice prime lambs 205p to 215p and commercial lowland first cross lambs from 190p to 205p. Mule Wethers trading away to a top of £94 from Messrs Kitching of Threshfield, John Blakey of Greenhow at £89.50, Messrs Booth of Feizor £89 and Ken Dickinson £88 who also had Swaledale Lambs to £80.
Another large show of ewes sold nicely as trade continues to remain strong.

Monthly Show


1st JM Hall 43kg £138 Countrystyle Meats

2nd D&L Coar 41kg £98 Vivers Scot Lamb

3rd JM Hall 44kg £111 Countrystyle Meats

Down x

1st J Earnshaw 47kg £100 Swaledale

2nd D&A Livestock 46kg £94 A Atkinson

3rd JP Hartley 43kg £88 JE Medcalfe


1st WA&A Booth 46kg £89 P Watson

2nd KM&L Throup 43kg £80 P Watson

3rd KM&L Throup 40kg £74 P Watson

Champion – JM Hall             Reserve – D&L Coar


Spring Lambs  – Overall Average £83.20 per head or 198.03p/kg          

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 188.2p/kg         av 176.2p/kg         or £60.65 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 320.9/kg           av 198.0p/kg         or £82.40 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 258.3p/kg         av 200.4p/kg         or £94.09 per head

52.1kg and over                  to 205.7p/kg         av 205.7p/kg         or £109 per head


Beltex average £94.64 per head or 228.6p/kg

£ per head: £138 £110 JM Hall; £113 A Beresford; £110 GA Hewitt; £109 T&C Robinson; £107 M&B Allen; £106 T Kiernan;

p/kg: 320.9p 252.3p JM Hall; 261.9p GA Hewitt; 254.8p M&B Allen; 253.5p T&C Robinson; 252.4p 251.2p  T Kiernan;

Suffolk average £83.84 per head or 195.5p/kg

£ per head: £109 £95 £94.50 TH Mellin; £100 CD&RF Kitching; £100 RA&M Earnshaw; £99.50 £99 MJ Spensley;

p/kg: 221.1p 215.2p MJ Spensley; 212.8p 211.6p RA&M Earnshaw; 210.0p FA Holmes; £206.7p D&A Livestock;

Texel average £83.69 per head or 198.6p/kg

£ per head: £124 CH&OF Hammond; £112 £103 SD Bennett; £100 £99 E&KM Marshall; £100 R&N Carlisle; £99 T Kiernan; 

p/kg: 258.3p CH&OF Hammond; 240.0p 231.7p F&R Fielden; 230.8p TH&A Pickard; 230.2 E&KM Marshall; 228.6p SD Bennett;

Mule average £77.03 per head or 185.8p/kg

£ per head: £94 CD&RF Kitching; £89.50 J&V Blakey; £89 WA&A Booth; £88 K Dickinson; £86 JH Throup; £83.50 JW Sayer;

p/kg: 194.6p J&V Blakey; 193.5p WA&A Booth; 192.3p GD&JC Holme; 191.3p K Dickinson; 188.0p CD&RF Kitching;

Charollais average £85.20 per head or 203.2p/kg

£ per head: £89.50x2 D&A Livestock; £88 A Guy & Son; £87 £78 MJ Beckwith; £76.50 DA Dobson;

p/kg: 213.1p 208.1p D&A Livestock; 209.5p A Guy & Son; 197.7p 195.0p MJ Beckwith; 188.8p A Fisher; 

Lleyn average £72.53 per head or 186.0p/kg

£ per head: £85 £82.50 CD&RF Kitching; £72 N Speake;

p/kg: 202.4p 201.2p CD&RF Kitching; 180.0p N Speake;

BFL average £80 per head or 181.8p/kg

£ per head: £80 CD&RF Kitching

p/kg:181.8p CD&RF Kitching

Swaledale average £80 per head or 186.0p/kg

£ per head: £80 K Dickinson

p/kg:186.0p K Dickinson



Cull Ewes average £50.54

Suffolk to £90.50, Texel to £98.50, BFL to £94.50, Mule to £80.50, Lleyn to £66.50, Swaledale to £43.50, Gritstone to £38.50, Cheviot  to £34.50, Beltex  to £74.50, Lonk  to £42.50; Charollais to £105.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £105.50 T Kiernan; £98.50 T Kiernan

Mule/Masham: £80.50 JA Stoney; £75.50 S Spensley & Co 

Horned: £43.50 CD&RF Kitching; £42.50 A Guy & Son

Hill: £66.50 RG&SJ Paul; £59.50 CD&RF Kitching; 

Cast Rams average £63.50

Teeswater to £87.50 A&SL Throup; Swaledale to £77.50 E Pennock & Son



Rearing Calves to £425 X4 (69)

B&W av £52.71 Cont av £332 Native av £138

Best calves hard fought over with plain calves and bobby calves cheaper today. Four continental bulls reached the top price from three different vendors, David and Dee Holmes, RL Wright & Son & Johnny and Simon Moon who all saw their calves reach £425. A run of twin bulls however dragged the average back to £346. Black and white bulls saw Anthony Bolland of The Arches with another handy run topping at £95 with Alan Throup of Higher House also on the receiving end of some healthy bidding. Another noted consignment saw Chris Watson of HIR see his young Lim x Flekvieh bulls hit £315 and heifers to £300.  


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £241.76) to £315 C Watson                 

Brit Blue x (Av £346.67) to £425x3 RL Wright & Son x2 and JR & MJ Moon                                                          

Shorthorn (Av £137) to £175 Flasby Estates

Flekvieh (Av £247.50) to £250 C Watson

Charollais (Av £425) to £425 FA Holmes & Son                            

Black & White (Av £52.71) to £95 AN Bolland                             


Heifer Calves                                                                                       

Shorthorn (Av £135) to £135 Flasby Estates

British Blue (Av £320) to £340 AP Townsend

Lim (Av £264) to £300 C Watson



Craven Dairy Auction (23 head)

 David Lawson of Arthington saw his two heifers win the newly calven heifer class this morning with his first prize heifer taking the championship in front of a handy Pedigree 2nd Calver from Wilson Stewart of Carlisle. Both Champion and Reserve found a new home with regular supporter Brian Blezard of Ribchester at £2000 and £1800 respectively.


A healthy show of Incalf heifers  were on show today with John Ireland, Thorpe Bassett taking first prize however it was the second prize heifer from Jeff and Judith Throup of Silsden Moor, Incalf to Aberdeen Angus bull duster and due September sold to Roger and Jack Naylor for £1380 with a section average of £1208.  


Judge – Rob Marshall

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st  A Lawson & Son, 2nd A Lawson & Son; 3rd KT Wood & Son

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st WR Stewart; 2nd WR Stewart; 3rd RG Johnson

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st  WR Ireland; 2nd JA Throup; 3rd JA Throup

                                Champion – A Lawson & Son            Reserve – WR Stewart


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1640): to £2000 A Lawson & Son


Newly Calven Cows (av £1426): to £1800 WR Stewart


Incalf Heifers: av £1208 to £1380 JA Throup