26 PRIME CATTLE comprising 2 Clean Cattle (over 30mos) & 24 Cast Cattle 2,683 PRIME SHEEP comprising 45 Spring Lambs, 2214 Prime Hoggs, 424 Cast Ewes & Rams 438 BREEDING SHEEP comprising 159 Ewes with 279 Lambs at foot 54 REARING CALVES 44 DAIRY CATTLE 11 LOADS OF PRODUCE

CLEAN CATTLE (Over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   150.77p/kg           £987.58

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

K&J Marshall                       Blondex Hfr         £1077                    179.5p

GD&JC Holme                       B&W Hfr                £898                       126.5p  



Post Easter glut of cattle around the country has now tightened and a light show saw prices soaring again to average 137.45p/kg. Four figure prices were the order of the day with dairies topping at £1302 and a young cow from Mesrs R Metcalfe of Brearton heading up the section at 164.5p. Heavy meated dairy cows 145.5p,Steakers 135p+ Lightweight plains 100p+.

A good line up of feeding orders for the Beef breed section as turn out day moves a little closer.

Overall Average                   135.45p/kg or £898.18 per head

Black & White                       to 164.50p/kg                      av 137.39p/kg

AAx                                         to 141.50p/kg                      av 132.33p/kg

Limx                                       to 148.50p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head)

M Ryder&Sons                     B&W                       £1302

M Ryder&Sons                     B&W                       £1179

M Baul & Ptns                      B&W                       £1104

AL Dean&Sons                      B&W                       £1080

AL Dean&Sons                      B&W                       £1062

JC Marshall                          B&W                       £1048

RD Metcalfe&Son                B&W                       £1026

AN Bolland                            B&W                       £1019

K&J Marshall                       Limx                        £980

RD Metcalfe&Son                B&W                       £979

Top Prices (p/kg)

RD Metcalfe&Son                B&W                       164.5p

K&J Marshall                       Limx                        148.5p

AL Dean&Son                        B&W                       146.5p

M Ryder&Son                       B&W                       145.5p

M Ryder&Son                       B&W                       145.5p

JC Marshall                          B&W                       144.5p

RD Metcalfe&Son                B&W                       144.5p

M Baul & Ptns                      B&W                       142.5p

PJ Bolland                             B&W                       142.5p

H&M Plews                           AAx                         141.5p


PRIME SHEEP (2,683 Head)

No shortage of sheep at Skipton today, and a decent trade as well. There is no need for us to inflate the numbers sold and average prices on our report to make them look better, unlike some of the local competition today!

A straight show of spring lambs were a nice trade averaging £114 overall. Tops at £146 or 304.2p/kg for a pair of Suffolk cross lambs from Mark Evans, Steeton were purchased on behalf of Stephen Maskill Quality Meats of Sowerby Bridge. The next best pen came from Charles & Valerie Marwood, Whenby with 2 Charollais lambs at £140 or 304.0p/kg purchased by RC&B Binns & Daughter, Retail Family Butchers in Saltaire.

In the hogg market, still plenty coming forward, and the good meat again found buyers keen, topping the market with a pen of 15 Beltex crosses weighing 41kg at £127 each or 309.8p/kg was Messrs Blezard of Ribchester purchased by John Gibson of Vivers Scotlamb, Annan. Some good runs of commercial Continental and Cheviot hoggs often achieved 220p to 240p, whilst good Mules were 180p to 200p. Buyers though are obviously taking much more attention to meat and finish, with hoggs short of flesh seeing a very obvious price difference per kilo to those well fed sorts on the day.

45 SPRING LAMBS – Overall Average  £114.02 per head or 266.2p/kg                                                  

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 283.7p/kg         av 257.4p/kg        or £106.04 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 304.2p/kg         av 278.3p/kg        or £126.10 per head


Texel average £112.80 per head or 266.1p/kg

TOP PRICES: £114 or 271.4p/kg B&M Craven & Son

Charollais average £121.82 per head or 279.9p/kg

TOP PRICES: £140 or 304.0p/kg CW&V Marwood

Suffolk average £111.15 per head or 257.7p/kg

TOP PRICES: £146 or 304.2p/kg ML Evans



2,214 PRIME HOGGS  – Overall Average  £81.91 per head or 195.5p/kg                                                

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 270.0p/kg         av 179.4p/kg        or £61.51 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 309.8p/kg         av 201.6p/kg        or £82.62 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 223.9p/kg         av 188.3p/kg        or £89.94 per head

52.1kg and over   to 185.8p/kg         av 172.6p/kg        or £96.36 per head

Beltex average £90.18 per head or 250.9p/kg

TOP PRICES: £127 or 309.8p/kg GT Blezzard

Texel average £86.50 per head or 203.4p/kg

TOP PRICES: £116 or 276.2p P Johnson

Suffolk average £85.10 per head or 190.8p/kg

TOP PRICES: £99 R Naylor or 211.0p/kg P Mellin

Charollais average £87.59 per head or 204.9p/kg

TOP PRICES: £104 or 253.7p/kg Fox Farms

Cheviot average £87.09 per head or 211.7p/kg

TOP PRICES: £99 or 231.0p/kg F&M Parkinson

Mule average £77.55 per head or 180.4p/kg

TOP PRICES: £89.50 R Naylor or 200.0p/kg CD&RF Kitching

Masham average £78.70 per head or 180.1p/kg

TOP PRICES: £80 or 190.5p/kg Stephen Dorey

Swaledale average £61.44 per head or 160.4p/kg

TOP PRICES: £76 or 177.5p/kg N&J&S Taylor

Gritstone average £77.43 per head or 185.9p/kg

TOP PRICES: £93 C Middleton or 211.0p/kg B Dibb

Lleyn average £77.20 per head or 192.5p/kg

TOP PRICES: £87.00 or 213.8p/kg CD&RF Kitching

424 CULL EWES average £50.17

Suffolk to £123.50, Texel to £133.50, Charollais to £132.50, BFL to £103.50, Mule to £77.50, Lleyn to £45.50, Swaledale to £52.50.


LOWLAND: £133.50 DA Towell; £132.50 CW&V Marwood; £130.50 FC,N&M Walker; £128.50 JL North; £123.50 ML Evans

MULE/MASHAM: £77.50 J Barnett; £71.50 J Turner; £71.50 D&J Coates

HORNED: £52.50 FC,N&M Walker

CAST RAMS average £54.89

Texel to £108.50, Charollais to £102.50, BFL to £80.50, Lleyn to £60.50, Swaledale to £40.50.


£108.50 £100.50 £102.50 J Turner




A tidy entry of sheep and lambs were forward for sale today, and the weekly entries are now on the seasonal increase to 300 to 500 outfits per week by around the turn of the month. The milder weather over the last few days certainly helped to bring an extra customer or 2 by having provided the slightest hint of spring grass. Good young sheep found a ready ringside of buyers all keen to purchase the quality types at £180 to £250 per outfit. Older sheep with strong lambs, twins or singles, found prices around £155 to £165 per family for twins, £100 per family for singles.

Prospective purchasers please note that there are several lots of young sheep, Shearlings and young correct ewes, already entered for next week’s sale. Vendors please advise additional entries to the mart office by 2pm on Friday afternoon for the following week’s sale for inclusion in the online catalogue.


Principle prices:


Shlgs & Twins                       to £250                  av £203.88

Shlgs & Singles                    to £150                  av £145.00

Ewes Correct & Twins         to £185                  av £180.10

Ewes Correct & Singles       to £148                  av £107.29

Ewes Correct & 1.5 Lambs to £170                 

Ewes b/m & Twins               to £188                  av £152.33

Ewes b/m & Singles             to £102                  av £100.00

Ewes (1 teated) & Singles   to £120


Shlg & Twins                         to £200

Ewes Correct & Singles       to £120


Shlg & Twins                         to £175

Shlg & Singles                      to £145                  av £143.50

Ewes Correct & Twins         to £172                  av £161.14

Ewes Correct & Singles       to £122

Ewes b/m & Twins               to £161                  av £157.04

Ewes b/m & Singles             to £105

Ewes (1teated) & Singles    to £94


Zwartbles Shlgs & Singles to £110



£250 £240 £185 £180 JL North; £210 £200 £192 £190 £172 PN Dalby; £192 £170 DM White; £188 G&C Greenwood;

£175 JE&ME Grange; £174 B&M Craven & Son; £170 S Beeforth; £170 JP Drake

53 REARING CALVES to £380            average £148


Limousin x                             to £380                  av £251                  G Hayton & EC Stocks                         

Brit Blue x                             to £365                  av £294                  RL Wright & Son                 

Mont Bel                               to £195                  av £130                  SW&JE Ryder                                                       

Aberdeen Angus                  to £125                  av £123                  EJ Fort                   

Black & White                       to £80                    av £63                    D&C Cockburn

Hereford                               to £188                                                  HJ&K Blackwell                    


HEIFER CALVES                    

Limousin x                             to £230                  av £173                  J Gooch                 

Brit Blue x                             to £195                                                  DL Leeming                          




A fine spring day produced a straight trade for the 37 Heifers from WP Gratton and 7 from E Pennock & Sons. Heifers from 6- 17mths went under the hammer and with punters having one eye on the weather the trade was cautious but warmed up once into the older end of the heifers. Buyers came from far and wide to have a chance at some fine pedigree heifers from the Startover herd and pushed all the heifers to an overall average of £634.88. Further Heifers will be going under the hammer in May but the attention now switches to the male spectrum and the pedigree bull sale next week. Prefix’s Include; Stardale, Dalesbrad, Abbeyhouse, Aireburn, Soothill, Crosland, Hawbank and Feizor.



£900 x 2, £860, £810, £800 x 2, £780, £750 WP Gratton; £800, £760 & £730 E Pennock & Sons.


Hay                                         Mini Hest                               to £32.50 per bale

Hay                                         Round Bale                            to £25 per bale

Hay                                         Small Bale                              to £3 per bale      av £2.95 per bale

Silage                                      Mini Hest                               to £29.50 per bale