Forward: 25 Prime cattle comprising 16 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 8 Cast Cattle; 3,038 Prime Sheep comprising 60 Spring Lambs, 2855 Prime Hoggs, 113 Cast Ewes & Rams & 10 Goats; 43 Rearing Calves.







Please Note:
Next Monday its Easter Monday and we are open as usual for primestock and calves, and to assist us organise buyers, we ask that vendors  please pre book stock for sale with the section auctioneer. CATTLE – Jeremy Eaton 07747 780481, SHEEP – Ted Ogden 07855 958211, CALVES – Kyle Hawksworth 07538 539077. Thankyou.


Further sales next week include 500/600 Store Cattle & Young Bulls on Wednesday (15th April) Entries close this Wednesday at 4pm. Please be aware that we are operating limited opening times of our offices this week to allow staff to work remotely from home. If you can’t get through please try again, or contact an auctioneer. Thankyou.  


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A very good trade with price up another notch with retail customers keen for stock. Top call was £1502 or 254.5p/kg paid by Ellisons Butchers of Cullingworth for a 590kg Charolais cross heifer consigned by Charles and Richard Kitching of Threshfield. Top Price of the day was 258.5p/kg for a 540kg Limousin cross heifer which realised £1396 when sold by F&B Smith of Weshouse to Keelham Farm Shop of Skipton. George Cropper Jnr of Baxenden was back at the ringside with 2 heifer purchases including the joint highest price p/kg at 258.5p/kg a 580kg British Blue cross (£1499), yet another entry from the finishing pens of Mesrs Kitching. Kitchings also sold a 550kg British Blue cross heifer at 247.5p/kg or £1361 to prolific buyer Robertshaws Farm Shop of Thornton. Next Monday is Bank holiday and we are expecting extra interest for retail customers.


465-560kg                                             to 244.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 238.5p/kg                        av.215.5p/kg


480kg+                                                   to 258.5p/kg                        av.244.67p/kg


Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1395, GW Houseman&Ptns (Limx) 1388, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1325, TW Cowperthwaite (Simx) 1316

p/kg: F&B Smith (Limx) 244.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 238.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 231.5,(Limx) 228.5.


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Charx) 1502, (BBx) 1499,1485, (Limx) 1436, F&B Smith (Limx) 1396, RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 1375

p/kg: F&B Smith (Limx) 258.5, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 258.5,247.5,245.5, (Charx) 254.5,RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 245.5,245.5


Prime cattle (over 30 mos)

Cast cows are scarce and there is no resistance to meated dairies at 105p+ and the weather has helped the feeders into a stronger price.

Overall Average                                   140.5p/kg                             £1032.68

Top prices 3 per head and p/kg


£ per head; D Jeffrey (AAx) 1033

p/kg: D Jeffrey (AAx) 140.5


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   98.21p/kg             £734.74

Black & White                      to 106.5p/kg                        av.98.21p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JD Taylor&Son 828,786,769, GB Moorhouse 827,807, RE Ayrton&Son 799

p/kg: RE Ayrton&Son 106.5, JD Taylor&Son 105.5,103.5,100.5, GB Moorhouse 101.5,101.5, JK Blackburn&Son 87.5


3,038 Prime Sheep comprising 60 Spring Lambs, 2855 Prime Hoggs, 113 Cast Ewes & Rams & 10 Goats

Numbers back towards the normal sort of figures for the time of year, with nicely over 3000 head in total. More Spring Lambs were on offer and some good sorts available too, but as usual with first draw lambs from inside there was also plenty of weight on offer. Top price per kilo belonged to some nice Continentals weighing 39kg selling at £123 from CR&M Wilson of Wilpshire, Blackburn purchased onbehalf of Rowland Agar Wholesale Butchers, Ilkley. Top price per head at £126 was jointly achieved on 3 occasions, first were Suffolk Texel crosses from RJ&J Towers Ltd, Ingleton selling again to Rowland Agar (Wholesale Butchers) Ltd, then from CW&V Marwood of Whenby selling Charollais’s again to Agar’s and finally MJ Spensley of Elslack selling Suffolk Texel crosses to Messrs Swales of Knavesmire Butchers in York.

The 2848 Hoggs in todays sale sold to an SQQ average of 225p (up to 45kg) and an overall selling average 207p right through, a reflection of the trade at the moment with handyweight sheep being relatively good to sell, but heavier sheep being harder to place. The smart sorts were as good as ever to sell, 250p to 300p being common place, topping at 359p (39kg £140) on two occasions from HB Atkinson of Kettlesing, who sold others at 343p 342p and 337p. RA&SE Spink of Rookwith, Ripon sold at 343p or tops per head of £147.40 to Messrs Swales for their Knavemsire Butchers shop in York.
Lowland lambs weighing in the late 30’s and into the 40’s were a sharp trade, and we could have sold more in this weight range, heavier lambs from mid 40’s to 50kg/51kg region saw commercial types 185p to 190’s and nice sorts towards £2, with butchers and farm shop types above this. The Hill bred lambs 40kg to 45kg also got away nicely, with better sorts around £2. The very heavy lambs are the things that are struggling at the moment with restaurant/catering trade and London meat markets seeing demand virtually at a stand still with restrictions currently in place.
A nice show of ewes sold away well, tops at £121.50 for Texels from JS Lodge of Doncaster, other heavier ewes £110 to £120. Ewes averaged £71.75, and rams £82, with a run of goats at £59.50.


Spring Lambs – Overall Average £111.86 per head or 251.3p/kg           

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 315.4p/kg         av 258.2p/kg         or £110.78 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 263.8p/kg         av 239.3p/kg         or £117.64 per head

52.1kg and over   to 220.4p/kg         av 205.3p/kg         or £115.00 per head

Suffolk average £113.83 per head or 253.6p/kg

£ per head: £126 RJ&J Towers; £124 £118.50 ML Evans; £110 £106 JA Key;

p/kg: 286.4p RJ&J Towers; 286.4p ML Evans; 250.0p 247.7p JA Key;

Texel average £95.27 per head or 222.3p/kg

£ per head: £126 MJ Spensley; £123 £117 £108 CR&M Wilson; £95 TA Robinson;

p/kg: 315.4p 272.1p 270.0p CR&M Wilson; 217.2p MJ Spensley; 211.1p TA Robinson;

Charollais average £111.22 per head or245.7 p/kg

£ per head: £126 £123 £119 CW Marwood; £125 HL Kitching; £123 £120 RJ&J Towers;

p/kg: 286.4p 272.1p 271.4p CW Marwood; 284.1p HL Kitching; 279.5p RJ&J Towers;


Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £94.23 per head or 206.3p/kg              

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 342.9p/kg         av 215.6p/kg         or £73.65 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 359.0p/kg         av 225.0p/kg         or £94.18 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 271.3p/kg         av 195.2p/kg         or £95.00 per head

52.1kg and over   to 244.4p/kg         av 176.8p/kg         or £93.27 per head


Beltex average £123.16 per head or 315.3p/kg

£ per head: £147.50 RA&SE Spink, £140(x2) £127 £125 HB Atkinson,

p/kg: 359p(x2) 343p 342p 337p 310p HB Atkison, 343p RA&SE Spink.

Suffolk average £92.21 per head or 194.9p/kg

£ per head: £96.50 CR Brittain; £96 £94 S Dorey; £94.50 J&C Wright; £93 J Shuttleworth;

p/kg: 225.0p J Shuttleworth; 213.6p 204.3p S Dorey; 208.0p GW Houseman; 201.1p CR Brittain

Texel average £98.05 per head or 216.7p/kg

£ per head: £138 EP&JM Hutchinson; £136 £130 HB Atkinson; £128 HB Atkinson; £127.50 J Shuttleworth; £127 RJ Bailes; £126 J Baines;

p/kg: 328.9p 316.3p 314.7p  HB Atkinson; 320.0p 306.4p  CR Brittain; 302.4p RJ Bailes; 300.0p EP&JM Hutchinson;

Mule average £85.87 per head or 184.5p/kg

£ per head: £91x2 JH&D Wise; £90.50 £89 G&R Dawson; £90x2 AC Simpson; £90 J Pickles; £90 KM Hawksworth; £89 M&R Smith; £89 S Dorey;

p/kg: 200.0p KM Hawksworth; 197.8p 197.7p 194.2p S Dorey; 195.7p AC Simpson; 195.7p J Pickles; 194.2p LF Horton; 194.0p D Reay;

Masham average £85.28 per head or 197.0p/kg

£ per head: £92 £87 £84 S Dorey; £81 R Kinder; £74 J Taylor;

p/kg: 209.1p 200.0p 197.7p S Dorey; 189.7p J Taylor; 176.1p R Kinder;

Swaledale average £69.40 per head or 176.3p/kg

£ per head: £86 CR Brittain;

p/kg: 191.1p CR Brittain;

Dalesbred average £75.01 per head or 176.7p/kg

£ per head: £87 CR Brittain

p/kg: 197.7p CR Brittain

Lonk average £89.01 per head or 198.2p/kg

£ per head: £96 AR Phillipson, £90 SP Morris, £87 S&P Scrivin

p/kg: 213.3p AR Phillipson

Cheviot average £84.34 per head or 204.3p/kg

£ per head: £90 HL Kitching, £88 Bob Stubbs, £87.50 AC&CA Parkinson

p/kg: 219.7p GA Hewitt & Son 212.2p S Forshaw

SBF average £89.20 per head or 198.8p/kg

£ per head: £94 JH&D Wise, £92 Bob Stubbs, £89.50 AC&CA Parkinson

p/kg: 208.1 AC&CA Parkinson, 206.8p Bob Stubbs.



Cull Ewes average £71.75

Suffolk to £87.50, Texel to £121.50, BFL to £101.50, Mule to £86.50, Lleyn to £73.50, Swaledale to £49.50, Dalesbred to £57.50, Gritstone to £55.50, Beltex to £80.50, Lonk to £58.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £121.50 JS Lodge; £117.50 S Robinson;

Mule/Masham: £86.50 J&C Wright; 78.50 J Shuttleworth;  

Horned: £58.50 AW&N Wade; £57.50 JA Stoney;

Hill: £101.50 S Foster; £7350 SP&VM Morris;  


Goats to £59.50

Cast Rams average £82.36

Charollais to £87.50, Texel to £99.50, Swaledale to £45.50, Beltex  to £109.50, Lonk  to £59.50.



 Rearing Calves to £275 (41)

Good sale in the calf ring today with a total of 41 heads going through the ring. Black and Whites sold to a top of £170 and went to average £127.50. Aberdeen Angus Bull calves sold to £275 and went onto average £195.

A lot of smaller ended calves with the continentals today with Blue Bulls only selling to £255 but a nice average of £202. Blue Heifers went onto average £195 which sold well considering a lot of young calves was included in the mix. Angus Heifers sold to £195 from Steven Marshall.

**Calves wanted for next weeks sale**


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £175) to £175                           Town Head Farm                                

Brit Blue x (Av £202) to £255                           Town Head Farm                                                

Aberdeen Angus (Av £195) to £275 RE Ayrton

Black & White (Av £127) to £170                    C&A Morton                        


Heifer Calves       

Ab Angus (Av £129) to £195                             JC&DJ Marshall                                                   

British Blue (Av £195) to £230                         Town Head Farm

Lim (Av £226) to £245                                        Wood Bros                                                           




Skipton Auction Mart
Gargrave Road
North Yorkshire
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Tel 01756 792375

Jeremy Eaton 07740 780481
Ted Ogden 07855 958211
Kyle Hawksworth 07538 539077