Forward: 39 Prime cattle comprising 39 Cast Cattle 3,115 Prime Sheep comprising 2,706 Prime Lambs, 409 Cast Ewes & Rams 59 Rearing Calves 34 Dairy Cattle

Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   111.10p/kg           £717.03

Black & White                       to 122.5p/kg                        av 101.59p/kg

MRI                                         to 128.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 145.5p/kg                        av 129.19p/kg

Blondex                                 to 126.5p/kg

BBx                                         to 138.5p/kg                        av 130.32p/kg

AAx                                         to 132.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)

Brit Blue:

£ per head: Bowrake Farms 1086,980, CH&C Fearnley 921, G&PS Fleetwood 855

p/kg: CH&C Fearnley 138.5,127.5,G&PS Fleetwood  131.5, J&E Medcalf 128.5,126.5


£ per head: TB Moorhouse&Son 145.5, 125.5, KW&EJ Browes 126.5 116.5

p/kg: Bowrake Farms 1085,980, CH&C Fearnley 921, G&PS Fleetwood 855


£ per head: CH&C Fearnley 860

p/kg: CH&C Fearnley 126.5


£ per head: N&J Thwaite 837,829 H Downs & Son 833, E,B&S Coultherd 808, K&M Berry&Son 802

p/kg: H Downs&Son 122.5,113.5 N&J Thwaite 115.5,113.5, G&PS Fleetwood 113.5, E,B&S Coultherd 111.5


£ per head: SW&JE Ryder & Son 900,693

p/kg: SW&JE Ryder & Son 128.5, 115.5


Mature Bulls

Overall Average                                   89.5p/kg               £1132.18


£ per head: G Abbott&Sons 1132

p/kg: G Abbott&Sons 89.5


3,115 Prime Sheep

A nice show of sheep but trade as expected was less on the week. Nice lambs 40kg to 44kg in decent demand, smarter lambs 36kg to 40kg were also reasonably bid for on the day, but as numbers grow then as usual the first things to get discounted are the 37kg-39kg under finished types. For best returns keep the lambs well fleshed. Vendors please note that Farm Assurance is also now an increasing factor with several buyers.

Today we held our Annual Young Handlers Prime Lamb Show & Sale Competition. 24 Youngsters took part in the competition spread across 3 age ranges. It was a great competition, aimed at introducing youngsters not only into the art of preparing and showing a lamb, but also of presenting the lamb in the sale ring and experiencing the live auction system and understanding what happens to the lamb that they have produced. On behalf of the competitors, our thanks also to the buyers for supporting them so well when purchasing the stock. Results below.



Judge – Mr Martin Brown

Sponsors – CCM, Carrs-Billington & Wynnstay Group


Class 1 – Under 10

1st Isobel North weighing 61kg @ £122 to P Watson

2nd James Garnett weighing 39kg @ £94 to Vivers Scot

3rd Holly Wain weighing 36kg @ £74 to Vivers Scot Lamb

4th Nancy, Amy & Emma Lawn weighing 45kg @ £86 to Woodhead Bros


Class 2 – 10-16 years

1st Sam Phillipson weighing 45kg @ £100 to P Watson

2nd Jacob Ogg weighing 41kg @ £91 to Vivers Scot Lamb

3rd Alice Throup weighing 43kg @ £83 to P Watson

4th Kyle Handy weighing 43kg @ £87 to A Atkinson


Class 3 – 17–26 years

1st Laura Robinson weighing 36kg @ £104 to A Atkinson

2nd Daniel Ellis weighing 39kg @ £88 to A Atkinson

3rd Rob Ellis weighing 39kg @ £98 to P Watson

4th Mel Pickard weighing 43kg @ £84 Woodhead Bros


CHAMPION – Laura Robinson weighing 36kg @ £104 to A Atkinson

RESERVE – Isobel North weighing 61kg @ £122 to P Watson


Other Young Handlers – Henry Preston, Miles Barbour, Jacob Reeday, Henry Shorrock, Henry Ogg, Jack Hutchinson, Megan Booth, Rebecca Dobson, Daniel Dobson, Freddie Shorrock, Heather Reay, Annie Shearsmith.

Prime Lambs – Overall Average £68.91 per head or 167.3p/kg                                                              

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 191.4p/kg         av 167.8p/kg         or £57.11 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 288.9p/kg         av 167.6p/kg         or £69.05 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 183.7p/kg         av 163.3p/kg         or £76.04 per head

52.1kg and over   to 200.0p/kg         av 168.7p/kg         or £76.86 per head

Beltex average £73.04 per head or 187.2p/kg

£ per head: £104 L Robinson; £100 S Phillipson; £98 £88 Ellis Bros; £94 J&J Garnett; £91 R Ogg; £90 E&M Townley; £85 DC Hall;

p/kg: 288.9p L Robinson; 251.3p 225.6p Ellis Bros; 241.0p J&J Garnett; 222.2p S Phillipson; 222.0p(x2) 218.4p R Ogg;

Texel average £69.22 per head or 167.0p/kg

£ per head: £122 I North; £93 JJ Beckwith; £90 MP Jennings; £88 J&JA Preston; £87 NM Handy; £87 £85.50 FM&JW Edington;

p/kg: 221.1p 202.4p J Shorrock; 206.8p DW&SI Throup; 206.7p JJ Beckwith; 202.4p D Reay; 202.3p NM Handy;

Suffolk average £68.44 per head or 161.5p/kg

£ per head: £86 £75.50 G&MA Lawn; £85 £80 TR Thwaite;  £73.50 MP Jennings; £73 FG Throup; £73 C&GA Guy;

p/kg: 191.1p 175.6 G&MA Lawn; 173.5p TR Thwaite; 172.5p RM Spence; 170.9p MP Jennings; 170.3p JR Metcalfe;

Charollais average £67.12 per head or 167.5p/kg

£ per head: £85 E&M Townley; £72 DJ Dobson; £66.50 IMA & RJ Smith; £66.50 TM Harrison; £65 JR&DL Ogden;

p/kg: 197.7p E&M Townley; 189.5p DJ Dobson; 175.0p IMA&RJ Smith; 162.5p JR&DL Ogden; 159.2p SP&VM Morris

Mule average £60.06 per head or 151.4p/kg

£ per head: £67 G&MA Lawn; £62.80 FG Throup; £60 JH&SM Mason; £54 W Banks & Son;

p/kg: 157.0p FG Throup; 153.8p JH&SM Mason; 152.3p G&MA Lawn; 143.2p AC Price;

Swaledale average £50.50 per head or 129.0p/kg

£ per head: £52 P Metcalfe; £40 W Banks & Son;

p/kg: 130.0p P Metcalfe; 121.2p W Banks & Son;

Dalesbred average £41.87 per head or 136.2p/kg

£ per head: £57.50 GD&JC Holmes; £52 £36 AC Price

p/kg: 140.5p 133.3p AC Price 140.2p GD&JC Holmes;

Rouge average £85.50 per head or 190p/kg

£ per head: £85.50 Ellis Bros

p/kg: 190.0p Ellis Bros


Cull Ewes average £32.10

Suffolk to £77.50, Texel to £90.50, Charollais to £17.50, Mule to £72.50, Gritstone to £54.50, Lonk to £51.50, Lleyn to £53.50, Swaledale to £54.50, Masham to £50.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £90.50 DW & SI Throup; £83.50 JW Sayer; £79.50 TH Peel

Mule/Masham: £72.50 JC&N Throup; £60.50 A&SL Throup; £60.50 S Spyrou

Horned: £54.50 W&M Bland; £51.50 J Drinkall Ltd;

Hill: £54.50 J Drinkall; £53.50 J&J Garnett

Cast Rams average £73.50

Texel to £73.50.



Rearing Calves to £400 (59)

B&W av £33 Cont av £288 Native av £195

A good entry of calves with 60% Black and Whites, unfortunately a number of plain calves around, had it not been for these B&W’s would be well into the 40’s. Continentals were well supported with some big prices coming both the British Blues and Limousins’, Church Farm Enterprises where trade toppers again with their Blue Bull reaching the heights of £400 and a Heifer to £370 with Alf Townsend making £280 out of a strong Limousin Bull.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £201) to £248 AP Townsend

Brit Blue x (Av £290) to £400 Church Farm Enterprises

Ab Angus (Av £174) to £240 S Nuttall                           

Black & White (Av £33) to £100 JP & KE Hartley


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £262.5) to £280 AP Townsend                            

Brit Blue x (Av £358) to £370 Church Farm Enterprises                             

Ab Angus (Av £216) to £290 AP Townsend                                                  



Craven Dairy Auction (34 head)

A big show with a lot of cattle unentered arriving and making a good shippon full of newly calved heifers. Despite the shippon full trade was strong especially for those well presented cattle like those of Robin Jennings and Shaun Hickey who made £2300 and £2250. Other vendors also met a stiff trade with Chris Broadwith of Thornton Watlass pushing into the top prices with a lovely heifer reaching a deserved £2250.


However with such big numbers anything not quite 12 o’clock was an easier trade with some good heifers in the £1700 - £1850 region and some honest tank fillers in the £1500 - £1700.


I can’t help feel that the ARLA price reduction recently has had an impact on the confidence of many farmers and this has clearly had an influence on price today.


Please can you enter Dairy Cattle the Tuesday Prior to the Sale for Catalogue Purposes    


Prize Awards:      

Newly Calven Heifers:         1st S Hickey                                                                              

                                        2nd GB Jennings

                                        3rd MR Smith

Newly Calven Cows:            1st J Rennard

                                         2nd J Rennard

In-Calf Heifers:                   1st 2nd & 3rd LEA & Partners

Champion – S Hickey           Reserve – GB Jennings


Newly Calven Heifers:  to £2250 av £1654 S Hickey   


Newly Calven Cows: to £1480 av £1385 J Rennard                     


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers: to £2300 av £1930 GB Jennings


In Calf Heifer:  to £1150 av £1125