Forward: 74 Prime cattle comprising 3 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 4 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 67 Cast Cattle. 3,339 Prime Sheep comprising 2731 Prime Lambs, 608 Cast Ewes & Rams. 104 Rearing Calves. 29 Dairy Cattle. 3 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)


501 - 590kg                                           to 131.5p/kg

Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   107.91p/kg           £708.01

Black & White                       to 127.5p/kg                        av 100.88p/kg

MRI                                         to 106.5p/kg                        av 104.93p/kg

Limx                                       to 152.5p/kg                        av 134.69p/kg

Hefdx                                     to 120.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 157.5p/kg                        av 118.28p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: JR Carr 1411,1118, D Wells 1077, PL Metcalfe 948, J Drinkall Ltd 906

p/kg: JR Carr 152.5,141.5 PL Metcalfe 145.5,143.5,141.5,D.Wells 144.5,


£ per head: JSS Verity 127.5, SW&JE Ryder&Son 124.5, AS&EA Jeanes 123.5, JSS Verity 119.5, Townhead Farm 117.5

p/kg: JSS Verity 127.5,119.5 SW&JE Ryder&Son 124.5, AS&EA Jeanes 123.5, Townhead Farm 117.5


£ per head: L&A Watson 756

p/kg: L&A Watson 106.5


£ per head: RG&SJ Paul 1035, J Drinkall Ltd 982,747,705 D Wells 874,

p/kg: D Wells 157.5, J Drinkall Ltd 135.5,121.5,121.5 RG&SJ Paul 122.5


£ per head: SR Petty 807

p/kg: SR Petty 120.5



3,339 Prime Sheep

Trade was variable today depending upon the quality and weight of the sheep.

Regardless of the fact that there were 14 active buyers at the ringside, processors are still reporting trade slack, even with the euro falling 2 cents against the pound this morning. More heavy lambs about today as producers try to keep returns above £70 from grass, and many of the heavy sheep would achieve this with the 45.6kg to 52kg bracket averaging £70.95 per head.

Handy weighted sheep were a straight trade on the day, and the Skipton average of 152p across the board would be a reasonable result on the day, with many reporting averages of 5p-6p less than this mark. Some smart lambs topped £2kilo, but it took a smart one to do it.

Cast sheep however were keenly contested and with mainly sucked ewes in the entry a £58 average looks well.

Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £64.81 per head or 152.18p/kg                                                         

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 227.5p/kg         av 152.4p/kg         or £63.84 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 202.2p/kg         av 151.5p/kg         or £70.95 per head

52.1kg and over   to 133.6p/kg         av 140.8p/kg         or £75.92 per head

Beltex average £71.90 per head or 170.2p/kg

£ per head: £94 £90.50 Ellis Bros; £93 £84.50  JG Hall; £91 J&J Garnett; £84 E&M Townley; £84 G Sunderland;

p/kg: 227.5p 217.6p 201.3p  J&J Garnett; 223.8p 201.1p Ellis Bros; 215.4p E&M Townley; 202.2p JG Hall;

Texel average £64.85 per head or 153.9p/kg

£ per head: £92 J Greenwood; £90 RH&MR Ireland; £88 MP Jennings;  £85.80 G Sunderland; £85 TH Mellin;

p/kg: 209.5p MP Jennings; 204.5p 189.7p 189.0p RH&MR Ireland; 190.7p G Sunderland; 189.0p DN&JM Molyneux;

Suffolk average £64.05 per head or 147.2p/kg

£ per head: £81.50 ML Evans; £75.50 R Emmott; £75 JR Taylor; £73 MP Jennings; £71.820 R Naylor; £70.50 E&M Townley

p/kg: 156.8p TH Mellin; 156.1p R Naylor; 155.3p MP Jennings; 154.1p 152.3p R Emmott; 153.1p JR Taylor;

Charollais average £65.22 per head or 151.08p/kg

£ per head: £87 S Coar; £73 £69 £67 BA&B Perkins; £68.50 P Shackleton; £66 E&M Townley; £66 DJ&LJ Holt;

p/kg: 185.1p 154.8p S Coar; 167.1p R Naylor; 165.0p E&M Townley; 156.0p PL Metcalfe; 153.6p DJ&LJ Holt;

Lleyn average £62.72 per head or 149.8p/kg

£ per head: £63.80 £63 Fleets Farms; £61.80 £61.50 CD&RF Kitching;

p/kg: 151.9p 146.5p Fleets Farms; 150.7p 150.0p CD&RF Kitching;

Mule average £55.77 per head or 138.6p/kg

£ per head: £70 PL Metcalfe; £60 £59.50 FG Throup; £60 S&D Robinson; £59.80 JA Throup; £59 RH&DE Parker;

p/kg: 143.9p RH&DE Parker; 140.2p A&SL Throup; 140.0p TL MM GT Haynes; 139.5p FG Throup; 139.1p JA Throup;

Swaledale average £41.80 per head or 116.7p/kg

£ per head: £43 P Metcalfe; £37 S&D Robinson;

p/kg: 119.4p S&D Robinson; £116.2p P Metcalfe;


Cull Ewes average £60.12

Suffolk to £69.50, Texel to £102.5, Scotch Blackface to £30.50, Mule to £80.50, Lleyn to £72.50, Swaledale to £54.50, Cheviot to £64.50, Lonk to £57.50, Down to £87.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £102.50 RA&M Earnshaw; £101.50 I Marsden; £99.50 MP Jennings

Mule/Masham: £80.50 GT Booth; £78.50 JA&JH Hewetson; £77.50 S&PE Bowker & Sons; 

Horned: £57.50 x2, £55.5 J Drinkall Ltd; £54.50 Lambert - Milehouse

Hill: £72.50 AB&BH Procter; £68.50 PL Metcalfe; £68.50 CD&RF Kitching 

Cast Rams average £95.50

Texel to £102.50 RA&M Earnshaw



Rearing Calves to £440 (104)

B&W av £60.26 Cont av £351 Native av £130

Strong show of calves with a good following for all types of calf with a large proportion of blues making strong prices with a number getting nicely into £400’s and topping at £440. Black and Whites were again making good prices with an overall average of £60.26 topping with a Pure Friesian from Stephen Marshall reaching £138.


Don’t forget 95%+ of the entry are 1 ½ month old or younger.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £375) to £390 N Shaw & Son

Brit Blue x (Av £359) to £440 A Sowray & Son

Simmental (Av £175) to £230 MD&HE Wallbank

Ab Angus (Av £100) to £100 GD&JC Holme                  

Black & White (Av £60.26) to £138 JC&DJ Marshall


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £225) to £225 DL Leeming Ltd                            

Brit Blue x (Av £331) to £390 Church Farm Enterprises                             

Ab Angus (Av £130) to £130 JM Smith & Son                                                               

Black & White (Av £240) to £240 JR&MJ Moon           


Craven Dairy Auction (29 head)

A hard day selling with a lot of strong dairy cattle hard sold, the knock on effect of the downturn in the dairy sector.


Robert Crisp took top honours with David Lawson taking a deserved second in the show ring. But all eyes were on the sale ring with concerns how much cheaper the milkers would be. Thankfully a responsive ringside made the cattle a straighter trade than first predicted with a respectable overall average for 1st Class and Pedigree Heifers of £1751 and Cows £1606.  


Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st & 3rd A Lawson & Son 2nd EH North & Son

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st ASE Crisp    2nd H Downs & Son    3rd D&P Brown

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st MGT Corner

Champion – ASE Crisp                         Reserve – A Lawson & Son


1st Class Newly Calven Heifers:  to £1900 av £1685 H Downs & Son


2nd Class Newly Calven Heifers: to £1540 av £1275 Rusby Dairies             


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers: to £2000 av £1950 A Lawson & Son


Newly Calven Cows: to £1920 av £1606 ASE Crisp