Forward: 40 Prime cattle comprising 17 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 22 Cast Cattle 4,417 Prime Sheep comprising 4,040 Prime Lambs & 377 Cast Ewes & Rams 65 Rearing Calves 8 Dairy Cattle 2 Loads of produce

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Clean cattle buyers now looking to the new year with a good attendance of buyers. Keelham Farm Shop was the leading buyer accounting for 8 purchases including the leading gross price a 570kg Limousin cross heifer at £1359  from Jeff Pickles which made 238.5p. Top price p/kg was 253.5p for a Limousin cross heifer weighing 530kg from James Drake of Denholme which sold to Ellisons of Cullingworth.


465-555kg                                             to 239.5p/kg        av.235.61p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 240.5p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 236.5p/kg

485kg+                                                   to 253.5p/kg        av. 236.01p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1347, SD Bennett (Limx) 1317,

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 240.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 239.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 231.5


£ per head: J Pickles ( Limx) 1359, 1341, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1351, JA Drake (Limx) 1348, 1344, JR Metcalfe (Blondex) 1308

p/kg: JA Drake (Limx) 253.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 247.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 243.5, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 243.5, (Limx) 240.5

Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)              

Overall Average                                   179.5p/kg             £987.25

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: J Pickles (Limx) 987

p/kg: J Pickles (Limx) 179.5


Cull Cow Prices

Overall Average                                   99.41p/kg             £668.86

Black & White                       to 111.5p/kg                        av. 99.03p/kg

MRI                                         to 98.5p/kg                          av. 97.5 p/kg

Limx                                       to 111.5p/kg                        av. 94.4p/kg

Simx                                       to 124.5p/kg

AAx                                         to 103.5p/kg

Hefdx                                     to 91.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: CM&EM Gratton 825, 763,  M Mosley 794, JK Blackburn&Son 786, JF Longster & Son 778, M&R Smith 714

p/kg: CM&EM Gratton 111.5, 108.5, 100.5, JK Blackburn&Son 111.5, M Mosley 104.5,

Other Dairy

£ per head: N&R Sutcliffe (MRI) 680,671,

p/kg: N&R Sutcliffe (MRI) 98.5, 96.5


£ per head: EB Webster (Sim) 847, RH&EA Close (Limx) 581.

p/kg: EB Webster (Sim) 124.5, JK Wilson (Limx) 111.5


£ per head: J Pickles (AAx) 647, Bridle Style Farm (Hefdx) 631

p/kg: J Pickles (AAx) 103.5, Bridle Style Farm (Hefdx) 91.5



Overall Average                                   106.48p/kg           £106.48


£ per head: KM Pickles 961,652

p/kg: KM Pickles 116.5, 94.5.


4,417 Prime Sheep

A cracking show with about 4,000 lambs penned for the third week in a row. Heavy lambs and best lambs were a fast trade all day long and plenty of 3 figure prices in the mix. £117 per head was achieved on 2 occasion, first by L Simpson & Sons, Pateley Bridge with 52kg Texels purchased by Kendalls Farmers Butchers of Pateley Bridge and Harrogate, and then also by Nick Capstick, Bolton by Bowland with a pen of 41kg Beltex’s that were also top price per kilo at 285p, Mr Captick had other pens at £113, £112 £109 and £108.50. Henry Atkinson presented a wonderful run of Beltex crosses, topping at £115, others at £114 and £110 twice. Ian Bell of Carleton had Beltex to £110, Anthony Hewetson topped his run at £109, as did Paul Simpson and Ian Marsden. All in, there was 59 separate pens or 230 head sold for £100 or more. Per kilo prices at the top end saw Nick Capstick sell at 285p 275p 273p 271p and 254p. Paul Simpson sold lambs at 284p and 272p. Anthony Hewetson 272p, Walter Parkinson 271p 265p 254p, James Garth & Son 271p 264p, Henry Atkinson 268p 255p, Ken Marston 259p, Taylor Bros 258p, Richard & Mark Ireland 252p, John Garnett 251p.
Heavy Lambs were a sharp trade all day and would be £2 to £5 apiece dearer on the week, especially commercial sorts, at the top end there were some good smart heavy types for local retail trade in the 200p to 230p bracket. Mule wethers sold well again, mainly either side of 170p depending on quality, prime weight horned lambs were also good to sell, whilst lightweights were not just as dear as last week.

NB: Remember no sale on either Christmas Day or New Years day, but we are holding a Special Afternoon Sale of Prime Cattle and Prime Sheep on Thursday 28th December. Speak to Ted nearer the time for usual requirements.

Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £80.68 per head or 188.25p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 244.10p/kg       av 171.04p/kg      or £58.13 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 285.40p/kg       av 192.02p/kg      or £80.17 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 247.8p/kg         av 180.7p/kg         or £86.63 per head

52.1kg and over                 to 201.8p/kg         av 172.94p/kg      or £92.76 per head


Beltex average £93.13 per head or 227.02p/kg

£ per head: £117 L Simpson & Sons; £117 DN&D Capstick; £114 HB Atkinson; £113, £112 DN&D Capstick; £110 I Bell; 

p/kg: 285.4p DN&D Capstick; 284.2p PW Simpson; 273.2p DN&D Capstick; 272.5p PW Simpson; 272.5p JA&JH Hewetson;

Suffolk average £82.12 per head or 180.36p/kg

£ per head: £95.50 R Emmott; £94.50 PN Hugill; £92 MJ Spensley; £92 T Boothman; £88.50 K&J Marshall; £88 RG Church Ltd;

p/kg:209.1p T Boothman; 198.8p RG Church; 195.2p CD&RF Kitching; 193.3p T Boothman; 192.5p GW Houseman & Partners; 

Texel average £80.53 per head or 188.61p/kg

£ per head: £115 HB Atkinson; £109 I Marsden; £106 W&J Parkinson; £106 RG Church Ltd; £105 I Marsden; £105 JR Crabtree;

p/kg:265p W&J Parkinson; 252.7p RH&MR Ireland; 250p HB Atkinson; 235.9p RH&MR Ireland; 234.9p T Boothman;

Mule average £72.72 per head or 168.64p/kg

£ per head: £85 G Beresford & Son; £83 M&B Allen; £80.50 M Ryder & Sons; £80.50 RG Church Ltd; £80.50 G Beresford;

p/kg:197.4p James Garth (Donated to Manorlands) 175p JK Wilson; 171.8p JR Taylor; 171.3p DW&CJ Towler; 171.1p S Gibbon

Masham average £60.77 per head or 154.6p/kg

£ per head: £73 RG Church Ltd; £58 P Leeming; £45 M Smith

p/kg:165.7p P Leeming;162.2p RG Church Ltd; 121.6p M Smith 

Swaledale average £65.02 per head or 163.91p/kg

£ per head: £82 CT Akrigg; £81, £80 T Boothman; £75.50 JA&JH Hewetson; £74 J Middleton; £72.50, £71.50 JA&JH Hewetson;

p/kg: 171.1p JW Sayer & Son; 170.2p T Boothman; 169.7p JM&S Tennant; 168.8p T Boothman; 168.6p JA&JH Hewetson;

Dalesbred average £53.58 per head or 157.12p/kg

£ per head: £57 A&N Fothergill; £56.50 R Naylor & Sons; £50 A&N Fothergill

p/kg:161.4p R Naylor & Sons; 158.3p A&N Fothergill & Sons; 151.5p A&N Fothergill



Cull Ewes average £52.94

Suffolk to £107.50, Texel to £123.50, Mule to £79.50, Swaledale to £51.50, Masham to £33.50, Cheviot  to £59.50, Lonk  to £64.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £123.50 DJ Halliday; £117.50 R Long

Mule/Masham: £79.50 C&SB Whitelock; £79.50 CR&J Ellison;

Horned: £51.50 CT Akrigg; £49.50 JI&MP Greenwood

Hill: £59.50, £55.50 J Caygill & Partners

Cast Rams average £50.63

Texel to £117.50, BFL to £63.50, Lleyn to £86.50, Swaledale to £56.50, Gritstone to £, Charollais to £98.50, Beltex to £78.50, Herdwick to £46.50 S Gibbon.




Rearing Calves to £430

A plainer show of calves overall meant for an easier trade throughout as a result of it being the calf sale of the year. However the best calves sold away well with a bull from Chadwick and Leaver making the top price of the day at £430 for a tremendous Simmental calf with Sowray Bros topping the British Blue bulls at £410. Natives good to sell with Alan Middleton of Hartley’s Bolton Abbey had the top price Aberdeen Angus bull at £350 with John Marshall of Dacre topping the heifers at £300. Only a small show of black and whites today with mainly small Holsteins on offer, apart from a Friesian x at £95 from Stephen Marshall, West End.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £243) to £320 G Abbott & Son                            

Brit Blue x (Av £309.33) to £410 A Sowray & Son                                                       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £228.13) to £350 JP&KE Hartley

Simmental (Av £430) to £430 Chadwick & Leaver                      

Black & White (Av £43.99) to £95 JC&DJ Marshall & Sons                         


Heifer Calves       

Ab Angus (Av £223.33) to £300 JC Marshall                                                 

British Blue (Av £306.36) to £360 Church Farm Enterprises

Lim (Av £251.43) to £295 FG Stephenson



Craven Dairy Auction (8 head)

 A quiet show for the final sale of the year however a healthy trade was had by all. Top calls of the day came from Robin Jennings and Robert Crisp with both heifers reaching £1800.  The homebred pedigree heifer from Robin Jennings was giving a mighty 36kg and was snapped up by regular supporter Mark Goodall. Mr Crisps heifer was giving 24kg and was very quick to milk also raced to £1800 when selling to Peter Sowray of Bishop Thornton.


The next sale brings us into the New Year and will be held on the 15th January 2018. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Judge – Colin Whitelock

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st GB Moorhouse                2nd & 3rd ASE Crisp & Son

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st DA Fort

Champion – GB Moorhouse              Reserve – ASE Crisp


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1680): to £1800 GB Jennings; £1800 ASE Crisp


Newly Calven Cows (av £1100): to £1100 DA&SA Fort



Hay                                                         Quads                                     to £36 per bale

                                                                Rounds                                   to £28 per bale