Forward: 13 Prime cattle (under 30 mos) 2,639 Prime Sheep comprising 2,389 Prime Lambs & 250 Cast Ewes & Rams

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Keelham Farm Shop with shops in Skipton and Thornton were back re stocking the fridges purchasing 8 of the 13 prime cattle forward at this Special Sale to cover for the Bank Holiday next Monday. Top price was a Limousin cross heifer weighing 540kg from James Drake of Denholme which sold to Keelham for 249.5p/kg or £1360.


465-555kg                                             to 224.5p/kg        av. 221.49p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 244.5p/kg        av. 235.69p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 249.5p/kg        av. 236.05p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: JA Drake (Limx) 1437,1369, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 1325, SD Bennett (Limx) 1325

p/kg: JA Drake (Limx) 244.5, 243.5, JR Metcalfe (Limx) 228.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 226.5


£ per head: JA Drake (Limx) 1360, CDE&RF Kitching (Limx) 1350,1337,1319, S&P Scriven (BBx) 1212

p/kg: JA Drake (Limx) 249.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 247.5,245.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 231.5, S&P Scriven (BBx) 228.5               



Prime Sheep

The change of day to fit with the Christmas period saw a great show of 2,639 sheep which included 2,389 lambs selling to a fantastic overall average of 195.9p/kg across the board, with the 36kg to 45kg bracket averaging 200.8p. There was a fast trade for the smart sorts with a long list at 250p or more, K Saffrey topped the sale at 282p and 272p, Kevin Marshall 278p 269p and 268p, Ken Marston 277p twice, Fox Farms 275p 267p, Henry Atkinson 269p 268p and 265p, James Towler 269p,  Peter Houseman 267p, Ellis Bros 266p, with a further 24 pens over 250p. In the lump, Henry Atkinson topped at £120 twice £118.50 £118 £115 £114, Mike Allen £119, Ellis Bros £118 twice, K Saffrey £117, Kevin Marshall £116 £115 £114, Fox Farms £115, James Towler £113. There were 61 pens in total sold for 3 figures.
Commercial Lowland lambs found a strong trade all sale, heavy lambs especially finding favour either side of £2 per kilo, and handy weights a touch more. Hill bred lambs were a good trade, with a large number of these making up the entry, 500 Mule & Masham Lambs topped at £98 from Jeff Throup and 194p from Gerald Beresford, they averaged £79.15 or 176p/kg.
Cast sheep were a very good quality entry, but a trade to match as well, averaging £82 overall. Thomas Boothman, Tom Walmsley and Ian Marsden all had three pens each made in the £120’s.
Overall a great end to the year and nice to sign off with a good trade. A big thankyou to all our vendors and buyers for supporting Skipton during 2017 and we look forward to welcoming everyone in 2018.

Prime Lambs  – Overall Average  £81.68 per head or 195.86p/kg         

32.1kg to 35.9kg                 to 222.9p/kg         av 163.85p/kg      or £55.81 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg                 to 282.10p/kg       av 200.80p/kg      or £82.26 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg                 to 253.2p/kg         av 192.8p/kg         or £93.40 per head

52.1kg and over                 to 209.1p/kg         av 178.94p/kg      or £94 per head


Beltex average £97.19 per head or 237.46p/kg

£ per head: £120x2 HB Atkinson; £119 M&B Allen; £118.50 HB Atkinson; £118x2 Ellis Bros; £118 HB Atkinson; £117 K Saffrey; £116 K Marshall; £115 Fox Farms; £115 HB Atkinson

p/kg:282.1p K Safrey; 278p K Marshall; 277.5p KJ Marston; 275.6p Fox Farm; 272.1p K Saffrey; 269.8p K Marshall; 269.3p HB Atkinson; 269p WA&VJ&JA Towler; 268.3p K Marshall; 267.9p K Marshall;

Suffolk average £83.13 per head or 189.36p/kg

£ per head: £100 RG Church Ltd; £93 CD&RF Kitching; £92 FI Ibbotson; £89 J&C Wright; £89 A Guy & Son; £89 S Dorey;

p/kg: 204.8p FI Ibbotson; 201.2p AL Dean & Son; 197.9p CD&RF Kitching; 196.4p Brafferton Manor; 196.1p RG Chutch Ltd;

Texel average £83.25 per head or 195.08p/kg

£ per head: £115 K Marshall; £113 Ellis Bros; £111 I Marsden; £110 x2 JR Crabtree; £109 AM&E Hartley; £108 R Emmott;

p/kg: 263.4p T Boothman; 261.1p D&A Livestock; 256.8p Ellis Bros; 247.7p AM&E Hartley; 246.7p I Marsden;

Mule average £79.07 per head or 178.64p/kg

£ per head: £98 JA Throup; £94 JH Throup; £91 M Ryder & Sons; £89 JC Crabtree & Son; £89 M&B Allen; £88 RG Church Ltd;

p/kg: 194.4p, 190.7p G Beresford & Son; 190.2p JK Wilson; 188.8p JH Throup; 188.6p JK Wilson; 184.4p M Ryder & Sons

Charollais average £79.46 per head or 197.51p/kg

£ per head: £88 S Dorey; £85 Stocks Enterprises; £83, £70 Brafferton Manor Farmers;

p/kg:202.4p Brafferton Manor Farmers; 195.6p S Dorey; 189.2p Brafferton Manor Farmers

Cheviot average £73.52 per head or 190.19p/kg

£ per head: £84, £76, £75.50 GW Thackwray; £68 E Shorrock

p/kg: 194.9p, 193.6p GW Thackwray; 183.8p E Shorrock; 175p GW Thackwray

Swaledale average £52.56 per head or 150.74p/kg

£ per head: £75 JH Throup; £72 C Mellin; £68.50 JM&S Tennant; £68 K Huck; £66 Lambert-Milehouse; £61 W Mason & Son

p/kg:182.9p JH Throup; 167.4p C Mellin; 165p, 163.9p Lambert Milehouse; 162.9p SM Towler; 161.9p K Huck



Cull Ewes average £82.02

Suffolk to £126.50, Texel to £129.5, Mule to £87.50, Swaledale to £54.50, Gritstone to £59.50, Cheviot to £85.50, Lonk to £55.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £129.50 D&A Livestock; £129.50 T Boothman

Mule/Masham: £87.50 J&C Wright; £85.50 T Boothman

Horned: £55.50 FI Ibbotson; £54.50 T Boothman

Hill: £85.50 T Boothman; £59.50 SP&VM Morris

Cast Rams average £78.25

Suffolk to £, Texel to £117.5, BFL to £91.50, Charollais to £101.5, Swaledale to £54.50, Beltex to £98.50.