Skipton Saturday sales day bonanza Multiple sales catering for a wide cross-section of interests were again on the agenda at another action-packed Saturday at Skipton Auction Mart. (May 23) The monthly livestock collective featured a strong turnout of 163 cattle, among them a total of 128 stirks, which continued to sell well across all breeds, including a good selection of native animals.


Catching the eye in the bull section was a Longhorn which made £970, while British Blue entries peaked at £810, with an overall average of £544 per head.

Bullock stirks topped at £710 for a Lincoln Red, with Blues selling to a high of £675, while heifer stirk prices were led at £810 by a British Blue-cross from TB Moorhouse, of Dacre, with Limousin entries selling to £705. Another Lincoln Red also sold well at £690, as did a Dexter-cross at £510.

Dairy-bred entries caught the eye too, with Friesian/Holstein bull stirks selling to £600 and bullock stirks to £550.

Of the 35 breeding cattle on parade, several achieved four-figure prices, with highs of £1,110 for a Limousin cow with Limousin bull calf at foot, £1,100 for a Hereford cow with Simmental bull calf, and £1,000 for a Belted Galloway heifer and her Aberdeen Angus heifer calf.

A dispersal sale in behalf of the Beechwood Longhorn herd from Runcton in Norfolk saw a 2007 stock bull make £1,010, with 2007-born in-calf cows trading to £750 and their 2006-born counterparts to £720.

Forty-nine breeding sheep and goats were also in the mix. Of the former, correct Dorset ewes with single lambs sold to £121 per outfit, with Suffolk-cross hoggs with single lambs selling to £110 and a Jacob ewe with twin lambs also hitting £100.

It’s the peak season for goats and all sold well, notably nannies, including, from David Coates, of Coniston Cold, a number with pet lambs mothered on – one with three lambs at £100, another with two lambs at £90.

Saanen and Tog nannies both made £116, while another nanny with two Billy kids sold for £105. A Boer nanny run with Billies made £78, with yearling nanny goats selling to £62 and averaging £59. Boer Billy goats sold to £70, with a Boer cast goat also achieving the same price.

With diversity the name of the game, sheepdog pups sold to £95.

The May Agri-Trader sale once again proved extremely popular, attracting 526 lots of machinery, plus 611 reclaim, salvage, stone and timber items.

In the machinery section, many lots sold in the £1,000-£2,000 price bracket, with a top of £3,500 for a West 1600 Dual Spreader from a local farm. This was followed by a Pottinger Forage wagon, which sold well for £2,400 against a much lower reserve.

Grass rakes sold to £1,900 and £1,650, while a JD conventional baler made £1,400. Of the 20 trailers offered, 17 were successfully sold.

A dispersal sale on behalf of Margaret Watkinson, of Sessay, Thirsk, saw 75 lots on offer, peaking at £1,850 for an Isor Lloyds mobile sheep race and £1,600 for a 10ft IW livestock trailer.

A standalone Craven Feather Auction sale attracted 299 lots of poultry, waterfowl, hatching eggs and equipment, with the leading price of £85 achieved by four Welsummer Bantams. A trio of White Wyandotte also sold well at £70, along with a pair of Black Orpington at the same price.

Also featured was the Spring Sale of 223 lots of Border Fine Art, China and Beswick, which as usual proved in strong demand among collectors, producing plenty of three-figure prices and a high of £490 for a figure of a Blonde d'Aquitaine bull.