More solid midweek trade for Skipton cattle Skipton Auction Mart’s latest fortnightly midweek cattle sale produced another firm trade for the 663 head forward. (Wed, June 10) As usual, almost all – 646 in total – were feeding cattle, with the 392 store bullocks and heifers meeting a flying trade, all entries aged 16-months and older averaging £1,041. The starring role fell to a pen of 11 Limousin-cross heifers from Andrew Rigby, of Slaidburn, which sold from £1,200 to a top of £1,580, with others at £1,560 and £1,550 twice, the Rigby consignment averaging £1,414.

Another run of heifers from TH&K Wood in Birstwith topped at £1,300 for a pair of Limousin crosses, while of the multiple four-figure prices achieved also catching the eye were T&LM Goad, from Dentdale, who made £1,220 with another Limousin heifer duo.
Bob Lancaster, of West Marton, sold four Limousin bullocks to a high of £1,210, a price matched by a brace of same way bred heifers from Ellis Bros on Addingham Moorside, who also hit £1,200 with two Limousin bullocks, as did the Naylor family from Langbar with a pair of Simmental bullocks.
Short keep cattle proved dearer on the fortnight, buyers looking to keep sheds topped up with both retail quality and commercial type cattle to meet stronger dual demand through live marts and deadweight.
Quality stock was evident throughout. Store steers up to 16 months topped at £1,135 from Jonathan Townley, of Clapham, selling locally to regular buyers, Threshfield brothers Charles and Richard Kitching.
Native bullocks likely led the trade, with under 16-month entries regularly away at £840-£980. Martin Tyson, of Skyreholme, had a nicely balanced run of both Aberdeen-Angus bullocks and heifers in with his steers ranging from £900-£980 and an overall average of £873 for both sexes.
Heifers up to 16 months once more sold to an audience seeking quality stock for re-selling at Skipton both as prime cattle and generally for the all-important live auction trade. Jonathan Townley topped again at £1,200, followed at £1,120 by another from the same home. Next came a pair of heifers at £1,100 from Keith and Jeanette Marshall, of Skipton. Young grazing heifers generally sold away at £820-plus.
Store bullocks sold to overall averages of £1,026 for Continental-cross, £913 for natives and £951 for dairies, with respective heifer averages of £961, £745 and £880.
While there was not quite as much heat as the previous two sales in young feeding bull trade, the 208 head sold exhibited outstanding quality and trade remained strong when averaging £998.
Lightweight bulls continued to sell particularly well, plenty of 300kg pens making £900 or over, while 450kg-plus Continental bulls were consistently £1,050 to £1,130, with £1,200 was the mark for those of exceptional quality. Topping at £1,320 was a Limousin-cross from Mark Walker, of Hartlington, with the section producing averages of £1,003 for Continental-cross and £915 for natives.
While there were a few less customers for the 42 beef-bred feeding cows sold trade showed no let up. Cows presented had done well since turnout and there were lots of quality honest types on offer to buyers seeking cattle carrying both flesh and weight, producing an overall section average of £946.
Continentals regularly sold at £1,100-£1,200, with a top of £1,245 for a Limousin from the Huck family in Hubberholme, while Bob Thompson, from Cullingworth, consigned a Simmental grazing bull at £1,250.
Seventeen breeding cattle sold from £920 up to £1,700 for a British Blue-cross heifer with Blonde-cross bull calf from Silsden Moor’s Jack Berry.
Skipton also staged its June Saturday livestock collective sale, with the 160 head entered for the monthly fixture all keenly sought after, producing a buoyant trade.
A trio of cows with calves at foot all achieved four-figure prices, with a top of £1,200 for a British Blue with her Limousin calf, while of the young store cattle, steers sold to a top of £870 for a Hereford, heifers to £825 for a Charolais and £565 for bulls, this a Blue.
Of the breeding sheep on offer, North of England Mule ewes with twin lambs sold to £185 per outfit, Herdwick ewes and twins to £150. The next monthly sale is on Saturday, July 11.