Stage set for first online Craven Pedigree Sale at Skipton Auction Mart Catalogues have now been posted at Skipton Auction Mart’s website – - for the first of the new and much anticipated Craven Pedigree Sales, timed online auctions of cattle next Wednesday and Thursday, May 13 and 14. The innovative double header is purpose-designed to ensure that both vendors and buyers alike are able to trade in pedigree livestock, shows and sales of which remain suspended due to continuing Covid-19 restrictions.


The two-day fixture features a brace of standalone sales, one for 55 pedigree Limousin cattle, the other a multi-breeds auction of 24 beef breeding cattle. Entries of well-bred cattle have been received from reputable pedigree breeders across a wide area, the majority members of the SAC Premium Cattle Health Scheme. Most are familiar faces at Skipton.

The Limousin sale, which is being staged the same week as what would have been the mart’s main annual breed show and sale fixture under normal trading conditions, has attracted an entry of 45 bulls and ten females from a total of 16 well-known breeders across Yorkshire and Lancashire, south to Lincolnshire, north to Cumbria and across to the east coast.

On-the-doorstep representation comes from the Mason family’s Oddacres herd in Embsay and the Tomschoice herd of James and Sarah Cooper in Dacre, Harrogate, and, elsewhere in the county, the Swale herd near Thirsk, and, from the east coast, the Lissett herd near Bridlington, and the Elderberry herd near Goole.

Other Yorkshire vendors are the Barkisland and Highhills herd in Calderdale and, from Kirklees, the Pleashaw herd, along with the South Yorkshire-based Ewdenvale herd. The Lancashire vendors are the Siddall herd in Heywood, the Whitelee herd near Burnley, the Abbeyvilla herd near Preston, and the Cheadlewood herd in Cheadle.

From Cumbria, regular supporters, the Priestley family, will be represented with entries from their Brontemoor herd, as will the Haltcliffe herd near Wigton, while the southernmost entrant is the Lincolnshire-based Lowgate herd, based near Spalding.

A further eleven highly regarded herds and five recognised breeds – Aberdeen-Angus, Beef Shorthorn, British Blue, Charolais and Hereford - will also be represented at the standalone multi-breeds sale of 19 pedigree bulls and four pedigree females, plus a pure-bred bull.

Locally, there are entries from the Bordley herd near Skipton, and, from North Craven, the Greystone herd, along with the Dale herd near Leeds, and, from the York area, a four-strong entry from the Yearsley, Wensleydale, Blackwood and Fox Foot herds.

Lancashire is represented by the Pendle herd in Roughlee and the Jaygar herd from Newton-in-Bowland, while two well-known Cumbrian vendors among the online line-up are the Maidenalands herd near Ulverston and the Cornriggs herd near Bishop Auckland.

Full terms and conditions for both vendors and intending purchasers, including Livestock Auctioneers Association conditions of sale, are posted in the online catalogues, which can be viewed and downloaded from the sale day page at

They include all relevant age and breeding information, along with click-on links providing much greater detail to individual entries and live videos posted utilising state-of-the-art technology. Pre-sale viewing is now available until May 11