Forward: 45 Prime cattle comprising 20 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 2 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 23 Cast Cattle; 3, 611 Prime Sheep comprising 2,938 Prime & Lightweight Hoggs & 673 Cast Ewes & Rams; 25 Rearing Calves;

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

It was Champion and Reserve for Messrs F&B Smith of Masongill at the February Prime Show with their 555kg Limousin cross steer the overall champion and also the top priced steer at 262.5p/kg (£1457) and their reserve champion a 550kg Limousin cross making 263.5p/kg (£1449) with both selling to Ralph Pearson wholesale butchers in Bradford. Pearsons also accounted for both the highest priced animals on the day with a 565kg British Blue cross heifer from CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield at 266.5p/kg or £1506 and the leading gross price a 620kg Limousin cross heifer from S&NV Jowett of Queensbury at £1516 or 244.5p/kg. The entry included a number of 600kg entries and a nice entry of 530kg commercial heifers carrying finish which found a ready demand. James Robertshaw buying for his own Robertshaws Farm Shop in Thornton was the purchaser of 6 high quality retail cattle.


Best Bullock & Champion – F&B Smith

Best Heifer & Reserve – F&B Smith



465-555kg                                             to 262.5p/kg                        av.241.00p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 257.5p/kg                        av. 250.86p/kg


400-480kg                                             to 253.5p/kg                       

485kg+                                                   to 266.5p/kg                        av. 249.79p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1506,1491, F&B Smith (Limx) 1457

p/kg: F&B Smith (Limx) 262.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 257.5, 244.5


£ per head: S&NV Jowett (Limx) 1516, CD&RF Kitching (Baz) 1506, (BBx) 1506,1418,(Limx) 1436, F&B Smith (Limx) 1449

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 266.5, 249.5, (Limx) 263.5, (Baz) 257.5, S&NV Jowett (Limx) 257.5, (BBx) 248.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   145.5p/kg                             £1121.41

Top prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: JS Stephenson (Limx) 1261, E&KM Marshall (B&W) 982

p/kg: JS Stephenson (Limx) 215.5, E&KM Marshall (B&W) 145.5          





Cull Cow Prices

Cast cows were a similar trade with the shortage of meat supplemented by feeding interest at the ringside. Amongst the entry was a fair proportion of cattle with tags from around the EU which usually take a little more placing but not today with little or no discount for non UK.

Overall Average                                   112.87p/kg                           £729.96

Black & White                      to 140.5p/kg                        av.112.27 p/kg

Jersey                                     to 111.5p/kg

Swed Red                              to 91.5p/kg                         

BBx                                         to 139.5p/kg                        av.131.45p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: M Ryder&Son 1040, GB Moorhouse 982, A&CL Gray 962, PW&I Dakin 921, JD Taylor&Son 885, MP Jennings (Dairy) Ltd 829

p/kg: M Ryder&Sons 140.5, PW&I Dakin 136.5, JM Smith&Son 129.5, MP Jennings (Dairy)Ltd 128.5, A&CL Gray 127.5,

Other Dairy

£ per head: JSS Verity (Jer) 630, PW&I Dakin (Swed Red) 508

p/kg: JSS Verity (Jer) 111.5, PW&I Dakin (Swed Red) 91.5

Brit Blue:

£ per head: G&PS Fleetwood (BBx) 837,589

p/kg: G&PS Fleetwood (BBx) 139.5,121.5



3,611 Prime Sheep comprising 2,938 Prime & Lightweight Hoggs & 673 Cast Ewes & Rams


A great trade today with just shy of 3,000 lambs penned and sold. Overall selling averages of £118.88 per head or 273.5p/kg. Smart Lambs as predicted very good to sell, 300p to 350p achieved a long list of times, but it was the heavies that were up a nice bit this week, whilst handy weight and medium weight commercial lambs were in high demand, as the averages below show, the 1976 lambs all breeds weighing 36kg to 45kg averaged 281.1p, and withing the sale £130 to £150 per head was achieved for 127 pens of lambs and a top of £158 on two occasions. Within todays sale we held our Monthly Primestock Show kindly judged by Mr Mick Etherington. Champions were 42kg Beltex making £140 from JE Burrow & H Baines selling to Vivers Scotlamb, whilst reserves were 48kg Beltex from Taylor Bros Rathmell selling at £158 to Robertshaws Farmshop at Thornton. Full results below.


Lowland Lambs over 52kg – 8 pens in the £140’s in this weight range and 34 pens in the £130’s, and a range average of £132.14 per head or 236p/kg. DA Towell made £149.50 for 58kg Texels selling to Worsley Wholesale who also purchased lambs at £146.50 form J Greenwood. EP&JM Hutchinson made £146.50 as well to A Traves Meat Wholesaler, who also purchased lambs at £145 from N&M Hugill. Kendalls Farm Butchers of Pateley Bridge & Harrogate were also buying in this range at £141.50 from AP&JM Hutchinson.


46kg to 52kg Lowland Lambs – An unbelievable average for Lowland lambs in this weight range today of nearly 270p/kg. Taylor Bros led the way at £158 per head for 48kg Continentals selling to Robertshaws Farmshop in Thornton, regular buyers of quality lambs at Skipton. Tony & Kay Kiernan also made £158 per head selling to Vivers Scotlamb. JA&JH Hewetson were next in line at £150 for 46kg to Hartshead Meat Co. who also paid £149.50 for lambs from EP&JM Hutchinson and £148 from PW Simpson. Several more pens in the £140s from this range.


36kg to 45kg Lowland Lambs: The higher kilo prices generally in this range, with 55 pens at 300p or more in this bracket and 4 pens over 350p. Ellis bros made £156 of 45kg and £150  of 44kg to Hartshead Meats and Vivers Scotlambs respectively. A&K  Kiernan made £150 and £148 of two pens, H Atkinson made £150 £144 (369p) and £144 again, sandwiching E&P&JM Hutchinson at £146. Another 30 pens of lambs from £130 to £143.50 that haven’t got a mention.
Commercial lowland types 40/42kg were a lump dearer trade on last week, 280p to 300p a common price range for the next grade down, 43kg/45kg very good to sell around 275/280p.



35kg and less Lowland Lambs: Again, another very sharp trade, £90 to £100 achieved mainly for nicely fleshed sorts around 32kg to 35kg, and lightweights easily short of requirements.  


Mule and Masham Wethers – Very good enquiry for well presented lambs and excellent to sell again today. 250p to 270p regular away, J&F Nutter 39 Mules 46kg in one hit at £120.50, heavier Mules from EP&JM Hutchinson £124.50, Ellis Bros 46kg £120, J Pickles two large pens of 47kg Mules both at £121.50, Steve Dorey 45kg £119 42kg £109.50, CD&RF Kitching 47kg £119.50, R&KA Burley 49kg £122.50.


Other hill bred lambs: Hill lambs a good following. Gritstones to £124.50 from A&G Bland, Mottram, heavier Swaledale tups £105/£110 to £112.50 from JM Tennant, handier weight wethers 43kg £107.50 from W Mason & Son, Blackies 41kg £107.50 from JE Greenwood, Lightweight Swales an excellent trade if well fleshed, 34kg from TE Walker £88.50 and 33kg £86.50, RH Close 37kg £93.50, 33kg £81.50 S Horsfield, AN Fothergill 29kg Dales £71.50, TA Hird 34kg Dales £84.50 and 36kg £87.50, Swaledale lambs averaged 245p today, showing that we sell everything from smart Continentals to lightweight hill bred lambs and everything inbetween, farm assured and non assured, all in an average of 273p/kg and £118 per head.


A larger entry of 672 feeding Ewes and Rams sold with a full ringside of buyers all actively competing for all classes. A good run of white faced ewes 233 selling to avg £100. Top price of £162.50 from A&K Kiernan, Preston followed by some fed ewes from EP&JM Hutchinson, Faceby at £151.50. Heavy pure ewes £130-£150. Medium pure ewes full meat £120+ Small pure ewes full meat either side of £100. White faced ewes with meat mediums at the £80-£90 range. Lean ewes £72-£80 and plain £65-£70. Heavy crossed ewes £120-£140 mediums £100 and lights £80’s. Horned ewes dearer Swales avg £60 with large end £74-£78.50 Dalesbreds £74-£79.50. Jacobs sold to £79.50 for 2 medium fed ewes. Cheviots up to £107.50 for a heavy ewe from ID&JC Briggs. Light weight Chev/ Welsh ewes £48-£52. Mediums in the £70-£78 range. Mules avg £81 heavies £85-£94.50. Suffolks to £141.50 from ID&JC Briggs, Leeds. Suffolks avg £101.


For more details on Prime & Cast Sheep trade ring either of our auctioneers, Ted Ogden (Lambs) on 07855 958211 or Kyle Hawksworth (Ewes) on 07538 539077.

Cont x

1st & Champion JE Burrow 42kg £140 Vivers Scot Lamb

2nd & Reserve Taylor Bros 48kg £158 Robertshaws Farm Shop

Down x

1st D&A Livestock 41kg £119 JE Medcalf

2nd EP&JM Hutchinson 56kg £127.50 A Atkinson


1st EP&JM Hutchinson 60kg £124 Scot Beef

2nd SR Dorey 45kg £119 D Towers


1st J&C Wright 40kg £102.50 A Atkinson

2nd W Mason & Son 43kg £107.50 A Atkinson


Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £118.88 per head or 273.5p/kg            

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 297.0p/kg         av 261.2p/kg         or £89.23 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 369.2p/kg         av 281.1p/kg         or £115.70 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 329.2p/kg         av 263.9p/kg         or £126.59 per head

52.1kg and over   to 281.1p/kg         av 236.8p/kg         or £132.17 per head


Beltex average £129.67 per head or 311.6p/kg

£ per head: £158 Taylor Bros; £158 A&K Kiernan; £156 £150 Ellis Bros; £150 JA&JH Hewetson; £150 A&K Kiernan; £150 HB Atkinson; £149.50 EP&JM Hutchinson;

p/kg: 369.2p 357.9p 342.1p 340.9p HB Atkinson; 359.0p D&A Livestock; 350.0p 341.7p JE Burrow; 346.7p 340.9p Ellis Bros; 336.4p A&K Kiernan;

Texel average £119.76 per head or 272.3p/kg

£ per head: £149.50 £143.50 DA Towell; £145.50 N&M Hughill; £143 £141.50 A&K Kiernan; £141.50 Toothill Bros; £141.50 RA&E Smith; £141.50 EP&JM Hutchinson;

p/kg: 332.6p 314.4p 309.1p A&K Kiernan; 325.0p 315.8p K Marshall; 310.0p D&A Livestock; 308.3p J Baines; 304.9p Heber Park; 303.4p S&P Scrivin;

Suffolk average £123.73 per head or 263.5p/kg

£ per head: £146.50 J Greenwood; £146.50 £132 £127.50 EP&JM Hutchinson; £133.50 £128.50 SR Dorey; £128.50 WG&YB Walmsley;

p/kg: 290.2p D&A Livestock; 285.6p WG&YB Walmsley; 280.7p 277.4p 276.7p JA Brown; 279.3p SR Dorey; 272.0p J Drinkall;

Charolais average £116.83 per head or 279.5p/kg

£ per head: £131.50 Toothill Bros; £124.50 J Greenwood; £123 JC Capell; £122.50 JA Brown; £122.50 WG&YB Walmsley; £122.50 RG Church;

p/kg: 291.7p 289.3p JA Brown; 291.7p WG&YB Walmsley; 283.8p 279.2p M Banyard; 283.0p J Greenwood; 281.3p SR Dorey; 273.8p J Caygill;

Mule average £111.83 per head or 258.4p/kg

£ per head: £124.50 £124 EP&JM Hutchinson; £122.50 R&JA Burley; £121.50 J Pickles; £120.50 J&F Nutter; £120  Ellis Bros; £119.50 CD&RF Kitching; £119.50 AJ&GH Bland;

p/kg: 267.6p 266.7p 264.4p SR Dorey; 265.4p P Addyman; 264.8p JA&JH Hewetson; 264.8p CD&RF Kitching; 263.8p SR Dorey; 263.8p RG Church; 262.5p CD&RF Kitching;

Swaledale average £93.42 per head or 245.6p/kg

£ per head: £112.50 JM&S Tennant; £109.50 T&A Hird; £107.50 W Mason & Son; £107.50 J Baines; £106 AJ&GH Bland; £104.50 WA&A Booth;

p/kg:262.1p 260.3p TE Walker; 252.7p RH&EA Close; 251.5p T&A Hird; 251.4p S Horsfield; 251.3p 250.0p W Mason; 248.8p WA&A Booth;

Dalesbred average £94.50 per head or 248.6p/kg

£ per head: £107 £91 RH&EA Close; 103.50 A&N Fothergill; £102.50 J&C Wright;

p/kg: 260.0p RH&EA Close; 256.3p J&C Wright; 246.6p AN Fothergill;

Masham average £105.93 per head or 262.8p/kg

£ per head: £117.50 J&C Wright; £111.50 D Charnley; £102.50 SR Dorey;

p/kg: 269.7p SR Dorey; 265.5p D Charnley; 230.4p J&C Wright;

Cheviot average £114.86 per head or 271.6p/kg

£ per head: £123.50 A&K Kiernan; £1222.50 T&C Robinson; £107.50 J Caygill;

p/kg: 287.2p A&K Kiernan; 262.2p J Caygill; 245.0p T&C Robinson;  

Down x average £87.77 per head or 215.8p/kg

£ per head: £115 RG Church; £100 £89 New York Farms;

p/kg: 244.7p RG Church; 241.9p J Turner; 217.1p New York Farms;

Gritstone average £109.27 per head or 238.7p/kg

£ per head: £124.50 £91 AJ&GH Bland;

p/kg: 252.8p 230.6p AJ&GH Bland;

SBF average £96.07 per head or 260.1p/kg

£ per head: £107.50 £87.50 JE Greenwood;

p/kg: 262.2p 257.4p JE Greenwood;




Cull Ewes average £85.28

Suffolk to £141.50, Texel to £162.50, BFL to £125.50, Mule to £94.50, Lleyn to £87.50, Swaledale to £78.50, Masham to £93.50, Cheviot to £107.50, Beltex to £143.50, Zwartable to £89.50, Down to £122.50, Charollais to £121.50, Wensleydale to £90.50, Dalesbred to £79.50, White Faced to £51.50, Jacob to £79.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £162.50 A&K Kiernan; £151.50EP&JM Hutchinson;

Mule/Masham: £94.50 A&SE Duckworth; £93.50 AM&SA Binns; £93.50 JA Brown;  

Horned: £79.50 B Hawksworth; £78.50 JA Stoney & Son; £78.50 KA&HL Fawcett;

Hill: £125.50 KA&HL Fawcett; £107.50 ID&JC Briggs;   


Goat       to £101.50


Cast Rams average £88.55

Suffolk to £125.50, Texel to £129.50, BFL to £87.50, Lleyn to £109.50, Teeswater to £103.50, Beltex to £94.50, Wensleydale to £99.50, Dalesbred to £79.50, Jacob to £62.50,



25 Rearing Calves to £450


Calves a flying trade! New vendors and purchasers both at the auction today. Blue bulls avg £400 today with a top price of £450 from JP&KE Hartley, Beamsley followed by PJ&JE Bolland, Airton at £435. All blue bulls sold from £345-£450. Mediums £345-£380 larger/ older £380-£420 Best end £435-£450. Blue heifers avg £303. Top price from JP&KE Hartlley, Beamsley at £330 smaller end/ younger end £270-£300 better shape/ styled goods £300-£330. Sim heifers £280-£290. Lim bull sold at £320 from J Gooch, Keighley. B+Ws avg £103. Top price a British Friesian from RM Spence at £160.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £320) to £320                           J Gooch                                                 

Brit Blue x (Av £400) to £450                           JP&KE Hartley                                                     

Aberdeen Angus (Av £254) to £280 CW Hardy             

Simmental (Av £260) to £260                          AJ&K Lee              

Black & White (Av £103) to £160                    RM Spence                           


Heifer Calves       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £150) to £150 CW Hardy                                                                                                             

British Blue (Av £304) to £330                         AL Dean & Son                                    

Simmental (Av £285) to £290                          AL Dean & Son                                    





Straw (Heston)                     to £37 per bale

Haylage  (Round)                  to £24 per bale

Hay (Small Bale)                  to £2.20 per bale


NEXT SALE – Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th February

Please call the mart office with any question re buying/selling.




Skipton Auction Mart
Gargrave Road
North Yorkshire
BD23 1UD

Tel 01756 792375

Jeremy Eaton 07747 780481
Ted Ogden 07855 958211
Kyle Hawksworth 07538 539077