Forward: 24 Prime cattle comprising 11 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 12 Cast Cattle 2812 Prime Sheep comprising 26 Spring Lambs 2298 Prime & Lightweight Hoggs & 488 Cast Ewes & Rams 39 Rearing Calves 533 Breeding Sheep 9 Dairy


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

Every clean animal in today’s sale over £1500 with 3 of the entry over £1600. Top call was a 635kg Blondex steer from TH Mellin from Black Lane Ends at £1661 which sold to Ralph Pearson, Wholesale Butchers in Bradford for 261.5p/kg. Pearsons also secured the top gross priced heifer a similarly heavy animal at 630kg for £1635 or 259.5p/kg from RT&J Critchley&Sons of Hutton. Top price per kg at 267.5p/kg (£1525) was a handier weighted 570kg Limousin heifer which came from the pen of CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield and sold to Robertshaws Farm Shop at Thornton.



560kg+                                                   to 265.5p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 267.5p/kg                        av.258.58p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: TH Mellin (Blondex) 1661, F&B Smith (Limx) 1634, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1568, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1540,1528

p/kg: RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 265.5,263.5, F&B Smith (Limx) 263.5, TH Mellin (Blondex) 261.5


£ per head: RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1635, CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1586, 1541, (Limx) 1555, JS Stephenson (BBx) 1506

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 267.5,263.5, (BBx) 266.5,263.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 259.5


Prime Cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   144.5p/kg                             £838.10

Top prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: E&KM Marshall (B&W) 838

p/kg: E&KM Marshall (B&W) 144.5



Cull Cow Prices

Cull cows a roaring trade again and all dairies bar one. A Simmental beef cow at 149.5p/kg and the best of the dairies close behind at 147.5p/kg or £1100 plus. Just one cow classed as lean at 91.5p/kg and the steaking cows 120p+.

Overall Average                                   130.14p/kg                           £846.43

Black & White                      to 147.5p/kg                        av. 128.06p/kg

Sim                                         to149.5p/kg



Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: N Parker 1106, GB Moorhouse 1044, M&R Smith 928, N Parker 901, JP&KE Hartley 874

p/kg: N Parker 147.5,134.5, M&R Smith 144.5,133.5, JP&KE Hartley 135.5, GB Moorhouse 130.5, E&KM Marshall 127.5


£ per head: TH&K Pickard (Sim) 1129

p/kg: TH&K Pickard (Sim) 149.5



Prime Sheep


An increased show of sheep this week met with a trade that just had the edge off it for the commercial lambs when compared to the previous weeks highs, as one or two customers just showed a resistance to giving the prices seen last week. However, smart lambs still seeing several pens topside of £4 per kilo, and best butchers Old Season Lambs £150 to £170, and Spring Lambs £155 to £165 for the best sorts on the day.


Spring Lambs.
A decent show of lambs today for butcher customers looking to stock up shop shelves for Easter and an additional buyer taking advantage of the greater numbers to secure supply.
Lambs peaked at £168 on two occasions, first from RJ&J Towers of Ingleton who sold Charollais crosses purchased by Knavesmire Butchers in York. Then from Charles Marwood & Son of Whenby, York who also sold Charollais at £168 to Joe Bosworth.
Top price per kilo 392p when Messrs Marwood sold a pair of Charollais weighing 40kg at £157 each to IH&J Hewitt for their retail butchers shop in Riddlesden, Keighley.
Lambs averaged 336.7p. Next week is the Easter Show & Sale where there will be classes for Single Lamb and Pair of Lambs. Please advise entries to the Mart Office.


Beltex Old Season Lambs:
A nice trade for the smartest end with 7 pens at £4 kilo or more and another at 350p plus, and a breed average of 353p.
A&B Simpson, Derbyshire took top kilo honours at 451p when selling 35kg Beltex at £158 to Knavesmire Butchers.
Nick Capstick of Bolton by Bowland was also up the charts at 436p with 38kg at £166 per head again going to Knavesmire Butchers. Mr Capstick also made 400p on three further occasions when selling 43kg at £172 to Knavesmire Butchers, then 40kg at £160 and another pen of 43kg at £172
Walter Parkinson of Garstang had a cracking run of lambs with 421p, 38kg at £160 and 405p, 40kg at £162 with both pens selling to Vivers Scotlamb. Messrs Atkinson, Kettlesing sold Beltex at £170 or 395p.


Other Continental Old Season Lambs:
Best Heavies were a good trade again today with £160 to £175 a typical price range for the good sorts.
EP&JM Hutchinson Faceby led the way at £175 selling to Worsley Wholesale Butchers, with the same combination trading lambs at £173 per head as well. Messrs Hutchinson had further pens at £170 to Worsley Wholesale Butchers, £170 to Vivers Scotlamb, £168 to Kendalls Farmers Butchers of Harorgate & Pateley Butchers and then £168 to Knavesmire Butchers. Thomas Boothman of Linton made £174 of Texels as these also were purchased by Worsley Wholesale Butchers.
Handy weighted lowland lambs were generally either side of £3kilo for decent sorts, and lightweights were short of requirements seeing some lambs 310p to 330p.


Mule and Masham Wethers
Generally a bit harder going for these today. Some good heavy pens touching £135 to £140 like last week, but the next grade would be £2/£4 a piece less as the breed average stood at 265p this week.


Other hill bred lambs:
Horned lambs a sharp trade without the overall quality of recent weeks, especially for the lightweights. But still decent sorts 240p to 250p, nice prime weight Swale/Dales wethers 240p to 265p. Swaledale averaging 258p. Some good Scotch Black Faced Hoggs about and best end trading away 280p to 295p, breed average 289p. Cheviots and other similar hill bred lambs seeing handier weights approaching 300p, and breed averages 270p to 280p region, Cheviots topping at 293p from S Forshaw & Son with a nice run of 43kg 46kg lambs.


Ewes –

Another good show of nigh on 500 head and an Overall Ewe average £112.
488 on offer and no trade collapses due to numbers like other centres. Large numbers can be handled with the full ringside of buyers operating on different accounts at Skipton. Large consignments of ewes from Lincolnshire and the east Riding. Ewes sold to £179.50 from SD Bennett, Keighley. Best bred Texel continental ewes with style and weight £160-£173. Best bred medium continentals with style £130-£140 and smalls £100+ Heavy continental crossed ewes £140-£155. Other continentals with full flesh but less weight £120-£130 and medium ewes either side of £115 with lean/ half meat ewes £85-£100 and Plain/ lean ewes £70-£82. Heavy mules sold to £119.50 from AJ Taylor, Skipton £118.50 JR Airey, Skipton. £100-£120 for heavies. £85-£95 for ¾ meat ewes and lean ewes £75-£85 and plain ewes £55.50-£68.50. Horned ewes sold to £89.50 for Lonks and £85.50 for Swales. Plain horned ewes £34.50-£45 Lean £45-£58 and Meat £62-£80. Gritston ewes to £101.50.

More ewes required every week. More sellers coming every week.


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. Please note that several Wagons are on Seasonal weekly journeys to Skipton now for the Spring Sheep season from Eastern and Western regions, so if you need transport to send sheep to Skipton for sale speak to one of our Auctioneers and we will get you sorted. Thankyou.


Spring Lambs – Overall Average £151.25 per head or 336.7p/kg           

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 392.5p/kg         av 337.6p/kg         or £138.20 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 357.4p/kg         av 339.1p/kg         or £158.40 per head

52.1kg and over   to 305.5p/kg         av 305.5p/kg         or £168.00 per head


Texel average £140.50 per head or 324.5p/kg

£ per head: £168 £162 £158 £150 £136 RJ&J Towers; £132 £100 GA Hewitt;

p/kg: 357.4p 344.7p 343.5p 331.7p 319.1p RJ&J Towers; 314.3p 270.3p GA Hewitt;

Charolais average £152.79 per head or 348.4p/kg

£ per head: £168 £162 £157 £155 £147 £145 CW Marwood;

p/kg: 392.5p 350.0p 345.2p 344.7p 337.0p 305.5p CW Marwood;


Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £125.28 per head or 287.1p/kg            

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 451.4p/kg         av 295.5p/kg         or £102.37 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 436.8p/kg         av 293.9p/kg         or £123.16 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 338.8p/kg         av 280.7p/kg         or £135.24 per head

52.1kg and over   to 300.0p/kg         av 270.6p/kg         or £145.79 per head


Beltex average £145.32 per head or 353.6p/kg

£ per head: £172 £168 DN&D Capstick; £170 HB Atkinson; £170 £168 EP&JM Hutchinson; £168 JE Burrow; £166 NL&CJ Brown;

p/kg: 451.4p A&B Simpson; 436.8p 400.0p DN&D Capstick; 421.1p 405.0p W&J Parkinson; 395.3p HB Atkinson; 392.5p EPJM Hutchinson;

Texel average £131.38 per head or 293.6p/kg

£ per head: £175 £173 £170 £166 EP&JM Hutchinson; £174 T Boothman; £166 JE Burrow; £166 S Forshaw; £165 R Spencer;

p/kg: 365.9p RJ Bailes; 359.1p 347.5p 338.8p JE Burrow; 348.7p WA VJ JA Towler; 336.8p JR Crabtree; 333.3p W&J Parkinson;

Suffolk average £133.96 per head or 277.3p/kg

£ per head: £163 £148 J Greenwood; £149 £146 £143 RJ Bailes; £149 LF Horton; £147 High Harbour; £145 SP&VM Morris; £139 SR Dorey;

p/kg: 308.3p J Greenwood; 293.6p S Forshaw; 291.5p 285.4p 283.3p CR Brittain; 287.2p 281.1p SR Dorey; 286.3p RG Church; 276.7p J Taylor;

Charolais average £139.18 per head or 303.9p/kg

£ per head: £152 I Deighton; £148 J Greenwood; £143 R Spencer; £137.50 CR Brittain;

p/kg: 317.4p CR Brittain; 304.3p 298.9p R Spencer; 302.3p W&J Parkinson;

Mule average £117.29 per head or 265.2p/kg

£ per head: £143 EP&JM Hutchinson; £133.50 £132.50 A&B Simpson; £128 b Atkinson; £127.50 J&F Nutter; £126 R Judson; £126 JM&S Tennant;

p/kg: 280.7p 278.9p R&KA Burley; 279.1p S Forshaw; 277.5p 273.9p 273.1p SR Dorey; 274.4p RG Church; 272.8p A&B Simpson; 271.3p J&F Nutter;

Masham average £120.00 per head or 281.3p/kg

£ per head: £128 BC Ashby; £111 SR Dorey;

p/kg: 284.4p BC Ashby; 277.5p SR Dorey;

Swaledale average £111.87 per head or 258.3p/kg

£ per head: £125 T Boothman; £121.50 £117 AR&CA Parkinson; £116.50 A&B Simpson; £115 JM&S Tennant; £112 Hayton & Stocks;

p/kg: 268.3p BC Ashby; 264.8p A&B Simpson; 264.6p 260.5p SR Dorey; 264.1p AR&CA Parkinosn; 261.3p JR Crabtree; 260.5p Hayton & Stocks;

Dalesbred average £80.52 per head or 240.1p/kg

£ per head: £116 JM Wilson; £88 JK Wilson; £83 D&GC Newbould; £75 A&N Fothergill;

p/kg: 246.8p JM Wilson; 244.4p JK Wilson; 244.1[ D*GC Newbould; 234.4p A&N Fothergill;

Cheviot average £124.82 per head or279.3 p/kg

£ per head: £130 J&JA Schofield; £129 £127 LF Horton; £128 A&B Simpson; £126 PL Metcalfe; £126 S Forshaw; £115 J Taylor;

p/kg: 293.0p S Forshaw; 284.4p A&B Simpson; 284.2p SR Dorey; 273.8p J Tyalor; 265.3p J&JA Schofield; 259.2p LF Horton;

Lonk average £119.71 per head or 270.1p/kg

£ per head: £128 SP&VM Morris; £117.50 J Greenwood;

p/kg: 279.8p J Greenwood; 241.5p SP&VM Morris;

SBF average £124.99 per head or 289.3p/kg

£ per head: £133.50 £127 £126.50 £118.50 Banks Farms; £124 £117.50 AR&CA Parkinson;

p/kg: 296.7 296.3p 295.3p 294.2p Banks Farms; 269.9p 267.0p AR&CA Parkinson;

Blue Texel average £131.60 per head or 307.2p/kg

£ per head: £164 £140 W&J Parkinson; £157 S Forshaw; £145 R Spencer; £137 M&R Smith; £136 AR&CA Parkinson;

p/kg: 381.4p 325.6p W&J Parkinson; 353.6p High Harbour; 321.4p J Greenwood; 305.5p R Spencer; 304.4p M&R Smith;




Cull Ewes average £112.77

Suffolk to £159.50, Texel to £179.50, Char to £131.50, Rouge to £137.50, Kerry Hill to £63.50, BFL to £139.50, Mule to £119.50, Masham to £101.50, Swaledale to £85.50, Dalesbred to £77.50, Gritstone to £101.50, Cheviot to £151.50, Beltex to £137.50, Lonk to £89.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £179.50                                SD Bennett

Mule/Masham: £119.50                    AJ Taylor

Horned: £89.50                                    SP&VM Morris

Hill: £151.50                                         TR Craven


Cast Rams average £106.93

Texel to £119.50, Swaledale to £75.50, Gritstone to £105.50, Teeswater to £143.50, Zwart to £141.50



39 Rearing Calves to £425


Calves again dear and a good mixture of goods on offer. 10 Blue bulls all sold between £315-£425. Top price from JS&J Walmsley, Harrogate followed by RE Ayrton, Eastby at £420. Angus sold to £305 X2 from JS&J Walmsley, Harrogate. Overall Anus average £229. Black and White Bulls sold to £100 for rearing claves with all prices between £68-£100 and all keenly bid for. Blue heifers sold to £405 and overall blue heifer average £326. Angus heifers keenly sort for aswell with stronger calves wanted.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £180) to £180                           G&PS Fleetwood                                                

Brit Blue x (Av £370) to £425                           JS&J Walmsley                                                    

Aberdeen Angus (Av £229) to £305 JS&J Walmsley    

Shorthorn (Av £68) to £68                                G&PS Fleetwood                                

Black & White (Av £82) to £100                      RE Ayrton                             


Heifer Calves       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £136) to £215 JS&J Walmsley                                                                                                    

British Blue (Av £326) to £405                         S Spensley                                            

Limousin (Av £170) to £170                              G&PS Fleetwood                                




533 Breeding Sheep

A good Straight trade for most goods with Older ewes looking best sold. £168-£185 for BM CB Mules with twins. Continental singles regular traded between £150-£165 for strong outfits with a top price of £180 from J Hitchen, with younger single outfits or smaller ewes with singles selling between £128-£140. Young continental outfits £225-£240. Top price from J Hitchin reaching £262 for a Tex Shlg with twins. Also selling to the same price was 6 3 crop ewes from JW Hardcastle with 12 lambs selling to £262. Stronger outfits definitely getting more ringside attention with weather still up and down.


Please keep advising entries for the following week in good time, as usual we will operate our Weekly Online Catalogue for which we ask that you notify entries to the office by 12noon Friday prior to sale for inclusion. Thankyou.


Texel x Shlgs with twins                    to £262

Texel Ewes with twins                       to £242                 

Suffolk Ewes with twins                    to £185

Mule Ewes with twins                        to £180                  av.£168

Beltex Ewes with twins                      to £262

Texel Ewes with singles                     to £182                  av.£156

Suffolk Ewes with singles                  to £155


Store Hoggs

Tex x                       to £108                  av.£96.15

Mule                      to £93                    av.£84.76


Gimmer Hoggs

Mule                       to £96

Swaledale              to £68



9 Dairy


Well that’s another good sale all wrapped up with total clearance and the nine fresh pedigree heifers sold today averaging £1850. It was pleasing to see five purchasers recorded all local today and trade topped with Cinnamire Charley Doll a 27 day calved heifer giving 32kg from new vendors Peter, Carolyn and Robert Corner, Brompton, Northallerton selling for £2150 to Mark Goodall, Tong. Next was one of two Mogul sired heifers from Martin Petch at Great Ayton, at £2080 who headed home to AP Townsend, Burnley, with the pair from this home averaging £1990. The top of three heifers from G Thompson & Sons, Butterknowle was a £2000 call by John Howard. Next sale is 12th April and will include youngstock - please get in touch if you have cattle to buy or sell.


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers                        to £2150 av £1850




Skipton Auction Mart
Gargrave Road
North Yorkshire
BD23 1UD

Tel 01756 792375

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