35 Prime cattle comprising 19 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 15 Cast Cattle 3,002 Prime Sheep comprising 107 Spring Lambs, 2503 Prime & Lightweight Hoggs, 347 Cast Ewes, 41 Rams, 5 Goats. 16 Rearing Calves 336 Breeding & Store Sheep


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

The Easter Prime Show produced another high-quality entry with judge Phil Gregory finding his champion in the pen of CD&RF Kitching from Threshfield. The champion an exceptional 570kg British blue cross heifer sold to Robertshaws Farm Shop, Thornton for 293.5p/kg or £1673, whilst the reserve champion was a 560kg Limousin steer from F&B Smith of Masongill which made 278.5p/kg (£1560) when selling to D&A Gregory&Sons for sale in their Bacup shop. Steers averaged 246.23p/kg and heifers 248.3p/kg with an average weight of 570kg. Top price on the heavy cattle was a 615kg Limousin cross heifer at 264.5p/kg or £1627 which was also sold by CD&RF Kitching to Ralph Pearson of Bradford. Usual sale next week with usual buyers in attendance.



465-555kg                                             to 274.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 278.5p/kg                        av. 241.38p/kg


501- 590kg                                            to p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: F&B Smith (Limx) 1560,1553, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1496, TW Cowperthwaite 1463, L Bamforth&Son (Limx) 1427

p/kg: F&B Smith (Limx) 278.5,265.5, L Bamforth&Sons (Limx) 274.5, TW Cowperthwaite (BBx) 254.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 253.5


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1673,1627, (Limx) 1534,1462, L Bamforth&Sons (Limx) 1442, D Ellis (Blondex) 1416, PA&NS Tattersall (Limx) 1378

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 293.5,264.5,256.5,251.5, L Bamforth&Sons (Limx) 269.5,265.5, PA&NS Tattersall (Limx) 248.5, D Ellis (Blondex) 248.5  



Cull Cow Prices

Cull cow trade continues to fly with less meat on offer in the dairies. As usual once past the better end of the dairies at 140p+ the lean and steaking cows are 130p or thereabouts. Heavy Angus adding up to £1364 when sold for 152.5p/kg.

Overall Average                                   132.46p/kg                           £925.48

Black & White                      to 142.5p/kg                        av.125.28p/kg

AA                                           to 152.5p/kg                        av.148.42p/kg

Beef Short                             to 143.5p/kg                       




Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: M Baul&Sons Ltd 1033,921,887, CN&SA Harrison 956, N Parker 924

p/kg: N Parker 142.5,134.5, M Baul&Sons Ltd 140.5,130.5, CN&SA Harrison 137.5, N&SA Fort 127.5


£ per head: G&MA Lawn (AA) 1364,1280,1266, New York Farms (Beef Short) 1126

p/kg: G&MA Lawn (AA) 152.5,147.5,145.5, New York Farms (Beef Short) 143.5




3002 Prime Sheep

An Excellent show of sheep today with 3,000 Prime & Cast Sheep penned for sale, Spring Lambs averaging 369p for 107 head sold, and over 2500 hoggs averaged top side of 300p across the whole sale (SQQ 307p) or £133 per head.


A super show of 107 Spring Lambs today for the Easter Prize Show & Sale sold to a full audience of retail butcher and Wholesale buyers and produced an excellent average of nearly 370p or £152 per head, an excellent reward for the producers who have lambed early this time to supply the trade.
Livestock Buyer Mick Etherington picked a pair of Continentsl lambs consigned by Robert Towers of Ingleton as his champions and a pair of Charollais Crosses form Charles Marwood of York as the reserves. The Champions made £178 per Head (434p) and sold to Rowland Agar Wholesale Butchers from Ilkley. The Reserve Champions made £168 (430p) and went to the same purchaser.
Top price on the day was the first prize Single Continental from RJ&J Towers and this made £188 (408p) and sold to wholesale butchers Hartshead Meats Ltd of Mossley who also snapped up the top price per kilo lamb at 440p (£185) from CW Marwood & Son.


The smart end of hoggs were a great trade with handyweights from 365p to a top of 431p (38kg £164) purchased by Vivers Scotlamb and ten pens 400p or more. Heavies regular £150 to £170, topping at £182 from Hill & Wright, Doncaster purchased by Harthead Meats, 11 pens at £170 or more, and another 39 pens from £160 to £169. On top of this an additional 59 pens made from £150 to £159. The trade is definitely there at the moment for smart and heavy hoggs, keep them coming to our competitive ringside and achieve full value.
Nice handy weights were 330p to 360p, and it was the commercial Lowland 37kg to 43kg that were really good to sell this week with the majority 290p to 325p.
Hill bred hoggs were back up in price this week, a good run of Cheviots from A&K Kiernan typical of the day, weighing 4kg to 47kg seeing prices nicely over 300p £136 to £143, whilst best Cheviots sold to £147 from Hill & Wright.
Mules up in price by £5 per head on the week or 12-15p/kg to £136.50. Good Horned Lambs also rising in value with best to top side of £130 and Gritstones wethers to £150
Next Week might be Easter Monday, but don’t be put off, we will require our usual large show of Spring Lambs and Prime Hoggs for regular lineup of buyers. Call Ted for more details.


Ewes similar trade all the way through with vendors starting to off load fed sheep from Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. Suffolks to £162.50 from TR Craven, York. Heavies £145-£162 full meat mediums £120-£135. Smalls/ lean ewes £85-£100 and medium half meat £105-£115. Overall Suffolk average £120. 172 white faced ewes sold and a top price from P, Crabtree & Son £178.50 followed by £171.50 from the same vendor. Best ewes £149.50-£160 with some exceptional best-bred ewes £160+. Heavy crossed ewes £130-£140 slightly smaller full meat £115-£125. Small full meat ewes £105-£115. Lean crossed ewes ££90-£105 and plainer end ewes £70-£80. Mules a touch easier, biggest mules £110-£121.50 Top price P Crabtree & Son, Otley followed by J Shuttleworth, Rylstone at £120.50. Horned ewes similar trade. Meat swales £78-£90 Lean ewes or smaller goods £60-£75 and Plain/smalls £30-£48. Tups a tremendous trade top price rom R Emmot, Silsden at £183.50.

More ewes required next week. Call Kyle for details.


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.



Easter Spring Lambs Show

Judged by Mick Etherington. Sponsored by Dugdale Nutrition.


Class 1 – Pair Cont x Lambs

1st RJ&J Towers 41kg £178 Rowland Agar Wholesale Meats

2nd CW Marwood 39kg £168 Rowland Agar Wholesale Meats


Class 2 – Pair Down x Lambs

1st RJ&J Towers 43kg £149 Rowland Agar Wholesale Meats

2nd M&J Smith 40kg £145 John Kearns Shipley


Class 3 – Single Cont x Lamb

1st RJ&J Towers 46kg £188 Hartshead Meats

2nd CW Marwood 49kg £178 Hartshead Meats


Class 4 – Single Down x Lamb

1st RJ&J Towers 46kg £160 Hartshead Meats

2nd TR Craven 39kg £139 Rowland Agar Wholesale Meats


Champion – RJ&J Towers Pair Cont x

Reserve – CW Marwood Pair Cont x


Spring Lambs – Overall Average £152.48 per head or 369.8p/kg           

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 440.5p/kg         av 373.8p/kg         or £149.73 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 408.7p/kg         av 362.9p/kg         or £170.00 per head

52.1kg and over   to 309.1p/kg         av 295.8p/kg         or £166.67 per head


Texel average £146.04 per head or 372.6p/kg

£ per head: £188 £178 RJ&J Towers, £164 £154 £151 £150 TR Craven, £162 £159 £158 £153 G Walters

p/kg: 434.1p 408.7p RJ&J Towers 413.5p 395.0p 394.4p 392.1p G Walters, 400.0p 384.6p 377.5p TR Craven

Suffolk average £145.72 per head or 359.9p/kg

£ per head: £174 ML Evans, £160 £149 RJ&J Towers, £151 M&J Smith, £150 TR Craven,

p/kg: 395.5p ML Evans, 375p 369.2p 367.5p 353.8p 353.7p TR Craven, 368.3p 362.5p M&J Smith

Charolais average £162.56 per head or p/kg

£ per head: £185 £178 £170 £168(x4) £164 CW Marwood & Son, £170(x2) AV Bailey

p/kg: 440.5p 430.8p 420.0p 410.0p 400.0p(x2) 390.5p 390.0p 381.8p CW Marwood & Son, 380.0p AV Bailey.

Down x average £138 per head or 354p/kg

£ per head: £138 K Watson

p/kg: 354p K Watson


Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £133.63 per head or 301.9p/kg            

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 357.6p/kg         av 269.9p/kg         or £91.39 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 431.6p/kg         av 312.1p/kg         or £130.41 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 395.7p/kg         av 295.1p/kg         or £141.09 per head

52.1kg and over   to 323.6p/kg         av 265.2p/kg         or £151.06 per head


Beltex average £147.94 per head or p/kg

£ per head: £182 £167 £167 Hill & Wright; £178 £172 EP&JM Hutchinson; £174 £170 £169 £168 £164 £161 HB Atkinson; £168 £165 £162A&K Kiernan; £167 RJ Bailes;

p/kg: 431.6p 424.4p 420.0p 412.8p 412.2p 410.3p 405.4p 404.8p 400.0p 397.4p 392.3p HB Atkinson; 404.5p 367.4p 362.8p 361.9p EP&JM Hutchinson; 395.7p 388.4p Hill & Wright; 371.1p RJ Bailes;

Texel average £136.05 per head or 307.1p/kg

£ per head: £78 £168(x2) £165 £160 RJ Bailes Ltd, £178 High Harbour Farm, £176 £173 £167 £166 £164(x2) £160 EP&JM Hutchinson, £170 PA&NS Tattersall, £170 £168 £165 (x3) £160 A&K Kiernan. £169 J Baines, £169 £160 Hill & Wright, £166 PC&EJ Longdin, £160 MJ&GC Dobson.

p/kg: 395.6p 373.3p RJ Bailes; 393.0p Hill & Wright; 379.5p 363.4p 359.0p 350.0p SP Woolhouse; 369.2p 367.6p 367.5p  PA&NS Tattersall; 368.4p 352.4p 350.0p HB Atkinson; 361.7p A&K Kiernan; 351.1p EP&JM Hutchinson;

Suffolk average £131.64 per head or 291.5p/kg

£ per head: £167 J Greenwood, £157 £152 J Walsh, £156 RJ Bailes Ltd, £152 PC&EJ Longdin, £149 Hill & Wright, £148 EP&JM Hutchinson, £146.50 £146 CR Brittain.

p/kg: 318.2p 313.3p J Greenwood; 305.8p A Sunderland; 305.2p 304.2p CR Brittain; 295.7p PC&EJ Longdin; 295.5p High Harbour; 293.0p SR Dorey; 292.7p MJ&C Thornber;

Charolais average £127.79 per head or 305.2p/kg

£ per head: £160 WM Hall, £143.50 CR Brittain, £137.50 R Spencer & Son, £135 PC&EJ Longdin, £135 Menwith Pigs.

p/kg: 319.8p R Spencer; 319.5p High Harbour; 312.0p CR Brittain; 300.0p PC &EJ Longdin;

Mule average £118.55 per head or 265.3 p/kg

£ per head: £136.50 £135.50 £124.50 £123 J Pickles, £132 GW Houseman, £131 JE Burrow, £130 J Drinkall Ltd, £129 J Baines, £126.50(x2) N&J&S Taylor, £125 RG Church, £123.50 J&JA Schofield,

p/kg: 283.0p J Pickles; 281.1p 280.5p N&J&S Taylor; 279.8p SR Dorey; 274.4p R&A White; 273.7p SR Walker; 272.9p JE Burrow; 271.4p RG Church; 270.0p J Drinkall; 268.8p H&M Plews; 266.7p R&KA Burley;

Masham average £121.75 per head or 235.3p/kg

£ per head: £127 £120 K Lister & Son, £120 SR Dorey

p/kg: 292.7p SR Dorey; 254.0p K Lister & Son;

Swaledale average £105.02 per head or 259.1p/kg

£ per head: £118.50, AR&CA Parkinson, £118 J Baines, £117.50 £113.50 JC&N Throup, £116 £112 W Mason & Son, £110 Bob Stubbs.

p/kg: 276.0p AR&CA Parkinson; 275.0p Bob Stubbs; 274.4p J Baines; 270.2p 261.1p JC&N Throup; 266.7p W Mason & Son; 257.3p SR Dorey;

Cheviot average £131.12 per head or 292.6p/kg

£ per head: £149 £147 Hill & Wright; £144 B Dibb; £141 £139 £138.50 £138 £132 A&K Kiernan; £126 Bob Stubbs;

p/kg: 308.9p 306.7p 301.1p 300.0p A&K Kiernan; 298.7p 293.0p Bob Stubbs; 2992.9p MJ&C Thornber; 292.2p Hill & Wright;

Lonk average £113.55 per head or 283.2p/kg

£ per head: £116 £113 J Greenwood; £114 J Shuttleworth;

p/kg: 300.0p J Shuttleworth; £282.5p 246.8p J Greenwood;

Gritstone average £133.31 per head or 283.4p/kg

£ per head: £155 High Harbour; £136 £118 B Dibb;

p/kg: 302.6p 283.3p B Dibb; 246.0p High Harbour;

SBF average £124.74 per head or 288.3p/kg

£ per head: £130.50 £126 AR&CA Parkinson; £122.50 Bob Stubbs;

p/kg: 303.3p 288.2p Bob Stubbs; 290.0p 286.4p AR&CA Parkinson;

Lleyn average £128.35 per head or 294.5p/kg

£ per head: £139 £129 West Berwick;

p/kg: 295.7p 295.1p West Berwick;

Blue Texel average £139.25 per head or p/kg

£ per head: £144 CR Brittain; £137 J Baines; £129.50 Bob Stubbs;

p/kg: 313.0p CR Brittain; 291.5p J Baines; 269.8p Bob Stubbs;



Cull Ewes average £106.16

Suffolk to £162.50, Down to £135.50 Texel to £178.50,Char to £101.50, BFL to £169.50, Mule to £121.50, Lleyn to £122.50, Swaledale to £89.50, Jacob to £99.50, Zwart to £106.50, Cheviot to £109.50, Beltex to £135.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £178.50                                P Crabtree&Son

Mule/Masham: £121.50                    P Crabtree&Son

Horned: £89.50                                    KM&L Throup

Hill: £122.50                                         West Berwick Farm LLP


Cast Rams average £123.36

Suffolk to £125.50, Texel to £183.50, BFL to £69.50, Char to£139.50 Swaledale to £59.50, Beltex to £147.50, Zwart to £87.50.


Cast Goats to £123.50       av. £112.30




16 Rearing Calves to £410


As expected, a much smaller show with most vendors bringing them for next week Bank Holiday Monday. Plenty of trade for the goods on offer. Black and Whites to £110 overall avg £68. Blue bulls to £410, £405 from RE Ayrton & Son. Blue heifers well sort for averaging £300. Some young Angus heifers sold away to £160. 70+ calves expected next week.


Bull Calves

Brit Blue x (Av £331) to £410                           RE Ayrton                                                             

Black & White (Av £68) to £110                      M Fewster                           


Heifer Calves       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £147) to £160 M Fewster                                                                                                           

British Blue (Av £300) to £300                         LD&MA Clarke                                    



336 Breeding Sheep


A nice show of sheep on a brighter morning brought an increased attendance of buyers and a good trade throughout with better outfits of Suffolk and Texel ewes with twins £260 to £280 the family, with Thomas Boothman of Linton twice hitting the top price mark with Texel Crosses, and also making £260 per family of two other pens.
Messrs Craven from York also presented four nice pens and commanded between £265 and £275 per family on each occasion.

JW Hardcastle of Harrogate topped at £250, as did RG Johnson & Son of Felliscliffe. Dave White of Hebden presented his first draw for the season weeing Mules with Twins up to £240 the outfit.
Single outfits saw JW Hardcastle make £172, RG Johnson £160 and TH Heslop £155.

Next week is the Easter Monday Prize Show & Sale where we anticipate between 200 and 300 outfits. Keep an eye out for the Weekly Online Catalogue of entries on Friday afternoon and over the weekend, for which we ask that vendors notify entries to the office by 12noon Friday prior to sale for inclusion. Thankyou.



Down x Ewes with Twin Lambs                        to £200

Suffolk x Ewes with Twin Lambs                      to £235

Texel x Ewes with Twin Lambs                         to £280                  av.£237

Mule Ewes with Twin Lambs                            to £275                  av.£231

Beltex Ewes with Twin Lambs                          to £260

Texel x Shlgs with Twin Lambs                         to £245

Mule Shlgs with Twin Lambs                            to £210                  av.£205

Texel Shlgs with Single Lambs                          to £180

Texel x Ewes with Single Lambs                       to £172                  av.£158

Mule Ewes Corr & bm with Single Lambs      to £155                  av.£146


Store Hoggs

Texel x                   to £98                    av.£71.45

Suff x                      to £76

Mule                       to £90




Skipton Auction Mart
Gargrave Road
North Yorkshire
BD23 1UD

Tel 01756 792375

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