Forward: 31 Prime cattle comprising 15 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 16 Cast Cattle 2,163 Prime Sheep comprising 267 Spring Lambs, 1287 Hoggs & 609 Cast Ewes & Rams 25 Rearing Calves 37 Dairy


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Tuesday 4th May – Weekly Sale incorporating Annual Show & Sale of 1,047 Hoggs with Lambs, Ewes with Lambs and 661 Geld Gimmer Hoggs. (Full Catalogue online )
Tuesday 11th May – Weekly Sale at 11am



Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

The May Primestock show saw Phil Gregory from DA Gegory&Sons of Bacup buy the Supreme Champion a cracking 565kg British Blue cross consigned by F&B Smith of Masongill which made 297.5p/kg totalling up to £1681, also the leading gross. Reserve fell to CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield with their first prize winning heifer which was a 585kg British Blue cross selling to Peter Pearson of Ralph Pearson, Bradford for 272.5p/kg or £1594. DA Gregory &Sons were again amongst the high prices with the leading heifer on p/kg at 282.5p/kg or £1554, yet another entry from Mesrs Kitching, on this occasion a Blonde cross. Making it a clean sweep of the retail weight highlights Phil Gregory also secured a second Masongill entry from Mesrs F&B Smith this time a 545kg British Blue cross at 288.5p/kg or £1572. The leading gross price heifer on the day was a 615kg British Blue at £1676 or 272.5p/kg which came from S&NV Jowett of Queensbury and sold to Peter Pearson. A Black and White heifer made 153.5p/kg, The Continental heifers averaged 270.77p/kg and Continental steers averaged 269.78p/kg.


Monthly Show – David Breakes

Bullocks –              1st F&B Smith                       2nd CD&RF Kitching             3rd RT&J Critchley&Sons

Heifers –                1st CD&RF Kitching              2nd CD&RF Kitching             3rd SD Bennett


465-555kg                             to 288.5p/kg                        av.276.12p/kg

560kg+                                   to 297.5p/kg                        av.267.79p/kg


485kg+                                   to 282.5p/kg                        av.253.11p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: F&B Smith (BBx) 1681, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1668, (BBx) 1664,1638, F&B Smith (BBx) 1572

p/kg: F&B Smith (BBx) 297.5, 288.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 273.5, (BBx) 270.5,268.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Charx) 263.5


£ per head: S&NV Jowett (BBx) 1676, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1635, (BBx) 1594, (Blondex) 1554, RT&J Critchley&Sons (BBx) 1502

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Blondex) 282.5, (Limx) 279.5, (BBx) 272.5, S&NV Jowett (BBx) 272.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 270.5



Cull Cow Prices

The cast cow entry benefitted from improved numbers of cattle carrying finish and a particularly fast trade with Bank Holiday making no difference these days. Top call was £1369 for a Saler cow making 182.5p/kg from Townhead Farm Products Ltd who also sold a 48 month old, Limousin Stock Bull at 176.5p/kg or £1827 making replacement an attractive proposition as we approach Pedigree Native breed and Limousin sales this week and next week. Amongst the dairies a good run of meated Friesians ranged in price from 133.5p/kg to 159.5p/kg or £1276 for BH Wilson and Sons. The lean end saw a number of parlour worn cows 110p+ which looked a very good trade.

Overall Average                                   135.37p/kg                           £949.38

Black & White                      to 159.5p/kg                        av.132.04p/kg

Saler                                       to 182.5p/kg

Limx                                       to 127.5p/kg                       


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: BH Wilson&Sons 1276,1190,1119,1116,1024,997,969,901, A&ED Booth 822, GB Moorhouse 747

p/kg: BH Wilson&Sons 159.5,149.5,142.5,139.5,138.5,137.5,133.5, GB Moorhouse 134.5


£ per head: Town Head Farm Products Ltd (Saler) 1369, SL&SD Lund (Limx) 797

p/kg: Town Head Farm Products Ltd (Saler) 182.5, SL&SD Lund (Limx) 127


Overall Average                                   176.5p/kg                             £1826.78

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: Townhead Farm Products Ltd (Lim) 1827

p/kg: Townhead Farm Products Ltd (Lim) 176.5



Prime Sheep


A very good entry of sheep today on Bank Holiday Monday with vendors arriving in their droves from a wide area. A tremendous entry of 267 Spring Lambs, nearly double the normal entry for the time of year, and 104p/kg dearer on average on the year. Hogg numbers were tighter on the week with nearly 1200 penned, handyweights a very sharp trade, mediums and heavies mixed depending on quality, 46kg to 51kg finding a nice enquiry for good level meated sorts, lean heavies a shade easier.
Hoggs required in large numbers next Monday (12th May) for end of Ramadan middle of next week. Speak to Ted for more details.  

267 Spring Lambs.
The Monthly Prize Show was kindly judged by Andrew Atkinson with the Continental class winner from Chris Craven of York taking the championship rosette. The Pair of lambs weighed 35kg and made £160 per head, or the top price per kilo of 457p purchased on behalf of Yorkshire Halal Meat Wholesalers, Ossett. The same vendor-buyer combination accounted for the Reserve Champion pen at £165 (37kg 445.9p).
Yorkshire Halal took the next two highest kilo prices as well, 444p (38kg £169) from Mark Crabtree Kettlesing, and 425p (39kg £166) from J Fisher & Son, Goosnargh.
Messrs PB Fox & Son York took home 422p (40kg £169) which were purchased on behalf of J Penny & Son. Penny’s also had lambs at 420p (43kg £181) from KJ Marston, Otley, and 412p (41kg £169) from AP Fletcher, Heywood, Oldham who also sold lambs at 410p (40kg £164) to J&B Fitton. The same purchaser also had lambs at 409p or £180 from M Crabtree Kettlesing, and also the highest price per head on the day at £182 from Messr PB Fox & Son York.


Trade more variable, with meat selling well, but lean sorts a mixed trade depending on weight.
Best Heavies saw Messrs EP&JM Hutchinson Faceby take top price honours at £184 selling 3 Texels at 57kg to Worsley Wholesale Butchers. Messrs Hutchinson sold 11 of the top 14 price pens inc £184 £182 £180(x2) and 7 more pens in the £170’s. SD Bennett of Silsden made £175, PN Garth of Addingham £171 and JT Rushton Elslack £171 all to Worsley Wholesale Butchers. Best heavies and Mediums were over 300p, whilst commercials were 270p/280p.
Mediums 45kg/50kg found a good following for well finished sorts and nice hill types, several runs of lowland lambs 300p/330p.
Handyweights late 30’s to early mid 40’s were a very good trade, best lowlands 330p to 360p, nice sorts 310p/330p, plainer sorts either side of 300p. Hill bred lambs had good Blackies around 300p, and a few best Swales/Mules could get to this price region if around 40/42kg and well fleshed, commercial hill types 250p/280p.
A large show of hoggs required next week please. Speak to Ted for more details.



Some large runs of ewes in today with vendors travelling from Lincolnshire, Durham and Preston with consignments. 10 active Buyers ringside operating on numerous accounts. Overall avg £110. 262 White faced ewes came to avg £118. Trade topped at £197.50 for some belting heavies from SD Bennett, Keighley. Heavey best bred ewes £160+ with Heavy crosses £150+. Medium best bred ewes regular £135-£150 and medium crosses £120-£130. Lean wite faced ewes £105-£120. Plain ewes £70-£88. Mules sold to £129.50 from JB Bancroft, West Marton. Heavy mules £115+ with mediums £95-£108 and lean ewes £88+ Plain sold slightly less. Horned ewes sold to £121.50 from J Greenwood, Ilkley. Meated horned ewes with weigh £90-£107, full fleshed Swales £85+ Lean ewes £70+ and plain ewes £45-£58. Zwartables sold to £137.50 from J&A Stevenson, Saltburn by the sea.

More ewes required weekly with all classes selling to highs.

Tups sold to a flyer with buyers after weight and style. £170+ for best with mediums £140-£160.


Sheep required each week, ring either of our auctioneers anytime for more details, 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.


Monthly Show

Cont x Pairs

1st B&ME Craven Kexby £160 (35kg 457p) to Yorkshire Halal Meat Supplier

2nd B&ME Craven Kexby £165 (37kg 445p) to Yorkshire Halal Meat Supplier

3rd J Fisher & Son Goosnargh £ (42kg £154) to SR Heather

Down x Pairs

1st Craven Farms, York £167 (41kg p) to J Penny & Sons

2nd Craven Farms, York £142 (39kg p) to Yorkshire Halal Meat Supplier


Spring Lambs – Overall Average £148.32 per head or 358.8p/kg           

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 445.9p/kg         av 359.8p/kg         or £146.91 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 378.3p/kg         av 338.1p/kg         or £161.00 per head

52.1kg and over   to 285.7p/kg         av 285.7p/kg         or £160.00 per head


Texel average £149.78 per head or 361.5p/kg

£ per head: £182 £175 £172 £169 PB Fox & Son; £181 £166 KJ Marston; £180 £169 M Crabtree; £166 Craven Farms; £165 B&ME Craven & Son.

p/kg: 457p 445p B&ME Craven & Son; 444p 409p M Crabtree; 422p 407p PB Fox & Son; 420p KJ Marston

Suffolk average £145.14 per head or 354.5p/kg

£ per head: £167 £147 Craven Farms; £162 £153 SP&VM Morris; £154 £144 A Fletcher

p/kg: 407p 364p 357p Craven Farms; 382p 360p SP&VM Morris; 355p B&M Craven & Son

Charolais average £164.38 per head or 384.2p/kg

£ per head: £174(x2) £166(x2) £163 J Fisher & Son; £169 £164 A Fletcher; £165 High Harbour Farm;

p/kg: 425p 404p(x2) 397p J Fisher & Son; 412p 410p A Fletcher.

BDM average £132 per head or 388.2p/kg

£ per head: £132 J&A Stevenson

p/kg: 388p J&A Stevenson

Berrichon average £148 per head or 328.9p/kg

£ per head: £148 High Harbour Farm

p/kg: 328.9p High Harbour Farm

Zwartbles average £123 per head or 332p/kg

£ per head: £123 J&A Stevenson

p/kg: 332p J&A Stevenson


Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £136.90 per head or 296.2p/kg            

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 266.7p/kg         av 265.1p/kg         or £87.62 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 367.4p/kg         av 303.4p/kg         or £126.92 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 351.0p/kg         av 295.1p/kg         or £144.17 per head

52.1kg and over   to 330.2p/kg         av 278.7p/kg         or £159.82 per head


Beltex average £146.50 per head or 332.2p/kg

£ per head: £180 £168 £158 EP&JM Hutchinson; £168 MJ&GC Dobson; £155 J Greenwood; £154 £150 Banks Farms; £148 T Shepherdson;

p/kg: 367.4p 342.9p EP&JM Hutchinson; 360.5p J Greenwood; 352.4p 336.0p MJ&GC Dobson; 336.8p 336.4p T Shepherdson; 333.3p Banks Farms;

Texel average £137.66 per head or 302.4p/kg

£ per head: £184 £182 £180 £175 £174 £172 £171 £166 EP&JM Hutchinson; £175 SD Bennett; £171 PN Garth; £166 Hunters Oak;

p/kg: 361.9p 351.0p 339.0p 336.0p EP&JM Hutchinson; 346.7p K Marshall; 340.9p W Crane; 340.0p T Shepherdson; 337.0p PD Holme; 337.0p J Greenwood;

Suffolk average £138.42 per head or 278.1p/kg

£ per head: £153 P Hargreaves; £151 £146 High Harbour; £151 G Bell; £148 DN&JM Molyneux; £142 K Marshall;

p/kg: 306.7p 289.8p K Marshall; 288.7p P Hargreaves; 285.1p J Drinkall; 269.2p G Bell; 268.6p SR Dorey;

Charolais average £155.40 per head or 292.8p/kg

£ per head: £160 £156 M Davey; £159 EP&JM Hutchinson; £158 £155 High Harbour; £150 T Shepherdson;

p/kg: 304.7p T Shepherdson; 296.3p M Davey; 291.1p B&K Braithwaite; 287.3p High Harbour; 283.9p EP&JM Hutchinson;

Mule average £133.14 per head or 280.0p/kg

£ per head: £153 A Winterbottom; £144 EP&JM Hutchinson; £144 £132 J Pickles; £140 J Drinkall; £139 K Marshall; £130 PM Metcalfe;

p/kg: 300.0p K Marhsall; 293.9p 287.0p J Pickles; 282.6p PL Metcalfe; 282.6p Dyason Brown Farming; 278.0p A&N Forthergill; 276.9p EP&JM Hutchinson;  

Swaledale average £109.86 per head or 279.8p/kg

£ per head: £126 SR Dorey; £124 AR&CA Parkinson; £124 CT Akrigg; £124 R&KA Burley; £121 £120 J Baines; £119 £117 J Pickles;

p/kg: 295.2p AR&CA Parkinson; 295.1p J Bainies; 292.5p 290.2p 287.5p J Pickles; 286.4p SR Dorey; 283.8p 266.7p RG Church;

Dalesbred average £96 per head or 247.5p/kg

£ per head: £129 EP&JM Hutchinson; £83 £72 A&N Fothergill;

p/kg: 259.4p 232.3p A&N Fothergill; 226.3p EP&JM Hutchinson;

Masham average £134.47 per head or 282.3p/kg

£ per head: £147 EP&JM Hutchinson; £147 Dyason Brown Farming; £135 E Simpson; £127 SR Dorey;

p/kg: 293.5p E Simpson; 288.2p EP&JM Hutchinson; 276.1p SR Dorey; 257.9p Dyason Brown Farming;

Cheviot average £136.09 per head or 299.6p/kg

£ per head: £153 £138 KJ Marston; £152 Banks Farms; £142 J Drinkall; £135 PL Metcalfe;

p/kg: 317.9p E Simpson; 310.2p Banks Farms; 300.0p PL Metcalfe 295.8p J Drinkall;

Lonk average £128 per head or 301.3p/kg

£ per head: £129 K Marshall; £127 J Greenwood;  

p/kg: 307.1p K Marshall; 295.3p J Greenwood;  

SBF average £125.8 per head or 298.3p/kg

£ per head: £136 Banks Farm; £129 £125 £116 AR&CA Parkinson;

p/kg: 307.1p 304.9p AR&CA Parkinson; 302.2p 302.0p Banks Farms;



Cull Ewes average £109.89

Suffolk to £167.50, Texel to £197.50, Char to 151.50, Bleu to £144.50, Hamp Down to £127.50, BFL to £131.50, Mule to £129.50, Swaledale to £107.50, Dalesbred to £83.50, Lonk to £121.50, Masham to £85.50, Cheviot to £104.50, Beltex to £171.50, Kerryhill to £113.50 Herd to £77.50, Zwart to £137.50.

Top prices:

Lowland: £197.50                                SD Bennett

Mule/Masham: £129.50                    JB Bancroft

Horned: £107.50                                 J&R Paisley

Hill: £131.50                                         PJ&JE Bolland


Cast Rams average £119.10

Suffolk to £177.50, Hamp Down to £171.50,Texel to £172.50, Char to £137.50, Beltex to £99.50, Lleyn to £129.50, Swaledale to £79.50, Teeswater to £117.50, BFL to £119.50, Cheviot to £91.50


Goats to £96.50    av. £65.17



25 Rearing Calves to £530


Firstly, thanks to all Vendors who responded and brought calves in today for the Bank Holiday sale. As expected, and stated the trade was on fire! Blue bulls sold to £530 from H&M Dugdale & Son, Settle. A Sowray & Son sold a blue bull at 4 weeks old realising £500. Char bulls sold again for a sweet 4-week-old calf again from A Sowray & Son at £490. Blue heifers on fire with buyers leaving empty handed due to a shortage. Overall Blue heifer avg £396 £380-£400 for strong mediums 4-6 weeks with 8-week-old calf from M&R Smith making £420. Lim bulls to £495 from G Pickersgill & Sons and A Sowray & Son following behind at £430. Lim heifers sold from £410-£445 for young 4–6-week-old calves. Black and Whites on fire with strong weaned calves 12 weeks old £295-£310 from H&M Dugdale, Settle slightly smaller goods same farming at £190-£212 young 6-week-old rearing calves £132- and 15-day old rearing calves £80.



Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £462) to £495                           G Pickersgill                                                          

Brit Blue x (Av £497) to £530                           H&M Dugdale                                                      

Black & White (Av £212) to £310                    H&M Dugdale                      

Charollais (Av £490) to £490                            A Sowray                              


Heifer Calves       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £275) to £275 M&R Smith                                                                                                          

British Blue (Av £396) to £420                         M&R Smith                                          

Limousin (Av £422) to £445                              G Pickersgill                                          



37 Dairy


Well that’s our Bank Holiday special draft sale from Keith Downs and family all wrapped up and we had a good number of buyers and potential purchasers ringside.

Trade topped for the widely admired 33kg lot 10 (two weeks in a row when lot 10 commanded the leading sale price). This third calver fresh since 8th March was one of four heading to Richard Sutcliffe, Queensbury. With the 37 lots averaging £1504 there were 12 buyers recorded with many remaining in Yorkshire although a wagonload of 8 head to North Wales.

Next Monday is The Early May Craven Dairy Auction where 12/15 Newly Calven Heifers & Cows from regular vendors will be forward for sale. Catalogue available online this weekend. More details or to enter cattle please speak to Sarah.


Commercial Newly Calved Heifer                    to £1780 av £1573

Commercial Newly Calved Cow                       to £1900 av £1502

Commercial Incalf Heifer                                  to £1520 av £1372

Commercial Incalf Cow                                      to £1520 av £1464




Skipton Auction Mart
Gargrave Road
North Yorkshire
BD23 1UD

Tel 01756 792375

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