Forward: 32 Prime cattle comprising 14 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos) & 18 Cast Cattle: 3,052 Prime Sheep comprising 5 Spring Lambs, 2671 Prime & Lightweight Hoggs & 376 Cast Ewes & Rams: 572 Breeding and Store Sheep: 44 Rearing Calves: 14 Dairy:


Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

A small but high-quality show found another very good trade with retail demand growing stronger. Top call was 275.5p/kg bought by James Robertshaw on behalf of Robertshaws Farm Shop, this for a 575kg Limousin cross heifer from the Threshfield farming partnership of CD&RF Kitching which grossed to £1584. Robertshaws Farm Shop were also responsible for purchasing the top gross on the day a 610kg Limousin cross heifer from Simon Bennett of Silsden Moor which realised £1668 or 273.5p/kg. Ralph Pearson Wholesale Butchers of Bradford were also in the hunt for high quality stock in anticipation of increasing demand, accounting for the leading steer a 580kg Limousin steer from Mesrs Kitching at 269.5p/kg (£1563) and numerous other high-quality entries including the second leading price a 615kg Limousin cross heifer from RT&J Critchley&Sons of Hutton for £1645 or 267.5p/kg. Steers averaged 269.5p/kg and heifers 256.59p/kg



560kg+                                                   to 269.5p/kg


485kg+                                                   to 275.5p/kg                        av.256.59p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1563

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 269.5


£ per head: SD Bennett (Limx) 1668, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 1645,1645, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1606,1584,1561,1561

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 275.5,274.5,271.5,264.5, (Charx) 265.5, RT&J Critchley&Sons (Limx) 267.5,267.5, B. Spensley Ltd (AAx) 257.5



Cull Cow Prices

Trade was up again for a small entry which comprised all dairies bar one. With more finish in the market, the best dairies were 130-140p/kg regardless of age and plenty of confidence for the future as plain cows to graze were 120p+. A 2015 born Limousin cast bull weighing 920kg made 170.5p/kg or £1569.

Overall Average                                   127.01p/kg                           £757.23

Black & White                      to 139.5p/kg                        av.126.93p/kg

Dairy Short                           to 116.5p/kg

Hefd                                       to 137.5p/kg


Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: J Gooch 1085, GB Moorhouse 1070, JC&DJ Marshall 1004, RD Metcalfe&Son 968, J Gooch 911, N&SA Fort 886

p/kg: N&SA Fort 139.5,125.5,125.5, JC&DJ Marshall 137.5, J Gooch 136.5, GB Moorhouse 135.5, RD Metcalfe&Son 133.5


Other Dairy

£ per head: G&PS Fleetwood (Dairy Short) 617

p/kg: G&PS Fleetwood (Dairy Short) 116.5


£ per head: SE Coar (Hefd) 1079

p/kg: SE Coar (Hefd) 137.5



Overall Average                                   170.5p/kg                                             £1568.60


£ per head: SD Bennett 1569

p/kg: SD Bennett 170.5



3,052 Prime Sheep comprising 5 Spring Lambs, 2671 Prime & Lightweight Hoggs & 376 Cast Ewes & Rams


Sheep keep getting dearer!
Headlines today are 2676 Lambs average 297.1p/kg or £130.52 per head, with an SQQ of 306.1p.
A small show of only 168 Beltex Lambs selling to £175 per head, other Beltex £155 to £168. But it was the commercial types seeing handyweights 300p to 340p, and nice Mediums at 300p to 320p.
A large show of nearly 1,000 Hill bred lambs forward this week with Mule and Masham Wethers £130 to £140 for good mediums and heavies, and handyweights 280p-290p. Similar Story with nice handy and lightweight horned wethers at 270p to 290p.


Lowland Lambs over 52kg –  
Best Heavy Continental Lambs £150 to a top £166.50 from EP&JM Hutchinson Faceby purchased by Kendalls Farm Butchers of Pateley Bridge & Harrogate, the same vendor also selling at £164 to Knavesmire Butchers of York, and Glen Bell of Dibbles Bridge showing his usual run of heavies up to £163 purchased by Farmers Fresh. 14 more pens in the £150’s.

46kg to 52kg Lowland Lambs
S Forshaw & Sons Longridge sold lambs to £168 per head (50kg). Rob Bailes, Aldborough was next at £159 for a pen of 6 at 46kg.  Followed by 48kg at £158 for A&C Simpson. All three pens purchased by Hartshead Meats.
Messrs Hutchinson sold 5 pens in the £150’s, £155 to Robertshaws Farmshop, £153 and £150 to Hartshead Meats, £151.50 to Kendalls Farm Butchers and £150 to Countrystyle Meats Farmshop Lancaster. A list as long as your arm from £140 to £149 too numerous to mention.

36kg to 45kg Lowland Lambs:
Top sale price of the day was in this weight category as S Forshaw & Son, Longridge achieved £175 per head for a 45kg Beltex cross (388p) selling to Vivers Scotlamb.
Walter Parkinson from Garstang made £171 of a Beltex lamb (41kg 417p) again to Vivers Scotlamb, also selling 2 at £166 (39kg at 425p) a single Beltex at £160 (37kg 433p) and 3 at £160 (41kg 390p)
JE Burrow of Kirkby Malham made £170 of 4 Beltex Lambs (40kg 425p) this time to Knavesmire Butchers, and £169 of 5 Beltex Lambs (39kg 433p) to Vivers Scotlamb and a third pen at £160 (42kg).
EP&JM Hutchinson Faceby made £167.50 of 2 Beltex crosses (45kg 372p) and £164.50 of 2 45kg Beltex.
Commercial lambs 290p to 330p in this weight bracket.


35kg and less Lowland Lambs:
As usual, nice pens of 33kg 34kg Continentals £100 to £115, 300/330p.

Mule and Masham Wethers
A cracking trade today, breed average of 280p, and tops of 296p from A&B Simpson Hope Valley, and also from CD&RF Kitching, Threshfield. Tops at £142 and £138 from EP&JM Hutchinson, followed by A&B Simpson £138 £137.50 and £133.50, Steve Dorey £138 and £132. CD&RF Kitching £134 £133.50.


Other hill bred lambs:
Cheviot lambs hitting £140.50 from A&B Simpson and £140 S Forshaw & Son or generally 280p to 295p.
Best Horned lambs in the £120’s, £128 Dick Burley, Nidderdale, £123.50 J Greenwood Addingham, £123 Beeston Hall Farms. Per kilo to 294p from S&P Scrivin Elsack.


Ewes -
Up a gear again with all classes dearer again. 376 passed through with averages high. Suffolks topped at £167.50 with heavies £150-£167.50 Mediums £125-£145 and lean meat ewes £105-£115. White faced ewes £140-£159.50 for heavies and Mediums not far behind with pure bred mediums £130-£150 and crossed mediums £120-£130 and Lean meat ewes £100-£112. Mules sold well with heavy mules £110-£118.50 mediums £92-£100 and lean mules £80-£90 plain mules £65-£70. 65 Suffolks avg £130, 144 Texel/ Texel X ewes avg £120, Char ewes avg £137, Swaledales avg £72.

More ewes required next week with orders looking strong for the next few weeks. Sell now while the trade is here.


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.



Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £130.52 per head or 297.1p/kg            

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 325.0p/kg         av 277.5p/kg         or £94.88 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 433.3p/kg         av 307.7p/kg         or £128.01 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 345.7p/kg         av 287.6p/kg         or £138.44 per head

52.1kg and over   to 300.0p/kg         av 258.1p/kg         or £144.55 per head


Beltex average £143.07 per head or 364.5p/kg

£ per head: £175 S Forshaw; £171 £166 £160 W&J Parkinson; £170 £169 JE Burrow; £167.50 EP&JM Hutchinson; £159 RJ Bailes;

p/kg: 433.3p 425.0p JE Burrow; 432.4p 425.6p 417.1p 390.2p W&J Parkinson; 400.0p A Atkinson; 395.0p DN&D Capstick; 388.9p S Forshaw;

Texel average £134.04 per head or 300.2p/kg

£ per head: £168 S Forshaw; £166.50 £164.50 £164 £159 EP&JM Hutchinson; £163 G Bell; £160 £159 JE Burrow; £158 A&B Simpson;

p/kg: 424.3p High Harbour; 381.6p A&B Simpson; 381.0p JE Burrow; 380.5p CD&RF Kitching; 372.5p D&A Livestock; 368.8p 365.6p EP&JM Hutchinson;

Suffolk average £134.49 per head or 284.5p/kg

£ per head: £147 J Greenwood; £144.50 RJ Bailes; £143.50 EP&JM Hutchinson; £142.50 G Bell; £142 CD&RF Kitching; £141.50 A&B Simpson;

p/kg: 330.2p CD&RF Kitching; 304.8p JA Brown; 300.0p J Greenwood; 296.3p PT&L Johnson; 295.2p SR Dorey; 292.6p CR Brittain; 292.6p H Chapman;

Charolais average £135.95 per head or 300.6p/kg

£ per head: £145.50 SR Dorey; £143.50 £136.50 CR Brittain; £142.50 J Greenwood; £136.50 H Chapman; £135 PT&L Johnson;

p/kg: 326.1p 296.7p CR Brittain; 310.2p H Chapman; 293.5p PT&L Johnson; 292.7p JA Brown; 290.5p J Taylor; 269.4p SR Dorey;

Mule average £124.18 per head or 280.3p/kg

£ per head: £138 £137.50 £133.50 A&B Simpson; 138 EP&JM Hutchinson; £134 £133.50 CD&RF Kitching; £132 SR Dorey; £130 B Atkinson; £130 WM Hall;

p/kg: 296.7p A&B Simpson; 296.7p CD&RF Kitching; 292.7p 289.3p RJ Ashworth; 292.0p S Forshaw; 290.8p H&M Plews; 289.5p J Pickles;

Masham average £134.43 per head or 280.1p/kg

£ per head: £142 EP&JM Hutchinson; £138 £130 SR Dorey;

p/kg: 284.1p 282.5p 281.6p SR Dorey; 272.0p BC Ashby;

Swaledale average £101.11 per head or 267.3p/kg

£ per head: £128 £116 R&KA Burley; £122.50 A&B Simpson; £119 J&C Wright; £118 £110 W Mason; £106.50 RG Church Ltd;

p/kg: 284.4p 282.9p R&KA Burley; 282.4p 273.1p RG Church; 276.7p J&C Wright; 272.2p A&B Simpson; 269.1p JK Wilson;

Cheviot average £120.62 per head or 291.5p/kg

£ per head: £140.50 A&B Simpson; £140 S Forshaw; £127.50 £120 Bob Stubbs; £118.50 £117 J Taylor;

p/kg: 297.9p S Forshaw; 293.2p 290.8p 289.8p Bob Stubbs; 292.5p 289.0p J Taylor; 286.7p A&B Simpson;

Lonk average £120.93 per head or 286.3p/kg

£ per head: £123.50 £117.50 J Greenwood; £123 £117.50 Beeston Hall; £119 A Kyme; £112 S&P Scrivin;

p/kg: 294.7p S&P Scrivin; 287.2p 267.0p J Greenwood; 286.6p 279.5p Beeston Hall; 270.5p A Kyme;

Lleyn average £121.17 per head or 285.6p/kg

£ per head: 134 £127.50 £120 £119.50 West Berwick Farm; £89.50 PA&PJ Ormerod;

p/kg: 296.5p 291.5p 285.7p 262.7p West Berwick Farm; 208.1p PA&PJ Ormerod;




Cull Ewes average £112.72

Suffolk to £167.50, Texel to £159.50, Char to £144.50, BFL to £147.50, Hampshire to £137.50, Mule to £118.50, Lleyn to £117.50, Swaledale to £83.50, Dalesbred to £87.50, Teeswater to £111.50, Herd to £81.50, Cheviot to £83.50, Beltex to £159.50, Lonk to £69.50, Scotch BF to £64.50, Jacob to £84.50, Zwart to £133.50

Top prices:

Lowland: £ 167.50                               High Harbour Farm

Mule/Masham: £118.50                    EP&JM Hutchinson

Horned: £83.50                                    E&KM Marshall

Hill: £117.50                                         PA&PJ Ormerod


Cast Rams average £122.25

Suffolk to £158.50, Texel to £161.50, BFL to £149.50, Gritstone to £75.50, Beltex  to £127.50, Jacob to £87.50, Teeswater to £101.50, Lleyn to £145.50




44 Rearing Calves to £450 av £249


Calves a serious trade for the rearing goods. Thanks to the vendors who brought them in after a last-minute call out for Blues of all classes. Blue Bulls sold to £450 with 15 in the entry and 9 of them selling £400+ Best goods £420-£450 mediums £340-£400 and Smalls £250-£300. Blue heifers sold to average £290 with mainly young/ small calves in and trading between £260-£300 and mediums £300-£350. Sim Bulls sold away well with top price of £405. Older 8 week plus goods £340-£405 and younger end £220-260.


Bull Calves                                            

Brit Blue x (Av £383) to £450                                           RE Ayrton&Son                                                   

Aberdeen Angus (Av £127) to £250                Rainhall Farm Ltd                                                               

Black & White (Av £67) to £120                                      Rainhall Farm Ltd                               

Sim (Av £323) to £405                                                       CN&SA Harrison                 


Heifer Calves       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £151) to £230                EJ Fort                                                                                                                   

British Blue (Av £291) to £350                                         M&R Smith                                                                          



14 Dairy


Great sale today with cows looking well in the new ring, and plenty of buyers who came out for increased numbers - more needed to meet demand.

Trade topped at £2550 for a fresh heifer from the Ravensgate herd of Pete Baul with the next top of £2520 Aireburn Charley Aldina from Brian Moorhouse backed by 11 gens VG or EX making a lovely pair heading to The Hartley’s just up the road. 13 heifers and cows sold to average £1913 with five at £2000 and above, Messrs Petch averaged £2150 for their pair and John Thompson had a black correct wearing heifer to £2200 the pick of Messrs Dinadale, Barnoldswick with his trio averaging £1900 while regular vendor Robert Crisps fresh heifer was third top price at £2400, one of three heading to the Goodall family at Tong. With buyers and sellers again from near and far supporting the sale - thanks go to them and demand continues for all classes, breeds and ages both in the ring and privately.


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers                        to £2520               av. £1932

Newly Calven Heifers                                         to £2400



572 Breeding and Store Sheep

A duller day in the sky and some buyers bidding a bit more cautious. More younger lambs coming forward and some vendors coming to their end draws of the early lambers. Ewes with singles topped at £210 from CM Ryder who also sold ewes with twins at £270, £260. Ewes with twins £260-£285 for the pure bred ewes with smart lambs. Mules with twins sold between £200-£230 with a few old outfits just below the mark. Beltex with twins up to £295. Suffolks with twins £250-£270 for the strong ewes with young/ mediums lambs with a few working condition correct ewes £185-£230. Young ewes from JW Hardcastle at £280 an outfit for twins and singles at £190 for 3 crop ewes.
A decent penning of Store Lambs too in the entry, Continentals to £107 and Horned to £106. More required, please pre enter by 12noon Friday prior to sale to be included in the catalogue listing. Thankyou.


Texel Ewes with twins                       to £295                  av.£247

Texel Ewes with singles                     to £210                  av.£165

Texel Ewes b/m with twins              to £210

Suffolk Ewes with twins                    to £270                  av.£240

Suffolk Ewes with singles                  to £185                  av.£178

Charollais Ewes with twins               to £185

Mule Ewes with twins                        to £220                  av.£201

Mule Ewes with singles                      to £130                  av.£125

Mule ewes with singles                      to £175                  av.£151

Mule Ewes b/m with twins               to £195                  av.£163

Texel x Hoggs                                       to £112                  av.£105

Mule Hoggs                                           to £113                  av.£112

Beltex Hoggs                                        to £107

Swaledale Hoggs                                 to £78

Gritstone Hoggs                                   to £95

Scotch Black Faced Hoggs                  to £106




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