Rearing Calves to £405 (129)
The calf show today was very kindly judged by Mr Tom Heseltine who cast his expert eye over the calves on show, a Blue Bull from Mr Middleton of JP & KE Hartley was awarded Champion calf followed by Mr Shaun Sowray of A Sowray & Sons receiving reserve Champion for his Blue Heifer.
129 Calves in the sale today with a small number forward for show. The sale consisted of large runs of moderate farming calves with the very best Blues carrying age short of requirements. The sale had 15 active buyers ringside with many looking to buy them in bulk as ewes and lambs have now left the sheds. 37 Blue Heifers sold to a top £340 from A Sowray followed by £280 from Mr Longster. Many heifers could be bought around that £240-£280. Blue Bulls topped the auction once again topping at £405 from JP & KE Hartley following closely behind at £400 from Mr Longster once again. The best Blue Bulls would be bought £330-£405 with Mediums £260+ with just a touch smaller all around the same money with only a couple just under the £200 mark. 14 Angus Bulls came to an overall sale average of £182 and topped at £285. Black and White calves topped at £118 from Mr Fort of Silsden and same to an overall breed average of £62. 4 Holstein Friesian calves sold over £100.
Limousin x (Av £336) to £400 C&SB Whitelock
Brit Blue x (Av £263) to £405 JP&KE Hartley
Aberdeen Angus (Av £182) to £285 EJ Fort
Hereford X (Av £177) to £230 J Wellock
Charolais (Av £210) to £210 ST&JE Foster
Black & White (Av £62) to £118 EJ Fort
Ab Angus (Av £121) to £180 M&R Smith
Cont (Av £130) to £130 KJ Slater
British Blue (Av £239) to £340 A Sowray & Son
Limousin (Av £191) to £250 C&SB Whitelock
Hereford (Av £95) to £180 ID&JC Briggs