Rearing Calves to £415 (61)
B&W av £91.2 Cont av £307.42 Native av £203
A healthy turn out of calves for the September show and sale of rearing calves with Tony Binns of Clint undertaking the judging honours. Some difficult classes were swiftly dissected however where to place the champion rosette took some deliberation, eventually choosing the superb heifer presented by JP&KE Hartley of Bolton Abbey went on to take the second highest price of the day selling for £390 to Malcolm and Stephen Abbott of Dacre. The Reserve Champion a superb British Blue bull from Mike Longster of Fellbeck which sold for the sale high of £415.
A two tier sale today with best continental calves selling very nicely indeed and plenty of interest however just out of the top band and calves would see a significant difference in price with a very picky buyer presence ringside today. Black and White calves found some keen bidding today with an average of £91.20 topping twice at £160 for entries presented by H&M Dugdale & Son and RE Ayrton & Son. Natives were a good trade again this week with Aberdeen Angus bulls averaging £268.75 topping £290 for another JP&KE Hartley entry.
Limousin x (Av £135) to £135 PJ&JE Bolland
Brit Blue x (Av £321.16) to £415 JF Longster
Aberdeen Angus (Av £268.75) to £290 JP&KE Hartley;
Blonde X (Av £325) to £380 N&R Sutcliffe
Black & White (Av £91.20) to £160 H&M Dugdale; £160 RE Ayrton & Son
Charollais x (Av £235) to £240 C Smith;
Aberdeen Angus (Av £268.75) to £290 JP&KE Hartley
British Blue (Av £291) to £390 JP&KE Hartley
CALF PRESS -
Hartleys land second Skipton rearing calf championship of 2019
Alan Middleton, who trades under the family partnership of JP&KE Hartley at Lane House Farm, Beamsley, stood champion with a month-old British Blue-cross heifer at Skipton Auction Mart’s latest rearing calf show and sale. (Monday, Sept16)
Also victorious at the Spring fixture, the family returned to land the autumn highlight with a home-bred by the Genus sire, Hero, out of a Friesian-cross-Holstein cow. Shown by Duncan Holme, the title winner sold for second top price of £390 to Dacre dairy farming brothers Malcolm and Stephen Abbott.
Show judge Tony Binns, of Clint, Harrogate, nominated the first prize Blue-cross bull calf as his overall reserve champion. Consigned by Mike Longster, of Fellbeck, himself a regular buyer of Skipton rearing calves, the youngster commanded a sale high of £415 when finding a new home in Calderdale with J Smithers, of Barkisland.
Of the 61 head forward, top end Continental calves were well sold, with the section achieving an overall average of £307.42 per head, while black and white calves were also the subject of some keen bidding, averaging £91.20 and producing joint highs of £160 for bulls from both John and James Dugdale, of Stackhouse, and Eastby’s Andrew Ayrton.
Native calves again met a good trade, with Aberdeen-Angus bulls averaging £268.75, topping at £290 for another Hartley family entry, a price equalled by an Angus heifer from the same home. The overall native average was £203.