Craven Dairy Auction (32 head) The shippon numbers were boosted this morning with a run of 20 Dispersal milkers with 12 entries from usual vendors making the total entry. Frank Wrathall undertook the judging prior to the sale with Brian Moorhouse of Bell Busk taking top honours with his 30kg heifer selling for £1800 to Brian Blezard of Ribchester. However it was the Reserve Champion which caught the eyes of a number of bidders, the 31kg heifer presented by Robin Jennings, South Stainley sold for £1950 to Mark Goodall of Tong.

Dispersal cows from Messrs Rhodes of Ecclesfield were from a grass based system which had been hit hard by the dry weather seen throughout the summer. Mainly April calved and run with the bull, the animals were for a select audience. Overall, they were a straight trade with a top price of £740 for a British Friesian 4th Calver.  


Judge – Frank Wrathall

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:        1st GB Moorhouse               2nd GB Jennings                    3rd KT Wood

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st GB Moorhouse               2nd MD Parkinson


                                Champion – GB Moorhouse              Reserve – GB Jennings


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1554): to £1950 GB Jennings


Newly Calven Cows (av £1220): to £1250 MD Parkinson & Son  


Dispersal Heifers and Cows (av £538): to £740 J Rhodes


Rearing Calves to £ (68)

B&W av £97.80 Cont av £274.79 Native av £210

A healthy number of calves forward this morning with once again the good black and whites calves on the receiving end of a strong trade. Stephen Marshall of West End took the top price with one Friesian X bull calves at £170 which was also matched by a strong Holstein bull from AL Dean & Son, Threshfield.


Continentals were not forward in just quite the quality of last week, however once again Joss Lancaster of Horton In Craven topped the proceedings with two of his British Blue bulls at £395. Again native bull calves were good to sell with 90% over £200 and peaking at £255 for a bull from Ralph Guy, Earby.


Heifers harder to place with less faces around this morning with blues particularly less than last week. Topping the heifers was a Limousin from Hayton and Stocks of Bolton Abbey at £390 which is on its way to making a suckler cow.   


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £237.5) to £310 JC&DJ Marshall & Sons                           

Brit Blue x (Av £306.4) to £395x2 J&SA Lancaster                                                      

Aberdeen Angus (Av £225.5) to £255 RD Guy

Flekvieh (Av £252.86) to £355 C Watson

Shorthorn (Av £97.5) to £100 IRG Collins

Black & White (Av £97.8) to £170 JC&DJ Marshall & Sons                       



Heifer Calves       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £135) to £135 x2 AJ Lee & RD Guy                                                           

British Blue (Av £221.11) to £260 PJ&JE Bolland

Lim (Av £355) to £390 Hayton & Stocks