Craven Dairy Auction (20 head) Judge Brian Blezard chose David Lawson’ s pair of strong heifers as his champion and reserve with another of his quartet taking the third prize rosette which is no mean feat. The trade was certainly not as brisk as previous weeks for the middle of the road goods with many around and below the £1000 mark however the top end made up for this with 1st rate heifers averaging well into £1400’s.

Principle Prices:

£1520, £1480, £1480 A Lawson & Son; £1320 M Baul & Partners; £1320, £1220 Jennings Farmers Ltd £1220 GB Jennings


Judge – Brian Blezard

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st 2nd and 3rd A Lawson & Son

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st DL Leeming Ltd 2nd B Haigh


                                Champion – A Lawson & Son            Reserve – A Lawson & Son


Newly Calven Heifers (17): av £1170 to £1520 A Lawson & Son


Newly Calven Cows (2): av £610 to £640 DL Leeming Ltd


Incalf Heifers (1): to £720 Thimbleby Farms

Rearing Calves to £440 (68)

B&W av £70.05 Cont av £336.45 Native av £182.5

Healthy show of calves on a dairy day with 68 on offer and some strong averages right the way through.  Black and Whites definitely felt dearer than the average with anything looking like doing well on towards £100 with Fewster’s of Cleckheaton having one of theirs at £130 but Stephen Marshall, West End topped at £150 with a pure Friesian. Blue Bulls were a good trade again today with again the average not reflecting the trade. David Hall of Conistone Cold topped with cracking bull at £440 and Fred Houseman, Church Farm Enterprises £430 twice and £420.


Limousin heifers outstripped blue heifers today by £16 on average however John Marshall, Dacre topped at £365 with his blue consignment and James Gooch on top with his Limousin heifer at £340.


Calves again look young and a strong trade when comparing, with today’s average age of calves 39 days old.   


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £337.5) to £365 JC&DJ Marshall & Son                              

Brit Blue x (Av £372) to £440 DC Hall                                                                                             

Simmental to £275 K&M Berry

Ab Angus (Av £220) to £240 Church Farm Enterprises

Saler (Av £205) to £225 RL Wright & Sons                    

Black & White (Av £70.05) to £150 JC &DJ Marshall & Sons                      


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £306.67) to £340 J Gooch                     

Brit Blue x (Av £289.50) to £365 JC Marshall                               

Ab Angus (Av £171.23) to £195 JR Dodgson & Sons