Craven Dairy Auction (17 head) 17 head arrived through the door this morning with a straight show of heifers and cows on offer. Today’s Champion came in the form of a Pedigree Heifer from Peter Baul of Bishop Thornton, giving 30kg and very sweet, she ended up selling for £2,000 to the Judge Martyn Jennings of Cowling.

Ian Parkinson of Barden saw a strong price bid for his 2nd Calver with the Hartley family of Beamsley snapping her up for the heady price of £1950, which happened to be the same price that the Reserve Champion from Mark Smith of Winterburn made with his 28kg heifer selling to Mark Goodall of Tong.


Next Sale in a Fortnights time (5th November), please can people advise of entries for the catalogue by Next Tuesday.


Judge – Martyn Jennings

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:        1st M Baul & Partners          2nd M&R Smith          3rd DR Robinson

                                Newly Calven Cows:             1st MD Parkinson                2nd W Stewart


                                Champion – M Baul & Partners                       Reserve – M&R Smith


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1458.75): to £1950 M&R Smith


Newly Calven Cows (av £1575): to £1950 MD Parkinson


Rearing Calves to £405 (87)

Dairy av £95.48 Cont av £262.5 Native av £201.36

A straight trade for calves this morning with black and whites probably the trade of the day. Continental bulls were definitely less this compared with last week, however best bulls still remained in the £360 - £405 with middle of the road bulls £250 - £320.


Natives bulls again found some stiff competition with the best entry from PJ&JE Bolland, Airton topping at £320 with an average of £280. Overall, heifers have bared the brunt of the downturn in trade this autumn, however today heifers were nice to sell and bar a handful of small, plain heifers trade was good, topping at £370 for a Church Farm Enterprise consignment.  


Black and whites met some nice bidding with 30 B&W bulls averaging £86.07 and topping at £185 for a cracking Friesian presented by John and Rob Marshall of Dacre, with Richard Spence of Sutton In Craven next in line at £140. Flekvieh dairy bulls saw a very tight spread with all entries from C Watson selling between £150 & £155.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £168) to £240 JC&DJ Marshall                             

Brit Blue x (Av £285.5) to £405 JP&KE Hartley                                                            

Aberdeen Angus (Av £280) to £320 PJ&JE Bolland

Flekvieh (Av £152.4) to £155 C Watson

Longhorn (Av £165) to £165 AP Townsend

Black & White (Av £86.07) to £185 JC Marshall                           


Heifer Calves                       

Ab Angus (Av £130) to £190 JC&DJ Marshall & Sons                                                 

British Blue (Av £245.5) to £370 Church Farm Enterprises

Lim (Av £131) to £185 D Clarke