Rearing Calves to £430 (74) B&W av £110.68 Cont av £332.38 Native av £235 A healthy number forward today with the goods on offer well fought over today. Again friesian’s and Black and Whites were good to sell with plenty of cover for all types and headed to an average of £110.68 for an average of 29.5 days of age. Quality was a bit down on previous weeks in the continental section an steadied the average to £332 for all goods despite Geoff and Margaret Booth of Lothersdale topping at £430 and Fred Houseman not far behind at £425. Fred Houseman topped the heifers however at a high of £400 and £395. Limousin’s were out in stronger numbers than late with Shaun Sowray and Robert Metcalfe topping the report sheets.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £348.57) to £400 A Sowray & Son                      

Brit Blue x (Av £336.37) to £430 GT Booth                                                                                   

Simmental (Av £306.67) to £340 CN&SA Harrison     

Saler (Av £170) to £170 RL Wright & Son                     

Black & White (Av £110.68) to £198 JC Marshall                         


Heifer Calves                       

Simmental x (Av £287.5) to £350 CN&SA Harrison

Limousin x (Av £295) to £365 RD Metcalfe & Son                       

Brit Blue x (Av £303.57) to £400 Church Farm Enterprises                       

Ab Angus (Av £235) to £235 JC Marshall     

Craven Dairy Auction (49 head) Sponsors NMR and Jim Peet Agriculture

 Almost a shippon full for the dairy sale this morning with the added attraction of the 5 well bred pedigree heifers. Despite continued optimism of the increasing milk price with the reality of it hitting the bank accounts looking more and more like being the back end rather than late summer. With a slight dampener on enthusiasm ringside trade was not quite as brisk as last time out but developed into a healthy average.


Louise Wood of Broadwood Edge took both Champion and Reserve with her consignments to the ring and sold to a high of £1600 and £1480.  Tony and Son James sold a strong homebred heifer for a sale price of £1650 with Keith Downs seeing a high of £1580 selling to Ken and Lynne Throup, Woofa Bank.


The pedigree maiden heifer drew some strong interest despite only five in the catalogue. Peter Baul of Bishop Thornton won the pre sale show with his heifer Ravensgate Ransom Hilda, a Ravensgate Garrison Hilda Daughter by Chalclyffe Ransom and Sold for £900 to Simon Spensley of Gargrave. The second highest price of the day came from the 13mth old Holmedale Cruise Poppy, Daughter of Holmedale Hercules Poppy VG85 and with healthy back pedigree sold for £880 to Abbott Brothers of Dacre.    


Judge – Rebecca Jarvis

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st KT Wood 2nd KT Wood 3rd RG Johnson & Son

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st A Swires 2nd DL Leeming Ltd 3rd GB Moorhouse

                                Coloured Newly Calven      1st H Downs & Son; 2nd D&P Brown & Son; 3rd D&P Brown

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st I Olivers & Partners 2nd I Olivers & Partners 3rd E Pennock & Son


Pedigree Maiden Heifers: 1st M Baul & Partners; 2nd M Baul & Partners; 3rd S Jarvis


Champion – KT Wood         Reserve – KT Wood


Newly Calven Heifers (28): av £1341.58  to £1650 A Swires & Son


Newly Calven Cows (6): av £1302.5 to £1520 A Swires & Son  


Pedigree Maiden Heifers (5): av £825 to £900 M Baul & Sons Ltd


Incalf Heifers (4): av £1220 to £1290 I Olivers & Partners


Maiden Heifers (8) av £404.75 to £430 J Roberts