Craven Dairy Auction (7 head) Mark Smith took the top honours in the dairy sale today with a cracking home bred heifer giving 32kg selling to John Howard of Heslaker Farm, Skipton for £2000. The 2nd prize heifer from the Newbirks herd of David, Claire and Suzy Lawson which was calved 10 days and 31 litres and sold to Ken Throup of Woofa Bank Farm, Silsden Moor for £1950. Despite being light on numbers a handy contingent of buyers was ringside for the milkers on offer.

Judge – Colin Whitelock

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st M&R Smith 2nd A Lawson & Son; 3rd M Baul & Partners

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st A Lawson & Son; 2nd GB Moorhouse


                                Champion – M&R Smith     Reserve – A Lawson & Son


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1725.8): to £2000 M&R Smith; £1950 A Lawson & Son; £1750 M Baul & Partners


Newly Calven Cows (av £1750): to £1780 A Lawson & Son; £1720 GB Moorhouse


Rearing Calves to £455 (50)

B&W av £60.91 Cont av £312 Native av £189

Just 50 calves about today and a healthy trade for the stronger types with Moons of Wigglesworth hitting the top today with a tremendous bull at £455. The Pickersgill brothers from Hawksworth brought a strong packet of Limousin bulls today topping at £420. Black and whites a healthy trade with no real corkers on offer but a healthy average for the types on offer at £60.91.


Another run of 8 – 18 day old calves landed today which hampered the averages but received some strong bidding for both Blue Bulls and Heifers topping at £250 and £200 respectively.


Easter Calf Show next week with a large consignment of calves expected. 

Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £410) to £420 G Pickersgill & Sons                      

Brit Blue x (Av £305) to £455 JR&MJ Moon                                                  

Aberdeen Angus (Av £270) to £270 RD Guy

Shorthorn (Av £90.38) to £145 Flasby Estates

Black & White (Av £60.91) to £85 RD Guy                    



Heifer Calves       

Ab Angus (Av £103) to £135                                                            

British Blue (Av £230) to £330 J Gooch