Rearing Calves to £430 (101) B&W av £68.41 Cont av £325.5 Native av £232 101 calves forward today with trade a touch easier with larger numbers coming forward. Continental heifers would see the most buoyant trade with a number of heifer buyers charging each other for the better end of calves. Dairy bred would remain similar on the week with plane calves looking as dear as anything. £430 stopped the best calf today from Fred Houseman with Colin Whitelock the best of the rest in the bulls at £400 and Richard Sutcliffe topping the heifers at £410. Numbers still in demand with arable buyers returning steadily after a slow drilling.

Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £260) to £340 AL Dean & Son, Threshfield                        

Brit Blue x (Av £330.18) to £430 Church Farm Enterprises, Burton Leonard                        

Simmental (Av £290) to £305 J Peel, Gisburn                                                              

Aberdeen Angus (Av £237.50) to £260 Church Farm Enterprises, Burton Leonard

MRI (Av £128.67) to £165 L&A Watson, Horton In Craven                                       

Black & White (Av £68.41) to £115 JR CJ & D Drake, Thornton                


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £260) to £340 AL Dean & Son                              

Brit Blue x (Av £338) to £410 P&RM Sutcliffe, Queensbury      


Craven Dairy Auction (51 head)

 A large show of dairy with numbers in the shippon as well as ringside. Calvert Bros took both Champion and Reserve with their fine entries that were both part of their ongoing dispersal. The Champion, Calton Bolton Tanya a 3rd Calver by Sandy Valley Bolton and giving 55 Litres was judged best on show by Wick Williams, Nantwich and sold to Malcolm and Stephen Abbott, Dacre for £1680. Reserve was a Newly Calved Pedigree Heifer Calton Gerard Kay by Oman Gerard and giving 35 litres eventually sold to Andrew Townsend for £1720.


2nd Prize heifer from Richard Walker of East Morton also had a good following with his 35 Litre stylish black heifer taking the day’s top price of £1920 and headed to Alan and Jack Wilson of Green Hammerton.


Youngstock were once again strong with Incalf cattle £1360 twice for two quality goods from Oliver and Partners at Darley. Bulling Heifers from James Kayley, Halton West were also good to sell with 13 -17mth heifers to £860 and Heifer calves from Joss Lancaster, Horton in Craven had 6 heifer calves to £320 av £275 for 5-6 wk old goods.     


Judge – Wick Williams

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st Calvert Bros 2nd RW&M Walker 3rd GD&JC Holme

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st, 2nd & 3rd Calvert Bros

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st I Oliver & Partners

                                Champion – Calvert Bros   Reserve – Calvert Bros


Newly Calven Heifers (10): av £1234 to £1650 Rusby Dairies, Penistone


Newly Calven Cows (11): av £1332.50 to £1700 Calvert Bros, Yarm.  


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (14): av £1460 to £1920 RW&M Walker, East Morton


Incalf Heifers (3): av £1320 to £1360 I Olivers & Partners, Darley


Bulling Heifers (4): av £795 to £860 ML&JE Kayley & Son, Halton West


Heifers Calves (6): av £275.83 to £320 J&SA Lancaster


Pedigree Dairy Bull to £1120 Enchanted Holsteins