Craven Dairy Auction (40 head) Exactly 40 Dairy Cattle forward with a wide variety of goods on offer from Dispersal Cows, Incalf Heifers, Top quality newly calved heifers to Heifer Calves. The variety of goods was met by a varied trade, which felt a lot harder than it looks. David Lawson’s pre sale Champion rightly took the top price of £2000 selling to regular Skipton supporters Alf and Andrew Townsend. Robin Jennings took the second top price at £1620 with his third prize heifer from his Stainbank herd.

Incalf heifers again look the dearest of the lot averaging £1270 and topping at £1400 for an Incalf heifer from I Olivers & Partners, Darley.  Joss Lancaster was well supported with some 5 week old Holstein heifer calves averaging just shy of £300. 


Judge – Mike Longster

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st A Lawson & Son              2nd MR Smith                         3rd GB Jennings

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st A&G Midgley                   2nd A Lawson & Son             3rd DL Leeming

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st RA&HE Simpson             2nd & 3rd I Oliver & Partners

                                Champion – A Lawson & Son            Reserve – MR Smith


Newly Calven Heifers (8): av £1433.33 to £1600 MR Smith, Laneshawbridge


Newly Calven Cows (16): av £1192.31 to £1520 J Wellock, Oakworth  


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (6): av £1479 to £2000 A Lawson & Son, Arthington 


Incalf Heifers (4): av £1270 to £1400 I Olivers & Partners, Darley


Heifer Calves (4)

av £297.5 to £310 J&SA Lancaster, Horton In Craven

Rearing Calves to £455 (75)

B&W av £102.45 Cont av £352.02 Native av £265.7

A handy trade right through with a number to match. Black and whites remain a healthy trade at £102.45 for some good entries from Michael Heron, Bramhope and Hartley’s of Bolton Abbey taking the high prices with middle of the road calves everywhere around the £100 mark.


Continentals would look a touch easier but for the age and stamp of calf forward I believe a good trade was had here also with Fred Houseman and Richard Shuttleworth taking the honours in the Bull and Heifer prices with £455 and £400 in their respected sections.


Natives again forging ahead with some fortnight old angus calves from Michael Heron making £285 and £275 with Fort’s of Glusburn topping overall at £315 for a good bull.


Take into account ages and prices when making a comparison.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £360) to £360 JC&DJ Marshall, West End                          

Brit Blue x (Av £374.12) to £455 Church Farm Enterprises, Burton Leonard                        

Saler x to £290 RL Wright & Sons, Airton                                                                                                      

Black & White (Av £102.45) to £200 JP&KE Hartley, Bolton Abbey                         


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £315) to £360 JC&DJ Marshall, West End                          

Brit Blue x (Av £338.57) to £400 SR Shuttleworth, West Marton                           

Ab Angus (Av £262.5) to £310 Church Farm Enterprises, Burton Leonard