Craven Dairy Auction (29 head) A two sided trade today with the better end of the milkers selling particularly well with 9 better quality milkers averaging a healthy £1315, a sizeable lift from the lows we saw last fortnight. The top price heifer of the day went to the Reserve Champion heifer entered by Samantha Sugden of Laycock, her homebred daughter of Bassingthorpe Bossman was giving 33kgs and only a fortnight calved and went on to sell for £1570 to Wick Williams of Cheshire. The champion from Jennings Farmers, Fountains a heifer from the Lawrie Shiek family giving 32 kgs and 15 days calved went on to sell at £1380 to Brian Blezard Ribchester.

A Strong show of 17 quality youngstock were on offer today with some strong pedigree yearling and bulling heifers up for grabs.

Stephen and Rachel Coates of the Bailmoor herd sold 7 to a top of £720 for a Panda Red Factor Red daughter selling to Samantha  Sugden. David and Jill Pennock topped proceedings with a strong commercial buller at £850 and finally Alan Throup of the Dalesbrad herd sold 4 well bred yearlings to top at £810 twice and sold to Andrew Parker of Emley.     


Judge – Frank Wrathall

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st Jennings Farmers 2nd SJ Sugden   3rd Jennings Farmers

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st J Wellock

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st 2nd & 3rd Olivers & Partners

                                Champion –          Reserve –


1st  Quality Newly Calven Heifers (9): av £1315  to £1570 SJ Sugden

2nd Quality Newly Calven Heifers (3): av £885 to £920.  

Newly Calven Cows (1): to £1640 J Wellock & Son  

Incalf Heifers (4): (av £1177.50)  to £1230 I Olivers & Partners

Maiden Heifers av £682.50 to £850 E Pennock &Son

Rearing Calves to £395 (25)

B&W av £103.75 Cont av £318.6 Native av £203.5

A hot day and many men missing with the catching up of land work the main priority however those who ventured out to spend sometime in the shade had their calves well fought over with some strong prices in each breed.  Fred and Mark Houseman would take home most honours with the top price Blue Bull and Heifer and black and white bulls at £395, £350 and £135 respectively.


Strong demand coming forward for calves next week with extra buyers already confirmed please try to notify Sam of entries by Friday on 07538539077. 


Bull Calves                            

Brit Blue x (Av £336.25) to £395 Church Farm Enterprises                                                                                       

Galloway to £180 M Fewster           

Ab Angus (Av £212.5) to £250 JT Rushton                    

Black & White (Av £103.75) to £135 Church Farm Enterprises                


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £325) to £330 Hayton & Stocks                           

Brit Blue x (Av £293.7) to £350 Church Farm Enterprises                         

Ab Angus (Av £187) to £200 JP&KE Hartley                                                  

Galloway to £155 M Fewster