Craven Dairy Auction (13 head) Suzy Lawson took the honours today with a cracking Pedigree 2nd Calver. The pre-sale show kindly judged by Aubrey Greenhalgh saw some quality animals on offer however it was the Cow from Lawson’s that was the clear winner. Boasting 48 litres and calved 14 days, after giving over 10,000 litres as a heifer at Newbirks as she went on to sell for £1980 to Brian Blezard of Ribchester. Selling for the next highest price was almost the last animal in the ring. The 30kg, fortnight calved heifer from John Ireland of Thorpe Bassett near Malton ended up selling for £1980 to John Howard of Skipton.

On the whole a nice show of cattle down the shippon today meant for some strong averages despite there being several faces turning up to the ringside last minute before sale. Don’t forget the next Sale is the Christmas show on the 3rd of December.


Judge – Aubrey Greenhalgh

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:        1st M&R Smith                      2nd WR Ireland                      3rd ASE Crisp

                                Newly Calven Cows:             1st A Lawson & Son             2nd MD Parkinson

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


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (av £1742): to £1980 WR Ireland & Son 


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1512): to £1620 WR Ireland & Son


Newly Calven Cows (av £1666.66): to £1980 A Lawson & Son  



Rearing Calves to £ (69)

Dairy av £32.40 Cont av £213.69 Native av £125

A harder day in the calf ring today with quality certainly not as strong as previous weeks, however the better end of the calves could still command a strong price. David Calvert of West Marton saw the best of the trade with two strong British Blue bulls at £370 and £380 along with £260 for a sweet young limousin heifer.


Not as much strength in the black and white calves today with £65 topping the trade for a bull from Samantha Sugden. Native bulls again saw a premium for the better quality calves with Flasby Estates seeing £275 for their strong bull calf.


On the whole an up and down sort of trade today with an odd face missing on the smaller calves making a significant difference on price with a lot of the best calves being held back for next weeks Christmas calf show.


NB Christmas Calf Show next week, Show 10.30am and Sale 11am.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £270) to £350 D Calvert & Son                            

Brit Blue x (Av £251) to £380, £370 D Calvert & Son                                                  

Aberdeen Angus (Av £195) to £275 Flasby Estates

Dairy Shorthorn (Av £32) to £40 Flasby Estates

Hereford X (Av £125) to £125 Flasby Estates

Simmental (Av £190) to £200 D Calvert & Son

Black & White (Av £35.4) to £65 SJ Sugden                  



Heifer Calves                       

Simmental x (Av £250) to £250 D Calvert & Son                                                         

Ab Angus (Av £56) to £85 GB Moorhouse                                                    

British Blue (Av £167.5) to £170 P Sharp & Son

Lim (Av £211.25) to £260 D Calvert & Son