83 Rearing Calves & 18 Dairy Cattle: Craven Dairy Auction (18 head) A changeable sort of trade today with good heifers selling away well with Brian Moorhouse of Bell Busk topping the day’s trade with his Pedigree heifer giving 32kg and from the Aireburn Miss America family went on to sell for £1850 to Stephen and Eddie Jeanes, Glusburn. Another heifer from Hesper Farm went on to sell for £1750, which had been calved just 10 days and giving 27kgs sold to Brian Blezard of Hothersall Hall Farm.

Champion of the day went to a tremendous heifer from David and Suzy Lawson of Arthington which giving 28 litres sold to the Judge Mike Longster of Fellbeck. Robert Crisp of Calton sold his first heifer in the ring to the Sowray Bros of Bishop Thornton for £1600, the heifer which was giving 30kg and only a week calved certainly set the day off well.    


Judge – Mike Longster

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

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st MD Parkinson


Champion – A Lawson & Son            Reserve – ASE Crisp


Newly Calven Heifers av £1223 to £1600 ASE Crisp & Sons


Newly Calven Cows to £1580 MD Parkinson


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers av £1473.89 to £1850 GB Moorhouse


83 Rearing Calves to £405

B&W av £39.69 Cont av £329.5 Native av £223.8

Continentals and Natives saw a strong trade right the way through the day with prices strong for all goods especially the middle of the road goods. Some big runs of calves arrived today and were not disappointed with Chris and Margie Hall, Fred Houseman and John Dodgson of Bank Newton all leaving with a good trade.


It was the Clarke family of Hampsthwaite who took the top price of the day with a super blue bull which reached the Sale high of £405. Middle of the road continentals and natives were hard fought over with hard reared calves arguably the dearest of the lot, with many being bid well into the mid £300’s. Natives saw £300 briefly with some good calves from Chris Hall of Shelley and Brian Wellock bringing a strong Aberdeen Angus which realised £280.


Black and whites a sticky trade with lesser calves hard to sell today with stronger better fleshed calves selling away better.   


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £360) to £375 G Pickersgills & Son                      

Brit Blue x (Av £350.8) to £405 D Clarke                       

Simmental x to £330 HJ&KL Blackwell                                                           

Welsh Black to £195 JC Marshall     

Ab Angus (Av £233.3) to £300 C&M Hall

Saler to £260 RL Wright & Son                        

Black & White (Av £39.69) to £95 G Pickersgill & Sons                               


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £241.25) to £300 C&M Hall                  

Brit Blue x (Av £280.38) to £360 x2 Church Farm Enterprises                 

Ab Angus (Av £221.88) to £270 CM Hall                                              
Lincoln Red (Av £250) to £270 D&P Brown