Craven Dairy Auction (51 head) A mixed sale of all types of cattle for today’s dairy sale with 51 head going under the hammer. Robin Jennings of South Stainley was judged to have the best beast in the market, a Pedigree heifer calved 12 days giving 35kgs which eventually sold for £1750 to Wick Williams. Reserve Champion went to the Calvert family of Crathorne near Yarm with a 4th calver which had been classified EX90 with 10gens of VG or EX behind it and arguably one of the best cows we’ve sold in the market ended up selling for £2100 to William Oldfield of Stocks Enteprises.

A rake of maiden heifers from a number of vendors were on show today with a fantastic pedigree Holstein with an impressive back pedigree selling for £1660 to Aubrey Greenhalgh of Enchanted Holsteins.

A good trade had today with a strong ringside of buyers bidding relatively freely for some quality entries, it was certainly unexpected.  


Judge – Dave Berry

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

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

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st & 2nd I Olivers and Partners

                                Champion – GB Jennings    Reserve – Calvert Bros


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (6): av £1691.67 to £1900 A Lawson & Son


Pedigree Newly Calven Cows (6): av £1590 to £2100 Calvert Bros


Newly Calven Heifers (5): av £1252 to £1600 RW&M Walker


Newly Calven Cows (5): av £1396 to £1720 DL Leeming Ltd


Incalf Heifers (2):  av £1310 to £1320 I Olivers & Partners


Maiden Heifers (24): av £755.45 to £1660 SG&LC Middleton

59 Rearing Calves to £590

B&W av £117.12 Cont av £378.38 Native av £262

Calves just starting show signs of easing with a quality show of calves just starting to slip. The best blues and black and whites bucked this trend but it was noticeable anything not quite on the money were a touch easier.


Black and whites were up and down with the very best from Alan Middleton of JP&KE Hartley hitting the top with a ¾ Friesian bull flying to £290 with David Hall, Mark Smith and Michael Heron all breaking the £200 mark. Commercial calves were less in the £60- £90 with young plain calves £25-£55.


British Blue calves were once again leading the way with one of the best runs of calves I’ve ever seen in this auction. David Smith of Bents farm hit the top with two fantastic blues reaching £590 and £585, Hartleys reached £585 & £565 and Booths and Sowray at £560 and £500 respectively.  Heifers were also strong with a sale average of £395.71 to £450 from Hartley’s again.


Today black and white calves averaged 35 days of age with British Blues 33 days of age average.  Keep taking note of age and price.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £185) to £185 PJ Bolland                       

Brit Blue x (Av £537) to £590 C Smith           

Ab Angus (Av £273) to £335 DL DM J Heron

Blonde x (Av £255) to £310 N&R Sutcliffe                                                    

Simmental (Av £275) to £275 JF Longster                                    

Black & White (Av £117) to £290 JP&KE Hartley                         


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £251) to £350 A Sowray & Son                            

Brit Blue x (Av £395) to £450 JP&KE Hartley                

Ab Angus (Av £191) to £225 JM Smith                                                          

Simmental (Av £265) to £275 JF Longster