Forward - 73 Rearing Calves. 42 Dairy Cattle inc Dairy Bulls

Rearing Calves to £500

B&W av £84 Cont av £334 Native av £175

Fantastic day for all who attended with all types of calves finding a multitude of bidders ringside. With a number of farmer buyers and Smallholders out to snap up some grazers for the potentially brilliant Summer. Natives of all things were a serious price with David Holmes, Otley receiving a flying trade for his run of Shorthorn and Angus calves. Church Farm Enterprises yet again took top honours with a Blue Bull and a Blue Heifer both reaching £500, an elusive figure of late but was deserved today.  Robert Metcalfe and Alf Townsend were also both making head way with their continental calves nudging the £400 mark and over.


Black and white calves would have the most realistic trade of all the breeds with a strong £84 average but there were the big prices in amongst  them  with 10 of the 36 B&W making over £100 and a top of £140 for a pure Holstein bull.  


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £281) to £410 RD Metcalfe & Son

Brit Blue x (Av £401) to £500 Church Farm Enterprises

Shorthorn (Av £214) to £240 FA Holmes & Son

Mont Beliarde X to £225 K Talbot

Brown Swiss (Av £64) to £65 E Bradley & Son

Aberdeen Angus (Av £165) to £290 Church Farm Enterprises                 

Black & White (Av £84) to £140 Church Farm Enterprises


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £) to £200 AP Townsend                       

Brit Blue x (Av £297.50) to £500 Church Farm Enterprises                       

Aberdeen Angus (Av £224) to £340 Church Farm Enterprises

Hereford  to £205 HJ&K Blackwell

Simmental to £305 HJ&K Blackwell

Shorthorn (Av £222.5) to £225 FA Holmes & Son                                                       



Craven Dairy Auction (42 head)

Brilliant Spring Show and Sale of Dairy Cattle with a strong show of stock in most of the classes, the Newly Calven Cattle in particular was a hard fought section with David & Claire Lawson of Arthington coming out on top with a sweet 2nd Calver giving 40 litres and realised a price of £2200 to James Kayley of Halton West.  Lawson’s also had the top price Newly Calven Heifer for a 11 day calved 28 litre heifer which hit the heights of £2420 and on its way to Brian Blezard’s at Ribchester. However Lawson’s were hard run to the top price with Church Farm Enterprises reaching £2380 to WE Blockley, Cheshire and £2350 Brian & Judith Moorhouse of Bellbusk which was snapped up by James Kayley, Halton West.


A brilliant show of Bulls just not quite the trade to match however. Brian Moorhouse was the Victor in the Bull Classes and with some frantic bidding ringside this Son of Gillette Windbrook and from his Yorkshire Herd Competition Conquering Family eventually made 2000gns and is now on his way to the Griffiths family of Penistone. Other notable entrants was Dalesbrad Pan Ash from Alan & Susan Throup which reached 1500gns and went to regular supporter Mark Goodall of Tong. The other noted bull Enchanted Celterix by Woodmarsh Asterix also made 1500gns and was picked up by Richard Walker, West Morton.     


Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:              1st M Baul & Partners

                                                                                2nd GB Moorhouse

                                                                                3rd A Lawson & Son

                                Newly Calven Cows:               1st A Lawson & Son

                                                                                2nd A&G Midgeley

                                                                                3rd H Downs & Son

                                In-Calf Heifers:                      1st MGT Corner

                                                                                2nd MGT Corner

                                                                                3rd MGT Corner

Champion – A Lawson & Son             Reserve – M Baul & Partners


Newly Calven Heifers:        to £1820 av £1713 DR Robinson     


Newly Calven Cows:           to £1880 av £1610 H Downs & Sons


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers: to £2420 av £1840 A Lawson & Son


Pedigree Newly Calven Cow:  to £2200 av £1834 A Lawson & Son  


Pedigree Newly Calven Brown Swiss Heifer: to £1650 D&P Brown


Incalf Heifers: to £1720 av £1550 MGT Corner


Maiden Heifers: to £900 av £810 R&E Pollard


Heifer Calves: to £370 av £185 A&SL Throup


Pedigree Bulls to 2000gns av £1500


Best Bull

1st GB Moorhouse

2nd R&E Butterfield

3rd JA Greenhalgh