MARKET REPORT - MONDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2014 DAIRY PRESS Hesper Hoists Heifer Craven Dairy Title Multiple past champion Brian Moorhouse, who runs the Airebank pedigree Holstein dairy herd at Hesper Farm, Bell Busk, sent out his first title winner of 2014 at the main February Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart.


The home-bred victor, the first prize newly calven heifer, is by the Genus sire Galastar Bluesky and the first of his crop to make an appearance in the show ring for Mr Moorhouse.


Out of a 10,000kg dam, the champion, who had calved on February 5 and came to market giving 31kg, headed the day’s selling prices by some distance at £2,650 when joining D Clarke, of Hampsthwaite, Harrogate.


The same buyer also paid second top call of £2,250 for another newly calven commercial heifer shown by Eldroth’s Gary Robinson, reserve champion at Skipton’s opening February dairy show.


Dales dairyman Richard Close, of Starbotton, bagged the reserve championship with his second prize seven days-calved heifer, giving 27 litres and falling for £2,120 to regular local buyer John Howard, of Hesleker.


The third prize newly calven heifer from Bishop Thornton’s Peter Baul sold for £1,950 to Mark Goodall, of Tong, Bradford,, with heifers averaging £2,125 overall. Newly calven cows sold to a high of £1,500 for a Brown Swiss entry from Nidderdale vendors D&P Brown, of Ramsgill.


The 39-strong entry featured a good number of younger cattle, with J&J Whitaker, of Laneshawbridge, again to the fore with a quality selection of 29 in-calf and maiden heifers, which sold to a high of £1,700 for a March-due entry. The buyer was Gargrave’s David Shuttleworth.


Mick Corner, of Easingwold, was responsible for the top price in-calf heifer, which sold well at £1,860 to Kevin Midgley, of Thorpe Bassett in Ryedale, producing an overall selling average of £1,492 per head. The Whittakers’ 17 to 22-month-old bulling heifers sold to a high of £1,300 and averaged £1,117, with their 6 to 8-month-old heifer stirks selling to £800, with an average of £609 each.


Robin Jennings, of the Stainbank pedigree Holstein Friesian herd in South Stainley, judged at the BOCM Pauls-sponsored show.