Craven Dairy Auction (34 head) A big show with a lot of cattle unentered arriving and making a good shippon full of newly calved heifers. Despite the shippon full trade was strong especially for those well presented cattle like those of Robin Jennings and Shaun Hickey who made £2300 and £2250. Other vendors also met a stiff trade with Chris Broadwith of Thornton Watlass pushing into the top prices with a lovely heifer reaching a deserved £2250.

However with such big numbers anything not quite 12 o’clock was an easier trade with some good heifers in the £1700 - £1850 region and some honest tank fillers in the £1500 - £1700.


I can’t help feel that the ARLA price reduction recently has had an impact on the confidence of many farmers and this has clearly had an influence on price today.


Please can you enter Dairy Cattle the Tuesday Prior to the Sale for Catalogue Purposes    


Prize Awards:      

Newly Calven Heifers:         1st S Hickey

                                         2nd GB Jennings

                                         3rd MR Smith


Newly Calven Cows:            1st J Rennard

                                         2nd J Rennard

In-Calf Heifers:                   1st 2nd & 3rd LEA & Partners

Champion – S Hickey           Reserve – GB Jennings


Newly Calven Heifers:  to £2250 av £1654 S Hickey   


Newly Calven Cows: to £1480 av £1385 J Rennard                     


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers: to £2300 av £1930 GB Jennings


In Calf Heifer:  to £1150 av £1125

Rearing Calves to £400 (59)

B&W av £33 Cont av £288 Native av £195

A good entry of calves with 60% Black and Whites, unfortunately a number of plain calves around, had it not been for these B&W’s would be well into the 40’s. Continentals were well supported with some big prices coming both the British Blues and Limousins’, Church Farm Enterprises where trade toppers again with their Blue Bull reaching the heights of £400 and a Heifer to £370 with Alf Townsend making £280 out of a strong Limousin Bull.


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £201) to £248 AP Townsend

Brit Blue x (Av £290) to £400 Church Farm Enterprises

Ab Angus (Av £174) to £240 S Nuttall                           

Black & White (Av £33) to £100 JP & KE Hartley


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £262.5) to £280 AP Townsend                            

Brit Blue x (Av £358) to £370 Church Farm Enterprises                             

Ab Angus (Av £216) to £290 AP Townsend