Rearing Calves to £640 (57) B&W av £139.68 Cont av £471 Native av £238 Well it’s happened again with calves dearer still on the week. A fantastic show of black and whites met the same flying trade that we saw last week with the best of bunch being a 1mth 8 day old Friesian from Michael Heron, Bramhope hitting a new high of £280 and Anthony Bolland, Bolton Abbey also having a flyer with a Holstein bull to £260. B&W average today £139.68 with 70% of B&W’s over £100’s. A quality run from Hartley’s of Beamsley saw their Angus bulls and heifers sell well to £290 and av £254 for his run of 8.

British Blues were out in force again with quality of the highest order from vendors such as Richard Sutcliffe

of Queensbury, IR&DE Wellock of Kirkby Malham and Sowray Bros of Bishop Thornton. Richard Sutcliffe hit the top price with an exceptional bull calf making £640 with Martyn Jennings next in line at £565 and Sowray Bros selling 9 calves and averaging £520.26 topping at £560 for a bull and £550 for a heifer.  The Wellock family were also well supported with eight, 1 month old  British Blue bulls and heifers averaging over £400. In the Limousin’s, Robert Metcalfe of Brearton hit £510 for a fine bull calf.


Interesting to take into account that at Skipton today black and white calves had an average age of 27 days of age and British Blues an average of 35 days old. Trade looks set to continue in the short to mid term please do not hesitate to contact.                Sam Bradley regarding Calf Sales 07538539077.  


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £355) to £510 RD Metcalfe                   

Brit Blue x (Av £491) to £640 P&RM Sutcliffe                              

Ab Angus (Av £234) to £290 JP&KE Hartley                                  

Black & White (Av £139.68) to £280 DL DM J Heron                  


Heifer Calves                       

Limousin x (Av £220) to £220 RD Metcalfe                   

Brit Blue x (Av £465) to £550 A Sowray & Son                             

Ab Angus (Av £242) to £285 JP&KE Hartley                                                  


Craven Dairy Auction (30 head)

 A bigger show than we have had in the past month with all cattle forward from local producers. Despite very little dealer interest cattle got away well with 90% of milkers selling to farmers. Regular supporter Robin Jennings of South Stainley took a well-deserved top spot with his Pedigree newly calven heifer giving 34L which sold to a good price of £1800 to the show judge Andrew Townsend, Southfield.


Some sweet heifers certainly helped the averages with David Lawson, Robert Johnson, Chris Broadwith and Alan Throup all helped to forge a good average today with other vendors also receiving a straight trade.


Good to see a demand from genuine farmers forcing the trade despite the treacherous market conditions.


Judge – Andrew Townsend

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st GB Jennings     2nd A&SL Throup      3rd R Johnson & Son

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st A Lawson & Son              2nd J Wellock

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st 2nd & 3rd S Kellett

                    Brown Swiss:                         1st 2nd & 3rd D&P Brown

                                Champion – GB Jennings                    Reserve – A Lawson & Son


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (7): av £1651.5 to £1800 X2 GB Jennings and A&SL Throup


Pedigree Newly Calven Cows (2): av £1310 to £1320 J Wellock  


Newly Calven Heifers (11): av £1356 to £1780 RG Johnson & Son


Newly Calven Brown Swiss (8) av £1284 to £1550 x3 D&P Brown


Jersey Incalf Heifers (3): to £320 SDM Kellett