Rearing Calves to £400 (79)
B&W av £50.03 Cont av £332.8 Native av £184.75
Good trade for calves today with first quality calves selling away well. Johnny Moon from Wigglesworth topped the days trade with a run of ten calves peaking at £400 and all his bulls £370+ today. Black and Whites were not quite as fiery as last week but still good to sell with again first quality knocking on into £60+ were as second quality were penalised.
Heifers also good to sell with a number of handy buyers bidding well for all strong continental types with native heifers a similar trade on the week.
Limousin x (Av £295) to £300 JC Marshall
Brit Blue x (Av £354.1) to £400 JR&MJ Moon
Ab Angus (Av £210) to £265 J Wellock
Blonde D’Aquitaine (Av £328.33) to £390 N&R Sutcliffe
Black & White (Av £50.03) to £130 JP&KE Hartley
Simmental x to £360 HJ&JK Blackwell & Son
Ab Angus (Av £157.5) to £180 JC Marshall
Saler to £150 RL Wright & Son
British Blue (Av £302) to £345 JR & MJ Moon
Limousin (Av £295) to £335 RM Spence
Craven Dairy Auction (27 head)
A quality show turned out for the December Dairy sale and met a similar trade to the last fortnight with all types much improved. Calvert Bros of Crathorne took top honours from the Judge Andrew Townsend with a Home bred heifer that had calved a month and milking 34kg sold for the sale top price of £2000 to the Sowray Family of Bishop Thornton with the second highest price of the day also getting knocked down to the Sowray’s at £1820. The heifer, home bred 30 litres from Tony Swires of Stainburn was first in the ring and sold away well.
Certainly more interest ringside with a buzz about the place this morning, certainly the appearance of BPS and a welcome (but arguably not a massive) increase in the milk price saw some sharp bidding and an air of a brighter horizon.
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
NB Next Dairy Sale is the 9th January 2017
Judge – Andrew Townsend
Prize Awards: Newly Calven Heifers: 1st & 3rd Calvert Bros 2nd Jennings Farmers
Newly Calven Cows: 1st DA Forth
In-Calf Heifers: 1st WR Ireland 2nd & 3rd M Baul & Partners
Champion – Calvert Bros Reserve – Jennings Farmers
Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (av £1602): to £2000 Calvert Bros
Newly Calven Heifers (av £1553.75): to £1820 A Swires
Newly Calven Cows: to £1440 DA&SA Fort
Incalf Heifers (av £1055): to £1200 WR Ireland & Son