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
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.
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
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