63 Prime cattle comprising 23 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 2 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 38 Cast Cattle
3,541 Prime Sheep comprising 3,237 Prime Lambs & 304 Cast Ewes & Rams
40 Rearing Calves
2 Loads of produce
Sowrays back on top at Skipton rearing calf showcase
The Sowray farming family from Bishop Thornton claimed another rearing calf title, also adding the reserve championship, at Skipton Auction Mart’s autumn show and sale. (Mon, Oct 23)
Brothers Shaun, Peter and Paul Sowray, who run their Holstein Friesian dairy herd at Bowes Green Farm, and have secured multiple Skipton championships, again dominated the show classes, seeing their first prize British Blue-cross heifer calf, a daughter of the Genus sire, Brookfield Dev, go on to be crowned overall victor, then fall for a sale day high of £410 to Malcolm and Stephen Abbott, of Ings Farm, Dacre, Harrogate.
SKIPTON AUCTION MART
MARKET REPORT – WEDNESDAY 25th OCTOBER 2017
Fortnightly Sale of Young Feeding Bulls, Store Bullocks & Heifers, Breeding Cattle
Forward: 368 head of cattle
Comprising: 101 Young Feeding Bulls, 27 Beef Feeding Cows, 222 Bullocks & Heifers, & 18 Breeding Cattle.
A high percentage of 2017 born bull calves in today’s sale. Stronger 2017 suckled bulls got away well with the remnants of the 2016 crop to buyers looking for cattle to go straight to feed. An average of £783.50 for bulls under 12months is slightly deceptive as most of these were born June 2017 onwards, these young types finding a ready audience at £500-£650. Stronger bulls saw some high prices as noted below.
Feeding cows were a very seasonal entry of leaner types, but trade was good for all classes with an overall average of £709, topping at £1,250. Store Cattle saw all extremes penned for sale, anything a bit smarter and in forward condition sold away quickly with customers keen, stronger and older types were a decent trade, and smart end of young cattle were better to sell, but anything a bit plainer was a similar trade.
SKIPTON AUCTION MART
MARKET REPORT – TUESDAY 24th OCTOBER 2017
FORWARD: 369 Breeding Sheep & Rams. Final Tuesday Breeding Sheep Sale of Ewes and Rams
Autumn Calf show saw a strong turnout of both vendors and buyers with 124 calves through the door. The Champion calf from Sowray Brothers of Bishop Thornton was a cracking British Blue Heifer which went on to sell for £410 to regular supporters Malcolm and Stephen Abbott. Calves in general were a strong trade with best calves possibly a touch easier today however straight middle of the road calves were a cracking trade with black and white calves selling to a strong average of £86.49 and topping at £220 and £200 from Stephen Marshall of Summerbridge. Contninental bulls were still the best supported with strong runs from regular supporters Church Farm Enterprises, C&SB Whitelock, Sowray Bros and C Watson all on the receiving end of a healthy trade.
Native bulls remained strong to sell with an average of £274 and £330 twice for calves from JP&KE Hartley of Beamsley and from JR&EJ Griffiths of Penistone. Overall a great day in the calf ring at Skipton.