Judge – Rob Walker
At 4,200gns Greystone Judge headed up the British Blue Fixture ‘Blue Wednesday’ at Craven Cattle Marts Ltd, Skipton. The 2014 homebred son of Greystone Hoover was shown by Messrs Coates of Rainscar and bred from easy calving lines found favour with Gargrave dairy farmer Colin Whitelock, who is a producer of high quality British Blue calves.
Fortnightly Sale of Young Feeding Bulls, Store Bullocks & Heifers, Breeding Cattle
Forward: 669 head of cattle
Comprising: 168 Young Feeding Bulls, 451 Bullocks & Heifers, 1 Feeding Cows, 49 Breeding Cattle inc 14 Pedigree British Blue Bulls & 35 Beef Breeding Cattle
At CCM Auctions fortnightly cattle sale there was a much sharper feel to the trade than earlier on in the spring. Short keep cattle caught the attention and were easier to sell than of late.
84 Prime cattle comprising 9 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 4 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 71 Cast Cattle.
1,940 Prime Sheep comprising 141 Spring Lambs, 1,292 Prime Hoggs & Mature Hoggs, 507 Cast Ewes & Rams.
555 Breeding Sheep.
53 Rearing Calves.
30 Dairy Cattle.
4 Loads of produce.
555 Breeding Sheep (comprising 224 Sheep with 331 lambs at foot)
Numbers exactly the same as last week but generally lambs on the ewes were stronger so prices looking a bit better too. A few more travelled buyers helping to fill up the ringside, and many were looking for young ewes or hoggs with lambs. Best today for Hoggs was Ian Manning of Wrexham with the first of his weekly consignments topping at £195, with others ranging from £150 to £190. Richard Caton of Stainforth and John Mawson of Elslack jointly topped the sale at £205 for Texel Ewes with Twins.
Craven Dairy Auction (30 head)
A testing day for all with the milk price once again being reduced at the end of last week has had a clear knock on effect to the trade received by vendors today despite a quality show of in milk heifers and cows on offer. Brian Moorhouse of Bell Busk was tasked with the judging job today and picked out one of David Lawson’s well bred pedigree heifers which was a month calved and giving 31kg went on to sell for a sale high of £1380. Robin Jennings of South Stainley, Harrogate sold his reserve champion heifer for £1250 with another of his entries a 31kg Stainbank heifer bred by Micheleaob went on to sell for £1350.