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Posted on 28/11/2017 by in reports Dairy Cattle

Forward: 63 Rearing Calves; 26 Dairy Cattle

Craven Dairy Auction

 A very successful Christmas show today with a cracking show of heifers and cows tied up down the shippon. Martyn Jennings of Cowling had the honour of judging and it was no easy task with a very strong line up of cattle turned out for judging. In the end it was a Larcrest Commander daughter out of a EX94 cow from Brian and Judith Moorhouse of Bell Busk which took the Craven Cattle Marts Perpetual Trophy, calved 12 days it went on to sell for £2200 to William Oldfield of Demense, Gisburn. The second prize heifer in class from David, Claire and Suzy Lawson of Arthington was again a Larcrest Commander daughter from one of their favourite cow families, she was calved 30 days and giving 35kg and went on to sell for £2350 to Stephen and Rachel Coates of Baildon.


The Reserve Champion from Thomas and Elizabeth Simpson of Red House Farm, Ripon, a tremdous home bred 2nd calver giving an incredible 48 litres sold for £2050 to Richard Sutcliffe of Queensbury, with another 2nd calver from the same home selling for £1780 to Brian Blezard of Ribchester.


Another Moorhouse heifer saw a flying trade, a 30 litre, 26 day calved heifer boasting 11 gens of VG or Ex behind her went on to sell for £2150 to regular supporter Brian Blezard of Ribchester. 3rd Prize in the pre-sale show from Edward Fort of the Silmoor herd saw his 26kg heifer sired by Crackholm Fever sold for £1920 to William Oldfield, Gisburn. The whole day was started with first man in the ring, Robert Crisp who sold his sweet 28 litre heifer for £1950 to Alf and Andrew Townsend of Southfield, Burnley. 


Winning the Frank Wade Trophy for the best Incalf heifer was Peter Baul of Bishop Thornton with a heifer due to Sexed semen selling for £1320 to David Hancock of Cheshire.


A huge thank you also to our sponsors for their continued support: NMR, NFU and Yorkshire Bank.      


Judge – Martyn Jennings

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st GB Moorhouse 2nd A Lawson & Son 3rd EJ Fort

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st T&E Simpson 2nd EJ Fort 3rd A Swires & Son

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st M Baul & Partners 2nd M Baul & Partners

                                Champion – GB Moorhouse              Reserve – T&E Simpson



Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers av £1750 to £2350 A Lawson & Son


Newly Calven Cows av £1675 to £2050 T&E Simpson


Newly Calven Heifers av £1456 to £1950 ASE Crisp


Incalf Heifers av £1185 to £1320 M Baul & Partners





Rearing Calves to £450

A healthy trade in the calf ring this morning especially for British Blue bulls which saw an average of £393 for everything on offer, topped by a tremendous bull from JP&KE Hartley of Bolton Abbey at £450, with £425 bid for a cracking blue from Fred and Mike Longster of Fellbeck and the same price for an entry from Chadwick and Leaver.


Black and whites were a stronger trade for the goods on offer with Michael Heron enjoying the peak of the trade with a pure Friesian at £140.


Bull Calves

B&W av £51.06 Cont av £348.63 Native av £276.25

Limousin x (Av £288) to £340 AP Townsend                

Brit Blue x (Av £393) to £450 JP&KE Hartley                                                

Aberdeen Angus (Av £275) to £285 JC Marshall

Hereford X (Av £280) to £280 JC Marshall

Saler (Av £145) to £170 P Sharp & Son                          

Black & White (Av £51.06) to £140 DL DM & J Heron                


Heifer Calves                       

Simmental x (Av £220) to £220 A&SL Throup                                                              

Saler (Av £107.5) to £125 P Sharp & Son

British Blue (Av £318.50) to £390 Church Farm Enterprises

Lim (Av £272) to £300 D&A Livestock