Rearing Calves to £410 (68)
B&W av £90.50 Cont av £304.32 Native av £146.67
A very good show of continental calves this morning with 58 of 68 calves presented having British Blue on the passport. The best was presented by Alan Middleton of Hartley’s Bolton Abbey with his belting 8 week old bull calf selling for £410. 35 British blue averaged £324 and 23 British Blue heifers averaging £263 topping with a belting heifer from John and Rob Marshall of Dacre selling for £360.
Black and white calves were in short supply however some very heady prices were seen with an average of £90.5 topping with Richard Spence of Sutton In Craven seeing his fleshy bulls reach £145 and £140.
Brit Blue x (Av £324.93) to £410 JP&KE Hartley
Black & White (Av £90.5) to £145 RM Spence
Ab Angus (Av £146.67) to £180 A Sowray & Son
British Blue (Av £263.17) to £360 JC Marshall
Craven Dairy Auction (8 head)
A quiet show of milker’s in today’s shippon however there was plenty of bidders in attendance ringside. Colin Whitelock of Gargrave undertook the judging honours and efficiently went about his duties placing the heifer belonging to Peter Baul of Bishop Thornton as his Champion with the heifer from Brian Moorhouse of Bell Busk a very close Reserve.
The Champion a home bred Pedigree heifer from the Ravensgate herd, sired by Genus sire Ferdinand and giving 33kg went on to sell for £2080 to Brian Blezard of Ribchester. The Reserve Champion, a heifer from the renowned Miss America family of Brian and Judith Moorhouse, giving 30kg she went onto sell for the sale high of £2120 again heading to Mr Blezard.
The 1st prize cow, a 38kg 2nd calver from Stephen and Rachel Coates of Baildon found many interested parties eventually selling for £1700 to Aubrey Greenhalgh.
Judge – Colin Whitelock
Prize Awards: Newly Calven Heifers: 1st M Baul & Partners; 2nd GB Moorhouse 3rd MD Parkinson
Newly Calven Cows: 1st GW&M Coates 2nd M Mosley
Champion – M Baul & Partners Reserve – GB Moorhouse
Newly Calven Heifers (av £1705): to £2120 GB Moorhouse
Newly Calven Cows (av £1325): to £1700 GW&M Coates