81 Rearing Calves B&W av £61.90 Cont av £375.83 Native av £188....... A fantastic day for the Craven Cattle Marts Christmas Calf Show with Geoff and Margaret Booth of Dowshaw Farm, Lothersdale taking the Champion rosette and also the top price of the day with their superb British Blue bull calf selling for £520 to N&M Mason of Lincolnshire. The Booth family who are strong supporters of Craven Cattle Marts were awarded the prize by Robert Foster of Wetherby. Reserve Champion went to a cracking entry from Sowray Bros of Bishop Thornton selling to Mr Mason again for £500. Fred Houseman of Church Farm Enterprises was also in the mix with his best bull reaching £520 also. A total of 13 bulls over £400 and an average of £401.75 for 26 Blue bulls sold.

Friesians were better this week with a couple extra faces around making a better trade with £61.90 being the average of the day. RL Wright & Son of Airton were the ones with the highest price at £140 for a cracking calf.


The best heifers were well fought after today with the first prize heifer from RD Metcalfe of Brearton selling to £450 with an entry from Sowray Bros selling to a sale high of £480 and Fred Houseman receiving £460 for his consignment, with a total of 4 heifers over £400 and an overall average £344 for Blue heifers.


A cracking consignment of Flekvieh x MRI bull calves from C Watson, Horton Pasture saw his 8 bulls average £245 for some well fleshed dairy calves. A superb day had by all.


NB: We have sales on the 12th and 19th December and then it will be the New Year with the first sale on the 2nd December.  


Christmas Show -

Class 1 – BB Bull

1st GT Booth                          2nd A Sowray & Son             3rd A Sowray & Son

Class 2 – BB Hfr

1st RD Metcalfe & Son         2nd A Sowray & Son             3rd Church Farm Enterprises

Class 3 – Lim Bull

1st A Sowray & Son              2nd C Watson                         3rd C Watson

Class 5 – Other Bull

1st CN&SA Harrison

Class 7 – Native Bull

1st T&C Robinson

Class 8 – Native Hfr

1st Church Farm Enterprises

Class 9 – B&W

1st C Watson                         2nd C Watson                         3rd C Watson

Class 10 – Cont Male Stirk

1st Church Farm Enterprises              2nd Church Farm Enterprises             3rd A Sowray & Son

Class 12 – Native Stirk

1st D&P Brown


Champion – GT Booth (Blue Bull)                     Reserve – A Sowray & Son (Blue Bull)


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £300) to £330 C Watson                       

Brit Blue x (Av £401.75) to £520 x2 GT Booth and Church Farm Enterprises                                                        

Ab Angus (Av £230) to £230 AP Townsend

Saler (Av £150) to £150 RL Wright & Son

Simmental to £300 CN&SA Harrison

Hereford to £250 T&C Robinson

Lincoln Red to £280 D&P Brown                     

Black & White (Av £61.90) to £140 RL Wright & Son                 


Heifer Calves                       

British Blue x (Av £344.23) to £480 A Sowray & Son                                                  

Ab Angus (Av £162) to £170 JM Smith & Son                                                               

Limousin (Av £230) to £230 R&YM Wood