Rearing Calves to £400 (79) B&W av £50.03 Cont av £332.8 Native av £184.75 Good trade for calves today with first quality calves selling away well. Johnny Moon from Wigglesworth topped the days trade with a run of ten calves peaking at £400 and all his bulls £370+ today. Black and Whites were not quite as fiery as last week but still good to sell with again first quality knocking on into £60+ were as second quality were penalised.

Heifers also good to sell with a number of handy buyers bidding well for all strong continental types with native heifers a similar trade on the week. 


Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £295) to £300 JC Marshall                     

Brit Blue x (Av £354.1) to £400 JR&MJ Moon                                                              

Ab Angus (Av £210) to £265 J Wellock

Blonde D’Aquitaine (Av £328.33) to £390 N&R Sutcliffe                           

Black & White (Av £50.03) to £130 JP&KE Hartley                      


Heifer Calves                       

Simmental x to £360 HJ&JK Blackwell & Son                                                                

Ab Angus (Av £157.5) to £180 JC Marshall                                                   

Saler to £150 RL Wright & Son

British Blue (Av £302) to £345 JR & MJ Moon

Limousin (Av £295) to £335 RM Spence                                                        


Craven Dairy Auction (27 head)

 A quality show turned out for the December Dairy sale and met a similar trade to the last fortnight with all types much improved. Calvert Bros of Crathorne took top honours from the Judge Andrew Townsend with a Home bred heifer that had calved a month and milking 34kg sold for the sale top price of £2000 to the Sowray Family of Bishop Thornton with the second highest price of the day also getting knocked down to the Sowray’s at £1820.  The heifer, home bred 30 litres from Tony Swires of Stainburn was first in the ring and sold away well.


Certainly more interest ringside with a buzz about the place this morning, certainly the appearance of BPS and a welcome (but arguably not a massive) increase in the milk price saw some sharp bidding and an air of a brighter horizon.


Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.


NB Next Dairy Sale is the 9th January 2017      


Judge – Andrew Townsend

Prize Awards:       Newly Calven Heifers:         1st & 3rd Calvert Bros           2nd Jennings Farmers

                                Newly Calven Cows:            1st DA Forth

                                In-Calf Heifers:                     1st WR Ireland       2nd & 3rd M Baul & Partners

Champion – Calvert Bros   Reserve – Jennings Farmers


Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (av £1602): to £2000 Calvert Bros


Newly Calven Heifers (av £1553.75): to £1820 A Swires


Newly Calven Cows: to £1440 DA&SA Fort


Incalf Heifers (av £1055): to £1200 WR Ireland & Son