Craven Dairy Auction (7 head)
Mark Smith took the top honours in the dairy sale today with a cracking home bred heifer giving 32kg selling to John Howard of Heslaker Farm, Skipton for £2000. The 2nd prize heifer from the Newbirks herd of David, Claire and Suzy Lawson which was calved 10 days and 31 litres and sold to Ken Throup of Woofa Bank Farm, Silsden Moor for £1950.
Despite being light on numbers a handy contingent of buyers was ringside for the milkers on offer.
Judge – Colin Whitelock
Prize Awards: Newly Calven Heifers: 1st M&R Smith 2nd A Lawson & Son; 3rd M Baul & Partners
Newly Calven Cows: 1st A Lawson & Son; 2nd GB Moorhouse
Champion – M&R Smith Reserve – A Lawson & Son
Newly Calven Heifers (av £1725.8): to £2000 M&R Smith; £1950 A Lawson & Son; £1750 M Baul & Partners
Newly Calven Cows (av £1750): to £1780 A Lawson & Son; £1720 GB Moorhouse
Rearing Calves to £455 (50)
B&W av £60.91 Cont av £312 Native av £189
Just 50 calves about today and a healthy trade for the stronger types with Moons of Wigglesworth hitting the top today with a tremendous bull at £455. The Pickersgill brothers from Hawksworth brought a strong packet of Limousin bulls today topping at £420. Black and whites a healthy trade with no real corkers on offer but a healthy average for the types on offer at £60.91.
Another run of 8 – 18 day old calves landed today which hampered the averages but received some strong bidding for both Blue Bulls and Heifers topping at £250 and £200 respectively.
Easter Calf Show next week with a large consignment of calves expected.
Limousin x (Av £410) to £420 G Pickersgill & Sons
Brit Blue x (Av £305) to £455 JR&MJ Moon
Aberdeen Angus (Av £270) to £270 RD Guy
Shorthorn (Av £90.38) to £145 Flasby Estates
Black & White (Av £60.91) to £85 RD Guy
Ab Angus (Av £103) to £135
British Blue (Av £230) to £330 J Gooch