Centre Record for Calves Broken at J36!
Calves and Stirks
The great annual Christmas show and sale of Calves had the largest entry seen for some time, with over 100 forward for the sale. The sale created plenty of interest with the busiest ringside of buyers, ensuring all calves were well sold.
It was great to have a large number of calves forward for the pre-sale show and a special thanks go to the vendors for their efforts for getting their calves here for 9.30am. Thanks must also go to our sponsor BB Dairy Ltd, James Bainbridge for his presence at the sale today and our judge John Ellis. The championship and reserve championship rosettes were awarded to V & EJ Chadwick & Sons, Sowerby Lodge, Preston. The champion was a stylish British Blue Heifer, which was much admired and created a lot of interest at sale time, sold to a centre record of £510 to Ian Dixon, Low Newton. The reserve champion a British Blue Bull calf sold to £480 to JBL & I Ellis, New Hutton.
There was a buoyant trade throughout that saw other British Blue Bull calves sell to £415 from B Mallinson & Son, Ravens Lodge and other heifers sold to £350 from HJ Robinson & Son, Elm Tree Farm. Plenty of one month old Beef calves sold in the early three hundreds.
A very young entry of Black and Whites, with a shortage of good rearing calves saw rearing calf buyers leaving empty handed. Black and white calves sold to a top of £90 from GR Park & Sons, Low Deepslack.
An entry of stirks today saw summer born Hereford bulls sell to £570 with early autumn born Angus bulls sell to £470 all from RJ & J Gardner of Natland Mill Beck Farm.
Cast Cows and OTM Cattle
The fortnightly sale of cast cows, with an entry in the forties forward, sold to an overall market average of 105p/kg. Well-fleshed beef and dairy cows were a strong trade and in demand, selling to a top of 159.5p/kg for Limousin cows from RH, M & S Boyren, Hill Park. Black and whites sold to a top of 114.5p/kg from DE & SM Moorhouse of High House Farm.
The annual Christmas show and sale of dairy cattle at J36 had a handful forward for the sale, but they created plenty of interest attracting many buyers and on lookers and many more could have easily been sold to the advantage of the vendor. Our thanks must go to our judges today Richard and Chris Ladds of Benson Hall for giving up their time and expertise.
The pre-sale champion was awarded to JM Barton & Son, Lupton Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale with a second calved cow yielding 45litres, selling for £2200 to the pre-sale judges.
A couple of heifers forward BW & M Haygarth, Manor Farm with both yielding 26litres selling to £1650 and £1600.
A small entry of breeding cattle today was met by plenty of demand. British Blue Heifers with Limousin Heifer calves at foot sold to a top of £1550. In-calf British Blue Heifers, due in January, sold to £1300 from TLB & J Knowles of High Borrowbridge.
The was an entry of 50 Store Cattle forward for the sale, with the trade being in line with other auction marts, with buyers cautious of middle range store cattle due to current forage situations. Thanks go to today’s judge Raymond Matterson of Bootle, who awarded the Champion rosette to a Limousin steer from E & S Bower, Burney End. Best steers were selling in excess of £1000.