The anniversary show and sale of rearing calves, at Gisburn Auction
Marts, on Thursday 24 May 2007, saw all previous market record calf
prices smashed, with a top price of £428 being achieved.
Beverly Calvert, PM &M Chartered Accountants marketing manager,
(pre-sale show sponsor) and Jim Faud with his champion calf which
sold for a market record of £428 to Ian Harrison of Cumbrian
The top bid of the day was for the champion, an outstanding
eight week old Belgian Blue bull calf, sired by Genus Fertility Plus,
out of a Friesian cow from dairy farmer, Jim Faud, Great Harwood,
Blackburn. Selling to Mr Ian Harrison of Cumbrian Quality Calves,
Regular vendor, Geoff Blezard, Ribchester, Preston was in the money
with his superb pen of Belgian Blue bulls sired by the Irish bull,
Chesnut Umpire which sold for £308, £305, £300, £298, £255
and £232 to John and Robert Sturdy, Malton, North Yorkshire.
B & BM Bayes, Driffield, East Yorkshire, took home three superb
Belgian Blue heifers, the first sired by Cowden Vesuvius, from Tom
Holden, Chaigley, Clitheroe at £290. Followed by a Besthorpe
Thunder Flash sired heifer from DE & PA Newbould, Clitheroe at £282,
and finally AT Farms, Longridge, Preston, striking heifer at £272.
The increasing demand for calves from three and four year TB parishes
saw several new buyers present with many calves heading north of
the border into Scotland. Aberdeen based, Philip Foad, took home
25 top quality continental calves, while Murray Forbes, Ecclefechan,
Lockerbie was the successful bidder for 21 continental calves.
Bulls: Lim £214, BB £269,
Sim £275, Here £166
Heifers: Lim £188, BB £220, Here £151
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