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Baul’s Prize Heifer Tops Skipton Dairy Sale

A mixed show of newly calven cattle at Skipton Auction Mart’s Dairy Auction warmed up at the better end of the sale on Monday (January 11).

Peter Baul’s impressive champion heifer topped the 36 head sale, fetching £1,600 to Alf and Andrew Townsend of Southfield, Burnley.

The three weeks calved Holstein, giving 32 litres, caught the eye of judge Colin Whitelock of Gargrave.

The specimen from Baul and Sons Ltd Ravensgate Herd in Bishop’s Thornton was homebred from Genus sire Overside Dragon.

From left, Jennie Booth with the reserve champion, Peter Baul with the champion and judge Colin Whitelock.

From left, Jennie Booth with the reserve champion, Peter Baul with the champion and judge Colin Whitelock.

Brian Moorhouse of Hesper Farm also had a heifer in this price range, reaching £1,500, and winning third place in the newly calven heifers category, whilst regular vendors WR Ireland and Son of Thorpe Bassett, took second place in the newly calven cows awards and saw a third calved cow, giving 42 litres, fetch £1,520.

The first prize newly calved cow and overall reserve came from David Booth of Broom House, Earby. The second calver, giving 48 litres, sold at £1,500.

Good trade in rearing calves at Skipton Auction Mart

In the rearing calves sale, black and whites were certainly good to sell with a handy trade throughout. They averaged £79, with FA Holmes & Son of Otley reaching £170.

Continentals averaged £298.2 and natives £180.8.

Limousins did well on the end of a better trade, reaching £328 from C & M Hall of Shelley, Huddersfield, and an average of £292.

Other continentals were a touch easier in places, although a strong calf from Jonny Moon of Wigglesworth went on to top the day at £370 for a sweet British Blue Bull.

Aberdeen Angus sold to £260 for JP & KE Hartley of Beamsley, and averaged £211.5.

J & SA Lancaster of Horton-in-Craven saw their Simmental cross fetch £350, and a Meuse Rhine Issel £188.

The Lancasters also saw a British Blue heifer calf fetch £355 against an average of £259, and a black and white heifer calf reach £260.

C&M Hall took top price for an Aberdeen Angus heifer calf at £205 against an average of £154.

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