2016-09-28   facebooktwitterrss

Jennings Farmers sells Dairy Heifer for £2,000

Andrew Jennings of Jennings Farmers, Fountains Abbey, emerged victorious at Skipton Auction Mart’s Craven Dairy Auction. (Monday Sept 26)

Mr Jennings’ pedigree newly calven heifer topped the sale at £2,000 after being awarded the championship by judge Rob Marshall, of Dacre.

(left to right) Helen Whittaker, of NMR, Peter Baul with his reserve champion, Andrew Jennings with the champion and judge Robert Marshall.

(left to right) Helen Whittaker, of NMR, Peter Baul with his reserve champion, Andrew Jennings with the champion and judge Robert Marshall.

The heifer, 28 days calved, giving 33 litres, boasted a good back pedigree, being by Carrock Shockwave, and was sold to Stephen and Eddie Jeanes of Sutton-in-Craven.

Reserve champion was a sweet heifer from Peter Baul of Bishop Thornton, calved 18 days and giving 30kg, which sold for £1,580 to the Jeanes family again. Jennings Farmers had their second heifer reach the same price of £1,580 and sold to Wick Williams of Cheshire.

Mr Jennings also took third prize in the newly calven cows, with the Lawson family, of Arthington, taking first and second, along with third in the newly calven heifers section, and topping the prices for newly calven cows at £1,600.

Brian and Susan Barningham, of I Oliver & Partners in Darley, took first, second and third place in the in-calf heifers category and sold for the top price of £1,100.

There was welcome news of the pay rise from the main processor in the area, however many feel it is not enough and it is still a concern going forward as a long and winding road continues.

Pedigree newly calven heifers averaged £1520, newly calven heifers averaged £1,270, with GR Bretherton of Preston hitting top price of £1,270, newly calven cows averaged £1,232 and in-calf heifers averaged £974.

The show was again sponsored by regular supporters NMR and Trouw Nutrition.

Strong show of calves

Numbers were up at the weekly rearing calf sale on Monday with 100 through the door and a top price of £430 for Fred and Mark Houseman, of Burton Leonard, with a British Blue cross heifer.

Black and Whites saw a better trade this week with an average of £51.59 and a top price of £180 for a pure Friesian bull calf from the Pickersgill brothers of Guiseley, who also sold a Limousin bull calf for £385.

There was a large proportion of continentals and natives on display with Angus bulls averaging £202.9 and continentals right through averaging £315 for all goods. Best bulls were going for £380 and upwards, topping at £420 for Fred Houseman’s British Blue cross bull calf.

The Housemans also topped the prices for Aberdeen Angus bull calves, selling at £320, and heifers, topping at £260, while RD Metcalfe & Son, of Brearton, led the way with Limousin cross heifer calves, selling for £250, and Salers, selling for £175.

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