Gisburn Auction Marts Easter show and sale of rearing calves last week was hotly contested with a total of 251 calves forward. Pre-sale show judge David Albutt, Driffield chose a six week old British Blue bull sired by Condor De Senonchamp, out of a fourth lactation Holstein Friesian dam from John Bailey, Chipping as the champion, which went on to sell for £480 to John Swan, Little Ouseburn, York.

PHOTO1.JPGThe highest price of the day at £525 was for an eight week Charolais bull from Andrew Robinson, Gisburn, Clitheroe to Tony Binns, Clint, Harrogate.

Edgar Davis, battled his way over from Sheffield, after the heavy snow of Wednesday to take reserve champion with a five week old Simmental cross bull which went onto make £495.

PHOTO2.JPGOverall British Blues averaged £384 and heifers £311. Limousin bulls averaged £347 and heifers £344. Charolais bulls averaged £460 and heifers £338. Native calves with names sires continue to sell extremely well with Angus and Hereford cross bulls both selling to £345. The 78 black and white bull calves on offer averaged £124.

Auctioneers Richard Turner & Son