A record price of £700 was established at Skipton Auction Mart’s summer rearing calf show and sale on Monday (18 August).

The new all-time high fell to the show champion British Blue-cross bull calf from the Sowray family, Bowes Green Farm, Bishop Thornton.

Brothers Peter, Paul and Shaun Sowray have won all four of this year’s seasonal calf shows at Skipton. Their 41-day-old August champion, by the Genus sire Gammin and out of a top-quality dairy cow, fell to Vickers and Richardson, Scarborough.

The same buyers also secured the reserve champion for the day’s second highest price of £570. Another Blue bull calf, sired this time by Genus’ Rostrevor Gaberal and bred by JP and KE Hartley and Son, Lane House Farm, Beamsley.

Reigning Craven Cattle Marts’ Farmers of the Year, father and son Fred and Mark Houseman, Church Farm Enterprises, Burton Top Farm, Burton Leonard, sold youngsters to a high of £530 for their first prize continental male stirk, another British Blue-cross.

 

Averages: British Blue bull calves, £428; British Blue heifer calves, £334; continental cross, £389.80; native, £188.70; black and whites, £71.98.