Demand for the 22 cast cattle was again strong at CCM Skipton this week. Cull cows traded slightly better than the previous week, averaging £802.62 a head, or 134.16p/kg.

Topping the day’s trade at heifer at £1,182, or 205.5p/kg was the Leyburn-based Bell Bros when selling a Hereford-x heifer.

Next and selling at £1,209, or 121.5p/kg was JD Crabtree and Son, Burnt Yates with a mature balck and white bull.

At £1,113, or 162.5p/g, was E and SCL Harker and Son, Lofthouse, with a Limousin-cross.

Meanwhile a quality turnout of 44 rearing calves averaged a solid £211.73, compared to £138.41 the previous week. The day’s high of £530 fell to a British Blue-x bull calf from Lothersdale’s Geoff Booth.

Another British Blue-x from John Rushton, Elslack, was the standout heifer calf at £465, with the breed average for bulls a solid £462 and for heifers £363.

M Fewster, Gomersal, led the way among the native breed youngsters with Aberdeen Angus-x bull and heifer calves at £310 and £185 respectively.


(CCM Skipton).