Dairy trade was strong at Skipton yesterday when a top price of £2120 was paid for the first animal under the hammer, a fresh calved heifer from Stanley Flesher, Addingham. This one was bought by Wick Williams, Natwich Cheshire.

Then at £2100 was the pre-sale show champion from Anthony and James Swires, Townend Farm, Otley. Their champion, a freshly calved daughter of Geno was also snapped up by Mr Williams who was in spending mood, also claiming the reserve champion, another from the Swires at £1980.

Pedigree Jerseys from K N Hurst, Falton, York, also sold well, with a cow making £1080 and a heifer £1020.

Averages; freshly calved heifers £1725; fresh calved cows £1604 (Craven Cattle Markets).