British Blue calf tops baby trade at Skipton

A two-month-old Belgian Blue bull calf from Geoff and Margaret Booth, of Lower Dowshaw Farm, Lothersdale, was champion at the annual Craven Farmers’ Spring calf show at Skipton Auction Mart.


The victor sold locally for £295 to Ian Ibbotson, of Oakworth, with the reserve champion, a Limousin heifer calf from Frank Spence, of Sutton, knocked down for £220 to Tony Binns, of Clint, Harrogate.Calves averaged around £150 at the fixture, with other chief prices as follows: Limousin bull £232, Belgian Blue bull £295, heifer £222, Blonde bull £200, Simmental bull £218, heifer £184, Aberdeen Angus bull £160, heifer £148, Friesian bull £152. Stirks – Limousin bull £330, heifer £260, Belgian Blue bull £260.