Home-bred British Blue-cross bull and heifer calves secured a championship and reserve championship double for Bishop Thornton brothers Shaun and Peter Sowray at Skipton Auction Mart’s October rearing calf show.
The Sowrays then saw the title-winning bull calf, among their first crop of youngsters by the Cogent dairy sire Flintoff, go on to achieve joint top price in show at £410 when joining Derek Taylor, of Burton Leonard.
Their reserve champion heifer, by the Genus bull Warrior, who has also been responsible for past Sowray Skipton champions, became another Derek Taylor acquisition at £330, while the Sowrays also sold another British Blue-cross bull calf for £410 to Mrs J Stephenson, of Thornton, Bradford.
Heifer calf prices peaked at £370 for another British Blue-cross from Church Farm Enterprises, of Burton Leonard. The same exhibitors were also responsible for the third prize British Blue-cross heifer calf, along with the first prize native bull calf, rounding off a good day when making a clean sweep of the prizes in the Continental-cross heifer stirk show class.
Also notable at £370 was the second prize British Blue-cross bull calf from Robert Metcalfe, of Brearton, Otley, which became a further Derek Taylor acquisition.
Sutton’s Frank Spence was again prominent with four first prize successes in the Limousin bull calf class, the other Continental-cross class, the black and white or other dairy bull class, and the native male of heifer stirk class. The top performer was a Charolais-cross heifer sold for £325 to show judge Tony Binns, of Clint, Harrogate.
G Hayton and E C Stocks, of Bolton Abbey, presented both top price Limousin-cross youngsters. Their bull calf sold for £380 to Paul Drinkall, of Gargrave, and the heifer calf at £365 to M Adamson, of Wibsey. They made it a hat-trick of top prices with a Hereford-cross bull calf that joined the Drake family in Thornton, Bradford, for £312.
Also achieving a top price treble was Lincolnshire vendor ET Hanson, of Habertoft, who headed the Simmental-cross bull and heifer calf classes at £260 and £195 respectively, also turning out the top performing £165 Aberdeen Angus heifer calf.
Two other vendors achieved top price class doubles – Ilkley’s Roger Naylor with Bazadaise bull and heifer calves sold at £220 and £235, and P Sharp and Son, of Oakworth, with Saler-cross bull and heifer calves that made £105 and £85.
British Blue-cross youngsters again proved the pick on price, with heifer calves averaging £326 and bull calves £273. The overall per head selling average of the robust turnout of 129 calves was £176 per head.