Dairy cattle peak at £2360 at Gisburn

Increasing numbers of dairy cows were forward at Gisburns weekly sale, with prices topping at £2360 and nine animals achieving more than £2000.


Sale leader was from H Parkinson and Sons, Preston, with a heifer 10 days calved, going to N W and J M Coulthurst and Son, Preston, who also picked up another freshly calved heifer for £2140.


Changes in bluetongue zones allowed Tom Watson, Ripon to sell his two and a half year old heifer, giving 26 litres for £2180 to Tom Pickup, Bolton.


Other vendors in the money were T Whitwell and Sons with a 10 days calved heifer, selling for £2100 to W A Blockley, Knutsford. M H and J Taylor also sold a heifer giving 28 litres for £2080 to K T, R and K G Wood, Bury.


Dairy young stock saw good bidding with Holstein Friesian heifer stirks selling for £650 to heifer rearer Peter Smith, Burnley.


Averages: newly calved heifers £1787, newly calved cows £1316, Heifer stirks £491