Gisburn calf champion sells for £300

Overall champion at Gisburn Auction Marts Christmas show and sale of rearing calves was a seven-week-old Belgian Blue bull calf from dairy farmer, Colin Whitelock, Gargrave, Skipton, North Yorkshire.

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The calf sired by Greystone Renowned Danish out of a Holstein Friesian x MRI cow, sold for £300. Next lot under the hammer from Mr Whitelock was his eight-week-old first prize Limousin heifer, she sold for £270. Taking them both back home to Manor Farm, Rillington, Malton, North Yorkshire was Chris Hodgson.Winning the reserve award was calf producer Geoff Blezard, Ribchester, Preston, with his second prize Belgian Blue bull calf that sold for £265 to John Swann, Little Ouseburn, York. Mr Blezard was in the money again when his next four Belgian Blue bull calves, sired by the Genus bull Wilodge Ubitus selling for £230, £228, £205 and £200.

First prize Belgian Blue heifer, just five weeks old from James Tatham, Fence, Burnley, sired by the easy calving Genus bull Greystone Turbo, sold for £230 to B and B M Bayes, Driffield, East Yorkshire.

Averages: Bulls: Limousin £156; Belgian Blue £219; Simmental £182; Heifers: Limousin £138; Belgian Blue £183; Simmental £163.