Pedigree cows realized a strong trade at Skipton Auction Mart’s main March Craven dairy auction on Monday (23 March).
Prices reached £2,050 for Peter Paul of the Ravensgate pedigree Holstein herd, Bishop Thornton with his sole entry, the first prize newly calven heifer Ravensgate Jeeves Sparkle 202, the latest in a long line of prolific milkers from the Sparkle family.
By the well-known sire, Jeeves and out of a Ladino Park Talent-sired cow who has given over 10,000 litres across each of seven lactations, the 12 days-calved victor, herself giving 28 litres, sold to regular buyer Brian Blezard, Ribchester.
Another pedigree man and Skipton regular, Robin Jennings, of the Stainbank Holstein Friesian herd, , South Stainley, stepped up with the second prize newly calven heifer and reserve champion, Stainbank Cissie 33. By Lady’s Manor Dodge and out of a cow rated excellent and producing almost 13,000 litres when in her prime, this 17 days-calved cow who is giving 30 litres, sold for £1,780 to Mark Goodall, Bradford.
Standing third in the heifers show class was one of four new calvers consigned by Chris Broadwith, Thornton Watlass, knocked down for £1,400 to Wick Williams, Nantwich. Brian Moorhouse, Bell Busk also sold a newly calven heifer from his Aireburn pedigree herd for £1,780, this also falling to Mr Blezard.
Keith Downs, Bingley achieved £1,740 with his first prize newly calven cow, when selling to Wick Williams. The same vendor also headed the commercial newly calven heifer prices at £1,520, this joining John Marshall, Dacre.
With an 18-strong turnout, pedigree newly calven heifers averaged £1,795 a head and their commercial counterparts £1,412. Newly calven cows averaged £1,382.