Super suckled calf trade reported at northern sales

Superb suckled calf trade has been reported across the country, with prices rising to £1,650 and £1,400 at Kirkby Stephen and Skipton respectively.

More than 550 calves were on offer at Kirkby Stephen on Monday (2 November) for the annual prize show and sale of suckled calves. Top price was awarded to the day’s champion, a seven month old British Blue steer from Messrs KA Brown and Sons, Asby Hall, Appleby, and purchased by David Barker.

Auctioneers Harrison and Hetherington said trade was exceptional throughout the sale, with steers averaging £879.85 and heifers £812.20.

Top priced Limousin went to the first prize steer calf consigned by Messrs D and CE Marston, Easegill Head, Kirkby Stephen. The five month old animal sold for £1,370 to Mr J Melling, Long Preston.

Skipton

Suckled calves at Skipton were slightly cheaper on the year with two lots from the same consigner topping trade at £1,400gns. First in the money was the first prize January, 2015-born homebred British Blue-cross heifer, from the Walker family, Brennand Farm, Dunsop Bridge. By the farm’s stock bull Cromwell Fendt and out of a Limousin cow, this one went on to sell to Dylan and Nicky Townend, Broughton, Malton.

Also at this money was the Walker’s 2014-born Grommet-sired heifer, which sold to Skipton regular Malcolm Metcalfe, Baldersby.

Mr Walker with his two top priced lots.

Mr Walker with his two top priced lots.

The same buyer also paid £1,240 for the third prize 2015-born steer, a pure-bred Limousin, by Conan, from N Mayor, Chorley.

Rob Matten, Newsham, Thirsk, paid £1,300 the first prize 2014-born Limousin steer from Fox Farms, run by Peter and Edward Fox, Withgill, Clitheroe. A Limousin lot also caught the eye of Waterloo Farms, Melsonby, Richmond, when purchasing the third prize Limousin bull from Sandra Blades, Carnforth for £1,200.

Fox Farms were also responsible for the second and third prize 2014-born Limousin-cross heifers, which both fell to Thompson Bros in Pickering for £1,380 and £1,300 respectively.

(Harrison and Hetherington and CCM Auctions)