Clitheroe calves lead the way

Mark Ashworth and his 18-year-old daughter Megan, a sixth form student at Clitheroe Grammar School, are pictured with Skipton Auction Mart's New Year reserve champion calf.
Mark Ashworth and his 18-year-old daughter Megan, a sixth form student at Clitheroe Grammar School, are pictured with Skipton Auction Mart's New Year reserve champion calf.

A TOTAL of 15 calves from a 77-strong entry topped £300, with an overall selling average price of £205, at a solid opening New Year show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.

With many fresh faces at a packed ringside, the reserve championship fell to the first prize five-week-old Limousin heifer calf from Mark Ashworth, of Fishes and Peggy Hill Farm, Clitheroe. The daughter of the Genus sire Mighty Prince sold for £345 to C.G. & A.J. Sutcliffe, of Wetwang, Driffield.

Mr Ashworth also had the top price Limousin bull calf at £295, which joined another east coast buyer, along with the first and second prize native bull calves, the Aberdeen Angus red rosette winner selling toa Wigan buyer for £265.

Prices peaked at £380 for the show champion, a five-week-old British Blue bull calf from John Dinsdale, of Rainhall Farm.

Show judge was Peter Bartley, of Garstang. Monthly calf shows are staged at CCM Skipton on the first Monday of each month.