Record price for calf at Gisburn Auction Mart

Colin Whitelock with his champion British Blue heifer calf alongside Ellis and Jacob Snowden, whose father purchased the calf at �675
Colin Whitelock with his champion British Blue heifer calf alongside Ellis and Jacob Snowden, whose father purchased the calf at �675

Gisburn Auction Mart’s Anniversary Rearing Calf Show and Sale saw a UK record price achieved for the champion, a three-week-old British Blue-cross Holstein Friesian heifer calf.

Shown by vendors Colin and Sheila Whitelock, of Gargrave, and sired by one of their stock bulls, it went onto sell at £675 to the Snowden family, of Stanbury, Keighley.

David Berry, of Thornton-in-Craven, picked up the reserve champion rosette with his Limousin bull calf which sold for £480 to John Swann, of Little Ouseburn, York. The same buyer also purchased the first prize Belgian Blue bull, from David and Pauline Newbould, of Newsholme.

Of the 220 calves forward, 26 achieved sale prices in excess of £400 and 65 sold in the £300 to £400 price bracket, with the majority finding new homes in East Yorkshire and Cumbria. Pre-sale show judge Peter Bartley commented: “Today’s entry of calves could not be matched anywhere else in the country and it was no wonder that purchasers attended today from far and wide.”

Averages were: British Blue bulls £371; Charolais bulls £413; Limousin bulls £340; Simmental bulls £405. British Blue heifers £362; Simmental heifers £369; Limousin heifers £271. Auctioneers were Richard Turner and Son .