Jerseys Top at £2,310 at CCM Spring Coloured Breeds Highlight

Both Jerseys and black and whites were out in force at Monday’s annual Spring Coloured Breeds show and sale at CCM Skipton Auction Mart, which supplemented the fortnightly Craven Dairy Auction.

The bounty on offer came from a multitude of sellers across Lancashire and Yorkshire, while buyers spanned five counties. “Many, particularly in the Jersey sale, which is now into its fifth year and has become established in the calendar for many, this year attracting a larger entry than ever before, will seem tremendous value once settled in their new homes,” noted dairy sales co-ordinator Sarah Liddle.

Jersey champ + reserve

(from left) judge Lee Hunter, Ben Coates with reserve champion Regatta Video Craze Jane, the day’s top priced animal, Neil Heuchan, of Clanel Jerseys with the champion, Clanel Victorious Lou, and Amy Jones, of sale sponsor Datamars Livestock.

Trade topped at £2,310 for the reserve champion Jersey, the widely admired Regatta Video Craze Jane VG85, who was consigned by the Coates family, Baildon, Shipley. She calved on January 14, is giving 19kg per day and is a second generation VG pedigree now carrying a short service to Avonlea Chocochip. She makes the long journey south to near Swindon with five others finding a new home at Dreammaker Jerseys with online purchaser Sarah Howie.

Under Red Rose show judge Lee Hunter, Mundowy Jerseys, Wrightington, the Coates family also took first place in both the maiden heifers and in-calf heifer show classes, the latter with Regatta Video G Jane, from an EX  dam and due August to Chocochip. She heads to Stephen Porter at Cartmel at £1,470.

The first prize maiden heifer, a promising young September 2023-born calf from a previous show winner, Regatta Ferdinand T Auriel, a potential sixth generation VG or EX, made £1,050 when going to North Craven with the Butterfield family. The coloured breeds fixture was again sponsored by Datamars Livestock, represented by Amy Jones.

Peter Waring Champion

Peter Waring with his Craven Dairy Auction champion and reserve, joined by judge Lee Hunter, left, and Helen Whittaker, Massey Feeds.

The Holsteins were a solid trade, with total clearance of 11 cows and heifers in milk averaging £1,636. Peter Waring was rewarded for his long trip west from Cherry Burton, Beverley, when taking both champion and reserve, also claiming £2,000 joint top price with his first prize milk heifer, the 35kg Winton Sound System Rose, which became another acquisition by regular local buyers Alan and Emily Middleton, Beamsley Bank. So, too, did the other joint top price, the second prize cow in milk, a De Su Hartley second calver already at 29kg from the ongoing dispersal by the Bolland family, Airton.

Richard Sutcliffe, Queensbury, bagged four, among them at £1,900 Peter Waring’s champion, the 40kg February 16 calved Winton Awesome Trixie.

The late Ian Hall and wife Ruth, from Kilnsey, had a quartet of fresh milkers forward, with trade led by two early April-calved heifers giving 32kg and 26kg respectively, which both made £1,750, plus another 27kg heifer at £1,700 - testament to the potential these animals from just up the Dale have. In fact, the next fortnightly sale on April 29 will include 11 in-calf heifers from the same home due this summer predominantly to the Aberdeen-Angus.

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