Buyers were in full swing at CCM Skipton's fortnightly dairy sale which saw 25 buyers forward for the event which included the dispersal of the milking portion of the Wharfedale Holstein herd from the Howard Blackburn and family, Storiths.

The dispersal from the late Keith Blackburn, saw 39 head forward, with a quarter of the exceeding the £2000 barrier.

The fresh heifer, Wharfedale Generate Poppy secured the top price at £2280 and headed home with Stuart Forshaw, of Longridge. Calved mid-July, she is by Relough Generate.

Second top price was £2260 paid for the second calver, Wharfedale Dreamer Lady, a VG86-classified cow due again in mid-January. She was snapped up by Aubrey Greenhalgh for a client.

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Oakworth’s Sally Wellock with her top price £2100 newly calven heifer

Outwith the dispersal, Brian Blezard, of Ribchester purchased a newly calved heifer at £2100 from the Harehills herd at Oakworth of Sally Wellock.

Three other heifers at the collective sale broke the £2000 barrier, to include two from Sally Wellock and another from RW and M Walker, of Laycock.

Bulling and yearling heifers from Karen and Paul Hutchinson at Scorton, Richmond, Whychall herd, sold to £1050 to Robert Johnson, Felliscliffe.

Auctioneers: CCM Skipton.

Averages: 11 heifers in milk, £1788. Wharfedale dispersal – 24 cows in milk/dry, £1296;13 heifers in milk, £1753.