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Booths land Craven Dairy Auction double

Husband-and-wife farmers David and Margaret Booth, of Broom House Farm, Earby, sent out their second Craven Dairy Auction champion at the October show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Oct 23)

David Booth is pictured with his Craven Dairy Auction October champion
David Booth is pictured with his Craven Dairy Auction October champion

It was exactly 12 months after they secured their first championship success at Skipton with their pedigree Shawdale Holstein Friesian herd. Giving 39 litres, the 2006 title-winner, like last year’s victor a newly-calven heifer by Manat, sold for the sale-topping price of £1,200 to Robin Boothman, of nearby Fence, Burnley.

The champion received the Craven Dairy Cup, presented monthly by animal feeds supplier BOCM Pauls. Mr Boothman also purchased two further DE & MA Booth newly-calven heifers for £1,120 and £1,030 respectively.

The reserve champion was an in-calf heifer due November from Marsden Farms, of Oakworth, sold to David Shuttleworth, of Gargrave, for £970.

Jeremy Taylor, of Broughton, had a brace of newly-calven heifers sell for £1,130 and £1,110 to Kenneth Wright, of Airton, while Jennings Farmers, of Fountains, Ripon, also sold two newly-calven heifers for £1,090 and £1,040, the former to Geoff Church, of Asquith, Otley, the latter to Keith Downs, of Bingley.

Clive and Claire Gratton, of Warsill, Harrogate, also successfully sold four newly-calven heifers, three to Mr Church for £1,140, £1,030 and £970, the fourth for £930 to Mark Ashworth, of Clitheroe. Johnny Metcalfe, of Linton, who is coming out of milking, sold a newly-calven heifer for £1,080 to Andrew Odgen, of Cowling.

A five-strong contingent of well-bred 15-month-old Jersey heifers from part-time farmer Mark Thornber, of Barkerfield, Worston, Clitheroe, also sold successfully to four different purchasers. Two made £570 and a third was knocked down for £546.

Mr Thornber, who works for the family weaving firm of James Thornber in Clitheroe, bought the Jerseys as month-old calves. “There’s a lot more interest in Jersey milk again these days,” he said.

The show was sponsored by Driver Hire Craven and Halifax, represented by Suzanne Willmore, of Keighley.

link Lambert shearling ram champion at Skipton Dalesbred show
link Bownass Lleyn lambs land first Skipton title
link Airton success at Skipton Swaledale rams show

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