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Johnson Championship Four-Timer at Craven Dairy Auction

A fourth championship success was bagged by North Yorkshire father-and-son farmers Raymond and Robert Johnson at the monthly Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, April 23).

Raymond, left, and Robert Johnson are pictured with their Craven Dairy Auction champion.

Craven Dairy Auction

The Johnsons, of Summerfield Farm, Felliscliffe, Harrogate, landed the title with a Holstein Friesian heifer, newly-calven 17 days before the show and giving eight gallons. Best of the 40 dairy cattle on show, the champion, bought at a farm sale in Derbyshire last November, is by a Diehard bull, out of a 10,000-litre dam.

Awarded the BOCM Pauls Dairy Cup by the company’s Ian Lindsay, the victor sold for £1,040 to Ian Wellock, of I & J Wellock, of Eshton, Skipton

There was also a £60 bonus for buyer Mr Wellock, courtesy of Farmers & Mercantile Insurance Brokers, of Boroughbridge, who have put in place a 12-month cash prize package for purchasers of Craven Dairy Auction champions. They were represented by Tony Allanson, senior consultant and Yorkshire manager, and on-farm insurance consultant Linda Davy.

Show judge Malcolm Swires, of Haverah Park, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate – he and his brother Robert have themselves sent out a number of past Craven Dairy Auction title winners – awarded the reserve championship to a newly-calven Holstein Friesian cow from Calderdale exhibitor Alan Midgley, of GD & A Midgley, Luddendenfoot, Hebden Bridge. The runner-up sold for £900 to JF Longster, of Fellbeck, Pateley Bridge.

Top call of the day was the £1,100 paid by MR & GR Parkin, of Hambleton, Selby, for the third prize in-calf heifer from George Emmott, of Steeton, Keighley. In-calf heifers met with strong trade, with the first in class from George Stapleton, of Skipton, selling for £940 to H Speak, of Eccleston, Preston.

Best of the maiden heifers was shown by Basil Jarvis, of Marton-cum-Grafton, York, realising £650 when bought by D Clarke, of Hampsthwaite, Harrogate.

A small contingent of Jersey milkers from Richard Saxby, of Coniston Cold, also proved popular, peaking at £840 for a newly-calven heifer bought by F&M Coar, of Waddington.

The show was sponsored by Stuart Johnstone, of CJ Contracting, Black Lane Ends, Colne, represented on the day by Caroline Johnstone. The next Craven Dairy Auction takes place on Monday, May 21, with entries accepted up to the time of sale.

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