North-East Lancashire father-and-son dairy farmers Philip and
John Bowen hit the bulls eye when landing their first Craven
Dairy Auction championship at the June show at Skipton Auction
Mart. (Mon, June 18)
Philip and John Bowen are pictured right with their Craven Dairy
Auction champion, joined by, from left, Linda Davy, of Farmers & Mercantile
Insurance Brokers, the LPW Group’s engineering manager Ben
Hickson and judge Robin Boothman
The Bowens, who trade as J Bowen & Son at Park Farm, Barrow,
Whalley, clinched the title with a newly-calven Holstein Friesian
commercial heifer giving six gallons, which received the BOCM
Pauls Dairy Cup and went on to sell for £1,260 to Robert
Metcalfe, of Gargrave, Skipton.
Mr Metcalfe also landed a £60 cash windfall as the buyer
of the champion from Farmers & Mercantile Insurance Brokers,
Judge Robin Boothman, of Fence, said he could find very few faults
with the victor – “a good heifer that will last a
The reserve champion was a newly-calven commercial cow from L
Simpson & Sons, of Red House Farm, Sutton Grange, Ripon.
Giving 40 litres, the second calver sold for £1,100 to
G Parker, of Emley, Huddersfield.
Mr Parker also paid the day’s top price of £1,310
for the second prize newly-calven heifer from the Whinhill Holstein
Friesian commercial herd of father-and-son dairy farmers Malcolm
and Robert Swires, of Haverah Park, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate.
The Swires had a good day in general, entering a total of ten
cattle in the show, which sold to an average of £1,082.
Best of the in-calf heifers from Malcolm Wood, of Wakefield,
went to Josh Lancaster, of Horton-in-Craven, for £860,
while regular exhibitor Robert Johnson, of Felliscliffe, Harrogate,
paid £660 for the first prize maiden heifer from F Fryer & Sons,
of Middleton, Ilkley.
Two newly-calven Shorthorn heifers from George and Gladys Emmott,
of Steeton, also proved popular, the better of the duo selling
The show was supported by a new sponsor at Skipton, the LPW Group,
of Ingleton, who supply cleaning equipment. The next Craven Dairy
Auction, a sale only, takes place on Monday, July 9, with the
main monthly show and sale scheduled for Monday, July 30.
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