A highly successful 2007 Craven Dairy Auction season – record
prices have been the order of the day in recent months - concluded
with a December championship win for the Abbeyhouse herd of Jennings
Farmers Ltd, Hill House, Fountains, Ripon. (Mon, Dec 17)
The December Craven Dairy Auction champion takes a bow in the ring.
Exhibitor Andrew Jennings and judge Graham Coultish, second from
right and far right respectively,
are joined by sponsors’ representatives.
Their home-bred pedigree Holstein Friesian heifer, newly calven
ten days prior to the fixture and giving 27 litres, was the pick
of the 40-plus entries for judge Graham Coultish, of Denby Dale,
who praised the victor for being “a strong heifer with good
bag, back end and feet.”
By the promising Canadian sire Cedarwal Spirte, she went on to
sell for £1,500 to Frank Wrathall, of Gisburn.
Exhibitor Andrew Jennings, who is no stranger to championship success
in the Craven Dairy Auction arena, explained that the title-winner,
recipient of the BOCM Pauls Craven Dairy Cup from the company’s
Steve Braithwaite, represented his first Cedarwal sale.
He commented: “We have quite a few two-year-olds by him and
he is proving one of the best bulls we have used in a long while.”
Reserve champion was a newly calven cow from L Simpson & Sons,
Pateley Bridge, knocked down for £1,600 to C&R Terry,
of Fountains, though top price in both class and show at £1,680
was for a second calver cow from Craven Dairy Auction regulars
and prolific winners Malcolm and Robert Swires, of Haverah Park,
Harrogate, bought by David Berry, Thornton-on-Craven.
The Swires also sold two further newly calven entries to Geoff
Bean, of Salton, Kirkbymoorside - their second prize second calver
cow at £1,640 and the second prize heifer for £1,600.
The first prize in-calf MRI-cross heifer from Stephen Coates, of
Baildon, went to Bury’s Alan Outram for £940, while
Chris Bellerby, of Weeton, Leeds, presented the second and third
prize winners in class, both sold to David Shuttleworth, Gargrave,
for £1,300 and £1,260 respectively.
Newly calven heifers averaged £1,412, newly calven cows £1,297
and in-calf heifers £1,167, with in-calf cows selling to £700
(av £633), yearling heifers to £600 (£446) and
Jersey heifers to £430.
The show was sponsored by I’Anson Bros, of Masham, represented
by Mark Nicholson, and Trouw Nutrition International, represented
by Andrew Grimston, with a £60 cash prize again awarded to
the buyer of the champion animal by Linda Davy, of Farmers & Mercantile
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