The 2008 Craven Dairy Auction season began with a local championship
success for Yorkshire Dales dairyman Robert Crisp, of Nelson Farm,
The January Craven Dairy Auction champion is pictured in the Skipton
with, from left, exhibitor Robert Crisp, judge Richard Saxby,
of Coniston Cold, and Linda Davy, of Farmers & Mercantile.
At the January show and sale, (Mon, Jan 21), a commercial Holstein
Friesian cow, which produced its third calf a week prior to the
fixture, took first prize in the newly-calven cows class and a
second Craven Dairy Auction title for Robert.
The victor, like his debut championship winner in May last year,
came from a cow bred by Robert’s sister Ailsa Rushton, of
Wigglesworth, and is by the Gloucestershire-based Dairy Daughters
bull Kendall. The champion joined regular Skipton dairy buyer Henry
Wilson, of Kelbrook, for £2,000.
Reserve champion was a newly-calven pedigree heifer giving 27 litres
from Craven Dairy Auction regulars GB and J Jennings & Son,
of Hill House Farm, South Stainley, Harrogate. By the AI bull,
S-Man, out of a home-bred dam, the runner-up, also recipient of
BOCM Pauls Craven Dairy Cup, sold for £1,750 to RG & DM
Farrar, of Huby, Leeds.
Top price of the day at £2,100 fell to the third prize newly-calven
heifer from Malcolm and Robert Swires, Haverah Park, Harrogate,
knocked down to N Coulthurst, of Goosnargh, Preston. The second
prize newly-calven heifer from Robert Phillip, Hellifield, made £2,050
to Alan Outram, Bury.
The opening show of 2008 was judged by Coniston Cold Jersey dairyman
Richard Saxby, who also sold a pedigree newly-calven Jersey heifer
for £1,000 to Edward Fort, Silsden.
A newly-calven Shorthorn heifer from George Emmott, Silsden, made £960
when purchased by Keith Downs, Bingley, while a batch of Friesian
heifer calves from Henry Wilson sold to a top price of £410
for a five-week-old youngster, the calves averaging £298.
Newly-calven heifers averaged £1,639 and newly-calven cows
a healthy £1,597.
Show sponsor was Philip Boland, of Skipton-based Trailer Test Training,
with a £60 cash prize also awarded to the buyer of the champion
animal by Linda Davy, of Farmers & Mercantile Insurance, Boroughbridge.
Expectations are high that monthly Craven Dairy Auctions will continue
to build on the success of last year’s fixtures, which saw
record prices achieved during the latter part of the year. The
next dairy show takes place on Monday, February 25, with entries
accepted up to the day of sale.
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