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Robert Phillip Five-Timer at Craven Dairy Auction
27/03/08

Despite the introduction of new Bluetongue surveillance zones and the resultant absence of entries from the Harrogate area and beyond, the March Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart attracted a quality entry of 28, with strong trading levels maintained.

The Craven Diary Auction March champion, left, and reserve champion take a bow in the ring at Skipton.

Craven Diary Auction March champion

Supreme champion for the fifth time was Robert Phillip, of Hellifield, with a newly-calven pedigree Holstein Friesian heifer by the Canadian sire Shoremar James, out of a home-bred heifer.

Giving 28 kilos, the victor, recipient of the BOCM Pauls Diary Cup, made £1,900 when acquired by Craven Dairy Auction regular buyer Henry Wilson, of Kelbrook, who also received a £60 cash bonus as buyer of the title-winner, courtesy of Farmers & Mercantile Insurance Brokers, Boroughbridge.

Top price of the day fell to the second prize newly-calven heifer from Brian Moorhouse, of Bell Busk, knocked down to Aubrey Greenhalgh, of Preston, for £2,200.

Another show regular, Robert Crisp, of Calton, had a clean sweep of the prizes in the newly-calven cows section. While his class-winning third calver made £1,580 when sold to D Houseman, of Darley, Harrogate, it was his third prize entry that achieved top price in class at £1,660 – another Henry Wilson acquisition.

In-calf heifers sold to a top call of £1,600, from WC, RM & DK Barritt, of Salterforth, to Haigh Speak, Chorley. Mr Wilson also sold a batch of three-week-old Holstein Friesian calves to a top price of £380.

Judges were Stephen and Malcolm Abbott, of Dacre, Harrogate, with the show sponsored by Phil Lowen Engineering, of Bagby, Thirsk. The next Craven Dairy Auction takes place on Monday, April 21.

link Orpingtons Rule Roost at Craven Feather Auctions
link Skipton Easter Prime Lambs
link Baines Beltex Brace Bags Title at Skipton Prime Lambs Show

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