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.
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.
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