Steeton husband and wife farmers George and Gladys Emmott followed up their inaugural championship success at last month’s Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart by winning their second show this month. (Mon, July 28)
Lining up for the judge.
The Emmotts, of Currer Wood Farm, Steeton, landed title number two with a newly calven pedigree Holstein Friesian heifer by Avenham Westminster, the same sire as their June champion.
Awarded the BOCM Pauls Diary Cup – the company also sponsored the show - the victor, acquired from Robin Boothman, of Padiham, and giving seven gallons a fortnight after calving, sold for the day’s top price of £2,300 to show judge Wick Williams, of Wrenbury, Cheshire.
Mr Williams, who bought the Emmotts’ June champion, again received a £60 cash bonus as purchaser of the title winner from Farmers & Mercantile Insurance Brokers, of Boroughbridge.
For good measure, he also paid £2,080 for the second prize newly calven heifer from Robert Metcalfe, of Brearton, Harrogate, who was making his first appearance as a Craven Dairy Auction vendor. He also sold a second newly calven heifer for £1,940.
Show regular Malcolm Swires, of Haverah Park, Harrogate, achieved a clean sweep of prizes in the newly calven cows class, all falling to successful bids from Andrew Bradley, of Ryedale. The first prize winner and reserve show champion sold for £1,900, with the runner-up in class performing slightly better at £1,960.
Best of the in-calf cattle was a heifer from Marsden Farms, of Oakworth, which made £920. There were a total of 51 dairy cattle forward, with newly calven heifers averaging £1,636, newly calven cows £1,423, in-calf heifers £823 and in-calf cows £790.
The next Craven Dairy Auction is scheduled for Monday, August 18.
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