Champion at the latest Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart (Mon, Sept 29) was a newly calven heifer from the Warsill pedigree Holstein Friesian herd of CM & EM Grattan.
The Craven Dairy Auction champion is pictured in the Skipton ring with, from left, judge Stephen Coates, exhibitors Malcolm
and Claire Grattan and sponsors’ representatives
Steve Braithwaite and Linda Davey.
Exhibited by father and daughter Malcolm and Claire Grattan, who are based at Warsill Hall, near Harrogate, the home-bred victor calved a week prior to the show and was giving 20 litres.
By the Grattans’ stock bull Sandcroft Carousel, out of Warsill Tennyson Deidre X11, the victor received the BOCM Pauls Craven Dairy Cup and was purchased for £1,700 by Alan Outram, Bury, who also netted £60 cash from monthly sponsor Farmers & Mercantile, of Boroughbridge.
The Grattans also had the second and third in class, their runner-up achieving the day’s top price of £1,840 when becoming another Alan Outram acquisition. The third prize heifer sold to Mark Ashworth, Clitheroe, for £1,780.
To complete a good day, the Grattan family also headed the prices in the newly calven cows class, their third prize winner selling for £1,500 to Johnny Metcalfe, Linton.
MD Parkinson & Son, of Holme Farm, Barden, champions at the opening September Craven Dairy Auction, had to be content with the runners-up slot this time around with a newly calven cow, sold at £1,400 to Frank Wrathall, Gisburn.
The first prize maiden heifer came from Stuart Petty, Draughton, joining Graham Stephenson, Kirkby Lonsdale, for £820. WA Brown, Earby, was second and third in class – both returning to Earby when bought by Sean Hickey for £880, top price in class, and £840 respectively.
Nelwy calven heifers averaged £1,602, newly calven cows £1,407 and maiden heifers £753.
Judge was Stephen Coates, of Baildon-based Bailmoor Holsteins.
Skipton Auction Mart general manager Jeremy Eaton commented: “Although there has been a slight dip nationally in new calved trade, the sales here at Skipton have consistently seen prices in the vendors’ favour.
“The popularity of the fixture also continues to gain ground, with new buyers arriving from both the eastern and western sides of the country.”
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