A record-breaking seventh Craven Dairy Auction championship success was achieved by father-and-son farmers Raymond and Robert Johnson, of Summerfield Farm, Felliscliffe, Harrogate, at the December show and sale. (Mon, Dec 16)
The Craven Dairy Auction December champion is pictured in the Skipton ring, with, from left, judge Shaun Sowray, exhibitors Richard and Raymond Johnson, and sponsors Keith Colley, BOCM Pauls, Chris Shepherd, Yorkshire Bank, and Linda Davey, Farmers & Mercantile.
Their newly calven Holstein Friesian pedigree heifer, by the Genus bull Moet Melody and giving six-and-a-half gallons, was knocked down for the top price in show at £2,080 to Red Rose buyer Alf Townsend, of Southfield, Burnley.
GR & C Fleetwood, Mirfield, saw their second prize newly calven heifer sell to GP Goodall, Tong, for £1,950, with the third in class from CW & EM Grattan, Warsill, acquired for £1,550 by RA & HE Simpson, Oulston.
Best of the newly calven cows and reserve champion was exhibited by husband-and-wife dairy farmers Thomas and Elizabeth Simpson, of Red House Farm, Ripon, who sent out the title winner at the November Craven Dairy Auction.
Their December runner-up sold for £1,980, to B Kellett & Son, Bishop Thornton, who secured all three prizewinners in class, the runner-up from Malcolm Swires, Haverah Park, for £1,800, and the third placed cow from Brian Moorhouse, Bell Busk, for £2,000, top price in section.
Total clearance of the 40 head forward was achieved, with newly calven heifers averaging £1,651 and newly calven cows £1,431.
Show judge was Shaun Sowray, Bishop Thornton, with the monthly fixture again sponsored by BOCM Pauls, Yorkshire Bank and Farmers & Mercantile.
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