Father-and-son farmers George and Robin Jennings have been honoured after winning the Craven Cattle Marts’ (CCM) Dairy Farmer of the Year competition.
Robin Jennings, second from right with father George, is congratulated by West Riding Toyota’s Jonathan White after receiving the CCM Dairy Farmer of the Year award, joined by the company’s Danny Holden, left. The Jennings’ newly calven cow was second in class at the February Craven Dairy Auction.
The duo gained the most points in the dairy stock class in last year’s inaugural Stock Person of the Year Awards run by CCM at Skipton Auction Mart to both recognise and reward the contribution of regular vendors.
The Jennings family, whose 140-strong Stainbank pedigree Holstein Friesian herd is based at Hill House Farm, South Stainley, between Harrogate and Ripon, have been participating in monthly Craven Dairy Auctions for the past two years, securing the overall championship on several occasions.
In addition, at the February, 2008, show, the Jennings set a new Craven Dairy Auction top price record, when a newly calven Stainbank heifer sold for £2,650. The selling price remains to be beaten.
Main sponsors of the CCM Stock Person of the Year Awards are Silsden-based West Riding Toyota, with group marketing manager Danny Holden and sales manager Jonathan White presenting the Dairy Farmer of the Year cheque to George and Robin Jennings at the February Craven Dairy Auction this week. (Mon, Feb 23)
West Riding Toyota has already renewed its support of the competition for 2009. Other mainline sponsors of Skipton livestock shows throughout the year also contribute.
Ted Ogden, farmstock sales manager and auctioneer at Skipton, explained: “The inaugural Stock Person awards proved a tremendous success and the 2009 contest will again see points awarded to winners of prize shows at Skipton during the year.
“However, the initiative is being further developed, with points given on a weekly basis for the highest priced cattle, pen of lambs, calf etc, which will get more of our customers involved in the initiative.”
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