Yorkshire Dales dairyman Robert Crisp, of Nelson Farm, Calton, was responsible for the champion at Skipton Auction Mart’s second July Craven Dairy Auction. (Mon, July 20)
Robert Crisp’s mid-July Craven Dairy Auction champion.
His Holstein Friesian second calver, giving six gallons and earlier chosen as the first prize newly calven cow, is a home-bred daughter of the Semex sire Comestar Stormatic. She achieved top price in show when selling for £2,250 to Robin Boothman, of Fence, Burnley, who also received an £80 cash bonus as the buyer of the victor from Farmers and Mercantile.
Robert experienced mixed emotions following his success. Like other milk men across the region, he is being forced to sell his dairy herd as yet another victim following the high profile collapse earlier this year of the Dairy Farmers of Britain co-operative.
Robert said he had sold all his milkers, and, with some 120 heifers still at home, planned to further dispose of these as they calved.
Malcolm and Robert Swires, of Haverah Park, Beckwithshaw, by far the most prolific prizewinners in recent Craven Dairy Auction history, including multiple title successes, bagged yet another honour when their first prize newly calven cow was chosen as reserve champiion by judge Jimmy Metcalfe, of Linton.
Giving 30 litres, the home-bred is by Myersdale Sportsman, based with Geoff Spencer in Brompton-on-Swale, Northallerton. Recipient of the BOCM Pauls Dairy Cup, she sold for £1,980 to Wick Williams, Nantwich, Cheshire.
Best of the in-calf cows came from a part-herd dispersal sale on behalf of Alan Thompson Farms, Well Springs Farm, Glusburn. The mother-to-be made £1,440, top price in class, when acquired by David Mattinson, Bracewell.
Lancashire exhibitors RE & RN Rycroft, Fence, sent out the first prize maiden heifer, which remained in Red Rose country when purchased for £1,020 by Malcolm Smith, Laneshawbridge.
Newly calven heifers averaged £1,805 and 1st quality newly calven cows £1,564. Second quality newly calven cows sold to £980 (av £927), in-calf heifers to £1,200 (£1,000), in-calf cows to £1,440 (£1,162), maiden heifers to 18 months to £1,020 (£937), maiden heifers to 4 months to £540 (£470).
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