Brothers Shaun and Peter Sowray, who trade as A Sowray & Son at Bowes Green Farm, Bishop Thornton, were victorious yet again at the June rearing calf show at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, June 20)
Shaun Sowray in the Skipton ring with his
June rearing calf champion.
The Sowrays, regular winners of the calf championship, struck once more with their first prize British Blue bull calf, a son of the Cogent sire Edenvalley Bojangles, who was also responsible for their March title winner and is renowned for producing long, shapely calves.
Their latest victor headed both class and show prices at £390 and returned to its roots when joining Derek Taylor, of Burton Leonard, one of eight acquisitions he made on the day.
These included the second prize and reserve champion British Blue bull calf from John Rushton, Elslack, at £355, and the Sowrays’ first and second prize British Blue heifer calves at £318 and £308 respectively, along with their second prize Limousin heifer calf at £318.
At 75-years-young, Mr Taylor has no plans for retirement. He farms with his brother Nigel, 15 years his junior, and for at least 25 years has been buying all his calves at Skipton for rearing purposes. The duo also run a 70-strong commercial dairy herd, keep 60 Mule ewes and 80 pigs.
On a good day for the Sowrays, they also headed the Aberdeen Angus calf class prices at £185. The buyer was D Hardcastle, Dacre.
The Sowrays, who are the reigning dairy and rearing calf title holders in Craven Cattle Marts’ Stockperson of the Year Awards, went on the supplement their milk herd when acquiring the champion at the same day’s Craven Dairy Auction.
First prize in both the Limousin bull and heifer calf classes fell to Norman Shepherd, Fellbeck, the former selling at £282 to S M Liddle, Huby, the latter at £228 to Paul Drinkall, Gargrave.
Limousin bull calf prices peaked at £360 for an entry from Richard Spence, Sutton-in-Craven, bought by John Townson, Rishton, with Limousin heifer calf prices topping at £340 for an entry from the Hayton & Stocks farming enterprise at Bolton Abbey, which became a further acquisition by Paul Drinkall.
John Townson was in action again when purchasing the first and second prize winners in the native breed bull calf class, both Aberdeen Angus youngsters from the Heron farming family at Bramhope, for £245 and £252 respectively.
The first prize black and white bull calf from Geoff Booth, Lothersdale, realised £148 when bought by Roy Abbott, Doncaster.
A large entry of quality calves attracted keen interest at the ringside and resulted in robust trade in all classes. The overall selling average was £165. Show judge was David Albutt, Driffield, and sponsors BOCM Pauls and Midgley Motors.
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