Top honours went to two local vendors and their newly calven Holstein Friesian heifers at the opening July Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, July 4)
Richard Barron, left, with his early July Craven Dairy Auction champion, joined by judge Terry Hanson.
Richard Barron, of R G Barron Livestock, based at Swinden Manor Farm, Hellifield, secured the championship with his first prize heifer, with the second prize heifer from Richard Walker, of R W & M Walker, Moorlands Farm, East Morton, awarded the reserve championship.
Mr Barron was making a welcome return to Craven Dairy Auction success, as he reckoned it was about 15 years ago that he last landed the title. The title winner, giving over 30 litres after calving a week before the show, is a naturally serviced daughter of one of Mr Barron’s own stock bulls, out of a top quality cow who has calved six times and regularly produced annual lactations of up to 10,000kg. The champion sold for £1,780 to Ian Dodson, Sowerby Bridge.
However, it was the Walkers’ runner-up that headed both class and show prices when knocked down for £1,900 to Red Rose dairyman Alf Townsend, of Southfield, Burnley. Giving 34.5kg and a new mother for ten days, the reserve champion is by the Walkers’ own stock bull, Weeton Octave, acquired from the renowned Lancashire pedigree herd of former Royal Show winner John Loftus, based at Preese Hall Farm, near Preston.
The first and second prize newly calven cows were shown by John Wellock, Oakworth, both selling at £1,680 and £1,840 respectively to the same buyers, Ellis Bros, Addingham Moorside.
There was a second Oakworth one-two when R & C R Mitchell & Sons landed first and second prizes in the in-calf heifers section, the winner heading the class prices at £1,560 when joining Wharfedale’s Roger Naylor, Middleton.
Newly calven heifers averaged £1,573, newly calven cows £1,760 and in-calf heifers £1,405. Show judge was former Tong Village, Bradford, dairy farmer and regular Skipton buyer Terry Hanson, who now lives and farms in Skegness. The main monthly Craven Dairy Auction is on Monday, July 18.
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