A home-bred newly calven milker with an impressive background secured a return to championship-winning ways for local farmer Jeremy Taylor’s Broughton-based Smellows Holstein Friesian pedigree herd at August’s opening Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Aug 1)
Jeremy Taylor, right, with his Craven Dairy Auction opening August show champion, joined by judge George Emmott.
Mr Taylor, who has landed the dairy title on several occasions in recent years, saw his first prize heifer – she had calved ten days prior to the show and was giving 29kg – chosen as champion by show judge George Emmott, of Steeton.
The victor is by Smellows Coriolanius, since sold locally to George Stapleton at Skibeden, out of Smellows Profit, whose breeding lines go back the renowned Suffolk-based Terling herd.
Mr Taylor, who said he has retained some nice heifers by Coriolanius, sold his latest champion for £1,930 to Skipton regular Wick Williams, of Nantwich, Cheshire, who had a busy day at the ringside when accounting for most of the entries in the small, but high quality show.
His other acquisitions included the second prize newly calven heifer and reserve champion from Raymond Johnson, of Felliscliffe, Harrogate, at £1,780, the top-priced newly calven heifer from Richard Barron, Hellifield, at £1,990 and the third prize heifer from Edward Fort, Silsden, at £1,800.
Messrs Taylor and Fort also sold newly calven heifers at £1,890 and £1,800 respectively, with an overall class average of £1,734. The next Craven Dairy Auction on Monday, August 22, also incorporates the annual show and sale of pedigree any-breed dairy bulls.
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