Raymond and Robert Johnson, of Felliscliffe, Harrogate, won their first Craven Diary Auction championship of the year with a newly calven Holstein Friesian commercial heifer at September’s opening Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Sept 10)
Robert Johnson, left, who presented the latest Craven Dairy Auction champion, is congratulated by judge and buyer Wick Williams.
In fact, the father and son farmers, who are no strangers to championship success in the Skipton dairy ring, made it a notable one-two when their second prize newly calven pedigree heifer was also chosen as reserve champion.
Having each calved a fortnight before the show, both the title winner, giving six gallons, and the runner-up, producing seven gallons, sold for £2,000, the former to show judge Wick Williams, of Nantwich, Cheshire, the latter to Stephen Abbott, of Dacre, Harrogate.
There was a third joint top price of £2,000, this falling to the first prize newly calven cow from Brian Moorhouse, Bell Busk, acquired by Stephen Jeanes, Glusburn.
Mr Williams also paid £1,890 for the second prize cow from Ian Parkinson, Barden. Newly calven heifers averaged £1,609 and newly calven cows £1,395.
Two Ayrshire-cross maiden heifers from Alan Midgley, Ludendenfoot, also sold well at £750 each.
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