It’s two out of two for North Yorkshire dairy farmers Raymond and Robert Johnson, after they secured their second Craven Dairy Auction championship of the year at Skipton Auction Mart’s main January show. (Mon, Jan 23)
Robert Johnson, right, with his latest Craven Dairy Auction champion, joined by judge Frank Wrathall, centre, and BOCM Pauls’ Phil Coleman.
The father and son duo, of Summerfield Farm, Felliscliffe, Harrogate, who also landed leading honours at the opening New Year dairy fixture earlier the same month, struck again when their first prize newly calven Holstein Friesian heifer was crowned champion by judge Frank Wrathall, of Gisburn.
The Johnsons, who have now bagged a trio of Craven Auction titles in the past four months, bought their latest victor as a bulling heifer from a dairy farmer in Scarborough. Having calved nine days prior to the show and sold giving 28 litres, she joined ringside regular Wick Williams, of Nantwich Cheshire.
From a consignment of five newly calven heifers, the Johnsons also sold entries at £2,240 and £2,220, to an overall average of £2,014.
On a day of robust trade, half of the 14 newly calven milkers forward sold for £2,000 and more, with heifers averaging £2,016, compared to £1,747 at the January opener.
Top price of £2,380 was achieved by a heifer from Robert Crisp, of Nelson Farm, Calton, knocked down to John Howard, of Carleton, who also acquired the champion at the New Year opener. In addition, Mr Crisp presented the the third prize heifer, sold at £2,160 to Shaun Sowray at Bishop Thornton.
Frederick Broadwith, of Low Barn Farm, Thornton Watlass Ripon, turned out the reserve champion, the first prize newly calven Holstein Friesian cow. She too originated from the east coast when bought as a calf at a dispersal sale in Whitby. Giving 34 litres, the pedigree runner-up also joined Mr Williams for £2,020.
The second prize newly calven heifer from Brian Moorhouse, of Hesper Farm, Bell Busk, made £2,200 when acquired by Stephen Britton, of Ripon.
Three in-calf heifers from Hellifield’s Richard Barron peaked at £1,710, averaging £1,653.
The show was sponsored by animal feed manufacturer BOCM Pauls, who have again committed to support Craven Dairy Auctions throughout the year, along with monthly shows of rearing calves.
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