A lot number of 13 proved anything but unlucky for dairy farmers A Lawson & Son, of Mill Farm, Arthington, when they turned out their third successive Craven Dairy Auction champion at the main September show and sale. (Mon, Sept 17)
Farm hand John Bellerby, right, with the Lawson family’s latest Craven Dairy Auction champion, joined by Phil Coleman, of sponsors BOCM Pauls.
The Lawsons’ Newbirks Holstein pedigree herd, which only returned to the Skipton dairy ring last month after an absence of several years, cemented an immediate impact when bagging their latest title with the first prize newly calven heifer, by the American-based ABS Global sire Bomaz Boulder.
Giving 28 litres, the 12 days calved victor also headed the prices when selling at £2,400 to Wilmot Blockley, of WE & O Blockley & Son, Tarvin, Chester, for whom Skipton has been a happy hunting ground for quality milkers of late. He also paid £2,200 for the second prize newly calven heifer shown by Craven Cattle Marts’ Stockperson of the Year, Robert Crisp, of Calton.
A clean sweep of the prizes in the newly calven cows class fell to multiple title winners Malcolm and Robert Swires, of, Haverah Park, Beckwithshaw, with their home-bred red rosette winner and reserve champion, a second calver giving 40 litres, proving the best performer when joining CN Bentley in Thirsk for £2,200.
The Swires’ second and third prize cows both sold for £1,900 to, respectively, T Simpson, of Bishop Thornton, and H Goodall & Son, of Tong, Bradford.
The third prize newly calven heifer from Elslack’s John Airey also performed well when selling locally to John Howard, of Heslaker, for £2,080, while other high achievers were entries from J Wellock, of Oldfield, Oakworth, at £2,320, Brian Moorhouse, of Bell Busk, at £2,200, and Jeremy Taylor, of Broughton, at £2,010.
The 36-strong entry was boosted by an additional consignment of 50 dairy cattle, representing the first half and milking contingent of a dispersal sale on behalf of South Craven’s Harry Ingham, of Scott House Farm, Glusburn, who is retiring.
The herd was first established by Mr Ingham’s father Frank and his son Matthew is the third generation of the family to be involved in the business. Newly calven heifers presented by the Inghams sold to a high of £1,820 at an average of £1,361. Second calver cows peaked at £1,640, averaging £1,273, with third calvers selling to a top of £1,300 and an average of £1,006.
With several new and returning buyers at the ringside, the overall Craven Dairy auction average was £1,774 for newly calven heifers and £1,694 for newly calven cows. BOCM Pauls again sponsored the show classes, which were judged by Ripon’s Stephen Britten.
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