The final Craven Dairy Auction of the year at Skipton Auction Mart ended with a championship success for Yorkshire Dales dairyman Robert Crisp, of Calton. (Mon, Dec 17)
December Craven Diary Auction champion and, from left, BOCM Paul’s Keith Colley, CCM’s auctioneer Sam Bradley, exhibitor Robert Crisp and co-judge Stephen Abbott.
He lifted the title with his first prize newly calven Holstein Friesian heifer, which had calved a fortnight before the show and was giving 34kg. The victor sold for £2,160 to Wilmot Blockley, of WE and O Blockley & Son, Tarvin, Chester, who has sourced an increasing number of quality dairy cattle at the North Yorkshire venue throughout the year.
Top price in show at £2,340 fell to the second prize newly calven heifer from Andrew Jennings, of Jennings Farms, Hill House, Fountains, Ripon, champion at the previous Christmas Craven Dairy Auction. The buyer was Edward Fort, of Silsden Moor.
Chris Broadwith, of Ripon, was responsible for the first prize newly calven cow, sold for £1,900 to regular buyer Tom Green, of Wigan, who also paid £1,720 for the second in class from J Wellock, of Oldfield, Oakworth. The same exhibitor also stepped up with the third prize newly calven heifer, which became a further Wilmot Blockley acquisition at £2,080.
An in-calf heifer from James Lawn, of Oakworth, also performed well when falling for £1,650 to Gargrave’s David Shuttleworth. Newly calven heifers averaged £1,829 and newly calven cows £1,810.
Judges were brothers Stephen and Malcolm Abbott, of Dacre, Harrogate, while the sale was conducted for the first time by Craven Cattle Mart’s junior auctioneer Sam Bradley. BOCM Pauls again sponsored and will continue to do so in 2013, when the opening Craven Dairy Auction is scheduled for Monday, January 7.
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