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Brian Bags Dairy Double at CCM Skipton

The Aireburn pedigree herd of Bell Busk dairy farmer Brian Moorhouse secured an outstanding title-winning double when presenting both the champion newly calven heifer and the champion dairy bull at April’s main Craven Dairy Auction at CCM Skipton. (Mon, Apr 22)

Mr Moorhouse, of Hesper Farm, repeated his 2012 championship success at the annual show and sale of pedigree Holstein Friesian bulls with his 16-month-old home-bred Aireburn Alan, by the Semex dairy sire Gillette Windbrook, out of Dunnerdale Stormatic Aldina, acquired from Cumbria.

Brian Moorhouse with his Skipton dairy bull champion Aireburn Alan.

Brian Moorhouse with his Skipton dairy bull champion Aireburn Alan.

Alan was the fifth calf of the productive dam, who is from a very high type family, with eight generations of VG or Excellent behind her. The victor, well grown and ready for work, progressed to perform with credit in the sales ring when heading the bull prices at 2,700gns (£2,835) and remaining in the area on joining Angus Dean in Threshfield.

Mr Moorhouse bagged his second title with his first prize newly calven Holstein Friesian heifer, Aireburn Sam Sarah, another home-bred by the WorldWide AI sire Regancrest Mr Sam, out of Aireburn Talent Sarah, who is also rated Excellent and has twice produced an annual milk yield of 11,000kg.

Twenty-eight days calved and giving 30 litres, the female champion sold for £2,300 to Daniel Reed, of Bielby, York, who remains a multiple buyer at Skipton in his continuing quest to expand his every-growing dairy herd.

He also paid £2,480 for the reserve championship, the second prize newly calven heifer from the Senterprise herd of father and son Fred and Mark Houseman, who trade as Church Farm Enterprises at Burton Leonard.

The Newbirks Holstein pedigree herd of Wharfedale’s David and Claire Lawson, of Arthington, which lifted the title at the previous Craven Dairy Auction, was again to the fore when presenting the third prize newly calven heifer, which proved the top price milker on the day at £2,550. The Lawsons also stepped forward with the first prize newly calven cow, a second calver that also headed the class prices when sold for £2,100.

The Newbirks Holstein pedigree herd of Wharfedale’s David and Claire Lawson, of Arthington, which lifted the title at the previous Craven Dairy Auction, was again to the fore when presenting the third prize newly calven heifer, which proved the top price milker on the day at £2,550. The Lawsons also stepped forward with the first prize newly calven cow, a second calver that also headed the class prices when sold for £2,100.

These, too, both fell to the prolific Mr Reed, who also paid £2,300 for the first entry into the sales ring, a newly calven heifer from Bishop Thornton’s Peter Baul.

Pedigree heifers averaged £2,127, with all heifers averaging £1,763. Newly calven cows averaged £1,723 overall.

Back with the bulls, the reserve championship was awarded to the West Yorkshire Soothill Holsteins herd of Richard and Cath Oakes, based at Grange Farm, Batley.

Soothills Lustre Joe is an October, 2011-born embryo son of the Canadian sire Wilcoxview Jasper, out of Savage-Leigh Alexee, who can boast 11 generations of VG or Excellent – her great grand dam was the renowned Idee Lustre.

The runner-up returned home with Mr and Mrs Oakes, who have now gone out of milking and recently sold their last heifers. They still have ten bulls aged up to 17 months to sell, among them the Skipton reserve’s embryo brother, Soothill Jasper Dandy.

With buyers selective, half of the 12 bulls forward found new homes, selling to an overall average of 1,601gns (£1,681).

Show classes were judged by father and daughter duo David and Jennie Booth, of Earby, and sponsors were BOCM Pauls, Yorkshire Foot Trimmers, Diversey Deosan Farm Hygiene and Wynnstay. A further standalone show of dairy bulls is being planned at CCM Skipton for Monday, May 27.

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