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Lawsons Strike Again at Craven Dairy Auction

The Newbirks pedigree Holstein herd in Arthington added to its ever-growing tally of Craven Dairy Auction championships when again lifting the title at the early May show and sale at CCM Skipton. (Mon, May 13)

David and Claire Lawson, of Mill Farm, bagged their latest victory with their first prize newly calven heifer, by the legendary Genus sire Picston Shottle, out of a home-bred cow from bloodlines that have performed well over several generations.

Claire Lawson

Claire Lawson with the early May Craven Dairy Auction champion, joined by co-judges Robin, left, and George Jennings.

Three weeks calved and giving 29 litres, the champion sold for £2,420 top call in show, to Daniel Reed, of Bielby, York, of late the single most prolific buyer of dairy stock at Skipton as he further supplements his expanding herd.

The Lawsons also chipped in with the third prize newly calven heifer, which sold for the day’s second highest price of £2,250, along with further newly calven entries at £2,200 and £1,820. All three were acquired by Mr Reed.

Jonathan Caygill

Jonathan Caygill with his early May Craven Dairy Auction reserve champion.

He also paid £2,200 for the reserve champion, the second prize newly calven heifer from local vendors Jonathan Caygill & Partners, whose run the Rylstone pedigree herd at Manor House Farm. By the AI dairy bull Burlane Tennyson, out of a home-bred Regancrest-sired dam, the runner-up had calved ten days previously and was giving 30 litres.

The same buyer struck again to claim a pedigree newly calven heifer from Craven Dairy Auction regular Brian Moorhouse, of Bell Busk, for £1,900.

Oakworth’s Jonathan Sharp picked up the red rosette for the first prize newly calven cow, a second calver which headed the pedigree prices at £1,780 when joining H Goodall, of Bradford. Commercial entries peaked at £1,920 for a cow from Chris Broadwith, of Thornton Watlass.

The buyer was Wick Williams, of Nantwich, who also paid £1,390 for a pedigree newly calven Brown Swiss cow, a seventh calver giving 46kg, from David and Pauline Brown, of Ramsgill.

The first and second prize in-calf heifers both came from Huddersfield’s John Roberts, with the red rosette winner selling for £1,060 to Gargrave’s David Shuttleworth. GR Bretherton, of Preston, made a clean sweep of the prizes in the show class for maiden heifers. His entries sold to a high of £650 for the first prize winner, which joined Duncan Holme in Storiths.

Pedigree newly calven heifers among the 29-strong turnout averaged £2,194, selling to an overall heifer average of £1,770. The comparative averages for newly calven cows were £1,713 and £1,453, with in-calf heifers averaging £1,010 and maiden heifers £616.

Show judges were father and son dairy farmers George and Robin Jennings, of South Stainley, Ripon. Attention now turns to the main monthly BOCM Pauls-sponsored dairy cattle fixture on Monday, May 27, which features show classes for both pedigree and commercial newly calven milkers, plus another standalone show and sale for pedigree dairy bulls.

It is seen a valuable opportunity to both sell and buy dairy livestock now that the long-awaited seasonal turnout of cattle has taken place. Entries close next Monday, May 20.

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