2013-07-03   facebook twitter rss
Housemans Home In on Further Craven Dairy Auction Success

Father and son ‘milk men’ Fred and Mark Houseman secured their second Craven Dairy Auction championship in as many months at the opening July show and sale at CCM Skipton. (Mon, July 1)

The Housemans, who trade as Church Farm Enterprises and run their Senterprise Holstein herd at Burton Top Farm, Burton Leonard, clinched the title with their first prize home-bred newly calven heifer by the Cogent sire Picston Shaker.

Champion from Church Farm Enterprises

Champion from Church Farm Enterprises

Giving 31 litres, the 20 days-calved victor went on to make the day’s top price of £1,920 when joining H Goodall in Tong, Bradford. The Housemans also sold a second newly calven heifer for £1,680 to show judge Frank Wrathall, of Gisburn.

Third in the heifer class was the Stainbank pedigree herd of Robin Jennings in South Stainley with an Abbeyhouse-sired daughter. The Abbeyhouse herd is run by Robin’s cousin Andrew Jennings in nearby Fountains and the seven days-calved yellow rosette winner, producing 32 litres, also fell for £1,620 to Mr Wrathall.

RW&M Walker, of Keighley, achieved £1,750 with a newly calven heifer bought by Baildon’s Stephen Coates.

Like the previous Craven Dairy Auction, Graham Bell, of Sinnington, York, was again responsible for the first and third prize newly calven cows, his red rosette winner heading the class prices at £1,520 when becoming a further H Goodall acquisition.

Dairy cattle were generally cheaper than of late, though the overall quality of the 20-strong entry was not as good as previous sales. Newly calven heifers averaged £1,523 and newly calven cows £1,248.

Church Farm Enterprises also achieved top price at CCM Skipton’s weekly rearing calf sale with a British Blue-cross bull calf sold for £490 to regular buyer Derek Taylor, of Burton Leonard.

The pick of the heifers at £395 was another British Blue-cross from Ken Wright, of Airton, who also presented two further top prices with Saler bull and heifer calves both sold at £250.

David Leeming, of Burnt Yates, again performed well with a Simmental bull calf at £368, with Alan Throup, of Silsden Moor, heading both the Blonde-cross bull and heifer calf prices at £350 and £245 respectively. Jonathan Caygill, of Rylstone, topped the black and white prices with a bull calf at £120. The 71-strong entry sold to an overall average of £138.41 per head.

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