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Newbirks Herd Tops Again at Craven Dairy Auction

The Newbirks pedigree Holstein herd of multiple Craven Dairy Auction champions David and Claire Lawson, of Mill Farm, Arthington, bounced back to title-winning ways at the main September show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Sept 30)

They secured another victory with their first prize newly calven heifer, which received the dairy trophy from Keith Colley, of monthly sponsor BOCM Pauls. The home-bred 15 days-calved daughter of the Genus sire Bomaz Boulder, giving 30 litres, found a ready ringside, before becoming the top-priced milker when falling for £2,700 to show judge James Kayley, of Halton West.

David Lawson, left, with his Craven Dairy Auction late September champion, joined by BOCM Pauls’ Keith Colley.

David Lawson, left, with his Craven Dairy Auction late September champion, joined by BOCM Pauls’ Keith Colley.

The Lawsons also presented the first and second prize newly calven cows. Their red rosette winner, a second calver giving 38 litres and by another Genus bull, Ralma Focus, sold for £2,180 to BH Wilson, of Green Hammerton. However, it was the second prize that achieved top price in class at £2,100 when also joining the show judge.

Defending champion Robert Crisp, of Nelson House, Calton, stepped forward with another well-bred daughter of the Genus sire, Garrison, also responsible for his early September victor. However, he had to settle for the reserve championship at the latest renewal with his 18 days-calved second prize heifer, giving six-and-a-half gallons, which made £2,180, the best-priced commercial entry, when joining Craven Dairy Auction regular Geoff Blezard, of Ribchester.

Also catching the eye was Laycock’s Sammy Sugden with two newly calven heifers both bought as maidens at Skipton. One made £1,940 and became a second BH Wilson purchase, the other selling at £1,900 to South Yorkshire’s E Ellis, of Cawthorne, Barnsley.

Craven Dairy Auction regular Peter Baul, of Bishop Thornton, presented the third prize newly calven heifer, sold for £1,900 to Airton’s Paul Bolland, while Ian Parkinson, of Barden, had the third prize newly calven cow, knocked down for £1,530 to ringside regular Wick Williams, of Nantwich.

Newly calven Brown Swiss entries from David and Pauline Brown, of Ramsgill, clinched first and second prizes in their show class, with a high of £1,790 for the red rosette winner, also acquired by Mr Williams. The combined average was £1,620.

The 20 head of dairy cattle forward achieved the following averages, all for new calvers: Pedigree heifers £1,925, commercial heifers £1,841, pedigree cows £2,093, commercial cows £1,685.

Housemans shine in rearing calf arena

Father and son dairy farmers Fred and Mark Houseman, who run the Senterprise pedigree Holstein Friesian herd at Burton Top Farm, Burton Leonard, were in sparkling form at CCM Skipton’s weekly Monday rearing calf sale, achieving five top prices, notably with some strong British Blue-cross entries.

They led the day’s trade at £380 with a Blue bull calf, with a same breed heifer calf achieving £355. The Housemans were also responsible for the top price Aberdeen Angus bull and heifer calves at £290 and £230 respectively, along with the pick of the black and white entries, a Friesian bull calf at £248.

Sutton-in-Craven’s Frank Spence also chipped in with the top price Limousin-cross bull calf at £335. While Continental entries were a touch cheaper on the week, black and white youngsters were in keen demand. The 71-strong entry averaged £160.87 per head overall.

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