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Siblings Share Craven Dairy Auction Spoils

A dairy farming brother and sister went head-to-head in the battle for the title at October’s main Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Oct 28)

Mark Houseman, who runs the Senterprise pedigree Holstein herd with his father Fred at Burton Top Farm, Burton Leonard, was up against his sister Claire Lawson – she and her husband David have the Newbirks pedigree Holstein herd at Mill Farm, Arthington.

With the Craven Dairy Auction October champion, left, and reserve are, from left, Mark Houseman, Phil Coleman of BOCM Pauls, Claire Lawson and judge Brian Moorhouse.

With the Craven Dairy Auction October champion, left, and reserve are, from left, Mark Houseman, Phil Coleman of BOCM Pauls, Claire Lawson and judge Brian Moorhouse.

The duo were responsible for the first and second prize newly calven heifers, with show judge Brian Moorhouse, of Bell Busk, choosing the red rosette winner as his champion and the second in class as reserve.

The 19-days calved fully home-bred victor, giving 31kg, is by Senterprise Aalshorst Balaton, a highly regarded Dutch bull formerly standing with Avoncroft Genetics, out of Senterprise Export Lilli. The title winner progressed to achieve top price in show at £2,200 when joining regular Skipton dairy buyer Martin Jennings, of Glusburn.

The Lawsons, multiple Craven Dairy Auction champions and the most prolific title winners this year, saw their home-bred reserve champion, by the Genus sire Gerard, 25-days calved and giving 28kg, sell for £1,950 to another regular local buyer, Halton West’s James Kayley.

The third prize newly calven heifer from South Yorkshire vendor Philip Penrose, of Penistone, also sold well at £2,150 to Mark Goodall, of Tong, Bradford, while the same exhibitor also stepped forward with the second price newly calven cow, which became a £1,580 acquisition by ringside regular Wick Williams, of Nantwich, Cheshire.

Mr Williams also went to £1,880, top price in class, to secure the first prize newly calven cow from J Wellock, of Oakworth, with the third prize in class from Bishop Thornton’s Peter Baul falling for £1,850 to Fred and Mike Longster in Dacre.

Bill Walmsley, also from Bishop Thornton, made a clean sweep of the prizes in the in-calf heifer class, his six entries averaging £1,315 per head overall.

With 32 head of dairy cattle forward at the BOCM Pauls-sponsored fixture, trade for new calvers was not quite as strong, with an overall sell average back £70 per head on the previous sale. Newly calven heifers averaged £1,758 per head, the pedigrees among them averaging £1,788, while pedigree newly calven cows averaged £1,865 and Brown Swiss heifers £1,590.

Two Monday Craven Dairy Auctions are again on the agenda in November, the opener on the 11th and the annual Christmas show and sale, again sponsored by BOCM Pauls, on the 25th.

Dairy-breds to fore at weekly calf sale

Dairy-bred youngsters were in the majority among the 41-strong entry at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday sale of rearing calves. They traded well, particularly for well-fleshed sorts, and sold to a high of £170 for a black and white bull calf from M Ryder & Sons, of Haverah Park, Harrogate. The overall black and white average was £88.21 per head.

While Continentals were in short supply, those present sold well, with a day’s high of £335 for a Limousin-cross bull calf from E Simpson & Son, of Langho, and an overall selling average of £295 per head. The native average was £162.

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