2014-02-27   facebook twitter rss

Hesper Heifer Hoists Craven Dairy Title

Multiple past champion Brian Moorhouse, who runs the Airebank pedigree Holstein dairy herd at Hesper Farm, Bell Busk, sent out his first title winner of 2014 at the main February Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Feb 24)

The home-bred victor, the first prize newly calven heifer, is by the Genus sire Galastar Bluesky and the first of his crop to make an appearance in the show ring for Mr Moorhouse. Out of a 10,000kg dam, the champion, who had calved on February 5 and came to market giving 31kg, headed the day’s selling prices by some distance at £2,650 when joining D Clarke, of Hampsthwaite, Harrogate.

Pictured at Skipton’s main February Craven Dairy Auction are, from left, judge Robin Jennings, Brian Moorhouse and his title winner, the reserve champion and Richard Close, and sponsor Keith Colley, of BOCM Pauls.

Pictured at Skipton’s main February Craven Dairy Auction are, from left, judge Robin Jennings, Brian Moorhouse and his title winner, the reserve champion and Richard Close, and sponsor Keith Colley, of BOCM Pauls.

The same buyer also paid second top call of £2,250 for another newly calven commercial heifer shown by Eldroth’s Gary Robinson, reserve champion at Skipton’s opening February dairy show.

Dales dairyman Richard Close, of Starbotton, bagged the reserve championship with his second prize seven days-calved heifer, giving 27 litres and falling for £2,120 to regular local buyer John Howard, of Hesleker.

The third prize newly calven heifer from Bishop Thornton’s Peter Baul sold for £1,950 to Mark Goodall, of Tong, Bradford,, with heifers averaging £2,125 overall. Newly calven cows sold to a high of £1,500 for a Brown Swiss entry from Nidderdale vendors D&P Brown, of Ramsgill.

The 39-strong entry featured a good number of younger cattle, with J&J Whitaker, of Laneshawbridge, again to the fore with a quality selection of 29 in-calf and maiden heifers, which sold to a high of £1,700 for a March-due entry. The buyer was Gargrave’s David Shuttleworth.

Mick Corner, of Easingwold, was responsible for the top price in-calf heifer, which sold well at £1,860 to Kevin Midgley, of Thorpe Bassett in Ryedale, producing an overall selling average of £1,492 per head.

The Whittakers’ 17 to 22-month-old bulling heifers sold to a high of £1,300 and averaged £1,117, with their 6 to 8-month-old heifer stirks selling to £800, with an average of £609 each.

Robin Jennings, of the Stainbank pedigree Holstein Friesian herd in South Stainley, judged at the BOCM Pauls-sponsored show.

Earlier in the day, Skipton’s weekly rearing calf sale featured another good turnout of dairy-bred youngsters, which averaged £66 per head and were led by two black and whites from John Marshall, of Dacre, which both sold well to a high of £128. The same vendor also presented the top performing Limousin-cross heifer calf at £250.

There was straight trade for Continentals, with David Leeming, of Burnt Yates, selling all entries well and to a high of £350 for a British Blue-cross bull calf, though the day’s leading price of £370 fell to a Limousin-cross bull calf from Graham Hayton, of Bolton Abbey, who also sold a second Limousin at £355.

An improved entry of 68 youngsters saw Continental calves average £265.90 per head overall and native breeds £153.30.

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