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Sean Hickey Champion at Craven Dairy Auction

Pendle dairy farmer Sean Hickey made an infrequent excursion into the dairy show arena at Skipton Auction Mart and was rewarded when his first prize newly calven heifer progressed to clinch championship honours at the main July Craven Dairy Auction. (Mon, July 28)

Mr Hickey, of Bridge House Farm, Laneshawbridge, is better known as a dairy cattle buyer at Skipton, where he had earlier purchased his commercial Holstein Friesian victor as a stirk. Eight days calved and giving over six-and-a-half gallons, she sold for the day’s second top price of £2,250 to G and PS Fleetwood, of Mirfield.

Pictured with the principals at Skipton’s main July Craven Dairy Auction are, from left, BOCM Pauls’ Richard Colley, champion Sean Hickey and his 11-year-old nephew John Thorpe, reserve champion Robin Jennings and judge Aubrey Greenhalgh.

Pictured with the principals at Skipton’s main July Craven Dairy Auction are, from left, BOCM Pauls’ Richard Colley, champion Sean Hickey and his 11-year-old nephew John Thorpe, reserve champion Robin Jennings and judge Aubrey Greenhalgh.

Top price of £2,300 fell to the second prize newly calven heifer and reserve champion from Robin Jennings, who runs the Stainbank pedigree Holstein Friesian herd at Hill House Farm, South Stainley, between Harrogate and Ripon.

Twelve days calved and giving 35 litres, the daughter of the Genus sire Lutz Brook-View Burt found a new home in Glusburn with regular dairy buyers Stephen and Edward Jeanes.

Chris Broadwith, of Thornton Watlass, was also among the leading performers with a newly calven heifer that achieved the same price as the title winner when also joining the Fleetwoods.

First and second prizes in the show class for newly calven cows fell to John Rennard, of Beamsley, with his red rosette winner becoming the top-priced cow at £1,420 when bought by Wick Williams, of Nantwich.

The Lea farming family from Wortley, Sheffield, won all three prizes in the in-calf show class with Holstein-x-MRI heifers due at the end of August to an Ayrshire sire. They sold to a high of £1,150.

Trade for the top end of the 34 dairy cattle forward was again strong, though entries not quite up to the mark met with an easier trade, with some decent heifers achieving in the £1,700-£1,850 and some honest tank fillers £1,500-£1,700.

Pedigree newly calven heifers averaged £1,930 overall, with their commercial counterparts averaging £1,654. Newly calven cows averaged £1,385 and in-calf heifers £1,125

“The recent ARLA milk price reduction may well have had an impact on the confidence of many farmers and this has clearly had an influence on prices,” noted dairy auctioneer Sam Bradley.

The show was again sponsored by BOCM Pauls, represented by Richard Colley, along with VG Energy, represented by Jessica Wallbank. Judge was Preston’s Aubrey Greenhalgh.

Calves sell to £400

Dairy-bred youngsters comprised 60% of the 59-strong entry at Skipton’s weekly rearing calf sale on the same day when an increased number of plain calves held back the black and white bull calf average at £33 per head overall.

However, Contintentals were again well supported, averaging £288 each, with a £400 high for a British Blue-cross bull calf from Church Farm Enterprises in Burton Leonard, who also led the heifer calf prices at £370 with a same way bred entry.

Burnley’s Alf Townsend also had a good day when achieving three leading breed prices - £290 for an Aberdeen Angus heifer calf and £280 and £247 respectively for Limousin-cross heifer and bull calves.

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