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Swires Top Form at Craven Dairy Auction

Father and son ‘milk men’ Malcolm and Robert Swires, returned to the Craven Dairy Auction show arena after a long break and made an immediate impact when securing a virtual clean sweep of the leading spoils at the opening August show at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon. Aug 11)

Past multiple champions, the Swires won their last championship – their 23rd in total – at the October, 2012, show and have had a quiet time of it since, though their newly calven milkers are again coming through in increasing numbers, with five entered at the latest renewal.

Pictured with the champion and reserve at the opening August Craven Dairy Auction are, from left, Megan Thomas, local representative of new sponsors G Shepherd Animal Health, judge Richard Crabtree, exhibitor Robert Swires and his nephew John Simpson.

Pictured with the champion and reserve at the opening August Craven Dairy Auction are, from left, Megan Thomas, local representative of new sponsors G Shepherd Animal Health, judge Richard Crabtree, exhibitor Robert Swires and his nephew John Simpson.

Their Whinhill Holstein Friesian commercial dairy herd bounced back in great style when taking both the championship and reserve championship, with further entries chosen as runners-up in each class.

The title winner was their first prize newly calven heifer, ten days calved and giving 34 litres, which sold for £2,000 to regular supporters Alf and Andrew Townsend, of Burnley. The father and son team also paid £2,100 for the Swires’ reserve champion, their first prize 18 days calved red rosette-winning second calver cow, giving 40 litres. She was home-bred by the Cogent sire Loader.

The Swires also presented the second prize heifer, 14 days calved and giving 34 litres, which sold for £2,050 to Shaun Sowray, of Bishop Thornton, along with the second prize eight days calved cow, giving 38 litres, which joined Robert Metcalfe, of Brearton, Harrogate, for £1,900.

Also assisting with the Swires’ milkers were Robert’s dairy farming sister Libby Simpson, of Red House Farm, Ripon, and her 11-year-old son John, who has now left Grewelthorpe Primary School and will be starting at Nidderdale High School after the summer holidays.

“It’s great to be back and to clinch a championship and reserve championship double on our return to the Craven Dairy Auction arena,” said Libby.

The Newbirks Holstein pedigree herd of A Lawson & Son in Arthington, which has itself clinched numerous Craven Dairy Auction championships of late, was responsible for the third prize newly calven heifer. With four generations of VG or EX behind her, she went on to achieve the day’s top price of £2,500 when falling to regular buyers Stephen and Edward Jeanes in Glusburn.

Bingley’s Keith Downs had one of the best days with a top-notch consignment of six fresh calved heifers, which averaged over £2,000 and sold to a high of £2,180, the top price commercial entry, to show judge, Richard Crabtree, of Clifton, Otley.

With a robust 39-strong entry, pedigree newly calven heifers averaged £1,923, with 1st class newly calven commercial heifers averaging £1,987 and their 2nd class counterparts £1,365. Newly calven cows averaged £1,625.

Show classes were sponsored for the first time by G Shepherd Animal Health, of Woodplumpton, Preston, who are now supporting all opening monthly Craven Dairy Auctions.

Black and white calves strong

Dairy-bred youngsters were also prominent among the 80-strong turnout at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday rearing calf sale, meeting with the strongest trade of the day, with extra interest at the ringside making a difference and forging the overall average to almost £72 per head, with a black and white high of £145 for a bull calf from Elslack’s John Rushton.

Continentals again traded well, with a wide selection of buyers taking all grades to a good price. They averaged £257.80 per head overall, with the day’s leading price of £410 falling to a British Blue-cross bull calf from Gargrave’s Colin Whitelock. Native youngsters averaged £153.30 per head.

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