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Lawsons Lead the Way Again at Craven Dairy Auction

The Lawson dairy farming family in Wharfedale swept the board when producing both the champion and reserve champion at September’s main Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Sept 29)

Based at Mill Farm, Arthington, the Newbirks Holstein pedigree herd, run by husband and wife David and Claire Lawson and their children Matthew and Suzy, has been responsible for many title-winning milkers and other prize winners at Skipton.

Pictured with the Lawson family’s Craven Dairy Auction champion and reserve champion are, from left, judge Aubrey Greenhalgh, exhibitor Suzy Lawson and BOCM Pauls’ Phil Coleman.

Pictured with the Lawson family’s Craven Dairy Auction champion and reserve champion are, from left, judge Aubrey Greenhalgh, exhibitor Suzy Lawson and BOCM Pauls’ Phil Coleman.

Judge Aubrey Greenhalgh, of Preston, nominated the Lawsons’ first prize newly calven cow, Newbanks Gertie 318, as his chosen champion. By the legendary Genus sire, Picston Shottle, the 22 days’ calved victor, giving 38kgs, headed the class prices when selling for £2,000 to the Sowray family in Bishop Thornton.

The Lawsons’ first prize newly calven heifer and reserve champion, Newbirks Blueblood 867, nine days calved and giving 28kgs, by another Genus sire, Lynncrest Zebra, returned home.

Top price of the day at £2,200 fell to the third prize heifer, 14 days calved and giving 31kgs, from Brian Moorhouse, who runs the Aireburn pedigree herd in Bell Busk. Aireburn Toyota Christine joined Wilmot Blockley in Tarvin, Chester.

The same buyer also went to £2,100 to acquire another newly calven heifer, Stainbank Roxy 29, by Burlane Tennyson, from the Stainbank pedigree Holstein Friesian herd of Robin Jennings and family in South Stainley.

The second prize newly calven heifer from the commercial herd of local vendor Robert Crisp, of Nelson House, Calton, champion at the opening September Craven Dairy Auction, also made £2,100 when again falling to Mr Blockley.

Commercial breeders, father and son Malcolm and Robert Swires, of Haverah Park, Beckwithshaw, who bagged both Craven Dairy Auction championships in August, were again to the fore when presenting the second and third prize newly calven cows. They sold for £1,900 and £1,720 to, respectively, Alf Townsend, of Burnley, and Cowling’s Martin Jennings.

Brian Moorhouse was also responsible for the red rosette winner in a show class for coloured dairy cows with a newly calven pedigree Jersey heifer, Aireburn Epic Ruby, by the World Wide Sires’ bull Jace Epic. Giving 26 litres, she made £1,250 when joining Rebecca Fort on Silsden Moor.

Pedigree newly calven heifers averaged £1,834 and their commercial counterparts £1,702. A nice run of pedigree newly calven Brown Swiss heifers from David and Pauline Brown, of Ramsgill, sold to a high of £1,750 at an average of £1,457.

After a slow start, the 44 head of dairy cattle forward gathered momentum, achieving straight trade in the main. However, Craven Cattle Marts’ auctioneer Sam Bradley noted: “With falling milk prices, there was certainly a lot more caution at the ringside, with many buyers concerned about what the future of the dairy industry may hold.”

The show was again sponsored by BOCM Pauls.

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