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Four out of Four Dairy Titles for Prolific Stainbank Herd

The North Yorkshire Stainbank pedigree Holstein dairy herd of Robin Jennings, from Hill House Farm, South Stainley, Harrogate, secured its fourth consecutive Craven Dairy Auction title at Skipton Auction Mart’s opening August Craven Dairy Auction. (Mon, August 10)

Like his previous three champions, the latest victor was the first prize newly calven heifer, Startover Seaver Bonnie, his only entry on the day, acquired from the Startover pedigree dairy herd at Brimham Lodge Farm, Ripley. It was by R-E-W Seaver, who was also responsible for Mr Jennings’ opening July show title winner.

Pictured with the opening August Craven Dairy Auction champion and reserve are, from left, NMR’s Natalie Wragg, reserve champion Keith Downs, title winner Robin Jennings and show judge James Kayley.

Pictured with the opening August Craven Dairy Auction champion and reserve are, from left, NMR’s Natalie Wragg, reserve champion Keith Downs, title winner Robin Jennings and show judge James Kayley.

Out of Startover Temper Bonnie, the 20 days-calved show principal came to market giving 30 litres and returned, like the July champion, to Brimham Lodge’s Gavin Clarke when knocked down for £1,720, the day’s leading price.

Standing reserve champion was the second prize newly calven heifer from commercial dairy farmer Keith Downs, of Bingley. By a bull acquired from the well-known Aireburn pedigree herd of Craven Dairy Auction regular Brian Moorhouse, of Bell Busk, the runner-up sold for £1,580 to frequent buyer Alf Townsend, of Southfield, Burnley.

Mr Downs was also responsible for the second prize newly calven cow, bred the same way as his reserve champion. A fortnight-calved and giving 37 litres, she also joined Mr Townsend for £1,700, second top price in show.

Brian Moorhouse was himself responsible for the red rosette-winning newly calven cow, a commercial second calver by his own home-bred bull, Aireburn President. Ten days-calved and giving 35 litres, she sold for £1,500 to ringside regular Wick Williams, of Nantwich, Cheshire, who also paid £1,320 for the third prize newly calven heifer from Chris Broadwith, of Thornton Watlass.

Also catching the eye at £1,700 was a newly calven Shorthorn heifer from Richard Walker, of East Morton. The buyer was Queensbury’s Richard Sutcliffe.

For the second show in succession, I Olivers & Partners, of Darley, took first and second prizes with in-calf heifers, the red rosette winner making £1,140 on joining David Shuttleworth in Gargrave.

JR&EL Mawson, of Elslack, presented the first and second prize maiden heifers, both selling to Starbotton’s Richard Close, with the show class winner topping at £700.

It was a smaller show than usual, with 22 head forward, and, with yet further cuts to the milk price, trade was lighter, with only the best of cattle making decent prices. First-class newly calven heifers averaged £1,522 per head and their second class counterparts £1,155. Newly calven cows averaged £1,333 each.

Show judge was James Kayley, who runs the Candlerush pedigree dairy herd in Halton West, while co-sponsors were NMR and VG Energy.

Black and white calves in demand
Black and white entries, which averaged 32 days of age, also accounted for just over half of the 80 rearing calves on parade at the same day’s sale and these sold to an overall average of £114.62 per head, with Michael Heron, of Bramhope, topping at £280 with a Friesian bull calf. Alan Middleton, of JP&KE Hartley in Bolton Abbey, also hit £270 for a half-bred Friesian.

Continentals were a touch easier on the week, with some of the better calves on hold until this coming Monday’s seasonal calf show, though for the goods present trade was buoyant, producing an overall selling average of £360 per head.

Top price of £495 fell to a Simmental-cross bull calf from Hayton and Stocks in Bolton Abbey, while the Wellock family, from Kirkby Malham, produced a solid run of British Blue-cross bull and heifer calves, which sold to a high of £445.

The selling average for native breed entries was £225 per head, led at £300 by an Aberdeen Angus bull calf again from Michael Heron.

“With classes for all types and breeds at next week’s summer calf show, a strong attendance of buyers can be expected as usual,” noted Skipton Auction Mart’s Sam Bradley.

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