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Jennings wins first Craven Dairy Auction of 2017

Andrew Jennings of Jennings Farmers, Fountains, took the top spot at the first dairy sale of the New Year at Skipton Auction Mart.

Judge Frank Wrathall, from Gisburn, picked out Mr Jennings’ pedigree heifer as champion; 11 days calved and giving 30 litres, she went on to sell for the sale high of £2,000, to Alf and Andrew Townsend, of Burnley.

Judge Frank Wrathall, Andrew Jennings with his champion, Suzy Lawson with the reserve champion, and sponsor Helen Whittaker, of National Milk Records.

Judge Frank Wrathall, Andrew Jennings with his champion, Suzy Lawson with the reserve champion, and sponsor Helen Whittaker, of National Milk Records.

Mr Jennings, who runs the Abbeyhouse pedigree dairy herd near Ripon, has been victorious on numerous occasions at Skipton and got 2017 off to a flying start.

In the cow class David Lawson, of Mill Farm, Arthington, another regular champion, led the way with his second-calver, giving 34 litres, going for £1,760 and heading to Brian Blezard of Ribchester.

The Lawsons also claimed reserve champion in the show, with a newly calven pedigree heifer, two weeks calved, giving 31 litres, which sold to Wick Williams for £1,520.

Other notable prices went to Peter Baul, of Bishop Thornton, who took third prize in the newly calven heifers class and sold heifers for £1,850, £1,680 and £1,650, to Mark Goodall, Wick Williams and Brian Blezard respectively.

Edward Fort, of Silsden Moor, took second prize in the newly calven cows class and reached £1,620 with a second calver sold to Wick Williams, of Nantwich. Ian Parkinson, of Barden, was third in the class.

Regular vendors WR Ireland, of Thorpe Bassett, took first and second prize in the in-calf heifers class, and reached the top price with £1,180.

Storming trade in continental calves

Continental calves were doing a flying trade at Skipton Auction Mart on Monday (Jan 9) with a packed ringside of buyers.

The Moons of Wigglesworth saw their 10 British Blues receive a storming trade with a top price of £435. All British Blue bulls averaged £411.70 and with fierce competition plenty more could have been sold.

Black and Whites again saw a cracking trade with the top Friesian from John and Rob Marshall, of Dacre, topping at £160 and plenty of strong Black and Whites knocking on towards the £100 barrier. A few bobby calves tempered the trade but there was still a healthy average of £67.50 for all goods.

Blue Heifers also sold well with a packet of men chasing the good calves - anything well reared was quickly bid into the £350s.

The calf show and sale on Monday January 16 is expected to see another strong show of calves and a strong buyer attendance.

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