The festive season arrived early for husband-and-wife dairy farmers Thomas and Elizabeth Simpson, of Red House Farm, Ripon, when they won their first Craven Dairy Auction championship at the Christmas show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Nov 17)
The Craven Dairy Auction November champion is pictured in the Skipton ring, with, from left, Nick Marsh, senior agri-business manager with Yorkshire Bank, Steve Braithwaite, of BOCM Pauls, judge David Swale and exhibitors Thomas and Elizabeth Simpson.
The couple’s home-bred commercial newly calven Holstein Friesian cow produced its second calf ten days before the show and came to market giving 35 litres. By the SEMEX sire Shormar James, the title winner, awarded the CCM Trophy, sold locally for £2,100, top price in show, to Martin Jennings, of Cowling, who received £60 cash from Farmers and Mercantile.
The first prize newly calven heifer and reserve champion, which received BOCM Pauls Trophy, came from the pedigree Holstein Friesian herd of Craven Dairy Auction regulars and multiple championship winners Raymond and Robert Johnson, of Felliscliffe, Harrogate. By the Genus bull Hanoverhill Starbuck, the runner-up, giving six gallons, made £1,900 when acquired by Stephen Coates, Baildon.
Best in the in-calf class and recipient of the Frank Wade Perpetual Trophy, presented by Nathan Wade, was a December-due third calver from Richard and Yvonne Wood, of Crossroads, Keighley, sold for £1,000 to Andrew Ogden, Cowling.
DE & MA Booth, Earby, presented the second prize newly calven heifer, sold for £1,650 to Ian Wellock, Eshton, while the third in class from Robin Jennings, South Stainley, Ripon, was knocked down for £1,570 to Alf Townsend, Burnley.
Second in the newly calven cows class was an entry from Malcolm and Robert Swires, Haverah Park, Beckwithshaw, sold for £1,600 to JF Longster, Fellbeck, Pateley Bridge. Harry Raw, Eastburn, took the third prize, a £1,640 acquisition by Mark Ashworth, Clitheroe.
Two prizewinning newly calven pedigree Jersey heifers from sisters Aimee and Kate Beresford, Halton West, sold for £970 each to Aubrey Greenhalgh, Preston.
Newly calven heifers, first quality, averaged £1,681, with second quality heifers selling to £1,460 (av £1,230). Newly calven cows averaged £1,495.
Show judge was David Swale, of Joylan Farms, Inskip, Preston. Yorkshire Bank also presented a £100 cash prize. The next Craven Dairy Auction takes place on Monday, December 15.
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