Press Report August 5th 2013

The Lawson family in Wharfedale bagged their second Craven Dairy Auction championship and reserve championship double in as many outings at the early August show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Aug 5)

The Lawson family in Wharfedale bagged their second Craven Dairy Auction championship and reserve championship double in as many outings at the early August show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Aug 5)

David and Claire Lawson, and their son Matthew, who run the Newbirks pedigree Holstein herd at Mill Farm, Arthington, repeated their success at the July fixture two weeks earlier, also landing their fifth dairy title of the year at the popular North Yorkshire venue. The Lawsons’ latest victor, the
first prize newly calven heifer, was a 12 days calved daughter of their well-proven stock bull Goldwyn. Giving 32litres, she remained in the area when joining Glusburn’s Stephen Jeanes for £2,500, top call in show.

The reserve champion, the second prize newly calven heifer, was by one of the Lawsons’ former stock bulls, Regancrest Mr Sam. Ten days calved and giving 28 litres, she became yet another
Skipton acquisition by multiple dairy cattle buyer William Reed, of Bielby, York, at £2,400.
For good measure, the Lawsons also stepped forward with the first prize newly calven cow, another pedigree that made £1,980 when again falling to Mr Reed. In addition, the family achieved £2,320 with a further heifer bought by Edward Fort, of Silsden Moor.
Bingley’s Keith Downs presented the third prize newly calven heifer, which sold for £1,740 to Martyn Jennings, of Cowling. Mr Downs sold eight heifers in total to a high of £1,920 twice.

Calton’s Robert Crisp sold four newly calven heifers, three of which made over £2,000.
A run of maiden heifers from J&RM Sunter, of Worsthorne, Burnley, made a clean sweep of the prizes in the show class, selling to a high of £760 and an average of £646.
Quality milkers among the 35-strong turnout were again in keen demand, with pedigree newly
calven heifers averaging £2,118 and commercial heifers selling to £2,090 at an average of £1,793. Pedigree newly calven cows averaged £1,715,
with their commercial counterparts selling to £1,350.

Judge was Shaun Sowray, of Bishop Thornton. The main BOCM Pauls-sponsored Craven Dairy Auction, on Monday, August 19, also features a standalone show and sale for pedigree dairy bulls.