Moorhouse milker champion again at Craven Dairy Auction
A standout newly calven heifer bagged another Craven Dairy Auction championship for local breeders Brian and Judith Moorhouse at Skipton Auction Mart’s bank holiday Monday show and sale.The Moorhouses, who run the Aireburn pedigree Holstein herd at Hesper Farm, Bell Busk, clinched the latest in a long line of titles with a home-bred daughter of the Worldwide Sires’ dairy bull Regancrest Mr Sam, who has been well utilised by the couple, having been responsible for past Craven Dairy Auction champions and prizewinners.
Out of a twice
11,000kg EX92 dam from the Scilla family, the 14 days-calved victor, giving
34kg, proved an easy choice for show judge Shaun Sowray, of Bishop Thornton,
and progressed to realise the day’s top price of £2,500 when becoming another
quality Skipton acquisition by James Kayley, of Halton West.
breeders, the Robinson family in Eldroth, stepped forward with another quality
newly calven heifer, which earned second prize in class and reserve
championship honours. By their former stock bull Shawdale Domino, bred by David
Booth in Lothersdale, the 16 days-calved runner-up, giving 29 litres, sold for
£2,180 to regular buyer Mark Goodall in Tong, Bradford.
The third prize
newly calved heifer from the Smellows pedigree herd of Broughton’s Jeremy
Taylor, champion at the opening May dairy show, also sold well at £2,000.
First and second
prizes in the show class for newly calven cows fell to the Whitaker family, from
Laneshawbridge, as they consigned five cows as part of an ongoing dispersal
sale. The red rosette winner headed the class prices when knocked down for
£1,800 to G&PS Fleetwood in Mirfield, with the runner-up becoming another
Mark Goodall purchase at £1,620.
Standing third in
class were RW&M Walker, of East Morton, Keighley, who sold their charge to
Brearton’s Robert Metcalfe for £1,480.
A nice brace of
in-calf heifers from Easingwold’s Mick Corner clinched first and second prizes
in their show class, selling for £1,800, top price in class, and £1,680, to,
respectively, Heslaker’s John Howard, and Roger Nelson, of Middleton, Ilkley.
There was solid
trade for all 22 dairy entries at the BOCM Pauls-sponsored fixture, notably
in-calf heifers, which averaged a robust £1,382 per head. Newly calven heifers
averaged £1,938 and newly calven cows £1,301.
Holiday calf bonanza
Fantastic trade was
seen for the bumper bank holiday turnout of 80 rearing calves at Skipton
Auction Mart on Monday, which attracted a packed ringside of buyers from both
near and far.
youngsters, British Blues in particular, really caught the eye, peaking at a
heady £600 for a top-notch bull calf from the Senterprise pedigree herd of
current CCM Farmers of the Year, father and son Fred and Mark Houseman, of
Church Farm Enterprises at Burton Top Farm, Burton Leonard. It fell to the
Mason family from North Lincolnshire, who were again adding to their regular
haul of Skipton-sourced calves.
calf champions, the Sowray brothers, from Bishop Thornton, were again to the
fore when also selling British Blue bull calf entries at £590 and £550 twice –
all to the Masons - creating a hearty breed average of £450, with an overall
Continental average of £358. Limousin-cross bull calves sold to a top of £340
for an entry from JW Stockdale & Son, of Burnsall, bought by Tom Watson, of
Enterprises also headed the heifer calf prices with another British Blue-cross
sold for £420 to Derek Taylor, of Burton Leonard. Here again, the overall
selling average was strong at £356 per head. Native breed youngsters averaged
£153 each and dairy-bred black and whites £47.