Lawsons land another Skipton dairy title on 2014 debut
Making their first Craven Dairy Auction appearance of the New Year, the Newbirks pedigree Holstein herd of David and Claire Lawson, of Mill Farm, Arthington, landed yet another title at the main BOCM Pauls-sponsored January show.
The Lawsons, accompanied by their daughter
Suzy, secured the championship with their first prize 19-days calved home-bred
pedigree heifer by the Genus sire Enmark Mammoth, the first of his progeny to
be sold at Skipton.
The family became the most prolific dairy
champions at Skipton during 2013, winning eight titles in total and also
setting a new mart record price of £3,950 for a
dairy animal at November’s Christmas Craven Dairy Auction.
Their latest victor, giving 34 litres, did
not achieve such heady heights, but sold well at £2,300 to regular dairy buyer
James Kayley, of Halton West, who also paid the day’s top price of £2,500 for
another Lawson entry, the third prize newly calven heifer. The Lawsons also
sold a promising October, 2012-born black and white pedigree dairy bull for
1,800gns (£1,890) to Cowling’s Martin Jennings.
Reserve champion was the second prize newly calven heifer
from father and son Richard and Andrew Walker, who run the Morton pedigree herd
at Moorlands Farm, East Morton. She is by their stock bull Ingleview Darius,
bred in Bentham by Robert Butterfield. Giving 30 litres, the 10-days calved
runner-up sold at £2, 050 to Skipton’s John Howard, who also paid £2,200 for a
second newly calven heifer from the Walkers.
With continuing strong demand for quality
dairy cattle, all milkers among the 15-strong entry sold to well above
expectations from the outset, when the first newly calven heifer into the sales
ring from Craven Dairy Auction regular Brian Moorhouse, of Bell Busk, was
knocked down for £2,300 to regular buyer Brian Blezard, of Ribchester.
Pedigree newly calven heifers averaged
£2,103, with an overall heifer average of £2,010. In-calf heifers also sold
well, with the first prize winner, a pure-bred Holstein from Easingwold’s Mick
Corner achieving £1,850 when joining David Graveston
vendors G Woodmansey & Son, of Beverley,
presented the first prize pedigree newly calven Jersey heifer, which also fell
to John Howard for £950.
Show judge was commercial dairy farmer
Richard Graham, of Clifton, Otley. Next month’s opening Craven Dairy Auction is
on Monday, February 10, with catalogue entries closing on February 4.