Skipton Auction Mart’s Christmas Craven Dairy Auction realized a high of 2,000gns for the day’s show champion Ravensgate Rennaisance Marigold 166 from the Ravensgate herd of Peter Baul, Watergate Farm, Bishop Thornton.

Mr Baul bagged principal honours with his first and second prize newly calved heifers, both from the Marigold family. Sale leader was by Rennaisance, a rising star as a dairy sire and one being used for the first time by Mr Baul and out of Principal Marigold 117, who gave 9,500kg as a heifer. The 28 days-calved victor came to market giving 32kgs selling to regular buyers Alf and Andrew Townsend, Southfield, Burnley.

The reserve champion, Ravensgate Marigold 164, sired by Garrison, was sold 30 days-calved for the joint second highest price of £1,850 to father and son Roger and Jack Naylor, Langbar, Ilkley.

The other £1,850 joint top price newly calven heifer from Dewsbury’s Ian and Mary Collins joined Mark Goodall in Tong, Bradford.

The Naylors also paid £1,700 for a pedigree heifer giving 32kgs from the Abbeyhouse herd of Jennings Farmers, Hill House, Fountains, Ripon, and the same price for thet hird prize newly calven heifer, a commercial entry from Richard and Andrew Walker, East Morton.

They made a fourth acquisition when paying £1,640 for a third calver giving 36 litres from David Leeming, Burnt Yates.

Peter Waring, Fieldhouse farm, Beverley, made £1,350 with his freshly calved rosette-winning cow who was sold giving 38kg to Lincolnshire buyer Robert Skelton, Gainsborough.

First prize cow consigned by Peter Waring

First prize cow consigned by Peter Waring

The Lawson family’s Newbirks herd, from Mill Farm, Arthington, was responsible for the second prize newly calven cow, which sold for top price in class of £1,680 to John and Robert Marshall, Dacre.