The Newbirks Holstein pedigree herd of A Lawson and Son, based at Mill Farm, Arthington, near Otley, bounced back with a November 5 bang to secure their fifth championship in just four months at Monday’s opening Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart.

Husband and wife David and Claire Lawson saw their first prize home-bred newly calven heifer, giving 28kgs and by a stock bull by the renowned Canadian-bred Semex sire Braedale Goldwyn, progress to win the title, before selling for top price in show of £2,200 to regular local buyer John Howard, of Heslaker.

At the previous five Craven Dairy Auctions, the Lawsons won four consecutive championships and the reserve championship at the most recent late October show, an impressive record following their return to the dairy ring at Skipton in August after a break of several years.

The second prize newly calven heifer and reserve champion was presented by Bell Busk’s Brian Moorhouse. Home-bred by a Dutch dairy bull and giving 27 litres, the runner-up joined Stephen and Malcolm Abbott in Dacre, Harrogate, for £1,800.

Calton’s Robert Crisp also sold a new calver for £1,830. Two Brown Swiss maiden heifers from D&P Brown, of Ramsgill, each made £800. Newly calven heifers averaged £1,746 and newly calven cows £1,553.