The Aireburn pedigree herd of Bell Busk dairy farmer Brian Moorhouse secured an outstanding title-winning double at April’s main Craven Dairy Auction at CCM Skipton.
He presented both the champion newly calven heifer and the champion dairy bull at Monday’s auction and received the top call of 2,700gns.
His championship win with 16-month-old home-bred bull Aireburn Alan
repeated his 2012 championship success at the annual show and sale of pedigree Holstein Friesian bulls.
By the Semex dairy sire Gillette Windbrook, this year’s winner is out of Dunnerdale Stormatic Aldina, which was acquired from
Alan was the fifth calf of the productive dam, which is from a very high type family, with eight generations of VG or Excellent behind her. The victor went on to head the bull prices at 2,700gns and remains in the area on joining Angus Dean in Threshfield.
Mr Moorhouse bagged his second title with his first prize newly calven Holstein Friesian heifer, Aireburn Sam Sarah, another home-bred by the WorldWide AI sire Regancrest Mr Sam, out of Aireburn Talent Sarah, which is also rated Excellent and has twice produced an annual milk yield of 11,000kg.
Twenty-eight days calved and giving 30 litres, the female champion sold for £2,300 to Daniel Reed, of Bielby,
He also paid £2,480 for the reserve championship, the second prize newly calven heifer from the Senterprise herd of father and son Fred and Mark Houseman, who trade as Church Farm Enterprises at Burton Leonard.
The Newbirks Holstein pedigree herd of Wharfedale’s David and Claire Lawson, of Arthington, which lifted the title at the previous Craven Dairy Auction, was again to the fore when presenting the third prize newly calven heifer, which proved the top price milker on the day at £2,550. The Lawsons also stepped forward with the first prize newly calven cow, a second calver that also headed the class prices when sold for £2,100.
These, too, both fell to the prolific Mr Reed, who also paid £2,300 for the first entry into the sales ring, a newly calven heifer from Bishop Thornton’s Peter Baul.
With buyers selective, half of the 12 bulls forward found new homes, selling to an overall average of 1,601gns (£1,681).
Pedigree heifers averaged £2,127, with all heifers averaging £1,763. Newly calven cows averaged £1,723 overall.