A freshly calved heifer from the Newbirks Holstein pedigree herd achieved the day’s top price at the Craven dairy auction, Skipton, on Monday (11 August).

The third prize heifer from A Lawson and Son, Arthrington, has four generations of VG or EX behind her. She was sold to Stephen and Edward Jeanes, Glusburn for £2,500.

Malcolm and  Robert Swire’s Whinhill Holstein Friesian commercial dairy herd saw a run of good trade, reaching £2,100 for their reserve champion, which went home with Alf and Andrew Townsend, Burnley. This first prize second calver, which calved just 18 days ago, is currently giving 40 litres.

They also sold a 14-day calved heifer, giving 34 litres for £2,050 to Shaun Sowray, Bishop Thorton and another for £1,900 to Robert Metcalfe, Harrogate,

Pictured with the champion and reserve at the opening August Craven Dairy Auction are, from left, Megan Thomas, local representative of new sponsors G Shepherd Animal Health, judge Richard Crabtree, exhibitor Robert Swires and his nephew John Simpson.

Pictured with the champion and reserve at the opening August Craven Dairy Auction are, from left, Megan Thomas, local representative of new sponsors G Shepherd Animal Health, judge Richard Crabtree, exhibitor Robert Swires and his nephew John Simpson.

The top price commercial entry came from Bingley’s Keith Downs, for one of six freshly calved heifers, which sold to a high of £2,180 to show judge, Richard Crabtree, Clifton, Otley. The consignment averaged over £2,000.

A robust entry of 39 pedigree newly calven heifers averaged £1,923. First class newly calven commercial heifers averaged £1,987 and their second class counterparts £1,365. Fershly calved cows averaged £1,625.