Topping Craven Dairy Auction this week (27 Jan) when earning a top price of £2,500 for their freshly calved, third-prize heifer was David and Claire Lawson, Arthington.
She was purchased by James Kayley, Halton West.
Mr Kayley also paid £2,300 to secure their champion, homebred pedigree heifer. Sired by Enmark Mammoth she sold 19-days calved and giving 34litres/day.
At 1,800gns was another consignment from the Lawson family. The October, 2012-born black and white pedigree dairy bull sold to Cowling’s Martin Jennings.
Reserve champion was awarded to the second prize fresh calver 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.
Selling for a leading price of £2,300 was a freshly calved heifer from Brian Moorhouse, of Bell Busk. She was knocked down 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 in Clitheroe.