North Yorkshire dairy farmers M Baul and Partners began the New Year as they ended the old when lifting championsip honours at Skipton Auction Mart’s opening Craven Dairy Auction yesterday.

 

The Bauls, of Watergate Farm, Bishop Thornton, followed up on their December championship success with the first prize fresh calved Holstein heifer by the Genus sire Die Hard, who has been used to good effect on their 180-strong Ravensgate pedigree dairy herd.Craven Dairy Auction January Champ pic.jpgThe homebred title winner is out of a dam who is in her fourth lactation. Still in milk, her previous lactations have produced over 10,000kg twice and one of more than 12,000kg.

 

Exhibited by Peter Baul, the January champion, which had calved 25 days before the show and came to market giving 30kg, returned to her roots when bought for £1750 by Shaun Sowray, of A Sowray and Son, Bishop Thornton.

 

The second prize fresh calved heifer and reserve champion from Malcolm and Claire Grattan, Ripley, was knocked down for £1800 to Wick Williams, Nantwich, Cheshire, with the third prize heifer from Jeremy Taylor’s locally based Smellows herd at Broughton finding a new home in Lancashire when acquired for £1700 by Haig Speak, Ecclestone.

 

Mr Taylor was also responsible for the day’s top price of £1860 with a fresh calved heifer that remained in the area when joining Max Holmes, Chelker.

 

Best of the in-calf heifers was an entry from J O Fairbank, of Greetland, Halifax, sold for £1140 to show judge Frank Wrathall, Gisburn.

 

With 28 dairy cattle forward, newly calven heifers averaged £1,559 and in-calf heifers £792. (Craven Cattle Marts).