The Newbirks Holstein Friesian pedigree herd of A Lawson and Son from Otley, achieved a notable treble when clinching championship, reserve championship and the top price honours of £2,440 at the opening September Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart.
The Lawsons, who also won the title at the main August show when returning to Craven Dairy Auction action after a break of several years, performed even better at the latest renewal when presenting the winners of both the newly calven heifer and cow classes.
The 16-days calved home-bred heifer, giving 28 litres and by one of the family’s own dairy bulls – a well-bred son of the renowned Goldwyn – progressed to win the title in the hands of fourth generation dairy farmer, 20-year-old Matthew Lawson. She sold for £2,300 to
The red rosette-winning cow, a second calver giving 40 litres by Worldwide Sires’ prolific ‘Mr Sam,’ was awarded the reserve championship, before joining ringside regular Wick Williams, of Nantwich, Cheshire, for £2,050.
A third Lawson newly calven heifer achieved the day’s top price of £2,440 when knocked down to Wilmot Blockley, of WE and O Blockley & Son, Tarvin, Chester, who also paid £2,240 for the second prize newly calven cow from Robert and Kathy Lambert, of Mile House Farm, Kettlewell.
The Lamberts also achieved £2,300 for the third prize heifer, which remained in the area when joining John Howard in Hesleker.
On what was arguably the best show of quality dairy cattle for some time, notably in the heifer class, keen bidding for the top end saw a heifer from Calton’s Robert Crisp become the sixth entry to top £2,000 when knocked down for £2,140.
The second prize cow from Ian Parkinson, of Barden, sold for £1,960 to P Crabtree, of
With a 25-strong entry, newly calven heifers averaged £1,859 and newly calven cows £1,580. Show judge was Colin Whitelock, of Gargrave.