A home-bred newly-calven
Presented by Skipton Auction Mart regulars, father-and-son Anthony and James Swires of Townend Farm, Stainburn, Otley, the winner is by the farm’s own breeding bull Diamond Lucente and is a second-calver giving a daily milk yield of 32 litres. Show judge Wick Williams, Nantwich,
Other class winners were an in-calf heifer from D J Herd of Hebden (in-calf Cows and heifers Class) who received the Frank Wade Trophy, and Richard Saxby from Hellifield scored a first and second ‘double’ in the Jersey Class. The winner of the Maiden Heifers Class came from J J and J D Booth, Penistone,
Lively bidding in the sale ring saw the champion making the top price for a newly-calven cow bought by the judge for £2150. The day’s overall top sale price, however, which marked an increase on the best price at Skipton’s Christmas event last year, was made by the reserve champion, bought for £2500 by Geoff Blezard, Ribchester,
Average newly-calven heifer prices were £1690 and £1333 for newly-calven cows. In-calf heifers sold to a top price of £1600 bought by John Howard, Carleton, in-calf cows to £650 and maiden heifers to £710.