Craven dairy champion sells fr £2,050

The Abbeyhouse pedigree Holstein Friesian dairy herd of Jennings Farmers, at Hill House, Fountains, near Ripon, returned to championship-winning ways at CCM Skipton’s main August Craven Dairy Auction show and sale this week.


The family-run herd, which has regularly sent out Craven Dairy Auction champions and prize winners over the years, lifted the title with its first prize newly calven heifer, shown by 16-year-old Stuart Jennings.


The victor, 12 days calved and giving 26 litres of milk, is a daughter of the Semex sire, Rietben Tee Off, backed by six generations of Excellent or VG. She sold for £2,050 to Stephen Jeanes, of Glusburn.

Craven Dairy Auction Jennings champ solo pic

Standing reserve was the newly calven heifer from the Lawson family’s Newbirks pedigree Holstein herd at Mill Farm, Arthington, who narrowly missed out on a hat-trick of consecutive Craven Dairy Auction championship successes.


Nevertheless, their three weeks calved runner-up, giving 29 litres and by the Genus bull Kings-Ransom Dover, made the day’s top price of £2,700 when joining Malcolm Kayley in Halton West. Several buyers were intent on tapping into Newbirks breeding lines and Stephen Jeanes bought a second heifer at £2,650.


The Lawsons – husband and wife David and Claire, and their son Matthew – were also responsible for the first prize newly calven cow, which had produced its second calf a week prior to the show. By another Genus sire Ralma Focus and giving 32 litres, she sold for £2,050, again top price in class, to Malcolm Kayley.


The second prize newly calven cow from David and Jill Pennock, of Bolton Abbey, proved the pick of the commercial entries when selling for £1,690 to Wick Williams, of Nantwich, with the third in class from John Wellock, of Oakworth, knocked down for £1,840 to Preston’s Aubrey Greenhalgh.


Bell Busk’s Brian Moorhouse set the trade with the first newly calven heifer in the ring, which made £2,100 when becoming another Stephen Jeanes acquisition, while Calton’s Robert Crisp averaged over £2,000 with four heifers, among them the third prize winner, acquired for £2,180 by AP Townsend, of Burnley. A run of 12 heifers from Bingley’s Keith Downs all made notable prices.


Richard Lea, of Sheffield, made a clean sweep of the prizes in the in-calf heifer class, with their eight Holstein-cross heifers, due later this month to an Ayrshire sire, selling to a high of £1,340 and averaging £1,170.


With a packed shippon of 40 entries, pedigree newly calven heifers averaged £2,077, with an overall class average of £1,791 per head. Pedigree newly calven cows averaged £1,945 and £1,476 overall. A pair of newly calven Brown Swiss cows from D&P Brown, of Ramsgill, both sold well to a top of £1,420.