Craven dairy sale hits £2300 for champion

Steeton husband and wife farmers George and Gladys Emmott followed up their inaugural championship success at last month’s Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart by winning their second show this month. (Mon, July 28)

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The Emmotts, Steeton, landed title number two with a freshly calved pedigree Holstein Friesian heifer by Avenham Westminster, the same sire as their June champion and later sold to show judge Wick Williams, Wrenbury, Cheshire for £2300.  

Mr Williams also paid £2080 for the second prize fresh heifer from Robert Metcalfe, Brearton, Harrogate, who was making his first appearance as a Craven Dairy Auction vendor. He also sold a second fresh heifer at £1940.

Show regular Malcolm Swires, Haverah Park, Harrogate, achieved a clean sweep of prizes in the fresh cow class, all falling to successful bids from Andrew Bradley, Ryedale. The first prize winner and reserve show champion sold for £1900, while the runner-up in that class performed slightly better at £1960.

Best of the in-calf cattle was a heifer from Marsden Farms, Oakworth, which made £920.

averages: fresh heifers £1636; fresh cows £1423; in-calf heifers £823; in-calf cows £790 (CCM Auctions).