Swires family dominate Skipton dairy show and sale

Newly crowned dairy title winners in Craven Cattle Marts’ 2011 Stockperson of the Year awards, father and son ‘milkmen’ Malcolm and Robert Swires, added yet another championship to their ever-growing tally at the December show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.

The Swires, who run their commercial Holstein Friesian herd at Haverah Park, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, clinched their 20th Craven Dairy Auction championship, a modern-day record, with their first prize newly calven heifer, which realised £2,000 when falling to show judge Martin Jennings, of Cowling. However, it was the Swires’ second prize newly calven heifer that achieved top call of the day in the show classes for milkers at £2,120 when sold locally to John Howard in Carleton.

Brian Moorhouse, of Bell Busk, second only to the Swires in terms of dairy championship successes, was to the fore again when showing the reserve champion, the first prize newly calven cow, knocked down at £1,900 to C and J Terry, of Fountains, Ripon.

A two-year-old Holstein Friesian stock bull from Alan Throup, who farms on Silsden Moor, was sold for £2,400 to Robert Medcalfe, of Brearton, Otley, while two heifer calves from the same exhibitor with bloodlines stretching back to the great Picston Shottle sold well at £680 and £550 to the same buyer, J Sugden, of Laycock.

Newly calven heifers averaged £1,796 and newly calven cows £1,736. (CCM Auctions)