Three out of three for Smellows herd at Craven Dairy Auction

Dairy farmer Jeremy Taylor made it a clean sweep of 2013 Craven Dairy Auction title wins when landing his third championship in as many outings.


February’s opening show at CCM Skipton also saw Mr Taylor secure the reserve championship for good measure.


Mr Taylor, who runs the Smellows pedigree Holstein Frisian herd at Small House, Broughton, achieved the hat-trick with his home-bred Smellows Melody 8, whose sire Fortland Rice was bred on The Fylde in Lancashire by Jimmy Hull.


Her dam, a product of the world-famous Melody family, is herself a daughter of Hoarehall Melody 5, who had an excellence rating of 91 and seven generations VG/EX, and was acquired by Mr Taylor at the Hoarehall Holstein herd dispersal sale in the Midlands when restocking after Foot and Mouth.


Fourteen days calved and giving 34kg, the victor sold for joint top price of £2,450 to Daniel Reed, of Bielby, York.


Mr Reed also paid the same price for Mr Taylor’s second prize newly calven heifer and reserve champion, another home-bred, Smellows Miss America 4, whose dam averaged 11,000kg-plus over four lactations at Small House.


Twelve days calved to the AI sire Magor Baroque America and giving 32kg, the runner-up also comes from Hoarehall breeding lines, with her grand dam Hoarehall Miss America, another dispersal sale acquisition by Mr Taylor. Over seven lactations at Small House, she has averaged over 10,300kg.


Mr Reed bought the first three dairy cattle to enter the sales ring, beginning with the opening lot, a second calver from local farmer Robert Crisp, of Calton, at £2,180.


Chris Bradley, who trades as H Bradley and Son at Brimham Hall Farm, Burnt Yates, marked his first-ever appearance at Skipton by presenting the third prize newly calven heifer, a product of his 110-strong Brimrock pedigree herd.


Mr Bradley, who has not sold dairy cows for several years, but now has increased numbers coming through, declared himself “very pleased” with the £2,350 selling price when his home-bred Cogent Prestwick daughter joined Clive Metcalfe, of Birstwith.


Ryedale dairy farmer Graham Bell, of T D and M Bell, Sinnington, was responsible for the first and second prize newly calven cows, part of an ongoing dispersal sale. The red rosette winner sold for £1,720 to J Wood, a new buyer from Penistone, the runner-up joining Preston’s Aubrey Greenhalgh for £1,600.


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