Top call at yesterday’s Skipton dairy auction was a £2350 bid for the day’s pre-sale champion, a fresh calved heifer from Jim and Jonathan Caygill.
Both their homebred champion and reserve were products of the Genus ABS sexation system. The victor, who calved two weeks before the show and was giving 32 litres, sold for to Paul Bolland, of Airton. The three weeks-calved runner-up, giving 27.5 litres, joined the same buyer for £2200 and the Caygills also sold a third newly calven heifer for £2280.
The Senterprise pedigree dairy herd of Mark Houseman, who trades as Church Farm Enterprises at Burton Top Farm, Burton Leonard, and won his first Craven Dairy Auction championship at the opening June show, was again to the fore when presenting the third prize newly calven heifer, knocked down at £1700 to ringside regular Wick Williams, of Nantwich, Cheshire.
Mr Williams also acquired the first and second prizewinners in the show class for newly calven cows, both from Andrew Lumb, of Oakworth. The red rosette winner made £1290, the runner-up £1220.