The Lawson family notched up their third championship in a row at this week’s Skipton dairy sale and took the day’s top price of £2400 with it.
Taking the championship was a fresh calved heifer by Bomaz Boulder which sold to Wilmot Blockley, Tarvin, giving 28 litres a day having calved 12 days previously.
He also paid £2200 for the second prize fresh calved heifer shown by Craven Cattle Marts’ Stockperson of the Year, Robert Crisp, of Calton.
A clean sweep of the prizes in the fresh calved cows class fell to multiple title winners Malcolm and Robert Swires, Haverah Park, Beckwithshaw, with their homebred red rosette winner and reserve champion, a second calver giving 40 litres, proving the best performer when joining CN Bentley, Thirsk, at £2200.
The Swires’ second and third prize cows both sold for £1900 to, respectively, T Simpson, Bishop Thornton, and H Goodall and Son, of Tong, Bradford.
The third prize fresh calved heifer from Elslack’s John Airey also performed well when selling locally to John Howard, of Heslaker, for £2080, while other high achievers were entries from J Wellock, Oldfield, Oakworth, at £2320, Brian Moorhouse, Bell Busk, at £2200, and Jeremy Taylor, Broughton, at £2010.
The 36-strong entry was boosted by an additional consignment of 50 dairy cattle, representing the first half and milking contingent of a dispersal sale on behalf of South Craven’s Harry Ingham, of Scott House Farm, Glusburn, who is retiring.
The herd was first established by Mr Ingham’s father Frank and his son Matthew is the third generation of the family to be involved in the business. Fresh calved heifers presented by the Inghams sold to a high of £1820 at an average of £1361. Second calvers peaked at £1640, averaging £1273, with third calvers selling to a top of £1300 and an average of £1006. (Craven Cattle Marts)