Lawson family continue tradition of champions at Skipton Auction Mart The young Lawsons, Suzy and Matt, of Mill Farm, Arthington, came out on top at the Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart. Attending the show in place of their father, David Lawson, the young team were champions with a lovely pedigree newly calven heifer, five weeks calved and giving 34kgs. The champion, sired by Enmark Mammoth, was eventually knocked down to the returning father and son team of Stephen and Edward Jeanes, from Glusburn, for £2,350.

Suzy said: “My dad is usually here, but he’s let us have the reins today. It’s nice to win.”


The reserve champion heifer, from Robin and Cath Jennings, a fine beast calved 12 days and giving 35kgs, sired by Lutz-Brookview Burt, reached a straight price of £2,020 when selling to regular Jennings supporte,r Brian Blezard of Ribchester.


There was support for all types, right from the word go, on a busy morning at the Auction Mart. 


Another notable price in the milkers was a lovely second calver from the Wellock family, off the top of Oakworth, giving 36kgs, which eventually reached £2020 and is on its way to Mirfield with George and Pauline Fleetwood.


The Lawsons also reached £2,180 with their third prize heifer and Peter Baul of Watergate farm reached £2,100, with both also heading to Ribchester.


In-calf cattle were well fought over with some smart entrants coming from Robin Jennings and Mick Corner. All were snapped up quickly to a high of £1,720 and an average of £1,586.


In the young stock a run of good bulling heifers from Richard Burton, Fellbeck received a warm reception topping the maiden heifers at £920.


Yearlings and calves were part of the ongoing dispersal from J&J Whittaker with competition as hot for these as any beast entered on Monday; £750 was the top with a yearling average £633 and calves romping to top at £420 and an average £340.


The next sale, on June 23, will include the sale of the milking portion from the Whittaker family at Laneshawbridge.