Barden victory and top price success at Craven Dairy Auction Dales dairy farmer Ian Parkinson, who runs his Holstein Friesian commercial herd at Holme House Farm, Barden, consigned the champion at Skipton Auction Mart’s latest Craven Dairy Auction show and sale. (Mon, Aug 23)

Mr Parkinson, who came out of milking two years ago and now consigns his newly calved young stock at his local auction mart, took the title with an eight-days-calved 28kg/day heifer by the Genus dairy bull, Maldeves. It sold for £2,350 top price to Ribchester show judge Brian Blezard,

Mr Blezard also paid £2,200 for his reserve champion, one of two from West Yorkshire father and son, Miles and Oliver Stapleton, who run the Lindonmoor pedigree dairy herd at Dunkeswick Lodge, Weeton,

Their three-and-a-half-weeks calved 30kg/day heifer, Lindonmoor Bromley Bounty, is another daughter of the ABS Global dairy sire, Welcome-Tel Bromley, which clinched the Skipton championship for the duo a month earlier when show classes made a welcome return.

Bromley was also the sire of the third place heifer, Aireburn Bromley Stephanie, who is a potential 7th generation VG or EX from Brian and Judith Moorhouse in Bell Busk. She became the third of four to make £2,000 and above, with the seven milk heifers successfully sold averaging a big £2,003.

Paul and Robert Lange, who sold their milking herd last year as they retired, again travelled across from Slingsby, Malton, with two fresh heifers and six in-calf heifers. Their consignment averaged £1,171, topping at £1,520 for a two-year-old heifer due in October to the Aberdeen-Angus, heading locally to Gargrave’s David Shuttleworth.

First three places in both the in-calf cows and in-calf heifers show classes were all taken by Jack and Alan Wilson, from Green Hammerton, as they start dispersing their herd. Their ten averaged £1,240, peaking at £1,500 for an in-calf heifer due late September to the Saler heading to John and Rob Marshall in Dacre.

Finally, there was the addition of ten maiden heifers from Flasby Estates sired by an Aireburn bull. David Smith, of Otley, was the volume buyer of these and they averaged £727, with a March, 2020-born heifer seeing the batch peak at £900.

Skipton’s dairy sales co-ordinator Sarah Liddle commented: “Our late August sale saw greater numbers forward than of late, with plenty of buyers on hand, including a few new faces. However, milk price pressure, alongside rising feed costs, made purchasers selective in their bidding.”

NMR, Skipton NFU and Mulberry Farming again sponsored. The next sale is on Monday. September 13.