Father and son team scoop auction title

WINNERS: Pictured in the dairy shippon at Skipton are, from left, Mark Houseman and the champion, judge Colin Whiteoak and Gary Robinson and the reserve champion

WINNERS: Pictured in the dairy shippon at Skipton are, from left, Mark Houseman and the champion, judge Colin Whiteoak and Gary Robinson and the reserve champion

First published in Farming

FATHER and son Fred and Mark Houseman took the Craven Dairy Auction title at the February show.

The Housemans – who are the mart’s reigning Farmers of the Year – trade as Church Farm Enterprises at Burton Top Farm, near Burton Leonard.

They won with a homebred newly-calven heifer from their Senterprise pedigree Holstein herd.

The 16 days-calved daughter of Cogent sire, Huddlestone Spooky, was giving 34 litres. She sold for top £2,280 price to John Howard of Hesleker.

Reserve champion was the second prize newly-calven heifer from commercial breeder DR Robinson, of Low Birks Farm, Eldroth.

Shown by his son Gary Robinson, who also works as a salesman for Guy Machinery at the Mart, the runner-up – 14 days calved and giving 30 litres – was by the renowned Genus sire Picston Shottle. She joined John Howard for £2,050.

Despite a small turnout of 12 newly-calven cattle, there was significant demand with buyers going to about the £2,000 mark with pedigree heifers averaging £2,080.

A solid showing of 16 incalf heifers met a good trade, averaging £1,640 overall, with the first and third prizes falling to DA Milner & Son, Malton. They sold for £1,820 and £1,700 respectively to Wick Williams, Nantwich, and Gargrave’s David Shuttleworth.

However, a second prize in-calf heifer from J&J Whitaker, Laneshawbridge, headed the prices at £1,910 when bought by David Shuttleworth. The same vendors also had the top price newly-calven commercial heifer, a £2,080 purchase by A&G Midgley, Ludendenfoot.

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