Brian and Judith Moorhouse's Aireburn pedigree


herd from Hesper Farm, Bell Busk, secured their second championship of the year at the March Craven Dairy Auction, at Skipton Auction Mart.

Their show winner, Aireburn Grafeeit Dolly, another daughter of the Worldwide Sires’ bull, Ladys-Manor Rd Grafeeti, was paraded three weeks calved and giving 37litres per day. She later sold for the top price of £2400 to regular supporter Brian Blezard, Ribchester.

Show judge, Will Shuttleworth, Rylstone, found his reserve in the second prize calved heifer from Sally Wellock's Harehills pedigree herd from Oakworth. Harehills Jessop 816, by the Genus sire, De-Su Topsy, was shown 12 days fresh and giving 28litres and sold to Kirklees buyer, Andrew Parker, Emley, at £1620.

Second top price was £1920 paid for the third prize winner in the same class from commercial producers, Tony and James Swires, of Stainburn. Their heifer sold giving 32litres per day, again to Mr Blezard.

Just behind on £1800, Peter Baul, Bishop Thornton, sold a similarly aged heifer giving 28litres to Alan Middleton, of J and KE Hartley in Beamsley.

The first prize calved cow from Calderdale’s Jon Midgley, of Ludendenfoot, made £1550 when selling to Stephen and George Breare, Silsden Moor.

Trade was solid for the 16 head with pedigree calved heifers averaging £1,805 and their commercial counterparts at £1710.

A small turnout of 20 dairy-bred rearing calves was topped at £440 by a British Blue cross bull from Gargrave’s Colin Whitelock, purchased by Edwin Garbutt, of Danby Wiske